Wed.Mar 03, 2021

The Power of Crafting a Brand Story as an Entrepreneur

StartupNation

Gone are the days when the founder of a company was completely faceless and unknown. Over the last decade or so, there has been a greater call for transparency in the way businesses operate.

The 5 MyEO groups that have changed my life

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Hao Lam, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in Seattle, Washington, and founder and CEO of Best in Class Education. Members of EO have access to multiple programmes and events to help entrepreneurs grow both personally and professionally.

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Starting a Business? You Need to Research Your Number One Asset

StartupNation

Your successful business model might take the form of a side hustle or full-time freelance work. Perhaps you’ve decided to invest in a franchise , or you’ve created an app for today’s hot on-demand marketplace.

The Exact Steps I Followed to Make $1,500+ of Passive Income Every Month

Entrepreneur's Handbook

I’m 29 and refuse to trade time for money. Here’s how you can do it too. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». money entrepreneurship life finance advice

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!

11 words and phrases to cut from your VC pitch deck

TechCrunch

May Habib. Contributor. Share on Twitter. May Habib is co-founder and CEO of Writer.com , an AI writing assistant for teams that helps everyone at a company write with the same style, terminology and brand voice.

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Dooly closes on $20M for AI-based tools to help salespeople with their busywork

TechCrunch

Robotic process automation has taken the enterprise world by storm by providing a set of tools for those doing repetitive, volume-based tasks to use software to remove some of that labor to let those people focus on more complicated tasks.

The Pre-Product Startup and the FDA

Y Combinator

A frequent question we get at YC is “when do I start thinking about the FDA?”

Flextock is a YC-backed e-commerce fulfillment provider for Africa and the Middle East

TechCrunch

When merchants launch their e-commerce businesses, they can easily manage the end-to-end operations in the early stages. But as they begin to grow, managing their own operations, from warehousing and logistics to delivery and cash collection, can become difficult.

Fan Powered Royalties

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company SoundCloud is introducing fan powered royalties to share revenues more equitably with musicians. The streaming music business pools its revenues and pays out based on a mathematical formula. There is no direct connection between a fan and artist.

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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.

Minu, a Mexico City-based, pay-on-demand startup, lands a $14M Series A

TechCrunch

Many of the startups raising capital in Mexico are focused on financial inclusion, aiming to level the playing field in a country that is largely unbanked and has a burgeoning middle class.

[Nexa3D in Engineering.com] Nexa3D, Henkel Collaboration Results in New 3D Printing Photoplastics

OurCrowd

The use of 3D printing across industries continues to rise, in part thanks to collaborations that have resulted in new materials, techniques and methods. Nexa3D and Henkel have joined the ranks of other innovators with the launch of three new high-performing polymers. Read more here.

After 200% ARR growth in 2020, CourseKey raises $9M to digitize trade schools

TechCrunch

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and forced educational institutions to go virtual, many were scrambling to develop online or blended curriculums. That struggle was particularly challenging for trade schools, many of which were not designed to teach online and were mostly paper-driven. .

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Angel Syndication for Deal Leads: Strategies To Engage Other Investors Quickly

The Seraf Compass

Filling out a round through angel syndication is something deal leads and entrepreneurs need to be savvy about. Having a basic plan and strategy in place for approaching the syndication process is fundamental. However, the key success factors are engagement and speed.

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.

From the ashes of nearly a billion dollars, Ample resurrects Better Place’s battery swapping business model

TechCrunch

A little over 13 years ago, Shai Agassi, a promising software executive who was in line to succeed the chief executive at SAP, then one of the world’s mightiest software companies, left the company he’d devoted the bulk of his professional career to and started a business called Better Place.

[Memic in The Times of Israel] Israeli robotic arms get FDA nod for minimally invasive hysterectomies

OurCrowd

Memic Innovative Surgery, a medical device company, said it has received marketing authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for a robotic surgical device it has developed to perform transvaginal hysterectomies in patients. Read more here.

Bottomless closes $4.5M Series A to scale its subscription coffee business

TechCrunch

As a devoted coffee drinker I was enthused by the idea of Bottomless. The Y Combinator-backed startup sends its users coffee as they run low so that they never run out of the Magic Juice of Life. What could be better?

[Consumer Physics in The Spoon] Demetria Raises $3M to Automate Coffee Bean Analysis

OurCrowd

Demetria, a startup that promises to automate the analysis and grading of coffee beans, came out of stealth yesterday and announced that it has raised $3 million in seed funding.

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.

Cashify raises $15 million for its second-hand smartphone business in India

TechCrunch

Tens of millions of people each year purchase a second-hand smartphone in India, the world’s second-largest market. Phone makers and giant online sellers such as Amazon and Flipkart are aware of it, but it’s too much of a hassle for them to inspect, repair and resell used phones.

HR Implications of the COVID-19 Vaccine

GCUC

Have you thought about the impact the vaccine will have on your human resources (HR)? Getting ahead of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout with a. The post HR Implications of the COVID-19 Vaccine appeared first on GCUC Community.

Oscar Health prices IPO at $39 and secures a $9.5B valuation

TechCrunch

Late last night Oscar Health , a tech-enabled medical insurance provider, priced its IPO at $39 per share. The final price came in $1 per share above its raised IPO guidance; Oscar Health had originally targeted a $32-$34 per-share IPO price.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Study Shows Incentives are Needed for Return to Work (Episode 185)

StartupNation

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses results from a new Eagle Hill Consulting report, which indicates that 42% of U.S. workers want employers to delay re-opening and implementing a return to work until vaccines widely available to employees.

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.”

Deliverr scores $170M to bring fast delivery to every e-commerce vendor

TechCrunch

At a time when e-commerce is exploding due in large part to the pandemic, a business that helps any online merchant ship goods to a consumer in one or two days is going to be in demand. Deliverr is a startup that fits that bill, and today the company announced a $170 million financing round.

YC hiring events (all virtual) to network with founders and find your next job

Y Combinator

YC is hosting virtual events to help you meet great YC founders and find open roles at top YC startups. All YC startups attending are well-funded and actively hiring; each event starts with founders giving pitches for you to get familiar with the business and vision, followed by a virtual expo hall for you to network with the founders and their teams directly. March 18: YC Job Expo: Sales, Marketing, Ops & GTM Roles. For people looking for non-engineering roles at YC startups.

Identiq, a privacy-friendly fraud prevention startup, secures $47M at Series A

TechCrunch

Israeli fraud prevention startup Identiq has raised $47 million at Series A as the company eyes international growth, driven in large part by the spike in online spending during the pandemic.

[D-ID in Forbes] D-ID: This Start-Up’s Betting Synthetic Media Can Democratize Content Creation In The Age Of Privacy

OurCrowd

When I first met Gil Perry, CEO and Co-Founder of D-ID four years ago, he envisioned a future where our photos of our faces, or videos of our friends or families would be free from computer tracking.

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.