Newchip Newsletter Series: December 7th-11th

What’s coming up at Newchip?

See for more information on upcoming Newchip events. All events are scheduled in Central Daylight Time.

Monday, December 7

9:00am-11:00am: 3-Minute Elevator Pitch 1-1 Coaching Workshop #1 [Link]

9:30am-11:30am: Business Advisory Session [Link]

12:00pm-1:00pm: Legal Questions, Early Equity Rounds, Entity Formation, and Best Practices with Gust [Link]

Tuesday, December 8

1:00pm-3:00pm: Business Advisory Session [Link]

2:00pm-4:00pm: 9-Minute Demo Day 1-1 Coaching Workshop #1 [Link]

4:00pm-6:00pm: Weekly Pitch Deck Review Session #1 [Link]

Wednesday, December 9

7:00am-9:00am: Business Advisory Session [Link]

9:00am-11:00am: 3-Minute Elevator Pitch 1-1 Coaching Workshop #2 [Link]

Thursday, December 10

9:00am-11:00am: 9-Minute Demo Day 1-1 Coaching Workshop #2 [Link]

10:00am-12:00pm: Business Advisory Session [Link]

4:00pm-6:00pm: Weekly Pitch Deck Review Session #1 [Link]

Friday, December 11

2:00pm-4:00pm: Hot Seat + Office Hours Weekly Session [Link]

Other Events in the Startup Ecosystem

December 8-10 | World Conference on Internet Security [Link]

December 9 | Table Stakes 2020 presented by Carta [Link]

December 9-10 | Growth Marketing Conference [Link]

Sputnik ATX Winter 2021 Cohort Application

The application deadline for Sputnik’s W21 cohort is December 25 here. Apply for $100K+ in funding, 13 weeks of intensive structured training focused on gaining traction, and fierce competition among a select group of founders for the traction horse.

The podcast is available to listen and download now on all major podcast platforms, including Spotify and iTunes.

Newchip Accelerate Podcast!

From investing to building a company culture, Accelerate strives to shine a light on the many unknowns entrepreneurs face on a daily basis. This week’s episode covers Intellectual Property and the Law for startups.

Special guests include David Gammell (Partner, Gunderson Dettmer), Kevin Hiatt (Corporate and Transactional Attorney, Hiatt Law Firm), Samar Shah (IP Lawyer, Shaw IP Law), and Ian Garrett (Venture Fellow, Ideaship).

Company Spotlight

Newchip Company Spotlight - Karma the Game of Destiny 
Founders: Robert Porter & René Reyes
Location: New York, NY || Website:

About Karma, the Game of Destiny:

Karma the Game of Destiny features Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality as well as “real” world venues, events, travel, and media experiences like concerts and movie showings. The company can even facilitate online and offline meetups and dates. The host of the show, an AI named Guru, encourages players to socialize and try out new activities with others, while also protecting them from misbehaving players and potential scammers. Everyone can opt into the global game show or remain private in their journey. Karma the Game of Destiny is an immersive experience that gamifies classified advertising and creates a game show experience to play out globally.

Recent partnerships have formed with famed Atari and two other coins, as well as a nightclub entertainment venue, with much more to be announced in the coming weeks. Read more about the Atari partnership here.

About the Founders:

Robert Porter is a fintech and gaming enthusiast that looks to take two major industries and create a new one with Karma the Game of Destiny. René Reyes is a pure creator and engineer, creating the first tilting VR motorcycle. The two came together to provide the world a true experience that brings the age of simple 2D platforms to enter the world of the internet. 

“We intend to give the world a truly immersive experience and the ability for businesses to integrate & bring people together, physically and digitally.”

Want to connect on Linkedin? Find Robert Porter here & René Reyes here.

Mentor Spotlight

Mamoon Ismail Khalid - Newchip Mentor

Mamoon Ismail Khalid is currently a Venture Partner in the strategy team at Rokk3r – a leading Venture Capital and Venture Builder firm in Florida eco-system – which manages a portfolio of 200+ corporate innovation ventures and 50+ investments. Previously, he led the cross-border Venture Capital and accelerator arm of Accathon Capital. 

Mamoon focuses on investments in Cyber Security, FinTech, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Drone technologies, VR/AR and SaaS. Prior to entering Venture Capital, he led product development and strategy execution for three VC-backed startups based in NYC. A Computer Engineer at heart with two engineering degrees under his belt. Mamoon has previously also served as the Research Lead for a 16-member R&D team in an NFL/NYU Langone Medical Center project – for which he explored the use of machine learning solutions in the treatment of autism and epilepsy detection; as well as symptom analytics. While a Masters’s candidate at NYU, he also authored a major journal paper publication on the automated tracking and quantification of a Microsoft Kinect-based Concussion Monitoring System by developing state-of-the-art facial recognition and body motion mapping algorithms. His work was featured in the 22nd Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference, Florida (2016).

An advocate for clean energy and smart energy storage/consumption technologies, Mamoon has a special passion for driving strategic growth and business development for startups focused on renewable energy and reforestation. Previously, Mamoon has researched solutions for enhancing large-scale renewable energy storage battery lives by up to 300% through device analytics and proprietary (patent pending) optimization algorithms. He holds a green belt in Kyokushin karate, enjoys a competitive game of Squash, and has recently become a father!

Newchip Quick Tip: Growth

Knowledge is at the core of growth. There some incredibly insightful books that can offer ideas and information that builds on your arsenal. Of course, we recommend Venture Deals to our founders. However, there are other valuable books including The Lean Startup, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Zero To One, and many more! Check the “Essential Reading” section of your Newchip program content for more recommendations. 

Helpful Tools… 

See the Partnership Resources page in your program content for more information (Pre-Seed(Seed & Series A)

  • Oracle for Startups – Helping startups scale globally through its rich enterprise ecosystem, cloud solutions, and global customers 
  • HubSpot for Startups – Offering a growth stack software package (All-in-one CRM, Sales, Marketing, and Services plans)

Our Startups in the News!

Must-Read Articles

Below you will find a collection of our must-read articles for this week in relation to the entrepreneurial world. For the best experience, we recommend you grab a cup of coffee, some tea, or heck, just grab a nice, cold beer… Enjoy!

Camilla Kampmann

Camilla Kampmann

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