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What Exactly Is An Angel, and Where Do They Invest?

The Seraf Compass

For a variety of reasons, the mainstream business press is writing more about angel investing than ever. It seems like more now than ever before, if you tell a distant relative that you are an angel investor, they will say “oh I’ve heard of that” rather than give you a blank stare and assume you are talking about church choir. Over the last couple decades, angel investing has become a more serious form of finance.

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How to Balance Tech and Humanity To Cultivate Connections in Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As a business leader, it’s essential to recognize that while digital transformation is crucial for growth and data can influence decisions, we should never sacrifice human and emotional connections. It’s nearly impossible to replicate the complexity of human communication with all of its nuances, both verbal and nonverbal, online. It’s not that technology has eliminated our capacity to connect on a human level; it’s just that digital connections and online exchanges will never achiev

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Private Equity Done Right: Partners who help their entrepreneurs thrive

Paul G. Silva

There is no lack of coverage of when Private Equity is done wrong. John Oliver, by himself, has numerous well-regarded pieces on the topic. This is not dissimilar to when bad venture capitalists or angel investors tarnish the reputations of investors in general. And this reporting is important. We should know about bad actors, how to avoid them, and call shame on them!

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How AI Will Usher in an Era of Abundance

Andreessen Horowitz

It’s impossible to talk about new technology without talking about human flourishing — every new technology from the plow to the microchip has typically been followed by a period of newfound wealth for consumers in the form of cheaper goods, improved productivity, and longer, healthier lives. In many ways, the most financially average person in our modern society experiences daily luxuries that history’s Pharaohs and Caesars could not imagine: instant communication, broadcast television, global

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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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Morgan Stanley Inclusive Ventures Lab hosts Global Demo Day of Disruptive Startups

American Entrepreneurship

Twelve of 23 cohort members are based in U.S. Twenty-three members of the Morgan Stanley Inclusive Ventures Lab cohort are pitching today to an audience of over 300 investors, potential partners, and customers. The disruptive technology-enabled startups are being showcased at its Demo Day, following their five-month participation in the Labs’ accelerator program.

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Deciding whether an investment is worthwhile

A Smart Bear: Longform

Why "expected value" doesn't work; here's a better framework for making long-term investments in your career, startup, and life.

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Transitioning from Gymnast to Investor with Aly Raisman

Andreessen Horowitz

Former gymnast and current investor Aly Raisman joins general partner Julie Yoo and investment partner Daisy Wolf of a16z Bio + Health. In this episode, Aly chats about her background, how she thinks about health and fitness now that she’s no longer competing, and a few of her passion projects, including financial literacy. She also talks about her latest forays into investing, and how she appreciates and empathizes with founders’ tunnel vision and work ethic.

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Stellar Sleep’s Digital Platform offers Relief from Chronic Insomnia, Seed Round Completed

American Entrepreneurship

The condition impacts both physical and mental health, with isolation adding to the challenges experienced. A significant portion of our population is unable to have a good night’s sleep—with over 25 million Americans suffering from chronic insomnia. They are identified as having sleep problems 3+ nights a week for 3+ months. A recently funded startup, Stellar Sleep, offers help via its digital sleep therapy platform that addresses insomnia through a combination of technology and psycholog

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HSBC Asset Management Leads Investment in MediConCen’s AI and Blockchain-driven Insurtech Market

AsiaTechDaily

Hong Kong-based startup MediConCen, specializing in automating insurance claims through AI and blockchain, has secured $6.85 million in its latest Series A round. HSBC Asset Management led the investment, joined by existing backers G&M Capital and ParticleX and new investor Wings Capital Ventures. This funding round brings MediConCen’s total raised capital to $12.

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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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Dead Weight Expenses Are Costing Your Business

Red Rocket

In business, managing with a steady eye on efficiency is pivotal, of course, yet I have seen a great many operations carrying unrecognized burdens — from being overstaffed to spending too much for services, from poorly investing sales and marketing dollars and operating too many divisions to focusing on channels that don't have a material payback. This post will help you assess your own enterprise — particularly with respect to growth prospects — in order to determine if there's pruning to be do

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How Do I Build a Usage-based Sales Compensation Plan?

Andreessen Horowitz

As Ben Horowitz says, it’s “ no prize, no fight ” when it comes to getting the best salespeople on your team. But building a sales compensation plan that both aligns your sales team’s compensation with your customers’ objectives and recruits top salespeople can be incredibly difficult in usage-based pricing. The problem comes down to incentives. In traditional B2B SaaS sales, companies want to sell large upfront annual commitments, so salespeople’s compensation is mostly designed to maximi

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NJEDA to Open Applications for Manufacturing Voucher Program Phase II

American Entrepreneurship

Informational webinar will be held in advance of launch TRENTON, N.J. (February 6, 2024) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will open applications for Phase II of the Manufacturing Voucher Program (MVP) on Monday, February 12 at 10:00 a.m. An informational webinar will be held Thursday, February 8, at 2:00 p.m. WHAT: MVP Phase II will make available $20 million in grant funding through a rolling application process to provide New Jersey manufacturers with access to essen

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Microsoft Teams Up with Indian Startup Sarvam AI to Boost Indic Languages on Azure

AsiaTechDaily

Microsoft has collaborated with Indian generative AI startup Sarvam AI, aiming to integrate its Indic voice large language model (LLM) into Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. During CEO Satya Nadella’s recent visit to India, Microsoft announced its support for Sarvam AI.

