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How the Entrepreneurial Mindset is Empowering Lives Through Organ Donation

Entrepreneurs' Organization

February 14 is National Donor Day in the United States, a day to celebrate and promote the life-giving practice of organ donation. With a thirst for learning and a drive to think big and be bold, EO members personify the transformative power of the entrepreneurial mindset. So it’s no surprise that Dave Galbenski , former EO Global Chair and 24-year member of EO Detroit, is leveraging his entrepreneurial vision, combined with the power of personal experience, to make life-saving changes to the wo

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Dispatches from the Road: Q4 2023

Revolution

Reflecting on a fall and winter well-spent on the road as we see glimmers (maybe, hopefully) of spring. From the Sunshine State to the Windy City, and college to coastal towns, we met up with some incredible founders, ecosystem builders, and co-investors last quarter, and experienced just about every season along the way. Check out our Q4 travels in photos and itineraries below.

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Virtual Data Rooms: The Unsung Hero of Biotech Financing

Andreessen Horowitz

The biotech industry is built on one of the cleanest go-to-market strategies in existence: if you make a safe drug that really works, patients are likely to receive it and payors are likely to pay for it. This simplicity is of course shrouded in the complexity of biology, and demands that biotech companies thoughtfully de-risk existential concerns throughout the drug development lifecycle.

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Boomerang Ventures Partners with CareSource to Advance Healthcare Innovation

American Entrepreneurship

Partnering organizations advance regional health innovation ecosystems To advance healthcare access, quality, and equity, the Ohio -headquartered managed care organization CareSource is partnering with Indiana -based Boomerang Ventures, an early-stage venture studio, specializing in connected health solutions. “Boomerang Ventures is thrilled to welcome CareSource as a strategic partner in our mission to transform health care through innovation.

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Digitalization: 5 Tech Updates That Will Help You Survive The Recession & Thrive

Lack of digitalization decreases business competitiveness. To thrive, embracing modern solutions becomes essential. The approach to digitalization often aligns with a company's business model. This shift not only boosts productivity but also automates processes and improves security. The tech market offers a wealth of technologies tailored for management, planning, and forecasting, replacing outdated pen-and-paper methods.

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Bigger Isn?t Always Better: 4 Benefits of Staying Small

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Entrepreneurs and business executives are culturally obsessed with maximizing business growth. And in the US, we’re arguably more focused on this than any other country. It is easy to get caught up in the mindset of business growth as a metric of success. As we say in America, “The sky’s the limit!” When I started to research this article, my working title was How to break geographic self-bottlenecking.

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East Ventures Expands Reach with South Korea Fund, Appoints Sang Han as Partner

AsiaTechDaily

East Ventures Korea has appointed Sang Han as its first partner for the South Korea fund, which was launched in October in collaboration with SV Investment, a Seoul-based VC firm. Sang Han has extensive experience in venture capital, having started in 2005 as an assistant vice president at Walden International for Singapore and Beijing.

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Ransomware Attacks increased 84% in 2023, NCC Group Reports

American Entrepreneurship

Dramatic increase by some cybercriminal groups and new entrants driving rise in attacks Cyber security remains a top priority for government and businesses as shown in the NCC Group ’s Annual Threat Report which indicates global ransomware attack cases rose to 4,667 cases, an 84% increase from 2022. The dramatic rise was primarily driven by new players entering the ransomware threat landscape.

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10 Fundamentals For A More Human-Centric Workplace

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Where do you find energy and inspiration to show up for work each day? For me, it’s my team and the culture we’ve created together. This is not by happenstance or luck. Setting in motion a perpetual cycle of positivity at work takes time, intention, commitment, collaboration and authenticity. You can’t architect it, force it or fake it. We often judge success by tangible things like last quarter’s sales numbers.

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One-off Early Interviews for Summer 2024 - Apply by Feb 21st

Y Combinator

We’re planning to do a special one-off round of early interviews for the next YC batch. If you want to do the next batch of YC, you should consider applying now by Feb 21 so you can get a faster decision (and earlier funding). The reason we’re doing these is that earlier this week, we published a brand new list of Requests for Startups to share ideas that we’d be excited to fund.

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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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Recruiting and Retaining the Right Executive Talent

Andreessen Horowitz

Please note that a version of the conversation was originally ran on the HR Heretics podcast. This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity. Key takeaways Write a MOC. A MOC document can help you prioritize what jobs you need an executive to do so you can hire against those needs. Leading by influence, not directive. Build trust with founders and then offer your own data-backed take on why a founder’s decision might not be the best decision they could make.

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2023 Robot Orders drop, according to the Association for Advancing Automation

American Entrepreneurship

Optimism for high growth in the second half of 2024 The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) just issued its latest report, North America Robot Orders, revealing a 30% drop in robot sales in 2023 that followed the robust performances of 2021 and 2022. The decline was attributed to a slower economy, higher interest rates, and previous overstocking caused by supply chain uncertainty.

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Korea’s Simple Planet Secures 8 Billion Won Investment for Cell-Cultured Food Innovations

AsiaTechDaily

Simple Planet, a company specializing in the development of cell-cultured food ingredients, has announced that it recently secured approximately 8 billion won in investment from domestic venture capital firms. The investment is part of a pre-Series A funding round.

