Wed.Nov 25, 2020

5 ways to convert digital customers to a sale this Black Friday (and every day)

Entrepreneurs' Organization

With many brick-and-mortar stores closed this Black Friday, businesses are gearing up for a digital shopping weekend unlike any in previous years. . Black Friday holds additional pressure—and opportunity—this year after the challenges many small businesses have experienced due to the pandemic.

Tiger Global invests in India’s Unacademy at $2 billion valuation

TechCrunch

Unacademy, an online learning platform in India, has added two more marquee investors to its cap table. The Bangalore-based startup, which focuses on K-12 online education, said on Wednesday it has raised new funds from Tiger Global Management and Dragoneer Investment Group.

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The Science of Gratitude

GAN

I’m Told To Be Thankful. We’ve all heard that gratitude is the answer to many problems. That being full of gratitude will help you be more resilient and happy, a better boss and partner, and a better human. But I’ve been skeptical when I’ve heard these comments before.

Enterprise investor Jason Green on SPAC hopefuls versus startups bound for traditional IPOs

TechCrunch

Jason Green has a pretty solid reputation as venture capitalists go.

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!

6 Recession-Proof Side Hustles You Can Start Today to Bring in Extra Cash

StartupNation

With all of the economic changes underway, you’ve probably been experiencing plenty of uncertainty recently. However, there’s still hope for aspiring entrepreneurs, as the side hustle scene is alive and well. In fact, it’s thriving!

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How a Merger of Salesforce and Slack Would Change the SaaS Landscape

Tomasz Tunguz

The rumor mill churns with whispers Salesforce will acquire Slack. This combination would be strategic for both involved for three reasons. First, Salesforce and Slack share Microsoft as their most significant competitor. Microsoft Teams' rapid assault and consequent market power into the corporate instant messaging market transformed the market dynamics in less than 12 months.

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Remote-controlled delivery carts are now working for the local Los Angeles grocer

TechCrunch

Robots are no longer the high-tech tools reserved for university labs, e-commerce giants and buzzy Silicon Valley startups. The local grocer now has access too.

Exposure Notification Express

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have New York State’s exposure alerting app on my phone and check it every day. It gives me great statistics about what is going on in my location. You can download it here for iOS and Android. It will also notify me if anyone who is using the app and has been with me gets Covid.

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Cast.ai nabs $7.7M seed to remove barriers between public clouds

TechCrunch

When you launch an application in the public cloud, you usually put everything on one provider, but what if you could choose the components based on cost and technology and have your database one place and your storage another? That’s what Cast.ai

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.

The 5 Lessons I Learned From a NY Times Bestseller and Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur's Handbook

A twenty-minute interview with Peter Shankman that provided a lifetime’s worth of lessons Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». startup entrepreneurship time-management productivity business

Join us for a live Q&A with Sapphire’s Jai Das on Tuesday at 2 pm ET/11 am PT

TechCrunch

Sure, we’re heading into a holiday weekend here in America, but that doesn’t mean that the good ship TechCrunch is going to slow down.

How To Start a Company With Your Spouse And Save Your Marriage

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Building a business together — when done correctly — can create closeness rather than resentment. Here’s how. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». startup founders marriage entrepreneurship psychology

As e-bikes boom, FuroSystems raises its first venture funding round ahead of a new model launch

TechCrunch

With COVID-19 making commuters switch to bikes, and cities wanting cleaner air, the e-bike revolution is only just getting started.

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.

Form D: Often Forgotten, Never Optional

The Seraf Compass

When you are a mentor or board director to a company just finishing raising a round, it is tempting to take a breath and do a few high fives. But before you do, make sure someone has made the Form D filing with the federal and state securities regulators.

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WeGift, the ‘incentive marketing’ platform, collects $8M in new funding

TechCrunch

WeGift , the London-based startup that has built an “incentive marketing” platform that lets businesses easily issue e-gift cards and other digital rewards to customers, has raised $8 million in new funding. Dubbed a Series A extension, the round is led by AlbionVC. Existing investors including Stride.vc, SAP.iO fund and Unilever Ventures also followed on. Following the fundraise, Ed Lascelles, general partner at AlbionVC, is joining the WeGift board.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: How to Think Like an Entrepreneur with Mike Morse (Episode 148)

StartupNation

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff features Mike Morse, founder of Mike Morse Law Firm , the largest personal injury law firm in Michigan.

Insurtech’s big year gets bigger as Metromile looks to go public

TechCrunch

In the wake of insurtech unicorn Root’s IPO, it felt safe to say that the big transactions for the insurance technology startup space were done for the year.

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.

7 Holiday Shipping Tips and Tricks for Online Entrepreneurs

StartupNation

The holiday season is often a busy time for entrepreneurs. With customers buying a tremendous number of gifts, business owners are likely feeling the stress of the shopping rush, and they want their items to arrive on time and in pristine condition.

Coinbase disables margin trading following guidance from Commodity Futures Trading Commission

TechCrunch

Just a few months after launching margin trading on Coinbase Pro, the company is disabling the feature. Margin trading lets you trade on leverage. But it works both ways — margin trading lets you multiply your gains and your losses.

Customer Retention Rate: What Is It & How To Calculate It?

Feedough

The economics of modern businesses like telecom, insurance, SAAS and other subscription-based businesses differs considerably from businesses operating on traditional business models. These businesses only work well when customers stay with them for an extended period paying recurring costs.

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[data.world in Database Trends and Applications] How to Create a Data-Driven Culture

OurCrowd

At Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, Jon Loyens, co-founder of Data World, explored the question of what creates a data-driven culture and offered ips on how to build one.

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.”

[Klook in Web in Travel] FIVE TOURS & ACTIVITIES OPERATORS ANNOUNCED AS BOOKING PARTNERS FOR SINGAPORE’S DOMESTIC TOURISM CAMPAIGN

OurCrowd

FIVE operators ­– Changi Travel Services, Klook, Trip.com, GlobalTix, Traveloka have been named as authorised booking partners for Singapore Tourism Board’s SingapoRediscovers Vouchers (SRV) scheme following a competitive tender which closed early October. Read more here.

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[Beyond Meat in Fortune] Why Beyond Meat’s CEO chose to fight climate change by going into business

OurCrowd

Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life when he was in college.

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[DailyPay in QSR Magazine] Fazoli’s Adds DailyPay Option for Employees

OurCrowd

For the first time, Fazoli’s hourly restaurant team members no longer have to wait until pay day to access and spend their earnings. Read more here. The post [DailyPay in QSR Magazine] Fazoli’s Adds DailyPay Option for Employees appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

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[Highcon in Globes] Two more tech cos file for TASE IPOs

OurCrowd

Aquarius Engines hopes to raise $65 million and Highcon Systems is trying to raise $45 million. Read more here. The post [Highcon in Globes] Two more tech cos file for TASE IPOs appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

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Reader Survey 2021 Startup Catalyst Brief

2020 was a challenging year for startup professionals. Here at Startup Catalyst Brief, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our readers. Startup Catalyst Brief's many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our site we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how our site has affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes. To view the survey, click the “View Now” button.