Throughout the program of #OUTLIERS Accelerator, there is one question that we have been asking our startup founders every month “What are your top 3 bottlenecks?” Investor, Talent, and User Adoption.
After supporting our startups to raise capital (collectively over $50M), we realized that ‘funding’ wasn’t really the friction. It is the difficulty to find ‘appropriate investors’ who really understand their products, see long-term values, and those who can provide strategic supports along with their roadmaps.
To respond on this challenge, our operations director Dian Jiao, initiated a research collaboration called “Nano-Search Financial Tool” between #OUTLIERS and the Economics Department of Columbia University, where she collaborates with her PhD fellows on Entrepreneurial Finance and the Venture Capital industry. …
“After 0 to 1, how can we scale fast from 1 to 100?”
#OUTLIERS Growth Award aims to recognize the startups that can prove their growth potential and scale exponentially with solid numbers to show!
In this category, Harmony, Contents Protocol, and Flow will pitch their products, share their growth, and join a panel with one of our active mentors.
Harmony: A Fast, Secure, and Scalable Blockchain Layer 1 Protocol
Harmony started from a meetup group called TGI, where they gathered entrepreneurs from the Bay Area to talk about startup ideas weekly. “Scalability of blockchain” turned out to be a problem they have realized. With a group of infrastructure and protocol engineers from top tech companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon, they decided to face this problem using sharing to parallelize transaction procession. …
“To be the innovators, the majority, or the laggards?”
#OUTLIERS Adoption Award aims to recognize the startups who are courageous enough to be the first-movers to lead and drive mainstream adoption.
In this category, @Quantstamp, XYONetwork, Poseidon Network will pitch their products, share their adoption strategies, and join a panel with one of our active mentors, who represents the keyword of #ADOPTION.
Quantstamp: Leading Cybersecurity Expert on Smart Contract Auditing
Quantstamp was born after many of its members were personally affected by the DAO hack. They believe in order to see the mainstream adoption on blockchain, there should be a standard and open way for people to trust smart contracts and decentralized technologies. …