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Ready, Set, Raise, an accelerator for women built by women, announces third class


In 2018, Leslie Feinzaig , the founder of Female Founders Alliance , launched a free, equity-free accelerator for women called Ready, Set, Raise. The goal was to provide under-networked female founders the coaching and connections needed to raise money.

Bootstrapping vs Raising Out of the Gate: The Six Questions to Ask Yourself

This is going to be BIG.

A lot of founders debate whether or not they should try to raise capital or get a product up and running—perhaps even get some customers. Well, I’m here to give you a definitive answer. It depends. Oh, come now. You knew that was coming.

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Venture Funding Trends Intact

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The NVCA and Pitch Book are out with their Q3 report on the VC industry and what they report is that the VC industry continues to be very active throughout the pandemic. Deal counts and deal values are stable to up over last year.

Making Your Work Matter for the World


What do you believe the world could become through your work? I posed this question to all of the 156 accelerators, studios, and corporate innovation teams who joined us at the GAN and GSSN Summit last week, and it became the basis for our three-day Summit.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Brazil’s Black Silicon Valley could be an epicenter of innovation in Latin America


Paulo Rogério Nunes. Contributor. Paulo is the co-founder of Vale do Dendê (Dende Valley) and AFAR Ventures , a global diversity and inclusion creative and consulting agency that identifies opportunities for multinational brands, corporations and investors in emerging markets. Tara Sabre Collier.

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A Failing Grade

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote yesterday , about the quarterly numbers for VC investing activity: If this was a student coming home with a report card, it would be straight As.

activities for teaching innovation: game-based learning

Venture Well

Game-based learning is an excellent way to boost student engagement, and an opportunity to introduce difficult course content or teach new skills. The post activities for teaching innovation: game-based learning appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty teaching resources

Why accountability is essential for responsible leaders

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Many factors contribute to why leaders find success. Leaders can build a company on an innovative business plan, a strong network, and effective marketing, but there are a few other key actions they might not consider that contribute to their sustained success. To lead responsibly and grow sustainable organizations, leaders must establish a culture of accountability. What does accountability mean? Making sure you lead responsibly, ethically, and effectively all comes down to accountability.

Getting kids online when there is no online access

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Last spring when the pandemic hit, about one in four Oklahoma students did not have internet access at home. Students did not have devices. School districts did not have additional budget for remote learning.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Numerai Signals

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Numerai , which operates the crowdsourced Numerai Hedge Fund and is the creator of the Numeraire crypto token introduced their latest effort, Numerai Signals , with this video yesterday: USV TEAM POSTS: Albert Wenger — Oct 10, 2020 Innovation Upends Extrapolation: Urbanization. crypto hacking finance

disrupting the cycle of food insecurity and climate crisis: celebrating student and faculty innovation

Venture Well

In honor of World Food Day, we spoke with two members of our community about their work at the intersection of climate change and food insecurity. The post disrupting the cycle of food insecurity and climate crisis: celebrating student and faculty innovation appeared first on VentureWell.

Tips for forming ethical business partnerships

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Throughout your leadership journey, know that you are not alone. From co-owners to funding partners to designers to manufacturers, you may form many different partnerships while establishing and growing your business. It is important to make sure that you are forming partnerships with individuals and groups who are ethical and transparent and share your essential values.

Startup founders set up hacker homes to recreate Silicon Valley synergy


In Y Combinator’s early days, founders would move to Palo Alto, split a two-bedroom with five others to save money and trade notes around the clock with their new, like-minded roommates.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

The Benefits of Patenting: When to Protect Your Inventions and Why


Patents are one of the ways to keep track of the immense advancement of our society. According to IFI Claims, 2019 saw a new record of patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office – a staggering 333,530. Given proper infrastructure, these ideas can become game-changers.

Setting Off On Your Own

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I read Alex Konrad’s profile of Fred Ehrsam and Matt Huang of Paradigm yesterday and was reminded of my own career. In 1996, after almost a decade at Euclid Partners, I left to start Flatiron Partners with Jerry Colonna. I was 35. Jerry was 33. We had a lot to learn but we did know one thing. We knew that the Internet was upon us and it was going to be big. We had absolutely no clue how big it was going to be. But that did not matter.

How to Hire a Publicist: 6 Tips in Hiring a PR Firm

Smart Hustle Magazine

Is it time to hire a publicist to help spread the insights you have? Over the past over 20 years, I've been blessed and honored to be featured in a variety of media, including Inc, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, Small Business Trends, and many other podcasts and publications.

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How to be a responsible leader during a crisis

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

An international crisis, like the coronavirus pandemic, introduces unprecedented challenges. In times of crisis, businesses require new approaches to leadership to address these challenges and emerge stronger. It is important to address these changes in leadership responsibly and ethically. Here are a few recommendations for leading with integrity and transparency during a crisis. Refer to your values.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

VCs reload ahead of the election as unicorns power ahead


This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. It was an active week in the technology world broadly, with big news from Facebook and Twitter and Apple.

How to Choose a Side Hustle That Matches Your Personality


Did you know that 43 percent of working Americans report having a side hustle ? With an increase in unpredictability around job security, a lot of people are starting side hustles with the intention of turning them into full-time businesses.

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Funding Friday: Westbeth

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The Gotham Gal and I have lived a block away from Westbeth for almost fifteen years. Westbeth is a treasure. It was Bell Labs for most of the first half of the twentieth century and became an artist community in 1970 about twenty years after Bell Labs left for New Jersey. Earlier this week, I backed a photobook project on Kickstarter to document many of the artists who live there. That project was funded and is over now.

FundersClub Portfolio Follow-On Rounds Update - Q3 2020


We'd like to congratulate FundersClub portfolio companies on their ongoing progress, as well as to welcome aboard their new VC investor partners. Selected recent FundersClub portfolio company follow-on rounds: Rippling was minted a unicorn with the close of a $145M Series B led by Founders Fund.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

Future Founders Conference for Women Globally

Y Combinator

On November 18, we are hosting our first Future Founders Conference for women who aspire to become a startup founder.

Engageli comes out of stealth with $14.5M and a new approach to teaching by video remotely


Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet have become standard tools for teachers who have had to run lessons remotely since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

5 Things Startups Need to Know About Cybersecurity


Entrepreneurs can prevent malicious actors from undermining their vision by developing a security-first mentality. Cybersecurity is important for all businesses, large and small.

Essential Marketing Tips for COVID-19

Smart Hustle Magazine

Businesses of all sizes have had to shift their marketing efforts because of COVID-19. Small businesses in particular have had an especially hard time due to limited resources. We were lucky enough to sit down with a small business marketing expert, and hear her advice first-hand.

Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.