July, 2022

4 Tips for a Successful Startup Partnership

StartupNation

So, you’ve got a bright idea for a business and you’re ready to get started. You’re buzzing with excitement and you’ve started planning everything from branding and marketing through to sales and distribution.

Everything Startups Need to Know About Convertible Notes

Entrepreneur's Handbook

The traditional startup investment instrument remains popular with angel investors Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». investing convertible-notes entrepreneurship venture-capital startup

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How Do Digital Payments & Cryptoassets Benefit Small Businesses?

Feedough

Small businesses are the backbone of any economy. They are. Read more. The post How Do Digital Payments & Cryptoassets Benefit Small Businesses? appeared first on Feedough. Featured

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How to use creative videos to transform email marketing from basic to bustling

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As one of the best marketing channels to connect with audiences and build your brand , email continues to serve as a valuable tool to communicate with potential customers and move them further along your conversion funnel.

7 Ways to Supercharge Your ABM Strategy with Real-Time Intent

Streaming real-time intent is a homerun for marketing and sales’ account-based marketing (ABM) strategies—the ultimate competitive advantage. With the help of the fastest, most frictionless way to target strategic accounts with in-the-moment behavioral data, marketers can reach prospects at the very beginning of their buyer’s journey. Even before they’ve engaged with any sales or marketing channels. With real-time buyer insights, you can be first-in-line to provide solutions and lead better, hyper-personalized conversations, helping you prioritize sales outreach with companies that are ready to buy.

Upfront Ventures Raises > $650 Million for Startups and Returns > $600 Million to LPs

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Scott Clark for Upfront Ventures (no, Evan is not standing on a box) Last year marked the 25th anniversary for Upfront Ventures and what a year it was. 2021 saw phenomenal returns for our industry and it topped off more than a decade of unprecedented VC growth.

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Valuing a Venture Capital Portfolio

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Every quarter our firm goes through a process to value our entire portfolio. Those values, on a schedule of investments we publish to our investors every quarter, flow through to our financial statements and capital accounts and establish how much an interest in our partnerships are worth at that time. We have always taken this process very seriously and approach it with a lot of rigor. Every partner is highly engaged with this process.

Good To Go: When You Have Enough to Move Forward

The Seraf Compass

There are a million reasons not to invest in any given startup. Even in the best case, there will be unanswered questions, missing pieces, missing team members, projected losses and uncertainty all around. The diligence process tends to document all of the warts in one place.

500 Founders: Rick Kiessig, Hannah Hunt, Matthew Jackson & Jenni Matheson

NZ Entrepreneur

Want to tap in to the best startup advice from entrepreneurs who are out there doing it? Welcome to ‘500 Founders’ where we ask innovators from around New Zealand for their top insights for first time startup founders. Rick Kiessig – Cofounder. Kimer Med.

What science says about Elon Musk’s office mandate vs. “Excellence from Anywhere” policies

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Elon Musk recently declared an end to remote work at Tesla , announcing that all Tesla staff must return to the office full-time, according to an email sent to executive staff and leaked on social media. Musk said those who don’t want to come to office should “pretend to work somewhere else.”

4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Entering a new demand gen position in a volatile market is nerve-wracking. All eyes are on you to make an impact — fast. That’s where your data comes in. In demand generation, data is essential for knowing who you should target and how. In this eBook, you’ll learn how to identify and target your ideal prospects — when they’re most receptive to hearing your message — using different types of data.

Cultivating Inclusivity: How To Infuse Belonging in Your Classroom

Venture Well

We’re unpacking how the innovation and entrepreneurship community can bring a sense of belonging to higher education by starting in the classroom. The post Cultivating Inclusivity: How To Infuse Belonging in Your Classroom appeared first on VentureWell.

Mr Eazi, Black Coffee and Ajebutter22: The African music artists backing startups

TechCrunch

This April, Black Coffee, the famed South African DJ and record producer whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, made history at the Grammys. With his seventh studio album “Subconsciously,” he became the first African act to win an award in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category.

