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How To Answer What's Your Valuation?

Dream It

The "What’s your valuation?" question is a common component of investor Q/A. You need to be aware of and ready for this tough question from investors. Seasoned founders have a particular way of framing their answer to this question.

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Why Creativity is Essential for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by B. Jeffrey Madoff. When the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in the US in January of 2020, the situation demanded a rapid response. A new, highly contagious virus posed an imminent threat to the world.

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How to Find Investors

GAN

Many of the 16,000 startup founders across the GAN and GSSN community are wondering how to best raise capital in today’s environment. From our data on where startups are raising money in the current startup landscape, most are raising funding from venture capitalists (VCs) and angel investors. .

Funding Friday: Pattern Alphabet cards for exploring nature

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Longtime AVC reader Alex Wolf has a Kickstarter project that I think is awesome. She has long been working on a “pattern alphabet” to encode the patterns of nature and life. This project turns this alphabet into cards that can be used by kids in school and at home to learn.

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!

Out There Bets and Insider Games: The Social Barriers to Funding Big Ideas

This is going to be BIG.

In June of 2019, I got a cold e-mail with a single link: “My name is Braeden Kelekona and I’m the founder of Kelekona, a drone service for passengers and cargo. Below is a link to the pitch video. I look forward to hearing back from you and hopefully scheduling a meeting here in the city.”

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shooting for the stars: Cal Poly Pomona and NASA’s innovative approach to experiential learning

Venture Well

For National Space Day (May 7), we’re spotlighting Dr. Olukemi Sawyerr and her Faculty Grant-supported work spearheading the launch of the experiential learning program, NASA-CPP.

Half Of All VCs Beat The Stock Market

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

There has been this narrative about investing in VC funds that you have to get into the top quartile (25%) or possibly the top decile (10%) in order to generate good returns. I have heard that for as long as I have been in VC and probably have written it here a few times. Well, it turns out that is not right. Half of all venture funds outperform the stock market which is the benchmark most institutions measure VC funds against.

My Life Became Richer the Day I Stopped Chasing Passive Income

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Extra Crunch roundup: How Duolingo became an edtech leader

TechCrunch

The pandemic has just pushed edtech mainstream, but language-learning startup Duolingo had already spent the past decade figuring out how to build a successful edtech app.

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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.

NEWS – Intuit QuickBooks Report Shows Small Businesses on Road to Financial Recovery

Smart Hustle Magazine

small businesses are on the road to recovery from the financial losses experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by Intuit QuickBooks.

The New Builders

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend Seth Levine and Elizabeth MacBride have written an important book about the changing face of entrepreneurship in the US. It is called The New Builders and it came out this week. You can purchase it at all the places listed here. This bit from the book’s Amazon page explains The New Builders’ message: The dominant image of an entrepreneur as a young white man starting a tech business on the coasts isn’t correct at all.

11 Top Entrepreneurs Share the Best Advice They’ve Ever Received from a Mentor

StartupNation

Mentors reduce your learning curve by years through mastering the best of wiser, more experienced role models. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here.

‘Knowledge-as-a-service’ platform Lynk announces collaboration with UBS

TechCrunch

Lynk announced today that its “knowledge-as-a-service” platform will be integrated into UBS ’ investment process.

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.

Four Decision-Making Rules By a Former Spy Admired in Wall Street and Silicon Valley

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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News – Mailchimp Curates Small Business Films To Celebrate Small Business Week

Smart Hustle Magazine

In celebration of Small Business Week, Mailchimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories are announcing a specially curated lineup of films available to stream on Mailchimp Presents , Mailchimp’s global streaming platform. Editor’s Note – Huge props to Mailchimp for always INNOVATING.

Detroit’s Monica Wheat Strengthens Startup Ecosystem with Equality and Inclusion

StartupNation

A strategist, educator and venture developer, Southfield native Monica Wheat has dedicated her career to venture capital, but what truly sets her apart is her dedication to improving Detroit’s startup community and making it more inclusive to women and girls.

Payments, lending and neobanks rule fintechs in emerging markets, report says

TechCrunch

Tech investments in emerging markets have been in full swing over the past couple of years and their ecosystems have thrived as a result.

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. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

How May Ph.D. Startup Founders Build for the Long term?

Entrepreneur's Handbook

What does data from the leading investors suggest Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash The current context supports research-heavy startups, there is even a special term for them?—?the the ‘deep tech startup’ search query is reaching one peak after another on Google Trends.

How The Streaming Network Created Powerful Employee Experience to Boost Employee Productivity

Smart Hustle Magazine

Your employees are your most valuable asset. This is because your company’s performance largely depends on your employee experience.

Join the IKEA Food Innovation Program

Impact Hub

At Impact Hub, we’re excited to work with IKEA of Sweden to find the innovators and disruptors of the food sector. IKEA is a curious company with a constant drive to enable people to live a better everyday life within the limits of the planet.

Emotional marketing and an e-mail titan walk into a bar

TechCrunch

My mom cuts to the chase when she is describing my beat to others. In her words, I cover companies like Uber before they become companies like Uber. And honestly? I can’t exactly disagree with the description.

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.”

7 Ways to Build Wealth When You’re Low on Time

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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My 20 Year Journey to Overnight Success. Ramon Ray’s Black Enterprise Interview.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Often times we see “success” and think that it was “overnight” We forget that most of the business success we see, was a slow and steady progression of mistakes, of learning. Three or more steps forward and 1 step backward.

Sustainable Furniture Brand Floyd Raises $15 Million in Series B Funding

StartupNation

Based in Detroit, Floyd is a sustainable furniture startup founded by Alex O’Dell and Kyle Hoff. On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the company announced it raised a $15 million Series B funding round.

Duolingo can’t teach you how to speak a language, but now it wants to try

TechCrunch

Duolingo has been wildly successful. It has pulled in 500 million total registered learners, 40 million active users, 1.5 million premium subscribers and $190 million in booked revenues in 2020.

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.