Mon.Jun 21, 2021

Analog Summer

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It is officially summer now and with adult vaccination rates passing 70% in many parts of the US, people are out and about. I’ve heard the term “analog summer” used to describe this moment. If the past 15 months have been a digital lockdown, then the next three months are going to mark a return to analog activities; beaches, parks, concerts, bars, restaurants, nightlife, etc, etc.

How To Properly Set Achievable and Meaningful Goals

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Objectives and Key Results aka OKRs are a hugely popular way of setting goals. But like any framework and tool, when used badly it can cause issues, yet when used well, can build happy, high performing companies and teams.


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Go-to-Market Tactics for Category-Defining Startups

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Thinking beyond traditional approaches towards growth Image credits: [link] You’re a tech founder with a vision of building a product that will establish and dominate a brand-new category. You have an initial product, and maybe even raised capital.

DataRails books $25M more to build better financial reporting tools for SMBs


As enterprise startups continue to target interesting gaps in the market, we’re seeing increasingly sophisticated tools getting built for small and medium businesses — traditionally a tricky segment to sell to, too small for large enterprise tools, and too advanced in their needs for consumer products.

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

10 Reasons to Join a Startup During Your Early Career

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Here are some snippets from my learning experience while working in a startup. Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash Many people are skeptical of joining startups, fearing the lack of job stability and work-life balance; I was one of those people long back.

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Fundraising Became Much Easier Once I learned Some Basic Math

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WaitWhat raises $12M to double down on what comes after podcasts


As podcasting continues to gain ground among mainstream consumers as a digital media platform alongside music, video, and the printed word, a startup that made a name for itself through building content for the medium has closed a round of funding to help it explore what comes next.

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Financial Freedom Is Impossible If You Don’t Find a Way to Make Money While You Sleep

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Navv Systems Gets $3.2 Million in Venture Funding (Episode 244)


On today’s Business Beat, Jeff talks to physician Daniel Siegal, CEO of Navv Systems , a Michigan-based company focused on hospital personnel location and equipment tracking and location services. The company just closed a $3.2

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

How to Close Clients Online Even When You’re a Beginner at Sales

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Music licensing marketplace Songtradr raises $50M


Music licensing marketplace Songtradr this morning announced a $50 million Series D.

How Kuula TV is Disrupting an Industry On the Back of the Pandemic

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Seed is not the new Series A


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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.

Research Assistant (PT, TEMP)

Forward Cities

Position Summary. Forward Cities is seeking applications for a temporary (six-month) part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Research Assistant to join our team. Forward Cities is a national leader in developing and applying research tools that support communities to better understand the inner workings of their entrepreneurial ecosystems. We’ve created a suite of assessment and evaluation tools that have been applied in communities around the country.

Maybe neobanks will break even after all


The Exchange is back after its brief hiatus. Anna and I have some really neat stuff planned, so stick with us every morning this week. — Alex. Building a consumer-facing fintech company is expensive.

[BioCatch in Businesswire] BioCatch Named an Overall Leader by KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Fraud Reduction Intelligence Platforms


NEW YORK & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioCatch, the global leader in behavioral biometrics, announced today that it has been named an Overall Leader in the 2021 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Fraud Reduction Intelligence Platforms.

Revolut revenue grew by 57% in 2020


Fintech startup Revolut has filed some financial results and is sharing details with the press. In 2020, the company reported $361 million in revenue (£261 million) — that’s a 57% increase compared to 2019 revenue of $229 million (£166 million).

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

NEWS: YouTube Small Biz Day on June 24 – First Ever

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Want to get more out of YouTube and other Google offerings? definitely check out YouTube Small Business Day from Google. To celebrate and support small businesses on YouTube, we’re thrilled to announce the first-ever YouTube Small Biz Day , as part of Google’s International Small Business Week.

Buy now, pay later startup Kredivo doubles its debt facility from Victory Park Capital to $200M


Kredivo announced today it has secured another $100 million debt facility from Victory Park Capital (VPC). This doubles the Indonesian digital lending and credit platform’s total warehouse financing facility from VPC to $200 million. The first round was closed in July 2020.

Choose a Profitable Niche for Your Business in 3 Simple Steps


You have an exciting new business idea and have been studying how to start a business. But have you chosen a niche yet? Focusing on a niche allows your business to excel and become known for that particular thing.

Uber to become the sole owner of grocery delivery startup Cornershop


Uber has reached a deal to become the sole owner of Latin American delivery startup Cornershop, just one year after acquiring a majority stake in the company.

4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Fact: Good data lives at the core of every successful B2B demand generation strategy. Without quality data, it’s nearly impossible to identify and segment your target audience and create messaging that speaks to their values and interests. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or you’re new to demand generation, learning the tricks of the trade can be, well, tricky. In this eBook, you’ll discover how to improve your demand generation program—and your bottom line.

Tech Review: vcita – A Business Management Platform for Service-Based Hustles

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With so many software products available on the market nowadays, it feels like small business entrepreneurs have gotten used to working with multiple apps to take care of things like scheduling appointments, getting paid by customers, relationship management, and nurturing leads.

GrowSari, a B2B platform for small stores in the Philippines, adds investors like Temasek’s Pavilion Capital and Tencent


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6 Ways E-Commerce Startups Can Compete with Amazon Shipping (and Win)


Although it may seem like ages ago, many of us remember what an ordeal it was to order products online that were unavailable in our local stores.

When to Stop Coaching a Struggling Employee

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The Modern Customer Success Playbook

The evolution of every high-functioning, effective customer success strategy centers around three C’s: connected experiences, an engaging customer journey, and a culture built on customer-centricity. Satisfaction won’t cut it. Quarterbacking your customers to long-term success and growth is proven to combat churn and transform customer success teams into revenue-drivers. But where do you start? Download the playbook today!