Sat.Jan 11, 2020 - Fri.Jan 17, 2020

Are You a Leader or a Laggard?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Angela Fernandez, vice president of community engagement, GS1 US. Today, maintaining steady revenue growth can be difficult without the right help and mindset.

The 4 Biggest Money Mistakes Startups Make — and How To Avoid Them

TechStars

Techstars Global Network Partner Pilot provides bookkeeping and tax prep services to startups so that they can focus on their business instead of their books.

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The Crucible Of Leadership

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Yesterday evening, the Gotham Gal and I went to see Jerry Colonna do a reading from his recent book , Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. As we were standing around chatting waiting for Jerry to go on and start reading, Jerry mentioned that he once wrote a guest post for AVC. So I went back and read it this morning. It is great and I am reposting it for all of you to read this morning.

Recruiting At-Home Workers

EntreWorks Consulting

New York’s Rockefeller Institute of Government has created a new Future of Labor Research Center , and the Center’s first study is making me optimistic about their future work. Where the Mobile Workforce is Living shares data and insights on, you guessed it!, where the mobile workforce is living. Specifically, it reviews the latest numbers on home-based workers, and shows that, nationally, about 5.3% of Americans currently work from home.

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!

How to Start a Business in Canada

Smart Hustle Magazine

Getting your business off the ground requires quite a few steps, and the list can be a bit daunting at first glance. Smarter Loans is the go-to resource for Canadians seeking any kind of loan or financing when starting up their new business.

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EO Entrepreneurs Share Strategies for Failure-Proofing Small Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The statistics on small business survival are daunting: Only 50 percent of new companies will survive for more than five years in the U.S. marketplace.

big ideas 2020: a vision for the future of innovation and entrepreneurship

Venture Well

To kick off the new year—and new decade—we’d like to draw attention to four big ideas that will be of great importance in 2020 and in years to come. The post big ideas 2020: a vision for the future of innovation and entrepreneurship appeared first on VentureWell.

New Book From Techstars’ General Manager, Claudia Reuter, Encourages Women to “Lean In” By Starting-Up

TechStars

YES, YOU CAN DO THIS! HOW WOMEN START UP, SCALE UP, AND BUILD THE LIFE THEY WANT. YES, YOU CAN DO THIS! IS SET TO BE PUBLISHED BY TECHSTARS PRESS , A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TECHSTARS AND WILEY, ON FEBRUARY 19 TH.

The Easiest Way to Bring Diversity to Venture Capital: Raise the SEC's LP Count Limit

This is going to be BIG.

Raising a venture capital fund is hard enough. You’re going around to a bunch of people trying to convince them that you have what it takes to pick the big winners in a sea of aspirational companies that are destined for the scrap heap.

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.

Marketing

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I used this title for possibly the most regrettable blog post I have written on AVC back in 2011. My friend Alex’s post on the topic this weekend has made me revisit my thoughts on the subject of marketing. Alex starts off his post with this assertion: 2019 was the year when VCs and startup founders soured on paid acquisition. I am not sure if that is true, but if it is, it suggests a dramatic change in the startup playbook.

Rubber Duckies by Gaetanlee

Paul G. Silva

My thanks to Gaetanlee for making this delightful rubber duckie picture (now the header image for this website) available for all to use! Innovation Accelerator

Impact Investing: Best Reads and Podcasts

The Seraf Compass

Whether you are an experienced impact investor or just starting to explore the space, reading and listening to experts' perspectives can help expand your knowledge and provide new insights.

Why Every Startup Should Have an Advisory Board

GAN

Running a business isn’t easy. Demands from your team and your clients can fill every minute of every day and it can be hard to prioritize the work that’s actually essential to you and your company. So sometimes, it really can help to get feedback at the right time, from the right people—people who understand the intricacies of your business and who allow you to be incredibly open and honest. For most companies, that means having a board of directors.

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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.

USV’s Climate Thesis

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My partner Albert wrote a bit about how USV is investing in the climate/sustainability sector today. The high-level summary is “not very differently than we have and are investing in other sectors” At USV, we like certain businesss models, go to market approaches, and product types and that won’t change as we add climate/sustainability to our focus areas of wellness, knowledge, and capital.

Why Seed Funds Have Scaled

Haystack

For those following this blog and the seed market over the past decade, you may have noticed that every year, we see increases across the board — more investors, newer funds, and funds that get larger. Much has been written about the fact that traditional seed stage funds have grown in size and dollars under management. Here, I wanted to step back and consider “why” this has happened from my vantage point.

YC Bio Tour – 2020

Y Combinator

This year, for the first time, we’ll be visiting universities and institutions to meet founders who are focused on building biotech and healthcare companies. Since 2014, YC has funded over 250 bio, healthcare, and life science companies, making us one of the largest seed stage bio/healthcare funders in the world.

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Dan Smith

Forward Cities

This interview is part of the “Ecosystem Builders” series. More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here. Q: What is something that’s happening in KC right now that you are excited about?

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.

2019’s Top 10 Business Leaders in Sustainability

Impact Hub

Change starts with a decision, whether it be by a person, group or organization. Leaders all around the world are the key to creating shifts towards an economy that focuses on responsible consumption and production.

Techstars and Wiley Partner to Publish Techstars Press

TechStars

The new publishing imprint will curate and publish breakout ideas from entrepreneurs, innovators and industry disruptors. Boulder, Colo. January 16, 2020) – Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announces plans with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

PSA: Time is running out

GCUC

The US Government is going in BIG on Coworking. Will you answer the call? Just so you can grasp the size of the government… The federal government owns about 270,000 buildings and 2.8B In the U.S.,

Introducing CO.STARTERS in New Kensington, PA

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.

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.”

Australia is burning: A simple guide of what is happening and how you can help

Impact Hub

What is happening in Australia? Australia is battling extreme bushfires and the Climate Crisis is making the season longer and more dangerous.

An Investor’s Personal Social Media Tech Stack: In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 followers

David Teten - VC

What tech stack should a microinfluencer use? Many investors including me spend most of our day doing the same things people have always done in our job: in my case, due diligence, deal execution, etc. However, being a “microinfluencer” is now part of the job description. . In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 followers. Traditional celebrities or influencers with millions of followers have a large service industry and tech stack to serve their needs.

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Edition #19: Tobi Skovron

GCUC

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.

“How I Got Warren Rustand to Be My Mentor”

Entrepreneurs' Organization

By Shawn Johal, an entrepreneur, business growth coach and member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) in Montreal, Canada. . What is mentorship, really? The mentor-mentee connection is a unique one—one that I never really understood before.

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.