Sat.Jan 13, 2024 - Fri.Jan 19, 2024

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The Pros and Cons of Rando Rich People Investing in Your Startup

This is going to be BIG.

Say what you will about VCs, but we’re a mostly predictable bunch. You know what our incentives are and we care enough about our reputation within the ecosystem to not do anything too terrible—usually. Still, there are a lot of downsides to taking venture money—the push to grow at all costs, our desire to be all up in your business, literally, and sometimes, we’re kind of obnoxious.

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Key Takeaways from 5 Days with Sir Richard Branson and 50 Global Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

For as long as I can remember, when asked the popular question, “Whom would you like to have dinner with — present or past?” my answer has been Sir Richard Branson. Like many, I’ve admired Richard for his authenticity, creativity, resiliency, generosity, ability to push the limits of what’s possible, and his focus on family and fun. So, when MyEO presented the opportunity to spend four days on Necker Island, his private island in the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) with a group of 50 EO members fr

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Protecting Patient Privacy: Acorn Genetics Is Revolutionizing DNA Testing

Venture Well

Max Derbyshire, COO of Acorn Genetics, shares how the E-Team Program and the Aspire investor-engagement program advanced his innovation. The post Protecting Patient Privacy: Acorn Genetics Is Revolutionizing DNA Testing appeared first on VentureWell.

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Revolution Ventures Invests in Kashable, the Fintech Leading the Socially Responsible…

Revolution

Revolution Ventures Invests in Kashable, the Fintech Leading the Socially Responsible, Employer-Sponsored Credit Movement The $25.6M Series B will be used to expand sales and engineering teams and increase the company’s loan portfolio. Meet Kashable  — the fintech equipping working America with a better way to tackle costly debt and cover unexpected expenses during times of financial hardship.

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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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Alphathena Raises $4 Million Series Seed Round

HPA

HPA is excited to announce our participation in Alphathena’s $4M Series Seed Round , which was led by ETFS Capital. The investment will fund Alphathena’s mission to empower advisors with accessible and customizable direct indexing solutions. Alphathena introduces a robust AI-driven direct indexing platform empowering RIAs to craft distinctive personalization strategies for their clients.

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Goodnotes Acquires Dropthebit’s Traw for Productivity Solutions

AsiaTechDaily

London-based startup Goodnotes has recently finalized the acquisition of South Korean startup Dropthebit, the innovative minds behind Traw, a service designed to automatically organize meetings, lectures, and video content into concise notes and videos. The move is set to integrate Traw’s advanced generative AI technology into the Goodnotes platform, enhancing its capabilities.

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AI Venture Studio 25m Evolve launches via 25madison partnership with Apollo

American Entrepreneurship

Focus is on providing enterprises with AI-native applications to respond to changing the digital landscape. With AI and ChatAI driving a new economy, venture platform 25madison announced it is partnering with Apollo, the publicly traded alternative investment manager, to create an enterprise software venture studio called 25m Evolve. Focusing on incubating AI-native applications, 25m Evolve’s mission is to support companies facing today’s dynamic digital landscape—which is demanding they a

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Charting the Path to Success in Tech Investing: An Exclusive Interview with GoAhead Ventures’…

Jason Malki

Charting the Path to Success in Tech Investing: An Exclusive Interview with GoAhead Ventures’ Founding Trio GoAhead Ventures (“GoAhead”) is a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm founded by three Stanford graduates: Takeshi “TK” Mori, Clancey Stahr and Phil Brady (the “Managing Partners”). GoAhead’s Managing Partners met through their respective Stanford networks.

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Open Source Models : What Can We Determine from Download Patterns?

Tomasz Tunguz

Open source models have become a critical part of the AI landscape. I was curious about the trends in the open source ecosystem, so I analyzed HuggingFace data on the top 300 open source models, both by overall usage & also the top of the trending list. Open source models are governed by open source licenses. Similar to regular open source software, Apache & MIT dominate the licenses by model count. 76% of the top models choose one of these licenses.

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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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From Angel Investing to MSA Novo: Yazeed Al-Shammari’s Journey in Startups and Beyond

AsiaTechDaily

MSA Novo, a UAE-based multi-stage investment firm, specializes in channeling global best practices and institutional support to portfolio companies, facilitating their growth into regional powerhouses. The firm’s distinctive approach focuses on financial returns and fostering innovation and positive societal change. In an exclusive interview with Asia Tech Daily’s Editor, Yazeed Al-Shammari, a pivotal figure at […] The post From Angel Investing to MSA Novo: Yazeed Al-Shammari’s Journey in Start

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AI Venture Studio 25m Evolve launched via 25madison partnership with Apollo

American Entrepreneurship

Focus is on providing enterprises with AI-native applications to respond to changing digital landscape With AI and ChatAI driving a new economy, venture platform 25madison announced it is partnering with the alternative investment manager Apollo to create an enterprise software venture studio called 25m Evolve. Focusing on incubating AI-native applications, 25m Evolve’s mission is to support companies facing today’s dynamic digital landscape—that is demanding they adapt.

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Should you be optimistic about your corporate growth?

Berkonomics

Planning for future space needs after COVID. One of the most obvious observations I make with growing company CEO’s is that planning for a new office is done with an optimistic view of the future, incorporating planned space that compromises only slightly the measured needs for the next three or more years as outlined in the financial forecast. Yes, we can mitigate that with starting with a reduced size given the current remote and hybrid work environment.

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From Prompt to Paper in 60 Seconds

Tomasz Tunguz

This is the machine generated example of metawriting that I mentioned in this post. In my grade school days, a memorable lesson from 5th grade still stands out. My teacher, Mrs. L, was particularly passionate about the importance of structuring our thoughts on paper. She insisted that our class outline every essay before diving into the writing process.

