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Cities are Like Startups

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2021: The Great Acceleration of the Rise of the Rest & the End of “Silicon X Syndrome.” Part I) Cities are Like Startups Cities are like startups. And like many other industries, “business as usual” has been completely disrupted by the coronavirus.

AppHarvest is now APPH: Rise of the Rest’s First Publicly Traded Company

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On February 1st, the AppHarvest team?—?led led by Founder & CEO Jonathan Webb ?—?rang rang the opening bell on the NASDAQ stock exchange, signifying the start of their new chapter in life as a public traded company after successfully completing a merger with Novus Capital Corporation.

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The Great Acceleration of the Rise of the Rest (Part II): Does your City have a Moat?

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2021: The Great Acceleration of the Rise of the Rest (Part II): Does your City have a Moat? What’s the secret sauce for emerging tech hubs who want to seize this shake-the-snow-globe moment of tech talent redistributing across the country?

Rise of the Rest Seed Fund Managing Partner, David Hall, Testifies on Capitol Hill

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On December 15, 2020, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund Managing Partner David Hall, testified in front of the U.S.

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 Appointment of Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff

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Ron Klain has been asked by President-elect Biden to return to public service in a critically important role at a critically important time in our nation’s history.

The Path Forward in Foodtech

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Our Investment in Good Buy Gear

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By Revolution Ventures Partner Clara Sieg and Principal Graham Ober Although we briefly met Kristin Langenfeld, co-founder and CEO of Denver-based Good Buy Gear , last summer?—?in in the pre-pandemic days of in-person conferences?—?we

Kansas City-Based BacklotCars Acquired by KAR Global

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Most people who are familiar with Revolution , have heard of our Rise of the Rest Bus Tours where we visit five startup ecosystems in five days, once a year, to shine a spotlight on a city’s startups and the groups and individuals who champion them.

Why Revolution Growth is Investing in Orchard

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Today we are thrilled to announce our investment in Orchard , a company dramatically simplifying the process of buying and selling a home with a modern, digital experience from search to close.

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.

Revolution Growth-Backed BigCommerce Goes Public

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In 2013, we invested in BigCommerce , a SaaS startup helping companies build, manage, and market online stores. This morning, the Austin-based company raised its initial public offering. BigCommerce is now listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol BIGC.

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How COVID-19 Has Changed the Way We Support Our Early-Stage Founders

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Across the startup landscape, founders are struggling to address the unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s trying to avoid furloughs or layoffs, getting employees to work safely, or managing supply chain bottlenecks, there is no shortage of critical issues with which young companies must now contend. But for early-stage founders, fundraising is almost always top of mind.

How Startups Plan to Reopen

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Insights from Revolution-Backed CEOs As states across the country begin to reopen, business leaders everywhere are strategizing on how to keep employees and customers safe. Since the start of the lockdown, our team at Revolution has been in the trenches with our portfolio companies, helping them navigate the current landscape and formulate plans for future phases of reopening. The leadership exemplified by our CEOs has been nothing short of inspiring.

The Rise of the Rest Class of 2019

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Meet the five winning founders from Rise of the Rest 8.0 Earlier this month, Steve Case and the Revolution team hit the road for the eighth Rise of the Rest Road Trip, bringing the bus to Orlando, Florida’s Space Coast, Tampa Bay, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the end of each tour day, we hosted a pitch competition where a local startup received a $100,000 investment from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund.

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.

Announcing the Rise of the Rest 8.0 Finalists

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Meet the companies that will pitch Steve Case and the Revolution team on the upcoming Rise of the Rest Road Trip. In a few weeks, the Rise of the Rest Road Trip heads to Florida and Puerto Rico! The bus is hitting the road from April 29 to May 3 to make stops in Orlando, Tampa Bay, Miami, and the Space Coast, a set of counties on Florida’s east coast. The tour will end the week with a visit to Puerto Rico to explore innovation and entrepreneurship with Chef José Andrés.

A Weeklong Series: 10 Tech Trends from the Decade That Was … and What Will Be

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A Weeklong Series: 10 Tech Trends from the Decade That Was … and What Will Be As we kick off 2020?—?both both a new year, and a new decade?—?it it makes sense to take a step back, reflect on what’s happened, and identify some of the trends worth keeping an eye on. I am reminded of how much has changed in the last ten years.

Introducing Revolution’s Second Rise of the Rest Seed Fund

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When Revolution first started the Rise of the Rest Road Trip in 2014, our goal was simply to provide greater visibility for entrepreneurs?—?and and the individuals and organizations that support them?—?in in cities like Detroit, Indianapolis, Denver, New Orleans, Chattanooga, and Phoenix. But our team didn’t stop there.

How to Replicate Amazon’s Success in Rising Cities

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Since the rumor mill started regarding the final Amazon HQ2 selections, I have been fielding questions about the validity of the Rise of the Rest thesis. Do Amazon’s selections mean that Rise of the Rest cities will never access the tech economy in a meaningful way? Does it mean that big tech will always choose to invest in coastal cities, further enriching strong startup ecosystems?

