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Should you include your sweat equity in a business plan?


Investors love it when entrepreneurs draw little or no money from their startups. It extends the cash available for research and other necessary fixed costs and gives the fragile, young company more “runway” to get to breakeven. What are you worth to the business?

A Failing Grade

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote yesterday , about the quarterly numbers for VC investing activity: If this was a student coming home with a report card, it would be straight As.

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Brazil’s Black Silicon Valley could be an epicenter of innovation in Latin America


Paulo Rogério Nunes. Contributor. Paulo is the co-founder of Vale do Dendê (Dende Valley) and AFAR Ventures , a global diversity and inclusion creative and consulting agency that identifies opportunities for multinational brands, corporations and investors in emerging markets. Tara Sabre Collier.

How to be a responsible leader during a crisis

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

An international crisis, like the coronavirus pandemic, introduces unprecedented challenges. In times of crisis, businesses require new approaches to leadership to address these challenges and emerge stronger. It is important to address these changes in leadership responsibly and ethically. Here are a few recommendations for leading with integrity and transparency during a crisis. Refer to your values.

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!

Startup founders set up hacker homes to recreate Silicon Valley synergy


In Y Combinator’s early days, founders would move to Palo Alto, split a two-bedroom with five others to save money and trade notes around the clock with their new, like-minded roommates.

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Bipedal robot developer Agility announces $20M raise


Agility, the Oregon State University spin-off behind Digit and Cassie, announced this morning that it has raised $20 million in funding. The latest round, led by DCVC and Playground Global, brings the startup’s total funding up to $29 million.

Tips for forming ethical business partnerships

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Throughout your leadership journey, know that you are not alone. From co-owners to funding partners to designers to manufacturers, you may form many different partnerships while establishing and growing your business. It is important to make sure that you are forming partnerships with individuals and groups who are ethical and transparent and share your essential values.

Alpaca raises $10M Series A for its API-powered equities trading service


This morning Alpaca , a startup that helps other companies add commission-free equities trading to their own products, announced a $10 million Series A. The new capital event was led by Portag3 , and included prior investors Social Leverage , Spark Capital , Fathom Capital and Abstract Ventures.

This is the Secret to Building a Successful Startup Team


How do you build your best startup team? Entrepreneurship is a wild ride, with huge challenges, exhilarating ups and formidable downs. It’s more essential than ever that you bond and mesh with your co-founders and first hires.

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.

Whisper announces $35M Series B to change hearing aids with AI and subscription model


A few years ago, Whisper president and co-founder Andrew Song was talking to his grandfather about his hearing aids. Even though he spent thousands of dollars on a medical device designed to improve his hearing, and in the process his quality of life, he wasn’t wearing them.

Future Founders Conference for Women Globally

Y Combinator

On November 18, we are hosting our first Future Founders Conference for women who aspire to become a startup founder.

Popmenu earns raves from investors for its marketing and delivery software for restaurants


Brendan Sweeney didn’t know anything about the restaurant business before he and his co-founders launched the Atlanta-based startup Popmenu.

Essential Marketing Tips for COVID-19

Smart Hustle Magazine

Businesses of all sizes have had to shift their marketing efforts because of COVID-19. Small businesses in particular have had an especially hard time due to limited resources. We were lucky enough to sit down with a small business marketing expert, and hear her advice first-hand.

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.

South Korean startup raises $2 million Series A to detect the sounds missed by speech recognition


Sit quietly for a moment and pay attention to the different sounds around you. You might hear appliances beeping, cars honking, a dog barking, someone sneezing. These are all noises , a Seoul-based sound recognition startup, is training its SaaS platform to identify.

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$50,000 Grand Prize: Big Money for Small Business from Barclays

Smart Hustle Magazine

The challenging events of 2020 have disrupted the lives of countless small business owners, their employees, and their families. Yet, small businesses are resilient, and their stories of innovation and perseverance during these trying times can provide inspiration for others to keep going. Barclays US Consumer Bank wants to inspire small businesses through its Small Business Big Wins promotion.

Audio learning startup Knowable switches to a $9.99-per-month subscription model


Knowable , the Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup focused on audio learning, is switching business models. When the company launched last year , it charged users on a per-class basis. Starting today, it’s shifting entirely to a subscription model, where listeners pay $50 annually or $9.99

Live the Values. Fireside Chat 4

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Social Venturers is launching a series of Fireside Chats to discuss what makes ecosystem builders effective. Every two weeks from September 10th until December 3rd, they are hosting peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions and you are invited! #4 4 Live the Values (October 22nd 2020, noon & 2.

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. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

Application security platform NeuraLegion raises $4.7 million seed led by DNX Ventures


A video call group photo of NeuraLegion’s team working remotely around the world. Application security platform NeuraLegion announced today it has raised a $4.7 million seed round led by DNX Ventures, an enterprise-focused investment firm. The funding included participation from Fusion Fund, J-Ventures and Incubate Fund.

How To Quickly Rise To The Top Of Your Industry-Without Experience

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Emerging companies thrive on data. Shouldn’t they use it to improve hiring decisions?


Zoe Jervier Hewitt. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

How to Attract Talent When You Have No Money, Experience, or Charisma

Entrepreneur's Handbook

An inside look into large corporations and the reasons their best performers leave Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». leadership business hiring work entrepreneurship

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.”

When was the last time you worked out your soul?


Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast ( now on Twitter! ), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was back today, with Natasha and Danny and I gathered to parse over what was really a blast of news. Lots of startups are raising.

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5 Things That Will Make You Rethink Your Business

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Do you think that your previous success will help you stay afloat indefinitely? Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». leadership innovation business entrepreneurship life-lessons

Spain’s Savana Medica raises $15 million to bring to the US its AI toolkit turning clinical notes into care insights


Savana , a machine learning-based service that turns clinical notes into structured patient information for physicians and pharmacists, has raised $15 million to take its technology from Spain to the U.S., the company said. The investment was led by Cathay Innovation , with participation from the Spanish investment firm Seaya Ventures, which led the company’s previous round, and new investors like MACSF, a French insurance provider for doctors. .

Tools to help your business grow?—?Entrepreneur’s Handbook 3,2,1 Dispatch

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Tools to help your business grow?—?Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur’s Handbook 3,2,1 Dispatch Hello everyone, welcome to our sixth bi-monthly dispatch to help you better navigate your business or start a new one.

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.