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Bridging the Rural Opportunity Gap

Co Starters

Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 3. This article is the third in a three-part series covering sometimes overlooked aspects of inclusion in entrepreneurial ecosystem building. Part one considers age inclusion.

Advancing your business with the help of an accelerator

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

When emerging entrepreneur David Davila started to develop his idea of a family business selling coffee, one of his friends recognized that he had a great idea and encouraged him to apply to Union Kitchen, a startup accelerator in the United States.

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4 Leadership Secrets I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Manager

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Violet Lim, an EO Singapore member and the co-founder of Lunch Actually , Singapore’s first and largest lunch dating agency. A version of this article originally appeared on LinkedIn. . I first became a manager at 24, the year that we started the business.

Pittsburgh: A City Fueled By a Culture of Innovation and Community

GAN

We just finished the first leg of the GAN Momentum Tour in Pittsburgh. It was the first of five trips we’re making around the world where accelerators, corporate partners, and startups come together around one purpose: Helping startups who are operating in unique places around the world (“everywhere else” places—the cities that might not be considered major tech hubs) gain more momentum, wherever they call home. You can see a 90-second video of all that happened here.

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!

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan

TechStars

How does a country go from lifting a national ban on television in 1999 to nurturing tech startups in 2019? What does a startup ecosystem look like in a United Nations’ classified Least Developed Country?

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Revolutionizing responsible tourism in Nicaragua

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

“Every action we take, big or small, can make a difference in our society,” says Damaris Guardado, co-founder of Purpose Driven Tours Nicaragua. “I I cannot change the world, but I can contribute to make it a better place to live.”.

The Hit Rate

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This simple and short blog post by the folks at Correlation Ventures contains the key to venture capital returns – the hit rate. In the Correlation post, they define “hit rate” as: the percent of invested dollars generating a 10X or greater return.

Declan Kelly Joins Techstars Investment Team

TechStars

Kelly will help Techstars increase connectivity between startups and the global venture community to fuel innovation and growth. BOULDER, Colo. – September 17, 2019 – Techstars is excited to announce the addition of Declan Kelly to the Techstars team as Head of Investor Platforms, EMEA.

Accessibility as an Advantage in Venture Capital: Why Creating Value for Everyone in the Community Wins

This is going to be BIG.

I believe that the next generation of top companies are far more likely to be founded by people not on VC radars today.

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.

EO Japan Launches Exchange Program for Children

Entrepreneurs' Organization

With the world’s attention turning to Japan for the Rugby World Cup 2019 and for the 2020 Olympics, members of EO Japan realized an opportunity to cultivate an international mindset in their families. What better time to connect with other countries?

Hair On A Deal

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

In a perfect world, everything about a potential investment will be confidence inducing. The team will be great and reference well. The market will be huge. The technology will be well developed. The price and terms will be attractive. But the world is not perfect. There will always be things about a potential investment that create heartburn.

Can Magic Help You Grow Your Business? Maybe, But Differentiation Definitely Can

Smart Hustle Magazine

Mark Levy is the founder of Levy Innovation LLC , a positioning and branding firm that helps thought leaders grow their personal brand and business. Mark says he typically works with 2 types of clients. .

Introducing Revolution Ventures 3

Revolution

Today, we’re announcing the launch of Revolution Ventures III (RV3)?—?an an over-subscribed $215 million fund to invest in transformative early stage companies with the same team and differentiated approach as the successful Revolution Ventures II (RV2).

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.

The Role of Middle Management in Your Company

Entrepreneurs' Organization

From EO Melbourne , we share the skills of a great middle manager. “Middle management” is the level in a corporate structure that bridges the senior executives and the junior ranks.

Self Confidence

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A friend of mine told me a story this morning about a time that he said he had the money when he did not and then he went out and found it. It reminds me of Mark McCormack’s What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School where he tells story after story of signing big deals that he had no ability to pay for and then going out and funding them. Mark and my friend both knew they could get the money even though they did not actually have it.

CONGRATULATIONS TO FIVE STARTUPS THAT RECEIVED BEN FRANKLIN FUNDING

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

STATE COLLEGE, PA – At the September 2019 Board of Director’s meeting the largest early-stage investor in the region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners added five additional startups to its portfolio of funded clients. Below are brief descriptions of the innovations developed by the companies.

An RV Trip Across America

Revolution

30 days. 7,667 miles. 26 states. This summer, Jean Case and I took an RV on a trip across America. It had always been a bucket list item for us and it ended up being a fun, interesting, and inspiring journey. We visited a lot of places. Met a lot of people. Learned a lot.

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.

8 Steps to Building a Plan for Your First Customer Event

Smart Hustle Magazine

If you are working on your first event for your customers, you need a plan. That’s true for any kind of event, from a festival to a fundraiser to a funhouse. Writing an event plan might sound like a major project, and it kind of is.

The Story Behind Our Investment In Humble Dot

Haystack

About a year ago, a friend told us about this new work app they were using. Didn’t think much about it. Then, the same thing happened a few days later. It’s just the Bay Area echo chamber at work. And then finally, a few weeks later, their usage started to spike, and a real investment round came together, and we scrambled, triangulated, and spent a bunch of time with Will and Macgill, the original creators of Humble Dot. And, we became small investors in the company.

YC and Ginkgo Bioworks announce new partnership for synthetic biology startups

Y Combinator

Ginkgo Bioworks was the first bio company YC funded, back in summer 2014, which makes us especially delighted to announce a new partnership between YC and Ginkgo. Ginkgo Bioworks programs cells. They program them to produce flavors, fragrances, cannabinoids, food proteins, and more. To do that, they have built the world’s most advanced compiler and debugger of genetic code for the rapid engineering of new organisms.

Dreamit Announces the Fall 2019 Cohort

Dream It

The Dreamit Fall 2019 cohort at Kickoff Week in Philadelphia. Photo credit: Bob Stasio, Dreamit (@BobStasio). Our team at Dreamit is thrilled to announce the new cohort of startups for our Fall 2019 Securetech , Healthtech , and Urbantech programs.

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.”

Little Known Facts about the VC Industry

Tomasz Tunguz

I’ve been searching for a great history of the venture capital industry since before I joined Redpoint. There are a handful of books that are pretty good. Done Deals. eBoys. Creative Capital. But there’s a great one called VC by Tom Nicholas. Nicholas traces the history of the venture capital industry back to whaling. They were called venture capitalists back then, but they serve the same role. Men would broker relationships between wealthy individuals and adventuresome captains.

So You Want to Implement an Identity Solution: Here’s How to Begin & What to Consider

Smart Hustle Magazine

IT and security professionals have more responsibilities than ever, particularly at SMBs. Competing priorities from the helpdesk to network maintenance to managing user access and securing employee identities are made all the more complicated by the variety of apps and devices in use across a company. Getting visibility into who is accessing what, when, and where – and then controlling it – can sometimes seem like a Herculean task.

The Cost of Preemptive Deals

Y Combinator

Recently, while discussing a preemptive funding offer with a company, we noticed that the offer was more dilutive than expected. Wondering if this was an outlier, we looked at 120 US Series A rounds from our portfolio over the past 18 months to see whether or not preemptive offers were generally more or less dilutive than process driven rounds. We were somewhat surprised to discover that, on average, founders taking preemptive offers are taking ~1.4% more dilution for less money.

Most of your big problems start as small problems.

Berkonomics

Let’s talk about surprises. And whether to warn your superiors or your boards about these unraveling events early. You have a dashboard or KPI’s, don’t you?

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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.