Tue.Oct 27, 2020

SimilarWeb raises $120M for its AI-based market intelligence platform for sites and apps

TechCrunch

Israeli startup SimilarWeb has made a name for itself with an AI-based platform that lets sites and apps track and understand traffic not just on their own sites, but those of its competitors. Now, it’s taking the next step in its growth.

Why the Uber Rich are Often Uber Miserable

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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The David Prize

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The David Prize is a philanthropic effort to find NYers who are doing amazing things and support them financially. They recently announced five winners, you can see them here. They have an open call for new applicants and you can apply here. The deadline is December 4th.

Video creation and editing platform InVideo raises $15 million

TechCrunch

InVideo, a Mumbai-based startup that has built a video creation and editing platform, has raised $15 million as it looks to court more users and customers worldwide.

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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!

Hint Founder Kara Goldin Says When it Comes to Entrepreneurship, Just Get Started

StartupNation

The following is excerpted from “Undaunted” by Kara Goldin Copyright© 2020 by Kara Goldin. Used by permission of HarperCollins Leadership. www.harpercollinsleadership.com. I wasn’t thinking about founding a company or building a business.

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Personal Branding Opens Doors

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray shares with Rylee Meeks an inspired talk about the biggest challenge in selling, how to succeed in it, and how personal branding can open doors others don’t even see. Personal branding is near and dear to Ramon Ray’s heart. After all, he says it opens a lot of doors for his business.

Let’s move beyond 2020 and start thinking about the 2020s

TechCrunch

Seasonality is critical for the media. End-of-year wrap-ups, best books for the summer, things to do this weekend — they’re all methods to note not only the passage of time, but also to begin to set the tone for what is about to come.

StartupNation Announces Partnership with SCORE of Southeast Michigan

StartupNation

StartupNation is excited to formally announce a strategic partnership with SCORE of Southeast Michigan , an organization of expert business mentors that provides aspiring small business owners with the free tools they need to succeed.

Spying a pivot to ghost kitchens, Softbank’s second Vision Fund pours $120 million into Ordermark

TechCrunch

“We’re building a decentralized ghost kitchen,” is a sentence that could launch a thousand investor calls, and Alex Canter, the chief executive officer behind Ordermark , knows it.

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.

ConvertKit Review

Wesley Cherisien

What is Convertkit? Convertkit is one of the fastest-growing Email Marketing tool in the industry. Convertkit is a creator-focused email marketing software, ideal for publishers and bloggers.

Next-gen skincare, silk without spiders and pollution for lunch: Meet the biotech startups pitching at IndieBio’s Demo Day

TechCrunch

Biotech can often, and sometimes literally, fly over our heads. However, the pandemic has shown an increased need for investment and focus on solutions that work on human and planetary health.

5 Evergreen Lessons on Entrepreneurship from Billionaire Mark Cuban

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Salto raises $27M to let you configure your SaaS platforms with code

TechCrunch

Salto , a Tel Aviv-based open-source startup that allows you to configure SaaS platforms like Salesforce, NetSuite and HubSpot with code, is coming out of stealth today and announced that it has raised a $27 million Series A round.

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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.

Research Assistant (Full Time – 6 months)

Forward Cities

POSITION SUMMARY. Forward Cities is seeking applications for a temporary (six-month) full-time Research Assistant to join our team. Forward Cities is a national leader in developing and applying research tools that support communities to better understand the inner workings of their entrepreneurial ecosystems. We’ve created a suite of assessment and evaluation tools that have been applied in communities around the country.

Rockset announces $40M Series B as data analytics solution gains momentum

TechCrunch

Rockset , a cloud-native analytics company, announced a $40 million Series B investment today led by Sequoia with help from Greylock, the same two firms that financed its Series A. The startup has now raised a total of $61.5 million, according to the company.

I Was Happiest Making $60,000 a Year

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Lightspeed Venture Partners backs Theta Lake’s video conferencing security tech with $12.7 million

TechCrunch

Theta Lake , a provider of compliance and security tools for conferencing software like Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, RingCentral, Zoom and others, said it has raised $12.7 million in a new round of funding.

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.

Hollywood Programmer Hacked a Webcam?—?Started a $4 Billion Company

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Apeel gets more cash to fight poverty and food insecurity in emerging markets with its food-preserving tech

TechCrunch

In the first real test of the potentially transformative power of its food-preserving technology, Santa Barbara, California-based Apeel Sciences is bringing its innovative food treatment and supply chain management services to distribution centers in select markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

What Is Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE)

Feedough

Startup funding during the initial stages of the startup is crucial for the company’s survival in the long run. However, in most cases, startups during such early stages don’t generate revenue and often operate in a very risky business environment.

Course Hero buys Symbolab in a rare edtech acquisition

TechCrunch

Months after its $80 million Series B fundraise , Course Hero has acquired Symbolab , an artificial intelligence-powered calculator that helps students answer and understand complex math questions. The price of the deal was undisclosed.

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.”

[TechSee in VentureBeat] TechSee raises $30 million to streamline field service work with AR and computer vision

OurCrowd

TechSee, which describes itself as an “intelligent visual assistance” company, today closed a $30 million investment round led by OurCrowd, Salesforce Ventures, and Telus Ventures.

Fab founder Jason Goldberg is back with Moxie, a new live-streaming fitness marketplace

TechCrunch

Amid a pandemic that has closed down fitness centers worldwide, a spate of companies has muscled their way into the booming at-home fitness market.

[PRESS RELEASE] OURCROWD AND SALT TO PRESENT SALT TALKS: PANDEMIC VENTURE INVESTMENT SERIES

OurCrowd

JERUSALEM/NEW YORK – October 26, 2020 – OurCrowd, Israel’s most active venture investor, and SALT, a global thought leadership forum and networking platform encompassing finance, technology and geopolitics, will broadcast the SALT Talks: Pandemic Venture Investment Series online starting October 29. Read more here.

Launch next-level networking with CrunchMatch at our TC Sessions: Space event

TechCrunch

TC Sessions: Space 2020 , our first space technology event, launches December 16-17, and you won’t want to miss our virtual conference focused on this fast-emerging startup category.

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.