March, 2023

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The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Startups

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Any one of these will slowly kill your startup. Tackle these head on at the starting line.

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Point Your CEO in the Right Direction: Operating a Customer Council

The Seraf Compass

You know that many startups fail to take advantage of one of the best kept secrets of product management and company strategy, the customer council. If you’re invested in a growing company that does not yet have a customer council, you may want to encourage the founders to create one. Here is how to operate one and some important traps for the unwary that you can use as a framework when you talk to your CEOs about the concept.

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How to Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs and Lows Of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by Chantel Cohen, an Atlanta EO Accelerator participant who founded CWC Coaching & Therapy to help entrepreneurs and professionals alike find a healthy sense of work-life integration and create the lives they always imagined. Through the Become One Again Method, Chantel helps clients enhance their relationships with themselves, their partners and their businesses with the goal of alleviating the associated mental stresses that come with high-demanding careers.

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Driving the Dialogue: Questions These Female Founders Wish You Asked

Revolution

Women represent 50.5% of the U.S. population, but in 2022, companies with solely female founders garnered just 2% of the total capital invested in venture-backed startups. The share of funding for companies co-founded by women? That ticked up to 15.4% last year, which still leaves a massive delta. The long and short of it: Female founders face systemic barriers to founding, funding, and scaling their businesses.

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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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6 VCs explain why embedded insurance isn’t the only hot opportunity in insurtech

TechCrunch

If you think embedded insurance is the only hot thing in insurtech these days, we’ve got a surprise in store for you: While it’s true that startups that help sell insurance together with other products and services are enjoying tailwinds, there are plenty of other opportunities in the space, several investors told TechCrunch+. You see, insurtech startups often need to take into account the myriad rules and regulations in place when they seek to innovate and embed insurance into products, which m

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36 Google Search tricks to find exactly what you're looking for

The Zapier Blog

Google knows everything. Want the weather forecast? Ask Google. Need directions to a restaurant? Search Google. Have a weird rash or wonder why your dog won't stop eating grass? Google it. At your own risk. Never miss a Zapier blog post Subscribe In a fraction of a second, Google gives you links to hundreds of millions of answers to your questions—ranging from helpful to absurd.

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Taiwan’s funP Innovation raises $3.12m to fuel smart retail, cloud drive into Indonesia

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register FunP Innovation Group, a Taiwan-based digital advertising sales and advertising technology conglomerate, announced that it has secured $3.12 million in additional investments to fuel smart retail and cloud drive into the Indonesia market. The company received the support of Ennoconn Corporation, a global leader in integrated cloud management services, industrial internet of things (IoT

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EmpowHER Your Mindset: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Overcome Negative Thoughts To Stay Motivated

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In March, EO recognizes and celebrates women entrepreneurs with its second annual EmpowHER virtual conference , which focuses on the specific challenges women in business experience. Women entrepreneurs will learn from experts how to navigate the three pillars of every woman entrepreneurs’ life: business, family and self. Miranda Naiman, a 7-year EO Tanzania member and an unstoppable force for good, is the founder of Empower , a disruptive consulting firm that passionately provides talent, advis

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Killing The ‘Must Have a Warm Intro To a VC’ Myth Will Be Good For Founders and Great for the World

Hunter Walk

Why I’m Participating in SeedChecks’ “Submit Your Deck” Community We’ve never believed in hiding. Our email addresses are on our website , and there’s no junior staffer or AI Bot replying on our behalf. A strong Cold Email always beats a weak Warm Email. And we’ve backed successful startups where the relationship began exactly this way.

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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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Apple acquired a startup using AI to compress videos

TechCrunch

Apple has quietly acquired a Mountain View-based startup, WaveOne , that was developing AI algorithms for compressing video. Apple wouldn’t confirm the sale when asked for comment. But WaveOne’s website was shut down around January, and several former employees , including one of WaveOne’s co-founders , now work within Apple’s various machine learning groups.

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The Search: Finding Your Angel Collaboration Platform

Angel Capital Association

The Search: Finding Your Angel Collaboration Platform The Angel Capital Association, in concert with Jeffrey Lang of the Desert Angels and ACA’s proud partner Dealum , has published this informative interview on one of 2023’s most important topics in the angel investment space: angel group collaboration. Angel groups are the bedrock of the angel investment space, and whether within your own group or with outside groups, better connections lead to more successful angel groups.

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Pachamama Ventures’ Karen Sheffield On The Journey From Operator to VC Investor

Jason Malki

I had the pleasure of interviewing Karen Sheffield, the Founder & Managing Partner of Pachamama Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in US early-stage climate tech companies. She is also a Finance Director at Visa and has previously worked for PepsiCo and American Airlines. A self-described operator turned investor, Karen began angel investing 3 years ago and, ever since then, has dedicated much of her time to uncovering opportunities in unlikely places.

