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The Importance of Reframing


First, a Personal Story. A few weeks ago, my family and I went up to the mountains and invited another family to join us for a hike. We were excited to see our friends for the first time in a while, and yet, at the last minute, they invited some other friends along who we don’t know. And frankly, my wife and I were bummed out. We wanted some quality time with our friends, and we weren’t excited about the idea of another family around. . But, we decided to reframe our perspective.

Demystifying the Internal Rate of Return Measurement

The Seraf Compass

A lot of angels bandy the term IRR about, but its actual meaning and use sometimes feels like the question people are too embarrassed to ask. So to save everyone any awkwardness I’ve asked Christopher to take us through a quick review of the concept of Internal Rate of Return


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When Do I Create A Board?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I’ve been asked this question a bunch in the last few weeks in response to my post about more diversity on Boards. My answer to this question is simple. A Company should have a Board the day it is formed. The Board should contain one Founder (or possibly two) and at least two independent Directors. I know that many founders want to control their Boards for as long as possible.

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Business and Entrepreneurship Will Play a Critical Role in Creating a Better World. Here’s How.


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!

We Built a More Inclusive Accelerator—Here’s What We Learned


Guest Blog by Lunar Startups. Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ founders have always had to do more with less. It comes as no surprise that founders with these identities face unfair and significant obstacles when going to market, scaling, and competing in the marketplace. Yet, consumers with purchasing power are getting younger and more racially diverse every year, creating a huge market opportunity for startup founders who deeply understand this under-served group.

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Not So Hyperactive

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote a blog post last week in which I said: The second quarter of 2020 is now behind us and we will see the data on it soon. I suspect what we will see is a very active venture capital market, quite the opposite of what was initially expected. Well the data is out and its not quite as active as I had thought. Venture deal activity slowed in the second quarter, with $34.3

CO.STARTERS is a Small Business Too: Part I


What we’re doing as a small business to survive the pandemic. By Jose Alfaro, CO.STARTERS COO. Adaptation isn’t something that happened once in March. It’s going to be a way of life for a while. We have published thousands of words about what small businesses should be doing right now in theory. But I want to go further and talk about the tactics of assessing, pivoting, and adapting. . “Go Go back to the basics,” we said. Think about how your customer has changed,” we advised. . “Be

Banner Year for Oklahoma Startups with $29.23M in Funding

Innovation 2 Enterprise

i2E, Inc. had a record-breaking number of investments in FY2020 with $12.89M in closed investments across its 4 venture funds and concept fund. In total, 19 Oklahoma startups received financing and attracted an additional $16.34M from private investors, for a total of $29.23M invested in Oklahoma-based companies. i2E Management Company Inc. iMCI ) , i2E’s investment arm, invested $12.5M

A 30-year Sales Superstar Shares Two Tricks to Succeeding

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Kalika Yap , an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in Los Angeles, is founder and CEO of both Orange & Bergamot , a creative agency for female founders, and Citrus Studios , a branding and design agency. She’s also an author and the host of EO Wonder podcast. Jacky Daly spoke in a recent EO Together live-stream, and Kalika shares highlights. Jack Daly has been selling all his life. At 12, he picked up a paper route in Philadelphia that had 32 customers.

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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.

Acceptance and The Narrative Fallacy in the Times of COVID-19

Ian Hathaway

In the last week, I’m witnessing an acceleration in what I’ll call “The COVID Struggle,” or more simply, “The Struggle.”

Creating Connections for Struggling Businesses through the Refocus Workshop


CASE STUDY. Pasco Economic Development Council / SMARTstart. Lutz, Florida. 0 small business owners supported 0 workshops 0 grants provided How Pasco Economic Development Council’s SMAR Ts tar t used the CO.STARTERS Refocus business recovery workshop to reach unsupported entrepreneurs in their community and connect them to vital support.


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Growing up, I thought the price asked was the price. The only decision was whether or not you wanted to pay it. As I moved into adulthood, started hanging out with the Gotham Gal and a bunch of friends, and entered the world of business, I learned that the price was what you agreed to pay for something, not what was asked. When I started out in VC in the mid 80s, the investors usually started the price negotiation.

An Economic History of the US in Five Stock Market Crashes

Tomasz Tunguz

I’ve been searching for a book that combined the history, the people, and the emotional roller coaster of US economics. Given all that’s happening, I wondered how events today compare to other times in US history. I’ve spoken to people who lived through stagflation when interest rates were 15%. In history classes at school, I read about the Great Depression and the Roaring 20s. But I still sought the feeling of living it day-to-day.

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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.

