Sat.Dec 28, 2019 - Fri.Jan 03, 2020

Staging Capital: Angel Follow-on Theory

The Seraf Compass

Most startup companies have a continuous need for funds to help grow the business. You will hear the term “Follow-on” as a frequent catchphrase for this type of investing. For example, it’s common to hear one investor say to another, are you planning on “following-on” in this round?

Finance Basics for Small Business Owners

Smart Hustle Magazine

There are some things you should know how to do as a business owner and leader. One of the most important--understanding your business’s finances. Some business owners feel that finances are not their strength so they shy away from that aspect of their business.

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Why Your Meetings Are Frustrating and What to Do About It

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Most professionals dread meetings not only because they typically last too long, but also because they feel pointless and tend to hijack other priorities.

What Happened In The 2010s

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend Steve Kane suggested I take a longer view in my pair of year end posts this year: What, no decade end/decade ahead posts? — Steven Kane (@stevenkane) December 26, 2019. And so I will. Here are the big things that happened in tech, startups, business, and more in the decade that is ending today, in no particular order of importance. 1/ The emergence of the big four web/mobile monopolies; Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook.

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!

For 2020: Consider the Collective Power of 13,000 Startups


To the 13,000 startups in the GAN Community, thank you. Running a startup is so hard. At every point along the way, it feels like you could go out of business. It seems like there are potential competitors emerging every second. It’s hard to hire and build cultures that last. And it’s hard to continue to build things that the world needs. Still, even for all of the difficulties you encounter every day, you wouldn’t choose to do anything else, would you?

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How to Start a Podcast: Begin With These 3 Questions

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Are you a business owner or entrepreneur thinking about starting a podcast ? For tips and guidance on the topic, we recently talked with Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) members who launched podcasts in 2019.

What Will Happen In The 2020s

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It’s 2020. Time to look forward to the decade that is upon us. One of my favorite quotes, attributed to Bill Gates, is that people overestimate what will happen in a year and underestimate what will happen in a decade. This is an important decade for mankind. It is a decade in which we will need to find answers to questions that hang over us like last night’s celebrations.

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Los cuatro principales beneficios al unirse a la Red YLAI

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

La red de la Iniciativa Jóvenes Líderes de las Américas (YLAI) es una comunidad de inspiradores jóvenes emprendedores e impulsores de cambios de América Latina, el Caribe y Canadá que están comprometidos a fomentar el crecimiento económico, fortalecer la sociedad civil y crear cambios en sus comunidades.


Looking Ahead, Predictions For 2020


With a bit of reluctance, I share this forthcoming “ Predictions For 2020 ” post with you. Initially, I wasn’t going to write one because I figured it is hard to know what will happen even with lots of thought applied, and that it may not be valuable to you as a reader — despite the fact my Predictions for 2019 post was pretty spot-on ( but 2018 was not !).

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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 Launch a Podcast: Advice for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In the second article in our series about podcasts , we talk more with two EO members who launched online audio shows in 2019. In part one, we covered three questions to answer before you launch. .

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An Agenda for the 2020s: Inventing the Knowledge Age


In yesterday’s post I summarized the 2010s as fighting past battles that keep us stuck in the industrial age. The agenda for the 2020s should be about inventing the knowledge age instead. The suggestions here draw heavily on my book World After Capital. So without further ado, here are six key areas to work on in the 2020s. FIGHT THE CLIMATE CRISIS If we don’t get on top of the climate crisis , nothing else will matter, so I am putting this one first.

Video Of The Week: The Game Changers

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our daughter suggested that The Gotham Gal and I watch this documentary on Netflix. We did that this week. My New Year’s Resolution this time last year was to reduce the number of meals where I ate meat to less than half.


Time Diversity In VC Portfolios


A topic that’s been on my mind a lot in 2019 is “time diversity” in venture capital funds.

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.

Oklahoma’s Verinovum standardizes data from medical records

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Remember when doctors charted patient visits with handwritten notes that were filed in color-coded hanging folders that filled up miles of metal cabinets in doctors’ offices, hospital basements, and beyond? With the mandated healthcare industry transition from paper to digital record-keeping several years ago, all that changed.

[OurCrowd in The Times of Israel] Italy to launch accelerator program for Italian startups in Israel


The selection committee was composed of the Chief Scientist of the Italian Embassy in Israel, Stefano Ventura; Dani Schaumann of Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center; Danny Biran, former vice president of the Israel Innovation Authority; Jeremie Kletzkine of Startup Nation Central; and Dan Fishel of OurCrowd. Read more here.

Managing Multiple Twitter Handles

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Like Mitt Romney and Kevin Durant, I manage multiple Twitter handles. Although neither is a secret handle. I use @fredwilson for my personal tweets and I use @avc for this blog. I have done that since I joined Twitter in the spring of 2007. The idea is to keep AVC blog discussions on @avc and leave @fredwilson for other things.

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Become a Celebrity CEO: Build Your Community and a Strong Personal Brand

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray shows you how you to gain recognition in your industry by building a fan base and a strong personal brand. If you’re looking for some inspiration and sound advice from a serial entrepreneur and influencer, you came to the right place.

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.

Do you empower others?


So, we’ve previously discussed why it is important for you to build consensus in an organization in most every major decision.

[ in Forbes] Year In Review: Top Podcasts For 2019

OurCrowd CEO Brett Hurt talks with Leighanne Levensaler, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of corporate strategy at Workday, about how the smart use of data changes a company’s culture, and how his company has created the world’s largest collaborative data community.

Funding Friday: Monster Preschool

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I love the cross cultural/language/regional aspect of the Internet. We can find, experience, and support things all across the globe. Ultimately, it should bring us closer to each other. This project, a children’s book about sharing , is exactly that and I backed it with a thousand yen just now. crowdfunding

Meaningful Communities: The Common Thread of Small Businesses That Thrive

Smart Hustle Magazine

Pick up any book for entrepreneurs and you’re bound to find a chapter on networking. It’s no secret networking is a vital force for small businesses, and it’s often handled with more gusto in the early years of business development.

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.”

The 2010s: Stuck in the Past


On this last day of the 2010s here is a recap with a single theme: we are fighting the battles of the past instead of inventing the future. We are doing that at a time when humanity is facing an extinction level threat in the climate crisis that also represents our single biggest opportunity for transformation. The ongoing debate about capitalism versus socialism is fundamentally caught up in the industrial age.

[Zebra in Health Data Management] Vendors to collaborate to bring AI to orthopedic planning


The agreement between Zebra Medical Vision and DePuy Synthes aims to facilitate surgeries by giving doctors digital pre-operative surgical planning tools that are easily accessible and more affordable. Read more on Health Data Management here.

Adversarial Interoperability

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As I’m gearing up for two big posts tomorrow and wednesday, I will simply give you a link ( courtesy of Nick ) to read. Cory Doctorow’s EFF post on Adversarial Interoperability explains the move we need to make to fix what’s wrong with big tech, monopolies, duopolies, etc, etc. Basically everything that is wrong with the Internet, mobile, and web.


What’s Going On With AVC?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As Jason Wright said in the comments to yesterday’s post: This blog is rendering like it’s 1998 in Safari and Chrome at the moment. The theme that renders AVC in WordPress got messed up somehow and we are having a hard time getting it back to normal. I am planning on relaunching AVC with a entirely new theme and design in the New Year and so I’m not particularly motivated to address this issue right now.


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.