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LA-based 541 Ventures debuts into Southern California’s Family Office Ecosystem

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register 541 Ventures , a Los Angeles-based global venture capital firm, announces its official debut into the innovative and influential ecosystem of family offices in Southern California. The event, co-hosted by The Global 51, a family office association, and Revere, an information platform for asset allocators and emerging VC managers, brought together over 30 family offices and investment

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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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EmpowHER: EO Members Share How Businesses Can Better Support Family Life

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In March, EO recognizes and celebrates women entrepreneurs with its second annual EmpowHER virtual conference , which focuses on the specific challenges women in business experience. In each one-hour session, women entrepreneurs will learn from experts how to navigate the three pillars of every woman entrepreneurs’ life: business, family and self. We asked EO members how the workplace could and should change to improve women’s lives and empower better balance in regard to family.

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New! Try Zapier's ChatGPT plugin

The Zapier Blog

OpenAI , an artificial intelligence research and deployment company, released ChatGPT in November 2022. Since then, the AI-powered chatbot has taken the world by storm for its uncanny ability to produce human-like text and responses to simple prompts. ChatGPT can do anything from explaining quantum physics in basic terms to writing emails and tweets.

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Humane, a secretive AI startup founded by ex-Apple employees, raises another $100M

TechCrunch

A startup founded by ex-Apple design and engineering team Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, Humane , today raised another $100 million to build what it calls an “integrated device and cloud services platform” for AI. Humane’s work is shrouded in mystery. But its latest round of funding, a Series C, attracted a laundry list of notable investors, including Kindred Ventures (which led the round), SK Networks, LG Technology Ventures, Microsoft, Volvo Cars Tech Fund, Tiger Globa

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Kaiseki

Entrepreneur's Handbook

(Any views expressed in the below are the personal views of the author and should not form the basis for making investment decisions, nor be construed as a recommendation or advice to engage in investment transactions.) (Any views expressed in the below are the personal views of the author and should not form the basis for making investment decisions, nor be construed as a recommendation or advice to engage in investment transactions.

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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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Interview with Shawn Taikratoke: Redefining the Human Journey with Mozee

Jason Malki

I had the pleasure of interviewing Shawn Taikratoke, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mozee. A startup focused on redefining the human journey. Shawn Taikratoke is a seasoned software engineer and leader with a remarkable career spanning over a decade in the tech industry. With an unwavering passion for innovation, Shawn has made his mark on the world by developing cutting-edge solutions and working with leading companies such as Apple, Fossil, and worked with various organizations within the Dep

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Startups should focus on value add rather than amount of investment, says Sharon Lou, partner, Indelible Ventures

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Startup founders are often too focused on the amount of money they can get from an investor that they mostly fail to see the value that other investors have to offer to grow their businesses further. Sharon Lou, venture partner at Indelible Ventures , considers this as one of the top mistakes that founders commit when raising funds. “Founders should also evaluate which VC is able

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What are the best Canva alternatives in 2023

Founder Bounty

So your using Canva and your looking for alternatives to creator tools while you are building your business. We have put a few together you guys below. Adobe Creative Cloud : This is a suite of software products that includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more. While it's more expensive than Canva, it offers more robust design capabilities.

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The best AI video generators in 2023

The Zapier Blog

Consuming video is easy. Producing good video is not. Putting together a script, getting all the footage, and editing everything to perfection—or as close as possible—can eat up enormous chunks of your time. Learn more about how to use AI at work Get the Zapier blog in your inbox. Subscribe As it does for everything right now, AI has a few solutions to slash the time it takes to go from idea to MP4.

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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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Metaverse payment platform Tilia gets new strategic investment from J.P. Morgan

TechCrunch

“Today, the way people transact has evolved,” newly appointed chief business officer (CBO) of Tilia Catherine Porter told me in an interview. “The rise of user-generated content (UGC) across gaming worlds, social platforms and beyond means that we need a way for users to pay other users, users to pay creators, and creators to pay their collaborators — even if you don’t know the real identity of the person you’re paying.” This contrasts with traditional o

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Dust on Crust

Entrepreneur's Handbook

(Any views expressed in the below are the personal views of the author and should not form the basis for making investment decisions, nor be construed as a recommendation or advice to engage in investment transactions.) As winter in the Northern Hemisphere draws to a close, I must depart my winter wonderland of deep fluffy powder and return to the steaming hot jungle.

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Rachelle Suissa is Breaking Barriers, Empowering Women to Rise and Lead in the Modern World

Jason Malki

I had the pleasure of interviewing Rachelle Suissa. Rachelle received her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City in 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Suissa completed a Master of Arts degree in Political Science — American Government at Brooklyn College in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Women’s and Gender Studies from Pace University in New York City in 2008.

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Heritas Capital raises $20m for Asia Impact First Fund

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Investment firm Heritas Capital has announced the successful first close of Asia Impact First Fund (AIFF) with $20 million in total commitment. The round was anchored by DBS, which committed $10 million. The fund was also supported by like-minded impact-focused family offices, foundations, corporates and high-net-worth individuals like Tsao Family Office, IMC Group, Ishk Tolaram Founda

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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