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How Constant Contextual Calibration Can Help Preserve Your Mental Health

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As we continue to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month and the 13-19 May Mental Health Awareness Week , Ethan King (EO Atlanta) shares an innovative method for prioritizing mental health while keeping the sometimes overwhelming pace of entrepreneurship. Modern life is like walking a tight rope high above the ground every single day. You’re up there carrying different weights, trying to balance your career, family life, health, and personal growth.

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A Guide to Angel Investing Documents: Convertible Debt Deals

The Seraf Compass

This article is intended to provide a quick overview and explanation of the principal documents in a fundraising where the investors are purchasing convertible debt. Unlike a stock transaction, these convertible debt deals do not alter the capitalization of the company by adding new stockholders until the debt is converted into equity.

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Brainfish Raises $3.85M to Accelerate Global Expansion of AI-powered Customer Support

AsiaTechDaily

Sydney-based startup Brainfish, specializing in AI-driven customer support solutions for online businesses, has successfully secured AUD 3.85 million (USD 2.5 million) in its second funding round.

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Influence Meets Innovation: How Founders and Cultural Leaders Can Work Together

Andreessen Horowitz

The Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) team is often asked by portfolio founders how exactly cultural leaders can be a game-changing asset for their companies. On the flip side, athletes, entertainers, and C-level executives also ask what they should expect when investing in technology startups and working with founders looking to build the next big thing.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Ben Franklin Announces Spring 2024 TechCelerator Finalists!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

State College, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (CNP) is pleased to announce the selection of ten outstanding entrepreneurial teams to participate in the Spring 2024 TechCelerator Business Bootcamp. Following a rigorous application process, these finalists have been chosen for their innovative ideas and potential to make significant impacts in their respective industries.

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Orange Inc. Receives $19.5M Investment to Accelerate Manga Localization

AsiaTechDaily

Orange Inc., a manga localization technology company, has successfully completed its pre-Series A financing round, raising JPY 2.92 billion (USD 19.5 million).

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7 Ways AI-Native Companies Can Improve Retention

Andreessen Horowitz

For consumer products, the rubber hits the road at retention. It’s the lifeblood of an app and the hardest metric to move, as I learned viscerally during my time running the growth team at Snap. To attract repeat users, companies can’t just fill a product with the latest and greatest tech — they must intentionally craft each product feature to ensure their users come back again and again and again.

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The Fastest Growing Category of Venture Investment in 2024

Tomasz Tunguz

The fastest growing category of US venture investment in 2024 is AI. Venture capitalists have invested $18.3 billion through the first four months of the year. At this pace, we should expect AI startups to raise about $55b in 2024. AI startups now command more than 20% share of all US venture dollars across categories, including healthcare, biotech, & software.

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What should VCs do with zombie companies?

David Teten VC

Inevitably, some of a VC’s portfolio companies will become “zombies”: not dead, but not growing. They have some technology and revenues, but morale is low. The CEO is hinting he’d like to get into VC or otherwise find a soft landing. Finding a buyer is difficult, because the company is not exciting to anyone, including even the founders. So what do you do?

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Your Fractional Finance and Accounting Team

Mighty Financial specializes in supporting the financial aspirations of small businesses and entrepreneurs. With our comprehensive bookkeeping and precise accounting expertise with decades of experience across diverse financial roles, our team offers tailor-made services ranging from essential bookkeeping to strategic fractional CFO support, catered specifically to the unique challenges of technology companies, startups, and SMEs.

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Atlan Secures $105M Series C Funding Led by GIC and Meritech Capital Partners

AsiaTechDaily

Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, in collaboration with Meritech Capital Partners, has taken the lead in a Series C funding round for Atlan, an AI startup headquartered in San Francisco.

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Investing in Yellow

Andreessen Horowitz

If history is a guide, transformative breakthroughs emerge when powerful creative tools reach the masses. That’s why we’re thrilled to lead the $5M seed round for Yellow, a company focused on revolutionizing 3D character creation through generative AI. The potential impact is immense. Despite rapid progress in 2D image generation and control, 3D has remained stubbornly difficult and expensive due to challenges like maintaining clean topology and requiring numerous intermediate repres

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Take this test to predict your success:

Berkonomics

Your success must be based upon data that is solid and sometimes flexible enough to pass several critical tests if it is to guide a business enterprise to greatness. Here in brief are ten tests for your successful vision. Try these on for size, and test yourself for attractiveness to the marketplace, to investors and to history. Ten tests for your business success: Is your market identifiable and accessible?

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He Sold His Startup for $130 Million, Here’s What He Learned, and Questions to Ask When Considering Whether a New Job is a ‘Fit’ for You, Plus Other Great Reads [link blog]

Hunter Walk

More stuff for you to enjoy… AI generated image What I Learned Selling My Company [Harry Glaser/then: Periscope Data, now: Modelbit ] – Harry sold Periscope Data for $130m and is back building again with Modelbit , an ML engineering platform. Here he provides actionable advice for founders who are building long-lasting companies but know M&A might be the eventual, and successful, outcome.

