January, 2024

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14 Methods for Ensuring Accountability Within Startup Teams

Startup Blogpost

14 Methods for Ensuring Accountability Within Startup Teams Accountability is a cornerstone of startup success, and we’ve gathered insights from CEOs and Founders to learn how they maintain it within their teams. From fostering a culture of trust to assigning clear task ownership, explore the diverse strategies and tools in these fourteen responses that can help ensure your team stays on track.

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Why do investors say you need a business co-founder?

Y Combinator

Whether or not you need a co-founder is always a hotly debated topic — but going one level deeper, founders often wonder what kind of co-founder they need. In a prior video Michael and I explained why every software company should have a technical co-founder. But it’s also common for technical founders to be told by investors and advisors that they would benefit from a co-founder with non-technical expertise in things like business or marketing.

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What Will Happen In 2024

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As we enter 2024, the capital markets have found their footing and are moving higher. The Fed has taken interest rates as far as they want at this time and inflation has come down. It seems that a “soft landing” is likely. That is good news for the innovation economy because healthy capital markets are a necessary support system. However, optimistic capital markets are necessary but not sufficient for a healthy innovation economy.

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Overcoming obstacles and transforming STEM education in Jamaica

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Overcoming obstacles and transforming STEM education in Jamaica By Zoe Sweet “All I wanted to do was make an impact that will transform the education system in Jamaica,” says Kavelle Hylton , a 2022 YLAI Fellow and founder of STEM Builders Learning Hub. Since founding the STEM Builders Learning Hub, her impact on education in Jamaica is undeniable and she has become a role model for her students.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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5 Effective Inbound Marketing Strategies to Nurture in 2024 

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In a world where everything is increasingly tailored to people’s needs, inbound marketing is crucial to getting your brand out there. However, as with everything in business, the right strategies constantly change (even when the fundamentals stay the same). Today’s online environment is noisy and foggy. Identifying which digital marketing strategies will move the needle from so many viral trends is a real challenge: Is video marketing content as effective as they say?

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The Future of Prosumer: The Rise of “AI Native” Workflows

Andreessen Horowitz

Few people love the software they use to get things done. And it’s no surprise why. Whether it’s a slide deck builder, a video editor, or a photo enhancer, today’s work tools were conceived decades ago — and it shows! Even best-in-class products often feel either too inflexible and unsophisticated to do real work, or have steep, inaccessible learning curves (we’re looking at you, Adobe InDesign).

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Eight Ben Franklin TechCelerator Finalists Chosen from Erie, Pennsylvania!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Out of 14 applicants, eight finalists were selected to participate in Ben Franklin Technology Partner’s TechCelerator Business Bootcamp , a program designed to help entrepreneurs explore the likelihood of success for a startup business idea. These eight finalists, all located around Erie Pennsylvania, have innovative ideas that they will be working to enhance over the next 10 weeks, with help from Ben Franklin’s experienced business coaches.

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i2E Celebrates Success of Inaugural Bridge2 Demo Day

Innovation 2 Enterprise

On Wednesday, January 24, the inaugural cohort of startups from i2E’s Bridge2 Pre-Accelerator program presented their groundbreaking innovations during the Bridge2 Demo Day at Sailor & The Dock in Oklahoma City. During Demo Day, attendees heard pitch presentations from five founders who participated in the initial Bridge2 cohort. Each founder showcased the innovative business ideas they developed and refined throughout the Bridge2 program.

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Innovating AI research and advancing entrepreneurship skills in Colombia  

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Innovating AI research and advancing entrepreneurship skills in Colombia By Jewelle Saunders “What motivates me in everything that I do is the movement that comes with curiosity,” says Jonathan Puerta Pereira , a 2021 YLAI Fellow. Jonathan’s curiosity has incited his globe-trotting entrepreneurial journey, impacting his own community in Colombia and beyond.

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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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EO’s Most Popular Inc. Posts: A Lookback at 2023

Entrepreneurs' Organization

With a thirst for learning and a willingness to share lessons learned and insider experiences, EO members published 47 informative posts on EO’s Inc.com channel in 2023. These insights from top entrepreneurs benefit EO members plus the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem. From thoughts on maximizing meeting efficacy and expanding your goal-setting mindset to improving employee engagement and reaping the benefits of systems and processes, EO members share personal experiences and action steps that c

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Fidelity marks down X valuation by 71.5%

TechCrunch

Mutual fund company Fidelity has marked down its investment in X holdings — the parent company of X (formerly Twitter) owned by Elon Musk — by 71.5% from the original valuation of shares, according to a new disclosure. Fidelity spent $19.2 million to acquire a stake in X back in October 2022. The fund manager […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved.

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A Personal Update

Andreessen Horowitz

They say time flies when you’re having fun. And in what felt like a blink of an eye, I look back and realize I’ve spent over 12 years at a16z. And what an unforgettable ride it’s been. When I joined, there were fewer than 30 employees. I knew everyone’s kid’s name, I knew their dog’s name. Back then we had to work hard to introduce ourselves to founders as some hadn’t heard of us, and the operating value add model was still unproven on Sand Hill Road.

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No More Excuses: Conquer New Skills in just 20 Hours

Entrepreneur's Handbook

How to unlock your full potential in the New Year Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash I first learned about the 20-hour rule a year ago and thought it was rubbish. I couldn’t believe it was that simple: you could learn any new skill by practicing for just 20 hours. Only after trying it myself I changed my views drastically, and now I believe this can be a game changer for anyone.

