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Nigerian fintech Appzone raises $10M for expansion and proprietary technology

TechCrunch

Africa’s fintech space has gained proper attention over the past few years in investments but it is not news that startups still battle with offering high-quality products.

Former NFL Player Rick Elmore on What Aspiring Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Professional Sports

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Success is not something that is delivered on your doorstep; it’s something you have to constantly chase after. In an oversaturated market, crowded with bright ideas and aspiring entrepreneurs, it can be difficult for a new business to break through and reach a dedicated customer base.

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3 Fun Ways to Get More Creative in 60 Seconds

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Memic raises $96M for its robot-assisted surgery platform

TechCrunch

Memic , a startup developing a robotic-assisted surgical platform that recently received marketing authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, today announced that it has closed a $96 million Series D funding round.

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!

A Scarcity Mindset Will Cripple You Financially

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What the Founders of Clubhouse and Hinge Have in Common

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Vietnamese electric motorbike startup Dat Bike raises $2.6M led by Jungle Ventures

TechCrunch

Son Nguyen, founder and chief executive officer of Dat Bike. Dat Bike , a Vietnamese startup with ambitions to become the top electric motorbike company in Southeast Asia, has raised $2.6 million in pre-Series A funding led by Jungle Ventures.

The Most Important Fundraising Secret of Every Successful Entrepreneur

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It’ll completely change the way you raise venture capital Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». startup entrepreneurship venture-capital entrepreneur fundraising

Docugami’s new model for understanding documents cuts its teeth on NASA archives

TechCrunch

You hear so much about data these days that you might forget that a huge amount of the world runs on documents : a veritable menagerie of heterogeneous files and formats holding enormous value yet incompatible with the new era of clean, structured databases.

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.

One Year Ago Today I Quit My Job To Do My Own Thing. Here’s How It’s Going.

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Austin’s newest unicorn: The Zebra raises $150M after doubling revenue in 2020

TechCrunch

The Zebra , an Austin-based company that operates an insurance comparison site, has raised $150 million in a Series D round that propels it into unicorn territory. Both the round size and valuation are a substantial bump from the $38.5

My New Metrocard

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

For years, one of my prized possessions has been my MTA EasyPayXpress Metrocard. It’s a little worn down from a lot of use because it auto refills itself.

Grover raises $71M to grow its consumer electronics subscription business

TechCrunch

A startup tapping into the concept of the circular economy, where people don’t buy items outright but pay an incremental amount to use them temporarily, has raised some funding to scale its business in Europe and beyond.

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.

[Kenna Security in GlobeNewswire] Kenna Security Joins Microsoft Intelligent Security Association

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GV partner Terri Burns is joining us to judge the Startup Battlefield

TechCrunch

One of the best parts of TechCrunch Disrupt is the Startup Battlefield competition, and one of the most important pieces of the Startup Battlefield is our lineup of expert judges — they’re the ones the founders are trying to impress.

[Stellar Cyber in Business Wire] Stellar Cyber Wins Hot Security Technology of the Year Award

OurCrowd

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS –(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stellar Cyber, the innovator of Open XDR – the only intelligent, next-gen security operations platform – announced today that its Open XDR platform captured a Silver Globee Award as Hot Security Technology of the Year for 2021.

Cybersecurity training startup Hack The Box raises $10.6M Series A led by Paladin Capital

TechCrunch

Cybersecurity training startup Hack The Box , which emerged originally from Greece, has raised a Series A investment round of $10.6 million, led by Paladin Capital Group and joined by Osage University Partners, Brighteye Ventures and existing investors Marathon Venture Capital.

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.

[OurCrowd in ThinkAdvisor] Vanguard Cuts Fees on Retirement Trusts: Portfolio Products

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What You Need to Know. Vanguard expects the price cut to save investors $20 million. Meanwhile, Seeds in partnership with JUST Capital and Pacific Life also introduced sustainable investing products. Pershing’s alts platform added a startup investment vehicle. Read more here.

Battery Resourcers raises $20M to commercialize its recycling-plus-manufacturing operations

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Equipment at Battery Resourcers’ new cathode sintering and analysis facility in Novi, Michigan. Photo: Battery Resourcers).

Get Startup Funding Fast! Applications Open for Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies

StartupNation

The Graziadio Business School of Pepperdine University has opened entries to its fourth annual competition, Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies , to identify America’s Most Fundable Companies. All U.S.-based based startups with less than $10 million in revenue are invited to participate.

When wildfires rage close, Perimeter wants to tell you where to go

TechCrunch

Out the window, a fire is raging — and it’s moving ever closer. Confusion. Fear. A run for the car. Roads open and then suddenly closed by authorities. Traffic jams. A fire break that stalls the flames and then suddenly the flames jump, changing direction.

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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.”

Discord in talks to sell to Microsoft for over $10B | E1190

Jason Calacanis

Top Insights. Discord and Slack have had strangely similar journeys. There is a correlation between gaming-focused founders and making great messaging products. Rahul Vohra (Runescape > Superhuman), Stewart Butterfield (Glitch > Slack), Jason Citron (OpenFeint > Discord).

Binance Labs leads $1.6M seed round in DeFi startup MOUND, the developer of Pancake Bunny

TechCrunch

Decentralized finance startup MOUND, known for its yield farming aggregator Pancake Bunny , has raised $1.6 million in seed funding led by Binance Labs. Other participants included IDEO CoLab, SparkLabs Korea and Handshake co-founder Andrew Lee.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Study Shows That Small Businesses Are Making Bold Moves to Stay Relevant (Episode 209)

StartupNation

On this morning’s Business Beat, Jeff shares findings from a recent Borrell Associates study , indicating that small businesses are making bold moves to stay relevant and capture market share.

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Clim8 raises $8M from 7pc Ventures, launches climate-focused investing app for retail investors

TechCrunch

Ethical investing remains something of a confusing maze, with a great deal of “greenwashing” going on. A new U.K. startup is hoping to fix that with the launch of its new app and platform for retail investors.

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.