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6 traits that make an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Noelle Fauver, marketing consultant and writer. . Heidi Zak , Elon Musk, Oprah, Warren Buffet, Kendra Scott , Sara Blakely and Bill Gates—entrepreneurs may appear quite diverse, but they typically share a few key qualities. What makes an entrepreneur?

Why Recessions Are a Good Time to Start a Side Hustle


The truth is, recessions happen, and they happen often. Since 1900, the U.S. economy has averaged one recession about every four years. They’re not so regular as to be predictable and they cause real economic damage, but they don’t halt business and entrepreneurship entirely.


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Why Perfectionism Is Not Good for Business

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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What Is Going To Happen In 2021

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Hi Everyone. Happy 2021. Today, as is my custom on the first day of the new year, I am going to take a stab at what the year ahead will bring. I find it useful to think about what we are in for. It helps me invest and advise the companies we are invested in. Like our investing, I will get some of these right and some wrong. But having a point of view is very helpful when operating in a world that is full of uncertainty. Let’s start with the elephant in the room.

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!

BadVR is using government grants to build a business that’s independent of venture capital


When the Los Angeles-based extended reality data visualization company BadVR first heard that one of its earliest benefactors, Magic Leap, was about to shed 1,000 jobs and was fighting for its life , the young startup was unfazed.

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Social Media Marketing Tips and More Shared by Small Biz Panel

Smart Hustle Magazine

If you’re are thinking about taking the plunge into entrepreneurship, you should avoid making common business mistakes and learn from thriving small business owners. Recently Ramon Ray hosted a small biz panel discussion, consisting of three successful small business owners.

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What Happened In 2020

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It is my tradition to end the year looking back and start the year looking forward. So today, I will write about 2020 in the context of tech/startups/VC/crypto. While it is inarguably the case that 2020 was a terrible year with a global pandemic, racial strife and ugly politics in the US, and an economic downturn that is impacting exactly the people who have already been hurt the most, it was an inflection point for the tech/startup/VC/crypto sectors and a very significant one.

Chinese online education app Zuoyebang raises $1.6 billion from investors including Alibaba


The rivalry between China’s top online learning apps has become even more intense this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest company to score a significant funding round is Zuoyebang , which announced toda y (link in Chinese) that it has raised a $1.6

9 Essential Skills You Need to Start and Run a Successful Business


It’s easy to feel under-qualified when you’re about to start a new business. It’s a huge undertaking! There are so many factors that play into whether or not your business will succeed.

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 I Lost 65 Pounds In 18 Months Without Any Fad Diets or Gimmicks

Both Sides of the Table

June 2019 (left) and November 2020 (right) I’ve been reluctant to write this blog post because historically I don’t like talking about weight. But I’ve been promising to publish how I lost 65 pounds in the past 18 months without any fad diets or gimmicks to try and be helpful to others.

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3 in 5 Small Businesses Don't Inform their Customers About Third-party Data Collection, Reports Survey

Smart Hustle Magazine

If you're thinking about ways to win your customers' trust, you should strictly consider safeguarding your customers' data.

4 keys to international expansion


Levin Bunz. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Levin joined Heartcore Capital in 2019 from Global Founders Capital, the billion-dollar VC arm of Rocket Internet, where he was responsible for investments in Canva, Heyjobs, Instarem, Anyfin and others.

3 Vital Startup Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic


What will you remember most when you look back on 2020? While all of our stories are different, if you were an entrepreneur or small business owner, you may remember this year as one full of great changes in business and leadership due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Financing with grants, not equity or debt


First, an example of grant-based financing . I was chairman of a company that, for twelve years never took a dollar of outside investment. The company was funded entirely by grants from the National Institute of Health, amounting to millions of non-dilutive dollars in all.

After 2020, Is Silicon Valley Really Dead?

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Extra Crunch’s top 10 stories of 2020


I edited hundreds of stories in 2020, so choosing my favorites would be an exercise in futility. Instead, I’ve tried to gather a sample of Extra Crunch stories that taught me something new. Which means this top 10 list betrays my ignorance, a humbling admission for a know-it-all like myself.).

A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing a Killer Business Plan


A business plan is as important to a new business as a map is to a ship, or blueprints are to an architect. A written business plan will guide your actions and keep you focused on your short- and long-term goals.

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. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

How Small Businesses Can Prepare for Cybersecurity Risks This Holiday Season

Smart Hustle Magazine

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been an unprecedented year all around. From the sudden shift to remote work to increasing cyberattacks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, SMBs have had a lot to contend with this year.

What I Ate on My Weight Loss Journey of 2020

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote about my weight loss journey of the past 18 months where I lost 65 pounds in 18 months with no gimmicks or fads. No paleo, keto, intermittent fasting?—?just just sensible eating. If you didn’t read the post it might be worth clicking on the above link.

Union Square Ventures and Learn Capital file paperwork indicating new funds


As 2020 comes to a long-awaited end, a series of filings indicate that venture capitalists are ending the year with fresh money. According to SEC paperwork, Learn Capital and USV have filed paperwork that shows the firms have raised new, multimillion-dollar funds.

7 Entrepreneurs To Watch In 2021

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Follow these business minds to get ahead of the pack Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». startup marketing entrepreneurship productivity business

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.”

5 Tips on How to Create Next Level Virtual Presentations

Smart Hustle Magazine

One of the least expensive, most effective marketing tools available, is an engaging, persuasive presentation. Delivering kickass virtual presentations can win new clients, impress investors, galvanize a team and catapult your career.

Funnel Scripts Review (Updated 2021)

Wesley Cherisien

Ever have trouble coming up with good copy for your sales page? Funnel Scripts can help. Let’s be honest, words sell, and having a compelling sales script that speaks to your target audience can be the difference between generating a sale or having some bounce from your site.

CommonGround raises $19M to rethink online communication


CommonGround , a startup developing technology for what its founders describe as “4D collaboration,” is announcing that it has raised $19 million in funding.

4 Business Newsletters I Make Sure To Read Every Single Day

Entrepreneur's Handbook

3 are free. The 4th costs a small fortune Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». work marketing business writing entrepreneurship

Reader Survey 2021 Startup Catalyst Brief

2020 was a challenging year for startup professionals. Here at Startup Catalyst Brief, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our readers. Startup Catalyst Brief's many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our site we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how our site has affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes. To view the survey, click the “View Now” button.