Fri.Apr 09, 2021

Why being selfish is a good thing

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Mike Malatesta , an entrepreneur, author, investor and podcast host who was a recent guest on the EO 360 podcast with host Dave Will. Self is a misunderstood word. Not because it’s particularly challenging to define. It’s not.

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Here’s Why a Solid Business Plan is Your Best Safety Net as an Entrepreneur

StartupNation

The pandemic’s effect on business has been staggering: In 2020, 163,000 businesses closed on Yelp during the first six months of the pandemic alone. On the flip side, many more businesses made it through, and a lot of those actually thrived.

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Wonder Dynamics raises $2.5M seed to equip indie filmmakers with AI-powered VFX

TechCrunch

Practically every film production these days needs some kind of visual effects work, but independent creators often lack the cash or expertise to get that top-shelf CG.

Insights from Giggster Co-founder Hank Leber on building a location marketplace for creators & content production | E1196

Jason Calacanis

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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!

No-code publishing platform Shorthand raises $8M

TechCrunch

Shorthand , the Australian startup behind a no-code platform that allows publishers and brands to create multimedia stories, has raised $10 million Australian (just under $8 million U.S.) from Fortitude Investment Partners.

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How we dodged risks and raised millions for our open-source machine language startup

TechCrunch

Jorge Torres. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Jorge Torres is CEO and co-founder of MindsDB , an open source AI layer for existing databases. Adam Carrigan. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Adam Carrigan is a co-founder and COO of MindsDB , an open source AI layer for existing databases.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Detroit Startups Celebrate Valuations Well into the Billions (Episode 208)

StartupNation

Earlier this week, Rochester, Michigan-based OneStream Software announced that it closed on $200 million in new capital that will be used to position the company optimally for its IPO slated for the near future.

Ocean Solutions Accelerator doubles down on blue economy with new track for later-stage companies

TechCrunch

The planet-loving folks at the Sustainable Ocean Alliance started an accelerator a couple years back focusing on very early stage companies, but this year they’re expanding the program to accept those who have already closed their first round.

7-Figure Sales Secret: Ditch the CEO Title and Become an Undercover Boss

Entrepreneur's Handbook

How the same trick that made two 19-year-olds 7-figures helped me close major Hollywood deals (without a product in hand). Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». sales marketing startup entrepreneurship business

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.

SnackMagic picks up $15M to expand from build-your-own snack boxes into a wider gifting marketplace

TechCrunch

The office shut-down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year spurred huge investment in digital transformation and a wave of tech companies helping with that, but there were some distinct losers in the shift, too — specifically those whose business models were predicated on serving the very offices that disappeared overnight.

How Steven Yang Created a Billion Dollar Business on Amazon

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Learn from the success of Amazon’s largest seller Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». entrepreneurship anker marketing amazon platform-economy

Extra Crunch roundup: StockX EC-1, Early Stage recaps, unpacking Alkami’s IPO, more

TechCrunch

Over the last few days, we’ve published several articles recapping panels from last week’s TechCrunch Early Stage virtual conference. Each story is based on an interview with a founder or investor who addressed some of the most common startup dilemmas.

What Is Out-Of-Home Advertising? – Types & Examples

Feedough

Advertising is one of the best tools to communicate with customers. It helps them get to know about the latest trends and developments in the market and be informed about the availability of different varieties of products and services around them.

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.

Mortgage is suddenly sexy as SoftBank pumps $500M in Better.com at $6B valuation

TechCrunch

Digital mortgage lender Better.com has raised a $500 million round from Japanese investment conglomerate SoftBank that values the company at $6 billion. The financing is notable for a few reasons.

Honey Business Model | how does honey make money?

Feedough

On January 6, 2020, Paypal paid a whopping $4 billion to acquire Honey Science Corp., making it the largest acquisition ever made by the company.

SoftBank Vision Fund 2 invests $160M in media localization provider Iyuno-SDI Group

TechCrunch

Iyuno-SDI Group , a provider of translated subtitles and other media localization services, announced today it has raised $160 million in funding from SoftBank Vision 2. The company said this makes the fund one of its largest shareholders.

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Funding Friday: Burn Alpha

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Emily Segal is writing her next novel called Burn Alpha and she is crowdfunding it on her Mirror blog. I contributed 0.1 ETH to the effort yesterday evening and she is now approaching her 25 ETH goal.

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.

Scale CEO Alex Wang and Accel’s Dan Levine explain why sometimes unconventional VC deals are best

TechCrunch

Few companies have done better than Scale at spotting a need in the AI gold rush early on and filling that gap.

Mask Mandates Were Effective

Continuations

Yesterday I took a day off after my second vaccine shot and promptly made the mistake of getting myself into a Twitter fight about the effectiveness of mask mandates (sadly the other party deleted their tweets leaving only my side – despite making good points that had me thinking).

Reap all the benefits of exhibiting in Startup Alley at Disrupt 2021

TechCrunch

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it 1,000 times. Startup Alley is ground zero for entrepreneurial opportunity.

[Innoviz in Crowdfund Insider] OurCrowd Portfolio Company Innoviz Trades on Nasdaq in SPAC Deal

OurCrowd

LiDAR firm and OurCrowd portfolio company Innoviz (NASDAQ:INVZ) traded on the Nasdaq this week as part of a SPAC deal that was revealed earlier this year.

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.”

Founder and investor Melissa Bradley outlines how to nail your virtual pitch meeting

TechCrunch

Melissa Bradley wears many hats. She’s the co-founder of a startup called Ureeka, an investor at 1863 Ventures, and a professor at Georgetown’s business school. So it’s not an understatement to say that she understands the fundraising process from every angle.

[Freightos in gCaptain] Suez Ripples Raises Rates for All Containerships

OurCrowd

There are reports of “sharp increases” in Asia-Europe container spot rates this week, as the fallout from the week-long Suez Canal blockage restricts both vessel and equipment capacity in Asia.

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NLPCloud.io helps devs add language processing smarts to their apps

TechCrunch

[Kemtai in The Next Web] Adventures with AI: Can computer vision and GPT-3 get me fit?

OurCrowd

Welcome to Adventures with AI, a column exploring what happens when artificial intelligence takes control of everyday tasks. I enjoy exercise, but I’ve always hated gyms.

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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.