🚌 Digital nomads, Mexico startup guide, State of Venture stats, $500k in funding opportunities, and more

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Will you become a digital nomad? The answer: it’s a BIG MAYBE. In 2018, 4.8M Americans were digital nomads. In 2020, that figure more than doubled and hit 10.9M. MBO Partners & Emergent Research attribute the 49% acceleration in digital nomads to the pandemic. Between that stat and the fact that 99% of people would choose to work remotely for the rest of their life, I expect more of us to become digital nomads. 

And today’s digital nomad population is made up of 42% independent workers and 58% traditional jobholders. So, employers really need to work on their friendly digital nomad policy (even Harvard says so), and I need to buy Airbnb stock. Because did you know that their guest stays of ≧28 days are their fastest-growing rental segment and that they’re projecting this trend to accelerate? More days, more money.

Speaking of AirBnB, I sent them a version of this post and asked if they would sponsor my LATAM trips’ AirBnBs, as part of their Live Anywhere on AirBnB program. True story: my friends cheered me on, but AirBnB never responded. I would love it if they did, tho! 😉 

While I wait for AirBnB, Josh and I are prepping for our first digital nomad stop: MEXICO (you voted for it)! We’ve been busy and, on the nerdier end, are excited to share our community-driven Mexico startup guide with you! Here’s 🇲🇽 Everything you need to know about Mexico's startup scene (thanks to all who contributed). 

Let’s have tacos to celebrate - but not from Taco Bell because that’s not Mexican food. 😜

✨ Lolita Taub
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​Congrats

Kelly OConnell raised $25M for 360 Venture Collective’s inaugural fund. John Henry (cover) raised $21M for LOOP. The Cap Table Coalition (member of the Investment Committee) invested $16M in high-growth-early-stage startups in 100 days. Leslie Feinzaig (cover) raised $10M for Graham & Walker's inaugural fund. Beatriz Acevedo raised $3.3M for Suma Wealth (port co). Carolina Huaranca Mendoza (cover) joined First Close Partners as a Co-GP. 116 founders have been selected for Google Startup’s Black Founders Fund 2021 Cohort. Payal Kadakia’s ClassPass was acquired by Mindbody.


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Funders

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​Money

Lightship Foundation | Underrepresented founders: apply for up to $500k in funding by 10/31 

Northwestern Mutual | Underestimated consumer, health, customer experience, and analytic founders: apply for Series A and Series B investments

Hello Alice x NAACP | New England Black founders: apply for $25k in small business grants

SXSW | Founders: apply to pitch at the 14th annual SXSW Pitch by 11/11

SoGal Foundation | Black female founders: apply for $5-$10K in grants

1863 Ventures | Black founders: apply to get a 3Rs $5K grant

Non-dilutive capital | Create a profile to find non-dilutive capital

Equity Crowdfunding | Raise up to $5 million

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