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Parrot, a tool for digitizing Mexico’s restaurants, takes in $9.5M

TechCrunch

The global pandemic threw a wrench in the plans of restaurants all over the world two years ago when diners stayed home, causing many eateries to shift their business to pickup or delivery.

Business Basics To Perfect: 12 Entrepreneurs Weigh-In

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What is one business basic every entrepreneur should perfect when looking to start a business? To help you master the business basics, we asked business leaders and entrepreneurs for their best insights.

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Y Combinator will now invest $500,000 in accelerator companies

TechCrunch

Startup accelerator Y Combinator announced this morning that it has updated its terms, providing participating companies with more total cash. The group will now invest $500,000 in batch startups. The money comes in two different forms.

Why Entrepreneurs Are Made, Not Born

StartupNation

You either have it or you don’t. How many times have you heard that? Or, a business owner saying, “I was born to be an entrepreneur.” But in business and life, things are rarely that black and white.

100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.

YC’s $500,000 Standard Deal

Y Combinator

We have a new standard deal at Y Combinator. When a company is accepted into the YC batch program, we now invest a total of $500,000. We still invest $125,000 for 7% and now also invest an additional $375,000 on an uncapped safe with an MFN 1.

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Bolt raises $709M at an $8.4B valuation to expand its transportation and food delivery super app

TechCrunch

Economies of scale are an essential cornerstone for on-demand companies, and to that end one of the hopefuls in the space has raised a big round to grow its business.

Why I Only Invest in US-Based Startups

Entrepreneur's Handbook

And What to Do to Get American Investment Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». investment venture-capital startup entrepreneurship angel-investors

Kodland, which teaches kids digital skills, grabs $9M to scale its online coding school

TechCrunch

London-based Kodland , which started out back in 2018 offering in-person courses for children to learn digital skills like computer programming before switching focus to online learning from early 2020, has closed a $9 million Series A funding round to scale into more markets.

Do Data Startups Command a Premium in the Fundraising Market?

Tomasz Tunguz

After writing my predictions for the year 2022 , a reader asked how I would measure if this were truly the decade of data. Good question! The market determines which sectors are in favor and which sectors aren’t.

Your Guide to Using Conversational Marketing to Drive Demand Generation

What is conversational marketing really about? This guide will examine the market forces at play, shifting buyer trends, how to leverage conversation marketing, and the tactics involved in adopting it for a B2B demand generation strategy.

Is cell-cultured meat ready for prime time?

TechCrunch

Meat has been part of the human diet since before we found fire, but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the production of meat at scale is more of a detriment to the environment and the world than a benefit.

An Entrepreneur Advises on Juggling Challenges, Putting Principles Before Money

StartupNation

This excerpt is adapted from “Seven Years on the Front Line: True Stories and Tough Lessons about a Small Business that You Won’t Learn in a Classroom” by Sarah Y. Tse ©2020 and is reproduced with permission from TSE Worldwide Press.

Career Karma lands $40M to evolve into an edtech employee benefit

TechCrunch

Career Karma raised its first millions off of a pitch that resonates with anyone who has ever googled coding bootcamps: a navigation tool for aspiring students and working professionals.

5 Reasons You Won't Make it as a Freelancer

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LinkedIn + ZoomInfo Recruiter: Better Data for Better Candidates

Check out our latest ebook for a guide to the in-depth, wide-ranging candidate and company data offered by ZoomInfo Recruiter — and make your next round of candidate searches faster, more efficient, and ultimately more successful.

Jakarta-based SME financial platform KoinWorks scoops up $108M Series C

TechCrunch

The backbone of Indonesia’s economy are its estimated more than 60 million SMEs. But many lack access to working capital and, especially before the pandemic, managed their finances using manual processes like spreadsheets.