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. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

The Future of Hospitality is Here

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Image courtesy of Mint House Real estate lies at the core of our everyday lives?—?it it characterizes the space in which we live, the environment in which we work, and the places where we socialize. Yet, technology adoption within the real estate community as a means to fundamentally disrupt how physical assets behave and how transactions occur was lagging up until the last couple of years.

Revolution Companies Offering Resources and Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, it has been encouraging to see businesses and individuals around the world step up and support affected communities. Founders across our portfolio have moved quickly to pitch-in and provide everything from healthy meals to children out of school, mental health services to frontline workers, access to a platform connecting clinical researchers to patients for vaccine trials, and virtual playdates and activities to families hunkering down at home.

How High Rents Hinder Startup Activity

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Three Tools to Help Solve the Crisis of Workforce Housing The scientist Richard Hamming liked to ask friends and colleagues what they believed was the most interesting question in their field, and why they weren’t working on it. It’s a great question worth considering. Within the world of real estate, I believe there are two hugely interesting questions that address Hamming’s query: 1. How will we work in the future?

5 Rules of Thumb to Shorten Your Sales Cycle

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Besides businesses that operate with negative working capital like cable TV?—?where where you pay before receiving the service?—?I I don’t know any company that thinks their sales cycle is too short. This is especially true for thinly capitalized startups, where survival can hinge on landing a single marquee client and getting paid in a reasonable amount of time.

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.”

Introducing Revolution Ventures 3

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Today, we’re announcing the launch of Revolution Ventures III (RV3)?—?an an over-subscribed $215 million fund to invest in transformative early stage companies with the same team and differentiated approach as the successful Revolution Ventures II (RV2). For over a decade, Revolution has invested time and capital to develop a proprietary network, ecosystem, and brand focused on sourcing deal flow from underserved markets around the country.

An RV Trip Across America

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30 days. 7,667 miles. 26 states. This summer, Jean Case and I took an RV on a trip across America. It had always been a bucket list item for us and it ended up being a fun, interesting, and inspiring journey. We visited a lot of places. Met a lot of people. Learned a lot. And I can confidently say that I’m more optimistic about America than when we kicked off our trip. Here are a few highlights from our time on the road. On August 3rd, we boarded our new “home”: a 25 foot Jayco RV.

Why We Invested in CLEAR

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In 1989, the second part of the blockbuster Back to the Future trilogy introduced a version of 2015 where individuals could use fingerprints to unlock doors, pay for taxis, and make donations to save broken clock towers.

What We Can Learn from the Biggest Tech Policy Mistakes of 2018

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2018 was a year filled with plenty of news to remind us of the importance of policy in the world of innovation. While much of the recent focus has been on Big Tech, it is becoming increasingly clear that more and more innovators, including startups, will need to think about policy implications as they grow and scale.

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.

Why Revolution is Investing in TemperPack

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Over the years, many of Revolution’s investments such as Zipcar, Sweetgreen, and Optoro have experienced explosive growth brought about by their ability to develop sustainable alternatives to problems consumers and businesses were facing in sectors like transportation, food, and e-commerce. Since we made those investments, consumers have become even more aware of their environmental impact and are embracing more sustainable lifestyles.

Five Business-Building Insights from the Rise of the Rest Fund’s CEO Summit

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As venture investors, we are trained to be hyper-aware of the high velocity environment in which we live. All around us, technology is speeding up. Industry landscapes are shifting in real-time. We can plug in from anywhere, digitally interact with anyone, and track and analyze more data than ever before. But, one of the great ironies of our digitally super-connected era is that it gives us all air cover to connect less in person.

The Importance of Local Media to Boost Startups in Rising Cities

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In recent weeks, several major media organizations, including Verizon (Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL), Buzzfeed and Gannett, the owners of more than 120 local media organizations across the country, announced thousands of newsroom layoffs in an attempt to reduce costs. It’s the Gannett cuts that worry me the most.

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New Year, New Job

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Revolution portfolio companies are hiring all over the country. The new year is the perfect time to take on new challenges and pursue new opportunities. And while conventional wisdom suggests that to work in an innovative and cutting-edge environment you had to move to places like San Francisco or New York City, Revolution-backed companies are proving that some of the country’s most interesting and successful are based in other cities.

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What We Learned From Our Own Data-Driven ABM Strategy

ZoomInfo has created the following eBook to help other B2B organizations gain insights on how to launch their own data-driven ABM strategy. In this eBook, we will reveal the good and the bad from our own campaign and highlight some key takeaways on how to improve your ABM strategies moving forward.

The Amazon Shadow Economy

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The news that Blackstone purchased nearly $18B of warehouse real estate reflects a trend that I think is just now coming into full view: the Amazon shadow economy. Over the last several years, it’s become clear that Amazon’s capabilities and demand are starting to outpace even Amazon itself.