Mon.Oct 26, 2020

4 Things You Need to Know About Establishing Business Credit


Establishing a strong business credit profile is an important factor in how a business’ creditworthiness is evaluated when applying for a small business loan.

Kara Nortman Was Just Promoted to Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. Here’s What it All Means

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Today we’re announcing that my partner Kara Nortman is becoming Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to welcome her to her new role.

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Removing The CEO

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

In almost thirty five years of working on boards, the hardest decisions I have had to make involve removing the CEO. It is an important decision and one that must be made from time to time. I am not a fan of removing the CEO until and unless it is abundantly clear that it must be done.

UK’s PrimaryBid raises $50M as its retail investing platform sees a Covid-19 surge of activity


One of the biggest trends in the world of fintech in the last several years has been the emergence (and surging popularity) of startups building platforms that help more people take a more proactive role in the world of financial services.

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!

Engagement beats scale: Inside Morning Brew’s approach to subscriber growth

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Our newsletter has 2.5 million subscribers, but that’s not the number we actually care about. In August, we hit a major milestone at Morning Brew: 1 million opens. A single edition of the Morning Brew newsletter was opened by over 1 million people.

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Warren Buffett’s 2 Questions To Determine Whether You Have Integrity

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Dallas’ ShearShare has a marketplace connecting stylists with available seats at salons and $2.3 million in funding


Courtney Caldwell and her husband Tye have been building the Dallas-based startup ShearShare , which provides a marketplace service connecting stylists with open seats at hair salons, since 2017.

After 20 Failed Startups, Here’s What Turned This Engineer’s Next Venture Into A $17.7 Billion App

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Good and bad board members (and what to do about them)


Ryan Caldbeck, co-founder and former CEO of consumer-brands-focused crowdfunding site CircleUp , recently published an email he’d written to a former director on the board of the company.

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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.

Effective Entrepreneurs Focus on Creating Systems, Not Achieving Goals

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Ant Group could raise as much as $34.5B in IPO in what would be world’s largest IPO


The long-anticipated IPO of Alibaba-affiliated Chinese fintech giant Ant Group could raise tens of billions of dollars in a dual-listing on both the Shanghai and Hong Kong exchanges.

What You Should Know Before Starting Your Professional Services Business

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Water quality and distribution monitoring software Ketos raises $18 million


Water quality and logistics monitoring software Ketos has raised $15 million from a group of investors to take advantage of the growing demand for better water management tools and technologies.

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.

Five Reasons Why I Left My Startup

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[DailyPay in Yahoo! Finance] With An Unwavering Commitment To Data Security, DailyPay Achieves The Highest Security Certification In The Industry


Linktree raises $10.7M for its lightweight, link-centric user profiles


Simple, link-centric user profiles might seem might not seem like a particularly ambitious idea, but it’s been big enough for Linktree.

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Newsletter: Meeting Scaramucci + Transforming Agriculture


OurCrowd joins SALT Talks. FDA approvals for two more OurCrowd startups. Amazon powers CropX to quadruple sales. A trip to the UAE: Signing deals and making friends. This week’s top investment deals from OurCrowd. Varo offers small cash loans for free.

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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. 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.

Hubilo raises $4.5 million, led by Lightspeed, to focus on virtual events


Earlier this year, the founders of event analytics platform Hubilo pivoted to become a virtual events platform to survive the impact of COVID-19. Today, the startup announced it has raised a $4.5

Focus on Your Loyal Customers, the Rest Will Follow


When starting a new business, many of us tend to focus our time and effort on scaling and getting more and more customers on our website or through the door. As founders, we should be focusing on winning a few loyal customers who could teach us valuable lessons and help us grow our business further.

What would Databricks be worth in a 2021 IPO?


TechCrunch recently covered Databricks’ financial performance in 2020 , contrasting its recent performance to some historical 2019 data that the company shared.

[The Bouqs in Entertainment Tonight] The Best Subscription Boxes to Give as Holiday Gifts


The Bouqs has blossomed into a direct to consumer business model that sources fresh flowers, plants and wreaths from eco-friendly farms around the world and delivers them straight to your (recipient’s) door.


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.”

Equity Monday: SAP’s warning, and IPO updates for both Airbnb and Databricks


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

[Stellar Cyber in Business Wire] Deeptree Partners With Stellar Cyber to Deliver Comprehensive Cybersecurity Services



Decrypted: How Twitter was hacked, GitHub DMCA backfires


One week to the U.S. presidential election and things are getting spicy. It’s not just the rhetoric — hackers are actively working to disrupt the election, officials have said, and last week they came with a concrete example and an unusually quick pointing of blame.

[Innoviz in Bloomberg News] With Robotaxis Still a Distant Dream, Lidar Makes Itself Useful


Innoviz Technologies Ltd., an Israeli startup backed by two of the world’s largest auto suppliers, Aptiv Plc and Magna International Inc.,

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.