December, 2022

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Is Your Startup a Good Fit for Venture Capital?

Entrepreneur's Handbook

5 criteria VCs look for before considering investing Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». entrepreneurship venture-capital startup business-plan investment

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Praying to the God of Valuation

Both Sides of the Table

Something happened in the past 7 years in the startup and venture capital world that I hadn’t experienced since the late 90’s — we all began praying to the God of Valuation. It wasn’t always like this and frankly it took a lot of joy out of the industry for me personally. What happened?

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Upgrade Your Leadership Skills to Stabilize Your Team and Maintain Momentum

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The pandemic was the strongest catalyst for workplace change I’ve seen in my lifetime. It disrupted the way work was done, which means it also impacted how leaders operate. Remote and hybrid work became the new normal overnight, and leaders had to quickly transition to new processes and systems.

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What Happened In 2022

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I like to bookend the New Year holiday with two posts, one looking back at the year that is ending and one looking forward to the year ahead. This is the first of these two posts. The second one will run tomorrow. What happened in 2022 is the bottom fell out of the capital markets and the startup and tech sector more broadly. Back in February 2021, I wrote a post called How This Ends. In it, I wrote: I believe it ends when the Covid 19 pandemic is over and the global economy recovers.

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Rethinking Growth: The Fight to Become and Stay Profitable

Speaker: Aleksey Krylov, CFA - Chief Financial Officer at CytoImmune Therapeutics

Join Aleksey Krylov, corporate finance expert and CFO at CytoImmune Therapeutics, for an insightful overview of working capital management and managing profitability.

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A $30B Software Company from a $15m Investment

Tomasz Tunguz

Constellation Software is a $30b+ publicly-traded software holding company employing more than 25,000. A former venture capitalist, Mark Leonard started Constellation in 1995 with $15m of outside investment & a goal of buying vertical software companies with a moat & good unit economics.

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Who Owns What - Understanding Early Stage Capitalization Tables [Part I]

The Seraf Compass

Several years ago, I was speaking to a colleague of mine. He was trying to decide between two great job offers, and was having a difficult time making a final decision. I started asking about his compensation package. For salary and bonus, the two companies were equivalent.

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A Canvas That Tells a Story: KISS Canvas (v5.0)

Paul G. Silva

[This is part of a series on the KISS Canvas ]. Struggling to map your business model because you have lots of stakeholders / customer segments? The Keep It Super Simple (KISS) Canvas takes your complex, multi-sided business model and turns it into an easy-to-understand story.

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7 Tips for Success from a PR and Connection Superhero

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Justin Breen self-describes as “a Dad who happens to be an entrepreneur.” His own father died when Justin was just 13, so spending time with his sons, ages 8 and 10, takes precedence over all else.

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Sign Everything

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The advances in AI over the last year are mind-boggling. I attended a dinner this past week with USV portfolio founders and one who works in education told us that ChatGPT has effectively ended the essay as a way for teachers to assess student progress.

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7 Ways to Supercharge Your ABM Strategy with Real-Time Intent

Streaming real-time intent is a homerun for marketing and sales’ account-based marketing (ABM) strategies. With real-time buyer insights, you can be first-in-line to provide solutions and lead better, hyper-personalized conversations.

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A Place-Based Gift Guide for the Startup Enthusiast

Revolution

2022 brought new connections and perspectives as we met with entrepreneurs, portfolio companies, and ecosystem builders on the ground in startup communities across the country. link] Our travels and our portfolio inevitably inspire our gift-giving strategy every year.

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Inspiring Sustainable Design: Circular Economy—Design for a Lifetime

Venture Well

To help faculty engage students in green design methods, we spotlight key exercises from the Tools for Design and Sustainability course, developed by Dr. Jeremy Faludi of Delft University of Technology.

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Should you use TikTok for your business?

Startup Blogpost

From having visual and shareable content to making the jump to YouTube Shorts, here are 10 answers to the question, “Should you use TikTok for your business? Please share how your business has approached TikTok as a platform.” ” Yes, if You Have Visual and Highly Shareable Content.

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Mozilla acquires Active Replica to build on its metaverse vision

TechCrunch

An automated status updater for Slack isn’t the only thing Mozilla acquired this week. On Wednesday, the company announced that it snatched up Active Replica , a Vancouver-based startup developing a “web-based metaverse.”

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Digitizing Logistics: Harness the Power of Data in 4 Steps

Entering a new demand gen position in a volatile market is nerve-wracking. In demand generation, data is essential for knowing who you should target and how. In this eBook, you’ll learn how to identify and target your ideal prospects using different types of data.

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EO Members Share Their Favorite In-Person Moments from 2022

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In 2022, EO members enjoyed a long-awaited return to in-person events at the global, regional and local levels. We asked EO members about their most memorable moments and inspiring in-person encounters in the EO community.

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The Hour Of Code

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have written many times about the Hour Of Code here at AVC. It is the highlight of the annual Computer Science Education Week which is the first week of December, which is this week.

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PLG & Profitability : More Product Doesn't Necessarily Mean Greater Profits

Tomasz Tunguz

Profitability or net income margin has become the most important correlate to public software company valuations. But public companies are less profitable today than a year ago. Surprisingly, PLG companies’ profitability has suffered more than sales-led businesses.

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4 Key Benefits of Active Deal Flow Management

The Seraf Compass

Every early stage investor knows that deal flow is a critical component of driving successful returns. Without a flow of potential deals, you cannot invest, and without good deal flow management, you may miss important investment opportunities.

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16 Go-to-Market Plays for Your Entire Sales Funnel

After gathering some of the best go-to-market plays from our own B2B sales and marketing pros, we've package them here for you. Try one of these 16 plays in your next salesflow or as inspiration for your next winning sales engagement strategy.

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The Mechanics of Converting Convertible Notes

Gust

Convertible notes are a great tool for venture financing. They are primarily used for early-stage financings, but they are also a good solution for a bridge round when a company isn’t quite ready for the next equity financing round.

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Kenya’s Uncover raises $1M to expand skincare product enterprise across Africa

TechCrunch

Africa’s beauty and personal care market is growing accelerated by its growing young and fashion conscious population, increasing spending power, and urbanization. The market’s potential has in recent years attracted major brands, with Fenty Beauty by Rihanna and LVMH being the latest entrants.

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Why now is the ideal time to learn from your successes

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Brooke Lively, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in Fort Worth.

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3 Things Creative People Don’t Do

Entrepreneur's Handbook

#2: Let doubt or looking dumb stop you from trying Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». creative-process creativity-tips creativity fear-of-failure imposter-syndrome

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The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

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Coworking Megatrends 2023

GCUC

Coworking Megatrends 2023 First and foremost, go back and read what I wrote last year because, quite frankly, it’s dead on. Give it a skim and come. Read More. Coworking Retrospective Megatrends

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Five Predictions for 2023

Tomasz Tunguz

Every year I make a list of predictions & score last year’s predictions. Here are my predictions for 2023. ML propels SaaS into a massive second wave that increases workers’ productivity measurably. Machine learning models predict code, synthesize images, author blog posts reducing composition time by a factor of 2 or 3. Users grow accustomed to this very quickly & ML becomes a requisite feature in most workflow SaaS.

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Meetings insight: Just three actionable items!

Berkonomics

How do you get your team to focus and move forward effectively? . A fellow CEO recently told me of her method of assuring positive movement within her team.

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LexCheck raises $17M to automate common contracting processes

TechCrunch

VCs continue to bet big on legal tech. According to Crunchbase, firms have invested more than $1 billion in legal tech companies, an uptick from the $512 million invested last year.

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The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.