What I Learned About Pricing From an Entrepreneur Whose Company Sold for $4.75 Billion

Entrepreneur's Handbook

If finding the perfect price for your startup’s product is hard, it’s probably because you’re approaching your market the wrong way. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». business startup inspiration pricing-strategy entrepreneurship

Nigeria’s ThankUCash secures $5.3M to build infrastructure for cashback, deals and BNPL services

TechCrunch

Loyalty, deals and rewards services are a rarity in most African markets. The unit economics and other factors such as currency instability make such businesses hard to pull off in the region.

[Stellar Cyber in Business Wire] Stellar Cyber named a Finalist for CRN’s 2021 Tech Innovator Award

OurCrowd

Stellar Cyber, the leading security operations platform for MSSPs and innovator of Open XDR, is announcing that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named it as a Finalist for the 2021 CRN Tech Innovator Awards.

A Recruiter’s Guide To Hiring In 2021

With vaccination rates rising, consumers spending more money, and people returning to offices, the job market is going through a period of unprecedented adjustment. As the New York Times observed, “It’s a weird moment for the American economy.” And recruiting professionals are caught in the middle. To make the most of this disruption, you need to understand the economic drivers, develop a strong strategy for unearthing valuable talent, and use the latest tech tools to get the job done. Read this guide to get your recruiting practice ready to thrive in the new normal.

Arive raises $20M for an instant delivery service beyond groceries and essentials

TechCrunch

Instant purchase and delivery of food and other essentials was one of the big bubbles of opportunity in the world of e-commerce in the last year, with dozens of startups big and small emerging and scooping up funding to build out businesses to bring items like groceries, toilet paper and Tylenol to people’s doors in 30 minutes or less.

[Alpha Tau in PR Newswire] Alpha Tau announces results of first US clinical trial of Alpha DaRT™ in malignant skin & soft tissue cancers, showing complete response in all ten treated tumors at approximately 12 weeks and no product-related serious adverse events

OurCrowd

Alpha Tau Medical Ltd. (“Alpha Tau”), the developer of the innovative alpha-radiation cancer therapy Alpha DaRT™, announced today that all ten patients in its US multi-center pilot trial of the Alpha DaRT for malignant skin & soft tissue cancers have reached the secondary endpoint for measurement of tumor response.

With funding from top investors, Gameto is aiming to delay — even eradicate — menopause

TechCrunch

With every year, more scientists and academics are very specifically trying to lengthen the lifespan of humans and ensure that those extra years are worth living.

5 of the Biggest Gaps in Cyber Liability Insurance

StartupNation

An alarming number of data breaches and cyberattacks have occurred in the past several years, thanks to a global pandemic and various other factors. More precisely, cyberattacks have increased by 27% compared to 2020, with phishing and ransomware leading the way. .

Reaching Unreachable Candidates

Speaker: Patrick Dempsey and Andrew Erpelding of ZoomInfo

What is ZoomInfo for Recruiters? Find and connect with the right talent to fill roles fast with more data, basic search, advanced search, candidate and company profiles, and export results. Watch this On-Demand Webinar today to see how ZoomInfo for Recruiters can work to get your talented candidates results.

Business banking startup Qonto raises $552 million at $5 billion valuation

TechCrunch

French startup Qonto has raised a $552 million Series D funding round (€486 million). Following this investment, the startup has reached a valuation of $5 billion (€4.4 billion). This is one of the largest rounds in the French tech ecosystem.

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How Do Smart Contracts Work for Startups?

StartupNation

Smart contracts use the blockchain , the technology that powers crypto, to generate self-enforcing and digitally distributed contracts. They can execute themselves automatically when certain conditions are met and are difficult to manipulate or spoof, preventing fraud.

Indonesia’s eFishery raises $90M from Temasek, SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Sequoia Capital India

TechCrunch

Indonesia-based eFishery announced today that it has raised what it claims is the largest round of funding by an aquaculture tech startup in the world.

Community of Cultivators: Edition 58

GCUC

Here at GCUC we are immensely fortunate to cross paths and work with so many amazing people. Through our work, we’ve cultivated a global. The post Community of Cultivators: Edition 58 appeared first on GCUC Community. Community Cultivators Blog Series

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.