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How to Project Cash Flow to Forecast the Impact of COVID-19

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As uncertainty swirls around how long the COVID-19 crisis is going to last, many businesses are temporarily shuttered. The definition of “temporarily” is yet another unknown. Without knowing how long the crisis will continue, it’s critical to get a handle on your company’s funding needs. We spoke with Greg Crabtree , chair of EO@Wharton Executive Education program, to gain insights on how to plan during these uncertain times. Greg Crabtree is a speaker, author, entrepreneur and financial expert.

5 questions to ask yourself during times of financial uncertainty

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Ana Gonzalez. Uncertainty in our lives is a given, particularly when it comes to our finances. There will be times of steady income and other times where we are unsure of our incoming funds. Those uncertain times may be caused by natural disasters, economic recessions or changing markets. Uncertain times and challenges — which are a guarantee — are best met with financial resilience.


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How Much Money Should You Raise From Venture Investors?

Dream It

When pitching investors, remember that your ask is like porridge; it follows the goldilocks ratio and has to be just right. Asking for too much or too little funding will raise red flags with investors and cause you to lose credibility. So the question remains: what is the appropriate amount of funding founders should request? This is a difficult question to answer. Luckily, there is a formula you can use to answer it.

Startups Who are Rising to the Occasion


The inherent role of a startup is to find a problem, create a solution, and do it in a way that is efficient, cost-effective, and impactful. . In COVID-19 times, we’re seeing story after story of startups doing exactly this: finding problems, creating solutions, and deploying those solutions in an efficient and effective way.

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!

Handfuls Helping Millions During COVID-19

Entrepreneurs' Organization

EO members are helping to drive the project, which aims to deliver Personal Protective Equipment to front-line health workers. Written for EO by Molly Nur. Our body’s natural response to danger is always the same: fight, flight or freeze. Several EO members have banded together and are responding to the COVID-19 crisis with a fight of epic proportions. Their goal is to mitigate the risk to millions of lives around the world. Here’s how.

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My Thoughts on the Current Market: on 20-Minute VC

Both Sides of the Table

Several years ago I made an appearance in a burgeoning new podcast called “20 Minute VC,” which by now needs no introduction. Harry was gracious enough to invite me back so this past week we recorded an episode discussing the current market environment. Please download the episode here , if for no other reason than to make Harry happy :) but I’ve also included some quick notes below including a few notes I didn’t share in the podcast (and vice versa by the way?—?if

Three Strategies to Survive COVID-19 for Small Businesses in the Food Industry

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Verónica Vásquez Cuerno | U.S. Embassy to El Salvador. Celina Portillo, CEO of Auténtico Bistro & Café, conducted a virtual roundtable with members of the YLAI Network in El Salvador. The issue on everyone’s minds was how to get their businesses through the current crisis caused by the health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and by the quarantine that has forced them to close their restaurants.

Entrepreneurs Around the World Make the No Layoff Pledge

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As the US stretches to nearly a full month of a pandemic-related economic shutdown, the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits has reached more than 26 million. Lines at food banks recall images captured during the Great Depression. Today’s pictures are in color and depict expanses of cars or casually dressed people donning masks. Among these grim images and disheartening statistics, however, optimism shines through.

Event Driven Growth

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I realize that most businesses are suffering greatly in this pandemic. Many have been shut completely. But there are some that are experiencing the opposite situation. They have a growth spurt as a result of this moment. Businesses in food delivery, e-commerce, online education, telehealth, remote work, and cloud infrastructure are examples of such situations. I’ve seen event driven growth spurts over the years. A plane lands in the Hudson and everyone heads to Twitter to see it.

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.

earth day, everyday: profile of E-Team, MITO Material Solutions

Venture Well

For Earth Day, we're celebrating E-Team grantee, MITO Material Solutions, for bringing environmentally-responsible principles into manufacturing. . The post earth day, everyday: profile of E-Team, MITO Material Solutions appeared first on VentureWell. Sustainable Innovation e-teams early stage innovator

How COVID-19 is affecting startups and what they might do to tackle the challenge

UBI Global

This is a time of unprecedented uncertainty; in the most dramatic and swift manner, a pandemic of as yet unknown proportion has changed the day-to-day lives of a sizeable proportion of the world’s population and wrought significant and perhaps lasting economic damage. The human toll, of course, eclipses such concerns, though it is still perhaps […]. The post How COVID-19 is affecting startups and what they might do to tackle the challenge appeared first on UBI Global.

Participate in Cal Hacks’ hack:now and win prizes including summer mentorship or a YC interview

Y Combinator

On April 24-26th, Cal Hacks is running hack:now, a 36-hour global online hackathon to foster innovative and technical solutions to challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic. Y Combinator is partnering with Cal Hacks and offering prizes for winners, including mentorship for top teams and a top prize of an interview for a future YC batch. Deadline to register is 4/23, and you can find out more about the event and register here: [link]. Work at a Startup YC Events Feature

The AVC Cap Table Template

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I woke up to this tweet this morning: @fredwilson someone has hijacked your cap table link in this post – it now goes out to some random company rather than your template [link] — John Henderson (@johnhenderson) April 21, 2020. I went to that blog post and clicked on the link and sure enough someone had swapped out my cap table template from 2011 with their own cap table.

