May, 2021

Playing the Long Game in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Silicon Valley and the media industry that surrounds it values youth. The culture is driven by the 20-something irreverent founder with huge technical chops who in a “David vs. Goliath” mythology take on the titans of industry and wins.

Why Creativity is Essential for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by B. Jeffrey Madoff. When the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in the US in January of 2020, the situation demanded a rapid response. A new, highly contagious virus posed an imminent threat to the world.

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How To Answer What's Your Valuation?

Dream It

The "What’s your valuation?" question is a common component of investor Q/A. You need to be aware of and ready for this tough question from investors. Seasoned founders have a particular way of framing their answer to this question.

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Decentralized Media

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Back in the early 2000s, it was exciting to blog and use social networks to create our own media and move away from the traditional media outlets. That was the pull that got me into blogging and got me investing in Twitter. It was a powerful feeling.

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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!

InBIA’s Entrepreneurship Centers of the Year, Specialty, and Prestigious Awards

INBIA

The post InBIA’s Entrepreneurship Centers of the Year, Specialty, and Prestigious Awards appeared first on InBIA. Blog InBIA News InBIA Awards

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Finding your brand identity in 4 steps

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Bryce Kelly. In an era where an endless number of apps, news stories, social media posts, and products are all competing for attention, it can be difficult to distinguish yourself from the crowd.

Mothers Share 6 Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned From Raising Kids

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Anyone who has children knows that raising them involves a lot of learning, both for the kids and their parents. Parallels between entrepreneurship and parenthood are plentiful. Parenthood, like entrepreneurship, is one of life’s ultimate learning experiences.

The BEST Answer to ‘How Much Are You Raising?’

Dream It

The ‘How much are you raising?’ question is a common and important component of investor Q&A. Seasoned founders have a particular way of answering this question.

Funding Friday: Pattern Alphabet cards for exploring nature

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Longtime AVC reader Alex Wolf has a Kickstarter project that I think is awesome. She has long been working on a “pattern alphabet” to encode the patterns of nature and life. This project turns this alphabet into cards that can be used by kids in school and at home to learn.

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.

Deal Breakers for Investors

Paul G. Silva

Caya and his team at Slidebean kindly interviewed me about often-invisible deal-killer for startup raising money: the investment-culture differences between varying groups of investors.

Celebrating Entrepreneurship-led Economic Development this Economic Development Week

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According to my friend Jeff Finkle (pictured right), president of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), “Supporting entrepreneurs and small-business owners with creating and growing their local companies is a crucial part of economic development.”. We couldn’t agree more.

5 brand positioning strategies to help set your business apart

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. There are definite benefits to focusing on your branding efforts for your business or organization. According to HubSpot , “Successful branding yields benefits such as increased customer loyalty, an improved image, and a relatable identity.”

Every storm is a golden opportunity

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Matt Bromley , accomplished big-wave surfer, well known for his films Risky Business and Risky Ripples. Every storm has a big wave to ride. I can’t emphasize this enough. As a professional big-wave surfer, I chase storms around the world.

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 Find Investors

GAN

Many of the 16,000 startup founders across the GAN and GSSN community are wondering how to best raise capital in today’s environment. From our data on where startups are raising money in the current startup landscape, most are raising funding from venture capitalists (VCs) and angel investors. .

Half Of All VCs Beat The Stock Market

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

There has been this narrative about investing in VC funds that you have to get into the top quartile (25%) or possibly the top decile (10%) in order to generate good returns. I have heard that for as long as I have been in VC and probably have written it here a few times. Well, it turns out that is not right. Half of all venture funds outperform the stock market which is the benchmark most institutions measure VC funds against.

reimagining chemical engineering education: q&a with Dr. Pedro Arce of Tennessee Tech University

Venture Well

Faculty grantee, Pedro Arce, designed courses that tasked chemical engineering students with developing innovative, nature-inspired solutions to societal challenges.

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Boost Their Mental Health

StartupNation

Starting and building a business is outrageously difficult. It demands long hours, deep research and analysis, and more blood, sweat and tears than a body should ever be capable of. One moment, you’re riding high on your latest successful breakthrough.

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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. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

How one YLAI Fellow turned her personal journey into a business empowering marginalized girls in Canada

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Bryce Kelly. Launching your business or nonprofit organization will often be about more than offering a product or a service. It will be about telling your story.

Best practices (and pitfalls to avoid) in second-generation businesses

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Vincent Finaldi, an EO New Jersey member and vice president of TeleCloud , a second-generation business that provides seamless VoIP communications solutions.

A Tool for Consistent and Sustainable Startup Growth

Paul G. Silva

This is a repost from the Launch413 blog. Effective Tools Used By Launch413: A Case Study. When we created Launch413 in 2018, we had no idea what was just around the corner. We already knew entrepreneurs were one of the best ways to create prosperity in our communities and we knew how to help them. We also knew entrepreneurs were one of the most powerful forces for good in the world.

In-Person vs On-Screen

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Last week I spent three hours with my six partners in a conference room talking through what we are investing in and why. It was a terrific session and I had more “ahas” in those three hours than I have had in many many months. There really is no substitute for sitting together with your colleagues working things out face to face. This week our team met with a founder in Singapore via Zoom. It was midnight in Singapore and noon in NYC.

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.”

systems change: strategies to engage university stakeholders for ecosystem transformation

Venture Well

Systems change can help university innovation ecosystems address challenges embedded into their structural foundations and shift to more positively impactful models. The post systems change: strategies to engage university stakeholders for ecosystem transformation appeared first on VentureWell.

These 3 Entrepreneurs Share Tips for Overcoming E-Commerce Product Launch Obstacles

StartupNation

With consumers spending more than ever online, it’s no wonder why so many entrepreneurs are joining e-commerce marketplaces in droves. Consumers around the world spent $900 billion at online retailers in 2020, according to report from the Mastercard Economics Institute.

Five After Hours Habits to Help You Build a Tiny Empire, Quietly

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Freelancer or entrepreneur? Making the mindset shift

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Julia L F Goldstein, the founder of JLFG Communications , which helps businesses share their world-changing ideas through clear and concise content.

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.