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Doing well by doing good: Impact investing & the OurCrowd Impact Fund

OurCrowd

The heart of social entrepreneurship is developing ideas that can solve problems and turn a profit. The global impact ecosystem is starting to take shape. Investments can be powerful. When successful, they can benefit both investors and the invested.

The Strategic Question at Seed Today

Tomasz Tunguz

I’ve written before about the Jacob’s Ladder of Fundraising. The Jacob’s Ladder is a children’s toy that flips over, and it’s a great metaphor for the seed market. Seed rounds are rapidly approaching and now often equal to the sizes of Series As just five years ago.

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Make All the Asks

This is going to be BIG.

“I didn’t want to bother you.” “I I didn’t want to impose.” “I I didn’t want to show up with my hand out.” “I I feel like if you were interested, you would have said something already.” “I I wasn’t sure if it was ok to ask.” “I I haven’t spoken to that person in a while—it might be too random now.” Do any of these lines sound familiar? Too often, I meet founders that need something, and feel awkward about asking for it for a variety of reasons.

4 Strategies to Integrate Ethics into Entrepreneurship Education

Venture Well

We interviewed three leaders in entrepreneurship education about several ways to teach tomorrow's entrepreneurs about ethics. The post 4 Strategies to Integrate Ethics into Entrepreneurship Education appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty entrepreneurship education teaching resources

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!

Whales Not Unicorns

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have been vocal here that I do not like the term Unicorn to describe highly valued venture-backed startups. Unicorns are mythical creatures that don’t really exist and highly valued venture-backed startups do exist. They might be rare, but they are not fictional.

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Rebecca Lovell on career ‘nudges,’ karaoke, & how to be an ally

TechStars

Do you know how to be a great ally in the workplace? Why all startup founders should do karaoke? What the secret sauce of the Seattle startup ecosystem is? Create 33 Director Rebecca Lovell knows the answers to all these—and more. .

3 Ways to Apply an Agile Mindset

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Sarah Fruy, director of online marketing at Pantheon Platform. I admit it. I was a traditionalist. For a long time, I followed a one-step-at-a-time approach to project management.

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How to Manage a Board

Y Combinator

With special contributions from Nic Dardenne. One of the most common questions we hear from founders is “How do I manage my board?” It’s something that provokes anxiety, because this is the first time the founder/CEO is subject to external supervision, and the board has powers that include the firing of the CEO and the senior management. It is natural to feel this way.

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Abridge

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

We seed funded a company late last year called Abridge and the company went public yesterday with their iOS and Android apps. Naomi wrote about the investment on the USV blog.

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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.

Blockchain: Renewing Trust in Charities

TechStars

By Matej Michalko, Founder and CEO of DECENT. We at DECENT are investing in educating communities about the different ways that blockchain can be leveraged to make the world a better place. For example, in 2018, we worked with Techstars to bring a Techstars Startup Weekend Decentralize to Boulder.

Key Risks of Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

? Early stage investing is an inherently risky way to invest. The list of high level risks is long and includes financing risk, technical risk, and market risk. As angel investors, you need to be aware of the key risks you are taking with your investment

Smart Way to Source Innovation: Activate Product Development

UBI Global

Sourcing Innovation for Product Development Innovation is a key focus for businesses looking to stay competitive. Because a company and its legions of executives, managers, and even researchers sometimes run out of ideas. Fresh perspective is needed.

Climate Adaptation?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

While society debates how to deal with climate change, there are some scientists who are now saying that that time has passed and we now need to start planning society’s adaptation to the climate tragedy we have created on planet earth. This scientific paper from roughly one year ago is super depressing. I am linking to it because I read it this week and it certainly made me consider how our way of life may change dramatically in my lifetime.

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.

Build Highly Successful Teams With Techstars Talent

TechStars

Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of Techstars Talent : a new offering that will enable startup founders to build highly successful teams and gain a competitive advantage when it comes to Talent. .

Why Michigan Could Become a Startup Powerhouse

Hyde Park Angels

The unicorns in Michigan demonstrate a fertile startup ecosystem with unlimited opportunities. A couple weeks ago, StockX became the state’s newest in a quickly-growing cohort of unicorns, which includes two other startups that also earned the elite status this year.

Women Face More Challenges When it Comes to Venture Capital Funding

Smart Hustle Magazine

There are more than 11.6 million businesses in the United States that are women-owned. Out of businesses that generate $1 million or more, 1 in 5 is owned by women. Being a female entrepreneur is looking better each and every day.

Taller con Miguel Solórzano: Calidad y proceso de manufactura de alimentos

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Este taller discutirá las buenas prácticas de manufactura de alimentos para emprendedores; las técnicas de medición de la calidad de un producto; la relación entre calidad, precio y producto; y cómo manejar y sacar provecho de los desperdicios.

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.

Techstars and Hyundai Card launch Network Engagement Partnership to support Korean Startups

TechStars

Techstars is excited to announce a Network Engagement Partnership with Hyundai Card, Korea’s leading credit card service provider.

Video Games, a Single Mom, and “Brilliant A s”: How this CTO Became a Successful Tech (and Diversity) Leader

Hyde Park Angels

Get to know John. John Higginson is the CTO at Enova, a large publicly-traded Chicago FinTech company that’s extended over $20B in credit to customers worldwide.

GCUC’s Amazon Prime 2019 Top Picks

GCUC

Lets talk prime day, shall we? This is one of our favorite days of the year for 2 reasons. We love to shop and amazon is a site we frequent (sorry wallet). This year we have our own GCUC Amazon store. What does that even mean?”. We have created a one stop shop for you to find all of the little (and big) things that you would want and need in your space! This was such a fun thing for us to create.

From Rookie to Rainmaker and Over the Rainbow

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Lesley Waterkeyn together with her sister Sandy van Dijk published an easy-to-follow reference guide for all those “what-ifs” experienced along the entrepreneurial gauntlet—from startup phase and on.

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.

Camille Fournier on Managing Technical Teams

Y Combinator

Camille Fournier is a Managing Director at Two Sigma and the former CTO of Rent The Runway. She’s also the author of The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change. You can find her on Twitter @skamille. Topics. 00:00 – Intro. 00:35 – Why do many individual contributors (ICs) never experience a good manager? 3:15 – How did the ideology of management being bad become pervasive in startups?

Immigration Makes Us Stronger

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It is ironic and upsetting that a nation built on immigration is increasingly unwelcoming to immigrants and that the words ” go back” are becoming a political rallying cry. I am for immigration full stop. I think opening our arms and borders to people who want to come here, work, build their lives and businesses and futures makes our country stronger. It always has. Nothing that is great about the United States was accomplished without immigrants.

[HIL in Mirage News] How Israel Innovation Authority and CERN are infusing Israeli innovation ecosystem with

OurCrowd

The Knowledge Transfer group at CERN has initiated a pilot programme in collaboration with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA). Read more here. The post [HIL in Mirage News] How Israel Innovation Authority and CERN are infusing Israeli innovation ecosystem with appeared first on OurCrowd.

Well-timed pivots can make a project successful

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. I set a goal for this summer’s series of columns to reflect on and write about my lessons-learned during my past six years of immersion in entrepreneurship. Our focus at i2E is on high-growth technology or life sciences businesses, but startups of every stripe are vital to Oklahoma’s future. In many regards, what is true for high-growth entrepreneurship is true for Main Street.

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.