Sat.May 23, 2020 - Fri.May 29, 2020

Moving Your Small Business Online


What you need to do (and what you don’t) to sell in a digital world. COVID-19 has brought tech-stress to an all-time high among many entrepreneurs. If you were used to selling your products at a farmer’s market, wholesale through restaurants, or through an old fashioned brick and mortar store, you have likely experienced the race to digitize. DoorDash.” Shopify.” Square.” “SEO.” Develop a social media marketing strategy.” Have you looked into website development?”

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The State of Startups


Lately, I’ve been often asked how startups are handling COVID-19. Based on my conversations with GAN Accelerators, GAN Corporate Partners, GSSN Studios, and the startups GAN Ventures has invested in, here is how startups seem to be faring in this season. When It Comes To Raising Money. Startups who are fundraising fall into one of three categories—.


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3 Tips for Getting Investors on Board With Your CSR Mission

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Kevin Xu , CEO of MEBO International and co-founder of the Human Heritage Project. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is not a new concept. Companies have been publicly proclaiming their dedication to sustainability, philanthropy and diversity for decades. But only recently have the true benefits of CSR come into focus for the companies that embrace it. CSR is more than a PR tool, though.

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Coinbase + Tagomi

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Coinbase announced yesterda y that it will acquire Tagomi to build out its institutional prime brokerage business. This is an important moment in the maturation of the crypto trading business. At USV, we have used Coinbase to transact in the crypto markets and I’ve wanted advanced offerings like we get when we transact in the stock markets like buying or selling on a volume weighted average price (VWAP) and other things like that.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

What Should Founders Be Focusing On? SSRL Can Be Their Guide.

Paul G. Silva

Entrepreneurs and investors used to rely on strictly qualitative/gut methods of assessing progress and deciding what their next steps should be. In 2014 the great Steve Blank gave the startup world its first widely-respected quantitative assessment system: the Investment Readiness Level (IRL). A few years later Village Capital took the IRL to the next level, creating the Venture Investment and ReAdiness Level (VIRAL).

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Retool, Repurpose, Redeploy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Eric Ludwig is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Cleveland chapter, which he joined in 2003. He is also the founder and partner of Pulsar Eco Products. He recently shared with us how the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed him to put his EO learning to work. He is one of many EO members who have managed to do great things during these unprecendented times. Coronavirus has given many entrepreneurs an unlikely opportunity to embrace and truly live their companies’ core values.

Contact Tracing and Technology Conference

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As I wrote about a few weeks ago , I am excited about the possibility that technology, particularly mobile computing technology, can supplement the work of manual contact tracing to keep us all safer until a permanent solution is found to this pandemic. But there is a ton of confusion about what contact tracing is, what exposure alerting is, what the role of legacy contact tracing systems are, and what role new applications can play in this moment.

A Canvas That Tells a Story: KISS Canvas (v3)

Paul G. Silva

[This is part of a series on the KISS Canvas ]. 30-page business plans are great for established businesses and terrible for startups that need to iterate quickly. 15 years ago the Business Model Canvas (BMC) changed everything by giving us a 1-pager (or 4×3 foot poster) to help you quickly document and test the key hypothesis behind your business model. The BMC was a quantum leap forward. However, my students and I often struggled with the structure of the canvas.

Key US Federal Tax Issues for Angel Investors

The Seraf Compass

As we all know, the United States IRS tax code is extremely complex. Because the code includes some provisions directly affecting angel investing, understanding the tax rules is important for US-based angel investors. There are significant tax savings for angel investors who understand the rules

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

How to Maximize the Contributions of 4 Diverse Work Styles

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Justin M. Deonarine , an industrial organizational psychologist with Psychometrics Canada , which provides psychometric assessments to help businesses hire the right individuals and develop teams and leaders. We asked Deonarine about the benefits of diversity to an organization. Here’s what he shared. . The business case for diversity is undisputed. However, age, gender and ethnicity aren’t the only areas in which you can create diversity in your organization.

tracking dehydration with smart wearables: q&a with Adria Abella Villafranca from E-Team, hDrop

Venture Well

E-Team grantee, Adria Abella Villafranca of hDrop developed a wearable device that analyzes dehydration levels and alerts users when it's necessary to drink water. The post tracking dehydration with smart wearables: q&a with Adria Abella Villafranca from E-Team, hDrop appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators healthcare technology

HPA MD Transition Indefinitely Postponed

Hyde Park Angels

When the Hyde Park Angels Board of Directors and Pete Wilkins made the decision to start a Managing Director transition plan, we certainly did not anticipate a global pandemic. HPA, and the portfolio, were both in a great position, especially as we were coming off an incredible year. In 2019, we invested a record $17.4 million and returned more capital to investors than in the previous decade combined. However, the pandemic has changed the early-stage investing landscape.

