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7 investors reveal what’s hot in fintech in Q1 2023

TechCrunch

The global downturn has impacted every sector, but fintech bore the brunt of it as public-market valuations fell off a cliff last year. However, it appears that even though VCs are proceeding more cautiously than before and taking their time with due diligence, they are still investing. CB Insights recently found that two of the largest global VC firms, Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, actually backed more fintech companies in 2022 than any other category.

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How to Pitch to Angels—Your Early Stage Investors

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Angels have different motivations from VCs and need to be approached differently Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook »

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Driving the Dialogue: Questions These Female Founders Wish You Asked

Revolution

Women represent 50.5% of the U.S. population, but in 2022, companies with solely female founders garnered just 2% of the total capital invested in venture-backed startups. The share of funding for companies co-founded by women? That ticked up to 15.4% last year, which still leaves a massive delta. The long and short of it: Female founders face systemic barriers to founding, funding, and scaling their businesses.

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EmpowHER: EO Members Share How Businesses Can Better Support Family Life

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In March, EO recognizes and celebrates women entrepreneurs with its second annual EmpowHER virtual conference , which focuses on the specific challenges women in business experience. In each one-hour session, women entrepreneurs will learn from experts how to navigate the three pillars of every woman entrepreneurs’ life: business, family and self. We asked EO members how the workplace could and should change to improve women’s lives and empower better balance in regard to family.

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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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Approximations, Assumptions and Aspirations: Methods For Valuing Startups [Part I]

The Seraf Compass

Over the years, Christopher and I have interacted with hundreds of startups. Whether as an advisor, mentor, investor or just as an observer, the issue of valuation has been a major part of our conversation with each of these companies. And, given how widely reasonable people can differ on this subjective topic, I have to admit, it can be one of the most difficult, contentious conversations you will have as an investor.

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Pachamama Ventures’ Karen Sheffield On The Journey From Operator to VC Investor

Jason Malki

I had the pleasure of interviewing Karen Sheffield, the Founder & Managing Partner of Pachamama Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in US early-stage climate tech companies. She is also a Finance Director at Visa and has previously worked for PepsiCo and American Airlines. A self-described operator turned investor, Karen began angel investing 3 years ago and, ever since then, has dedicated much of her time to uncovering opportunities in unlikely places.

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Stay Ahead of Crisis PR with ChatGPT: The Secret Weapon for Business Leaders

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by Eden Gillott, an EO Los Angeles member and president of Gillott Communications , a strategic communications and Crisis PR firm. She’s the author of A Business Owner’s Guide to Crisis PR: Protecting You & Your Business’ Reputation , and serves as the EO Los Angeles chapter’s Accelerator co-chair. We asked Eden how AI-powered language models such as ChatGPT can help entrepreneurs manage Crisis PR.

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Soci raises $120M in debt and equity to grow its marketing management platform

TechCrunch

Soci (pronounced “soh-shee”), a marketing automation platform with customers including Ace Hardware, Jersey Mike’s, Pet Supplies Plus and Ford, today announced that it raised $120 million in a financing round led by JMI Equity with participation from Vertical Venture Partners, Blossom Street Ventures and Renew Group Private Limited.

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IWD: 45 Women to Watch

GCUC

IWD: 45 Women to Watch Women have been making significant contributions to the coworking industry since its inception, and continue to be influential in shaping the future of work.

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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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How ChatGPT Will Restructure Engineering Teams & Create Opportunity for Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

As machine learning becomes core to every product, engineering teams will restructure. In the past, the core engineering team & the data science/machine learning teams worked separately. The core engineering team ships the product & focuses on reliability. For most companies, the data science team analyzed data & wrote machine learning models to support the business functions : sales, marketing, customer support.

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Why the Key to Solving Burnout Is Creating a Culture of Openness

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In March, EO recognizes and celebrates women entrepreneurs with its second annual EmpowHER virtual conference , which focuses on the specific challenges women in business experience. In each one-hour session, women entrepreneurs will learn from experts how to navigate the three pillars of every woman entrepreneurs’ life: business , family and self.

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Prelaunch assembles a pre-seed round to help hardware founders pre-build the right pre-products

TechCrunch

Hardware startups are hard, the saying goes, but it isn’t always obvious why they are hard. One of the core challenges is that it has traditionally been hard to do agile hardware product development — even if you get everything “right,” how do you know that people actually want one of the 20,000 gizmos you so lovingly manufactured?

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Noutecompany CEO reveals the incredible journey behind WeBudding – Asia’s largest digital stationery platform 

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register The demand for digital stationery content related to learning and writing is increasing. Korean startup Noutecompany has launched a web-based C2C digital stationery platform called WeBudding , which offers a range of templates for digital diaries, notepads, letters, planners, and stickers.

