July, 2020

How to Manage a Startup Through Troubling Times

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Rizwan Virk , author of S tartup Myths and Models: What You Won’t Learn in Business School. The pandemic of 2020 has tested most sectors of the economy. Like the downturns in 2008 and 2001, this has been a very trying time for entrepreneurs running startups.

Startup Funding Explained: How to Raise a Bridge Round

Dream It

When you’re raising a bridge round and pitching investors, their first reaction may be that you’re in trouble. To overcome this, you’ll need to properly address your reason for raising bridge funding.

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Early Stage Investment Syndication: Key Issues

The Seraf Compass

A very common practice in the investment world is syndication. Syndication allows multiple investors -- whether they be individuals, angel groups, VC funds, etc. -- to join together and provide the funding resources needed by one company.

We Built a More Inclusive Accelerator—Here’s What We Learned

GAN

Guest Blog by Lunar Startups. Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ founders have always had to do more with less. It comes as no surprise that founders with these identities face unfair and significant obstacles when going to market, scaling, and competing in the marketplace. Yet, consumers with purchasing power are getting younger and more racially diverse every year, creating a huge market opportunity for startup founders who deeply understand this under-served group.

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

The Money Trap: How to Choose Between Money and Passion

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Shawn Johal, business growth coach, leadership speaker and co-founder of DALS Lighting, Inc. He is also an active member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Montreal chapter. . “A A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” –Jonathan Swift.

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A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

When the pandemic started, the conventional wisdom was that the capital markets would take a beating, including the venture capital market for startup capital. The second quarter of 2020 is now behind us and we will see the data on it soon. I suspect what we will see is a very active venture capital market, quite the opposite of what was initially expected. There are a number of reasons that I think we will see that. First, venture capital firms raise funds and it is our job to put them to work.

weaving environmental innovation into visions of the future: q&a with taryn mead of Western Colorado University

Venture Well

Taryn Mead of Western Colorado University teaches students entrepreneurship concepts through an environmental innovation lens, helping them envision their contribution to a more sustainable future.

TrekIT Health Raises $1M Seed Extension, Hires New Executive Chairman

Dream It

TrekIT Health (HT- ‘18) is a HIPAA compliant and secure, real-time workspace for synthesizing information across EHRs and care teams.

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Founders Share Stories and Encouragement on Mental Wellness

GAN

It’s time for some inspiring stories! Over the past few months, the GAN Community came together to support startup founders who have been deeply impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

Are you heading toward burnout?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Shawn Johal, business growth coach, leadership speaker and co-founder of DALS Lighting, Inc. He is also an active member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Montreal chapter. . “If If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

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Business and Entrepreneurship Will Play a Critical Role in Creating a Better World. Here’s How.

CO.STARTERS

The Startup Community Way

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend Brad Feld has updated his excellent book on startup ecosystems called Startup Communities. The updated and expanded book is called The Startup Community Way and it is available for pre-order on Amazon. The book comes out tomorrow so you won’t have to wait long for it. The timing of this book is excellent. The pandemic has shown that you don’t have to live and work in any particular place to be productive and innovative.

moving design and innovation courses online: emphasize empathy and objectives

Venture Well

When moving your innovation courses online, it's important to focus on objectives and how best to academically and emotionally support your students. . The post moving design and innovation courses online: emphasize empathy and objectives appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty teaching resources

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

Persistence is the key to this YLAI Fellow’s success in the technology industry in Bolivia

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. 2017 YLAI Fellow Andrea Puente Salazar has had her share of obstacles on her way to entrepreneurial success.

How One Company Was Poised to Grow 1,000% During the Pandemic

GAN

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a historic global economic decline. However, there are a handful of industries that were poised for such a time as this. E-commerce, virtual meeting software, edtech, and telehealth have taken off.

4 Reasons to Be Optimistic Today

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Greg DeLine , president and CEO of DeLine Holdings. COVID-19 was the stealthy rival no one saw coming. As entrepreneurs, we face challenges throughout our careers, but we don’t spend a lot of time planning what we’ll do during and after a global pandemic. Yet here we are.

