October, 2023

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Everything An Angel Investor Should Know About The Corporate Transparency Act

Angel Capital Association

by Joe Wallin , leader of the Angel Capital Association Legal Advisory Council and Pricipal at the law firm of Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. Big Picture The CTA is intended to assist law enforcement in combatting money laundering, tax fraud, financing of terrorism, and other illicit activity through anonymous shell and front companies. Starting January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act (the CTA) will require all new business entities formed in the U.S. and foreign companies that qualify to

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3 Real-World Startup Lessons from Harvard Business School Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We first met at Harvard Business School as young students in 1989. We both went on to have successful careers as consultants and entrepreneurs, and had a passion for working with and investing in younger entrepreneurs. We reconnected in 2016 and began angel investing in startups in New York City.  When we decided to invest in a startup, it was because we saw a unique combination of a strong idea with a solid team.

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Sony Ventures earmarks $10M to invest in African entertainment startups

TechCrunch

Sony Group announced today that it has established Sony Innovation Fund: Africa (SIF: AF), a program that will support the growth of entertainment businesses in Africa. Appropriately, the Tokyo multinational conglomerate, through Sony Ventures Corporation (SVC), has earmarked $10 million for early-stage startups in gaming, music, film and content distribution.

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The 30 Most Important Lessons Learned About Developing New Business

Startup Blogpost

The 30 Most Important Lessons Learned About Developing New Business In this article, we delve into the wisdom of thirty seasoned professionals, including Founders and CEOs, who share their most important lessons learned in developing a new business. From the importance of emphasizing resilience and empathy to the necessity of having realistic expectations and focusing on improvement, these insights offer a wealth of knowledge for anyone embarking on their entrepreneurial journey.

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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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Asia’s Premier Global Startup Extravaganza, COMEUP 2023, Set to Ignite Seoul with Record International Participation from Nov 8 to 10

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register The South Korea Ministry of SMEs and Startups, in collaboration with the Korea Startup Forum, is set to host the highly anticipated “COMEUP 2023,” set to take place from November 8 to 10 at the renowned Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul.

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It’s Time to Raise Your Debt Facility: Execution Tactics for Founders

Andreessen Horowitz

This article is the third of four installments in our new series, How Fintech Companies Can Simplify Their Funding Strategy. Read part 1 on Choosing the Right Funding Structure here. Read part 2 on Trade-offs Across Terms here. In this series, we have explored a variety of funding options for startups looking to launch a new financial product as well as terms to consider when negotiating your first warehouse facility.

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Music DASH’s Mission to Revolutionize Music Distribution Through AI

Jason Malki

I had the pleasure of interviewing Bob Shami who is a pioneering entrepreneur with a strong focus on utilizing technology to drive innovation in the music distribution landscape. With a rich history in AI ventures, including NEOS-AI , Music DASH, and NF Hits , Bob has been instrumental in reshaping the independent music economy. He is an active advocate for artist-centric tech solutions and regularly engages in thought-provoking discussions through his ‘ SoundBreaker ’ podcast.

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The urgent call for innovation and investment in maternal health

TechCrunch

Women’s health remains one of the most underfunded, under-researched, and underserved areas of investment and study. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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The 15 Best Strategies for Developing New Business in a Crowded Market

Startup Blogpost

The 15 Best Strategies for Developing New Business in a Crowded Market In the quest to uncover effective strategies for developing new businesses in a crowded market, we turned to fifteen Founders and CEOs for their tried-and-true tactics. From the initial step of validating a product idea before investment, to the crucial aspect of prioritizing exceptional customer service, these leaders share their insightful stories and strategies for success.

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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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AIOX Unveils New Fund with Focus on Deeptech and Web3, Joins Forces with X-PITCH 2023

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register AIOX Apex Angel Fund (AIOX) has introduced a new venture fund with a dedicated focus on deeptech and web3. The new initiative includes a strategic partnership with the highly anticipated X-PITCH 2023, a global deeptech startup competition aimed at catalyzing the widespread adoption of cutting-edge technology across diverse industries.

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SDAC VI Fund Launches, Open Call for Startups and Accredited Angels 

American Entrepreneurship

San Diego Angel Conference sets dates for its entrepreneur and investor programs leading up to its Spring Conference Building on the success of this year’s event, the San Diego Angel Conference (SDAC) announced the launch of SDAC VI Fund, a fund and program focused on connecting startups with accredited angel investors. The Conference, founded by Executive Director Mysty Rusk, is an ongoing program within University of San Diego (USD) Knauss School of Business in partnership with The Brink SBDC

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B2FI: Demystifying Software Sales Into Financial Institutions

Andreessen Horowitz

Selling into financial institutions (FIs) has long been the end goal for many software-oriented fintech businesses. With massive annual technology budgets and scaled distribution, the largest FIs are the ideal end-buyers. However, a fear of long sales cycles, heavy compliance requirements, and opaque organizational structures preclude many early stage founders from pursuing this go-to-market channel.