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Unveiling the Vision: Founder Martins Zemitis on Revolutionizing the Wooden Bicycle Industry with…

Jason Malki

Unveiling the Vision: Founder Martins Zemitis on Revolutionizing the Wooden Bicycle Industry with Materia Bikes I had the pleasure of interviewing Martins Zemitis, the founder of Materia Bikes , a Latvian-based startup that is revolutionizing the wooden bicycle industry with its state-of-the-art craftsmanship and commitment to sustainability. What motivated you to launch the Materia Bikes project?

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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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Investing in Upstash

Andreessen Horowitz

The serverless platform shift is unfolding at a rapid pace. By that, we mean services that scale to zero, are globally distributed, and scale up based on demand. Having spent the last few years studying this market, we observed two key drivers behind the adoption of this platform shift — one architectural, and the other organizational. First, application logic is becoming event-driven for new apps, necessitated by high volume and low-latency communication between third-party APIs and microservic

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Legalzoom.com Grant Applications for Fast Break for Small Business Program Now Open

American Entrepreneurship

Grant program in partnership with NBA has helped thousands of small business owners of which 92% identify as people of color and 60% identify as female-owned LegalZoom.com’s annual Fast Break for Small Business grant program in partnership with the NBA, WNBA, and NBA G-League is now accepting applications for the last round of its grant cohort that will give away $3 million in grants and services to small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs.

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Chowis Collaborates with  L’Oréal Professionnel Paris in India to Revolutionize Hair Care Service

AsiaTechDaily

Chowis Company, a developer of skin, hair and scalp analysis solutions in South Korea, is introducing personalized hair diagnosis and management services in India through a new collaboration with L’Oréal Professionnel Paris.

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Howdy – Bootstrapped to $100 million with Jacqueline Samira

OkDork

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify Jacqueline Samira is the Founder and CEO of Howdy.com, the $100 million-valued company shaking up the recruitment space. She shares her remarkable journey. She discusses the challenges and boundaries faced by women entering the business world and emphasizes the power of a solution mindset developed through struggles.

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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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Fini: Empowering Wellness Creators and Transforming Lives

Jason Malki

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ashley Nader, the visionary founder behind Fini , a revolutionary platform empowering health and wellness creators. Ashley is a passionate entrepreneur dedicated to transforming the health and wellness industry. With a mission to empower creators and foster a vibrant community, Ashley brings a wealth of expertise in human-centric design, mobile-development and advocacy for mental and physical health to Fini.

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Stop innovating on the wrong things

Y Combinator

Founders by definition have no limit to their job responsibilities, so they often get pulled in a millions directions at once. Meanwhile they’ve heard stories of founder heroes that did everything from scratch — building the entire tech stack, picking paint colors and designing every inch and angle of the office, walking on water — and believe that to be successful they must get this granular about every aspect of their startup.

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Malaysian Startup Qarbotech Targets Global Market with $700K Boost

AsiaTechDaily

Malaysian startup Qarbotech has secured $700,000 in seed funding to boost production of their photosynthesis enhancer, aiming for a 50x increase. This solution accelerates plant growth and reduces crop cycles, addressing global food security concerns.

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Managing Vendor Relationships: 10 Tips for Negotiating and Payment

Startup Blogpost

Managing Vendor Relationships: 10 Tips for Negotiating and Payment In the fast-paced world of startups, savvy negotiation and payment management with vendors can be a game-changer. We’ve gathered insights from presidents and CEOs, distilling their experiences into ten key strategies for securing the best deals and fostering successful vendor relationships.

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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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Building a $20b Behemoth : Office Hours with Steven Goldfeder of Offchain Labs

Tomasz Tunguz

On February 23rd at 10am Pacific time, Office Hours will host Steven Goldfeder. Steven founded Offchain Labs, the company behind Arbitrum, a web3 project worth $21b as of this writing. Arbitrum is a L2, a layer 2, that sits atop Ethereum, improving its performance & cost to write transactions. Steven authored many of the seminal papers behind modern blockchains.

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HomeVestors® Names The Ugliest House Of The Year® for 2023

American Entrepreneurship

Historic 1890s Farmhouse Gets a Full Makeover and Wins Coveted Title WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (February 2024) – A charming 1890s farmhouse in Williamsburg, Va. has won the title of The Ugliest House Of The Year® for 2023 from HomeVestors of America, Inc., the We Buy Ugly Houses® people. Highlighting the most dramatic “befores” and “afters” from the houses purchased and then renovated by the company’s independently owned and operated franchises in 2023, Virginia franchisee Daniel Nice was selected as th

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Malaysia’s KWAP Invests $21M in Local Startups and VC Funds Under Dana Perintis Strategy

AsiaTechDaily

Malaysia’s pension fund, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) (KWAP), has unveiled its initial investments under the Dana Perintis strategy, with $21 million. The investments include two direct investments in local startups and commitments to two venture capital funds.

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ACA Published the 4th Annual Investor Insights Report

Angel Capital Association

The ACA has published it’s fourth annual Investor Insights Report, a collection of data-based, data-drive articles that include topics such as: angel group best practices, diversification, economic, impact of angels, exits, investing trends, investment strategy & screening/due diligence, investor, profiles, public policy, returns and valuations.

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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.