May, 2020

How Not to Get Your Time Wasted by VCs

This is going to be BIG.

VCs are notorious for kicking tires. VCs take a meeting just to learn about an area. If deal flow is slow, a VC will take a meeting if you and your team seem mildly interesting even if your product isn’t. Sometimes, if you seem well connected to other founders or VCs, that will get you a meeting—because you don’t want to miss something everyone else has seen.

The State of Startups

GAN

Lately, I’ve been often asked how startups are handling COVID-19. Based on my conversations with GAN Accelerators, GAN Corporate Partners, GSSN Studios, and the startups GAN Ventures has invested in, here is how startups seem to be faring in this season. When It Comes To Raising Money.

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How Would You Manage Your Business Differently if Shelter-in-Place Lasted 18 Months or More?

Tomasz Tunguz

If the shelter-in-place order were to remain in place for another 12 months, how would you change the way you run your business? Over the past two months, CEOs and founders have managed the turbulence imposed by the coronavirus onto their companies. Most of the time, we’ve implemented short-term plans. This week, the first companies announced longer-term plans. Twitter empowered employees to work from home forever. Google and Facebook announced work-from-home plans through the end of 2020.

How to Support the Supporters

Source Link

Entrepreneurial service providers are on the front lines every day working to help their small business clients survive—and sometimes without the tools they need to cope with the emotional strain

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!

Key US Federal Tax Issues for Angel Investors

The Seraf Compass

As we all know, the United States IRS tax code is extremely complex. Because the code includes some provisions directly affecting angel investing, understanding the tax rules is important for US-based angel investors. There are significant tax savings for angel investors who understand the rules

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Learn To Code If You’ve Lost Your Job

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Learning to code was the thing that unlocked it all for me. I learned to hack in Basic during high school. I parlayed that into a programming job in college, which led to my first job out of college, which then led to a job that helped me pay for graduate school, which led to a job in venture capital. That is why I have made getting computer science broadly deployed in the K-12 system in NYC and around the US the philanthropic effort that I put most of my charitable time into.

Announcing the Founder Support Fund

GAN

I’m excited to announce the Founder Support Fund. It’s an evergreen microgrant-making fund dedicated to supporting founders’ mental and emotional health and well-being. As we enter the first full week of Mental Health Awareness Month, the GAN team, like many others, has been thinking about the additional stress many people are facing in the midst of this global pandemic.

Retool, Repurpose, Redeploy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Eric Ludwig is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Cleveland chapter, which he joined in 2003. He is also the founder and partner of Pulsar Eco Products. He recently shared with us how the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed him to put his EO learning to work.

Launch Your Business in Georgia (The Country, not the State)

500

The following post is written by Nato Chakvetadze, Program Associate for 500Georgia. Gavin: Here everything is so expensive. Look at the numbers. If we move to Georgia, we can save a fortune and get a further investment. It's the only way. Denpok: Well, I have heard good things about the food scene in the Dirty South. Hoover: Stankonia. Freaknik. Might be nice to be around more people of color. Gavin: What? Not Atlanta. Tbilisi. The country of Georgia, not the state.

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.

What Should Founders Be Focusing On? SSRL Can Be Their Guide.

Paul G. Silva

Entrepreneurs and investors used to rely on strictly qualitative/gut methods of assessing progress and deciding what their next steps should be. In 2014 the great Steve Blank gave the startup world its first widely-respected quantitative assessment system: the Investment Readiness Level (IRL).

Moving Your Small Business Online

Co Starters

What you need to do (and what you don’t) to sell in a digital world. COVID-19 has brought tech-stress to an all-time high among many entrepreneurs.

Growth

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of the great joys of the work I do is I get to watch the leaders of our portfolio companies grow over time. I’ve had a number of moments over the last few months where I got off a call or a meeting and thought to myself “wow, she’s a new person.” ” Growing as a leader takes time, mistakes, failure, feedback, and a lot of work. You don’t magically show up as the CEO and you are good to go. It’s not like that at all.

Wellth Raises $10M in Series A Funding

Dream It

Wellth , a platform designed to improve treatment adherence using behavioral economics, announced the closing of their $10M Series A round, co-led by yabeo and Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund ( BIVF ). The startup uses loss aversion to incentivize care adherence; built on the belief that, “if we give people an incentive to make healthy decisions today, we will be able to drastically reduce healthcare costs in the future.”

