March, 2020

How to Activate Your Virtual Community

GCUC

With flu and COVID-19 on the rise, we need to start thinking about how we can show value through virtual community and membership. Below. The post How to Activate Your Virtual Community appeared first on GCUC Community. Community Health and Well-being

Now is the Best Time to be an Angel Investor (let me show you how)

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Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it

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No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. I was raised in rural Wyoming, far from the high stakes and deep pockets of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. But from a young age, going against the grain was in my DNA. It’s what led me to San Francisco, and, ultimately, what drew me to 500 Startups. When I moved to San Francisco in 2012, I was working on my fourth startup and looking to join an accelerator.

What is your money personality?

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

No matter how you have managed your money in the past, it is important for you to now equip yourself with the knowledge you need to make sound financial decisions for a strong financial future. There are many ways you can handle your money. Whether you are avoiding, saving, spending, or amassing, you can always make certain changes to better manage your money in the future.

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!

Correlation and Market Meltdowns

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

On the first episode of Howard’s new podcast , his guest said, “in panics, all assets are correlated.” ” I suspect that is true to some extent. When bad news hits, I have seen traders sell quickly, get to cash, and then take some time to evaluate the situation before acting on the news. That is true of a company missing its quarter, a sudden management change, and many other forms of bad news. It is also the case when macro events hit the market.

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Startup Pitching 101

Paul G. Silva

As a mentor once told me… It doesn’t matter if you have the best opportunity in the world, if you can’t communicate it you’re dead. This is obvious. Yet… I’ve seen thousands of presentations and the vast majority of them were confusing as heck. Those presenters almost always failed to get whatever they wanted from the audience. At the regional syndication meetings (think of it as the All-Stars of angel-backed companies), the #1 Mistake Entrepreneurs Make Is….

Data-Driven Hope

GAN

Staying Mentally and Emotionally Healthy in the Midst of COVID-19. This is an interesting time. You’re getting no shortage of emails coming to your inbox about how this is “unprecedented” and “difficult.” ” I find when I hear things like that, I usually turn inward and focus on myself. But during “unprecedented and difficult times,” that’s not what we need and definitely not what those around us need.

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What Could the Venture Market Look Like in the Coronavirus Era

Tomasz Tunguz

What could happen to the fundraising market in the coronavirus era where organizers cancel events, the financial markets suffer from a bear market, and there is a lot of uncertainty? The most recent event to use as an analogy is the 2008 financial crisis. In 2008, I had just joined the venture industry, and then Lehman fell. So this was a bit of a trip down memory lane. Let’s look at the data. In 2006, VCs invested about $3.5B per quarter in seed, A, B, and C rounds.

Have a Great Product? Don't Be Afraid to Dismantle It to Build a Better One.

Entrepreneur - Entrepreneurs Category

The founders of VisitPay explain their step-by-step process for doing the impossible: making your healthcare bills make sense! Real Entrepreneurs

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.

Open Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Resilience through Collaboration

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The post Open Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Resilience through Collaboration appeared first on InBIA. Blog Ecosystem News InBIA News Member News

Things Will Be Different

This is going to be BIG.

I remember looking at other people on the street the day after 9/11. Everyone was just so sad. It was a shared moment in time where nothing needed to be said, and all we could muster was a slight nod to acknowledge that what you were feeling, everyone else was feeling, too. It felt like things would never be the same. Yet, it wasn’t very long after before I was on a plane. Sure, I was a bit apprehensive, but slowly it faded away.

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We’re Entering the Stay-Home Economy. Here are 10 Industries That Will Be Winners

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The below article is part of Robert Glazer’s LinkedIn Newsletter series and originally appeared on Glazer’s LinkedIn page. He is the founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners , an affiliation marketing company. As COVID-19 spreads globally, many countries—including the United States—are mandating extreme social distancing measures. People are being urged to work remotely, schools have been canceled for weeks at a time and public gatherings are being discouraged, if not prohibited.

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Serving the Underserved: The Commons on Champa // Denver, Colorado

CO.STARTERS

“If you’re starting up, start here.” . This is The Commons on Champa’s invitation to underserved leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in the Denver area. Awaiting the Denver starter is a sequence of programming designed to streamline the success of each entrepreneur—no matter where they come from, what resources are at their disposal, or what their abilities are. . Starters are invited to begin with Will it Fly?,

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.

