Wed.Oct 28, 2020

Startup School for Future Founders

Y Combinator

We launched Startup School as an online program in 2017 to support founders actively working on building their companies. On November 9th, we’re also opening Startup School to potential founders who are interested in starting a company in the future. You can register for the new course today.

The NYC Fintech Innovation Lab

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The NYC Fintech Innovation Lab is a program which accepts fintech entrepreneurs to develop their businesses with the assistance of senior execs at the leading NYC banks and insurance companies. The key priorities of the CTOs and CIOs of the Lab’s partner organizations include: cloud, cyber-tech, data, digital engagement, enterprise IT and sustainability. If you are building a fintech company and are focused on one or more of these areas, you should consider applying.

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How to spin your scientific research out of a university and into a startup

Y Combinator

This is advice for people who have done scientific research at a university and are considering starting a company to commercialize it. At YC, we’ve funded more than 75 companies in this situation.

Inc. 5000 company founders share how being a member of EO has fueled their success

Entrepreneurs' Organization

A total of 233 EO-member companies were named to the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing, privately held companies. We asked these elite leaders how being a member of EO has impacted their success. We spotted a common theme in many answers: learning—whether it’s incidental learning among peers or formal education at events.

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!

MachEye raises $4.6M for its business intelligence platform

TechCrunch

We’ve seen our fair share of business intelligence (BI) platforms that aim to make data analysis accessible to everybody in a company. Most of them are still fairly complicated, no matter what their marketing copy says.

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Robust.AI raises a $15M Series A to improve problem solving for collaborative robots

TechCrunch

Robust.AI today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A, led by Jazz Venture Partners. Existing partners Playground Global, Liquid2, Fontinalis, Jaan Tallinn and Mark Leslie also participated in the round, which brings the Bay Area-based robotics AI startup’s funding up to $22.5 million.

The Gen Z Guide to Starting a Business

StartupNation

Each generation leaves a significant mark on entrepreneurship. Gen Z is currently entering the working world in a time of great uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

As venture capital rebounds, what’s going on with venture debt?

TechCrunch

The American venture capital world has staged an impressive comeback from the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. For a moment, there was worry that startups would struggle to raise for quarters, leading to layoffs, slowed hiring and budget cuts.

How to Use TikTok for Business: 4 Key Steps as Told by a Brand

StartupNation

With over 800 million active users worldwide, TikTok has become a force to be reckoned with. It’s offered in 154 countries, has the highest social media engagement rates per post, and nine out of 10 TikTokers use the app multiple times a day.

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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.

That dreadful VPN might finally be dead thanks to Twingate, a new startup built by Dropbox alums

TechCrunch

VPNs, or virtual private networks, are a mainstay of corporate network security (and also consumers trying to stream Netflix while pretending to be from other countries). VPNs create an encrypted channel between your device (a laptop or a smartphone) and a company’s servers.

From Behind the Register to Owning a Chick-fil-A Franchise

Smart Hustle Magazine

Some entrepreneurs start a business out of an idea. Others start a business that's already been successfully built. In some cases, this is a franchise business. The owner is in charge and manages the location, but the brand is already well-known. Is this kind of business right for you?

Should your SaaS startup embrace a bottom-up GTM strategy?

TechCrunch

Caryn Marooney. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Caryn Marooney is general partner at Coatue Management and sits on the boards of Zendesk and Elastic.

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How Many Technologies Can a Company Adopt at Once?

Tomasz Tunguz

An IT executive recently asked me this question. How many technologies can a company adopt at once, successfully? It’s a question I hadn’t paused to contemplate before that moment. And if you are a vendor, it’s not one that you think about very often either. But if you are a member of the IT team, it’s top of mind every day. There are two answers to this question. The first is my initial response to the asker: change management limits the pace.

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.

Lunchbox raises $20M to help restaurants build their own ordering experiences

TechCrunch

With many restaurants forced to rely entirely on the delivery and takeout business during the pandemic, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether the industry can survive while paying hefty fees to delivery platforms like Uber Eats and Grubhub.

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SiteGround Hosting Review

Wesley Cherisien

In 2004, SiteGround launched a website hosting service that has become the gold standard of hosting today and powers over 2 million domains.

Pulumi raises $37.5M Series B for its cloud engineering platform

TechCrunch

Seattle-based Pulumi , one of the newer startups in the ”infrastructure-as-code” space, today announced that it has raised a $37.5 million Series B funding round led by NEA.

Intuition: Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Vital Lesson For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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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.

Streetbees raises $39M in a Series B round as brands race to interrogate Pandemic-hit consumers

TechCrunch

Streetbees started out as an app for consumers to snap pictures of supermarket shelf layouts and get paid. Consumer brands wanted to know if the supermarkets really had put them at eye level or not.

Not Validating your Idea Will Be the Death of Your Business Dream

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Former Uber CTO Thuan Pham joins South Korean e-commerce leader Coupang

TechCrunch

Thuan Pham, who stepped down as Uber’s chief technology officer and longest-serving top executive in May, has a new job in South Korea. Coupang , the country’s largest e-commerce company by market share, announced today it has hired Pham as its new CTO.

4 Critical Questions for Entrepreneurs Planning to Launch Their Business

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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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.”

3 lessons from Root’s IPO pricing

TechCrunch

Last night neo-insurance provider and former startup Root priced its IPO at $27 per share, $2 per share ahead of its $22 to $25 target price range. According to Root, it sold 26,830,845 shares in its IPO, including 24,249,330 from the company itself.

Selfless Curiosity—The Revenue Generator

GAN

About a decade ago, I was doing sales for a startup that offered a tech solution for pharmacies. We came across a government initiative (called the 340B program in the United States) that allowed pharmacies to make more money while serving low-income pharmacy customers, and our company’s tech solution would power the initiative. .

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Priori raises $6.3M to help large companies hire outside legal help

TechCrunch

Priori Legal , a startup rethinking the way that large corporations hire outside counsel, has raised $6.3 million in Series A funding.

[Insightec in BioSpace] Lantheus Enters into Strategic Collaboration with Insightec for Use of Microbubbles in Combination with MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound for Treatment of Glioblastoma and Neurodegenerative Conditions

OurCrowd

Lantheus Holdings, Inc., parent company of Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. (“LMI”), LMI”), a global leader in the development, manufacture and commercialization of innovative diagnostic imaging agents and products, today announced a strategic collaboration with Insightec Ltd.,

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.