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.

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.

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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.

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!

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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

[OurCrowd in The Jerusalem Post] Toyota partners with Israel’s OurCrowd to hunt for innovation


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.

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.

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


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[OurCrowd in CrowdFund Insider] OurCrowd to Support “New Wave of Tech Collaboration” in Partnership with Toyota Tsusho


Global investment crowdfunding platform and Israel’s leading venture investor OurCrowd has partnered with the Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Toyota Tsusho), a member of the Toyota Group, which comprises of 17 companies including Toyota Motor. Read more here.

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.

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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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.

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!

[PRESS RELEASE] OurCrowd and Toyota Tsusho Corporation Announce Partnership to Support a New Wave of Tech Collaboration


Jerusalem / Tokyo – Oct.

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.

Video Of The Week: The Crypto Custody Business

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A few weeks ago my partner Nick and Sam McIngvale, who runs our portfolio company Coinbase’s custody business, did a talk at the CoinAlts conference. In it they talk about the evolving role of custody in the crypto markets, and what they are excited about in crypto in the next few years.


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.