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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.

How to Maximize the Contributions of 4 Diverse Work Styles

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Justin M. Deonarine , an industrial organizational psychologist with Psychometrics Canada , which provides psychometric assessments to help businesses hire the right individuals and develop teams and leaders. We asked Deonarine about the benefits of diversity to an organization.

customer interviews: tips, do?s, and don?ts

Venture Well

Customer interviews help entrepreneurs discover if their idea is worth pursuing before putting a lot of time and effort into it. The post customer interviews: tips, do’s, and don’ts appeared first on VentureWell.

A Canvas That Tells a Story: KISS Canvas (v3)

Paul G. Silva

[This is part of a series on the KISS Canvas ]. 30-page business plans are great for established businesses and terrible for startups that need to iterate quickly.

Straight Talk about SBA Loans

Co Starters

And how to manage your cash flow right now as a small business. Although some businesses have seen the relief offered by the CARES Act—particularly the Paycheck Protection Program SBA loans—many small businesses have been left wondering if their application is even being considered. . This financial limbo is a really tough place to be, because managing cash flow is a “right now” problem. Federal loans are showing themselves to be solutions of the distant future. . So what exactly is going on?

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.

Investing In Learning

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

USV has invested in the education sector for a bit more than ten years. We kicked things off with an event we called Hacking Education back in March 2009. We have focused on “direct to learner” businesses and have mostly avoided investing in companies that sell to the established education system. This has been a good strategy and we have assembled a fantastic direct to learner portfolio that includes companies like Duolingo , Quizlet , Skillshare , Codecademy , and Outschool.

Net Health Acquires Tissue Analytics

Dream It

Net Health, a premier provider of cloud-based EHR software for specialized care settings, today announced that it has acquired Tissue Analytics , a pioneering developer of automated mobile wound and skin imaging and predictive analytics solutions. The startup has significantly increased patient and clinician engagement in wound management, providing a mobile platform for patients to track metrics on the healing process and identify potential infections.

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What the New Normal Looks Like in Three Industries and Three Countries

Entrepreneurs' Organization

At Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) , our mission remains engaging business owners at every stage with the tools, education and community necessary to learn and grow to new levels of leadership , in business and beyond. As businesses begin to implement new ways of working in the new landscape , we asked three EO members—from three industries and three countries—to share how they are moving forward. . Carlos Melendez, Wovenware, EO Puerto Rico.

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Taking our Flagship Accelerator Virtual-First

500

There is not a single business that is not affected in some form or another from COVID-19, and 500 Startups is no different. When news broke of COVID-19 entering in the US, we were one of the first major accelerators to turn the Demo Day experience completely virtual, and since then, we have focused on collecting data from investors and founders to help the community at-large through reports like our COVID-19 Investor Survey and Female Founders Survey.

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 strategies to cultivate comprehensive entrepreneurship ecosystems

Venture Well

During our first virtualOPEN conference, we gathered expert panelists to discuss the best strategies for cultivating healthy and robust entrepreneurship ecosystems. The post 3 strategies to cultivate comprehensive entrepreneurship ecosystems appeared first on VentureWell. I&E Ecosystems ecosystem higher education

Honored! Sigma Nu Tau

Paul G. Silva

The entrepreneurship faculty of Western New England University kindly inducted me as an honorary member of Sigma Nu Tau , the only academic honor society dedicated to entrepreneurship. My sincere thanks to WNE, and especially Mary Schoonmaker. Innovation Accelerator

Kickstarter Lights On

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

So many of our favorite community anchors have shuttered in the wake of the pandemic. And reopening them won’t be easy. Music venues, movie theaters, art galleries, restaurants, performance spaces, maker spaces, conferences, festivals, and bookshops are the places we hang out in, enjoy each other, and and connect to art and culture. But these spaces also have communities of people connected to them, rooting for them, and eager to help them.

How COVID-19 is Changing Digital Health

Dream It

Earlier this month, Adam Dakin , Managing Director of Dreamit Healthtech, joined Phase2 Health to share his insight on how the pandemic is changing healthcare. Dakin joined Dan Baker (Managing Partner, Phase2 Health) and a panel of early-stage healthtech investors that included Neta Amidi (Global Head of Health, Plug and Play) and Matty Francis (Principal, Healthbox).

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Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.