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How Not to Get Your Time Wasted by VCs

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VCs are notorious for kicking tires. VCs take a meeting just to learn about an area. If deal flow is slow, a VC will take a meeting if you and your team seem mildly interesting even if your product isn’t. Sometimes, if you seem well connected to other founders or VCs, that will get you a meeting—because you don’t want to miss something everyone else has seen.

3 strategies to cultivate comprehensive entrepreneurship ecosystems

Venture Well

During our first virtualOPEN conference, we gathered expert panelists to discuss the best strategies for cultivating healthy and robust entrepreneurship ecosystems. The post 3 strategies to cultivate comprehensive entrepreneurship ecosystems appeared first on VentureWell. I&E Ecosystems ecosystem higher education

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Good News from Small Business in the Time of COVID-19

CO.STARTERS

Nevertheless, We Rise. We at CO.STARTERS are in the trenches right now with the entire small business support community, slogging through red bottom lines, loan application purgatory, and a constant barrage of not-so-good news. What keeps us going? The fact that it’s not all bad news. In fact, through the ongoing conversations we’ve been having with community leaders and entrepreneurs across our network, we’re finding some increasingly bright spots emerging above the gloom. .

What the New Normal Looks Like in Three Industries and Three Countries

Entrepreneurs' Organization

At Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) , our mission remains engaging business owners at every stage with the tools, education and community necessary to learn and grow to new levels of leadership , in business and beyond. As businesses begin to implement new ways of working in the new landscape , we asked three EO members—from three industries and three countries—to share how they are moving forward. . Carlos Melendez, Wovenware, EO Puerto Rico.

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!

Investing In Learning

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

USV has invested in the education sector for a bit more than ten years. We kicked things off with an event we called Hacking Education back in March 2009. We have focused on “direct to learner” businesses and have mostly avoided investing in companies that sell to the established education system. This has been a good strategy and we have assembled a fantastic direct to learner portfolio that includes companies like Duolingo , Quizlet , Skillshare , Codecademy , and Outschool.

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Taking our Flagship Accelerator Virtual-First

500

There is not a single business that is not affected in some form or another from COVID-19, and 500 Startups is no different. When news broke of COVID-19 entering in the US, we were one of the first major accelerators to turn the Demo Day experience completely virtual, and since then, we have focused on collecting data from investors and founders to help the community at-large through reports like our COVID-19 Investor Survey and Female Founders Survey.

Finding North In a New World

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Ross Drakes , an entrepreneur and creative director based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the founder of Nicework , which helps companies to define their purpose and then deliver on it. He joined the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) in 2013. His firm compiled insights on factors surrounding COVID-19 and made the report available for free. Called “Finding North (Again),” it explores emerging trends and how to create opportunity from this period of chaos. .

r/CryptoCurrency Moons

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

We have been looking for ways in which crypto assets can go mainstream. Our interest and investment in Dapper’s crypto games is an effort in that area. So is our involvement in the Libra project. We also have been involved in legacy mobile and web apps that have built cryptocurrencies inside of them. Kin and Props are two examples of that. But we are also always looking outside of our own portfolio for examples of ways in which crypto assets can go mainstream.

How COVID-19 is Changing Digital Health

Dream It

Earlier this month, Adam Dakin , Managing Director of Dreamit Healthtech, joined Phase2 Health to share his insight on how the pandemic is changing healthcare. Dakin joined Dan Baker (Managing Partner, Phase2 Health) and a panel of early-stage healthtech investors that included Neta Amidi (Global Head of Health, Plug and Play) and Matty Francis (Principal, Healthbox).

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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.

Time: Our Most Important Resource

GAN

As I think about this new season of operating, everything has changed. Rhythms, work environments, products, and business models are different. . It’s a dynamic season. One that requires a lot of brainpower. Here’s how much of my time is occupied right now—. Understanding what has happened to the economy over the last few weeks. Digging into how my team is doing and responding accordingly. Joining calls to understand what our clients are working on and what they need. .

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Fine Print: Understanding Key Deal Terms and How They Can Affect Your Returns

The Seraf Compass

It’s exciting news! The CEO of one of your investments tells you that a buyer expressed serious interest in acquiring her company for $30M. Since the company has struggled to find huge growth, you are relieved and do a quick mental “back of the envelope” calculation and you figure you’ve bagged a 5x return in a couple of years. Not too bad for one of your first angel deals

Why is the Stock Market Only Down 15%?

Tomasz Tunguz

Why is the S&P index “only” down about 15%? Given all the economic turmoil, shouldn’t the index collapse? I was wondering this so I went to the source of all truth on the internet, Reddit. As I read the investing subreddit , I stumbled onto an explanation written by VPride1995 using a simple mental model that illuminated one potential answer. The discount dividend model states that the value of a stock is the discounted cash flow of all future dividends.

