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Top 3 Investor War Stories

The Seraf Compass

In our interview series we embarked on a journey to explore the experiences and insights of seasoned investors. Through it we uncovered the worst and best investing experiences encountered by these individuals and the valuable advice they have to offer.

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Overcoming obstacles and transforming STEM education in Jamaica

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Overcoming obstacles and transforming STEM education in Jamaica By Zoe Sweet “All I wanted to do was make an impact that will transform the education system in Jamaica,” says Kavelle Hylton , a 2022 YLAI Fellow and founder of STEM Builders Learning Hub. Since founding the STEM Builders Learning Hub, her impact on education in Jamaica is undeniable and she has become a role model for her students.

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Businesses Beware: The Danger of Generative AI for Online Fraud

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Each January, Data Privacy Week serves as a crucial reminder for both individuals and companies to safeguard data by maintaining vigilance against cybercriminals. The digital transformation of transactions has led to a surge in online fraud, especially in industries dealing with digital goods like online gaming and e-tickets. My recent conversation with Alex Zeltcer, CEO of nSure.ai , sheds light on this alarming issue.

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Shaping the Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Deshpande Symposium

Venture Well

Last year, almost 200 academics, policy planners, and practitioners across the innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) higher education ecosystem convened at Arizona State University for the. The post Shaping the Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Deshpande Symposium appeared first on VentureWell.

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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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The Collaboration Pact for Accelerators

Morrow

The Collaboration Pact is an agreement first and foremost for any venture growth organization considering membership in Morrow. The post The Collaboration Pact for Accelerators appeared first on Morrow.

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How to Move Beyond Resolutions to Sustainable New Habits

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Over winter break, I discovered the drawstring on my favorite flannel pants had been pulled completely into one of the holes. This rendered the drawstring unusable and made the pants not fit properly. This kicked off a frustrating, hours-long effort of using a safety pin to try and pull the drawstring back through the hole, before I realized the string was stuck in the waistband of the pants.

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The Future of Prosumer: The Rise of “AI Native” Workflows

Andreessen Horowitz

Few people love the software they use to get things done. And it’s no surprise why. Whether it’s a slide deck builder, a video editor, or a photo enhancer, today’s work tools were conceived decades ago — and it shows! Even best-in-class products often feel either too inflexible and unsophisticated to do real work, or have steep, inaccessible learning curves (we’re looking at you, Adobe InDesign).

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Decoding Deep Tech: A Conversation with Dr. Damian Tan of Vickers Venture

AsiaTechDaily

Founded in 2005 by a renowned coalition of innovators, including Dr. Finian Tan, Dr. Khalil Binebine, Dr. Jeffrey Chi, Dr. Damian Tan, Linda Li, and Raymond Kong, Vickers Venture Partners has firmly established its presence and influence in the global venture capital space. Renowned for its successful investments in companies like Baidu.com, Inc., Focus Media […] The post Decoding Deep Tech: A Conversation with Dr.

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Altitude Lab Startups Raise Over $120M in Capital

American Entrepreneurship

Launches Fellowship Grant Opportunity for Early Career Entrepreneurs Altitude Lab today announced that its incubating startups raised over $120M in early-stage funding since commencing operations in 2020. Altitude Lab was founded by Recursion to support burgeoning startups and underrepresented entrepreneurs in Utah with fully equipped laboratories, a network of investors, business operations education, and a community of founders.

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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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Do you even need a business coach?

Berkonomics

Everyone, even seasoned CEO’s can use a good coach who knows how to bring out the best in a person, is knowledgeable about the business process, and who has an extended list of relationships to call upon to fill needs that become obvious in the coaching process. Business coaches come in all sizes and shapes. Entrepreneurs will have a relative willing to devote time, a school friend with business experience, professionals who charge for the service, investors with a reason to prom

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A Personal Update

Andreessen Horowitz

They say time flies when you’re having fun. And in what felt like a blink of an eye, I look back and realize I’ve spent over 12 years at a16z. And what an unforgettable ride it’s been. When I joined, there were fewer than 30 employees. I knew everyone’s kid’s name, I knew their dog’s name. Back then we had to work hard to introduce ourselves to founders as some hadn’t heard of us, and the operating value add model was still unproven on Sand Hill Road.

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Baby Shark Fund: SUTD’s Dive into Micro-Innovation for Student Ventures

AsiaTechDaily

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is set to launch the Baby Shark Fund, allocating S$3.2 million to support “micro-innovation” projects by its students. This initiative complements existing funding programs geared toward more advanced projects. The Baby Shark Fund, drawing its name from the renowned reality TV series Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs pitch […] The post Baby Shark Fund: SUTD’s Dive into Micro-Innovation for Student Ventures first appeared on AsiaTechDaily -

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TravelPerk’s breakout Business Platform gains $104M led by Softbank Vision Fund 2

American Entrepreneurship

Existing investors joining the latest round, giving TravelPerk a $1.4 billion valuation. Another high-growth digital platform gains a significant amount of follow-on funding with the announcement by TravelPerk that it has secured over $100 million as an extension of the Series D-1 raised in January 2022. Investors are excited about TravelPerk’s hyper-growth business travel management platform that is unleashing the full monetization potential of SMB and mid-tier companies in Europe and the U.S.

