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3 Keys to Stitch Fix's Success to Do Now

Smart Hustle Magazine

Success. Achievement. Accomplishment. These are all words we want to describe our business endeavors. So what is the formula? Although a single recipe for overflowing revenue does not exist, wisdom still comes from sitting at the table of successful individuals.

online education: tips and resources for innovation and entrepreneurship educators

Venture Well

We’ve compiled key learnings and best practices from educators in our community who have adjusted to the demands of online education. The post online education: tips and resources for innovation and entrepreneurship educators appeared first on VentureWell. Faculty teaching resources

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Why Startups Should Establish Qualifying Signals for Sales Teams Early On

Tomasz Tunguz

Demand generation limits growth. To scale, a company must find customers in ever larger numbers. The ideal scenario is one where purely external signals confer a prospect’s propensity to buy. A prospect experiences hypergrowth is perfect example. Massive headcount growth presages large software purchases and expansion. A company anoints a new department head catalyzing change. The more external the signal of lead quality, the easier the demand generation task will be.

Cities Should Think Creatively about Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building

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How do other cities build entrepreneurship? Alejandro Manzanares of the National League of Cities (NLC) shares insights from cities in its third cohort on establishing entrepreneurial seed funds, building innovative workforces and ecosystem mapping

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!

Promoting women’s advancement in Haiti through creative baked goods

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Caroline Sachdeva. 2017 YLAI Fellow Marie Flore Morett, owner of Delices de Marie Florett , has worked to create a welcoming community in Haiti to empower women to seek employment opportunities and work to decrease the job and wage inequalities present in Haiti.

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Some Thoughts On New Tax Revenues

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Federal, State, and Local governments are facing massive budget gaps and will need to close them with a mix of cost reductions and new revenues. While this is always hard and has a real toll on people who might lose their jobs or have to pay more in taxes, it is also an opportunity to do things that have been hard to do until now. Here are some ideas on the revenue side: 1/ Legalize the cannabis industry and tax it. This has already been done successfully in some states.

Where have you gone, Bill de Blasio?

This is going to be BIG.

Reports of NYC’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Far from becoming a crime-ridden hellscape, NYC’s actual numbers of murders and robberies are on a pace that is not only down from 10 years ago, which was eight years into Mike Bloomberg’s term as Mayor, but they’re almost half as much as they were at the end of the Giuliani administration, when people thought NYC crime had been "cleaned up". Our current coronavirus case counts make us one of the safest cities to be in the entire country.

How adaptability during a pandemic transformed this YLAI Fellow’s Honduran sustainability company

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Angie Garozzo. 2018 YLAI Fellow Cinthya Andino is most passionate about design and about protecting the environment. In 2015, she was able to merge these two passions together to create her company, Beleaf.

Asana S-1 Analysis - Comparing One Productivity Powerhouse to Another

Tomasz Tunguz

Asana filed their S-1 this week. Asana builds productivity and task management solutions. When they launched, their vision of eliminating email through task management made big waves in the market.

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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.

I’m No Good At Numbers

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

In the final presentation session of our Summer Bridge internship program yesterday, an impressive young man told us that he had stayed away from a career in business because he “was not good at numbers.” ” I stopped him and suggested that maybe he is good at numbers but only numbers that interest him. He pondered that for a minute and agreed that when numbers matter to him, he’s interested in them. That’s how everyone is in my experience.

Lead, Follow Or Get Out Of the Way - The Art and Science of Deal Leadership

The Seraf Compass

Active deal leadership is one of the essential elements of success in early stage investing. As legendary investor Fred Wilson observed, every round needs a lead investor. Being a great deal lead takes experience, or the guidance of a great process.

designing paper-thin, flexible batteries for vital electronics: q&a with Rajan Kumar from E-Team, Ateios

Venture Well

VentureWell E-Team, Ateios, is developing a platform technology to manufacture customizable, flexible batteries for the growing medical patches market. The post designing paper-thin, flexible batteries for vital electronics: q&a with Rajan Kumar from E-Team, Ateios appeared first on VentureWell.

