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Why AI Won't Be the Investment Opportunity Everyone Thinks It Is

This is going to be BIG.

The other day, I was watching an episode of Seinfeld and was struck by how dramatically different location-aware mobile phones have made our day-to-day existence. The entire plot was based around no one having a phone in their pocket. Watching the characters leave answering machine messages for people (and miss them), use paper maps, and get lost on the way to a cabin made it all seem pretty dated.

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Are SAFE’s Truly Everywhere? The Role of SAFEs in Angel-Stage Deals

Angel Capital Association

SAFEs! They’re apparently everywhere. And it is easy to understand why this perception persists. Y Combinator, a leading incubator, invented the original (pre-money) SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) in 2013 to provide an easy, fast and cheap way to fund the dozens of startups comprising a Y/C batch. Their rationale was simple. Companies receiving small amounts of cash should not spend much of that on legal fees or waste time negotiating complex legal terms so early in a startup’s journe

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The 5-Step Blueprint for Finding Your Perfect Co-Founder

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Partnering with the right co-founder is the biggest determinant of your future success. Having founded multiple startups across various industries, I firmly believe having the right co-founder(s) is the most significant determinant of startup success. Hence, it’s important to spend significant time up-front to probe co-founder compatibility more deeply — beyond sharing your work experiences, future vision, or a brief phone call.

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Angel Investors - Are You Fishing in the Right Pond?

The Seraf Compass

Warren Buffett is known for turning a great phrase. Besides being the second richest person in the world, he is a creative writer with an ability to explain complex topics in a simple and effective way. Buffett’s concept of winning the Ovarian Lottery is an excellent starting point for the second article in our series on building a diverse portfolio.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Recruit Your Boards of Directors and Advisors

Gust

Once your company is incorporated, you are legally required to have a board of directors. Its official purpose is to represent the rights and viewpoints of shareholders—you, as well as your fellow company owners. But the board of directors should also serve a number of valuable purposes that can help to fuel and sustain your company’s growth and long-term success.

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How Support Organizations Can Unlock the Potential of Entrepreneurs in Vietnam

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Vietnam, with its youthful population, a growing middle class, and the strong work ethic of its people. But entrepreneurship is a challenging journey, no matter where you are in the world. In Vietnam, the road to entrepreneurial success can be especially tough. From navigating complex regulations and securing funding to connecting with and growing a network, entrepreneurs in Vietnam face a unique set of challenges as they build their businesses: Ac

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Climate Table Stakes

Revolution

A salon dinner on planet, policy, and private sector momentum By Revolution Growth Partners, Kristin Gunther and Todd Klein Over the past decade, Revolution has backed a number of sustainability-focused companies, including those working to enable the circular economy, support the adoption of electric vehicles, create planet-friendly culinary experiences, and facilitate the adoption of clean energy.

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A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I was approached by a company this week that has trained a large language model on all of the blog posts I have written here at AVC. There are 9059 of them for those that are counting. They wanted to offer me a chat bot called “ask Fred.” I told them no thanks. Let me explain. I am totally fine with anyone using all of the content I have produced here at AVC to train their AI models.

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Are you at risk for tech killing your job?

Berkonomics

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. “My job as a (newspaper publisher telephone installer, stockbroker, travel agent, retail store manager) writer, poet, commercial artist – is safe as this economy continues to grow.” Yup. Thought so. We are in a decade of creative destruction that will affect most everybody. And the prime motivators of this massive destruction are the same class of entrepreneurs and innovators that have done it before.

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PE Mastery: CAPTARGET's Playbook for Quality Lead Flow

CAPTARGET presents a masterclass in M&A deal sourcing. Learn to cast a wide net, embracing seller self-identification. Consistency is the linchpin: keep the origination process steady for a reliable flow of opportunities. Diversify your tactics, employing various tools and vendors. Tech matters! Understand DNS settings, domain authority, and brand presence for optimal outreach.

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The Unsurpassed Value of Surrounding Yourself with Like-minded Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

It’s Small Business Week in the US, April 30 – May 6, a time to celebrate entrepreneurs and startups for their big ideas and their unrelenting drive to bring them into reality. It’s also an ideal opportunity for entrepreneurs to share experience, inspiration, and the challenges you’ve overcome to make your business a success. We asked EO members what lessons learned or best practices they would share with other small business owners.

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Fundamentals of Climate-Smart Entrepreneurship

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Fundamentals of Climate-Smart Entrepreneurship Just a moment, loading. The post Fundamentals of Climate-Smart Entrepreneurship appeared first on Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.

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Bloomfilter Raises $7 Million Seed Round

HPA

HPA is excited to announce our participation in Bloomfilter’s $7 Million seed round , which was led by Magarac Venture Partners. The funding included $5.5M of equity financing and $1.5 of venture debt. Bloomfilter is a process intelligence platform for software development , designed to measure and improve the software development lifecycle. The platform helps organizations develop a shared understanding of what the product team is building, when it will be delivered, and how much it costs.

