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An Insider’s Guide to Getting Grants



What do you need for a VC to properly evaluate a pitch?

This is going to be BIG.

One of the most difficult conversations I have with founders is when they haven’t quite given me enough of a story for me to make a proper evaluation. A VC’s default is “no”, so without enough information to be convincing, it’s going to wind up being a pass. If I wind up asking for more info, it might result in a founder feeling like they’re getting the runaround, given what the founder believes to be an obviously good idea.


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4 steps to building your resilience

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. Entrepreneurs are resilient people. Starting a business requires a strong will in order to get a venture off the ground. However, it is important to recognize that as an entrepreneur you can continually improve and work on building your resilience. Developing the skills to be resilient is essential to being a strong leader. With practice, anyone can become better equipped to overcome a barrier and emerge stronger.

Board Diversity

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This is a topic of great importance and one that we in the tech/startup sector have not done a good job with. We wait until a company is ready to go public and then address it. While that is better than nothing, it is not good enough. The board diversity problem is a symptom of a much broader problem around lack of diversity in founders that get funded and lack of diversity in VC firms. Most startup boards are made up of a few founders and a few VCs. No wonder you have no diversity on the board.

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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!

Be First, Stay Agile and Leverage the Power of MyEO Deal Exchange

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Richard Marchbanks is the president of Gateway Exhibits , a turnkey trade show solutions provider. He is also a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) in St. Louis, Missouri. We recently talked to Marchbanks about adapting to the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic and making the most of his EO membership. . . When COVID-19 struck and it became clear that major changes were coming to the trade show industry, what steps did you take?

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Thriving Companies Listen and Adapt


A point made by my coach, Brian Howard, has stuck with me throughout the COVID-19 season. At the beginning of the pandemic, Brain said, “The world has changed. That means our clients‘ jobs have changed, which means our jobs have changed.”. Now, more than ever, each of us needs to take a realistic look at what we need to do to remain relevant for our team members and customers.

Foundations: A Growing Source of Entrepreneurship Funding

Source Link

Dozens of private foundations are allocating dollars to programs and entrepreneur support organizations. Are you creating relationships with them? Best Practices

Leadership In the Future: Practical Tips for Leading From Home

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The following article is an abridged version of “Digital Leadership: Leading Virtual Teams From Your Home,” an e-book written by Erik Kruger. Kruger is the founder of an international learning and development firm called Modern Breed. On 30 June 2020 at 9 am (EST), Kruger will join panelists Nadim Habib and John Sanei and moderator Winnie Hart in a candid discussion about the future of leadership. This event is open to the public and requires registration. .

Stock Warrants: Sweetening the Deal for Angel Investors

The Seraf Compass

? One of the less understood and seldom used instruments in angel investing is the stock warrant. Warrants are essentially the same as the more familiar stock option. Both are a contractual right to buy a certain amount of stock at some point in the future, at a price agreed upon now

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.

Practical Metrics and Methods: ESHIP Goal 5 – Part 1

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Note: This is part 1 of a 2 part series on ESHIP Goal 5. Part 1 focuses on practitioners. Part 2 will focus on academic researc hers. Practical Metrics and Methods (Practitioner Edition): Identify and develop better metrics and methods for ecosystem building. In a nutshell : There are many metrics and methods in use in entrepreneurial ecosystem building, but they are not all widely adopted. In fact, many approaches are still emerging.

What is the Structure of the Typical SaaS Company as it Scales?

Tomasz Tunguz

This post is part of a series leading up to SaaS Office GTM Edition on June 24 in which we’re reviewing the results of the 2020 Redpoint GTM survey. Today, we’re answering the question: how do teams grow as a startup scales? We can derive the table above if we look over the entire respondent base and bucket headcount by ARR. The median startup with between 1-5M in ARR will have 12 engineers, 6 in sales and 3 in marketing.

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streamlining infectious mosquito control with artificial intelligence: q&a with Tristan Ford of VecTech

Venture Well

Using artificial intelligence, E-Team VecTech is eliminating the need for harmful insecticides for mosquito control. The post streamlining infectious mosquito control with artificial intelligence: q&a with Tristan Ford of VecTech appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators environment information technology

Coworking & Flexible Workspaces Poised for Big Uptick Post-COVID


Original article published on June 22, 2020 – By Carolyn Cirillo on This post features highlights from a Knoll k. talks webinar discussing the. The post Coworking & Flexible Workspaces Poised for Big Uptick Post-COVID appeared first on GCUC Community. Coworking Sustainability Community COVID-19

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.

Unsung Hero Spotlight: Ellen Bateman

Ecosystem Builder Hub

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? An Ecosystem Builder is connector, convener, listener, problem solver. They work towards creating an environment where entrepreneurs can start and grow businesses with the resources they need to be successful. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder? Entrepreneurs are brave, risk-takers who are creating products and services that can impact our lives.