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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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Decoding Deep Tech: A Conversation with Dr. Damian Tan of Vickers Venture

AsiaTechDaily

Founded in 2005 by a renowned coalition of innovators, including Dr. Finian Tan, Dr. Khalil Binebine, Dr. Jeffrey Chi, Dr. Damian Tan, Linda Li, and Raymond Kong, Vickers Venture Partners has firmly established its presence and influence in the global venture capital space. Renowned for its successful investments in companies like Baidu.com, Inc., Focus Media […] The post Decoding Deep Tech: A Conversation with Dr.

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Annual Review and New Year Goal Setting

GCUC

Annual Review and New Year Goal Setting New year, new you? Good intentions to the max but are you working with the full deck of information? You have likely heard the.

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Key Takeaways from 5 Days with Sir Richard Branson and 50 Global Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

For as long as I can remember, when asked the popular question, “Whom would you like to have dinner with — present or past?” my answer has been Sir Richard Branson. Like many, I’ve admired Richard for his authenticity, creativity, resiliency, generosity, ability to push the limits of what’s possible, and his focus on family and fun. So, when MyEO presented the opportunity to spend four days on Necker Island, his private island in the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) with a group of 50 EO members fr

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Generative AI: Transforming education into a personalized, addictive learning experience

TechCrunch

Education has always been centered around the human element, and it's hard to imagine a world where machines can replace that. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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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

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Past, Present, and Future of AI with Vijay Pande

Andreessen Horowitz

Bio Eats World is now Raising Health! Vijay Pande, founding partner of Bio + Health, is joined by Daphne Koller, Andrew Ng, Aviv Regev, and Jakob Uszkoreit. Vijay leads us on a reflective journey through the monumental achievements in AI from the 1980s to today, with a focus on the progress in healthcare and life sciences. This episode is drawn from the episodes we recorded in 2023 with Daphne Koller, Andrew Ng, Aviv Regev, and Jakob Uszkoreit, which are linked below.

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Metrics 101: How to Define and Track Metrics

Entrepreneur's Handbook

If this topic fills you with dread, your tracking infrastructure is likely broken somewhere I would argue that 99% of companies that are good at developing tech products do these three things: They have clearly defined metrics that they are trying to move They review those metrics regularly They try to determine the link between the work that they release and how those metrics move.

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Goodnotes Acquires Dropthebit’s Traw for Productivity Solutions

AsiaTechDaily

London-based startup Goodnotes has recently finalized the acquisition of South Korean startup Dropthebit, the innovative minds behind Traw, a service designed to automatically organize meetings, lectures, and video content into concise notes and videos. The move is set to integrate Traw’s advanced generative AI technology into the Goodnotes platform, enhancing its capabilities.

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Does My Start-up Really Need a Valuation?

The Seraf Compass

At KN+S we get asked at least once a week by a start-up CEO whether they need a formal valuation or not when they are issuing stock or options. Many angel investors, V.C.s and Boards often suggest to young CEO's not to waste the money and that the risk of any exposure is low. While this maybe true, companies need to understand that potential exposure down the road and the additional work it may cause.

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How to Avoid the Pain and Cost of PCI Compliance While Optimizing Payments

Speaker: P. Andrew Sjogren, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Very Good Security, Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO of Fivestars, and Steve Andrews, President & CEO of the Western Bankers Association 

PCI compliance can feel challenging and sometimes the result feels like you are optimizing more for security and compliance than you are for business outcomes. The key is to take the right strategy to PCI compliance that gets you both. In this webinar, we have a great set of panelists who will take you through how Zero Data strategies can be used as part of a well-rounded compliance and security approach, and get you to market much sooner by also allowing for payment optimization.

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Ride the Entrepreneurial Wave: How Surfing Informs Business Strategy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As a teenager, I trained obsessively. After a full day of school I would go straight to practice, train for four hours, go home and fall asleep with my head on my laptop. But I loved it. That intense level of training led to me winning two gold medals in the national championships of Kwon Jae-Hwa Traditional Taekwondo in Germany. Thinking back on it, the way I trained — the discipline and the plateaus — taught me a lot about the way business works.

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Intel spins out a new enterprise-focused gen AI software company

TechCrunch

Intel, intent on making bigger moves in the market for AI-powered enterprise software, is spinning out a new platform company with the backing of Boca Raton, Florida-based asset manager and investor DigitalBridge. Called Articul8 AI (an awkward abbreviation of “Articulate AI”), the new entity builds off a proof-of-concept from an Intel collaboration with Boston Consulting […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Jobs of the Future

Andreessen Horowitz

In a world where technology is moving at an unprecedented pace, what will the jobs of the future look like? Kai Roemmelt, CEO of the online learning platform Udacity, and Lisa Gevelber, a key figure at Google responsible for building the Grow with Google program, unpack the seismic changes reshaping the tech and education realms. From disrupting hiring norms to redefining how we acquire degrees and engage globally, this episode poses the question: How can you skillfully navigate the challenges a

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The 5 P’s of Perfect Pitching

Entrepreneur's Handbook

I’ve sat on both sides of the pitching table and know what can make the difference Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook »

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.