Mon.Feb 22, 2021

Try This on for Size: The Future of Retail is Social Commerce

StartupNation

In 2000, e-commerce primarily took place on individual websites. Today, it happens in marketplaces.

A Genius Chemist Broke a German Monopoly’s Grip?—?Using Their Own Product

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Splice gets $55 million for its software bringing beats from bedrooms to bandstands

TechCrunch

Splice , the New York-based, AI-infused, beat-making software service for music producers created by the founder of GroupMe, has managed to sample another $55 million in financing from investors for its wildly popular service.

5 Ideas for Implementing a Workplace Wellness Program at Your Company

StartupNation

Sponsored content. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, stress was already costing Australian businesses upwards of $10 billion every year. Anxiety levels have worsened, with COVID-19 proving to be hugely disruptive to corporate wellness.

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!

Creatio raises $68M as the low-code space keeps attracting huge checks

TechCrunch

This morning Creatio , a Boston-based software company, announced that it has raised $68 million. Volition Capital , a growth-equity fund, led the round. The deal was a minority investment in the startup.

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If Coinbase is worth $100 billion, what’s a fair valuation for Stripe?

TechCrunch

Mere days after we discussed Coinbase at $77 billion and Stripe at $115 billion in the private markets, those same semi-liquid exchanges have provided a new valuation for the cryptocurrency company. It’s now $100 billion, per Axios’ reporting.

Bumble’s IPO Shows Dating Apps Have Changed Courting Forever

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd has entered into a rarefied club of self-made female billionaires after the company enjoyed an IPO that… Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». relationships startup business entrepreneurship dating

Snack, where TikTok meets dating, gets $3.5 million in funding

TechCrunch

After online dating’s tremendous 2020 growth that culminated in last week’s epic Bumble IPO, a new entrant has tossed its hat into the dating app ring. Snack , founded by Kimberly Kaplan, looks to merge the popularity and format of TikTok with the dating world.

Men Aren’t the Thing Holding Female Founders Back?—?What’s Really Holding Women Back in Startups?

Entrepreneur's Handbook

From a female founder who’s worked with thousands of aspiring women in business…and hundreds of male entrepreneurs, too. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». women entrepreneurship business startup female-founders

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.

Indonesian investment platform FUNDtastic lands $7.7 million Series A

TechCrunch

Despite the market impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, retail investing is increasing in Indonesia , especially among people aged 18 to 30. Today, investment platform FUNDtastic announced it has raised a $7.7

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Business Startups Continue at Record Pace (Episode 178)

StartupNation

We’ve reported previously on the Business Beat that the last quarter of 2020 was a really robust one when it comes to business startups in the U.S. In a new report by the Visual Capitalist, new data from the U.S.

Lucid Motors strikes SPAC deal to go public with $24 billion valuation

TechCrunch

Lucid Motors reached an agreement to become a publicly traded company through a merger with special-purpose acquisition company Churchill Capital IV Corp., in the largest deal yet between a blank-check company and an electric vehicle startup. .

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

In my Jan 1st post talking about what I expected to happen this year , I wrote: I think we will see the end of the Covid Pandemic in the US sometime in the second quarter. I believe the US will work out the challenges we are having getting out of the gate and will be vaccinating at least 40mm people a month in the US in the first quarter.

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.

Ageras nabs $73M at a $244M valuation for its accountancy marketplace and bookkeeping tech stack

TechCrunch

Vertical marketplaces continue to be a key lynchpin in the digital economy, a centralized place where people providing certain goods or services can connect with those specifically looking to buy them, a position that has, it seems, become even more prominent and in-demand in our pandemic economy.

Business Environment – Definition, Components, & Features

Feedough

Several internal and external factors directly or indirectly influence business operations. While some of these are within the business’s control, most of these are not; and the business has to adapt itself to avoid being affected by changes in such factors.

Rows, formerly dashdash, raises $16M to build and populate web apps using only spreadsheet skills

TechCrunch

Spreadsheet software — led by products like Microsoft’s Excel, Google’s Sheets and Apple’s Numbers — continues to be one of the most-used categories of business apps, with Excel alone clocking up more than a billion users just on its Android version.

How Ramon Ray Makes Perfect Podcasts That Keep Audience Engaged

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray, the founder of Smart Hustle Media, wears multiple hats. He started four companies (sold two of them), wrote best-selling books, and interviewed the past United States president. Ramon is an authority on small business growth. Through his speeches, he inspires audiences around the globe.

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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.

EquityBee raises $20M to help startup employees actually afford their stock options

TechCrunch

EquityBee , a stock option marketplace startup, has raised $20 million in a Series A round of funding. Group 11 led the financing, which also included participation from Oren Zeev Ventures, Battery Ventures and ICON Continuity Fund.

‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 17: A Conversation with Burton Heiss

StartupNation

Welcome to an all-new episode of “Everything Borrowed,” a podcast hosted by Andrew Blake! On this episode, Andrew welcomes Burton Heiss, CEO of Buddy’s Pizza. Burton joined Buddy’s Pizza as CEO in July 2019, with over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

Katana raises $11M Series A to be the SaaS powering ‘manufacturing entrepreneurs’

TechCrunch

Katana , an Estonian startup that has built manufacturing-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for SMBs, has raised $11 million in Series A funding.

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The Four Types of Startup COOs

Tomasz Tunguz

If you asked 5 people in Startupland to define the role of a COO, you would receive 10 different explanations. I have three myself. What does a modern COO do? The role of a COO has evolved over the past decade or so because of broader changes within the ecosystem which has created some confusion what what precisely should a COO do. Recently, Redpoint Office Hours welcomed Allison Pickens to clarify the COO role and when startups should consider recruiting one.

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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.”

Gophr, the U.K. last-mile delivery company, picks up £4M funding

TechCrunch

Gophr , a U.K.-based based last-mile delivery provider, has raised £4 million in funding, as it looks to invest in its product off the back of 300% revenue growth during the last 12 months. Leading the round is pan-European B2B investor Nauta Capital.

[OurCrowd in The Times of Israel] OurCrowd startup survey shows hybrid office/remote work model set to continue

OurCrowd

Even as coronavirus vaccinations are being rolled out, only 14.3% of OurCrowd’s portfolio companies see employees working solely in the workplace by July 1. Read more here.

Winning enterprise sales teams know how to persuade the Chief Objection Officer

TechCrunch

Oren Yunger. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Oren Yunger is an investor at GGV Capital , where he leads the cybersecurity vertical and drives investments in enterprise IT, data infrastructure, and developer tools.

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[CropX in PR Newswire] CropX Addresses Critical Soil Health Challenge – Develops Advanced Fertilizer and Salt Monitoring Capability

OurCrowd

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — CropX, a global leader in soil analytics for agriculture, today announced a significant advancement in soil sensing technology: the ability to accurately and continuously monitor soil fertilizer and salt levels.

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.