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How This EdTech Founder Makes 9-Figure Revenues Without Selling Education

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Lessons from EdTech founder David Rogier. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». masterclass edtech entrepreneurship education business

Top Detroit Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2021

StartupNation

It’s a myth that only the top startups and the best startup jobs are in Silicon Valley or New York City. As a Midwest company built for Midwest startups, we know that’s just not true. In 2020, Glassdoor came out with a list of the top 25 U.S. Cities for jobs.

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Spain’s ten-year plan to put startups in the economic driving seat

TechCrunch

Spain is preparing to push forward with pro-startup legislation, having recently unveiled a big and bold transformation plan with the headline goal, by 2030, of turning the country into ‘Spain Entrepreneurial Nation’, as the slightly clumsy English translation has it.

Remote Learning

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote this in yesterday’s post : Remote learning is here to stay. I got a bunch of emails and tweets from parents saying that they want their kids back in school. So do I!!! I think getting kids back in school is the single biggest thing we can do to put the pandemic in the rear view mirror. I should have been more clear about what I meant by that line. I meant that when kids are sick, they can stay home and still learn.

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!

Ready to Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur? It’s Time to Shift Your Mindset

StartupNation

The following is excerpted from “Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur: 10 Mindset Shifts for Women to Take Action, Unleash Creativity, and Achieve Financial Success” by Charlene Walters (McGraw Hill, February 2021).

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Squire Co-Founder and CEO Songe LaRon: Powering Barbershops of the Future

Y Combinator

Songe LaRon didn’t have experience working in the barbershop world when he first had the idea for Squire , a business management and point-of-sales software focusing on barbershop owners. He did, however, have firsthand knowledge of the customer experience.

ErudiFi raises $5 million Series A to give students in Southeast Asia more education financing options

TechCrunch

Based in Singapore, ErudiFi wants to help more students in Southeast Asia stay in school by giving them affordable financing options. The startup announced today it has raised a $5 million Series A, co-led by Monk’s Hill Ventures and Qualgro.

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.

Furniture startup Burrow raises $25M

TechCrunch

Burrow , a startup that first launched with a modular sofa , eventually aims to sell you furniture for every room in your home. Today, it’s announcing that it’s raised $25 million in Series C funding.

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.

Principles Will Always Provide More Runway Than Policies

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Empowering people with context is superior to imposing limits Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». leadership startup strategy entrepreneurship business

Archer Aviation aims to launch network of urban air taxis in Los Angeles by 2024

TechCrunch

Archer Aviation, the electric aircraft startup that recently announced a deal to go public via a merger with a blank-check company, plans to launch a network of its urban air taxis in Los Angeles by 2024.

This is the 3rd Time I’ve Quit a 6-Figure Job with No Real Plan

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Here’s how I’m building a business from zero (it might not work) Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». startup freelancing entrepreneurship small-business online-business

South African digital bank TymeBank lands $109M from UK and Philippines investors

TechCrunch

The onset of the pandemic has led to increased demand for digital banking options across customer income groups around the world. We’ve seen how digital banks like Zolve and Nubank have raised money in recent months to fill this need. This time, a startup from Africa has joined the party.

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.

5 Essential Traits Of Startup Leaders

Feedough

You not only have to be an innovator but also a leader if you want to succeed in the startup ecosystem. For a startup to exist, you should have a disruptive idea, the right investor, and unique positioning.

Codecademy eyes the enterprise with $40 million in new capital

TechCrunch

After going over four years without raising any capital, coding class platform Codecademy has raised a new tranche of money: a $40 million Series D round led by Owl Ventures, with participation from Prosus and Union Square Ventures.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: StartupNation, Dell Technologies and Microsoft Offer Free Webinar to Help Small Business (Episode 179)

StartupNation

Business has forever been changed by the COVID pandemic, and business owners are now challenged to learn about best practices and tools to help us conduct our businesses in what is now a digital-first world.

Shippo raises $45M more at $495M valuation as ecommerce booms

TechCrunch

This morning Shippo , a software company that provides shipping-related services to ecommerce companies, announced a new $45 million investment. The new capital values the startup at $495 million.

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.

[OurCrowd in The Jerusalem Post] OurCrowd: Tech hiring in Israel up 400% in last six months

OurCrowd

While Israel struggles with unprecedented unemployment levels due to the coronavirus pandemic, the hi-tech sector is flourishing.

Maple launches with $3.5 million in funding to become the SaaS backoffice for the family

TechCrunch

Much of our daily lives have been transformed in one way or another by technology – and often through intentional efforts to innovate thanks to the advent of new technology.

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[OurCrowd in Forbes] Regardless Of Covid-19, Startups Continue To Hire

OurCrowd

Jerusalem-based venture investing platform OurCrowd today released the first installment of the quarterly OurCrowd Jobs Index showing that the number of open positions listed by OurCrowd’s portfolio companies rose from 350 in June 2020 to 912 in December 2020.

Plume picks up $270M at a $1.35B valuation to power smart home Wi-Fi for broadband providers

TechCrunch

The last year of life under a global health pandemic has seen a massive surge of people working from home — a shift that has thrown a stark light on the iffy quality of our broadband networks.

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.”

[Dandelion Energy in Wall Street Journal] VC Daily: Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Ventures Looks for Co-Investors

OurCrowd

Bill Gates is in the news lately with his new book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” One of the tools he’s using to address the climate problem is investing in the venture fund he spearheaded called Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Read more here.

Contra wants to be the community that independent workers are missing

TechCrunch

Whether you’re working on something new according to your Twitter bio, or self-employed, according to your LinkedIn bio, founder Ben Huffman thinks his platform, Contra, will be the best way for independent workers to explain and monetize what they are working on.

[Nanomedic in PR Newswire] Wound-Healing Tech Innovator Nanomedic Technologies Appoints Prof. Jan Plock and Mark Darty to Advisory Board

OurCrowd

LOD, Israel, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Nanomedic Technologies, a leader in Electrospun Healing Fiber (EHF™) technology for wound healing and skin regeneration, today announced the appointment of two new members to its Advisory Board: Prof.

IronSource acquires video and playable ad platform Luna Labs

TechCrunch

Mobile advertising company ironSource is announcing its second acquisition of the year — Luna Labs , a startup that that’s built a platform allowing app developers to create and manage video and playable ads.

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.