March, 2024

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Educate, Empower, Support: EO Women Entrepreneurs Are Leading the Way

Entrepreneurs' Organization

International Women’s Day encourages us to inspire inclusion and value the contributions of women. In EO, we celebrate the remarkable women entrepreneurs who have shattered glass ceilings and are now paying it forward to pave the way for future generations of female founders to rise. “Women still only get about 2% of venture capital investment money, and we want to see that change,” said Cindy Boyd, EO Houston.

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Appropriate Accessibility: Announcing nextNYC Open Office Hours

This is going to be BIG.

Over a decade ago, when I was working for First Round Capital, we opened our doors for “Open Office Hours”—a series of open meetings where any founder could come in and chat with us for 20 minutes each. We met quite a few smart folks. I’m not sure we backed any of the founders—but that wasn’t the point. We made connections, hopefully made a good impression, and potentially helped founders along their journeys with some advice or connections.

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In Their Own Words: Female Founders and CEOs Discuss the Discourse That’s Missing (and Hitting)…

Revolution

In Their Own Words: Female Founders and CEOs Discuss the Discourse That’s Missing (and Hitting) the Mark This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “ Inspire Inclusion ” — a call to recognize the unique perspectives and contributions of women from all walks of life, in all facets of life, including the innovation economy. Why does representation matter when it comes to startups?

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Increasing Student Engagement In Entrepreneurship: Four Key Motivational Tactics

Venture Well

Through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) workshop series, funded by the National Science Foundation, social scientists collaborated with entrepreneurship educators to bridge the gap. The post Increasing Student Engagement In Entrepreneurship: Four Key Motivational Tactics appeared first on VentureWell.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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The Misleading Attractiveness of S Corp Elections

Gust

Investors prefer investing in Delaware C Corps which don’t allow founders to take personal tax losses for early expenses. Many founders are tempted to make an S-Corp election which allows a pass-through tax treatment similar to an LLC. While that could be a small short term gain in the early days, it can jeopardize a much larger tax free gain in the future ($10M+).

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How To Use AI-Assisted Brainstorming To Boost Innovation in Remote Work

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Have you seen the new study in Nature that “conclusively proves” remote work harms innovation and creativity? That study echoes anecdotes by leaders such as Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest, who claimed remote work made her employees more productive but less innovative, and Sam Altman, two-time CEO of Open AI, who said that remote work undermined creativity for startups.

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Fuel Me Raises $18 Million Series A Round

HPA

HPA is excited to announce our investment in Fuel Me ’s $18M Series A Round , which was co-led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital and Tribeca Venture Partners and includes co-investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Interplay Venture Capital, and FJ Labs. Fuel Me is a first-of-its-kind platform that revolutionizes fuel procurement and management. Focusing on mission-critical energy needs across industries like data centers, construction, and transportation.

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The Decline of Small Town Media Has Big Implications for the Innovation Economy

Revolution

We started the day at sunrise watching hundreds of balloons prepare for one of Albuquerque’s most spectacular events: the mass ascension. Buoyed by that iconic New Mexico experience, we gathered for breakfast alongside local founders, investors, and civic leaders to delve into the city’s expanding innovation landscape. After listening to several speakers, a young man asked some members of our team if they would consider being interviewed for the local news.

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Increasing Student Engagement In Entrepreneurship: Four Key Motivational Tactics

Venture Well

Through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) workshop series, funded by the National Science Foundation, social scientists collaborated with entrepreneurship educators to bridge the gap. The post Increasing Student Engagement In Entrepreneurship: Four Key Motivational Tactics appeared first on VentureWell.

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Your Fractional Finance and Accounting Team

Mighty Financial specializes in supporting the financial aspirations of small businesses and entrepreneurs. With our comprehensive bookkeeping and precise accounting expertise with decades of experience across diverse financial roles, our team offers tailor-made services ranging from essential bookkeeping to strategic fractional CFO support, catered specifically to the unique challenges of technology companies, startups, and SMEs.

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Understand the Funding Process and What Investors Want to See

Gust

Some very small businesses—particularly those that offer the professional or personal services of a single individual—can be launched and grown with few or no resources other than human time and talent. But most businesses require some money before they can be started—to pay for software, buy tools or equipment, lease office space, or pay for the time worked by employees or outside contractors.

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Alumni Ventures launches Women’s Fund 1

American Entrepreneurship

Women-founded startups show measurable positive results compared to those of men Alumni Ventures (AV), the most active venture firm in the U.S. and number three in the world, according to Pitchbook ’22 and ’23, announced the founding of its inaugural AV Women’s Fund 1. Having raised $1.3 billion from 10,000 individual investors since its founding in 2014, the firm has funded to date over 350 companies founded or led by women of its 1300+ current portfolio companies.

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7 Surprising Things I Learned from EO GSEA Studentrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

“I have discovered the Fountain of Energy for entrepreneurs: It is GSEA!” – Roxana Shershin, US East Regional GSEA Expert Need to reignite your entrepreneurial spark? Dive into the vibrant world of EO’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) and reconnect with the magic of being an entrepreneur. GSEA is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business.

