Mon.Jan 25, 2021

Building a Monthly Business Plan

StartupNation

While it’s important to create a 10-year business model, your real focus should be on your business plan for three years, two years and one year. Once that’s set, reverse engineer it to the quarter and then down to the month.

The Four Tenets of Conscious Capitalism

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by Kent Gregoire. Kent Gregoire is an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member and founder of Symphony Advantage, which helps CEOs achieve ongoing success through strategic thinking, advice and planning.

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RVI’s New Model 1 year in: 3x the members, 2x the investments, more diversification

Paul G. Silva

One year ago the angel group I have the honor to lead pivoted to a substantially different model. Like all pivots, it wasn’t easy. In fact, it was scary as hell. But thanks to the incredible involvement of our members and our assistant manager Ethan Ferris, 2020 was our best year ever. Membership tripled , pulling in people from a much larger geography than conceivable before.

Fintechs could see $100 billion of liquidity in 2021

TechCrunch

Jake Jolis. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Jake Jolis is a partner at Matrix Partners and invests in seed and Series A technology companies including marketplaces and software. More posts by this contributor. 4-year founder vesting is dead. 2019 saw a stampede of fintech unicorns. Dana Stalder.

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!

YC’s Spring Tour 2021

Y Combinator

We are excited to announce our 2021 Spring Outreach Tour. On this tour, our goal is to meet founders and future founders, introduce them to the YC community, and share our learnings from helping thousands of startups launch and grow.

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A Quick Guide to Hiring a Business Coach [And Tips to Get Most Out of Your Coach]

Smart Hustle Magazine

Do you feel stuck growing your business? Do you struggle to maintain a work-life balance? Or do you feel overwhelming to run day-to-day business operations? If your answer to these questions is YES, then my friend, you need a business coach.

Smart lock maker Latch teams with real estate firm to go public via SPAC

TechCrunch

This week, Latch becomes the latest company to join the SPAC parade. Founded in 2014, the New York-based company came out of stealth two years later, launching a smart lock system.

3 Ways Second Draw PPP Is Designed to Help Small Businesses

Smart Hustle Magazine

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since the coronavirus pandemic took hold and disrupted every corner of daily life— Main Street being one of them.

Goalsetter raises $3.9 million to teach financial literacy to kids

TechCrunch

Goalsetter , a platform that helps parents teach their kids financial literacy, announced the raise of a $3.9 million seed round this morning, led by Astia. PNC Bank, Mastercard, U.S.

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.

Tips and Tricks You Need to Know About Selling a Business

Smart Hustle Magazine

Selling is tough work. If you’re selling a house, that’s also tough. Selling a business — that may be the toughest sale there is. It’s a topic not often talked about, and therefore business owners don’t always know where to turn.

Virtual social network IMVU raises $35M from China’s NetEase and others

TechCrunch

The line between social networking and gaming is increasingly blurring , and internet incumbents are taking notice. NetEase, the second-largest gaming company in China (behind Tencent), is among a group of investors who just backed IMVU, an avatar-focused social network operating out of California.

50 Actionable Things You Can Do to Expedite Your Entrepreneurial Success

Entrepreneur's Handbook

This will help you build a startup, become a solopreneur, or finally turn your passion or side hobby into a real, monetizable gig. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». advice business productivity startup entrepreneurship

Early-stage African VC firm, Microtraction reports portfolio boom despite the weight of COVID-19

TechCrunch

In a year marred by the coronavirus pandemic, it seems that early-stage startups on the African continent are continuing to see some notable growth, both in terms of their business and from investors looking to back 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.

My Plan To Earn An Extra $100,000 Per Year

Entrepreneur's Handbook

It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». entrepreneurship startup money inspiration self-improvement

Kenyan insurtech startup Pula raises $6M Series A to derisk smallholder farmers across Africa

TechCrunch

Pula , a Kenyan insurtech startup that specialises in digital and agricultural insurance to derisk millions of smallholder farmers across Africa, has closed a Series A investment of $6 million.

Controlling Your Destiny

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I am returning to a theme that I feel quite strongly about. I blog on WordPress using a host that I have selected and can move from at any time. WordPress is open source software and I can download it and run it on my own machines if I want to. I don’t. But being able to do that is key. Medium and Substack and Clubhouse and Twitter, etc, etc are fantastic. They make it drop dead simple for anyone to share their thoughts with the world. But they are controlled by someone else.

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Alma raises $59.4 million for its Klarna-like payment option

TechCrunch

French startup Alma is raising a $59.4 million Series B funding round (€49 million). The company has been building a new payment option for expensive good. You can choose to pay over three or four installments. This product sounds familiar if you’ve used Klarna in the past.

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.

How I Used YouTube To Sell $602,327 Worth Of My Product

Entrepreneur's Handbook

My strategic guide for converting viewers into buyers. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». business marketing-strategies entrepreneurship marketing startup

Proving voicemail doesn’t have to be wack, the Slack-backed startup Yac raises $7.5 million

TechCrunch

Yac , the Orlando, Florida-based startup that’s digitizing voice messages for remote offices, has raised $7.5 million in a new round of funding.

Working Together to Incubate Biotechnology and Healthcare Companies

Angel Capital Association

By: Matt McMahon, Director – SEED (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development), National Institutes of Health The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is proud to be an Angel Capital Association Platinum Partner. NIH supports a dynamic portfolio of 1,500 cutting edge small businesses with over a billion dollars of non-dilutive investment every year.

Wolt closes $530M round to continue expanding beyond restaurant delivery

TechCrunch

Wolt , the Helsinki-based online ordering and delivery company that initially focused on restaurants but has since expanded to other verticals, has raised $530 million in new funding. The round was led by Iconiq Growth, with participation from Tiger Global, DST, KKR, Prosus, EQT Growth and Coatue.

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.”

The Founder of Fark.com Told Me How to Fix Social Media?—?He Makes a Great Point

Entrepreneur's Handbook

We all know social media is broken, but people are making too much money to want to fix it. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». entrepreneurship social-media inspiration founders startup

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Taboola is going public via SPAC

TechCrunch

Taboola is the latest company seeking to go public via special purpose acquisition corporation — more commonly known as a SPAC.

[Zebra in Haaretz] Israeli Technology Leading World Out of COVID-19 Crisis

OurCrowd

At the IMPROVATE Innovation Conference, Israeli technology companies presented to government officials and investors from Europe solutions for the post-coronavirus era in the fields of MedTech, tourism and education.

Sano Genetics, a startup helping with Long Covid research, raises £2.5M in seed funding

TechCrunch

Sano Genetics , a startup with a broad mission to support personalised medicine research by increasing participation in clinical trials, has raised £2.5 million in seed funding.

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.