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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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The Anatomy of a Pitch

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Stories, Slides, and Data Primary data set of public 3-minute pitches and 2-minute Q&As I have spent more than a decade coaching thousands of people on how to tell stories. Halfway through the journey, I realized that something was fundamentally off in how founders tell them and how investors receive them. As a result, I began meticulously cataloging the pitch conversations I listened to and ended up with nearly four hundred thousand words in transcript data.

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Surbhi Sarna's new book on entrepreneurship

Y Combinator

YC Group Partner Surbhi Sarna has written a book called Without a Doubt , and today it goes on sale. Without a Doubt tells the incredible story of Surbhi Sarna's company, nVision Medical, which started with a health scare when she was 13 and ended 20 years later in a $275M acquisition. It's a must-read for anyone interested in healthcare. But it's also a must-read for any founder who feels underestimated, or anyone who isn't sure if starting a startup is for them.

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The oh-so-biased branding risk in venture capital

TechCrunch

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a nuanced take on this week’s startup news and trends by Senior Reporter and Equity co-host Natasha Mascarenhas. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. One of the quieter conversations in venture capital has only grown louder, in my DMs and interviews, over the past few months: The known bias in venture capital has been a branding issue for some of the emerging, diverse fund managers just now splashing onto the scene.

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Vietnamese small lender F88 raises $50m in Series C funding

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register F88 Investment Joint Stock Company (F88) has raised additional investments amounting to $50 million from a recent fundraising that was led by Vietnam-Oman Investment Fund (VOI) and Mekong Enterprise Fund IV(MEF IV). It intends to invest the funds in technology, data analytics and data science, brand building and acquiring new customers, and hiring and the development of its human resou

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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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How Ali Abdaal did $4M a year. Through content. What does he know about business not much he is actually a doctor.

Founder Bounty

So your listening to Ali about how you should grow your business and manage your time. But how is he currently building his business and doing 4M$ a year. Through content and telling you how he is doing it. Learning from this is key to growing any business. Multiple revenue streams from affiliate marketing to youtube ad revenue to selling you books.

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Weekly 30: The value of women founders

Entrepreneur's Handbook

In this week’s edition, we discuss The value of women founders in combatting short-termism, How hate mail can be an entrepreneur’s secret weapon. P.S. If you’re deep in the entrepreneurial trenches and have a story to tell, we’d love to read it (and publish it). The value of women founders in combatting short-termism Short-termism is often the root cause of most startup failures.

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Assured Allies secures $42.5M Series B to help Americans ‘successfully age’

TechCrunch

Assured Allies , an insurtech company focused on retirement savings, announced today the closing of $42.5 million in Series B funding. It’s a pretty significant Series B size given the challenging fundraising environment for insurtech companies noted by several of my colleagues in recent stories. For example, Kyle Wiggers reported that investment into the sector fell in the fourth quarter of 2022 to its “lowest level since Q1 2020,” Anna Heim spoke with investors who are still hanging in there a

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HK’s Mapxus secures $5m from Kawasaki Heavy Industries

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Mapxus, a Hong Kong-based indoor Geographic Information System GIS platform, has announced raising $5 million in a Series B funding round anchored by Japanese corporation Kawasaki Heavy Industries. In a statement, the fresh funding will be used to continue the development of its technology.

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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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How to build a business and what can you do to improve your chances of success

Founder Bounty

Building a successful business requires a combination of hard work, dedication, and strategic planning. Our mentors and advisors having been through the worlds best accelerators like YC and techstars have put together a little list for you guys to get started. Identify a market need: Start by identifying a need or gap in the market that your business can fill.

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Investing in Believer

Andreessen Horowitz

There is a moment of wonder in every great game that makes you sit back, take a breath, and really appreciate what it is that you’re experiencing: stepping out into the world of Zelda, overcoming Margit for the first time … The post Investing in Believer appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

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Daily Crunch: Twitter CEO expresses regret after using his platform to call disabled employee ‘the worst’

TechCrunch

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PST, subscribe here. Happy International Women’s Day! Did you know that the holiday was adopted by the UN 46 years ago? We read the Wikipedia article about IWD , and learned stuff. Try it — you may learn something too! On our Found podcast this week, Darrell and Becca are joined by Matt Rogers, the founder and CEO of Mill, a startup that helps its customers turn their food scraps into

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Philippine startup Enstack secures $3m to empower SMEs

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Enstack, Southeast Asia’s first SME superapp , closed Series A of its funding round with $3 million in additional capital from investors led by Mangrove Capital Partners. This is Mangrove Capital’s first investment in Southeast Asia after a rich history of backing global tech leaders including communications giant Skype and website builder Wix.

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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.