September, 2023

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An Angel Investing Overview of Key Founder Issues

The Seraf Compass

Conventional wisdom is that startups with cofounders succeed more often than startups run by solo entrepreneurs. Whether true or not, startups with multiple founders face key issues that will affect the company and its ability to raise money, grow, and ultimately be successful.

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Sisterhood of Success: Female Founders Share Insights on Thriving Together

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We asked six members of EO to share the number one thing they’ve learned from another inspiring woman in business. Here’s what they said. Stop multitasking, stop comparing and stop being quiet. Stop multitasking. Many people think multitasking is a skill that women are naturally good at, but eventually working as an entrepreneur at a million miles an hour will take its toll.

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12 Strategies for Boosting Team Productivity in Startups

Startup Blogpost

12 Strategies for Boosting Team Productivity in Startups To help startups boost their team productivity, we’ve gathered twelve insightful strategies from top founders, CEOs, and managers. From implementing multi-faceted productivity strategies to boosting productivity through task automation, these industry leaders share their best tips for creating a productive startup environment.

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How this theater director built accessible creative spaces to connect communities in Peru 

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

How this theater director built accessible creative spaces to connect communities in Peru By Jewelle Saunders “Art can transform society,” says Déborah Grández Seminario. Déborah, a 2022 YLAI Fellow , is the founder and director of CAPAZ Perú , which develops cultural, educational and social projects for people with disabilities through art programs such as theater and dance.

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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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Meeting best practices

Paul G. Silva

Meetings ARE expensive Poorly run meetings drain people of their energy (sometimes of their very soul)! A bad meeting can easily sink the productivity of team members for an entire day, sometimes for a lot longer! That could be worth thousands of dollars in lost productivity. People participating in your meeting can’t be doing something else – like the things on their To Do list adding value to the company!

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Celebrating 25 Years Supporting Innovation

Innovation 2 Enterprise

As I reflect on the past two and a half decades, I am filled with immense pride and gratitude for the journey that i2E has embarked upon. Our 25th anniversary is not just a milestone – it’s a testament to the unwavering dedication of a community committed to innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. To mark this important occasion, we recently held an event that brought together many of our partners, entrepreneurs, supporters, and friends.

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Meet the YC Summer 2023 Batch

Y Combinator

My first YC Demo Day was in Summer of 2008, where my startup and twenty-one others anxiously pitched a room full of investors on what we’d been working so hard to build. Fifteen years later, I’m here as YC’s president kicking off our 37th Demo Day — the one celebrating the Summer 2023 batch. I’ve seen a lot of batches in the last decade and a half, and I can say without a doubt: this is a good one.

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14 Leadership Lessons From Successful Startup Founders

Startup Blogpost

14 Leadership Lessons From Successful Startup Founders To gain a deeper understanding of effective leadership, we asked startup founders and CEOs to share the most valuable lessons they’ve learned from successful entrepreneurs. From instilling empowerment and autonomy in leadership to learning from failures and setbacks, we’ve gathered fourteen insightful responses that reveal how these lessons have been applied to their own leadership styles.

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How to create a 1M+ views Instagram Reel for your startup

NZ Entrepreneur

Matt Miller, founder of BrakeAce , made a Reel for his startup that got 1M+ views in ten days. He shares his learnings for startup founders here. 1. Making a dope Reel was a good investment of time Between recording, editing and publishing I only spent one hour. There was time to develop the vision of the piece before implementing it, but that’s harder to quantify.

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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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4 Key Takeaways from the AI Panel at Saastr 2023

Tomasz Tunguz

Last week at Saastr 2023, I had the privilege of hosting a panel with Maggie Hott , GTM leader at OpenAI, Sharon Zhou , cofounder & CEO of Lamini, & Jordan Tigani , founder & CEO of MotherDuck talking about the implications of AI for the software industry broadly. Four themes resonated throughout the session. First, large language models like GPT-3 are making AI accessible to the masses.

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Investing in Pahdo Labs

Andreessen Horowitz

Anime as a media category has exploded in reach and cultural influence around the world. 69% of Gen Z watch anime and half of Netflix’s 222M subscribers watched anime in 2021, with total anime watch time growing 20% annually. VTubing – where creators live stream via an anime-style virtual avatar – is also becoming increasingly popular on Twitch, growing at 350% YoY.

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i2E partners with MidAmerica to launch innovative pilot program fostering entrepreneurial education

Innovation 2 Enterprise

MidAmerica, in collaboration with i2E, is set to launch an innovative pilot program known as the MidAmerica Cup business plan competition this fall. The initiative is tailored for local school districts engaged with MidAmerica’s Secondary STEM partners, with the primary aim of providing high school students with a competitive platform to explore entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging environment.