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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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AI Drove the Largest New Bookings of Any New Product

Tomasz Tunguz

ServiceNow, a $150b market cap company, made this statement yesterday in their earnings call : “In Q4, our gen AI products drove the largest net new ACV contribution for our first full quarter of any of our new product family releases ever, including our original Pro SKU.” That’s pretty sensational for a company with 3 massive business lines & enough acronyms to fill a dictionary : “With technology, customer and creator, we now have 3 workflow businesses over $1 billi

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Jobs of the Future

Andreessen Horowitz

In a world where technology is moving at an unprecedented pace, what will the jobs of the future look like? Kai Roemmelt, CEO of the online learning platform Udacity, and Lisa Gevelber, a key figure at Google responsible for building the Grow with Google program, unpack the seismic changes reshaping the tech and education realms. From disrupting hiring norms to redefining how we acquire degrees and engage globally, this episode poses the question: How can you skillfully navigate the challenges a

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InnoVen Capital’s Dual-Currency Fund: $130M Initial Close Signals Strong Singapore-China Ties

AsiaTechDaily

InnoVen Capital, the venture debt provider backed by Temasek’s Seviora and UOB, has announced the launch of its second China fund, InnoVen China Fund II, with an initial close of approximately US$130 million. This USD-RMB dual-currency fund aims for a total size of US$250 million. The fund has already secured about half of its target, […] The post InnoVen Capital’s Dual-Currency Fund: $130M Initial Close Signals Strong Singapore-China Ties first appeared on AsiaTechDaily - Asia's Leading Tech a

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New Startup Accelerator for Battery Innovation Accepting Applications

American Entrepreneurship

Mostly remote six-month program leverages New York-based Federally Designated Battery Tech Hub The National Science Foundation as part of its mission to spur innovation across the U.S. awarded a $4.5 million grant to NextCorps and Binghamton University. Part of this initiative was used to open the new accelerator ChargeUp in upstate New York , focusing on battery innovations.

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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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From Corporate to Greetings Cards – Mackenzie’s Million Dollar Journey

OkDork

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify Today we are chatting with Mackenzie , a former corporate strategist from Apple and Warby Parker, who plans on taking on Hallmark & American Greetings by revolutionizing the greetings card industry through her Shopify store and newsletter. As an early reader of “Million Dollar Weekend,” Mackenzie unveils the real-life applications of the book’s principles.

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Transforming lives through skill development: TSWINI’s inspirational journey

Impact Hub

Transforming lives through skill development: TSWINI's inspirational journey Chisom Nwankwo, founder of The Skilled Women Initiative (TSWINI), began with a vision to empower Nigeria’s internally displaced persons (IDPs) through skills training. Evolving from hat-making to a diverse range of skills, TSWINI’s impact has reached over 1,200 beneficiaries in Nigeria, Ghana, and Uganda.

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Behind the Wheel: Unveiling Carefer’s Growth Strategy with Saleh Shahini

AsiaTechDaily

In 2016, Carefer, a Riyadh-based auto-tech startup, leveraged technological solutions to simplify the process for both individuals and businesses. With strategic investments from Elm Company and key partnerships with industry giants like Najm, Absher, and Kolna Amn, Carefer swiftly expanded its footprint, now catering to over 28 regions in Saudi Arabia through marketing a network […] The post Behind the Wheel: Unveiling Carefer’s Growth Strategy with Saleh Shahini first appeared on AsiaTechDaily

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Banking Fintech Closes Series A to Expand Community Bank Deposit Management Platform

American Entrepreneurship

The country’s only tech-enabled deposit network is leaving behind competitor networks that still use manual processes While fintech funding languished in 2023 , deposit management platform ModernFi is an exception going into 2024, having just closed an $18.7 million Series A funding round. The platform serves community and regional banks by helping them grow, retain, and manage their deposits.

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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 Weekend that Changed Everything: Pat’s $24k a Month Story

OkDork

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify Today we chat with Patryk Gostek , a former YouTube consultant and former head of customer success at Tubics, as he shares his Million Dollar Weekend journey. Uncover the incredible transformation from being the “biggest procrastinator” to validating and setting up an entire business within 48 hours. Pat’s experience reveals the power of taking action, overcoming discomfort in sales, PRE-order for exclusive bonuses – milliondollarweekend

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How to Prepare for an Exit: Private MA Transactions

Angel Capital Association

After many early mornings and late nights, it is natural for a founder of an emerging company, and its investors, to look to the future and ask, now what? For many emerging companies, the next step is an exit through a private acquisition or merger. If the company is not properly prepared, this exit may be difficult or even less likely to occur. Angel investors, as frequent board members, board observers and informal advisors, may be able to encourage their portfolio companies to take steps to e

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Community of Cultivators: Edition 66

GCUC

Community of Cultivators: Edition 66 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.

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Transforming a Top Retail Brand to Compete in the Digital Economy

American Entrepreneurship

Sri Solur, CEO of Kenmore Brands at Transformco, takes listeners through his journey of transforming the Kenmore brand in today’s digital world, leaving behind its one-hundred-year history as a top Sears appliance brand. Hear how through his leadership he changed the company’s “retail-captive” culture to embrace innovation, while also applying his 25+ years of experience as a Chief Product Officer at top product-based high-tech companies such as Hewlett Packard and Berkshire Grey Lis

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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.