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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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Meals in Minutes Raises $1.5M to Spice Up Meal Kit Offerings and Expand Globally

AsiaTechDaily

Malaysia-based food startup Meals in Minutes has successfully raised $1.5 million in a seed funding round, with 500 Global leading the investment and participation from an undisclosed private investor. With the infusion, Meals in Minutes aims to enhance its meal kit offerings, providing customers with more diverse and time-efficient options. Meals in Minutes has outlined a […] The post Meals in Minutes Raises $1.5M to Spice Up Meal Kit Offerings and Expand Globally first appeared on AsiaTechDail

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Palm Tree Crew Raises New Funding at $150M Valuation to Expand its Global Entertainment and Investment Platform

American Entrepreneurship

MIAMI—Palm Tree Crew, an entertainment, hospitality, and investment holding company, recently closed a new round of funding at a $150M valuation. Backers in the $6M round included Barry Sternlicht, Brad Garlinghouse, David Adelman, Jim Coulter, Jonathan Kraft, Keith Rabois, and Michael Meldman, among others. Palm Tree Crew, through its investment arm, also recently raised a $32M venture fund that focuses on providing capital to early-stage disruptive brands across the consumer and technology spa

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The Marketing of Million Dollar Weekend.

OkDork

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify In this solo episode, Noah Kagan takes us behind the “Million Dollar Weekend” marketing campaign. From achieving impressive pre-sales to cultivating organic strategic partnerships, Noah breaks down the key elements that he hopes will contribute to the book’s success. This episode is a comprehensive guide to effective book marketing.

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15 Tips for Creating a Realistic Budget for Your Startup

Startup Blogpost

15 Tips for Creating a Realistic Budget for Your Startup Crafting a realistic startup budget is both an art and a science, as revealed by the diverse experiences of founders and CEOs who have navigated these waters. From the importance of simplicity and adaptability to the critical balance of frugality with necessary outsourcing, we’ve compiled the top fifteen answers to guide you through the budgeting maze and help you sidestep common pitfalls.

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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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BlueOrchard and Tata Capital Lead $11M Investment in FinAGG Technologies

AsiaTechDaily

India-based fintech firm FinAGG Technologies has secured $11 million in its Series A funding round to expand in the MSMEs’ fintech space. The investment was co-led by global impact investment manager BlueOrchard and Tata Capital Limited. The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and existing investor Prime Venture Partners also participated.

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NJEDA Names Inaugural New Jersey Innovation Fellows Cohort

American Entrepreneurship

First-in-nation program will provide $3.6M in income replacement grants and mentorship to first-time entrepreneurs, creating 10 new businesses and helping fuel innovation in strategic sectors The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced the inaugural cohort of the New Jersey Innovation Fellows (NJIF) program. The cohort consists of 10 new businesses, made up of 30 entrepreneurs, that will receive a total of $3.6 million in income replacement grants, as well as mentor

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ACA Announces Skillcloud Consulting Group Partnership

Angel Capital Association

The Angel Capital Association is excited to announce our newest partnership with Skillcloud Consulting Group - a company that creates customizable HR Managed Services to run your growing payroll, benefits, HR support and talent acquisition. Recognizing the dynamic environment early-stage startups operate within, Skillcloud Consulting Group has partnered with the ACA to offer our customizable HR Managed Services specifically designed to address companies' evolving needs as they mature from Pre-Se

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Family, Code, and Innovation: The Meerchat AAC Story with Derrick Antaya

Jason Malki

I had the pleasure of interviewing Derrick Antaya, a seasoned Software Engineer with a 21-year personal coding journey and a decade of professional experience. Family holds a special place in Derrick’s heart. His world is a delightful blend of the affection from his loving wife and the unbridled enthusiasm of his 4-year-old son. Together, they embark on outdoor escapades, often accompanied by two furry companions — his dogs, providing a perfect counterbalance to the digital realm.

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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 Parentinc Seals Acquisition of Majority Stake in Luxury Retailer Motherswork

AsiaTechDaily

Parent-tech firm The Parentinc has acquired a majority stake in the premium mom and baby retailer Motherswork. The acquisition, made for an undisclosed sum, was jointly announced, integrating The Parentinc into the luxury parenting retail space. The Parentinc, recognized as a parent-tech firm, oversees the operation of theAsianparent, a prominent content and community platform designed […] The post The Parentinc Seals Acquisition of Majority Stake in Luxury Retailer Motherswork first appeared o

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Growth of Women Business Owners Continues to Lead Post-Pandemic Economy

American Entrepreneurship

Black/African American women-owned businesses and Hispanic/Latino women-owned businesses have made significant strides Women-owned businesses continue to build a track record of ambition, performance, and perseverance as seen in the 2024 Wells Fargo Impact of Women-Owned Business Report prepared in partnership with Ventureneer, CoreWoman, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).

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Meet the speakers: Camp GCUC

GCUC

Meet the speakers: Camp GCUC As the spotlight turns toward the flexspace market, there’s a notable surge in interest from landlords, investors, developers, and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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[Arrow Global in Hotel Report] Arrow Global Group appoints Rob Leary as Chair of the Board of Directors

OurCrowd

Arrow Global Group (‘Arrow’) is pleased to announce that Robert (“Rob”) G. Leary has joined the company as Chair of the Arrow Board of Directors. Rob brings a distinguished investment and leadership career spanning over 30 years in asset management and insurance, marked by his extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions and product diversification.

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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.