October, 2019

how collaboration can improve entrepreneurship education

Venture Well

Tom Katona had been thinking quite a bit about a simple question. An assistant professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, The post how collaboration can improve entrepreneurship education appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty I&E Ecosystems entrepreneurial mindse

Can a Week in the Desert Make You a Better Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Every year, a group of EO members convenes in northwest Nevada, USA, at dEOxidized, one of the hundreds of theme camps at Burning Man.

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Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

GAN

No matter where you run a company, you’re probably making trade-offs. There are pros and cons to operating anywhere, for sure. But, I know that operating your company in a smaller city can feel really, really hard. You face a lot of challenges—anything from your commute time, to finding great talent, to landing big investments, to connecting with your target customers (fashion and beauty companies come to mind, for instance).

What Did I Learn From the First VC Check I Ever Wrote?

Both Sides of the Table

I became a VC 12 years ago in 2007 when the pace of deals was much slower. I had just left Salesforce.com where I was VP, Products, after they had acquired my second startup.

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!

The Future of Corporate Venture Capital

500

The following is an excerpt from 500’s CVC report. How has corporate venture capital changed? In the decade since the Great Recession, we have seen digital upstarts – taking advantage of disruptive technologies from AI to IoT – reshape the economy and the corporate pecking order. Conventional wisdom dictated that incumbents should focus their innovation efforts on R&D and growing their cash cows while investing in a few startups.

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Growing a Living Community

Co Starters

CO.STARTERS Summit Highlights Deepened Support for Entrepreneurial Leaders. Grassroots entrepreneurial leaders from across the U.S. came together October 2–4 for the fifth CO.STARTERS Summit, held in the organization’s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Dandapani Discusses Focus, Harnessing Entrepreneurial Drive, Parenting and Purpose

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Photo courtesy of George Evans. “As As soon as we control where awareness goes we control where energy flows. As soon as we control where energy is flowing we control what is manifesting in our life. And we need willpower and our powers of concentration to direct awareness.”. ?Dandapani. Dandapani.

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Avoiding bias and making informed decisions when hiring

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Amanda Hinojosa, Howard University. Hiring decisions are key decisions that can have a lasting impact on an organization. Choosing who to offer a job to is not a decision that should be taken lightly.

Our Helium Hotspot

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Back in June I wrote about a company we recently invested in called Helium. Helium is creating a decentralized low power and low bandwidth wireless network for the exploding number of smart devices out in the world.

Growing your Startup? Find the Right Startup Financing for Your Capital Needs

Entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented circumstances right now. The capital choices you make will have a lasting impact on the trajectory of your company. Knowing the right questions to ask and how to compare your options is vital to making the best decisions. Download the Startup Finance Playbook to learn more.

500 Around the World: Takeaways from the Sberbank-500 Accelerator

500

If 500 has learned one thing from investing in over 75 countries, it’s the importance of placing bets in all the right founders and helping build ecosystems for them to thrive in. 500 is a firm believer of the idea that talent can be found everywhere, but you have to understand where that talent is and what unique challenges they are going to face in their region. One of these often-overlooked regions is Russia, which despite challenges, has a booming tech and startup ecosystem.

Elizabeth Kraus on funding women-led companies

TechStars

As co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of MergeLane, Elizabeth Kraus invests in women-led startups and venture funds. And she hopes to one day make MergeLane obsolete—by achieving gender parity in entrepreneurship and VC.

SeedFuel–Rowad, Flat6Labs, and Nest on the Bahrain Startup Community

GAN

If you’ve ever wondered what an island like Bahrain has to offer to entrepreneurs and startups, we’re happy to fill you in and let you know how the ecosystem here has developed with the support of key stakeholders. Background on Bahrain.

Skills of the Future that Guarantee Success!

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Susan James, co-founder, self-discovery trainer and coach at Self Discovery Life Mastery.

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.

Creating a “can do” mindset for integrity

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Liliana López-Jiménez, Ph.D. Business Professor at Universidad Externado de Colombia. Young professionals are bound to encounter ethical challenges quite early in their lives in the workforce.

Intern #1 to YC Founder: An Interview with Jack Forbes of Faros (YC W19)

Y Combinator

I got a chance to interview Jack Forbes, CEO of Faros * (YC W19). He shares his experiences moonlighting as an intern at HigherMe (YC W15), playing soccer with YC founders & partners, and what drove him to start a YC company — even after being rejected.

Rule #1 in Angel Investing - It’s All About the Team

The Seraf Compass

Great ideas are a dime a dozen. Living in the Boston/Cambridge area, we are surrounded by some of the most innovative researchers in the world working at institutions like MIT and Harvard.

Founders from Warby Parker, Plated, and The Muse to Speak at LaunchPad Propel

TechStars

Leading Student Entrepreneurs to Pitch and Meet Founder Mentors at 3rd Annual Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Convening.

Debt Financing Fuels Your Growth - on Your Terms. Zero Dilution.

The landscape of startup financing is changing. Learn why SaaS founders are turning to debt capital options like revenue-based financing.

Inside 500: How Their Accelerator Helped Me Grow My Accounting-as-a-Service Company and Raise $2 Million

500

Felix Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Back Office, a human-assisted AI platform and bookkeeping service for companies and consultants. In an interview with Nathan Beckord on Foundersuite’s “How I Raised It” podcast he shared how 500 Startups was instrumental in the early growth of BackOffice. Below is an excerpt of his interview. I believe founders have superpowers.

How Extreme Adventure Racing Informs Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Chip Dodd joined EO Southeast Virginia in 2013. He is currently the president and CEO of Support Services of Virginia , a mid-sized company that provides Intellectual and Developmental Disability Waiver services, supports and housing in community-based integrated settings across Virginia, USA.

Startup Horror Stories: Scary Situations Entrepreneurs Can Avoid With Stress Tests

Venture Well

Frightened to fail? Face your fears! Download a free stress test to identify your startup's vulnerabilities and brainstorm contingency plans. The post Startup Horror Stories: Scary Situations Entrepreneurs Can Avoid With Stress Tests appeared first on VentureWell.

Pitch Decks and Fundraising: A Fireside Chat with the Founder of Slidebean

Dream It

It's been about a year since Slidebean’s first Youtube video breakthrough. Since then, they’ve added around 20,000 subscribers, and their videos have been watched over 1.7MM times.

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.

Show Me The Market, Part II

GAN

About a year ago, I wrote a blog post that’s been one of my most-read posts to date. The post was all about why and how startups should define their market size to generate investor interest and excitement. I still firmly believe this is one of the most important things startups can do. And yet, Reilly and I continue to turn down company after company that approaches GAN Ventures without a market size large enough for investment.

Why Latinx In Tech Startup Weekends? To Develop the Next Gen of Latinx Entrepreneurs

TechStars

As a Latina entrepreneur, I know the transparent walls that we face every day for being different. I know what it is like to be seen as an outsider and someone who doesn’t belong in a tech conference.

What You Do Is Who You Are

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This past summer I read a proof of Ben Horowitz’s new book, What You Do Is Who You Are , and I even blogged about it here without naming the book. What You Do is about culture, how you make it, how you keep it, and how the big decisions you make and how you explain them set the culture in your organization.

How Do You Create a Best Place to Work?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Robert Glazer is a member of EO Boston and the CEO of Acceleration Partners , a leading independent affiliate management agency with 160 employees. The company was honored with Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award , recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019.

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. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.