October, 2020

Bootstrapping vs Raising Out of the Gate: The Six Questions to Ask Yourself

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If You are an Economic Developer or Ecosystem Builder, What will Your First 100 Days Look Like?

CO.STARTERS

The near mythical narrative surrounding a presidential administration’s first one hundred days began with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In fact, FDR brought the term “first 100 days” into the public’s consciousness during a radio address on July 24, 1933.

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How getting away from your desk can make you a better leader

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Jan Bednar , CEO and founder of ShipMonk. Many business leaders pride themselves on perpetuating the “workaholic” lifestyle.

The De-Carbonization Of The Economy

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Over the last decade, the Gotham Gal and I have moved away from oil and gas in our homes and have installed solar panels for electricity and heat pumps for heating and cooling. It has gotten less expensive to do this swap out as solar and heat pump costs have come down.

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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!

Kara Nortman Was Just Promoted to Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. Here’s What it All Means

Both Sides of the Table

Today we’re announcing that my partner Kara Nortman is becoming Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to welcome her to her new role.

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Real talk on fundraising for a small fund

This is going to be BIG.

I don’t really have a particular goal with this post. I’m just sharing. When I started leading deals at First Round Capital, I sourced investments in 8 companies. GroupMe, Singleplatform and Backupify all had really good exits, especially if you’re just looking at the multiples of the pre-seed/seed rounds, which is what I’m focused on now. I found GroupMe at the Techcrunch Disrupt Hackathon.

#1 Put entrepreneurs front and center

CO.STARTERS

This article was co-authored by Anika Horn and Enoch Elwell. As ecosystem builders, we are committed to serving the entrepreneurs in our communities. To do our job well, we need to know who they are and what they need.

4 things I wish I knew as a young entrepreneur

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 (EO) Montreal chapter. . The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain.

Venture Funding Trends Intact

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The NVCA and Pitch Book are out with their Q3 report on the VC industry and what they report is that the VC industry continues to be very active throughout the pandemic. Deal counts and deal values are stable to up over last year.

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.

InBIA Welcomes New Directors

INBIA

The post InBIA Welcomes New Directors appeared first on InBIA. Blog Ecosystem News Featured InBIA News Featured Member News InBIA News Member News Board of Directors entrepreneurs InBIA innovation

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activities for teaching innovation: game-based learning

Venture Well

Game-based learning is an excellent way to boost student engagement, and an opportunity to introduce difficult course content or teach new skills. The post activities for teaching innovation: game-based learning appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty teaching resources

I've Got 14 Billion Problems with Politics and This Ain't One

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$14 billion. That’s how much money was spent across federal and congressional races in 2020 and that’s not even counting local elections. Is it any wonder people are saying they’re tired of politics? Just today, I turned on the radio in the car and heard an add bashing a local politician that I know well. It was full of gloom and doom about New York City—a vision of crime and despair that just doesn’t reflect what’s actually happening here on the ground.

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The Key to Finding Solutions is Making Mistakes

CO.STARTERS

CO.STARTERS is a Small Business Too: Part III | The third in a series of inside tips on how we’re adapting our own small business to the current challenges. By Jose Alfaro, CO.STARTERS COO. After—and only after—you talk to a number of your customers , it’s time to form a plan.

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.

To succeed as an entrepreneur, make these 8 investments

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Noah B. Rosenfarb , a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and a certified public accountant who helps entrepreneurs increase cash flow, sell their companies successfully, manage their wealth and create predictable passive income. Invest in Yourself. We all invest our time and money in people and things. The best investment for entrepreneurs is always going to be in themselves.

E-Commerce and Retail

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Most of us have seen some version of this chart that shows how the Covid pandemic has accelerated e-commerce adoption: What is interesting to me is that it has also impacted in person retail experiences. Most restaurants in NYC are not passing out menus anymore.

InBIA Board of Directors Welcomes New Directors

INBIA

The post InBIA Board of Directors Welcomes New Directors appeared first on InBIA. Blog Featured InBIA News InBIA News Member News Board of Directors entrepreneurs Executive Committee InBIA innovation

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Brazil’s Black Silicon Valley could be an epicenter of innovation in Latin America

TechCrunch

Paulo Rogério Nunes. Contributor. Paulo is the co-founder of Vale do Dendê (Dende Valley) and AFAR Ventures , a global diversity and inclusion creative and consulting agency that identifies opportunities for multinational brands, corporations and investors in emerging markets. Tara Sabre Collier.

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.

Which Private Foundations Are Funding Entrepreneurship?

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A growing trend in entrepreneur ecosystem development has been an increase in the number of foundations that not only recognize the vital role entrepreneurs play in building communities, but that are also willing to fund entrepreneur ecosystem development

How to spin your scientific research out of a university and into a startup

Y Combinator

This is advice for people who have done scientific research at a university and are considering starting a company to commercialize it. At YC, we’ve funded more than 75 companies in this situation.

Financial planning during a pandemic

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Devin Salinas joined the Entrepreneurs’ Organization in early 2020. As a wealth management advisor and managing director at Northwestern Mutual Santa Monica, he’s seen the need for financial planning grow during the pandemic. . What is your advice during this time of uncertainty? .

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A Failing Grade

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote yesterday , about the quarterly numbers for VC investing activity: If this was a student coming home with a report card, it would be straight As.

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.”

How to be a responsible leader during a crisis

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

An international crisis, like the coronavirus pandemic, introduces unprecedented challenges. In times of crisis, businesses require new approaches to leadership to address these challenges and emerge stronger. It is important to address these changes in leadership responsibly and ethically. Here are a few recommendations for leading with integrity and transparency during a crisis. Refer to your values.

10 Zurich-area investors on Switzerland’s 2020 startup outlook

TechCrunch

European entrepreneurs who want to launch startups could do worse than Switzerland.

7 Key Risks in Early Stage Due Diligence

The Seraf Compass

Risk is impossible to avoid in business - it is an inherent part, and necessary ingredient, in all successful undertakings. You shouldn’t be afraid of risk and allow it to turn you away from great investment opportunities. Instead, you should focus on understanding what critical risks are involved with an early stage company and the degree to which they have been mitigated with resources, smart planning and preparation

Startup School for Future Founders

Y Combinator

We launched Startup School as an online program in 2017 to support founders actively working on building their companies. On November 9th, we’re also opening Startup School to potential founders who are interested in starting a company in the future. You can register for the new course today.

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.