Think Bigger and Think Different

Smart Hustle Magazine

A few days ago, I kept thinking that in a few months, maybe sometime next year, things would go back to some way that they were before. But I realize I'm wrong.and think that we small business owners must think differently. I beg you to read , share and comment on my LinkedIn article with tips on how very small companies can work with larger companies. Things will NEVER be the same.

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 Online: Covid, Coworking & The Future Follow Up

GCUC

As promised we gathered up the unanswered questions from our GCUC online event on the 21st and tracked down the answers for you. Below. The post GCUC Online: Covid, Coworking & The Future Follow Up appeared first on GCUC Community. Coworking Sustainability Coworking Trends Future of Work GCUC Webinars COVID-19

Leadership Has A Price

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

We’ve been watching the ESPN series The Last Dance along with something like 6mm other fans who are watching it right now. It is a reminder of how dominant Michael Jordan was in the 90s and what a special player he was. I woke up thinking about the last three minutes of episode 7 which dropped last night. Michael is asked if his intensity has come at the expense of being perceived as a “nice guy.”

How Would You Manage Your Business Differently if Shelter-in-Place Lasted 18 Months or More?

Tomasz Tunguz

If the shelter-in-place order were to remain in place for another 12 months, how would you change the way you run your business? Over the past two months, CEOs and founders have managed the turbulence imposed by the coronavirus onto their companies. Most of the time, we’ve implemented short-term plans. This week, the first companies announced longer-term plans. Twitter empowered employees to work from home forever. Google and Facebook announced work-from-home plans through the end of 2020.

We Must Go Bigger and Think Different

Smart Hustle Magazine

A few days ago, I kept thinking that in a few months, maybe sometime next year, things would go back to some way that they were before. But I realize I'm wrong.and think that we small business owners must think differently. I beg you to read, share and comment on my LinkedIn article with tips on how very small companies can work with larger companies. Things will NEVER be the same.

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.

Trovo Co. Finds CO.STARTERS

Forward Cities

Editor’s note: This article is part of a larger series called Solution Stories, which illuminates how Forward Cities is helping to guide in cities across the country. For background on the specific approach taken in communities like New Kensington, please visit the first article in the series here , and Kim’s previous post, Introducing CO.STARTERS in New Kensington, PA. Redevelopment efforts in New Kensington, PA have been an exciting journey for the community.

25 Statistics Every Business Needs to Know In 2020

Wesley Cherisien

The rate at which digital marketing is changing is astronomical, and that has made it difficult for companies to remain abreast of the industry standards.

Why is the Stock Market Only Down 15%?

Tomasz Tunguz

Why is the S&P index “only” down about 15%? Given all the economic turmoil, shouldn’t the index collapse? I was wondering this so I went to the source of all truth on the internet, Reddit. As I read the investing subreddit , I stumbled onto an explanation written by VPride1995 using a simple mental model that illuminated one potential answer. The discount dividend model states that the value of a stock is the discounted cash flow of all future dividends.

Location and Work

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I am confident this pandemic will end. At some point, we will have a vaccine, therapeutics, and/or broad based immunity. When that will happen is less clear to me. I believe that at some point, we will be able to resume living and working as we did prior to the pandemic.

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.”

OKC’s Monscierge adapts technology during pandemic to help patients communicate with hospital staff

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. A most difficult and heart-rending aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic is that COVID patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities are so alone. Quarantine is mandatory. No outside visitors. Not friends, family, or even next of kin. A patient’s only human contact is with “strangers” wearing face masks and shields, gloves and surgical gowns, booties and other protective gear. These “strangers” are of course the best of the best.

Taller con Carla Levy: ¿Cómo exponer tus productos en redes sociales?

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

¿Cuándo? Viernes 15 de mayo a las 10:00 AM hora de El Salvador. Título: ¿Cómo exponer tus productos en redes sociales? Descripción: En esta charla, Carla Levy, fundadora de Puffins y directora creativa de FatKid Studio, hablará sobre las estrategias para conocer mejor a tu público y para que te conozcan, cómo interactuar con ellos y crear una comunidad alrededor de la venta de tus productos a través de redes sociales. Regístrate aquí.

How Would You Manage Your Business Differently if Shelter-in-Place Lasted 18 Months or More?

Tomasz Tunguz

If the shelter-in-place order were to remain in place for another 12 months, how would you change the way you run your business? Over the past two months, CEOs and founders have managed the turbulence imposed by the coronavirus onto their companies. Most of the time, we’ve implemented short-term plans. This week, the first companies announced longer-term plans. Twitter empowered employees to work from home forever. Google and Facebook announced work-from-home plans through the end of 2020.

Motivating and Managing Startup Teams During a Pandemic

Dream It

Amongst the many stresses of COVID-19, some of the greatest challenges for founders have not been profit-focused, but people-focused. How do we encourage employee well being and manage our teams during this crisis? When remotely hiring employees, how do we develop deeper relationships with personnel and ensure they have a true understanding of company culture? Even more challenging, given limited resources and the need for leaner operations, how do we manage laying off employees?

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.