Remote, Hybrid, or In-Person?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

We have been watching our portfolio of ~130 technology companies wrestle with this decision for the last two and a half years. Brought on by the covid pandemic and the work from home moment that it created, there has been a sea change in the way that technology companies organize themselves to get work done. Ben Horowitz observed this in a piece last week where he described A16Z’s decision to embrace a hybrid model that he called “ HQ in the Cloud.”

Revolution Growth Invests in Meati, the Mushroom-Root Superfood

Revolution

The new funding for the meat alternative startup will support rapid retail expansion, continued product development and product capabilities Meet Meati ?—?the

16 Go-to-Market Plays for Your Entire Sales Funnel

After gathering some of the best go-to-market plays from our own B2B sales and marketing pros, we've package them here for you. Try one of these 16 plays in your next salesflow or as inspiration for your next winning sales engagement strategy.

Why the Future of Entrepreneurship Is Content Creation

StartupNation

The days when entrepreneurship was inextricably linked to a product or service are long gone. Instead, content creation… The post Why the Future of Entrepreneurship Is Content Creation appeared first on StartupNation.

How to determine the ideal type of influencer for your social media campaign

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Chris Jacks , director of growth strategy for HireInfluence , where he analyzes and adapts to the ever-changing influencer marketing industry. In 2020, the Instagram influencer market size across the globe surpassed US$2 billion.

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AEA Ignites Appalachia’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

EntreEd

EntreEd partnered with Appalachian State University and STEM West to facilitate the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) on App State’s campus in Boone, NC July 9-22, 2022.

Essential skills for an entrepreneur

NZ Entrepreneur

Are entrepreneurs born or made? We think both. While it helps to have that entrepreneurial flair inbuilt, there’s no reason you can’t learn and develop the qualities of an entrepreneur. Here, we share three essential skills for taking ventures from ideas to reality.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

Some Thoughts On Twitter (continued)

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote the post at the bottom and linked here when Elon Musk announced his intention to buy Twitter in late April. I am relieved that Musk has decided he does not want to own Twitter. I never thought he would be a good shepherd of the Twitter network and maybe now we have the opportunity to find a better ownership/governance model for it. I understand why the Twitter Board and management team feel they must force Musk to perform on the agreed-upon deal.

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PE in VC in 22

Tomasz Tunguz

In 2018 at Saastr, Jason Lemkin & I talked about private equity becoming an increasingly aggressive buyer of venture-backed software companies. Last year, private equity firms inhaled $29 billion dollars’ worth of startups - a twenty-year record and 50% more than the previous peak.

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How To Create a Phenomenal Company Culture

StartupNation

If you want to create a thriving, successful company, you must focus on creating a distinctive company culture. Industry professional Mark Stiffler knows this means setting the tone from the top and establishing values and norms that employees can buy into.

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards alumni share their competition journeys and tips

Entrepreneurs' Organization

“Start now. Don’t wait for anything. Start.”. — Alberto Soto, Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Alumnus and EO Guatemala member. Explore your endless opportunities.

The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.

Despite creaky markets, European edtech is showing its resilience

TechCrunch

Rhys Spence. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Rhys Spence is head of research at Brighteye Ventures, a European edtech-focused fund, where he works with portfolio companies to help address priorities, with a focus on internationalization and HR. More posts by this contributor.

500 Founders: Matt Miller, Ani Tawhiao-Lomas, Rob Stirling & Samantha Gadd

NZ Entrepreneur

Want to tap in to the best startup advice from entrepreneurs who are out there doing it? Welcome to ‘500 Founders’ where we ask innovators from around New Zealand for their top insights for first time startup founders. Matt Miller – Founder. BrakeAce. “My

The Meaning of Machine Creativity

Continuations

For a long time there was a narrative that computers would only be good at automating routine tasks, leaving creativity to us humans.

Woman Investor Profile Series: Elaine Bolle, Investment Chair, RTP Capital

The Seraf Compass

This profile is the seventh in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting female investors. Elaine Bolle is an active angel investor, board director and advisor who has led domestic and global organizations from start-ups to $750M+ enterprises.

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12 Plays to Kickstart Your Recruitment Process

To stay ahead in this race, every recruiter needs a good playbook. In this eBook, we lay out 12 recruiting plays that can automate key steps in your recruitment process, helping you reduce both the cost and the time it takes to hire the best candidates.