April, 2020

Innovation Through Crisis

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Ruchir Punjabi , the co-founder and chief digital officer of Distributed Energy , a company that matches investors with renewable energy projects across Africa, Middle East and India, and the founder of Langoor, which was sold to Havas Group in 2019.

Creative ways to earn money in difficult times

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Elise Kemp. Life is unpredictable. Markets take a turn, opportunities disappear, and unforeseen circumstances prevent us from being able to follow through with business as usual. Adaptability is the key to survival in an ever-changing world.

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How Much Money Should You Raise From Venture Investors?

Dream It

When pitching investors, remember that your ask is like porridge; it follows the goldilocks ratio and has to be just right. Asking for too much or too little funding will raise red flags with investors and cause you to lose credibility.

How to Come up With Great Ideas

Paul G. Silva

If your startup/organization/team struggles with ideation (the process of coming up with ideas), you fall into one of two camps: Those who struggle to come up with any ideas. Those who come up with plenty of ideas but struggle to identify which ones are worth pursuing.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

We Talked to 150 Entrepreneurs

Co Starters

Here’s What We’re Learning about How to Survive. by David Kraus. Last week, Jose Alfaro led the CO.STARTERS team in hosting a series of virtual roundtables for entrepreneurs who feel stuck due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Top Four Survival Tips for Small Business Owners

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Remember when owning a small business was risky but rewarding? Stressful but satisfying? And then COVID-19 hit. In the midst of a global pandemic, being responsible for your own business—as well as the livelihoods of your employees—very likely seems overwhelming if not completely debilitating.

Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

500

Long before diversity and inclusion became buzzwords, we decided to make venture capital inclusive from day one at 500 Startups. They became our guiding principles, because we know that great talent exists in all forms, no matter your gender, race, nationality, age, or background.

Startups Who are Rising to the Occasion

GAN

The inherent role of a startup is to find a problem, create a solution, and do it in a way that is efficient, cost-effective, and impactful. .

Masks4All

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this tweet by my partner Albert: Must read thread on #Masks4All #covid19 [link] — Albert Wenger ????? albertwenger) March 28, 2020.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

CO.STARTERS Launches New Initiative Focused on Small Business Recovery

Co Starters

A five-step Road to Recovery framework to help entrepreneurs adapt now and for the future. CO.STARTERS has always been about helping entrepreneurs get unstuck. In fact, since 2008 we’ve guided more than 12,000 aspiring business owners through the process of launching or growing their ventures.

Welcome Aaron and Harj

Y Combinator

We’re excited to welcome Aaron Epstein to the YC Team, and welcome back Harj Taggar. After four batches as a Visiting Partner, Aaron Epstein is joining YC as a partner.

Handfuls Helping Millions During COVID-19

Entrepreneurs' Organization

EO members are helping to drive the MillionLives.org project, which aims to deliver Personal Protective Equipment to front-line health workers. Written for EO by Molly Nur. Our body’s natural response to danger is always the same: fight, flight or freeze.

How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19

500

With the rise in regulations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we’ve entered unprecedented times on a global scale. On our end, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day to ensure the safety and protection of our team and founders.

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Marketing During a Pandemic

This is going to be BIG.

Let’s establish two things right off the bat: One, the Coronavirus Pandemic is a global tragedy that has already cost us far too many lives and create economic devastation. Two, if you are lucky, you are still being paid to do a job—a job that, for founders, marketers and sales teams, means connecting with customers during a terrible health crisis and a recession. What’s a company to do with their marketing?

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Not All Gross Margin Is The Same

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote a blog post in September of last year arguing that gross margins and operating margins really matter when valuing companies.

How to approach money management during uncertain times, according to our experts

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. Following our Global Money Week Facebook chat on money management, budgeting, and financial planning in March 2020, we noticed an influx of questions about how to best manage your money and project growth during uncertain times.

My Thoughts on the Current Market: on 20-Minute VC

Both Sides of the Table

Several years ago I made an appearance in a burgeoning new podcast called “20 Minute VC,” which by now needs no introduction. Harry was gracious enough to invite me back so this past week we recorded an episode discussing the current market environment.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

How Business Can Revitalize a Community After Crisis

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Michael Neidert. Ryota Saito is an entrepreneur and member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization in Japan. He shared his experiences persisting despite disaster in a recent EO webinar about rebuilding through business. .

Building Trust With Investors Amidst COVID-19

GAN

Raising money just got a lot harder. According to CB Insight’s latest analysis , startup financing is about to take a giant hit. As you can see below, CB Insights forecasted that Q1’20 funding would ultimately be $67B (down from a projected $77B), mainly due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Dreamit Ventures Announces Spring 2020 Cohort, Kicks Off Its First Fully Virtual Program

Dream It

The venture fund launched a completely virtual program with a focus on helping 13 Urbantech, Healthtech, and Securetech startups with business development, customer growth, and capital raising in a time of economic uncertainty.

The Internet

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I linked to a post by Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince the other day. In it , he wrote: The super heroes of this crisis are clearly the medical professionals at the front lines saving people’s lives and the scientists searching for a cure. But the faithful sidekick that’s helping us get through this crisis — still connected to our friends, loved ones, and, for those of us fortunate enough to be able to continue work from home, our jobs — is the Internet. The data is kind of incredible.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.

Your top 4 money management questions, answered by our experts

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. The YLAI Network hosted three experts on financial planning for a Facebook chat in March 2020 for Global Money Week for network members. Our experts, ThrivingDollars ‘ Kenishia S.

How to Make Sense of the PPP Loan Program for VC-Backed Startups

Both Sides of the Table

There is so much confusion and misinformation out there about the government sponsored “payroll protection plan” loans to companies that the heads of every small business CEO in the country must be spinning.

A Survival Kit for Entrepreneurs, From the Consumer-Facing Sector

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Abdul Wahab Al-Halabi, partner, Decker & Halabi , and member, Entrepreneurs’ Organization UAE. A version of the following article originally appeared on Entrepreneur Middle East.

Participate in Cal Hacks’ hack:now and win prizes including summer mentorship or a YC interview

Y Combinator

On April 24-26th, Cal Hacks is running hack:now, a 36-hour global online hackathon to foster innovative and technical solutions to challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your ABM Strategy

For marketing teams to develop a successful account-based marketing strategy, they need to ensure good data is housed within its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. More specifically, updated data can help organizations outline key accounts for their campaigns. And to begin the targeting process, marketing teams must develop an Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) with appropriate firmographic and behavioral data to ensure they’re going after the correct audience.Download this eBook to learn how to start improving your marketing team's data!