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AI Reaccelerating Cloud Growth

Tomasz Tunguz

Yesterday, both Google and Microsoft announced their earnings for their cloud businesses. I’ve been tracking the growth rates of these companies and product lines for the last 18 months to develop a broad gauge of enterprise buying patterns after the downturn. In the chart, it’s immediately evident that Mongo has seen dramatic increase in growth rate last quarter.

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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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AI’s proxy war heats up as Google reportedly backs Anthropic with $2B

TechCrunch

With a massive $2 billion reported investment from Google, Anthropic joins OpenAI in reaping the benefits of leadership in the artificial intelligence space, receiving immense sums from the tech giants that couldn’t move fast enough themselves. A byword for the age: Those who can, build; those who can’t, invest. The funding deal, according to sources […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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19 Creative Business Ideas For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur's Handbook

In media, consumer products, SaaS, health, and services Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook »

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Top 6 Cleantech Startups in Singapore Securing Impressive Funding Rounds

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Singapore is emerging as a hotspot for cleantech innovation, with a growing number of startups focusing on sustainability and environmental impact. These companies are developing solutions to address critical issues such as renewable energy, waste management, water conservation, and more.

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Shield Capital’s Inaugural Venture Capital Fund Focuses on Frontier Technologies

American Entrepreneurship

30 Investments to date in the areas of AI, autonomy, cybersecurity and space Shield Capital was launched in 2021 by the Managing Partners Philip Bilden and Raj Shah, both of whom have deep experience in technology and investing, driving their passion to support founders of frontier technologies. The venture capital firm just announced the final closing of its inaugural fund of $186 million, oversubscribed at 55% above their target.

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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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Surya Ganguli, Bio + Health Venture Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

At a16z Bio + Health, we are constantly looking to expand our expertise and partnerships in service of our mission to support founders pioneering transformative healthcare solutions. With the rapid pace of innovation in AI and other enabling technologies, it is crucial that we have leaders on our team with deep knowledge of how these tools can be applied to drive meaningful change.

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How Profitable Are Coworking Spaces After the Pandemic?

Deskmag

Which coworking spaces have been profitable in recent months? In this article, you will learn more about profitability, its drivers, and the margins of coworking spaces.

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Artists across industries are strategizing together around AI concerns

TechCrunch

As creative industries grapple with AI’s explosion into every artistic medium at once, separate calls from artists warning the world to take action before it’s too late are starting to converge.

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Marketing 101 for Entrepreneurs: How to Get Cheaper Advertising With Better Conversion Rates

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Every entrepreneur should learn the fundamentals of advertising Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook »

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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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East Ventures and SV Investment Inject $100m Fund to Supercharge Tech Startups in Southeast Asia

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Indonesia-based venture capital firm East Ventures and Seoul-based venture capital firm SV Investment have joined forces to establish a new fund targeted at $100 million. The primary goal of this fund is to promote investment opportunities and collaboration between Southeast Asia and South Korea, bridging the gap between the two dynamic tech ecosystems.

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BankTech Ventures’ Fintech Investing focuses on Community Banks

American Entrepreneurship

Funding supports innovative technology companies that are taking community banks into the future. Community Banks, defined by the Federal Reserve as having less than $10 billion in assets, totaled 4,001 in the U.S, as of December 31, 2022, according to the FDIC. Strategic investment fund BankTech Ventures invests in companies that are developing innovative technologies that enhance the ability of community banks to serve their customers.

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Commercializing AI in Healthcare: The Enterprise Buyer Perspective

Andreessen Horowitz

What do enterprise buyers in healthcare care about most when evaluating AI products? To answer that question, we interviewed leaders from many of the largest healthcare providers and insurers across the country. In Part A , we outlined the paths to generating unique value for the healthcare system and patients. Now, in Part B, we cover capturing and defending some portion of the value you generate.

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Five Most Highly Rated OPEN 2023 Breakout Sessions

Venture Well

These five workshop sessions were rated by OPEN 2023 attendees as having “extremely” valuable content and as being “extremely” engaging. The post Five Most Highly Rated OPEN 2023 Breakout Sessions appeared first on VentureWell.

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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