Tue.Nov 17, 2020

Resilient Leadership: Thriving in the Unknown

Smart Hustle Magazine

Jennifer Maher, David Chang, and Meredith Schmidt spoke at the Survive and Thrive Summit about communication during COVID and how important it is during these challenging times. Hosted and produced by Ramon Ray of Smart Hustle Media, the first two Summits were held earlier in 2020.

Surging homegrown talent and VC spark Italy’s tech renaissance

TechCrunch

As Italy reinstates many COVID-19 restrictions, the country’s tech ecosystem is watching and waiting to see what the wider effects of the emergency will be.

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advancing equity in innovation and entrepreneurship: creating inclusive spaces and building confidence

Venture Well

Creating inclusive spaces and building confidence are twin strategies that can help bridge participation gaps in STEM innovation and entrepreneurship programs.

AI-tool maker Seldon raises £7.1M Series A from AlbionVC and Cambridge Innovation Capital

TechCrunch

Seldon is a U.K. startup that specializes in the rarified world of development tools to optimize machine learning. What does this mean? Well, dear reader, it means that the “AI” that companies are so fond of trumpeting does actually end up working. It has now raised a £7.1

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 Difference Between Rich Founders and Poor Founders, From an ex-VC

Entrepreneur's Handbook

It’s not about being rich, it’s about repeatedly building value What some people think will happen when you become a founder | source I love the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. It was my favorite growing up.

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Holiday Season 2020: Understanding Consumer Behavior to Inform Business Strategies

StartupNation

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, the holiday shopping season is officially in full swing. The events of 2020, however, will have shoppers and businesses alike navigating uncharted territory as the pandemic continues to impact consumer behavior.

Marketing automation platform Klaviyo scores $200M Series C on $4.15B valuation

TechCrunch

Boston-based marketing automation firm Klaviyo wants to change the way marketers interact with data, giving them direct access to their data and their customers. It believes that makes it easier to customize the messages and produce better results.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: How the COVID-19 Crisis May Create Long-Term Positive Change for Businesses (Episode 143)

StartupNation

As disruptive as the COVID-19 pandemic has been to society, the economy and to most businesses, believe it or not, there are some positives to count as a result of this crisis.

Construction tech startups are poised to shake up a $1.3-trillion-dollar industry

TechCrunch

Allison Xu. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Allison Xu is an investor at Bain Capital Ventures, where she focuses on investments in the fintech and property tech sectors.

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.

Starting At The Start

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A reader emailed me yesterday and I replied: Hi Fred, do you have any suggestion for good primers/book explaining cryptocurrencies a bit better to the inexperienced and uninitiated? . i would start at the start [link]. The Bitcoin Whitepaper , originally published in October 2008, is a work of art. Eight pages long and it describes most of what we now know as the crypto sector. If you want to understand crypto, I recommend starting there.

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Digital freight forwarder Forto raises another $50M in round led by Inven Capital

TechCrunch

Forto , a digital freight forwarder which has experienced a boom during the pandemic, has raised another $50 million in funding. It’s now raised $103 million since its launch in 2016. The round was led by Inven Capital, a growth fund out of the Czech Republic.

The Exempt Offering Ecosystem: What the SEC Changed

Angel Capital Association

By: Dror Futter, Legal and Business Adviser to Startups, Venture Capital Firms and Technology Companies The SEC announced a series of amendments (likely to be effective early next year) to the rules governing private offering exemptions – by far the most frequent path for venture fundraising.

Why some VCs prefer to work with first-time founders

TechCrunch

Repeat founders who have a proven track record, good references, and in the best cases, an exit to point to will have an easy time making inroads with venture capitalists.

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.

Why So Many Billionaires are College Dropouts

Entrepreneur's Handbook

There’s more to knowing than just “knowing” Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». life-lessons business startup entrepreneurship life

Spacemaker, AI software for urban development, is acquired by Autodesk for $240M

TechCrunch

Autodesk, the U.S. publicly listed software and services company that targets engineering and design industries, has acquired Norway’s Spacemaker , a startup that has developed AI-supported software for urban development. The price of the acquisition is $240 million in a mostly all-cash deal.

I Talked to the Coder Who Inspired a $20 Billion Dollar Company?—?And He’s Pissed About It!

Entrepreneur's Handbook

We can control what we build, but we can’t control the outcome Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». inspiration business programming startup entrepreneurship

India’s insurance platform Turtlemint raises $30 million

TechCrunch

Turtlemint, an Indian startup that is helping consumers identify and purchase the most appropriate insurance policies for them, has raised $30 million in a new financing round as it looks to reach more users in small cities and towns in the world’s second largest internet market.

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.

Cofounder Therapy: Do Cofounders Need Couple’s Therapy?

Entrepreneur's Handbook

5 surprising similarities between cofounder coaching and couples therapy (and 3 key differences). Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». leadership startup psychology entrepreneurship founders

Resellee wants to become the Pinduoduo of Southeast Asia

TechCrunch

Launched in the Philippines, social commerce startup Resellee wants to recreate the success of Pinduoduo, one of China’s fastest-growing e-commerce companies, in Southeast Asia.

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[Zebra in Daily Journal] Zebra Medical Vision And Clalit to Deploy Imaging AI in a Large Scale Enterprise

OurCrowd

Zebra Medical Vision, the deep-learning medical imaging analytics company partners with Clalit Health Services, the largest mandated health service organization in Israel, to become the first in the world to bring cloud-based imaging AI to a large scale HMO.

Levels raises $12M from a16z and others to bring its biowearable to market

TechCrunch

Levels today is announcing a large seed round to help bring its biowearable metabolic sensor to market. The innovative platform pairs continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) with an impressive software suite to provide the wearer with deep insights about their health.

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.”

[Varo Money in Wired] Making banking better for billions with next-gen technology

OurCrowd

By partnering with Temenos, Varo, which launched in 2017, has been able to quickly develop and launch a range of products and bring them to market in record time.

Biden’s infrastructure plans could boost startups

TechCrunch

As President-elect Joe Biden readies his transition team and sets the agenda for his first 100 days in office, startups can expect to see some movement on long-stalled infrastructure initiatives that could mean big boosts to their business.

[Ride Vision in Venture Beat] Ride Vision raises $7 million for AI that alerts motorcycle riders to collision threats

OurCrowd

Ride Vision, a startup developing “collision aversion” technology for motorcycles, today emerged from stealth with a $7 million round led by investment platform OurCrowd.

LA-based A-Frame, a developer of celebrity-led personal care brands, raises cash for its brand incubator

TechCrunch

A-Frame , a Los Angeles-based developer of personal care brands supported by celebrities, has raised $2 million in a new round of funding led by Initialized Capital.

State of MENA Startups 2019, Report

MAGNiTT and 500 Startups jointly launch first 'State of MENA Startups 2019" report. Survey findings reveal insights on trends in fundraising exercise, exit opportunities, hiring, and growth optimization.