Sat.Oct 19, 2019 - Fri.Oct 25, 2019

How Extreme Adventure Racing Informs Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Chip Dodd joined EO Southeast Virginia in 2013. He is currently the president and CEO of Support Services of Virginia , a mid-sized company that provides Intellectual and Developmental Disability Waiver services, supports and housing in community-based integrated settings across Virginia, USA. He is also a keynote speaker and considers himself a “fun-loving outdoorsy person with too many hobbies to count.”

Avoiding bias and making informed decisions when hiring

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Amanda Hinojosa, Howard University. Hiring decisions are key decisions that can have a lasting impact on an organization. Choosing who to offer a job to is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Though most managers recognize the importance of this choice, many do not take the necessary steps to ensure they are making a well-informed choice during selection.


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How to Say “No”: Five Templates to Turn Down Opportunities Gracefully

Jason Calacanis

Kevin Rose and Tim Ferris did an episode of The Random Show [ [link] ] where Tim Ferris confessed that he had cancelled his next book and refunded the advance. The book he said “no” to was about “how to say no,” which is ironic and something that any super router like Tim or Kevin has to deal with at an acute level. Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): [link] ].

Stop Hiring Interns When You Really Need Experts.

Smart Hustle Magazine

A few weeks ago I was helping a good friend and his wife and business partner produce and staff his first exhibit at a small trade show. It was me and another experienced and mature business professional, who were helping. Hiring interns was one option, it would have been very low cost, but instead he had two experienced professionals on hand. Interns are great.

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

Gamify those otherwise dull work assignments


Most of us are driven by the competitive spirit, the desire or need to win. It reinforces self-worth, provides closure at the end of a good effort, and energizes us during the effort to achieve. Being driven to achieve results. Many of us as managers – and our employees as workers – are driven by process, actions required to achieve a result.

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Elizabeth Kraus on funding women-led companies


As co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of MergeLane, Elizabeth Kraus invests in women-led startups and venture funds. And she hopes to one day make MergeLane obsolete—by achieving gender parity in entrepreneurship and VC. MergeLane, a VC fund that invests in startups and venture funds with at least one female leader, has an unusual aspiration, written in bold on its website: “We want to make MergeLane obsolete.”.

Dandapani Discusses Focus, Harnessing Entrepreneurial Drive, Parenting and Purpose

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Photo courtesy of George Evans. “As As soon as we control where awareness goes we control where energy flows. As soon as we control where energy is flowing we control what is manifesting in our life. And we need willpower and our powers of concentration to direct awareness.”. ?Dandapani. Dandapani.

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Pitch Decks and Fundraising: A Fireside Chat with the Founder of Slidebean

Dream It

It's been about a year since Slidebean’s first Youtube video breakthrough. Since then, they’ve added around 20,000 subscribers, and their videos have been watched over 1.7MM times. To celebrate their success, we collaborated with Slidebean to host a Fireside Chat in New York City on October 10th featuring Caya, founder of Slidebean, and Steve Barsh, Managing Partner at Dreamit. from DreamIt Ventures. ?

Illustrating how to be an ethical leader, with Senior Director for Leadership Ethics, Ann Skeet

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

“More and more, leaders are being held responsible in their organization,” says Ann Skeet, Senior Director for Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Ann guides programs in leadership, business, and social sector ethics, and researches, writes, and speaks about the ethical dilemmas of leaders. She understands the impact that a leader’s value and character have on the livelihood of their organization and the employees within it.

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

Intern #1 to YC Founder: An Interview with Jack Forbes of Faros (YC W19)

Y Combinator

I got a chance to interview Jack Forbes, CEO of Faros * (YC W19). He shares his experiences moonlighting as an intern at HigherMe (YC W15), playing soccer with YC founders & partners, and what drove him to start a YC company — even after being rejected. Join Work at a Startup to find your next software job (or internship) and subscribe to YC’s newsletter to receive future conversations. Ryan: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Jack.

What I've learned about IPOs and Direct Listings

Tomasz Tunguz

Today is the anniversary of Spotify IPO, which was the first direct listing of a technology company. It was championed by Barry McCarthy, the former CFO of Netflix and the current CFO of Spotify. Since then, Slack has also listed directly. And the combination of these two events has created a groundswell for more of them. In the past few months and quarters, I’ve been learning as much as I can about this topic. Here are my notes and sources. Before we start, let me define four terms.

Should You Start Holiday Marketing Now? Walmart is.

Smart Hustle Magazine

There's always a lot we can learn from big brands. Walmart, in a death fight with Amazon and other retailers is launching its Christmas and holiday marketing "now". It's not waiting until November. What about you? Should you start marketing to your customers NOW about their holiday shopping plans? The Wall Street Journal writes about it here. Here's a few tips to market for the holidays: Educate your customers and send them emails that they'll really want to open.

The Access Act

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Yesterday three Senators, Democrats Mark Warner (VA) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (MO), put forward new legislation aimed at opening up the markets in web services. Their proposed legislation is called The Access Act and you can read it in its entirety here. First let me say that this is exactly the kind of regulation we need to deal with the growing monopoly powers of companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc, etc.

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

Edition #14: Iris Kavanagh


Here at GCUC we are immensely fortunate to cross paths and work with so many amazing people. Through our work, we’ve cultivated a global community of people we think you should know about. Community of Cultivators is a blog series we created to introduce you to coworking game changers and connectors. Each month, we’ll release new interviews that we hope inform and inspire you. This week we had the pleasure of interviewing friend and cofounder of Women Who Cowork, Iris Kavanagh.

