Wed.Jan 20, 2021

Today’s entrepreneurs weigh in: Is entrepreneurship a lonely journey?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

At the core of Entrepreneurs’ Organization ‘s mission is helping entrepreneurs achieve their full potential. And one of the most powerful ways to accomplish this is by encouraging valuable experience sharing.

big ideas 2021: a bold path forward for innovation and entrepreneurship education

Venture Well

For 25 years, VentureWell has closely supported early-stage STEM entrepreneurs who are designing groundbreaking innovations for the world’s most urgent problems. This year, we’ll be exploring four big ideas that are critical to addressing the challenges ahead.

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Digital securities platform iSTOX closes $50 million Series A to make private equity accessible to more investors

TechCrunch

Oi Yee Choo, chief commercial officer of digital securities platform iSTOX. iSTOX , a digital securities platform that wants to make private equity investment more accessible, has added new investors from Japan to its Series A round, bringing its total to $50 million.

Innovation 2021 – Is Remote Work Killing Corporate Innovation?

UBI Global

This is how to keep the innovation flowing in today’s remote work environment The concept of remote work isn’t new by any means, but with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies had to quickly embrace the concept as the new normal.

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!

Miami-based Ironhack raises $20 million for its coding bootcamps as demand for coders continues

TechCrunch

Ironhack , a company offering programming bootcamps across Europe and North and South America, has raised $20 million in its latest round of funding.

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This startup says its AI can better spot a healthy embryo — and improve IVF success

TechCrunch

With every year, AI is beginning to bring more standardized levels of diagnostic accuracy in medicine. This is true of skin cancer detection , for example, and lung cancers.

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From Employee to Entrepreneur: Becoming Your Own Boss in 2021

StartupNation

Plenty of people dream of launching their own business, but then they undermine themselves, coming up with reasons to put off their dream just a little longer. And then they put it off again. And again. Maybe they don’t feel like they have the capital to pull it off.

African edtech startup uLesson lands a $7.5 million Series A

TechCrunch

ULesson , an edtech startup based in Nigeria that sells digital curriculum to students through SD cards, has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Owl Ventures, which closed over half a billion in new fund money just months ago.

5 Reasons to Be a Part of a Business Community

Smart Hustle Magazine

Being a part of the business community plays a critical role in the success of small business owners. If you look at the thriving small business owners, you will find that most of them are outstanding community players.

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.

Genflow nabs $11M investment from BGF

TechCrunch

Genflow , a London an0d LA-based brand building agency that offers an e-commerce and mobile tech platform to let influencers start companies, has raised $11 million in funding. Leading the round is U.K. investor BGF.

How to Start a Biotech Company on a Budget

Y Combinator

Running a biotech company is capital intensive, and this can make it intimidating to get started. Founders sometimes face a chicken and egg problem: how do you make progress without millions of dollars in funding, and how do you raise millions of dollars in funding without having made progress?

Fintech startups and unicorns had a stellar Q4 2020

TechCrunch

The fourth quarter of 2020 was as busy as you imagined, with super late-stage startups reaching new valuation thresholds at a record pace, and total venture capital funding in the United States recording its second-best result of all time.

How AR and AI are Driving Innovation Amid Social Distancing

StartupNation

AR and AI tools are a goldmine for retailers that can gather customer data to improve marketing, product development and personalization. Read how AR and AI work together to drive trendy new innovations like touchless makeup trials that make distance shopping easier. Theresa Novicky knows makeup.

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.

Curtsy, a clothing resale app aimed at Gen Z women, raises $11 million Series A

TechCrunch

Curtsy , a clothing resale app and competitor to recently IPO’d Poshmark, announced today it has raised $11 million in Series A funding for its startup focused on the Gen Z market.

Ten-Nine Technologies

Innovation 2 Enterprise

About Ten-Nine Tech Ten-Nine Technologies is dedicated to developing new materials for new economies. Venture-backed and based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is led by founder and inventor Paige Johnson.

Cannabis marketing startup Fyllo acquires DataOwl

TechCrunch

Fyllo has acquired DataOwl , a company offering marketing and loyalty tools for cannabis retailers. Fyllo said it already works with 320 cannabis retailers across 25 states (plus Puerto Rico and Jamaica).

Seed Funding Explained: What It Is & how It Works?

Feedough

Startups are a lot like plants. An entrepreneur sows a seed in the form of a startup idea , takes care of it and nurtures it with internal and external aid till the startup grows, reaps fruits, and sustains itself. Startup aid usually comes in the form of funding and capital investment.

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.

Accounting automation startup Geroges raises $42.4 million and rebrands to Indy

TechCrunch

French startup Georges — or Georges.tech — is raising a new round of funding of $42.4 million (€35 million). The company is also getting a new name and will be called Indy going forward. The startup has been building an accounting automation application for freelancers and small companies.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: MLM Industry Surging During COVID (Episode 164)

StartupNation

While the COVID crisis has decimated certain business sectors, it is accelerating many others right before our eyes. One of those sectors growing significantly? Multi-level marketing, or MLM.

HiPeople picks up $3M seed to automate reference checks

TechCrunch

HiPeople , a HR tech startup based in Berlin that wants to automate the reference checking process, has raised $3 million in seed funding. Leading the round is Mattias Ljungman’s Moonfire , with participation from Capnamic Ventures, and Cherry Ventures. It follows a $1.1

My Startup Failed and It’s All My Fault

Entrepreneur's Handbook

What I learned in my first startup failure and how you can determine if and when to cut your losses. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». business failure life startup entrepreneurship

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.”

Ben Franklin Awarded SBA Grant To Develop Women’s eBusiness Center

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

State College, PA – The largest early stage investor in the region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA, is pleased to announce it is one of the 20 recipients of an SBA grant intended to expand training resources that support women-owned small businesses across the country.

3 Steps to Find Out If Your Business Idea Is a Waste of Time

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Introducing The New CEO

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

When a CEO has been removed for failed leadership , it is best to have a new CEO waiting in the wings to take over. I have been in the middle of this transition many times and have often been the person announcing the change to the company and introducing the new CEO. I have seen this done well and I have seen this done poorly. That first all-hands meeting is a critical moment for the new CEO.

The Question That Shows How Great Founders Think

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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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.