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It Depends: Why the right fundraising strategy for your startup is never a straight answer.

This is going to be BIG.

Talk to ten founders and ten different VCs and you’ll get roughly about 600 different suggestions as to how you should go about your fundraising strategy. I don’t know what the formula is here, but the numbers and the resulting amount of confusion gets big very very quickly.

I’m Ready to Get Creative With My Business. Now Where Do I Start?

Co Starters

What is design thinking, anyway? Hopefully by now you’ve read our recap of Shelley Prevost’s stellar talk on how to get yourself calm. As she explained, it’s imperative to reach a place of calm before you shoot for creativity.

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What is an Ecosystem Builder

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Dozens of ecosystem builders share their perspective on what an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder is, and does. One of the challenges in turning ecosystem building into a recognized profession is the lack of a recognized definition for what it is and what an ecosystem builder is.

Three steps to a successful pivot

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In today’s business vocabulary, the word pivot—as a verb or a noun—has become shorthand for any change or shift. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, forced many of us to initiate wholesale and all-encompassing pivots in order to stay afloat. .

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!

Some Thoughts On SPACs

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As many of you know, Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) are all the rage on wall street right now. SPACs are publicly traded “shell companies” that raise capital in an IPO process and then use that capital to merge with a privately held business. SPACs have been around for at least thirty years and I have always thought of them as a “liquidity path of last resort” for our portfolio companies.

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empowering underrepresented engineering students: q&a with Noe Vargas Hernandez of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Venture Well

Noe Vargas Hernandez is devoted to teaching sustainability, entrepreneurship, and design practices to underrepresented engineering students. .

Seraf Toolbox: What You Need and Where You Will Find Key Data to Track Your Early Stage Investments

The Seraf Compass

As active early stage investors and directors of Launchpad Venture Group, we are asked frequently about how we track our portfolio of investments and how we stay on top of the financial performance of each company.

Mental Healthcare 3.0

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My colleague Hanel wrote an important post on yesterday. It looks at mental healthcare solutions and compares them to what has happened in online learning in the last decade.

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YC’s First Virtual IIT Tour

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our first series of virtual talks at 6 IITs this fall. At the events, you’ll meet YC partners and alumni from each of the schools.

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.

Starting a Niche Business and Finding Your Audience

Smart Hustle Magazine

Samantha Dong is the Founder and CEO of Ally Shoes , an innovative, fashion brand designed for women by women. Ally is a niche business renowned for designing pain-free heels for power women.

Gregslist – The Strange Attractor

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Igniting Startup Ecosystems. Hold a match to a sugar cube and it will never burn. But first add a little cigarette ash and the sugar cube will burst in flames. There’s nothing like the presence of a catalyst to ignite a system. What ignites a startup ecosystem?

Funding Friday: Insider Art

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The comic book community on Kickstarter is so great. This projec t that I backed today is a great example of the creativity that they express in every project they do. USV TEAM POSTS: Hanel Baveja — Sep 1, 2020 Mental Healthcare 3.0. crowdfunding

YC’s Fall Tour 2020

Y Combinator

Twice a year (fall and spring), we visit cities and universities around the world. Our goal is to meet founders and future founders, introduce them to the YC community, and share what we’ve learned from helping thousands of startups launch and grow.

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.

Salesforce Grant Winner Offers 3 Tips for Developing Small Business Resilience

Smart Hustle Magazine

Are you tired of stories about small businesses struggling during COVID-19? Do you want something a little more inspiring and helpful for growing your small business? Perfect. Keep reading. I recently spoke with Sarah and Robbie Gonzales, co-owners of Tungsten Prep.

i2E Management Co. Inc. leads $5.2 million investment in PhotoniCare Inc.

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Champaign, Ill. September 3, 2020 – PhotoniCare, Inc., a company dedicated to revolutionizing healthcare by providing physicians with better diagnostic tools, today announced an oversubscribed $5.2 million Series A financing led by i2E Management Company Inc.,

What use is an investment banker?


Many CEOs have asked me if I felt an investment banker adds value if the buyer has already been identified. How investment bankers behave.

Put Entrepreneurs Front and Center. Fireside Chat 1

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Social Venturers is launching a series of Fireside Chats to discuss what makes ecosystem builders effective. Every two weeks from September 10th until December 3rd, they are hosting peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions and you are invited! #1

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.

How To Pitch Traction To Venture Investors Like A Boss!

Dream It

Traction is one of the most important elements to nail when pitching investors. The problem is, most startups do a poor job talking about it. In this Dreamit Dose, Managing Partner Steve Barsh highlights pro tips and traction insights across all early stages of the startup lifecycle.

Newsletter: Safer Scooters in Rome + SEC’s Historic Decision + El Al in Abu Dhabi


Safer Scooters on the Streets of Rome, Heading to London Trials. LINK, the shared electric scooter service created by OurCrowd portfolio company Superpedestrian , launches in Rome in September.

GCUC APAC – Week 3: Wellness


This week’s session was all about wellness. If you missed it, the replay will be available on GCUC membership later this week. We have. The post GCUC APAC – Week 3: Wellness appeared first on GCUC Community. Coworking GCUC APAC

How EO taught me I’m a no-good dirty liar (even though I wrote the book on honesty)

Entrepreneurs' Organization

When I turned 30—four long years ago—two things happened: First, I was told I should join the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), to which I promptly answered, what the heck is EO? Don’t worry, I did join— thankfully so.). Second, I decided I hadn’t achieved enough in my life.

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.”

Some Email Stats

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I was looking at my Feedblitz dashboard this morning. Feedblitz powers the daily email for this blog. These are all of the emails/blog posts I have done this month: As you can see the open rate hovers between a low of 33% (Ghost Pacer) and a high of 45% (Subscription Agreements).


What Is an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Really?

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Breaking down the emerging term, what it is and who it comprises

Post-pandemic, weighing the climate ‘risk’ from energy use

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. I don’t get to write that often about the energy industry; i2E’s charter is to expand Oklahoma’s entrepreneurial ventures in non-traditional sectors to diversify our state’s economy. But this week, benefitting from the sage perspective of C. Michael Ming, the original general manager of General Electric’s Global Research O&G Technology Center in Oklahoma City, I am doubling down on a second discussion of “after the pandemic, then what” for the oil and gas industry.

How the Things We Value Shape Our Identity 


Each of our companies has a set of values. These are listed on our websites, shared when new members join our teams, and put on posters around our offices. Those values guide us and shape the identities of our companies.

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.