Wed.Jun 23, 2021

Trying to Stay Relevant? 4 Things Marketers Should Keep in Mind.

Smart Hustle Magazine

To say the past year was tough would be an understatement –– the pandemic completely uprooted our lives, flipped entire industries upside down and forced many SMBs to rethink their entire business strategy.

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PairTree speeds adoption process with an online, self-matching platform and $2.25M seed

TechCrunch

Making the choice to adopt, or to find an adopting family, is a legally complex, emotionally taxing, expensive and time-consuming process.

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Here Are 5 Best Practices for Post-Pandemic Content Marketing

StartupNation

Consumers have changed and evolved, and it’s imperative that your content marketing efforts reflect their current needs.

Autonomous trucking startup Embark to go public in $5.2B SPAC deal

TechCrunch

Five-year old self-driving truck startup Embark Trucks Inc. said Wednesday it would merge with special purpose acquisition company Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp. II in a deal valued at $5.2 billion.

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The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

6 Traits to Boost Your Startup’s Valuation (and Exit Opportunities)

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Your startup doesn’t have to make a single sale to garner a 6-, 7-, or 8+ figure valuation — but it does need a few other attributes. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». venture-capital business startup money entrepreneurship

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NEWS – CoalitionForms “Launchpad America” to Help Entrepreneurs Succeed as Nation Emerges from Pandemic

Smart Hustle Magazine

Investors’ thirst for growth could bode well for SentinelOne’s IPO

TechCrunch

Turning the page from the early-stage venture capital market to the super late-stage exit market, this morning we’re talking about endpoint security company SentinelOne’s IPO in the context of Sprinklr’s own.

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A 4 Stage Roadmap to Turn Your SaaS Idea Into Profit

Entrepreneur's Handbook

When you don’t understand the process, you risk running out of resources Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». saas startup product-management entepreneurship investment

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In its first funding in 7 years, profitable fintech Lower raises $100M Series A led by Accel

TechCrunch

Lower , an Ohio-based home finance platform, announced today it has raised $100 million in a Series A funding round led by Accel. This round is notable for a number of reasons. First off, it’s a large Series A even by today’s standards.

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

Your Business idea Is Worth Nothing (Right Now)

Entrepreneur's Handbook

The paradox of business ideas, and how to make real progress. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». creators product success entrepreneurship business

Product design expert Scott Tong will join us at TC Early Stage in July

TechCrunch

Thoughtful and high-quality product design is no longer optional. Gone are the days that a startup could launch with a bare-bones app or website.

Beware the Tax Consequences of the Convertible Note

Angel Capital Association

By: Kevin Learned, Partner of Loon Creek Capital The pros and cons of convertible notes have been thoroughly documented. However, the tax consequences of a convertible note have not been explored in as much depth. This blog post is an attempt to document the adverse tax effects that have surprised some investors. Convertible notes are a popular instrument for raising early-stage capital.

Aircall raises $120 million for its cloud-based phone system

TechCrunch

Aircall has raised a $120 million Series D round led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Following today’s funding round, the company has reached unicorn status, which means it has a valuation above $1 billion — this is the 16th French unicorn.

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.

[Nexa3D in Business Wire] Nexa3D Wins Innovation Award at AM Tech Forum Powered by ASME

OurCrowd

VENTURA, Calif.–(BUSINESS –(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ultrafast 3D printing pioneer, Nexa3D, was awarded “Best in Class” for machines in processes at the Innovations Awards at the AM Tech Forum on June 17, 2021.

6 strategies for running more effective startup board meetings

TechCrunch

Sylvain Kalache. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Sylvain Kalache is the co-founder of Holberton , an edtech company training digital talent in more than 10 countries. An entrepreneur and software engineer, he has worked in the tech industry for more than a decade.

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Stop Trying to Create Organizational Culture

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Culture is an experience, not a policy Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». organizational-culture business leadership work culture

Emergence’s Lotti Siniscalco and Retail Zipline’s Melissa Wong will join us on Extra Crunch Live

TechCrunch

For all that’s said about fundraising and working alongside investors, rarely do we get to see founders and their investors in candid conversation with one another. Extra Crunch Live is changing that.

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Business Travel is Making a Comeback (Episode 245)

StartupNation

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses the reemergence of business travel post-pandemic. In fact, 96% of business travelers say they’re both ready and willing to travel in the next year, according to a survey from SAP Concur.

This QR code startup just raised $5 million co-led by Coatue and Seven Seven Six

TechCrunch

Amazon revolutionized one-click shopping, and it has a nearly $2 trillion market cap to show for the effort.

[SmartAsset in The Charlotte Observer] This North Carolina mountain town was named state’s best place to retire. Here’s why

OurCrowd

If you’re dreaming of retiring in North Carolina, one mountain town may be the best place to settle down, a new report finds. Hendersonville ranks No. 1 on a list of North Carolina cities that offer the best quality of life for retirees, results published this month show.

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How many lives does bitcoin have?

TechCrunch

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week’s deep dive Danny , Alex , and a bunch of the TechCrunch crew took on the recent happenings in the world of bitcoin.

4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Fact: Good data lives at the core of every successful B2B demand generation strategy. Without quality data, it’s nearly impossible to identify and segment your target audience and create messaging that speaks to their values and interests. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or you’re new to demand generation, learning the tricks of the trade can be, well, tricky. In this eBook, you’ll discover how to improve your demand generation program—and your bottom line.

[enVerid in Wicked Local] enVerid Systems welcomes new member to its board of directors

OurCrowd

enVerid Systems, a provider of indoor air quality and energy efficiency solutions, announced that former Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III has joined its board of directors. Read more here.

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Dear Sophie: What options would allow me to start something on my own?

TechCrunch

Sophie Alcorn. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.”

[Classiq in Forbes] Quantum Software Development Is Still In Its Infancy

OurCrowd

Yehuda Naveh is the Co-founder and CTO of Classiq. Before Classiq, he focused on CAD technologies and quantum computing at IBM Research. Read more here. The post [Classiq in Forbes] Quantum Software Development Is Still In Its Infancy appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

Before an exit, founders must get their employment law ducks in a row

TechCrunch

Rob Hudock. Contributor. Rob Hudock is an experienced litigator focusing his 20-plus years in practice on helping companies recruit the best talent available while avoiding distracting workplace issues or lawsuits. Successfully selling a business has much to do with timing.

The Modern Customer Success Playbook

The evolution of every high-functioning, effective customer success strategy centers around three C’s: connected experiences, an engaging customer journey, and a culture built on customer-centricity. Satisfaction won’t cut it. Quarterbacking your customers to long-term success and growth is proven to combat churn and transform customer success teams into revenue-drivers. But where do you start? Download the playbook today!