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Co Starters

This article was co-authored by Anika Horn and Enoch Elwell. As ecosystem builders, we are committed to serving the entrepreneurs in our communities. To do our job well, we need to know who they are and what they need.

Kara Nortman Was Just Promoted to Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. Here’s What it All Means

Both Sides of the Table

Today we’re announcing that my partner Kara Nortman is becoming Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to welcome her to her new role.

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Removing The CEO

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

In almost thirty five years of working on boards, the hardest decisions I have had to make involve removing the CEO. It is an important decision and one that must be made from time to time. I am not a fan of removing the CEO until and unless it is abundantly clear that it must be done.

Startup School for Future Founders

Y Combinator

We launched Startup School as an online program in 2017 to support founders actively working on building their companies. On November 9th, we’re also opening Startup School to potential founders who are interested in starting a company in the future. You can register for the new course today.

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!

Nestlé acquires healthy meal startup Freshly for up to $1.5B

TechCrunch

Nestlé USA just announced that it has acquired Freshly for $1.5 billion — $950 million plus potential earnouts of up to $550 million based on future growth.

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Inc. 5000 company founders share how being a member of EO has fueled their success

Entrepreneurs' Organization

A total of 233 EO-member companies were named to the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing, privately held companies. We asked these elite leaders how being a member of EO has impacted their success. We spotted a common theme in many answers: learning—whether it’s incidental learning among peers or formal education at events.

The NYC Fintech Innovation Lab

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The NYC Fintech Innovation Lab is a program which accepts fintech entrepreneurs to develop their businesses with the assistance of senior execs at the leading NYC banks and insurance companies. The key priorities of the CTOs and CIOs of the Lab’s partner organizations include: cloud, cyber-tech, data, digital engagement, enterprise IT and sustainability. If you are building a fintech company and are focused on one or more of these areas, you should consider applying.

How to spin your scientific research out of a university and into a startup

Y Combinator

This is advice for people who have done scientific research at a university and are considering starting a company to commercialize it. At YC, we’ve funded more than 75 companies in this situation.

Was Quibi the good kind of startup failure?

TechCrunch

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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.

Hint Founder Kara Goldin Says When it Comes to Entrepreneurship, Just Get Started

StartupNation

The following is excerpted from “Undaunted” by Kara Goldin Copyright© 2020 by Kara Goldin. Used by permission of HarperCollins Leadership. www.harpercollinsleadership.com. I wasn’t thinking about founding a company or building a business.

As Gaming Flourishes, Scopely Accelerates Growth with New Round of Funding

Revolution

Gaming is growing. Even before COVID-19, the pastime, once largely perceived as the domain of young males, was escalating in popularity with an expanding roster of titles to accommodate gamers of all kinds.

The David Prize

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The David Prize is a philanthropic effort to find NYers who are doing amazing things and support them financially. They recently announced five winners, you can see them here. They have an open call for new applicants and you can apply here. The deadline is December 4th.

How Keap Encourages Success During COVID-19 [Bonus Tips Included]

Smart Hustle Magazine

The coronavirus outbreak wreaked havoc on most small businesses. Disrupted supply chain, reduced customer demand, and dried cashflow were just a few of the many implications of COVID-19.

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.

Video creation and editing platform InVideo raises $15 million

TechCrunch

InVideo, a Mumbai-based startup that has built a video creation and editing platform, has raised $15 million as it looks to court more users and customers worldwide.

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The Gen Z Guide to Starting a Business

StartupNation

Each generation leaves a significant mark on entrepreneurship. Gen Z is currently entering the working world in a time of great uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t raise money. Don’t hire. Don’t build. Sell.

Entrepreneur's Handbook

How I spent €200.000 on a failed startup by raising money, hiring people, and building a product no one wanted. Courtesy of Trev Murphy We received the call we’d been waiting for. An angel investor was ready to make us an offer.

When are we going to know who won the election?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Recount put out this two minute video primer on the question of “when will we know.” ” I like getting the information I want in a very short period of time. This does that so well. If you’re like us, you’ve had one question on your mind lately: “When are we going to know who won the election?” As usual, @Griffin ’s got your answer. pic.twitter.com/BdpiGj4TcV — The Recount (@therecount) October 27, 2020.

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.

advancing agricultural sustainability with lab-grown meat: a Q&A with Jordan Jones from E-Team, Leef Jerky

Venture Well

Jordan Jones of E-Team, Leef Jerky is progressing agricultural sustainability practices by creating an environmentally-friendly meat product. The post advancing agricultural sustainability with lab-grown meat: a Q&A with Jordan Jones from E-Team, Leef Jerky appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators E-Team sustainable design

Teachers are leaving schools. Will they come to startups next?

TechCrunch

It wasn’t the lingering exhaustion that made Christine Huang, a New York public school teacher, leave the profession. Or the low pay. Or the fact that she rarely had time to spend with her kids after the school day due to workload demands.

How to Use TikTok for Business: 4 Key Steps as Told by a Brand

StartupNation

With over 800 million active users worldwide, TikTok has become a force to be reckoned with. It’s offered in 154 countries, has the highest social media engagement rates per post, and nine out of 10 TikTokers use the app multiple times a day.

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Engagement beats scale: Inside Morning Brew’s approach to subscriber growth

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Our newsletter has 2.5 million subscribers, but that’s not the number we actually care about. In August, we hit a major milestone at Morning Brew: 1 million opens. A single edition of the Morning Brew newsletter was opened by over 1 million people.

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.”

Funding Fridays: Agi’s

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This project has a bunch of things that interest/excite me: 1/ Entrepreneurs committing to building new things in NYC during the pandemic. 2/ Young chefs going out on their own. 3/ Brooklyn. 4/ Jelly donuts. I backed this project just now and took the jelly donuts reward because how could I resist? The video is great and the project has one more day and is about 10% away from its goal. Check it out. You might like to back it too.

Crowdsourcing perspectives on COVID-19 impact

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. The concept of crowdsourcing — leveraging the wisdom and experience of a group to achieve objectives and solve problems — is as ancient as the Bible.

Robust.AI raises a $15M Series A to improve problem solving for collaborative robots

TechCrunch

Robust.AI today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A, led by Jazz Venture Partners. Existing partners Playground Global, Liquid2, Fontinalis, Jaan Tallinn and Mark Leslie also participated in the round, which brings the Bay Area-based robotics AI startup’s funding up to $22.5 million.

Why a Service-Based Business is a Great Model for Young Entrepreneurs

StartupNation

Millennials and Gen Z are the perfect small business owners. They like to be independent, expect more lifestyle freedom than their parents, and have the digital chops to manage a business online. Forty percent of millennials and 53 percent of Gen Zers freelance. If you’re a young person exploring the world of entrepreneurship, you might be wondering what kind of business you should start.

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.