October, 2022

Why Startups Really Fail, and How To Fix It

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Photo by Matthew Osborn on Unsplash As founder of six startups, advisor to founders, and a startup strategist at IMD ( #1 ranked business school ), I see many mistakes being made and have made many myself. What drives me crazy is that the same mistakes happen again and again.

EO members share 9 lessons learned from childhood entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Kym Huynh, an EO Melbourne member, EO Global Communications Committee member, and co-founder of WeTeachMe. Kym is fascinated by entrepreneurs and their journeys, so he asked EO members from various chapters to share their experiences.

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My Next Act: Democratizing Venture Capital

Jason Calacanis

I’ve been lucky enough to participate in almost 20 venture capital funds as an LP — limited partner — over the past decade. Unfortunately, these funds have historically been impossible to access, even as a person of means. Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): [link] ].

How a Company Becomes a Pillar of Its Local Community

Revolution

This article originally appeared in Harvard Business Review on October 3, 2022. Hill Street Studios/Getty Images There was never a guarantee that Detroit would become the Motor City.

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—the ultimate competitive advantage. With the help of the fastest, most frictionless way to target strategic accounts with in-the-moment behavioral data, marketers can reach prospects at the very beginning of their buyer’s journey. Even before they’ve engaged with any sales or marketing channels. With real-time buyer insights, you can be first-in-line to provide solutions and lead better, hyper-personalized conversations, helping you prioritize sales outreach with companies that are ready to buy.

Orlando has all the ingredients to be the next big startup hub

TechCrunch

There’s much potential for Orlando to be what Austin is to Texas, what Atlanta is to Georgia — a booming hub where startups flock from around the world to dream, innovate and grow.

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Seraf Toolbox: Dealing with Restricted Stock - Model IRS 83(b) Election Form

The Seraf Compass

Many years ago I joined the board of a company after my angel group became the lead investor in the company’s seed financing round. As part of my compensation for being a board member, the company issued me restricted stock.

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How to Break Free of The Enhanced Silos Remote Work Creates

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Over the last few years, we have learned first-hand the many benefits of working remotely. But there are downsides as well: Namely, the way we communicate between departments and teams in remote and hybrid environments has built bigger silos.

Inspiring Sustainable Design: Green Materials—How To Build Better

Venture Well

Learn how to teach students to incorporate green materials into their inventions with exercises from the Tools for Design and Sustainability. The post Inspiring Sustainable Design: Green Materials—How To Build Better appeared first on VentureWell.

Dispatches from the Road: Q3 2022

Revolution

Our travel itineraries heated up this summer with dozens of trips to visit portfolio companies, co-investors, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Below are a few highlights from the past three months on the road. Where we went: Buffalo, NY ??

4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Entering a new demand gen position in a volatile market is nerve-wracking. All eyes are on you to make an impact — fast. That’s where your data comes in. 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 — when they’re most receptive to hearing your message — using different types of data.

Revyze is building the TikTok of educational videos

TechCrunch

Meet Revyze , a French startup that is developing a mobile app for iOS and Android at the intersection of education and social. In many ways, Revyze looks just like TikTok. But it is focused specifically on educational content for teenagers. “We

Why Everyone with Six Figures to Invest Should Consider Angel Investing

Gust

Angel investing in the past few years has moved from an arcane backwater of the financial world to a business arena that receives coverage in mainstream newspapers and hit television shows such as ABC’s Shark Tank.

Woman Investor Profile Series: Alicia Castillo Holley, Founder & CEO, Wealthing VC

The Seraf Compass

This profile is the eighth in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting female investors. Alicia Castillo Holley is an active angel investor in Silicon Valley and the Founder and CEO of The Wealthing VC Club, a boutique investment group of accredited investors that fills rounds led by VCs.

3 Lessons Learned from Living in Adventure Mode

Entrepreneurs' Organization

I spent 14 years building and scaling my business, International Nomads. We launched in 2006 as the first full-service digital agency in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Middle East region.

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.

Five Pillars of PLG with Carilu Dietrich

Tomasz Tunguz

Yesterday, Office Hours hosted Carilu Dietrich, marketer at Atlassian & advisor to many iconic product-led growth companies (PLG). She’s seen many different types of businesses from startups to massive publicly traded software companies.

District of Innovators: Takeaways From DC Startup Week

Revolution

This September, the metro area convened for DC Startup Week — a five-day, 180+program occasion hosting more than 11,000 entrepreneurs. The event showcased just how robust DC’s tech community has grown — but that wasn’t always the case.

Fast Forward Venture Studio to build African startups from idea to scale

TechCrunch

Opeyemi Awoyemi , one of Nigeria’s well-known serial founders, is back with another outfit.

At-Home DNA Testing: A Q&A with Ana Cornell of Acorn Genetics

Venture Well

Hear from Ana Cornell about her E-Team Acorn Genetics, which is developing a low-cost, at-home DNA testing kit that enables users to privately test for genetic conditions. The post At-Home DNA Testing: A Q&A with Ana Cornell of Acorn Genetics appeared first on VentureWell.

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.

Fund Investor Profile Series: Ashim Egunjobi, Managing Partner, Octerra Capital

The Seraf Compass

This profile is the eighth in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting fund investors.

Q&A with GSEA ‘Together We Grow’ Award Winner, Arnold Shoko

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and national competitions in hopes to qualify for the GSEA Global Finals.

Sales Efficiency through Covid : Reading the Tea Leaves for Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

In 2017, SaaS companies reported their cost of customer acquisition had increased by 65% in the previous five year period. What happened to these figures during Covid? We can examine the sales efficiency of public software companies to get a sense.

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How Alternative Proteins Can Win Consumers Over

Revolution

We've come a long way since the introduction of the first veggie burger in the early 1980s. Today, innovation has spurred a plethora of meat alternatives, but consumer skepticism and startup economics are still barriers to parity with real animal protein.

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.

Nigerian proptech Spleet gets $2.6M led by MaC VC to scale its property management products

TechCrunch

For the average individual living in Lagos — Nigeria’s most populous city, with over 20 million people — apartment hunting is an extreme sport.

Combating Cardiac Arrest: A Q&A with Heather Holman of Heartbeat Technologies

Venture Well

Hear from Heather Holman about her E-Team Heartbeat Technologies, which is working to treat patients experiencing cardiac arrest by increasing blood flow to the heart. The post Combating Cardiac Arrest: A Q&A with Heather Holman of Heartbeat Technologies appeared first on VentureWell.

My Super Short Twitter Wishlist

Continuations

Elon Musk has successfully acquired Twitter. Many people seem convinced he will ruin it in short order. And while that’s of course conceivable, it is also possible that he will fix some long running problems. It’ s not like Twitter had been a well-run company.

EO Australia Members Give a Helping Hand

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by Peta Strachan, Operations Manager at Free 3D Hands , a mission-based charity in Australia that designs and 3D-prints prosthetic hands and assistive devices for free.

12 Plays to Kickstart Your Recruitment Process

To stay ahead in this race, every recruiter needs a good playbook. In this eBook, we lay out 12 recruiting plays that can automate key steps in your recruitment process, helping you reduce both the cost and the time it takes to hire the best candidates.