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How to Craft an Exceptional Update About Your Startup

GAN

Each week, I receive dozens of updates from startups—everything from founders I’ve just chatted with briefly, to founders I’ve mentored, to companies that have asked GAN Ventures for funding.

pop-up classes: a simple, effective approach to supporting young innovators

Venture Well

We’ve compiled some of the key elements to think about as you create your pop-up classes, and outlined a variety of options to keep in mind. The post pop-up classes: a simple, effective approach to supporting young innovators appeared first on VentureWell.

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How to Generate Signals that Matter to Early Stage Investors

TechStars

Photo by Chinh Le Duc on Unsplash. Build a strong team with direct and relevant reputation. To be clear, names alone don’t matter as much as the relevance of the team members to the challenge facing your business. Example: Selling SAAS to enterprise?

Why Positive Cashflow Matters

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Venture backed companies have a strange relationship to positive cashflow. Because they have financial backers who can and do finance losses, they tend to operate in the red for a long time. In the early days it makes sense to burn cash. If you do not have revenues, you can’t generate cash. And if you can’t grow your revenues without investing out ahead of income, then you also need to be able to operate in the red.

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!

Next Media Accelerator on How Hamburg Helps Startups Gain Momentum

GAN

Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city with 1.8 million people and a metro region of about three million. The city is, of course, known for its seaport, the third-largest in Europe. It’s also among the top three locations for the aviation industry in the world. Hamburg prides itself as “The Gate to the World” and is home to all branches of the economy, ranging from aviation to maritime and logistics, as well as the creative and media industry.

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Two years into investing out of our first Impact Fund: here’s what we’re learning

TechStars

Two years ago, we raised our first impact fund, closing just under $7M in the fall of 2017. Since then, we have made over 73 investments and our fund is nearly fully invested. .

Can You Afford a Marketing Team?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Jackie Carrillo, a content coordinator and contributor who writes on technology, marketing, business management and education. . For high-achieving startup founders and entrepreneurs, marketing might feel like a no-brainer to tackle on your own.

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Fractionalizing Home Equity

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

USV recently invested in a company called Patch Homes and they are announcing that financing today along with some other important information on their business. You can read about the financing here and USV’s investment blog post here (we do one of these for every new investment).

The Pegasus Startup: Flying Over VCs on the Wings of Profits

Jason Calacanis

The unicorn movement in Silicon Valley has been a great run, with startups plowing mountains of willing capital into audacious products that are changing the world. Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): [link] ]. Airbnb, Uber and Slack have revolutionized travel, transportation and work forever.

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.

Heidi Roizen on meaningful work & relationships

TechStars

“The true path to happiness is to have meaningful work and meaningful relationships,” Heidi Rozen says. She brings these two elements together as a VC working with entrepreneurs who are changing the world for the better. Her humane take on being a “mentor capitalist” is deeply Give First. .

10 Books on Persuasion and Negotiation

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Closing sales and winning deals are like oxygen for your business. Mastering these tasks requires a firm understanding of negotiation and persuasion. From EO Melbourne , we share 10 books to help you improve your ability to close—in both your business and personal life.

Funding Friday: Make Pizza On Your Camping Trip

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of the things I like about Kickstarter is seeing repeat creators coming back with new innovations. I backed a project like that this morning. I also love pizza and making it in wood fired pizza ovens. So this project checks a few boxes for me. crowdfunding

Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems

Forward Cities

Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems was jointly developed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Forward Cities with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT.

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.

How Profitable Are Coworking Spaces in 2019?

Deskmag

90% of coworking spaces generate a profit if they meet at least four conditions: they have more than 200 members, are older than one year, are profit-oriented and do not subsidize their operation through other businesses. The first condition is the only one that actually requires any special effort.

i2E Inc. leads $850,000 investment in Oklahoma-based Kirrhos Pharmaceuticals

Innovation 2 Enterprise

September 12, 2019. Contact: Sarah Seagraves, Senior VP for Marketing. 405) 813-2403. sseagraves@i2E.org. Oklahoma-based Kirrhos Pharmaceuticals is developing a novel, first-in-class treatment. for a severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease known as NASH. OKLAHOMA CITY — i2E, Inc., recently led an $850,000 seed investment in Oklahoma. City-based Kirrhos Pharmaceuticals, which is developing a therapeutic for NASH, a life-.

Applying to YC Early Decision – Rent the Backyard (YC S19)

Y Combinator

We began offering the option to apply to Y Combinator Early Decision last September. If you’re a student, applying Early Decision to YC allows you to apply one batch ahead of the current one. For example, you can apply to YC in September, get your acceptance in October, and start the program in June after you graduate. We tried it as an experiment and it worked so well that we’re offering it permanently now, for both Winter and Summer batches.

The Siren Song of ROI Based Sales

Tomasz Tunguz

Selling based on ROI (return-on-investment) sounds great. A salesperson lays out an iron-clad case for how the customer will make 5x or 6x or 10x their initial investment in a piece of software in three years or less. The champion will use ROI math to assuage upper management and procurement’s concerns. Or so the thinking goes. If we reflect on the most successful software companies, the very largest, very few sell based on ROI.

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.

Honoring a family coffee trade with new innovations

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

“You start every day with coffee, and you end every day with coffee.” From age 7, David Dávila, learned how to brew his own coffee before he went to school. Coffee before and after school was the norm in his household.

Linear Health Sciences founder ‘living his dream’

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. During one of the earliest conversations I had with Dr. Ryan Dennis, CEO of Linear Health Sciences, he told me that he was living his dream. I wanted to know more about that. Is it the dream of a curious young boy who grew up in a small Oklahoma town with just 18 other students in his class — a boy who knew when he was in the seventh grade that he wanted to be a doctor?

Bring Back The SE

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Today Apple is going to announce three new iPhones. One of them should be a small form factor like the old SE. Apple discontinued the iPhone SE at the tail end of 2018 and has stated that the next iOS update will not run on the old SE hardware. I have a number of friends and family members who have the old SE, love the small form factor, and do not want a larger phone in their pockets, purses, and hands.

Climate Crisis: Extinction Rebellion

Continuations

I recently recorded a podcast about the climate crisis where I made the point that we should not think about innovation versus activism, we need both.

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.”

Join me at Alpha Innovation Required conference, Sep. 18-19, NYC

David Teten - VC

I hope you will join me next Wednesday & Thursday in midtown NYC, September 18-19, at the “ Alpha Innovation Required ” summit. Attendance is complimentary and exclusively for senior capital markets professionals exclusively focused on emerging trends and technology companies impacting the asset management industry. Speakers so far include: Wendy Harrington , Nuveen – Head of Nuveen Labs?.

Edition #8: Jamie Miller

GCUC

Here at GCUC we are immensely fortunate to cross paths and work with so many amazing people. Through our work, we’ve cultivated a global community of people we think you should know about. Community of Cultivators is a new blog series to introduce you to coworking game changers and connectors.

Foreshadowing Facetime

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The Gotham Gal and I went to the Brooklyn Museum today to see the Pierre Cardin retrospective. Near the end of the exhibit was a small clip from a Jetsons episode where Jane is shopping for dresses in a boutique.

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Mindful Eating In Your Everyday Life

Entrepreneurs' Organization

By Stacy Goldberg, MPH, RN, BSN. Stacy is the CEO and founder of Savorfull , which helps companies, organizations and consumers discover and purchase healthy “free-from” snacks. She is also a member of EO Detroit.

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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.