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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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More Than a Great Idea: How an Experienced Legal Partner Can Help Launch a Successful Startup

Angel Capital Association

More Than a Great Idea: How an Experienced Legal Partner Can Help Launch a Successful Startup By Elizabeth Sigety Every great startup starts with a great idea. But, over the past three decades, after investing in countless emerging companies through the Delaware Crossing Investor Group, my angel network, and working with entrepreneurs and investors through my role as an attorney and Chair of Fox Rothschild’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice, I’m confident in saying one thing: Su

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Investing in Wiz

Andreessen Horowitz

As more workloads and data move to the cloud and generative AI takes over the enterprise , cybersecurity is more critical today than ever. And that’s because with every new paradigm shift—from the internet to cloud computing—the sheer magnitude of digital threats has exploded and threat vectors have become increasingly sophisticated. Some of the greatest software platforms in history have risen to the occasion in their respective markets to protect the enterprise against these evolving threats.

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5 Strategies To Change Your Inner Dialogue From Critic to Advocate

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In May, mental health is top of mind with Mental Health Awareness Month and the upcoming 13-19 May Mental Health Awareness Week. Don’t miss our previous post on How to Protect Your Mental Health When Starting a Business. Did you know that your inner dialogue can significantly impact your state of mind and ability to achieve? We asked entrepreneur and best-selling author Al Zdenek to share how he changed his negative inner dialogue into a positive force to help him reach his goals.

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Community of Cultivators: Edition 67 – Abigail Schilling, Coworking Space Expert

GCUC

Community of Cultivators: Edition 67 – Abigail Schilling, Coworking Space Expert Here at GCUC we are immensely fortunate to cross paths and work with so many amazing people. Through coworking, we’ve cultivated a global community.

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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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[Xage Security in database] Xage Transforms SecOps with AI-Powered Analytics and Insights Functionalities

OurCrowd

Xage Security, a global leader in zero trust access and protection, is announcing the launch of two product enhancements—Xage Insights and Xena—which aim to empower enterprises to adapt to the constantly evolving world of cyber threats.

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How to Think About Foundation Models for Cybersecurity

Andreessen Horowitz

In this episode of the AI + a16z podcast , a16z General Partner Zane Lackey and a16z Partner Joel de la Garza sit down with Derrick Harris to discuss how generative AI — LLMs, in particular — and foundation models could effect profound change in cybersecurity. After years of AI-washing by security vendors, they explain why the hype is legitimate this time as AI provides a real opportunity to help security teams cut through the noise and automate away the types of drudgery that lead to mistakes.

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A Series of Unfortunate Decisions

Tomasz Tunguz

When a person asks a question of an LLM, the LLM responds. But there’s a good chance of an some error in the answer. Depending on the model or the question, it could be a 10% chance or 20% or much higher. The inaccuracy could be a hallucination (a fabricated answer) or a wrong answer or a partially correct answer. So a person can enter in many different types of questions & receive many different types of answers, some of which are correct & some of which are not.

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GCUC Podcast Recap: Christine Wyckoff

GCUC

GCUC Podcast Recap: Christine Wyckoff In this episode of the GCUC podcast, Liz Elam and Christine Wyckoff, Director Enterprise Sales & Partnerships at Cushman & Wakefield dive into how.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.

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[Hailo in Hailo] Hailo Earns Frost & Sullivan 2024 Technology Innovation Leadership Award

OurCrowd

Hailo, the pioneering chipmaker of edge artificial intelligence (AI) processors, has won the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Technology Innovation Leadership Award for its groundbreaking Hailo-15 family of AI vision processors. Read more here.

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Firing a Long-Term Employee is Hard — But Often Necessary. Here's Why.

Red Rocket

I consulted a client that had to do something they had never done before—they had to cut a long-term employee that had been with the company for over 5 years. Once an employee has been with a company for that length of time, they have basically become “family”, so that is the equivalent of cutting your “brother or sister.” And, most employees that get to 5 years of service, must have been doing something right during their employment, otherwise they wouldn’t have lasted that long.

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Adjacency Matrix: How to expand after PMF

A Smart Bear: Longform

A simple workshop that evaluates new business ideas relative to your existing strengths -- the key to expanding without overreaching.

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“ADI is the future” —Mindverse’s Kisson Lin Shares Insights on AI Personalization

AsiaTechDaily

Recently, Mindverse, an AI startup based in Singapore, successfully secured $5 million in seed funding from Square Peg, a venture capital firm. The capital infusion comes at a crucial stage for the company as it plans to advance its large AI personalization model when the current market is driven by one-size-fits-all GenAI applications.

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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