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A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I do a lot of “bulk emailing” but I hate sending bulk emails. I prefer to personalize emails and send them one by one so that the recipient understands that the email came from me. What that has meant is that I take google sheets full of email addresses and I cut and paste a message into my gmail for each and every email address. That is incredibly slow, dull, repetitive, and painful.

15 Grant Programs for Minority and Women Business Owners

StartupNation

Grant programs offering free money are hard to come by, which is why many entrepreneurs frequently end up applying for small business loans or try crowdfunding to start or expand their companies.

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Don’t Make Video An Afterthought. Enhance Your Video Marketing Strategy.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Insights from Yara Ohashi, Head of Digital Marketing, Americas and APAC at iStock who shares how to improve your video marketing strategy. Why a Video Marketing Strategy.

5 Tips For Choosing The Best Domain Name For Your Startup

OnStartups

The following is a guest post by Joe Uddeme the founder of Name Experts. Joe started the company 12 years ago and specializes in complex domain, purchases and sales. I’m a client of Joe and have used him for a number of domain purchases -- but am otherwise not affiliated.

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!

Taiwan-based MLOps startup InfuseAI raises $4.3M Series A led by Wistron Corporation

TechCrunch

AI models not only take time to build and train, but also to deploy in an organization’s workflow. That’s where MLOps (machine learning operations) companies come in, helping clients scale their AI technology. InfuseAI , a MLOps startup based in Taiwan, announced today it has raised a $4.3

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Singapore-based career platform Glints gets $22.5M in Series C funding

TechCrunch

Glints , the Singapore-based career platform, announced today it has raised $22.5 million in Series C funding led by Japanese human resources management firm PERSOL Holdings.

Founder of EarthLink Explains Why You Should Never Ask People’s Opinions About Your Startup Idea

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Could someone be telling you your billion dollar idea is stupid? Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». inspiration entrepreneurship ideas startup work

Ribbit Capital leads $26.7M round for Brazilian fintech Cora

TechCrunch

Cora , a São Paulo-based technology-enabled lender to small-and-medium-sized businesses, has raised $26.7 million in a Series A round led by Silicon Valley VC firm Ribbit Capital.

EH’s Startup Summit is This Week!

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Hello hello?—?there’s there’s just 3 days until our first Startup Summit on April 8th at 12 PM EST where entrepreneurs, investors, and creatives from all over the world will come together to shake virtual hands and share inspiring ideas. We will be using Hopin as our platform (the fastest growing European start-up ever!). This is the perfect opportunity to see the future of online events.

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.

Start your engines, TechCrunch is (virtually) headed to Detroit

TechCrunch

Thanks to a warm welcome from Miami, our first City Spotlight was a big success. We met investors and entrepreneurs who are working on amazing things, and we were proud to share their personal stories on why Miami is the right city for them to live in and do business.

[Beyond Meat in Forbes] How Innovative Food Companies Are Meeting Demand For Healthier Choices Without Sacrificing Flavor

OurCrowd

Perhaps as an unintended result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are focusing more on our health as well as that of the planet. When it comes to food, things like plant-based, superfoods, probiotics and prebiotics, fermented, functional ingredients and adaptogens are increasingly sought after.

FinanZero, Brazil’s free online credit marketplace, raises $7M

TechCrunch

FinanZero , a Brazilian online credit marketplace, announced today that it has closed a $7 million round of funding – its fourth since it launched in 2016 was founded in 2016. It has raised a total of $22.85 million to date.

PetPlate Founder Discusses Navigating the Messy Middle in Business

StartupNation

Building and scaling a business isn’t easy, and reality quickly settles in after the initial excitement of launching your product or new business venture. Navigating this next phase of the entrepreneurial journey is difficult and creates more questions than answers.

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.

India’s Swiggy nears $5 billion valuation in new $800 million fundraise

TechCrunch

Swiggy has raised about $800 million in a new financing round, the Indian food delivery startup told employees on Monday, as it looks to expand its business in the country quarters after the startup cut its workforce to navigate the pandemic.

How A No Code Mindset Can Help Your Business – Zapier’s Mike Knoop

Smart Hustle Magazine

Programmers are often thought to be the darlings of our economy. They create the software we all use. They’re the “Thomas Edisons” of our time. However, most small business owners are not programmers, we’re not developers. Most of us create, non-technical solutions for our customers.

Clubhouse launches payments so creators can make money

TechCrunch

Clubhouse, a one-year-old social audio app reportedly valued at $1 billion , will now allow users to send money to their favorite creators — or speakers — on the platform.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Click and Collect Has Become a Mainstay in the Way Consumers Make Their Purchases (Episode 205)

StartupNation

As we move further and further away from the epicenter of the pandemic of 2020, it’s becoming clearer which changes the pandemic caused that will be here to stay long into the future.

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.

Digging into the Alkami Technology IPO

TechCrunch

It appears that the slowdown in tech debuts is not a complete freeze; despite concerning news regarding the IPO pipeline , some deals are chugging ahead.

Supporting the Other Decriminalization: Sex Work

Continuations

New York State finally passed a bill that legalizes marijuana and justly releases people serving time for the kind of drug crimes that now are no more. The enforcement of the drug bans were always super racially skewed, primarily targeting people of color. Carl Hart’s “ Drug Use for Grownups ” really drives home just how misguided the war on drugs has been. There is another less discussed area where criminalization has led to similar issues and that is sex work.

ConductorOne raises $5M in seed round led by Accel to automate your access requests

TechCrunch

Over the course of their careers, Alex Bovee and Paul Querna realized that while the use of SaaS apps and cloud infrastructure was exploding, the process to give employees permission to use them was not keeping up.

[Innoviz in The Business Journals] Innoviz set to begin trading Tuesday as fifth lidar company to go public via SPAC merger

OurCrowd

Innoviz Technologies Ltd. is set to begin trading on Nasdaq Tuesday as the fifth lidar business in the Bay Area to go public by merging with a “blank check” company. Innoviz will start with a market cap of around $1.4 billion, based on the Monday stock price of Collective Growth Corp.,

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.”

Hipmunk’s founders launch Flight Penguin to bring back Hipmunk-style flight search

TechCrunch

Hipmunk’s founders are building a successor to their now-defunct flight search service. The startup was acquired by SAP-owned travel and expense platform Concur in 2016, and its CEO Adam Goldstein departed in 2018.

[Argus in CTech] Argus Cyber Security plans to protect 57 million connected vehicles from cyber attacks

OurCrowd

Israeli automotive cybersecurity provider Argus Cyber Security has announced that its total number of production projects has reached 15, working alongside seven global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), thus helping protect a total of 57 million vehicles from cyber attacks.

Equity Monday: Edtech consolidation, and Amazon continues to make you like it less

TechCrunch

Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

[Sight Diagnostics in Forbes] Machine Vision: All Eyes Are On Machine Vision In Medical Diagnostics

OurCrowd

Machine vision systems involve a combination of software and hardware, including a camera to capture an image and a computer to analyze it with dedicated algorithms.

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.