August, 2023

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How Entrepreneurs and Founders Can Avoid “Capital Tunnel Vision”   

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As an entrepreneur or founder starting a business, you may think of capital as purely monetary. Capital is often viewed only as an opportunity for an infusion of money into a business to get it started or grow and scale your company. Unfortunately, without a solid grasp of how capital — in its many different forms — can influence a business, too many founders make decisions early on in their companies that have unintended consequences down the line.

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The BS List - We Don't Like This Space (No. 52)

This is going to be BIG.

One of my favorite startups to have backed was a travel company called Noken. You answered a few basic questions about travel preferences, like pace, the fanciness of the hotel, etc., and then BOOM they sent you a link to an app with your whole trip, completely booked, with a map driven itinerary and a text concierge available to make last minute changes, etc.

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Three Places At Once: Challenges VCs Face In Managing Their Time [Part II]

The Seraf Compass

In Part I of this article we talked about the challenges and responsibilities General Partners face managing a fund. Now let's take a closer look at the time commitment involved when you're ready to invest in a company, what's required when serving as a board director, and how GPs should handle communications with their LPs.

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Sarah Says: How To Leverage School Breaks To Advance Your Innovation

Venture Well

Welcome to Sarah Says, a series by VentureWell Program Officer Sarah Wharmby. Sarah will address commonly asked questions raised in our E-Team Program workshops, Pioneer. The post Sarah Says: How To Leverage School Breaks To Advance Your Innovation appeared first on VentureWell.

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Digitalization: 5 Tech Updates That Will Help You Survive The Recession & Thrive

Lack of digitalization decreases business competitiveness. To thrive, embracing modern solutions becomes essential. The approach to digitalization often aligns with a company's business model. This shift not only boosts productivity but also automates processes and improves security. The tech market offers a wealth of technologies tailored for management, planning, and forecasting, replacing outdated pen-and-paper methods.

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Need money? Read this!

Berkonomics

How important is this issue for your business? The subject of raising money is critical to many businesses and a passing option to others, depending upon the capital efficiency of the enterprise. Some businesses require very little capital and the founder can self-finance the enterprise and retain 100% of its ownership and control from ignition through liquidity event (startup through sale).

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Run Your Business for the Present

Entrepreneurs' Organization

How Entrepreneurs Can Create Meaningful Impact through Philanthropy, Part II A three-part series showing alternative paths to the traditional model of making a boatload of money at all costs and then giving it away. Read Part I: Run Your Non-Profit Like A Start-Up. Contributed to EO by Brandon Hatton , an EO member in Miami and the founder and CEO of Conscious Wealth , which helps its clients live abundant, intentional lives.

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How Azibo’s Vikas Gupta is on a Mission to Streamline Property Management for Independent Real…

Jason Malki

How Azibo’s Vikas Gupta is on a Mission to Streamline Property Management for Independent Real Estate Investors I had the pleasure of interviewing Vikas Gupta the CEO of Azibo , a unified financial and property management platform for independent real investors. Prior to Azibo, he was the founder at Nodabl, an HR-tech SaaS startup. Before that, Vikas ran product and strategy for The Baby Box Co, a Series A digital education platform for expecting parents.

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To Follow-On or Not to Follow-On - That is the Question

The Seraf Compass

As your angel career develops, and you start to build a larger portfolio of companies, you are increasingly asked to make follow-on investments. Not only do companies need investment to get off the ground, the faster they grow, the more cash they need. Whether to follow-on, and how to follow-on, are questions which have long given rise to angel debate.

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Top 5 Cross-Border Acquisitions To Eye for in 2023

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register The tally of recognized startups and acquisitions, burgeoning to 84,012 in 2022 from a mere 452 in 2016, is a testament to the positive impact of investment incentives and simplified business regulations, as highlighted by the Economic Survey 2022-23.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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How to Lead Through Uncertainty and Change

Startup Blogpost

How to Lead Through Uncertainty and Change Navigating uncertainty and change is a common challenge for startup leaders. To shed light on this, we’ve gathered ten insightful strategies from CEOs and Founders. From embracing agility amidst market shifts to planning for the long game, these leaders share their experiences and lessons learned in successfully steering their startups through uncertain times.

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Disrupt is around the corner — Here are the fintech players taking the stage

TechCrunch

In this week’s edition of The Interchange, we touch on the resilience of BaaS in a sometimes messy fintech space, earnings highlights, and much more. If you want to receive this in your inbox every Sunday, sign up here. It’s hard to believe it but TechCrunch Disrupt — only one of the most engaging, fun, well-attended startup events in the world — is around the corner, taking place September 19–21!

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5 Entrepreneurial Trends That Never Go Out of Fashion

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Fast money, big dreams, and never-ending hustle. That’s what entrepreneurship is all about, right? I take a different view. To me, entrepreneurship is about more than making a quick buck. It’s about building something that lasts. Something that makes a difference in the world. At age 21, I took control of the debt-burdened family business my parents started many years earlier.

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Announcing SPEEDRUN 2024: Accelerating Games x Tech

Andreessen Horowitz

SPEEDRUN began with a simple question: how can we support the best gaming founders at the earliest stages of their journey? Our answer was to craft a bespoke accelerator for the gaming industry. We invested in all 32 companies from … The post Announcing SPEEDRUN 2024: Accelerating Games x Tech appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

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PE Mastery: CAPTARGET's Playbook for Quality Lead Flow

CAPTARGET presents a masterclass in M&A deal sourcing. Learn to cast a wide net, embracing seller self-identification. Consistency is the linchpin: keep the origination process steady for a reliable flow of opportunities. Diversify your tactics, employing various tools and vendors. Tech matters! Understand DNS settings, domain authority, and brand presence for optimal outreach.