Techstars Partners with Grinnell College to Bring Techstars Iowa to Des Moines in 2020 and Beyond


BOULDER, Colo. October 22, 2019 – Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and private liberal arts college Grinnell College, today announced the launch of Techstars Iowa, a new accelerator program in Des Moines, Iowa. The mentorship-driven accelerator will be Techstars’ first program in the state of Iowa.

How I Use Gratitude To Reset My Day


Lately, I’ve been stuck in my head. It’s been a busy time for me both professionally and personally. We’re on-boarding a bunch of new people to the GAN team. We’re in the midst of our first global Momentum Tour. And I’m about to be out of the office because my family and I are going on our first true vacation of the year. It’s a lot of moving parts to juggle and I’m relatively anxious about it all.

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The Fifth Estate

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Mark Zuckerberg, in his speech last week at Georgetown University, called social media “the Fifth Estate.” ” The first three “estates” of society, classically, are the clergy, the nobility, and everyone else. When the printing press arrived during the Renaissance/Enlightenment period and a mainstream press emerged, a fourth voice, The Fourth Estate, arrived on the scene and the mainstream press has had a long, strong, and lasting effect on society.

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4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Fact: Good data lives at the core of every successful B2B demand generation strategy. Without quality data, it’s nearly impossible to identify and segment your target audience and create messaging that speaks to their values and interests. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or you’re new to demand generation, learning the tricks of the trade can be, well, tricky. In this eBook, you’ll discover how to improve your demand generation program—and your bottom line.

Is todays office fit for purpose?


Open concept office spaces are all the rage but you have likely seen the push back on them – they are noisy, they are distracting, they don’t work. But is that true? In our opinion, well designed coworking spaces aren’t noisy or distracting – they are quite the opposite. Light, acoustically sound, green, designed for maximum productivity and connection.

Techstars Partners with Harlem Capital to Fast-Track Success for Women and Minority-led Startups


New York, N.Y. October 21, 2019 – Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and Harlem Capital (“HCP”) , a New York-based early-stage venture capital firm, today announced the launch of a joint partnership focused on recruiting and investing in diverse founders to build the next generation of world-class businesses. .

I’ll Be Brief: Why Angels Should Insist on a One-Pager

The Seraf Compass

Entrepreneurs seeking to engage with investors usually offer up written materials. Usually they offer whatever they have on hand. Smart investors should insist on a crisp “one-pager” executive summary. They are kind of a hassle to create, and that is exactly the point, and what makes them so vitally important

Funding Friday: Shapeshift

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Kickstarter is running a cool crowdfunding event called Shapeshift that is focused on “bold new products made from recycled materials.” ” You can see them here and back the ones that are interesting to you. I did that this morning. Here is one of the Shapeshift projects I backed: crowdfunding


The Modern Customer Success Playbook

The evolution of every high-functioning, effective customer success strategy centers around three C’s: connected experiences, an engaging customer journey, and a culture built on customer-centricity. Satisfaction won’t cut it. Quarterbacking your customers to long-term success and growth is proven to combat churn and transform customer success teams into revenue-drivers. But where do you start? Download the playbook today!

GCUC is headed to Seattle in 2020


If you weren’t at GCUC Canada, you missed the live announcement but that’s okay because we are here to tell you that we are headed to Seattle for GCUC USA 2020! We have not been back to the west coast since 2015 so we figured it was about time! With this new local brings new things, and we think it’s about time. After reading feedback from GCUC Denver, we knew we needed to shake it up.

Why Are Unicorns Failing + What Should Founders Do?

Dream It

In this episode of #DreamitLive, Dreamit’s Steve Barsh speaks with Gil Beyda , Managing Director at Comcast Ventures and Founder & Managing Partner at Genacast Ventures. Steve and Gil dive into why pre-IPO unicorn startups are failing and post IPO valuations are dropping. In addition, based on new market realities, they explore important advice for earlier-stage startup founders on fundraising strategy, valuation, and the key metrics they should pay close attention to.

Evitar sesgos y tomar decisiones informadas al contratar empleados

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Por Amanda Hinojosa, Universidad de Howard. Las decisiones de contratación son decisiones clave que pueden tener un impacto duradero en una organización. Elegir a quién ofrecer un trabajo no es una decisión que deba tomarse a la ligera. Aunque la mayoría de los gerentes reconocen la importancia de esta elección, muchos no toman las medidas necesarias para asegurarse de que están tomando una decisión bien informada durante la selección.

Carbon Offsets

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Business and personal travel, which we’ve been doing a lot of the last two weeks, is a big producer of carbon in the atmosphere. I’m actually writing this on a cross Atlantic flight. But you can offset those carbon emissions fairly inexpensively There are a number of services on the Internet that will help you do it. Over the last four years the Gotham Gal and I have racked up about 570 tons of carbon via air travel.


A Proven Guide to Recruiting Passive Candidates

It's a simple, frustrating truth that you can't predict everything when it comes to recruiting for businesses. At some point in your role as a recruiter - perhaps more frequently than not - you'll need to fill a position quickly and you'll look for active recruitment strategies to do it. However, it's not efficient or cost-effective to be in the active recruitment mode all the time. It's important to also invest in building a passive candidate pipeline. Download the guide for tips that can help you build a recruitment strategy that attracts both active and passive candidates for the best possible mix.