August, 2020

13 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Best Business Advice

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Agonise over whether or not you need business partners. Ai-Ling Wong—founder at The Decorateur. If you can afford it, don’t have business partners. Nine out of 10 entrepreneurs I know have long-term pain with their partners.

The Secret to Creativity Is Not What You Think

CO.STARTERS

What do you get when you cross an entrepreneur, an angel investor, and a psychologist? You get our latest guest in our Straight Talk With Starters series—Dr. Shelley Prevost of The Big Self School.

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It Depends: Why the right fundraising strategy for your startup is never a straight answer.

This is going to be BIG.

Talk to ten founders and ten different VCs and you’ll get roughly about 600 different suggestions as to how you should go about your fundraising strategy. I don’t know what the formula is here, but the numbers and the resulting amount of confusion gets big very very quickly.

Cities Should Think Creatively about Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building

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How do other cities build entrepreneurship? Alejandro Manzanares of the National League of Cities (NLC) shares insights from cities in its third cohort on establishing entrepreneurial seed funds, building innovative workforces and ecosystem mapping

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!

Promoting women’s advancement in Haiti through creative baked goods

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Caroline Sachdeva. 2017 YLAI Fellow Marie Flore Morett, owner of Delices de Marie Florett , has worked to create a welcoming community in Haiti to empower women to seek employment opportunities and work to decrease the job and wage inequalities present in Haiti.

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3 key ingredients for successful remote work

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The global coronavirus pandemic has forced a widespread shift to remote work. The impact on our families and careers has been significant. Around the world, parents struggle to find a quiet space to work, professionals battle with technology, and employers assess the safest way forward. .

Entrepreneurship is About Creation. Here’s Why We Need to Train Entrepreneurs to Create the Next Eco

CO.STARTERS

Why Investors Say No - Three Startup Pitch Mistakes That Are Easy to Fix

Dream It

Speaking to investors can require a language of its own. Word choice is important and even the smallest detail can make or break your startup pitch. Adam Dakin , Managing Director of Dreamit Healthtech, sees founders make the same common pitch mistakes over and over.

How Valence Aims to Provide Better Access and Funding for Black Founders & Executives

Both Sides of the Table

“I gotta say it was a good day.” I’m so fricking pumped today. Really, truly. Yeah, Valence announced > $5 million in funding led by GGV and Upfront. That IS a big deal, but I’ll get to that. But Kamala Harris was picked to be the Vice Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party.

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.

How adaptability during a pandemic transformed this YLAI Fellow’s Honduran sustainability company

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Angie Garozzo. 2018 YLAI Fellow Cinthya Andino is most passionate about design and about protecting the environment. In 2015, she was able to merge these two passions together to create her company, Beleaf.

Quizlet’s State of Remote Learning Report 2020

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Quizlet put out a “ State of Remote Learning Report ” this week based on what they are seeing across their global learning platform during the pandemic. Quizlet wrote a blog post about it as well.

Keep in touch: Client outreach is critical during business slumps

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Is your business struggling due to the pandemic? You’re not alone. Around the globe, entrepreneurs are creating new ways to stay afloat —and that includes reaching out to clients and prospects in new ways. While business may be slow, client outreach must never slow.

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Entrepreneurs and Economic Developers Both Want to Make a Difference in their Community. Here are Practical Ways they Can Improve their Collaboration.

CO.STARTERS

Part six of a series from our founder on exploring a new approach to economic development that places individuals, families, and entrepreneurs at the center. . By Enoch Elwell. At CO.STARTERS, our team has the privilege of working with several groups of transformational leaders.

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.

Infermedica Raises $10 million Series A for R&D and International Expansion

Dream It

Infermedica (Healthtech ‘18) is an AI-driven platform that helps insurance, telemedicine companies, and health systems increase efficiency through fast, digital symptom-checks.

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Thriving or Surviving or Diving in Quarantine?

This is going to be BIG.

While we don’t have kids yet, we’re of the age where a lot of our friends do—and the back to school situation is on everyone’s mind. Is your school open? Are you sending them? How did your kids do with distance learning?

Empowering millennials in Peru to take action volunteering

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. Rosario Diaz Garavito, the founder of The Millennials Movement , didn’t look to be labeled as an entrepreneur and a leader in her community when she began her small social media movement promoting youth volunteerism in 2013. She was just focused on doing the work.

The New Non-Work Schedule for an Energetic Life

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Over the last three months, I’ve had more energy than I’ve had in the previous three years. . The reason is twofold: first, my work schedule is “under control.”

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.

Mistakes I made as a first-time manager

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. . Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein.

Economic Developers Cannot Just Rely on Corporate Recruitment. They Have to Grow Their Own Ecosystem.

CO.STARTERS

Part five of a series from our founder on exploring a new approach to economic development that places individuals, families, and entrepreneurs at the center. . By Enoch Elwell. During the nineties, the Chicago Bulls dominated the NBA by focusing primarily on developing homegrown talent.

Subscription Agreements

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I just finished completing a thirty page form for an investment my wife and I are making in a limited partnership. This form is called a subscription agreement. I wrote about the frustration of having to complete this identical form again and again six and a half years ago here on AVC. One great thing has happened on this issue in those six and a half years. Many/most subscription agreements are now sent digitally via Docusign or Adobe. That’s great.

Where have you gone, Bill de Blasio?

This is going to be BIG.

Reports of NYC’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Far from becoming a crime-ridden hellscape, NYC’s actual numbers of murders and robberies are on a pace that is not only down from 10 years ago, which was eight years into Mike Bloomberg’s term as Mayor, but they’re almost half as much as they were at the end of the Giuliani administration, when people thought NYC crime had been "cleaned up". Our current coronavirus case counts make us one of the safest cities to be in the entire country.

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.”

Moving trans advocacy forward in Jamaica

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. The fuller you are, the more you have to give back,” says activist Neish McLean. Invest in yourself, and your hard work will blossom.”. 2017 YLAI Fellow Neish’s hard work of creating a sustainable trans rights movement has blossomed far beyond his expectations.

Timing Is Everything: Angel Investing Success

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online education: tips and resources for innovation and entrepreneurship educators

Venture Well

We’ve compiled key learnings and best practices from educators in our community who have adjusted to the demands of online education. The post online education: tips and resources for innovation and entrepreneurship educators appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty teaching resources

Built for Speed: Why It’s Important to be Fast

GAN

Since GAN’s inception, the community’s mission has been to give startups the power to create and grow their businesses and make a positive impact wherever they call home. Because we believe startups are the job creators, culture-makers, and innovation engines our cities and industries need.

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.