January, 2021

5 Things VC Associates Wish Founders Knew Before Their Call

Dream It

The venture capital screening call is an important step to get right in due diligence. To get to partners, often you’ll have to go through the associate first.

Today’s entrepreneurs weigh in: Is entrepreneurship a lonely journey?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

At the core of Entrepreneurs’ Organization ‘s mission is helping entrepreneurs achieve their full potential. And one of the most powerful ways to accomplish this is by encouraging valuable experience sharing.

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Advancing Equity: Validating Multiple Pathways and Developing a Holistic Organizational Approach

Venture Well

Validating multiple pathways to success and developing a holistic organizational approach are twin strategies that can help bridge participation gaps in innovation and entrepreneurship programs.

How Not To Regulate Innovation

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The Secretary Of Treasury, in his last month in office, is giving us a textbook case of how not to regulate important technology innovation. The issue is “unhosted wallets” and how regulated exchanges and other “hosted wallets” interact with them.

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.

Why Colleges and Universities Should be Scared of the On Deck Fellowship

This is going to be BIG.

There’s been an emergence of “pre-accelorator” or “people accelorator” programs—experiences that you can buy your way into with cash, as opposed to potentially valuable future equity, that replicate the education and network provided by the likes of YCombinator.

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21 Ways to Grow Your New Business Online in 2021

StartupNation

If you’re not growing your business online in the current climate, you will likely leave a lot of money on the table. As 2021 begins, we’re witnessing a fast-changing landscape. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everything from working to socializing to ordering and shopping online has become the norm.

The Four Tenets of Conscious Capitalism

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by Kent Gregoire. Kent Gregoire is an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member and founder of Symphony Advantage, which helps CEOs achieve ongoing success through strategic thinking, advice and planning.

interdisciplinary approaches in entrepreneurship education: q&a with Laquita Blockson of Agnes Scott College

Venture Well

VentureWell faculty grants recipient,Laquita Blockson of Agnes Scott College, teaches students the importance of interdisciplinary approaches in entrepreneurial ventures, with a focus on under-resourced communities.

What Is Going To Happen In 2021

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Hi Everyone. Happy 2021. Today, as is my custom on the first day of the new year, I am going to take a stab at what the year ahead will bring. I find it useful to think about what we are in for. It helps me invest and advise the companies we are invested in. Like our investing, I will get some of these right and some wrong. But having a point of view is very helpful when operating in a world that is full of uncertainty. Let’s start with the elephant in the room.

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!

How to Get More Efficient with Time Management Using Time Blocking (Part 1)

This is going to be BIG.

The other day, my wife Aja Singer and I were having a conversation about being more intentional with our time, especially when it comes to working.

The External Empowered Vision

GAN

Vision. . It captures our imagination, fills us with a sense of wonder, and gives language to what we see the world becoming. . And, when you think about the people who have vision, Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos may come to mind, people who seem to be building products ahead of their time.

Leaders Wanted - Assessing Leadership Teams

The Seraf Compass

Great ideas are a dime a dozen. For example, living in the Boston/Cambridge area, we are surrounded by some of the most innovative researchers in the world working at institutions like MIT and Harvard.

What does it take to go carbon neutral as a business?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As a global network of successful entrepreneurs , EO is proud of its members’ commitment to doing business for good. A vast number of our members are capitalizing on their business success in order to tackle the world’s greatest obstacles.

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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.

big ideas 2021: a bold path forward for innovation and entrepreneurship education

Venture Well

For 25 years, VentureWell has closely supported early-stage STEM entrepreneurs who are designing groundbreaking innovations for the world’s most urgent problems. This year, we’ll be exploring four big ideas that are critical to addressing the challenges ahead.

The Work-Life Balance Revolution

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Yesterday, I had a gap in the middle of the day. So the Gotham Gal and I took an hour-long walk with our dog Ollie. It cleared my head and when I got back to work, I was full of energy and clarity. I’ve been working exclusively from home since the end of November 2019 when we left NYC to go to LA. It has been a stretch of incredible productivity for me. I am not arguing against going back to the office. As I’ve said in many posts recently, I can’t wait to go back to the office.

Don't Hate the Raise. Hate the Game.

This is going to be BIG.

The other day, I was talking to a highly experienced female professional out raising money. It was super clear to me that she was incredibly qualified to tackle the problems that she was raising money to go after—but few people in the ecosystem knew who she was compared to other, more high profile professionals. There were other people who spend more time on social, doing the podcasts, videos and interviews—things that, while brand building, opened them up to more criticism.

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Most Vision Statements are Uninspiring. Yours Doesn’t Have to Be.

GAN

Why your vision makes all the difference in the world, and how you can lead with vision in 2021. Can I get a confession out of the way, first? I’d never read a blog post about corporate vision statements. Yet, I’m writing one for you to read. . Why is that?

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.

Why Early Exits Are So Critical to an Angel Portfolio

The Seraf Compass

It all comes down to making money… Early exits are an important part of the financial reward needed to turn a very risky portfolio of angel investments into an asset that provides an excellent risk/reward profile for you, the investor.

Warrior strategies to help you thrive in 2021

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Tui Cordemans, an entrepreneur based in Melbourne, Australia. Tui is the cofounder and creative director at Koh Living. When I ponder over the concept of uncertainty and how uncertain we are feeling about 2021, I realise that in reality, the future is never certain.

Innovation 2021 – Reactive Disruption

UBI Global

The effects of COVID-19 on startups and the global innovation ecosystem This article may be a bit different from what we would normally share to begin a new year.

The Revenge Of Retail

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A number of people have been asking me what I think of the Game Stop situation. This is not really my world. I don’t trade stocks, we hold them. I don’t use Robinhood, though I have an account thanks to my friend Howard. I don’t hang out on Reddit, though I visit it from time to time. So I have not paid enough attention to this one, but it certainly is fascinating. The generational aspect of this is important.

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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!

advancing neurosurgical technology: q&a with Casey Grage of Hubly

Venture Well

For Casey Grage of neurosurgical technology innovators, Hubly, entrepreneurship has taught her to master the art of difficult conversations and strategically identify skills gaps on the team.

RVI’s New Model 1 year in: 3x the members, 2x the investments, more diversification

Paul G. Silva

One year ago the angel group I have the honor to lead pivoted to a substantially different model. Like all pivots, it wasn’t easy. In fact, it was scary as hell. But thanks to the incredible involvement of our members and our assistant manager Ethan Ferris, 2020 was our best year ever. Membership tripled , pulling in people from a much larger geography than conceivable before.

Cities are Like Startups

Revolution

2021: The Great Acceleration of the Rise of the Rest & the End of “Silicon X Syndrome.” Part I) Cities are Like Startups Cities are like startups. And like many other industries, “business as usual” has been completely disrupted by the coronavirus.

EO Impact Day: ‘Reimagine Success’ for your business and the planet

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned to lead impactful businesses and build a sustainable future for our world, but how exactly do you start?

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.