August, 2021

SourceLink + National League of Cities – Impacting Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities

Source Link

SourceLink®, the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation are pleased to announce the results of recent efforts to advance entrepreneurial development in Kankakee and Belvidere, Illinois.

Introducing Trust, and the Importance of Product-Founder Fit

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Vanna Phon on Unsplash Customer acquisition is the lifeblood of many startups from e-commerce to gaming to marketplace companies, among others.


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A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I like to think of investing in new things a bit like a football running play. Imagine you are the running back. You’ve been handed the football and you are looking for a hole to open up and run through. What you really want is some running room beyond the opening.

25 Lessons In 25 Years: Tips for Success from a Self-Made Beauty Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Renée Rouleau, an EO member in Austin, is the founder and CEO of Renée Rouleau Skin Care , whose products and personalized skincare are respected by celebrities, bloggers, and skincare obsessives. As she marks 25 years in business, Renée shared what she’s learned along her entrepreneurial journey.

Reaching Unreachable Candidates

Speaker: Patrick Dempsey and Andrew Erpelding of ZoomInfo

What is ZoomInfo for Recruiters? Find and connect with the right talent to fill roles fast with more data, basic search, advanced search, candidate and company profiles, and export results. Watch this On-Demand Webinar today to see how ZoomInfo for Recruiters can work to get your talented candidates results.

Will Anyone Care? Building an Exit Strategy

The Seraf Compass

Early stage investors might not view it this way, but… until a company has some form of financial exit (e.g. acquisition or IPO), you are really more like a donor than an investor!

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The Best Coworking Spaces in Detroit for Your Hybrid Work Model


Many companies are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a hybrid work model, meaning some employees will return to the office at least part-time, but others will collaborate remotely. Navigating what this working plan actually looks like can be tricky.

Good Budgeting for a Better Business


Determining your new business’s budget is challenging. But our friends at Brex know a thing or two about startup budgets. This outline shows starting budget reference points for startups with a similar burn rate, which gives you a place to start!

VC Investor Relations

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I realized a long time ago that the VC’s customer is the founder/CEO/portfolio company and that our investors (called LPs in VC speak) are our “shareholders” That was a very defining moment for me and has clarified what matters the most in a VC firm. That said, we take investor relations very seriously at USV and always have.

Is the 9-to-5 workday dead? What employees seek in return-to-office plans

Entrepreneurs' Organization

What do employees want in returning to the office? . Business owners often assume they know what their employees want due to a dangerous judgment error termed the false consensus effect. This problematic mental blindspot causes us to perceive others—especially teammates—as sharing our beliefs.

Going to Market Smarter in the New Economy

In 2021, as companies continue to move more functions online, employees will take a more virtual -- and flexible -- mindset and lifestyle in parallel to the digitization of businesses. To succeed, you must change the way you conceive and build new products as a digital business. Download the report today to discover more!

Every Team Needs A Coach: Managing the Deal Process

The Seraf Compass

Not everyone is cut out to lead a deal. In our experience, it takes a certain temperament and set of people skills to lead a bunch of peer volunteers. There are many successful investors who cringe at the phrase, “managing the process.” Managing is the last thing they see themselves doing.

creating impact through collaborative design: q&a with Penny Herscovitch of ArtCenter College of Design

Venture Well

VentureWell faculty grantee, Penny Herscovitch of ArtCenter College of Design guides students in understanding the full dimensions of their collaborative design impact as inventors.

How to Create a Great Channel Strategy - Pro Tips from an Expert

Dream It

A channel sales strategy is crucial to scaling a startup. However, most startups fail to launch and execute a successful channel sales program.

Good Budgeting for a Better Business


Determining your new business’s budget is challenging. But our friends at Brex know a thing or two about startup budgets. This outline shows starting budget reference points for startups with a similar burn rate, which gives you a place to start!

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I recall when my partner Brad and I were raising our first USV fund, back in 2003, and potential investors wondered about my blogging habit. They asked if I was making a mistake telegraphing our investment thesis for everyone to see, including our “competitors.” ” We strongly defended the practice and explained that the benefits of telling the world what we were looking to invest in, and why, strongly outweighed any costs.

Simon Says: Have “The Talk” with your parents

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by Saul Simon, a certified financial planner, a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors and founder of Simon Financial Group. This article is the second in a series of three about having “The Talk” with your business partners , parents and adult children.

7 Creative Financing Options for New Businesses and Startups


It takes money to make money. But financing isn’t always easy — especially if you’re the proud founder of a brand new business. Traditional banks and financial institutions set a high bar for borrowers.

how MedTech Challenge helped VaccineOnWheels roll out COVID-19 vaccines in India

Venture Well

When Jignesh Patel launched his mobile vaccination service, VaccineOnWheels, the idea that it could soon help address India’s spreading COVID-19 pandemic was not part of. The post how MedTech Challenge helped VaccineOnWheels roll out COVID-19 vaccines in India appeared first on VentureWell.

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

The Next Big Thing. How Can You Leverage the Future for Your Business?

Smart Hustle Magazine

As a small business owner, taking your startup to the next level involves many growth strategies. Whether it’s expansion or building your customer base, small business growth takes time, effort, and dedication. . But, let’s face it. Scaling your business is challenging. .

When Risks Become Real


Preparing for the worst-case scenario can help you build a resilient startup . Starting a business is inherently risky. At ideation and even early implementation stages, the limited number of stakeholders can potentially leave you unscathed if something goes wrong.

Sticking With The Plan

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Managing a business is about having a plan, sticking with it, and not panicking or looking for hail mary passes. There are no silver bullets or shortcuts to success in life. You need to have a five to ten-year plan and you need to stick with it and execute against it day after day, week after week, year after year. I was reminded of this watching my NY Knicks navigate the off-season after making the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

5 Steps to prepare your business for a cashless future

Entrepreneurs' Organization

With the advent of technological innovations, including dedicated servers and cloud hosting, businesses of all shapes and sizes are shifting to a more digital way of working.

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

Why You Need a Business Mentor (and Where You Can Find One)


Mattie Mae Larson has a growing business in Hawaii turning trash into treasure. Her company, Upcycle Hawaii, creates wallets, zipper pouches, bookmarks, beach totes and a plethora of other products. All of Upcycle Hawaii’s items are made from post-consumer waste diverted from local landfills.

preventing vision loss using artificial intelligence: a Q&A with TJ Falhoun of Ai-Ris

Venture Well

TJ Falhoun of Ai-Ris is using artificial intelligence to help prevent vision loss in vulnerable and underresourced communities. The post preventing vision loss using artificial intelligence: a Q&A with TJ Falhoun of Ai-Ris appeared first on VentureWell.

UBI Global Says Good-Bye to an Old Friend

UBI Global

UBI Connect is ending as we announce a new hub of tools and services developed by our team especially for you. Announcing ‘the end’ of something is never fun or easy, but in this case, there really is a lot to look forward to.

You Can Be Twice as Rich by Deciding You Need Half as Much

Entrepreneur's Handbook

The brutal truth about passive income Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». money freelancing work lifestyle entrepreneurship

4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Fact: Good data lives at the core of every successful B2B demand generation strategy. Without quality data, it’s nearly impossible to identify and segment your target audience and create messaging that speaks to their values and interests. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or you’re new to demand generation, learning the tricks of the trade can be, well, tricky. In this eBook, you’ll discover how to improve your demand generation program—and your bottom line.