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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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What are the costs of taking investor money?

Berkonomics

Let’s talk about the reality of taking money from professional investors. It is not the first time we’ve covered this general subject nor the last. But this time, we concentrate upon governance changes. After friends and family… Once a company founder has tapped the funds available from his or her resources and from friends and family, if the company needs more cash for growth, the most obvious next step is to look for money from angel investors and venture capitalists, typically in the $300,00

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Fixing Higher Education & New Startup Opportunities with Marc and Ben

Andreessen Horowitz

“The Ben & Marc Show” features a16z’s co-founders Ben Horowitz & Marc Andreessen. In this episode, Marc and Ben continue their in-depth exploration of the current education system. While Part I of their discussion unpacked the crisis facing higher education, Part II presents solutions to overhaul the modern university. In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc delve into actions that existing institutions can take to improve their current and future situations.

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How to Grow Your Coworking Space through Member Acquisition

GCUC

How to Grow Your Coworking Space through Member Acquisition This is a guest blog from our partners at Optix. Learn more about Optix coworking software. Adam Hyman is the Founder of KoWorks, an.

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Oobit Raises $25 Million Investment to Drive Cryptocurrency Adoption in Mainstream Markets

AsiaTechDaily

Oobit, a Singapore-based mobile payment app focused on cryptocurrency, has completed its Series A funding round, securing $25 million in investment. The funding round was led by the investment arm of Tether, a cryptocurrency software company, along with contributions from CMCC Global’s Titan Fund, 468 Capital, and Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana.

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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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NJEDA Program Helps to Draw Investment Interest into Innovative NJ Startups

American Entrepreneurship

NJ Entrepreneur Support Program provides guarantees to support investments into Garden State companies TRENTON, N.J. (February 5, 2024) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) continues to accept applications for the New Jersey Entrepreneur Support Program , which was launched in 2020 to help Garden State entrepreneurs navigate COVID-19 related cashflow constraints, then relaunched in March of 2023 in light of challenges in the economy and venture banking system.

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Do Some Industry Verticals Produce Better Returns Than Others?

Angel Capital Association

As angels, we see opportunities in many different industry verticals. We ask ourselves why some verticals produce better returns than others? This article looks at the experience that TCA Venture Group (formerly Tech Coast Angels) has had on all their 247 outcomes from 1997 – 2022 for insights. First of all – an important caveat. While 247 seems like a statistically significant number, when that is sliced into 15 industry verticals it becomes less statistically significant in each vertical – par

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Incentives in Venture Capital, Why You Should Avoid Your Competitors’ Investors, China’s Malaise, and More [link blog]

Hunter Walk

I read a lot of stuff and here’s a few worth passing along to you! China’s Age of Malaise [Evan Osnos/New Yorker] – A loooong read but essential stuff if you are interested in China from an sort of view (cultural, economic, geopolitical, startup). When I return to China these days, the feeling of ineluctable ascent has waned. The streets of Beijing still show progress; armadas of electric cars glide by like props in a sci-fi film, and the smoke that used to impose a perpetual t

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AsiaTechDaily’s Innovation Exchange Program: Unveiling Insights with Pocket Sun

AsiaTechDaily

AsiaTechDaily conducted its inaugural subscriber-exclusive online event, Innovation Exchange Program, on February 5. The event set the stage for insightful discussions and transformative ideas. With an exclusive audience comprising subscribers from across the globe, the event unfolded insightful conversations with the guest of honor, Pocket Sun. At the heart of the event was the esteemed […] The post AsiaTechDaily’s Innovation Exchange Program: Unveiling Insights with Pocket Sun first appeared

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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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[Arcadia in PR Newswire] Arcadia releases its first report on the state of community solar

OurCrowd

The future is bright for community solar notes Arcadia’s report, as states have strengthened programs, federal legislation is increasingly implemented and billions of dollars are invested in solar projects for all income levels. Read more here.

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AI Design Patterns

Tomasz Tunguz

As we’ve been researching the AI landscape & how to build applications, a few design patterns are emerging for AI products. These design patterns are simple mental models. They help us understand how builders are engineering AI applications today & which components may be important in the future. The first design pattern is the AI query router.

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Lessons in Leadership: A Jim Harbaugh Case Study

Red Rocket

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan and lived through the roller coaster ride of the Jim Harbaugh era in Ann Arbor, which has recently come to an end with him returning to the NFL after winning the national championship at Michigan. But, the last nine years has provided many nuggets for entrepreneurs to learn from, in terms of how to approach leadership.

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Deliver.sg Expands Reach with Acquisition of BusyBee: Strengthening DAAS Model in Asian Markets

AsiaTechDaily

Deliver.sg, a Singaporean long-distance delivery platform under Maxima Logistics Pte Ltd, has completed the acquisition of BusyBee, an Indian Mobility Lifestyle Platform. The deal, valued at SGD 500,000, is part of Deliver.sg’s strategy to strengthen its presence in Asian and Middle Eastern markets. BusyBee, founded by Arun Kumar in 2017, started as an on-demand courier […] The post Deliver.sg Expands Reach with Acquisition of BusyBee: Strengthening DAAS Model in Asian Markets first appeared on

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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.