A Coronavirus Job Description

GAN

Now, more than ever, each of us needs to take a realistic look at what we need to do to remain relevant for our team members and customers. Not only will this help us keep our jobs, but it’s also the most helpful thing we can do to support others in this unusual time. And, this is especially important for startups in light of likely decreased funding from investments. .

One woman’s path to financial empowerment leads the way

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

2018 YLAI fellow Kenishia Mais is the founder of ThrivingDollars , a financial education platform empowering young adults with the tools and resources they need to make smarter decisions, create their ideal financial lives, and gain the freedom to pursue more of what they love. In celebration of Kenishia’s accomplishments and her encouragement to fellow young leaders to make their money count , we asked her to answer a few questions about her journey to entrepreneurship.

Teaching Online

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have been teaching in one form or another since college. I helped pay for graduate school by teaching other grad students. For most of my life, teaching has meant standing up in front of a group of people and explaining things to them in a large group setting. But, like many things, that is quickly changing right now. I mentioned that we have a new group of analysts at USV.

How To Pitch A Real Estate Tech VC

Dream It

Jeff Berman is General Partner at Camber Creek , one of the first venture funds dedicated to real estate technology and the built world. The team owns, operates and manages over 150 million square feet of real estate, making Camber Creek one of the biggest value-add venture partners for real estate tech startups.

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.

Mental Health Should Be Your Top Priority Right Now. Here’s Why

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As COVID-19 devastates nations and businesses, there’s a potential casualty you may not have fullly realized: your mental health. Uncertainty around the health of your family, company and employees can be overwhelming. We asked Dandapani —a Hindu priest, entrepreneur and highly rated speaker for Entrepreneurs’ Organization —how to manage stress and the mental health of your staff during this difficult period. Dandapani is pictured above, photo by Toby Burrows.).

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This Simple Tool Could Save Your Business

CO.STARTERS

Reimagining Your Venture with the CO.STARTERS Canvas. Not ideal” would be an understatement for these times. If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, you’re probably pretty scared right now, and understandably. Sometimes it’s better to state the obvious: people aren’t going out as much, and in most places, they aren’t going out at all. That means fewer customers for your business, which means you make a much smaller profit. Many entrepreneurs are worried they won’t turn a profit at all.

RVI, Launch413, Innovation Accelerator – Growing and Thriving

Paul G. Silva

For all my friends who kindly track the progress of my ventures, I have a short update :). Launch413 (the post-accelerator) – We’ve invested in 13 companies in just under 3 years, expanded our team of kick-ass Venture Advisors, and are starting to see some real results from our top companies. It is still early days, but the model seems to be scaling and our ability to deliver impact is growing.

Ample Hills Bankruptcy and Recovery: What Happened and What's Next for a Beloved Brand

This is going to be BIG.

As a seed stage investor, I know the math. Half the companies I invest in won’t provide a financial return. Another forty percent or so will go sideways a bit, and the last ten percent will drive most of the gains for my investors. Leveraging up a company with venture dollars in an attempt to grow to a national or world class brand can be a risky proposition.

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.”

Funding Friday: The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation Relief Fund

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that when this is all over, I can’t wait to go to my favorite restaurants and enjoy their hospitality and food. If they are able to re-open. While many industries are facing difficult times in this crisis, the restaurant and hospitality industry is particularly hard hit. So for today’s funding friday, I am encouraging everyone to do what I did this morning – make a donation to the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation Relief Fund.

Dreamit Startups on the Front Lines of COVID-19

Dream It

More than 15 Dreamit Healthtech portfolio companies have products that are helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These companies are actively deploying COVID-19 solutions in hospitals and healthcare systems to enable rapid testing, to limit exposure to the virus, to educate patients and clinicians on rapidly-evolving information, and to provide communication tools that reduce exposure risk for front-line healthcare workers. Explore these solutions by using the buttons below.

How Gender Equality Improves Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is proud to support International Women’s Day (IWD), which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political contributions of women. With robust female-focused initiatives and a longstanding history of empowering women leaders , EO upholds the mission of this global program every day.

Addressing the Gaps: Auckland University of Technology // Auckland, New Zealand

CO.STARTERS

“There is a gap in Auckland that we are trying to fill.” . Sabrina Nagel is the CO.STARTERS Program Director (or “Dot Connector,” as she is reverently called by her colleagues) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). The gap she is referring to is the absence of a practical, real-world entrepreneurship program beyond the basics of a college finance course and short of the demanding tech accelerators that tend to appear by the dozen in large cities.

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.