Oklahomans are innovating, especially in an economic recession

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. It’s official. The country is in a recession. Of course, we didn’t need the recent announcement by the National Bureau of Economic Research to tell us that. Given its unusualness, our hope is that we have nearly bottomed out from the pandemic free-fall and that economic recovery will come quickly. However, we just don’t know. Here’s what we do know. Times of upheaval are times of change.

Syndicated rounds: When you can’t find a Series A lead

Y Combinator

Series As usually require a founder to secure a single large investor: a lead. This is because the Series A is usually a company’s first priced round, which is when crucial terms around governance and control (like board composition) are decided. Having a lead makes it easier to agree on terms: you negotiate 1:1 with the lead and everyone else follows. It also simplifies the fundraising process: all you have to do is convince one person to believe in your vision.

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How to measure your power in the Internet marketplace.


There are several key performance indicators that help new generation company management see more clearly their progress and corporate health. The old measures, including return on investment, percentage of profit against revenue or employee count, and more, obviously are still relevant. But businesses that expose their story to tens of millions of potential customers through the Internet need additional tools. Some of these are also applicable to non-Internet businesses.

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.

Unsung Hero Spotlight: Tom Chapman

Ecosystem Builder Hub

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? An ecosystem builder is an economic systems advocate building community, economy, relationships, and densifying networks. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder? I believe that entrepreneurship is the key to long-term systemic change in Omaha, Nebraska, and the United States. What is the most successful/impactful program/event/thing you do/have done in your ecosystem?

Cuatro pasos para fomentar la resiliencia

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Por Jewelle Saunders. Los emprendedores son personas resilientes. Iniciar una empresa exige una voluntad férrea, para lograr que el negocio arranque. Sin embargo, es importante reconocer que, como emprendedor, uno siempre puede seguir mejorando y trabajando para ser más resiliente. Desarrollar las destrezas necesarias para ser resiliente es fundamental para ser un líder fuerte. Con práctica, todos podemos estar mejor preparados para superar un obstáculo y salir fortalecidos de la situación.

Stablecoin Adoption

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I was perusing the crypto markets today and noticed that Tether, the grandfather of all stablecoins, is approaching a $10bn market cap, making it the third most valuable crypto asset after Bitcoin and Ethereum. I also noticed that USDC, the US Dollar stablecoin that Circle and our portfolio company Coinbase are behind, is approaching a $1bn market cap. Unlike other crypto assets, the value of stablecoins, particularly “fiat backed” stablecoins, is not theoretical.


What Comes Next? OurCrowd Team Shares Top 10 Pandemic Tech Trends


For the past number of months, our global community has been focused on combating COVID-19. During this time of uncertainty, entrepreneurs have adapted to pandemic-focused innovation. To highlight the incredible efforts of those working to help society acclimate to our new environment and improve the current state of the pandemic, OurCrowd hosted its Pandemic Innovation Conference on June 22nd. The world is different now, and every new era comes with its own set of trends.

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.”

Unsung Hero Spotlight: Steven Rodriguez

Ecosystem Builder Hub

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? Someone who works at the intersection of economic/community/ecosystem development, is data-driven, collaborates and connects diverse stakeholders, focuses on being the right kind of busy and has a give #GiveFirst attitude. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder? The opportunity to break down barriers to wealth generation for all. What is the most successful/impactful program/event/thing you do/have done in your ecosystem?

Taller con Karla Pacheco: Reinventa tu modelo de negocio a través de la cocreación

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

¿Cuándo? Martes 30 de junio a las 3:00 PM hora de El Salvador. Tema: Reinventa tu modelo de negocio a través de la cocreación. Descripción: Conoce una de las técnicas más utilizadas en el Design Thinking para estimular la creatividad y colaboración con el objetivo de fomentar la creación de soluciones innovadoras para tu negocio en tiempos de incertidumbre. Regístrate aquí. Luego de registrarte recibirás un correo con instrucciones para participar.

InBIA Annual Conference: Happening this week!

EntreWorks Consulting

Back in a previous life (early March), my wife and I were preparing for a nice long weekend in Boston where, among other things, I was going to do a presentation at the International Business Innovation Association’s (InBIA) annual conference. Like so many other events, this one is now virtual and it’s happening this week. While we won’t have the in-person networking or Boston’s sights or good food, it will still be a great event.

The Daily Email

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

AVC has always been a blog. But over time, it has also become a daily email. Ten years ago, the average monthly visitors to the website was 100k. Now, it is around 60k. But over the same ten year period, the daily email subscriber base has grown from 2,500 people to over 30k people. That is the power of push media. That is the power of an email list. USV TEAM POSTS: Weblogs

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Reader Survey 2021 Startup Catalyst Brief

2020 was a challenging year for startup professionals. Here at Startup Catalyst Brief, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our readers. Startup Catalyst Brief's many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our site we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how our site has affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes. To view the survey, click the “View Now” button.