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 Coworking Spaces Are Navigating Through the Coronavirus Crisis


No one is able to reliably predict how long and severe the Covid19-related restrictions will be. Coworking spaces are experiencing the same issues as many other companies. Although there is currently a lack of planning security, quick solutions are needed that go beyond the current situation. You will find an overview of the initial measures coworking spaces are taking in this article

Even in a pandemic, Love’s Cup is unstoppable

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. We have a new virtual rallying cry at i2E: Love’s Cup Is Unstoppable! In this unreal time of COVID-19, let me tell you what that means. 2020 is the sixteenth year of the widely acclaimed Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup statewide collegiate business plan competition. From day one, the vision for Love’s Cup (formerly the Donald W.

Cinco preguntas que debes hacerte en tiempos de incertidumbre financiera

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Por A na González. La incertidumbre en nuestras vidas es un hecho, particularmente cuando se trata de nuestras finanzas. Habrá momentos de ingresos estables y otros momentos en los que no estemos seguros de nuestros fondos entrantes. Esos tiempos inciertos pueden ser causados ??por por desastres naturales, recesiones económicas o mercados cambiantes. Los tiempos y desafíos inciertos, que son una garantía, se resuelven mejor con la capacidad de recuperación financiera.


Still Open For Business

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote a blog post on March 12th called Open For Business and thought I would return to the topic. If you search for “vc open for business” on Twitter , you will see almost universal scorn for the idea that VCs are open for business right now. But our experience doesn’t match that scorn. Since writing that post, we have watched a bunch of our portfolio companies close financings, some on the same terms as provided before the pandemic and some on slightly adjusted terms.

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.

Clusters: a focused strategy in uncertain times

Carol Lauffer

This is different. We’ve seen economic downturns before (the 2009 recession, the dot com bust) and unprecedented events (9-11), but we’re now experiencing something different, a pandemic with an uncertain timeframe and very unclear path. Nevertheless, there will be an economic recovery and we need to start planning for it now. Building upon community and regional strengths through clusters is a sound path forward. Simply put, clusters drive economic development.

WWF Switzerland CEO Thomas Vellacott shares his views of a world touched by a pandemic

Impact Hub

Now, more than ever before, the world is connected by something smaller than the human eye can see. Yet its impact is beyond measure. A pathogen. Never has the world experienced a pandemic that has reached every corner of the globe: from Asia to Africa and from Europe to the Pacific and beyond, every country is battling against COVID-19. .

Taller con Cecilia de González y Sophía González: ¿Cómo apoyar a mi equipo para empoderarlo en tiempos de crisis?

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Cuándo: viernes 24 de abril a las 10:00 AM (Hora de El Salvador). Tema: ¿Cómo apoyar a mi equipo para empoderarlo en tiempos de crisis? Descripción: Un equipo empoderado está comprometido con la visión de tu empresa, es más productivo y está tan satisfecho que está dispuesto al trabajo duro. Todas estas características son fundamentales para sobrellevar la crisis actual con éxito. Conferencistas: Cecilia de González. Meta-Coach | Business Coach de Metas&Visión. •

Funding Friday: ROAR

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Yesterday, Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef/owner/creator of Prune , a tiny twenty-year-old restaurant in the east village that The Gotham Gal and I and our family have always loved, wrote a piece in the New York Times that really captures the sense of loss we all feel around our favorite local places, particularly for the people who made them what they are every day, day after day, year after year. I can’t get her words and the images and emotions they convey out of my head.

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.”

Six Reasons Why OurCrowd is Investing in This Israeli COVID-19 Vaccine


Today we announced our decision to back Israel’s leading coronavirus vaccine candidate. There is nothing more important for the world right now than developing a vaccine against the coronavirus. Many things are necessary for us to get through this crisis – testing, medical equipment, personal protection, better therapeutics – but creating a COVID-19 vaccine and deploying it across the globe is the key to preventing millions more from dying and overloading countries’ health systems.

Book Plugs: Midwest Futures and More

EntreWorks Consulting

I’ve been trying to keep my pandemic era reading on the lighter side, but I couldn’t help myself and I picked up Midwest Futures after seeing it plugged in a James Fallows blog. I can highly recommend this interesting and idiosyncratic book. It’s a combination of history, memoir, and critique of the Midwest region, along with some ideas on future trends and regional prospects.

Tres estrategias para enfrentar la crisis COVID-19 para pequeñas empresas del sector de la preparación y entrega de comidas a domicilio

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Por Verónica Vásquez Cuerno | Embajada de Estados Unidos en El Salvador. Celina Portillo, directora ejecutiva de Auténtico Bistro & Café , condujo una mesa redonda virtual con integrantes de la Red YLAI de El Salvador. El tema en boca de todas era cómo enfrentar la crisis actual generada por los riesgos de salud asociados a la pandemia de COVID-19 y por la cuarentena que les ha obligado a cerrar sus restaurantes.

Video Of The Week: Stand With Small

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

You may have seen this short advertisement called Always Open on television over the last few days. It is part of a larger campaign called Stand With Small that Etsy (where I am Chairman and a large stockholder) is running right now to encourage everyone to support small businesses during this downturn.

Reader Survey 2021 Startup Catalyst Brief

2020 was a challenging year for startup professionals. Here at Startup Catalyst Brief, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our readers. Startup Catalyst Brief's many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our site we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how our site has affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes. To view the survey, click the “View Now” button.