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Ride the Entrepreneurial Wave: How Surfing Informs Business Strategy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As a teenager, I trained obsessively. After a full day of school I would go straight to practice, train for four hours, go home and fall asleep with my head on my laptop. But I loved it. That intense level of training led to me winning two gold medals in the national championships of Kwon Jae-Hwa Traditional Taekwondo in Germany. Thinking back on it, the way I trained — the discipline and the plateaus — taught me a lot about the way business works.

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i2E Celebrates Success of Inaugural Bridge2 Demo Day

Innovation 2 Enterprise

On Wednesday, January 24, the inaugural cohort of startups from i2E’s Bridge2 Pre-Accelerator program presented their groundbreaking innovations during the Bridge2 Demo Day at Sailor & The Dock in Oklahoma City. During Demo Day, attendees heard pitch presentations from five founders who participated in the initial Bridge2 cohort. Each founder showcased the innovative business ideas they developed and refined throughout the Bridge2 program.

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Read Write Own: A New Era

Andreessen Horowitz

Chris Dixon is the founder and managing partner of a16z crypto and author of the new book Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet. Robert Hackett is an editor at a16z crypto who worked closely with him on the book as an editing and thought partner. They discuss the writing process, the book’s themes, and what could follow the internet’s read-write-own era.

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Google Cloud and EnterpriseSG Announce Accelerator to Fuel AI Startup Development in Singapore

AsiaTechDaily

Google Cloud and Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) have announced a collaboration to assist 100 Singapore-based generative artificial intelligence (AI) startups in developing and commercializing their products within the next three years. From seed to Series B stages, these startups will have access to Google Cloud’s AI technology, including pre-trained generative AI models.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Ego vs Vanity: The Founder’s Dilemma That Shapes Your Destiny

Entrepreneurs' Organization

A healthy ego can be an entrepreneur’s best friend. But when vanity intrudes, all the puzzle pieces start to come apart. The terms “ego” and “vanity” tend to be misunderstood. The ego represents your sense of self. The ego is concerned about what you think of you. (That’s not a typo.) Vanity brings the outside world into the mix. When you ask, “What do other people think of me?

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NJEDA to Extend Submission Deadline for the New Jersey Green Fund RFEI

American Entrepreneurship

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is extending the deadline of its Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the planned New Jersey Green Fund (NJGF) indefinitely, until a formal application is launched. Through the RFEI, the NJEDA seeks proposals for NJGF support that provide a high-level overview of potential sites, projects, or assets and financing needs.

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Cultivating Connections: Phaedon Stough’s Vision for the Startup Community at Innovation Bay

AsiaTechDaily

Innovation Bay, a pioneering community group in the tech sector, powers collaboration and innovation. Founded in 2003, it began as a platform for founders to connect, exchange insights, and glean knowledge from peers. Over time, it has transformed into a multifaceted network bridging the gap between angel investors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs across various stages […] The post Cultivating Connections: Phaedon Stough’s Vision for the Startup Community at Innovation Bay first appeared

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Interview with Family Office Association

David Teten VC

Here’s the video from my interview this week with Jennifer Katrulya and Rush Olney of the Family Office Association. I discuss Coolwater Capital , how family offices are investing in venture capital, and current market dynamics. If this was helpful to you, please sign up for my newsletter.

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Experience as a Status Symbol

Tomasz Tunguz

Last year, I argued every company would need an AI strategy because AI would infuse most products. But, I missed an important concept in the post. Talent. In the last year, AI experience has become a status symbol on a resume & a path to materially higher salaries. I’ve spoken to many executives seeking their next role. “I’m looking for a role in an AI company” is a refrain in every conversation.

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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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Compact Membrane Systems chooses New Castle, Delaware, for $3.1M expansion to help meet market demands

American Entrepreneurship

Expanding with 15,080 square feet of lab, other space will allow company to add 38 new full-time jobs, tripling current staff by 2026 Compact Membrane Systems Inc. (CMS), a 30-year-old Delaware company whose advanced membrane systems address the challenge of decarbonizing heavy industry, has chosen New Castle, Delaware, for a $3.1 million facility and workforce expansion that will help address massive market demand.

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Antler Pours $5.1M into 37 Southeast Asian Startups

AsiaTechDaily

Antler, a global early-stage VC firm headquartered in Singapore, has announced its largest pre-seed investment round to date, committing $5.1 million to 37 startups across Southeast Asia. The portfolio encompasses a wide range of sectors, including AI, B2B SaaS, fintech, and healthcare, addressing various regional challenges. Antler’s recent commitment to backing Singaporean startups, including BorderDollar, […] The post Antler Pours $5.1M into 37 Southeast Asian Startups first appeared on AsiaT

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Complex Regulation is Bad Regulation: We Need Simple Enduser Rights

Continuations

Readers of this blog and/or my book know that I am pro regulation as a way of getting the best out of technological progress. One topic I have covered repeatedly over the years is the need to get past the app store lock-in. The European Digital Markets Act was supposed to accomplish this but Apple gave a middle finger by figuring out a way to comply with the letter of the law while going against its spirit.

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Does My Start-up Really Need a Valuation?

The Seraf Compass

At KN+S we get asked at least once a week by a start-up CEO whether they need a formal valuation or not when they are issuing stock or options. Many angel investors, V.C.s and Boards often suggest to young CEO's not to waste the money and that the risk of any exposure is low. While this maybe true, companies need to understand that potential exposure down the road and the additional work it may cause.