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Money Talks: The Key to Preventing Churn and Boosting Profitability

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Techniques to minimize churn and maximize your returns. You’ve spent countless hours and resources winning over a new customer. It feels great, right? But what if that customer leaves after a few months? That’s churn, and it’s a profit killer. Let’s get down to the basics of why preventing churn is a must for your business’s growth and how you can tackle it effectively.

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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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Nigerian embedded finance platform Anchor raises $2.4M to expand product offerings

TechCrunch

Anchor, a Nigerian banking-as-a-service (BaaS) provider, has raised $2.4 million in seed investment. Justin Kan’s Goat Capital led the financing round which also welcomed participation from FoundersX, Rebel Fund and some existing investors, including Y Combinator and Byld Ventures. The fintech emerged from stealth a year ago with over $1 million in pre-seed funding.

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Being A Mentor For Entrepreneurs: A Practical Guide

The Seraf Compass

Angels talk a lot about mentoring, but how many know what it really means? If you can’t describe what a great mentor does, you’ve probably never been one. A great mentor relationship is actually a pretty rare and special thing.

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Building a Generational Business Databrick by Databrick

Tomasz Tunguz

Last week, Databricks announced their Series I financing at $43b. At the same time, they released quarterly figures similar to a public company’s reporting. Those numbers provide the first public view into one of the most valuable private companies in the world. It’s also an opportunity to compare Databricks to Snowflake. Two mammoths competing for customers’ workloads offer different architectures.

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How Are Consumers Using Generative AI?

Andreessen Horowitz

It’s been 9 months since ChatGPT was released and 7 months since it became the fastest consumer application to reach 100 million monthly active users , ushering in a new era of generative AI. But other than ChatGPT, how are consumers interacting with generative AI (GenAI) products? In which categories do incumbents dominate—and where are new companies breaking out?

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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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Permissionless Pilots – the fastest way to Wow!

For Entrepreneurs

A decade ago my partner (and SaaS legend) David Skok wrote about “Time to Wow!” – which helped you highlight how powerful it can be when the buyer experiences a Wow! moment, when they fully see the value of your … The post Permissionless Pilots – the fastest way to Wow! appeared first on For Entrepreneurs.

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Your customers hate MVPs. Make a SLC instead.

A Smart Bear: Longform

"MVP" is a selfish process, abusing customers so you can "learn." SLC is an alternate philosophy that results in fast, validated learning, that customers love.

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A program so nice, these founders did YC twice

TechCrunch

Parker Conrad may be best known as the founder of both Zenefits and Rippling, but he is also arguably the best-known founder to have gone through Y Combinator’s accelerator program twice. Of course, he’s not the only one to go through the program twice; some founders have even gone through three times.

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How This Creator Turned Personal Pain Into a Podcast and Community for People Facing Infertility Problems

Entrepreneur - Entrepreneurs Category

Alison Prato discusses the launch and growth of Infertile AF Group, a space devoted to open and honest discussions about the challenges of infertility.

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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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The Rise of Data Lakes in Software Architecture

Tomasz Tunguz

Historically, software-as-a-service (SaaS) has been built on databases with structured data, as you might find in an Excel spreadsheet. But the ability of large language models to extract insights from unstructured information changes this architecture : data repositories like data lakes are becoming essential parts of modern SaaS stacks. For example, next generation marketing software might ingest structured data from Google Analytics and lead capture software as before.

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Let’s Get Personal: Why AI Will Unlock a Massive Market for Online Consumer Services

Andreessen Horowitz

The internet opened up a major consumer market by providing services more cheaply, and to more people, online. Now, AI is kicking off a colossal wave of opportunities for startups by making it possible to build scalable online experiences that replicate the benefits of being in person. Having a highly personalized experience is what consumers value the most about in-person services—think of tutors, personal trainers, and doctors.

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The Only Thing Which Has Failed About The ‘Creator Economy’ Thus Far Is Venture Capital’s Attempts to Get Their Piece. Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Creator.

Hunter Walk

I judge the health of the creator economy by one single controversial factor: ease of access and probability of survival for its participants. That is, if you are someone who wishes to earn a minimum viable living being creative, what is the likelihood you’ll be able to do so? A singer who wants to sing. An animator who wants to draw. A comedy troupe who wants to make you laugh.

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Stop saying "fail"

A Smart Bear: Longform

Language shapes our perception of setbacks. Use words other than "failure" to describe situations and to suggest the next step.

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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.