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Rethinking Pitch Competitions: Create Value, Not a Spectacle

Venture Well

VentureWell Director of Venture Development, Eli Velasquez offers insights on how to develop pitch competitions that provide maximum support to startups. The post Rethinking Pitch Competitions: Create Value, Not a Spectacle appeared first on VentureWell.

Startup Business Funding: 5 Business-Breaking Misconceptions

Dream It

I've been an alum of Dreamit twice. The first time, back in 2012, I joined as part of a mobile gaming company. We didn't have a live product, but we had an insane buzz around us, with a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign and 'The Next Angry Birds' quote from Techcrunch.

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Entrepreneurs must know when to speed and when to slow down

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. After six years of working directly with Oklahoma’s entrepreneurs and startups, I fully understand just how much of a race starting up a company really is — a race against time, against competitors and, most of all, a race against the status quo. The need for speed is something most entrepreneurs understand inherently. Most of them are wired to be impatient and driven; if they weren’t, they wouldn’t have become entrepreneurs.

Second Stage Companies: What’s All the Buzz About?

Carol Lauffer

At a recent InBIA conference, I found an overwhelming response to our session on the topic of programming for second stage companies. Second stage companies can have a strong growth trajectory, generating sales and creating new jobs in communities. So, how can we assist second stage companies? Second stage companies are defined as past the startup stage, but not yet mature. The Edward Lowe Foundation reported that, between 2005 and 2015, second stage businesses only represented 17% of all U.S.

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!

Interview with Captain Steve Lauver, Director of Technology Accelerators, AFWERX

TechStars

This interview originally appeared in a report from Innovation Leader , sponsored by Techstars, “Startup Engagement: Best Practices for Large Organizations.” ” Read the complete report here. .

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Turning A Loss Into A Win

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

One of the traits of successful founders is their ability to turn a loss into a win. You take a lot of losses as a founder, particularly in the early days. Investors pass on your funding pitches, people pass on your job offers, customers pass on your sales efforts, competitors take your customers and your employees, you get sued, you miss critical ship dates, morale tanks, and on and on and on. But inside of each of those losing moments is the opportunity to turn it into a win.

Paper Chase - Tips and Hacks For Dealing with Angel Investing Paperwork and Communications

The Seraf Compass

Before Christopher joined the world of angel investing, he spent much of his early career as a corporate lawyer working in-house for a NASDAQ listed enterprise software company. The pace of customer and strategic deals and corporate housekeeping activities was unrelenting.

Connecting Women VCs: Building Community and a Better Future

TechStars

Female investors have always kept discreet lists of other women angels and VCs. We circulate local lists amongst us, created Google spreadsheets and Whatsapp groups in an effort to create community, share deals, and support each other in a male-dominated industry. .

Cybersecurity for Startups: How to Protect Your Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Large-scale data breaches, such as the Equifax hack , are ubiquitous nowadays. But if you think that breaches only affect high-profile companies, then you are mistaken. In fact, three out of five small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have fallen victim to a cyber attack.

Growing your Startup? Find the Right Startup Financing for Your Capital Needs

Entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented circumstances right now. The capital choices you make will have a lasting impact on the trajectory of your company. Knowing the right questions to ask and how to compare your options is vital to making the best decisions. Download the Startup Finance Playbook to learn more.

Certainty Of Close

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

On Friday, I had two separate conversations with founders about fundraising strategies. Both had an easier path that would likely get them to a closing quickly but might cost them some economics and a harder/longer path that would allow them to maximize economics. I gave them both the same advice which is that certainty of close is super important, particularly early on in a venture when you see an opportunity and want to capture it before someone else does.

Growth Is Great. But Don't Take On More Than You Can Handle. Scaling Your Company.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Suhaib Zaheer built a thriving business brokerage business and grew it from 3 offices to many more multiple offices with a staff of 75 people. This was GREAT, until it wasn't.

People Ops Question: How do we compete for talent in such a competitive market?

TechStars

By Sabrina Kelly, Techstars Vice President of Talent. At Techstars, we define our mission in People Ops as the following : “ We are strategic partners in building Techstars business by maximizing the value of our most important asset—our people.

