Fri.May 14, 2021

Every early-stage startup must identify and evaluate a strategic advantage

TechCrunch

Mike Ghaffary. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Mike Ghaffary is a general partner at Canvas Ventures, where he invests in innovation for consumers and software.

Cisco intends to acquire Kenna Security

Hyde Park Angels

Hyde Park Angels is excited to announce that Cisco announced their intent to acquire our portfolio company Kenna Security , risk-based vulnerability management software. The acquisition is expected to close in Cisco’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.

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Opportunity knocks: Exhibit at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

TechCrunch

No matter what slice of the mobility market you’ve claimed as your own — AVs, EVs, data mining, AI, dockless scooters, robotics or the batteries that will charge and change the world — you won’t find a better place to showcase your extraordinary tech and talent than TC Sessions: Mobility 2021.

All About Aisha Taylor Issah and Sistahs in Business Expo

Smart Hustle Magazine

Aisha Taylor Issah is Founder and CEO of the Sistahs in Business Expo, the country’s only multi-city small business expo and community created to celebrate and educate entrepreneurial women of color.

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!

Deadline extended: Apply to Startup Battlefield at TC Disrupt 2021

TechCrunch

When you’re head-down and nose to the grindstone — I’m looking at all you hard-working early-stage startup founders — it’s easy to miss a deadline for an outstanding opportunity. Case in point: competing in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 in September.

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Extra Crunch roundup: Selling SaaS to developers, cracking YC after 13 tries, all about Expensify

TechCrunch

Before Twilio had a market cap approaching $56 billion and more than 200,000 customers, the cloud-communications platform developed a secret sauce to fuel its growth: a developer-focused model that dispensed with traditional marketing rules.

One Year at Hopin, the Fastest Growing Startup in Europe

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Founded in 2019, Hopin grew to a $5.6bn valuation and 500 team members in less than two years. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». virtual-events startup hop-in scaleup entrepreneurship

Edtech stocks are getting hammered but VCs keep writing checks

TechCrunch

After years in the backwaters of venture capital, edtech had a booming 2020. Not only did its products become must-haves after schools around the globe went remote, but investors also poured capital into leading projects.

3 Sacrifices You Should Never Make as a First-Time Founder

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Reconsider what you’re willing to give up in the pursuit of your goals Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». life startup entrepreneurship business technology

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.

Why SPACs aren’t targeting African startups

TechCrunch

That’s the number of African tech companies that have gone public on the NYSE in the last 10 years. Two, if you’re counting local exchanges. The former is African-focused e-commerce company Jumia and the latter is Egyptian fintech company Fawry.

Funding Friday: The Walk

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This public art work speaking to the growing refugee crisis around the worl d is really great. I backed it earlier this week when I saw my friend Sunny back it. From July to November 2021, a giant puppet of a 9-year-old Syrian refugee girl called ‘Little Amal’ will walk from the Syria-Turkey border, across Europe to the UK, travelling 8,000km to focus awareness on the refugee crisis.

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Cisco strikes again grabbing threat assessment tool Kenna Security as third acquisition this week

TechCrunch

Cisco has been busy on the acquisition front this week, and today the company announced it was buying threat assessment platform Kenna Security , the third company it has purchased this week. The two companies did not disclose the purchase price.

[JumpCloud in Security Boulevard] People of JumpCloud | Tom Bridge

OurCrowd

People are the lifeblood of any organization, but so rarely do they receive the spotlight like the innovative applications and services, company missions and devoted customer communities they work so hard to create. We want to change that. Read more here.

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 Reasons Why Your Business Needs to Become a Technology Minimalist Organization Starting Today

Entrepreneur's Handbook

(Hint: They all start with the letter “c” ) Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». technology business enterprise-soft software minimalism

3 Reasons Why You Should Prioritize Community Engagement

Smart Hustle Magazine

Community engagement is crucial for brands – after all, getting customers is just the first step. Brands need to continue engaging with consumers even after they’ve purchased their product or service.

5 ways to raise your startup’s PR game

TechCrunch

Adam LaGreca. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Adam LaGreca is the founder of 10KMedia and previously led communications for DigitalOcean, Datadog and Gremlin. More posts by this contributor. Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code. There’s a lot of noise out there. The ability to effectively communicate can make or break your launch. It will play a role in determining who wins a new space — you or a competitor. Most people get that.

Some Notes on Fundraising

Continuations

Over the last two decades I have helped many companies raise venture capital rounds. Here are some of the lessons I have learned from this. If your company is growing like crazy you will have an easy time fundraising and you can ignore pretty much everything that follows. Put differently, what I am writing here is for companies where the ability to raise money is somewhat in question. Fundraising is selling. You are literally getting money in return for selling a part of your company.

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.

[BioCatch in FindBiometrics] BioCatch Warns About More Advanced Credential Stuffing Techniques

OurCrowd

BioCatch is warning that financial institutions need to be prepared to deal with a more sophisticated kind of credential stuffing attack.

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[Kenna Security in TechCrunch] Cisco strikes again grabbing threat assessment tool Kenna Security as third acquisition this week

OurCrowd

Cisco has been busy on the acquisition front this week, and today the company announced it was buying threat assessment platform Kenna Security, the third company it has purchased this week. The two companies did not disclose the purchase price. Read more here.

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[Kenna Security in Help Net Security] When exploit code precedes a patch, attackers gain a massive head start

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Cybersecurity researchers that publicize exploit code used in cyberattacks are giving a clear and unequivocal advantage to attackers, new research conducted by Kenna Security and Cyentia Institute has found. Read more here.

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[DailyPay in WDSU news] Research shows hospitality hiring is up

OurCrowd

In Louisiana, hospitality hiring is up 21% since February. That’s according to Dailypay. They say keep in mind hotels lost a significant number of workers during the pandemic, but it’s still a good sign that things are slowly going back to normal. Read more here.

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.”