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California Dreaming - Is Silicon Valley Still the Best Place to Start a Company?

Tomasz Tunguz

So much has happened in the last decade. We’ve seen the rise of massive startups in Europe, South America, China, Israel. Technology entrepreneurship is a global phenomenon. Within the US, there’s much talk of a diaspora out of California and Silicon Valley, particularly with the sudden move to remote work catalyzed by the coronavirus. Has the shine rubbed off the Golden State to reveal pyrite?

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Facebook Shops, Instagram Shops, and New Pinterest Features Help Merchants

Smart Hustle Magazine

Coronavirus has led to many changes in our lives. The quarantine that has forced people to stay inside has also led to an enormous jump in e-commerce sales -- a trend that will likely continue. . Many companies are rushing to capitalize on the influx of online shoppers, including some popular social media platforms. Recently, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest have announced new features that will help new and existing online sellers make more sales.

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FundersClub Portfolio Follow-On Rounds Update - Q1 2020


We'd like to congratulate FundersClub portfolio companies on their ongoing progress, as well as to welcome aboard their new VC investor partners. Selected recent FundersClub portfolio company follow-on rounds: UpKeep announced its $36M Series B led by Insight Partners for its mobile-first CMMS software that makes technicians more agile and maintenance teams more productive. We invested in the Seed and Series B.

A Startup Oasis Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic


The post A Startup Oasis Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic appeared first on InBIA. Blog Ecosystem News NextFab Todor Raykov

How to CRUSH Your Demo When Pitching

Dream It

Good founders know the importance of nailing their product demo. Nicholas Negroponte, Founding Director of MIT Media Lab, famously coined the term, “Demo or die.” While many demo, few excel at it. In this #DreamitDose, Managing Partner Steve Barsh gives founders a simple framework to crush your demo.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

Marketing Unconference Session Recap


If you missed out on our Marketing unconference session, check out our notes below. We have lots of events coming your way. Stay up. The post Marketing Unconference Session Recap appeared first on GCUC Community. Community Coworking Trends Future of Work GCUC USA GCUC Webinars COVID-19

How to Support the Supporters

Source Link

Entrepreneurial service providers are on the front lines every day working to help their small business clients survive—and sometimes without the tools they need to cope with the emotional strain

Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

On today, Memorial Day, we remember our fallen soldiers. I spent some time today going back over old blog posts I’ve written on this topic and landed on a post I wrote almost ten years ago , when I visited the Normandy beaches with my wife and son. It was a very powerful and moving experience for us. I am glad we take a day every year to remember the men and women who lost their lives in service of our country.


How did she do it? A Q&A with Rita Hansen, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Onboard Dynamics

Angel Capital Association

By: Kathie Priebe and Cristina Almeida, Managing Directors of Golden Seeds Reposted with permission from Golden Seeds blog. Editor’s note: This is an update to the original blog post, “How did she do it? A Q&A with Rita Hansen, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Onboard Dynamics,” published on Oct. 3, 2019.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

Taller con Carla Levy: ?C?mo crear contenido efectivo para redes sociales desde casa?

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

¿Cuándo? Lunes 2 de junio a las 3:00 PM hora de El Salvador. Tema: ¿Cómo crear contenido efectivo para redes sociales desde casa? Descripción: ¿Tienes una marca pero no sabes cómo crear contenido que se vea constante y atractivo? En este taller vamos a aprender lo básico para crear la imagen de una marca de productos, cómo utilizar cosas que tienes en casa para crear fotos básicas pero atractivas y cómo usar las herramientas que te da tu celular para editarlas. Regístrate aquí.

In the News: OurCrowd companies seek 100’s of new employees


Despite Israel’s unprecedented unemployment situation, high-tech companies are still recruiting. As Israel carefully re-opens for business, startups have a huge role to play in getting our nation back to work. OurTalent, OurCrowd’s jobs portal, currently lists hundreds of vacant positions from within its portfolio companies, with fresh opportunities added each week. Check out OurTalent. It’s hard to believe that just 3.5

Streaming Vs Torrenting

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Last night at dinner we got to talking the film Barfly , which came out the year the Gotham Gal and I were married, so a long time ago now. We decided to watch it after dinner with our family and friends we are quarantining with. Well it turns out that Barfly is not available to be streamed on any of the many streaming services we have on our AppleTV (at least ten of them). After a frustrating twenty minutes figuring that out, we thought about torrenting it and watching it that way.


Where are Most Unicorns Headquartered?

Tomasz Tunguz

Earlier this week, I wrote Californian Dreaming - Is Silicon Valley Still the Best Place to Start a Company , where I analyzed the IPO and M&A trends of venture-backed companies by state. Those metrics are lagging indicators of startup distribution. How will the distribution change with time? While we can’t know the future M&A and IPO of any company in particular, we can try to divine the future by looking at current unicorn distributions.

Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.