Digital Banking for Small Businesses During COVID-19

Smart Hustle Magazine

Cameron Peake is the CEO and co-founder of Azlo , which provides digital banking and business services for small businesses, founders, freelancers, to help them get started and navigate their full entrepreneurial journey.

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.

Pay and Precedent

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

We are finally in an era where an equal role comes with equal pay. This is a very good thing but it comes with some hard lessons. One of them is about pay and precedent. You cannot make a hire and a compensation commitment without thinking very deeply about the precedent you are setting. Let’s say your company is now fifty people and you can see that you will need to be a hundred and fifty people in a couple years. You decide it’s time to build a proper senior leadership team.

YC Summer 2020 Batch Stats

Y Combinator

At our 31st Demo Day, 198 companies presented virtually over two days. You can see a list of the companies that presented on-the-record in the YC Directory. You can also read about the companies in TechCrunch here and here. Below are some stats about the YC Summer 2020 batch.

Five Low-Cost Customer Acquisition Tactics for Startups


By Robert McClees, HubSpot for Startups. Customer acquisition is something that most startups struggle with in the early stages of their business. Founders with limited funding face a multitude of challenges and it’s often hard to dedicate resources to gaining new customers.

Why entrepreneurs should be the geeks of personal development?

Smart Hustle Magazine

Some years ago, I discovered personal development as a critical focus to look after my best self as a result of an emotional breakup. I started to attend events, meetups, read lots of self-help books, and surprisingly the personal development forums were mostly about entrepreneurship.

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.

How to Name Your Coworking Space


We are calling it now, there are going to be new coworking spaces opening as people head “back to work” but not back to. The post How to Name Your Coworking Space appeared first on GCUC Community. Coworking Coworking Trends

Going Public Circa 2020; Door #3: The SPAC

If you are looking past or through Covid — and why not, all of Wall Street is — the topic du jour in Silicon Valley is Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, or SPACs. SPACs are all the rage, and everybody and their brother have either raised one or are talking about raising one.

The Trifecta

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A trifecta in horse racing is when you accurately predict win place and show. It is when you get three bets correct. We’ve had the opposite happen in 2020. We’ve had three things go wrong at the same time. As my friend David Steinberg said to me last month, we are witnessing 1918 (pandemic) plus 1929 (economic crisis) plus 1968 (racial crisis) all at the same time. Of course they are related. The economic crisis was brought on by the pandemic.

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Digital B2B Payments Adoption a Pandemic Silver Lining

Smart Hustle Magazine

An upside to the pandemic according to small business owners is the adoption of digital B2B payments. Mastercard found in a recent study that 57% of small businesses increased their use of digital systems for business-to-business payments amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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.”

Hey, entrepreneurs: Don’t push your kids the way you push yourself

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Lee Hausner is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist based in Los Angeles, California, USA. She specializes in helping successful families raise resilient, hard-working children. In February 2019, Dr. Hausner was a guest on Kalika Yap’s Wonder podcast.

Accredited Investor Definition Expanded to Increase Access to Investment Opportunities

Angel Capital Association

By: Pat Gouhin, Chief Executive Officer After ACA’s multi-pronged, multi-year advocacy for amendment to the “accredited investor” definition, we are pleased to report we’ve met with success. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced yesterday that the definition of an “accredited investor” has preserved the existing income thresholds and has been expanded to provide more access to private equity by allowing investors to qualify based upon new criteria.

Funding Friday: Isolated On The Road

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I backed a bunch of projects this morning on Kickstarter and this one really stuck with me. I like supporting young creators who are putting their work out there and seeking funding for it. And I also like the idea of documenting this pandemic in photos so we can remember it when its in the rear view mirror. USV TEAM POSTS: crowdfunding

Taller con Celina Portillo: El fracaso antes del éxito

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

¿Cuándo? Martes 1 de septiembre a las 4:00 PM hora de El Salvador. Tema: El fracaso antes del éxito. Descripción: A veces, es necesario fallar para avanzar, sin embargo, esta no es una decisión fácil de tomar.

Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.