Wed.Feb 17, 2021

Start Small to Build for Humans and Ecosystems

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Earlier this month, I shared an idea about value creation. The idea is that, for many of us, we’ve mainly been focused on creating two types of value: Utility Value – Just by providing a product or service customers deem worthy to use, you have created utility value.

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How my business was saved by the stage—and how it can save yours

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Rich Mulholland, an EO member in Cape Town and founder of Missing Link. On 15 March 2020, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa–like many other world leaders–declared a national State of Disaster.

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Secondary Markets

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Buying something from the creator or issuer is often called the “primary market.” ” Reselling it to someone else is often called the “secondary market.” ” I have spent my career in the primary market, buying equity from very young companies and holding it for many years usually until a sale or IPO.

Seraf Toolbox: Exit Planning for CEOs and the Board of Directors

The Seraf Compass

As a director on an early stage company board, how do you deliver on your main responsibility as a board member - maximizing shareholder value? And, what do you do to make sure the CEO is doing her job in increasing the value of your investment in the company?

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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!

Low-code focused OutSystems raises $150M at a $9.5B valuation

TechCrunch

This morning OutSystems , a low-code app development service, announced that it has closed $150 million in new capital. The round was led by Abdiel Capital and Tiger Global. Notably this is not the largest funding event that the Portugal and U.S.-based based software company has raised.

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Why two startups are betting on debt instead of equity

TechCrunch

When there’s a need for capital, not every startup goes the venture route. Boast.ai , a company that plugs into business systems and automatically finds them R&D tax breaks, announced Wednesday it has raised a $100 million credit facility from Brevet Capital to advance those R&D incentives.

3 Timeless Business Lessons From Austin Russell?—?The Youngest Self-Made Billionaire

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Here’s what you can learn from the 25-year-old prodigy Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». business startup creativity entrepreneurship work

As expected, stock trading service Public raises $220M at unicorn valuation

TechCrunch

The day before Robinhood goes under the the Congressional hammer , domestic rival Public.com announced this morning that it has closed a $220 million funding round at a $1.2 billion valuation. News of the round was first broken by TechCrunch.

Hesitating to Implement Awkward Business Idea? This Founder’s Story Will Inspire You [Plus 3 Growth Tips]

Smart Hustle Magazine

Not all business ideas receive a beam from the audience. Some business ideas sometimes get a frown from some people, too. Well, there is nothing wrong with such awkward business ideas. It is just some people don’t get unusual business ideas at first.

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.

Pandemic-era growth and SPACs are helping edtech startups graduate early

TechCrunch

Special purpose acquisition vehicles regained popularity in 2020 as an alternative way to take startups public, and now they are eyeing edtech companies.

3 Simple Ways Startup Founders Eliminate Burnout

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Learn how to cultivate sustainable success by optimizing your mental, physical, and emotional health. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». mental-health psychology entrepreneurship startup founders

Gridware is building early-detection sensors for power grid failures and wildfires

TechCrunch

Like corporate financial accounting, the power grid never draws headlines when things are going well. No journalist writes “The power remains on,” or discusses the extensive work it takes to maintain the grid.

How This Trio of Founders Beat the Bias That Condemns Other Startups to Fail

Entrepreneur's Handbook

And reinvented themselves with ruthless rationality Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». startup psychology business entrepreneurship entrepreneur

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.

Edgybees raises $9.5M Series A for its aerial video augmentation service

TechCrunch

Edgybees , a company that helps businesses, first responders and military users accurately geotag and augment their aerial video streams in real time, today announced that it has raised a $9.5 million Series A round. The news comes almost exactly two years after the company announced its $5.5

[Labs/02’s Quant LR in The Edge Singapore] Singapore-based SpeQtral partners Israel’s QuantLR to provide a solution to quantum computer attacks

OurCrowd

Singaporean satellite-based quantum key distribution (QKD) operator SpeQtral is set to collaborate with QuantLR, to create a solution that can connect any two points on earth. Read more here.

SeedFi closes on $65M to help financially struggling Americans get ahead

TechCrunch

Millions of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and struggle to get out of a debt cycle. One startup is developing financial products targeted toward this segment of the population, with the goal of helping them build credit, save money, access funds and plan for the future.

[Consumer Physics in FreshFruitPortal.com] Driscoll’s adopts new technology to measure and reward berry sweetness

OurCrowd

Fresh berry market leader Driscoll’s has announced a partnership with the Israel-based Consumer Physics to leverage its SCiO technology to innovate the quality measurement process.

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.

AEye becomes latest lidar company to go public via SPAC

TechCrunch

AEye, a lidar startup that developed its technology for use in autonomous vehicles as well as to support advanced driver assistance systems in passenger cars, is going public through a merger with CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III that will value the company at $2 billion.

[TechSee in Telecomlead] How the pandemic has accelerated computer vision adoption in telecom

OurCrowd

When a router goes down or WiFi is glitchy, today’s safety-conscious customers have no intention of simply waiting for service. Read more here. The post [TechSee in Telecomlead] How the pandemic has accelerated computer vision adoption in telecom appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

Join Fuel Capital’s Leah Solivan at TC Early Stage and hear how to avoid early founder mistakes

TechCrunch

When you’re just starting out building your company, there’s obviously a lot that can go wrong.

3 Ways to Protect Your Freelance Business

StartupNation

What does the state of freelancing look like in the U.S.? According to a report from online freelance marketplace Freelancer, freelance job openings increased over 25% between the months of April through June 2020.

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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.”

Gravy raises $4.5M for its service that helps subscription businesses recover failed payments

TechCrunch

Gravy , a startup helping subscription-based businesses recover failed payments, has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding for its specialized combination of technology and a human workspace that works to reacquire customers lost to what’s known as “involuntary churn.”

The Most Effective Tools and Techniques for Selling Today - Office Hours with Jim Benton

Tomasz Tunguz

On Wednesday, March 3rd at 10:00 AM PT, Redpoint Office Hours will host Jim Benton , CEO of Chorus.ai , a leader in conversational intelligence. As Co-Founder of ClearSlide and later as CEO of Apollo, Jim helped create the Sales Engagement category.

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Locus Robotics has raised a $150M Series E

TechCrunch

Massachusetts-based Locus Robotics today announced a $150 million Series E. The round, led by Tiger Global Management and Bond, brings the firm’s total to around $250 to date, and values the robotics company at $1 billion.

The Best Loans for Franchises

StartupNation

Opening your own franchise is a smart decision if you’re an ambitious entrepreneur. Being the owner of a franchise offers the flexibility to be your own boss, yet with the security of owning an already established brand.

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.