Clearing a Path Toward Equity Through Entrepreneurship

CO.STARTERS

CASE STUDY. Forward Cities + The Corner. New Kensington, Pennsylvania. By partnering with two collaborative national networks, community builders in New Kensington, PA were able to build toward an equitable ecosystem through entrepreneurial training and empowerment.

4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Fact: Good data lives at the core of every successful B2B demand generation strategy. Without quality data, it’s nearly impossible to identify and segment your target audience and create messaging that speaks to their values and interests. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or you’re new to demand generation, learning the tricks of the trade can be, well, tricky. In this eBook, you’ll discover how to improve your demand generation program—and your bottom line.

Crawl, Walk, Run

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I am a fan of the slow and steady approach to building a business. I call it “crawl, walk, run.” ” I have seen many founders try the “run right away” approach and it is super hard to make that work. An example of “run right away” would be to raise a $30mm seed round, hire a couple of hundred employees, and go for broke. That mostly results in being broke. Of course, there are examples of founders who did that and succeeded.

The Fundraising Market Two Quarters into COVID

Tomasz Tunguz

It’s been two quarters since the coronavirus has hit Startupland. And you can see the impact of the shutdown in the numbers. We reviewed the data in May and compared it to the effects of the financial crisis in 2008 on startup fundraising.

students and industry partnering for the planet: when waste leads to good business

Venture Well

More university programs are fostering industry partnerships, and giving students real-world opportunities to address environmental issues. . The post students and industry partnering for the planet: when waste leads to good business appeared first on VentureWell.

7 Components of a Powerful Pitch

GAN

By: Tricia Reinken, Partner Marketing, HubSpot for Startups (a GAN Corporate Partner). A powerful pitch deck is critical for any startup, regardless of your goal.

The Modern Customer Success Playbook

The evolution of every high-functioning, effective customer success strategy centers around three C’s: connected experiences, an engaging customer journey, and a culture built on customer-centricity. Satisfaction won’t cut it. Quarterbacking your customers to long-term success and growth is proven to combat churn and transform customer success teams into revenue-drivers. But where do you start? Download the playbook today!

3 Ways to Increase Diversity and Inclusion in Your Workplace Starting Today

Entrepreneurs' Organization

No one can dispute the inherent benefits of diversity in the workplace. A diverse and inclusive organization amplifies the number of potential hires—which means access to the most talented candidates.

CO.STARTERS is a Small Business Too: Part I

CO.STARTERS

What we’re doing as a small business to survive the pandemic. By Jose Alfaro, CO.STARTERS COO. Adaptation isn’t something that happened once in March. It’s going to be a way of life for a while. We have published thousands of words about what small businesses should be doing right now in theory.

Funding Friday: The Steamchasers

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I am a big believer in the saying “you can’t be what you can’t see.” ” And I have spent a lot of time and energy finding ways for young people to see careers in science, technology, and innovation so that they can put themselves on a course to have one themselves. I came across a series of books for kids called The Steamchasers on Kickstarter today.

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How to Get a CISO to Buy Your Product

Dream It

To keep an organization safe, a CISO depends on as many as 50 to 100 different products. This presents a huge opportunity for startups. However, this means that a CISO sees a LOT of pitches in their role. Securetech Managing Director at Dreamit, Mel Shakir , talks to CISOs every week.

A Proven Guide to Recruiting Passive Candidates

It's a simple, frustrating truth that you can't predict everything when it comes to recruiting for businesses. At some point in your role as a recruiter - perhaps more frequently than not - you'll need to fill a position quickly and you'll look for active recruitment strategies to do it. However, it's not efficient or cost-effective to be in the active recruitment mode all the time. It's important to also invest in building a passive candidate pipeline. Download the guide for tips that can help you build a recruitment strategy that attracts both active and passive candidates for the best possible mix.