Tue.May 11, 2021

In-Person vs On-Screen

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Last week I spent three hours with my six partners in a conference room talking through what we are investing in and why. It was a terrific session and I had more “ahas” in those three hours than I have had in many many months. There really is no substitute for sitting together with your colleagues working things out face to face. This week our team met with a founder in Singapore via Zoom. It was midnight in Singapore and noon in NYC.

reimagining chemical engineering education: q&a with Dr. Pedro Arce of Tennessee Tech University

Venture Well

Faculty grantee, Pedro Arce, designed courses that tasked chemical engineering students with developing innovative, nature-inspired solutions to societal challenges.

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Five After Hours Habits to Help You Build a Tiny Empire, Quietly

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Build from your bedroom. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». work startup productivity self-improvement entrepreneurship

Engageli nabs $33M more for its collaborative video-based teaching platform

TechCrunch

As schools move more widely into reopening their doors for in-person learning, many educational institutions have also learned a critical lesson in the last year.

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!

COVID-19 Accelerated Innovation: How Can Your Startup Embrace Change Moving Forward?

StartupNation

The COVID-19 pandemic was a catalyst that accelerated innovation and change in almost every industry. What used to take some businesses five years to accomplish remarkably took them only five months during the pandemic.

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14 Counterintuitive Reasons You’re Better off Without Funding or a Team

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Going it broke and alone might seem like a bizarre strategy, but it can yield some surprising payoffs. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». business startup startup-lessons entrepreneurship venture-capital

The motorcycle ride-hailing wars in Nigeria and Uganda is SafeBoda’s to lose

TechCrunch

On April 16, Uganda-based two-wheel ride-hailing platform SafeBoda announced that it had completed 1 million rides in Ibadan, a southwestern city in Nigeria.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Tech Workers Continue Migration into the Midwest (Episode 222)

StartupNation

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares a recent Axois survey indicating that young engineers and recent college graduates are looking to Miami, Houston and Philadelphia as hot spots to start a career, rather than San Fransisco, New York or Seattle.

Why TransUnion led blockchain fintech Spring Labs’ $30M Series B

TechCrunch

Consumer credit reporting agency TransUnion recently announced it had invested an undisclosed sum in Spring Labs, which is building out a blockchain-based data-sharing platform. Now, TechCrunch has exclusive details on the size of that round and the nature of the relationship.

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.

You Become Wealthy by Owning Capital

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Ownership is what creates wealth Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». entrepreneurship money work finance

Apptopia raises $20M to expand its competitive intelligence business beyond mobile

TechCrunch

Boston-based Apptopia , a company providing competitive intelligence in the mobile app ecosystem, has closed on $20 million in Series C funding aimed at fueling its expansion beyond the world of mobile apps.

The Gift Of Induced Failure & Generalist Leadership

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Dave Snowden’s tips for future leaders and entrepreneurs. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». learn-through-failure generalists entrepreneurship startup leadership

SightCall raises $42M for its AR-based visual assistance platform

TechCrunch

Long before COVID-19 precipitated “digital transformation” across the world of work, customer services and support was built to run online and virtually. Yet it too is undergoing an evolution supercharged by technology.

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.

How to Maximize Your Profitable Growth in Your Chosen Market Segments

StartupNation

The following is excerpted from from “Choose Your Customer: How to Compete Against the Digital Giants and Thrive” by Jonathan L.S. Byrnes and John S. Wass, pp. 141-145 (McGraw Hill, May 2021). You are what you sell.

CircleCI announces $100M Series F on $1.7B valuation along with Vamp acquisition

TechCrunch

CircleCI , the continuous delivery pioneer, announced a $100 million Series F today on a $1.7 billion valuation. At the same time, the company announced it has acquired Vamp , a release orchestration startup that should fit nicely in the CircleCI platform.

Three Uncommon, Yet Effective, Ways to Grow Your Customer Base

Smart Hustle Magazine

Customers write your paychecks. Assuming your products are priced profitably, the more customers you have, the more revenue and profit you earn. Here are three ways to grow your customer base: Reactivate inactive customers.

Cybersecurity startup Panaseer raises $26.5M Series B led by AllegisCyber Capital

TechCrunch

Panaseer , which takes a data science approach to cybersecurity, has raised $26.5 million in a Series B funding led by AllegisCyber Capital.

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.

He Started 7 Businesses from Scratch – Catch David Mammano Live at Survive and Thrive Summit (Spring) 2021

Smart Hustle Magazine

Running a successful small business is a tough job. And most often, it is more challenging than doing a full-time job. As a business owner, you have to spread the word for your business, scale it up, outsmart your competitors, and whatnot.

Lili, a neobank aimed at freelancers, raises $55M as it passes 200K users

TechCrunch

A startup that has built a neobank specifically to address the needs of freelancers and sole traders has picked up a growth round to continue expanding its business after seeing its usage grow by 1,500% in a year.

[Cognitiv in NoCamels] Israeli Startup Nimble Raises $10M For Autonomous Manicure Robot

OurCrowd

Israeli startup Nimble, a company that developed a machine that offers an automatic manicure for nails based on 3D image processing technologies, has raised $10 million in a seed funding round led by venture capital firms Entrée Capital and LionBird, the company announced this week. Read more here.

Final-mile fulfillment startup parcelLab closes $112M Series C funding led by Insight Partners

TechCrunch

Munich-based parcelLab , which offers a final-mile fulfillment service for online retailers, has closed a $112 million (GB£80 million) Series C funding round led by the U.S. VC/PE firm Insight Partners.

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.”

[People.AI in PR Newswire] People.ai Acquires Salesforce Productivity Company Hero Research and Launches New Embedded Salesforce Experience

OurCrowd

SAN FRANCISCO, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — People.ai, the revenue operations and intelligence platform, has acquired Hero Research, Inc., a Salesforce user productivity app. The acquisition redefines the Salesforce user experience for sales reps using People.ai

Led by ex-Amazonians, Acquco raises $160M to buy and scale e-commerce businesses

TechCrunch

There has been a flurry of investments in startups focused on acquiring third-party sellers on Amazon and helping them build their businesses.

[JumpCloud in Security Boulevard] Capterra Names JumpCloud a Top Performer for IT Management

OurCrowd

IT Admins continue to choose JumpCloud’s directory platform as their go-to for managing users’ identities, access, and devices across all IT resources. Read more here.

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Cycode raises $20M to secure DevOps pipelines

TechCrunch

Israeli security startup Cycode , which specializes in helping enterprises secure their DevOps pipelines and prevent code tampering, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series A funding round led by Insight Partners.

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.