March, 2021

A Weird and Wacky Approach To Angel Investing

OnStartups

An Odd Start To My Angel Investing. I started my first company at around the age of 24. It was called Pyramid Digital Solutions and it was a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) company in the financial services vertical.

Best practices to building an inclusive business

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. Having an inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplace has many benefits.

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One Year Later: 10 Steps to Effective Coronavirus Crisis Leadership

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Winnie Hart, an EO Houston member who serves on EO’s Board of Directors. Hart is an author, brand strategist and the CEO of TwinEngine and Brand in the Box.

Return/Hybrid/Remote

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

With vaccinations topping 90mm doses in the US and upwards of 75mm doses likely to be injected into arms in the US in March, many companies are starting to think about what a return to the office might look like this summer and fall. I read two great posts this weekend talking about what this all means for knowledge workers and the companies that employ them: Imagine Your Flexible Office Work Future – Anne Helen Petersen. We’re Never Going Back – Packy McCormick.

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!

SBA Announces Community Navigator Model and Funding Opportunity

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how a faculty grant transformed an academic career

Venture Well

For Aileen Huang-Saad, teaching biomedical engineering (BME) through experiential learning has had a transformative impact on her students, and the university’s educational practices and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

5 ways to be an ally to marginalized groups

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Who lives on the periphery of your community and why? Marginalized groups exist nearly everywhere. They are people who are denied involvement or face limited involvement in social, economic, educational, political and/or cultural life.

4 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid

Entrepreneurs' Organization

An excerpt from the book Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur , by Charlene Walters , MBA, PhD. Charlene is an entrepreneurship coach, branding mentor and speaker. .

Dapper Labs, Flow, and NBA Top Shot

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have written about all of these things here at AVC before. But I am writing again as there is likely to be a bunch of chatter about Dapper, Flow, and NBA Top Shot as the news of a financing round comes out today. Financings don’t really interest me but companies do. And this is a fascinating company. Dapper Labs came out of an incubator called Axiom Zen back in 2017. The Axiom Zen team was looking at interesting things they could build using Ethereum.

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.

Goals in Action: A Look Inside March’s Quarterly Conversation

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After such a challenging year, we asked our affiliates at our December Quarterly Conversation to identify and prioritize what they’d like to accomplish in 2021. We then discussed their plans for achieving their goals at our March Quarterly Conversation. Identifying gaps, objectives and resources.

The New Startup Geography: VCs used to view the heartland as an investment desert.

Revolution

The New Startup Geography: VCs used to view the heartland as an investment desert. But the pandemic has altered the whole idea of place. Read more in the March/April issue of Inc.

NEW! Triumph of Innovation Impact Study

UBI Global

This new study by UBI Global opens in August 2021 Join UBI Global as we examine the transformative year in innovation with the Triumph of Innovation impact study.

What entrepreneurs need to know about unconscious bias

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. Prioritizing an equitable workforce is one of the critical factors that grow an organization to be more successful. Businesses have a healthier workforce, higher productivity and greater profitability when focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion.

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.

How entrepreneurs benefit from ‘Alien Thinking’

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Entrepreneurial success hinges on generating breakthrough ideas. But we have cognitive biases that keep us stuck in well-worn patterns of thinking.

Resilience

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A friend and I dined last night at a restaurant that opened in our neighborhood last summer, in the middle of the pandemic. For the first six months of its existence, they could not welcome diners into the space that they had spent time and money creating. They carried on, figured out how to make money serving customers outside. As the NYC economy starts to recover, they are still standing. And they are now welcoming diners into the lovely space they created for them a year ago.

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How mayors can lead the way for entrepreneurial ecosystem building

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Supporting entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses is key to economic mobility, opportunity and growth. But it's one thing for city leaders to "talk the talk" and quite another to implement a strategy that will spark and sustain entrepreneurship.

Why Startups Fail: A Harvard Business School Professor’s Letter to a First-Time Founder

StartupNation

The following is excerpted from the book “Why Startups Fail” by Tom Eisenmann. Copyright © 2021 by Tom Eisenmann. Used by permission of Currency, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

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. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

innovating breast cancer treatment: q&a with Yixin Hu of Kubanda Cryotherapy

Venture Well

Through developing a new breast cancer treatment, Yixin Hu, founder of E-Team, Kubanda Cryotherapy, has learned that a successful venture requires more than just a good idea. The post innovating breast cancer treatment: q&a with Yixin Hu of Kubanda Cryotherapy appeared first on VentureWell.

Why equality is not the same as equity

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

The words “equality” and “equity” look similar, sound similar, and even point to the same concept of fairness. So it is understandable if, at first, you think they mean the same thing.

The 5 MyEO groups that have changed my life

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Hao Lam, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in Seattle, Washington, and founder and CEO of Best in Class Education. Members of EO have access to multiple programmes and events to help entrepreneurs grow both personally and professionally.

Digital Art Frames

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have a Samsung Frame in my home office. I think I posted a photo of it here at AVC once before. But for those who did not see that post, here it is: I’ve had it for something like three years and I change the digital art on it from time to time.

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.”

Passive collaboration is essential to remote work’s long-term success

TechCrunch

Mohak Shroff. Contributor. Mohak Shroff is head of engineering at LinkedIn. He leads the engineering teams responsible for building, scaling and protecting LinkedIn.

Lessons from Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke: what he learned from scaling Shopify through the pandemic | This Week in Startups Blog

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Click to Tweet about the show. Watch / Listen to the full episode: Top Insights. Removing friction creates new opportunities and increases market size.

8 Lessons on Creativity from the Artist Who Sold a $69 Million Collage

Entrepreneur's Handbook

On the day Beeple’s collage sold for nearly $70 million in cryptocurrency, he did what he did for thousands of days before. He created an… Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». creative-process creativity artist creative daily-blog

5 reasons why prioritizing diversity and inclusion is good for business

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Bryce Kelly. How much does prioritizing diversity and inclusion impact your company’s bottom line? Quite a lot, actually.

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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.