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Investing in Tennr

Andreessen Horowitz

An enduring promise of new technologies is to find ways to increase human productivity. Software and robotics, for example, have always presented immense potential to automate repetitive mundane tasks that humans perform, freeing them up to do more valuable work. In the last few decades, we’ve made meaningful progress toward this goal, and the first generation of robotic process automation created some massive companies, such as UiPath.

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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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Empowering Innovators: Trailblazing Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Journey

Innovation 2 Enterprise

In celebration of Women’s History Month, i2E is proud to shine a spotlight on two remarkable women founders who have not only engaged with i2E’s programs and resources but have also left an indelible mark in their respective industries. Jenae Goodin, founder of BAB, was a participant in Cohort 42 of i2E’s E3 program , a customer discovery bootcamp for startups.

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Successful Startup Teamwork Relies on Three Communication Strategies

Venture Well

Through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) workshop series, funded by the National Science Foundation, social scientists collaborated with entrepreneurship educators to bridge the gap. The post Successful Startup Teamwork Relies on Three Communication Strategies appeared first on VentureWell.

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Your board should protect you!

Berkonomics

All other board functions are secondary. Even venture capitalists who sit on boards where they have significant investments often forget this point. They write in their investment documents that they will occupy a seat on the board for as long as they are invested in the company, thinking of this as a protection for their investment and tool for them to influence growth.

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NFTE Founders Forum Pitch Competition Announces Student Winners

American Entrepreneurship

Three finalists received training via workshops and coaching from business advisors, fine-tuning their business plans and pitches for the showcase and pitch competition. Having the entrepreneurial seed planted early may be a deciding factor for some students to later pursue an entrepreneurial career path. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a global education non-profit, does just that—exposing middle school, high school, and postsecondary students to entrepreneurship via its nation

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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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How EO@INSEAD 2024 Helped 50 EO Members Discover the Leader Within

Entrepreneurs' Organization

EO@INSEAD is one of EO’s six Executive Education programs that empowers members to amplify leadership skills, build culture, and drive change through four days of intensive learning. Hosted at INSEAD’s Asian campus in Singapore, the annual event is the newest in EO’s Executive Education suite, and one that brings together EO peers from across the globe.

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Pricing and Packaging Your B2B or Prosumer Generative AI Feature

Andreessen Horowitz

Effectively monetizing any new technology is a race to capture market share while still giving yourself room to grow your business. But the stakes are much higher with generative AI: though it promises to deliver unprecedented value to businesses, it can also be very expensive to serve to each incremental customer. At the growth stages in particular, founders need to be mindful of their unit economics and margins.

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Two Local Erie Startups win Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator Business Bootcamp

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

On March 20, 2024, the Samuel P. Black III Knowledge Center in Penn State Behrend’s Knowledge Park buzzed with excitement as the Ben Franklin TechCelerator in Erie Finale unfolded, marking the culmination of a transformative 10-week program aimed at nurturing entrepreneurial talent in the Erie region. Eventive AI (Erin Kerner & Barry Snyder), an AI-powered platform for personalized event management solutions, emerged as the first-place winner, securing $10,000 in funding.

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Successful Startup Teamwork Relies on Three Communication Strategies

Venture Well

Through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) workshop series, funded by the National Science Foundation, social scientists collaborated with entrepreneurship educators to bridge the gap. The post Successful Startup Teamwork Relies on Three Communication Strategies appeared first on VentureWell.

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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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Packback Announces Strategic Investment from PSG Equity

HPA

We are thrilled to share that Packback , an AI-driven writing and discussion platform within the HPA Portfolio, has received a strategic majority investment by PSG Equity , a prominent growth equity firm. Packback’s proprietary AI technology provides inquiry-based online discussion and long-form writing support. The company’s mission is to harness the power of AI to help educators implement high quality pedagogy at scale.

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Boulevard Launches New Capital Program Designed Specifically for Self-Care Businesses 

American Entrepreneurship

Boulevard Capital delivers fast funding to help salons, spas, barbershops, and medspas accelerate business growth LOS ANGELES – March 20, 2024 – Boulevard ( www.joinblvd.com ), provider of the client experience platform purpose-built for appointment-based, self-care businesses, today announced the launch of Boulevard Capital. This new financial offering gives Boulevard-powered salons , barbershops , spas , and medspas access to essential growth funding without the challenges of traditional lendi

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Why You Should Give Your Best Stuff Away (Plus 3 Other Startup Tips)

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contrary to the glamorous façade often portrayed on social media, entrepreneurship is far from a leisurely stroll through the park. It’s not all champagne toasts and photo shoots. Guiding your startup to success demands much more than dreaming up a brilliant concept, launching a captivating social media campaign, and crossing your fingers that magic will happen.

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Rebuilding the California Dream 

Andreessen Horowitz

California has long been ground zero for the new: new technologies, new frontiers, new arts and culture. In this session from the a16z American Dynamism Summit , moderated by a16z General Partner Katherine Boyle, California Forever CEO Jan Sramek discusses building an ambitious new city between San Francisco and Sacramento, why he firmly believes California’s best days are still ahead, and what he and his team are doing to realize that vision.

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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