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Founder Rewind

Entrepreneur's Handbook

What advice would you give your past self? I recently caught up with a friend who’d founded a company. He was at a low point: overwhelmed, sleep deprived, stressed… I listened, nodded, and said, “I remember those days.” And I do remember them. It took years before my startup Anchor began to gain real traction. There were sleepless nights and drastic pivots, crashed servers and bad bugs.

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China Extends Tax Incentives to Boost Tech Startup Investments and Innovation

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register China has announced the extension of favorable taxation policies for venture capital firms and individual angel investors investing in tech startups. Initially introduced in 2018, the policies have now been extended until the end of 2027, as stated in a joint announcement by the Ministry of Finance and State Taxation Administration.

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Take only “smart money” investments

Berkonomics

This statement could be considered controversial. We have previously made the case that professional investors demand more in the form of restrictive covenants and lower valuations. Now we explore the other side of that coin. Professional investors usually bring “smart money” to the table, defined as money that comes along with good advice and great relationships for corporate growth.

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The startup landscape has shifted dramatically: Accelerators must adapt or fade away

TechCrunch

Brett Calhoun Contributor Share on Twitter Brett Calhoun is the managing director and general partner at Redbud VC. Unparalleled contrasts have marked the last decade and a half — from the devastating plunge of a major housing crash to the soaring heights of the longest bull market and the unforeseen havoc of a global pandemic. Amid these turbulent times, the VC accelerator industry has emerged as a stalwart player.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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ChatGPT vs. Radical Authenticity in Personal Branding

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As a personal branding expert, I have no choice but to advise you against using ChatGPT as your ghostwriter. Here’s why. Looking to build your personal brand , but struggling with the time commitment required to write a LinkedIn post or, even worse, a lengthy thought leadership article? You are not alone. A fellow entrepreneur recently said to me: “I would rather have another C-section than sit down and write!

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Supporting the Open Source AI Community

Andreessen Horowitz

We believe artificial intelligence has the power to save the world —and that a thriving open source ecosystem is essential to building this future. Thankfully, the open source ecosystem is starting to develop, and we are now seeing open source models that rival closed-source alternatives. Hundreds of small teams and individuals are also working to make these models more useful, accessible, and performant.

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And let’s be clear: The term “culture and employee engagement” doesn’t mean “Happy Hours” and “Pizza Parties:” Navigating Market Downturns and Other Startup Advice with Melanie Naranjo, Head of People at SaaS Startup Ethena

Hunter Walk

“You both have context for this introduction, so I’ll let you two take it from here! I know you’ll really enjoy chatting.” That was the email one of Ethena’s founders sent to me and Melanie Naranjo on 8/21/21, a bit over two years ago. At the time Melania was in discussions with Ethena about joining the startup as VP People, happily employed at a larger company but knowing she wanted new challenges.

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Superbank and Genesis Join Forces to Inject $40 Million into Indonesian Startups

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Indonesian digital bank Superbank , supported by Grab, Singtel, and Emtek Group, is collaborating with Singapore’s Genesis Alternative Ventures to offer a financing package of $40 million for startups in Indonesia. Through a joint announcement, the entities unveiled their intention to combine conventional bank credit with venture capital investment, all while ensuring minimal eq

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l

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Need investment capital?

Berkonomics

Preparing for the game… If you have been following our recent insights, you’ll be up to speed knowing that professional investors negotiate tough terms, from provisions of control over asset acquisition, eventual sale of the company, future investments, forced co-sale when others attempt to sell their shares and more. And yet, in an earlier post, we spoke of the problems that come when taking unstructured investments from friends and family.

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Dipp uses AI to fix bottlenecks between marketing and design teams

TechCrunch

Before founding dipp , Jennifer Chen and Mikhail Abramov spent 15 years working as art directors in New York City. During that time, Chen says they realized that the marketing, sales and design process have stayed the same, despite new technology and tools being introduced to the market, and is often riddled with bottlenecks. “Salespeople have sales needs, they communicate with the marketing team and then once the marketing team has a direction they brief a designer, then the designer goes back

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How Three Friends Built an Award-Winning Space for Indie Winemakers to Thrive on the Vine

Entrepreneur - Entrepreneurs Category

Patt Eagan discusses the launch and growth of Virginia's innovative Common Wealth Crush.

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Investing in Socket

Andreessen Horowitz

Open source is the bedrock upon which all modern applications are built. But here’s the elephant in the room: There is a huge attack surface hidden within this seemingly solid foundation, and the proliferation of open source usage has opened … The post Investing in Socket appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

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How to Avoid the Pain and Cost of PCI Compliance While Optimizing Payments

Speaker: P. Andrew Sjogren, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Very Good Security, Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO of Fivestars, and Steve Andrews, President & CEO of the Western Bankers Association 

PCI compliance can feel challenging and sometimes the result feels like you are optimizing more for security and compliance than you are for business outcomes. The key is to take the right strategy to PCI compliance that gets you both. In this webinar, we have a great set of panelists who will take you through how Zero Data strategies can be used as part of a well-rounded compliance and security approach, and get you to market much sooner by also allowing for payment optimization.