Mon.Nov 16, 2020

How to Pitch Like a Shark Tank Winner


During my 20 years in the window industry, I’ve dealt with countless and constant complaints from my customers about the inherent problems with traditional window screens. I was beginning to feel more like a screen replacement man than a salesman, and I decided that there must be a better way.

Arrikto raises $10M for its MLOps platform


Arrikto , a startup that wants to speed up the machine learning development lifecycle by allowing engineers and data scientists to treat data like code, is coming out of stealth today and announcing a $10 million Series A round.

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Bitcoin – The Gateway Drug

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The first crypto asset most people purchase is Bitcoin. It has the highest market capitalization. It has way more search interest. But Bitcoin is not all there is to the crypto sector. There is about $160bn of market value in the crypto sector outside of Bitcoin.

5 key innovations taking e-scooters to a half-billion rides in 2021


Travis VanderZanden. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Travis VanderZanden is the founder and CEO of Bird. Four years ago, shared e-scooters didn’t exist.

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!

British Programmer Wrote a $80 Million App Overnight?—?Helping People Fight Corporate Greed

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Airbnb files to go public


Airbnb filed to go public today , bringing the well-known unicorn one step closer to being a public company. The financial results show a company on the rebound, but smaller than it was. Its more granular financial results also make clear how hard the pandemic was on the travel-reliant unicorn.

Newsletter: Investing in the healthcare revolution


The week’s top investment deals from OurCrowd. Joining the AI healthcare revolution. Better choices to fight cancer. Green light for cleantech investment. Wall Street Journal: OurCrowd chases the ‘trillion-dollar opportunity’. SALT Talks: Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation.

Zilliz raises $43 million as investors rush to China’s open source software


For years, founders and investors in China had little interest in open source software because it did not seem like the most viable business model. Zilliz ‘s latest financing round shows that attitude is changing.

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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.

Powerful Tech at the Lowest Prices: Shop Dell’s Black Friday Savings Event


Tackle any task with business-class performance tech, now at our lowest prices of the year. StartupNation readers can save an additional 5 percent to 10 percent on select Dell products during our Black Friday Savings Event, running Nov. 16 through Nov.

A court decision in favor of startup UpCodes may help shape open access to the law


For the past three years, UpCodes and its founders have been entangled in a copyright lawsuit filed by the International Code Council (ICC).

From Hyper Growth to Hyperscale: What I Learned Managing Small and Massive Teams

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On Thursday, December 3rd at 11 AM PT, Redpoint Office Hours will welcome Linda Tong. Linda has lived an incredible path through startupland from Google, to startups, to the NFL, to AppDynamics.

Harbr raises $38.5M to help enterprises exchange and share big data troves securely


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.

Computer vision startup scores $20M Series A

TechCrunch , a startup that hopes to bring computer vision more broadly to companies to help them identify and tag elements at high speed, announced a $20 million Series A today.

Deep Vision announces its low-latency AI processor for the edge


Deep Vision , a new AI startup that is building an AI inferencing chip for edge computing solutions, is coming out of stealth today.

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PingCAP, the open-source developer behind TiDB, closes $270 million Series D


PingCAP , the open-source software developer best known for NewSQL database TiDB, has raised a $270 million Series D.

3 growth tactics that helped us surpass Noom and Weight Watchers


Henrik Torstensson. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Henrik Torstensson is CEO and co-founder of Lifesum. Previously, he was Head of Premium Sales at Spotify and SVP, Strategy at Stardoll.

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.

A report card for the SEC’s new equity crowdfunding rules


Slava Rubin. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Slava Rubin is founder at Vincent , founder at Indiegogo and founder and general partner at humbition. This month, the Securities Exchange Commission approved major updates to rules enacted via the 2012 JOBS Act.

Gretel announces $12M Series A to make it easier to anonymize data


As companies work with data, one of the big obstacles they face is making sure they are not exposing personally identifiable information (PII) or other sensitive data. It usually requires a painstaking manual effort to strip out that data.

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Unpacking the IPO filing


The last thing I recall thinking about (C3) was seeing its billboards outside San Francisco and asking myself what the hell the company actually did and how much it was spending on huge outdoor advertisements. So much for what I know.

Zeotap raises $18.5M for a customer ID platform it says was built with privacy in mind


As the online world slowly moves to a more privacy-focused environment free of cookies , startups building alternative ways to help businesses manage customer identity and build marketing around that are getting attention.

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.”

Strava raises $110 million, touts growth rate of 2 million new users per month in 2020


Activity and fitness tracking platform Strava has raised $110 million in new funding, in a Series F round led by TCV and Sequoia, and including participation by Dragoneer group, Madrone Capital Partners, Jackson Square Ventures and Go4it Capital.

Equity Monday: C3.AI files to go public and Vision Fund 2 leads $100M round


Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

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The DOJ has approved Mastercard’s acquisition of Finicity


Federal regulators have approved Mastercard’s acquisition of Salt Lake City-based startup Finicity, which provides open-banking APIs. The deal is expected to go for $825 million. “We

Squarespace adds support for memberships and paywalled content


Squarespace is adding a new monetization option for websites built on the platform: Member Areas, where businesses can charge for access to exclusive content.

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.