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Two Important Points For Your Next Pitch


The other day I was on a call with a good friend. He’s a great entrepreneur and asked if he could run the pitch for his new company by me. It was a great pitch. He shared the problems he’s solving, what the product does, the size of the market, and how much the company is looking to grow.

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Digital Transformation Is Crucial for Longevity According to Cisco Study

Smart Hustle Magazine

A new study reveals just how much the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating small business digital transformation. With this modernization increasingly becoming a necessity, both networking giant Cisco and market intelligence firm IDC recommend eight steps entrepreneurs can take now.

The world can’t afford entrepreneurial extinction

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Pam Kosanke , global marketing leader for EOS Worldwide. We’ve seen more than our share of changes in the last six months, but one of the most disturbing has been the rapid disappearance of small businesses.

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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!

Circulate Networking Events

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend and former colleague Charlie O’Donnell created a new kind of networking event for the moment we are in. These are virtual networking events designed to “include diverse perspectives in the innovation community.” ” They are called Circulate.

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RVI’s New Model 9 Months in: 2x members, more investments, more diversification

Paul G. Silva

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The need for diversity and inclusion remains

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Here’s a fact: No matter how diverse or inclusive you believe your organization is, there is always more work to be done.

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We have been back in NYC for about a week after being away for the entire pandemic. We were in LA when the pandemic hit and then spent the summer on the east end of Long Island. Like everyone, we have read the horror stories of NYC being a wasteland of homelessness, crime, shuttered storefronts, filthy streets, and more. These stories occupy the front page of the NY Post every day and cannot be avoided.

Building Your Early Startup Core Team

Dream It

In the early stages of startup growth, it is critical to have a balanced and strong core team of founders. Here’s why those two words matter. Your team must be balanced - filling key functional roles necessary to operationalize.

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.

Nine More PA Companies Just Received Funding from Ben Franklin Technology Partners!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

At the September 2020 Board of Director’s meeting, nine additional companies were approved to receive an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA and were added to the program’s portfolio of funded clients.

Frustrations and Challenges of Ecosystem Builders

Ecosystem Builder Hub

This post is part of a series featuring highlights from the Unsung Heroes of Ecosystem Building campaign which shone a spotlight on 40+ entrepreneurial ecosystem builders from around the U.S. and abroad between February and September 2020.

Happily CEO: Pandemic brings opportunities for tech startups

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By Scott Meacham. Information technology plays a super-sized role In Oklahoma’s innovation economy.

COVID Fuels Small Business Innovation, QuickBooks Study Finds

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Some entrepreneurs are looking to small business innovation to stem the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the sector. In the new What’s next for the small business economy ? report, Intuit QuickBooks surveyed 965 small business owners to gauge both the state of small business and what’s in its future.

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.

Mobile App Stores and Crypto

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have written extensively on this blog over the last decade and a half about the significant negative consequences that the two large mobile operating systems have on distribution of software.

Foster Inclusive Conversations. Fireside Chat 2

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! #2

i2E Staff Accountant Position Open

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Position Overview. The Staff Accountant position reports directly to the Vice President and Director of Finance and works closely with other divisions of the company to provide accounting and financial support services to the organization and its subsidiaries. i2E, Inc.

How to Maximize the Impact of Your Website When Targeting Two Personas

Tomasz Tunguz

Many companies today pursue a pincer GTM. First, target the individual user and then convince the economic buyer, typically a manager, director, or VP depending on the scale. Two constituents in the sales motion, but only one website raises a conundrum. Who do you serve on the home page? Technical products often face this two persona quandary. And it surfaces on the website because of the constraint of a single home page. Successful marketing builds trust.

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.

Funding Friday: Dear Frontline

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I backed this project today to make large scale public art projects honoring frontline workers. Frontline workers have been and continue to be the heroes of this pandemic. They are out there delivering our packages, stocking our stores, caring for sick people, etc, etc.


Pitch like you expect to be funded. Expect to be funded after you've done your homework.

This is going to be BIG.

I hear from a lot of founders who want to know what I think. I want to know what they think. It’s fine if you’re at a super early stage, and you’re looking for some direction—trying to figure out if anyone has done something like this, or whether or not, in my “expertise” I believe some aspect of expected consumer behavior. Let’s be clear, however, that’s not fundraising. That’s product research.

Jon Sunthimer

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Growing up in Dallas in the oil boom years, it was no surprise that my first audit client was Halliburton in Duncan, OK, or that I would work for an oil & gas company originally from Enid, OK (Champlin Petroleum).

Zoho Workplace Reimagines Business Context and Continuity Across Apps

Smart Hustle Magazine

The latest update to Zoho Workplace has brought a focus on business context and continuity to the productivity, collaboration, and communication platform. Zoho Workplace is a suite of nine technology tools, which are integrated to their users’ business processes.

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.”

What Is An Accredited Investor?


If you are aware of crowdfunding , hedge funds, venture funds, private placements, then you must’ve come across the term accredited investors.

Revolucionando el turismo responsable en Nicaragua

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Por Jewelle Saunders. Toda acción que hagamos, grande o pequeña, puede marcar la diferencia en nuestra sociedad” dice Damaris Guardado, cofundadora de Purpose Driven Tours Nicaragua. “No No puedo cambiar el mundo, pero puedo contribuir a hacerlo un mejor lugar para vivir.”.

Innovative Ideas

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Aevus Precision Diagnostics is focused on developing an innovative tool to help physicians select and prescribe drugs on an individualized basis to patients with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Money Management During COVID-19

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon spoke with two money experts — Carol Roth and Tricia Taitt — about how to handle finances and money during COVID-19. If you're a business owner, then you know first-hand how rapid the changes in cash flow have been. Did you prepare for something like this? Probably not, but that's ok!

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.