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Nuview emerges from stealth with plans to map the Earth using lidar

TechCrunch

Dozens of established players and newer entrants are competing to bring the most cutting-edge remote sensing data to customers. These companies may use hyperspectral, thermal, radar or optical instruments — but none, as of yet, use light detection and ranging (lidar), a technology that’s best-known for its use in self-driving cars. Nuview , a geospatial technology company that emerged from stealth today, wants to change that.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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PowerUp Podcast returns for season three

NZ Entrepreneur

Te Puna Umanga/Venture Taranaki’s PowerUp podcast is back with the release of the first three episodes of the latest six-part series that celebrates the prominent Taranaki entrepreneurs and innovators who are leaving their mark on the world. As the Regional Development Agency, Te Puna Umanga/Venture Taranaki is powering up the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Taranaki so that fresh thinking and innovation can continue to thrive in the like no other region.

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Malaysian startup HOMA2U eecures $875K in pre-Series A funding

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Malaysian renovation and interior design marketplace, HOMA Sdn Bhd ( HOMA2U ), announced today that it has secured $875,000 in pre-Series A funding. The investment round was led by Quest Ventures Asia Fund II, an early-stage venture capital fund managed by Singapore-based Quest Ventures Pte Ltd.

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Amazon Small Business Grants announced as part of Small Business Month, Poll Results Shared

American Entrepreneurship

Deadline approaching for Grant Applications; Survey Results Share Insight about Small Business Secto Amazon continues its support for small businesses that make up a significant portion of its online vendor base. As part of Small Business Month, Amazon Business, the Amazon business procurement storefront, announced its 2023 Small Business Grants and the results its poll of small business decisionmakers.

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Spend management space sees a large raise, and layoffs, in the same week

TechCrunch

Welcome to The Interchange ! If you received this in your inbox, thank you for signing up and your vote of confidence. If you’re reading this as a post on our site, sign up here so you can receive it directly in the future. Every week, we’ll take a look at the hottest fintech news of the previous week. This will include everything from funding rounds to trends to an analysis of a particular space to hot takes on a particular company or phenomenon.

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l

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The Greatest Profitability Turnaround in Software History

Tomasz Tunguz

Which database generated a -$1.8b loss & within a year produced $130m in profits? Ethereum. Last year, I compared MongoDB & Ethereum growth to draw a parallel between two major database companies. This year, web3 activity has fallen dragging revenues along for the roller coaster ride. Ethereum revenues have collapsed 82%, which makes the earnings change that much starker.

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Indonesian startup Mimin raises seed funding to boost e-commerce efficiency

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Indonesian startup Mimin has secured seed funding from Otto Digital , a subsidiary of conglomerate Salim Group, to expand its chat commerce solutions and virtual assistant services for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.

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Coworking Spaces Are Struggling to Flourish in the Countryside

Deskmag

How are coworking spaces doing after the end of the pandemic? What problems are they facing today? We adress these questions in the first article of the 2023 Global Coworking Survey.

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Four investors explain why AI ethics can’t be an afterthought

TechCrunch

Billions of dollars are flooding into AI. Yet, AI models are already being affected by prejudice, as evidenced by mortgage discrimination toward Black prospective homeowners. It’s reasonable to ask what role ethics plays in the building of this technology and, perhaps more importantly, where investors fit in as they rush to fund it. A founder recently told TechCrunch+ that it’s hard to think about ethics when innovation is so rapid: People build systems, then break them, and then edit.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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The Real Reason It’s So Hard to Turn Investor Intros Into Startup Funding

Entrepreneur's Handbook

There’s more to getting investment than having a good recommendation.

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Advance Intelligence Group secures $80m for AI-powered financial services

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Singapore-based AI-driven technology company Advance Intelligence Group has raised $80 million in funding from an investor consortium led by existing investors Warburg Pincus and Northstar Group. The new round follows the Group’s Series D funding of over $400 million in 2021.

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Exploring and Creating New Frontiers in Technology

Jason Malki

I had the pleasure of interviewing Radha Amalraj. Radha has over 16 years of experience at large Tech organizations such as Meta, Google, Amazon, and Twitter as well as scaling up some Tech startups, and worked on setting up her own startup. She was managing Global Business Partnerships at Meta and is now Vice President of Sales at Immutable, a leading Web3 Gaming Technology company.

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Vote for the breakout sessions you want at Disrupt 2023

TechCrunch

In early 2022, you may remember, we called for experts to submit applications to present breakout sessions and roundtable discussions at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 , taking place on September 19–21 in San Francisco. After spending dozens of late nights poring over thousands of applications and consuming frightening levels of caffeine, it’s time to reveal the Audience Choice breakout sessions competing for a slot on the Disrupt agenda.

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How to Avoid the Pain and Cost of PCI Compliance While Optimizing Payments

Speaker: P. Andrew Sjogren, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Very Good Security, Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO of Fivestars, and Steve Andrews, President & CEO of the Western Bankers Association 

PCI compliance can feel challenging and sometimes the result feels like you are optimizing more for security and compliance than you are for business outcomes. The key is to take the right strategy to PCI compliance that gets you both. In this webinar, we have a great set of panelists who will take you through how Zero Data strategies can be used as part of a well-rounded compliance and security approach, and get you to market much sooner by also allowing for payment optimization.