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The business model of the future

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Erich Joachimsthaler , founder and CEO of VIVALDI envisions a new business model—one that creates shared value for all.

What to make of Stripe’s possible $100B valuation

TechCrunch

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. Welcome to a special Thanksgiving edition of The Exchange. Today we will be brief. But not silent, as there is much to talk about.

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Knowing What You Are Looking For

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

There are many ways to invest successfully. Public stocks, bonds, private equity, real estate, venture capital, etc. And within each category, there are so many different investment opportunities. In public stocks, there are something like 5,000 listed stocks in the US. In venture capital, there were something like 30,000 companies that raised venture capital in 2019. How do you make sense out of all of that opportunity?

Kahoot drops $50M on Drops to add language learning to its gamified education stable

TechCrunch

After raising $215 million from SoftBank to double down on the surge of interest in online learning, Kahoot has made an acquisition to expand the scope of subjects that it covers.

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!

The Science of Gratitude

GAN

I’m Told To Be Thankful. We’ve all heard that gratitude is the answer to many problems. That being full of gratitude will help you be more resilient and happy, a better boss and partner, and a better human. But I’ve been skeptical when I’ve heard these comments before.

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6 Recession-Proof Side Hustles You Can Start Today to Bring in Extra Cash

StartupNation

With all of the economic changes underway, you’ve probably been experiencing plenty of uncertainty recently. However, there’s still hope for aspiring entrepreneurs, as the side hustle scene is alive and well. In fact, it’s thriving!

Thoughts On Charles Duhigg’s New Yorker Piece

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I saw this tweet in my feed yesterday and read the New Yorker piece when I woke up this morning: @fdestin @MacConwell @HarryStebbings any VC 'fairy godfathers of success' viewpoints? "Building "Building a solid business, but the V.C.s wanted fantasy… the hope that one lucky wager would more than offset many bad bets." " #startups @fredwilson blog fodder [link] — Claudia Lamb (@cloudylamb) November 23, 2020. Here’s what I think.

There’s no ‘hacker house’ geared toward undergraduate women, so they created one of their own

TechCrunch

Hacker houses are making a comeback for entrepreneurs as remote work drags on. While founders are adapting to quarantine in style, a group of college women in their 20s aren’t waiting until they are done with undergraduate to plunge into the lifestyle themselves.

Alkami could become Oklahoma’s first ‘Unicorn’

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. In the venture capital industry, “unicorn” is a term used to describe a privately held startup company with a company valuation of over $1 billion.

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.

How to Talk About the Arc of Your Career

This is going to be BIG.

Not everyone’s career moves up and to the right from beginning to end. In fact, I don’t think that actually happens to anyone—but some people are just better at hiding the wrong turns, u-turns, and downturns than others.

4 Ways to Etsy-fy Your Customer Experience

StartupNation

There are two types of online shopping experiences: the fast and free necessity purchase and the personalized boutique purchase. The shopper seeking the first option just wants to buy the product and receive it as quickly as possible.

How a Merger of Salesforce and Slack Would Change the SaaS Landscape

Tomasz Tunguz

The rumor mill churns with whispers Salesforce will acquire Slack. This combination would be strategic for both involved for three reasons. First, Salesforce and Slack share Microsoft as their most significant competitor. Microsoft Teams' rapid assault and consequent market power into the corporate instant messaging market transformed the market dynamics in less than 12 months.

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Tiger Global invests in India’s Unacademy at $2 billion valuation

TechCrunch

Unacademy, an online learning platform in India, has added two more marquee investors to its cap table. The Bangalore-based startup, which focuses on K-12 online education, said on Wednesday it has raised new funds from Tiger Global Management and Dragoneer Investment Group.

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.

Coworking Megatrends 2021

GCUC

2020 has been a long, strange, difficult year. The good news is that we have now been through a massive work from home experiment. The post Coworking Megatrends 2021 appeared first on GCUC Community. Coworking Coworking Trends

The 20 Best Business Books of 2020

Entrepreneur's Handbook

A reading list for all entrepreneurs Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». books entrepreneurship startup self-improvement business

What is Cyber Insurance, and Does My Startup Need It?

StartupNation

Startups typically rely on innovative ideas and technologies to disrupt and revolutionize their respective industries. However advantageous, this reliance on technology also has its drawbacks.

Is it your brilliant plan or your execution?

Berkonomics

Mike Tyson: brilliant business savant. Everybody’s got a plan – until they are punched in the face,” famously stated boxer Mike Tyson.

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.

She Solved Her Hair Challenge Now She's Selling It Online

Smart Hustle Magazine

Selling products online is nothing new. Many businesses function 100% from online sales. But how do they make it happen? What are the first steps they take? Keziah Dhamma started her business by solving a problem. It was a problem she had herself and realized other women were facing the same thing.

On-Demand Marketing team | 150Birds Startup Review

Feedough

Marketing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and it’s really hard when it comes to startups. While there’s always an option to hire an in-house marketing team, it’s not always feasible as it costs a lot. Hiring agencies to handle marketing is a great workaround. But they do charge a lot as well.

9 Highly Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal the Biggest Startup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

StartupNation

What separates the entrepreneurs who make it from those who don’t? These successful business founders and Advisors in The Oracles share the most common mistakes they see from aspiring entrepreneurs and explain how to overcome those mistakes. Here’s why some will never make it — and how you can.

Why You Should Go To College — Even If You Want To Become A Billionaire

Entrepreneur's Handbook

This is how going to college benefited dropouts like Zuckerberg or Larry Page. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». innovation startup education entrepreneurship business

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.”

Discord is close to closing a round that would value the company at up to $7B

TechCrunch

Discord , the communications service that’s become the 21st century’s answer to MUD rooms, is close to closing a new round of financing that would value the company at up to $7 billion, according to sources with knowledge of the round.

How to Find the Path to Success During COVID-19

Smart Hustle Magazine

Our three speakers from this Survive and Thrive episode have diverse backgrounds but are experts in what they do. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn't experienced the highs and lows of business.

Monopoly: Definition, Types, Characteristics, & Examples

Feedough

Economies around the world witness a combination of different market structures. While there’s a lot of competition in most industries, some industries witness just one seller. There exists no competition in such industries as there are virtually no other players.

We Will Miss You Arnold

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I learned yesterday of the passing of Arnold Waldstein. Arnold was as regular a reader of this blog as there ever was or ever will be. His warmth is what I will remember most. He cared about people. Arnold was a born and bred NYer who went to Silicon Valley and built a career in marketing. He was an early employee at a number of well-known tech companies.

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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.