FundersClub Portfolio Follow-On Rounds Update - Q2 2020


We'd like to congratulate FundersClub portfolio companies on their ongoing progress, as well as to welcome aboard their new VC investor partners. Selected recent FundersClub portfolio company follow-on rounds: Instacart closed a round of financing led by DST Global, General Catalyst, and T. Rowe Price, valuing the company at nearly $14B, and making it our first “decacorn” ($10B+ market cap) company. We invested in the Seed and Series D.

Facebook Study Says Global State of Small Business is Bleak. Is there a solution?

Smart Hustle Magazine

Small business growth has always been challenging, it's even tougher these past few months. The state of small business owners outside of the USA is often even bleaker as most developing countries can't offer the support for their smallest companies that we have in the USA or in most developed countries. The Future of Business Survey is an ongoing collaboration between Facebook, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Explore Your Start Up Tech-Business Idea!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

TechCelerator Fall 2020! If you want to expand your network, engage with serial entrepreneurs, participate in discussions with experts in marketing, sales and finance to help shape your business and develop a pitch presentation, then you’ll want to register for Ben Franklin’s Fall 2020 TechCelerator – To Apply: [link]. Your only cost is your time.

Banner Year for Oklahoma Startups with $$$$ in Funding

Innovation 2 Enterprise

i2E, Inc. had a record-breaking number of investments in FY2020 with $XXX in closed investments across its 6 venture funds and concept fund. In total, 20 Oklahoma companies received financing from our funds. i2E Management Company Inc. iMCI), i2E’s investment arm, invested $12.5M in 12 companies that needed funds to get them to the next phase of their growth such as expanding sales, operations, FDA approvals, distribution channels, and manufacturing facilities.

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.

Reading On Paper

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I’m staring at a pile of paper on my desk that is my stack of things I found on the Internet that I want to read. It’s a bit ironic to write this on a blog, but if I come across something on my computer or phone that is longer than a page or two, I print it out and read it on paper. I have found that when I read on a computer screen or phone, I tend to skim. That’s fine for a short email or a short blog post (as this will be).


Clean Energy Venture Group and E8 Angels Announce Partnership to Boost Innovation in the Climate Tech Sector

Angel Capital Association

By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director Earlier this week the Clean Energy Venture Group (CEVG) and E8 Angels announced a partnership for national climate tech angel investing with the goal to achieve greater efficiencies and impact. This significant initiative to mitigate the threat of climate change and commitment to innovation is aiming to fill a void in the climate tech sector.


Ian Hathaway

Today I turn 40 years old. Kind of an odd-feeling thing to write out and have staring back at me. It’s something I’ve been looking up at my whole life and now it’s finally here. I’m not big on celebrating my own birthday, but this is an important one. I’m going to honor it.

Clear River Enviro

Innovation 2 Enterprise

The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 90 people die in a day from misuse of prescription opioids, and more than 1,000 are treated in emergency rooms. There are multiple paths to tackling this onslaught on our national health, from drug treatment programs, to tighter control of the supply and distribution of opioids, to more effective disposal of opioid waste from hospitals and other health care delivery facilities.

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.”

Funding Friday: Skin Deep

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This animated short film project showed up in my Kickstarter feed this week and I backed it right away. It’s about kids learning to love who they are. It is a message that we all need to hear right now. USV TEAM POSTS: Lauren Young — Jul 9, 2020 Collecting Diversity and Inclusion data for your company Albert Wenger — Jul 8, 2020 Restoring Discourse (Won’t Be Easy). crowdfunding


American Farm Bureau Federation’s Ag Innovation Challenge: Sign up Now!

EntreWorks Consulting

If you’re an entrepreneur working in rural America or in sectors with a focus on food and agriculture, consider competing in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2021 Ag Innovation Challenge. This annual competition recently kicked off, and the Farm Bureau and its partners are looking for startups with great ideas addressing challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

4 Takeaways from OurCrowd’s HR Club: How Executives are Maintaining Team Morale and Productivity During the Coronavirus Pandemic


While summer may usually be time for employee vacations, team bonding activities, and planning on how to end the year strong, this year has obviously proven different. How are companies keeping morale high while employees across the tech industry experience personal challenges, job uncertainty, and remote working challenges? . Last week, we launched the OurCrowd HR Club for our portfolio company executives to exchange knowledge, meet industry leaders, and discuss current market trends.

Happily expands scope of services to meet surging demand

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Datebox, which officially rebranded as Happily last year, started four years ago as a budget-friendly subscription service that delivered a box with items and plans for one great at-home date. The vision was straightforward: Couples want to spend more quality time together. Datebox helped them rediscover that a date doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be at a destination to be fun.

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.