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navigating the rules and risks of startup crowdfunding

Venture Well

We highlight what crowdfunding is and what startups need to know before jumping into high-stakes opportunities, which can spell trouble down the line. The post navigating the rules and risks of startup crowdfunding appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators crowdfunding E-Team

7 Reasons You Don’t Want to Start a Business With Friends

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Frank Hamilton. Starting a business is an exciting adventure. It’s understandable why some people choose to do it with friends. After all, who could be a better partner than your best friend?

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Being In The Flow

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have been investing in developer tools since the earliest days of my VC career. The first investment I led in the late 80s was a financing that provided the funds to acquire a programming editor called Brief. It was a text-based editor for PCs. That investment worked out but we didn’t make a lot of money on it. Brief was eclipsed by other better editors. But that did not cool my interest in developer tools.

Could You Step Away From Running Your Company? Here’s How I Did.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Raj Thakkar, founder and CEO, Charter School Business Management Inc. Could you step away from your company unexpectedly for months on end—and know everything would run smoothly?

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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!

5 Rules of Thumb to Shorten Your Sales Cycle


Besides businesses that operate with negative working capital like cable TV?—?where where you pay before receiving the service?—?I I don’t know any company that thinks their sales cycle is too short.

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My 1985 Nike Air Jordan Investment

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Earlier this week I purchased 1% of a collection of five 1985 Nike Air Jordan sneakers using our portfolio company Otis’ mobile app. I paid $330 for ten shares (out of a total of 1000 shares) implying a value of $33,000 for the five pairs, or roughly $6600 each.

Should you be working on this startup?

This is going to be BIG.

We’ve all heard the anecdotes—the famous founder who pitched 1000 investors before any of them said yes. That kind of story drives founders to take a “VC’s don’t know anything” approach to their business and trudge on despite legitimate criticisms of the business, often costing themselves tens of thousands of dollars or more of personal savings. So how do you know whether or not something is worth working on?

Mindful Leadership for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Rob Dubé, CEO at imageOne. Rob is a member of EO in Detroit, speaker, author and an avid proponent of mindful leadership. . If you’re like most business leaders and entrepreneurs, you know what it’s like to be stressed.

Why Meg Whitman is Betting on Quibi as“The Da Vinci Code of Content”

Both Sides of the Table

Every year, a personal Upfront Summit highlight is getting to sit down with experts in a field I care about.

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.

LaunchPad Success Story: Joshua Pierce, The Diversity Org Founder Gives First


Joshua Pierce knows the impact one opportunity or one mentor can have on a young person’s trajectory. As a Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars alum, he is living the “give first” mantra by building a nonprofit organization to educate underserved students about how to acquire economic success.

An Introduction to Happiness


For the next five weeks, I’m going to be digging into the idea of being happy at work. This week, I’m going to share why we’re talking about this in the first place. I’m sharing some high-level statistics here, but click on the links to the articles and studies to dig in more.

Entertainment vs Utility

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The news this week that HQ Trivia has finally called it quits reminded me of this post I wrote back in 2012 about the difference in sustainability (and thus value) between entertainment and utility apps. What is interesting to me is if you could use a social app or an entertainment app to get to another place (distribution, platform, blockchain, financial services, etc, etc). That feels like a much more sustainable place to be. But very few social apps and games have been able to do that.

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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.

This CEO's Leadership Worth $250 Million. Simplus CMO Shares Why.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ryan Westwood is a man on a mission to spread leadership principles to his team, his one page business plan is one of the keys to his success. Simplus founded by Ryan, is a successful Salesforce technology partner which was just sold to Indian mega company InfoSys for $250 million.

A Thank You to Techstars


Today, we want to say “thank you” to Techstars. Techstars has been an integral part of the GAN origin story and will always be a part of our history.

Funding Friday: The 7th RiffTrax Live Campaign

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

These guys have been using Kickstarter, and a bunch of other online platforms, to support their live shows riffing on “campy B-movies.” ” I love the underground, indie creative community and these guys are a great example of that. I backed this project this morning. USV TEAM POSTS: Nick Grossman — Feb 17, 2020 Cryptographic Identity Albert Wenger — Feb 11, 2020 Birthday Wish: Contributions to Climate Crisis Collective. crowdfunding

Backing Fatma Collins and Julie Rogers at Ten Little--the 8th Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Company Founded by Moms

This is going to be BIG.

As a founder, your most valuable asset is your time—and there is probably no group of founders who are more efficient about getting the most out of their time than moms. Moms also have a unique and personal insight into what’s important to other moms when they buy things for their kids. They’re looking for products that save time, provide good value, are good for their kids and have values they believe in.

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.

Keeping Cybersecure During Tax Time. 7 Things to Know.

Smart Hustle Magazine

As small businesses work to get their taxes in order before April 15, they should also make sure their online financial information is secure from cyberattacks – after all, tax time is one of cybercriminals’ favorite times of the year.

How about personal guarantees for company debt?


Is the guarantee still required today? More than ever, the banks and lenders today require personal guarantees from entrepreneurs, and even from CEO’s of angel or some VC funded businesses.

Effective tax policies can boost state investment

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. It’s a good thing when state leaders recognize the strategic importance of innovation in job and wealth creation. It’s also a good thing when a state considers legislation to help address capital gaps. Oklahoma’s Technology Business Finance Program (TBFP) Seed Fund is a nationally recognized best practices example of legislated early stage capital that has stood a 20-plus year test of time.

Apply Early for YC S20

Y Combinator

The deadline to apply for YC Summer 2020 is Monday, March 16 at 8pm. We created a deadline because deadlines are good motivational mechanisms for finishing tasks. Unsurprisingly, about eighty percent of all YC applications are submitted the week before the deadline.

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.

Living In A World Possibility. Benjamin Zander Shares Why You Should.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Alex Judd, host of EntreLeadership podcast, interviewed Benjamin Zander, founder and conductor of the renowned Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to impacting world leaders and innovators, Zander has also released the musical potential of the best musicians in the world.

[OurCrowd in The MediaLine] Israel’s Drive toward Smart Roads


Yakir Machluf is director of business development and the mobility lead for OurCrowd, a $1.4 billion investment firm working with startups to help bring their innovative solutions to market. Read More here.

Going Back In Time To Understand The Present

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Recount Media is doing some of the finest reporting on the presidential race right now.

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Stillwater’s HostBridge Technology bridges gap between legacy mainframes, emerging mobile technologies

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Jim Stafford. STILLWATER – Don’t look for a sign in downtown Stillwater advertising the presence of HostBridge Technology, which has maintained its headquarters just off Main Street for two decades. There isn’t one. Founded by Russell Teubner in 2000, HostBridge Technology occupies a historic building along E. 7th Street, just off Main Street. The company employs about a dozen people in Stillwater, along with contract workers worldwide.

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.