How to Spot and Eliminate Nincompoopery at Your Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

John Brandt, CEO and founder of The MPI Group and author of Nincompoopery: Why Your Customers Hate You—and How to Fix It , recently answered questions on customer satisfaction, hiring, innovation and leading change. . What is Nincompoopery?

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.

Revive Your Corporation’s Persona: Activate Brand Awareness

UBI Global

Understanding and Boosting Brand Awareness Many say a brand is a company’s personality and overall symbol of what it stands for. In a very intuitive article in Forbes, brand is simplified as follows: Your “brand” is what your prospect thinks of when he or she hears your brand name. It’s everything the public thinks it […]. The post Revive Your Corporation’s Persona: Activate Brand Awareness appeared first on UBI Global.

Employee Equity: How Much?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote a blog post about this topic in November 2010 that has become one of the most searched on and referenced AVC posts of all time. The numbers in that blog post are long out of date and so I now have a popup on it warning people not to use those numbers. However, the methodology in that blog post remains sound and is used by many startup companies.

John China on whether you can give too much

TechStars

Can you give too much? John China, President of SVB Capital, reflects on how mentorship helped him grow into an executive, and on whether, at some point, you need to see payback from all your giving. Spoiler alert: the answer is no. Never stop giving. .

When to Shut Down a Startup

Y Combinator

YC Partner and Tutorspree cofounder Aaron Harris on when to shut down a startup. Read Aaron’s post On Shutting Down here. Advice Video Feature

Debt Financing Fuels Your Growth - on Your Terms. Zero Dilution.

The landscape of startup financing is changing. Learn why SaaS founders are turning to debt capital options like revenue-based financing.

Revive Your Corporation’s Persona: Activate Brand Awareness

UBI Global

Understanding and Boosting Brand Awareness Many say a brand is a company’s personality and overall symbol of what it stands for. In a very intuitive article in Forbes, brand is simplified as follows: Your “brand” is what your prospect thinks of when he or she hears your brand name. It’s everything the public thinks it […]. The post Revive Your Corporation’s Persona: Activate Brand Awareness appeared first on UBI Global.

Haven

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Open Bazaar released a new mobile app called Haven today.

Create a More Sustainable Future: The 2019 class of Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy

TechStars

Today ten companies from around the US and Mexico are joining us in Denver, Colorado for an intensive three-months where they will accelerate their companies, and their impact, to create a more sustainable future for us all.

Announcing Courtney Powell as COO of 500 Startups

500

500 has seen incredible growth over the past 9 years, yet our goal has always stayed constant: back the world’s most talented founders. Everything we do is centered around bringing incredible ideas and entrepreneurial ecosystems to life through inspiring individuals around the world.

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.

Revive Your Corporation’s Persona: Activate Brand Awareness

UBI Global

Understanding and Boosting Brand Awareness Many say a brand is a company’s personality and overall symbol of what it stands for. In a very intuitive article in Forbes, brand is simplified as follows: Your “brand” is what your prospect thinks of when he or she hears your brand name. It’s everything the public thinks it […]. The post Revive Your Corporation’s Persona: Activate Brand Awareness appeared first on UBI Global.

NBA Top Shot

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I’ve written on this blog about extensible blockchain games, the ability to own the virtual goods you earn or buy in your games, and the idea that these virtual goods can move from game to game.

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Truth, Fiction and Media Literacy

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Belinha De Abreu, Ph.D. Media Literacy Educator / Sacred Heart University. Critical thinking, critical discourse and — frankly — critical understanding of our media-laden world are essential, universal skills. Today, people question the certainty of information. Truth appears to be unclear.

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Startup School Podcast Preview with Kevin Hale

Y Combinator

Today’s episode is a preview of the Startup School podcast. We’re putting all the Startup School lectures on their own podcast feed. You can subscribe here: iTunes. This is the first lecture from Startup School 2019. It’s Kevin Hale on How to Evaluate Startup Ideas. It’s also not too late to sign up for Startup School. The course just started and the deadline to sign up is August 4th. Select companies who complete the course will also receive 15,000 dollars in equity-free funding. Topics.

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.