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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

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[Ravin AI in Orbee] Orbee Integrates with Ravin AI to Transform Dealership Trade-In Experience

OurCrowd

IRVINE, CA (February 1, 2024) – Orbee Inc., a leader in customer experience middleware for the automotive industry, announces its integration with Ravin AI, an innovator in AI-driven vehicle inspection tools. This integration utilizes Orbee’s middleware technology with Ravin AI’s advanced inspection capabilities, to offer a more personalized and secure vehicle valuation and trade-in experience.

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Vietnam’s BlokID Secures $1.25M for Blockchain Privacy Solutions in Digital Advertising

AsiaTechDaily

Vietnamese startup BlokID, specializing in blockchain-driven privacy protection solutions, recently secured $1.25 million in a seed funding round. The financing, led by Ascend Vietnam Ventures and AppWorks, is expected to boost their product development and expand market reach. BlokID plans to launch its services by the second quarter of 2024, with a focus on empowering […] The post Vietnam’s BlokID Secures $1.25M for Blockchain Privacy Solutions in Digital Advertising first appeared on AsiaTec

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The American Dynamism 50: AI Edition

Andreessen Horowitz

From the last mile to low Earth orbit, solar fields to the battlefield, artificial intelligence is redefining our barometer for progress. Thus, this year’s American Dynamism 50 — a16z’s annual spotlight on 50 groundbreaking tech companies advancing the national interest — all harness AI to fulfill their missions.

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The Fastest Growing Software Sectors in 2024

Tomasz Tunguz

The fastest growing software category in the public markets is security. Data follows. Security companies as a group average 29% expected revenue growth in 2024, compared to 23% for Data (or DaaS which stands for data-as-a-service). Fintech & SaaS (horizontal) average ten percentage points fewer expected growth. Anticipation of this growth propels multiples.

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l

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[Hailo in Hailo] Hailo-8 AI accelerator selected along with Renesas R-Car SoC to empower iMotion’s iDC High Domain Controller which will be deployed in mass production in 2024 by a Chinese OEM

OurCrowd

The post [Hailo in Hailo] Hailo-8 AI accelerator selected along with Renesas R-Car SoC to empower iMotion’s iDC High Domain Controller which will be deployed in mass production in 2024 by a Chinese OEM appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

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Investor of Month Spotlight: Pocket Sun, SoGal Ventures

AsiaTechDaily

Asia Tech Daily takes pride in acknowledging and celebrating the remarkable achievements of influential investors shaping the future of venture capital. Through our special feature, “Investor of Month Spotlight,” we honor the impactful contributions of leaders in the investment industry. In this edition, we shine the spotlight on Pocket Sun, Co-founder and Managing Partner at […] The post Investor of Month Spotlight: Pocket Sun, SoGal Ventures first appeared on AsiaTechDaily - Asia's Leading Tec

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Backstory: How Tom Blomfield founded two billion-dollar companies

Y Combinator

There aren’t a ton of people in the world who can say they founded a billion dollar company. There are far fewer that can say they did it twice. YC Group Partner Tom Blomfield is one of them. Rarer yet is just how real Tom is about all of it. Listening to his stories from the early days of GoCardless and Monzo feels like riding a roller coaster — because that’s what building a company is.

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The What, Who, and When with IPOs

Andreessen Horowitz

In 2022 and 2023, US IPOs hit decade lows after the record high of 2021. Now, in 2024, will the IPO window reopen? In this episode, we revisit a conversation with Jeff Jordan, former CEO of OpenTable, and J.D. Moriarty, the former Head Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Joined by Sonal Choksi, the pair takes you behind the scenes to unravel the complexities surrounding IPOs, including pricing, allocations, and the elusive “pop.” The

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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[IQM in IQM] IQM–OpenOcean–Lakestar State of Quantum 2024: Quantum resilient to investment slowdown with widespread government backing

OurCrowd

The post [IQM in IQM] IQM–OpenOcean–Lakestar State of Quantum 2024: Quantum resilient to investment slowdown with widespread government backing appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

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Hustling and differentiation! Pinkoi’s two main weapons for confronting challenges head on

AsiaTechDaily

Sudden market changes are the true test of resilience for many companies. For new startups constantly competing for capital, these changes can be the difference between life and death. Everyone lives in abundance when the tide rises, but when the tide recedes, the consequences of past decisions become apparent. Did we build a foundation sturdy […] The post Hustling and differentiation!

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Standard Issue AI

Tomasz Tunguz

“For some companies, [AI is] going to be standard issue like a PC.” It’s not just for some. Many companies are moving in this direction. Across Microsoft products, OpenAI infrastructure, Github CoPilot (for coding), & Power Platform (for Office users) the growth is spectacular. Calendar Quarter Azure OpenAI Orgs, k CoPilot Users, m Power Platform Orgs, k 1/1/24 53 1.3 230 10/1/23 18 1 126 7/1/23 11 63 4/1/23 2.5 36 OpenAI & Power Platform organizations have doubled or t

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Do you need an advisory board?

Berkonomics

Have you ever thought of creating an advisory board? As you can guess, that would be an informal group with no legal responsibilities, but one able to be called upon to act as business, industry and scientific advisors to the company or CEO. Why? Usually, you would want to create an advisory board to fill in the critical areas of need not evidenced in the board of directors or within the company itself.

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How to Avoid the Pain and Cost of PCI Compliance While Optimizing Payments

Speaker: P. Andrew Sjogren, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Very Good Security, Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO of Fivestars, and Steve Andrews, President & CEO of the Western Bankers Association 

PCI compliance can feel challenging and sometimes the result feels like you are optimizing more for security and compliance than you are for business outcomes. The key is to take the right strategy to PCI compliance that gets you both. In this webinar, we have a great set of panelists who will take you through how Zero Data strategies can be used as part of a well-rounded compliance and security approach, and get you to market much sooner by also allowing for payment optimization.