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The Truth Behind 8 Common Myths on Cofounder Conflict

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Navigating business partner arguments is more difficult when teams can’t separate fact from fiction.

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Advice to Rising VCs and Founders Navigating The Correction

Revolution

By Revolution Ventures Managing Partner David Golden and VP Alex Shtarkman Given the tumultuous year in tech and overall market uncertainty, a hot topic among institutional investors right now is the magnitude of potential markdowns in the coming year or two. But what could that look like? To determine approximately how many U.S. VC dollars are at risk, we conducted a historical analysis of top quartile fund managers over the past quarter century (as far back as we could access reliable Cambridg

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Grow Fast, Breakeven, or Die: How Moderate Cuts Will Kill Startups in 2023

This is going to be BIG.

“Extend your runway.” That’s what every VC is telling their portfolio companies these days. The very important part they’re leaving out, however, is, “But keep growing at the same pace before the cuts.” In other words, they’re telling companies that, in order to get next round funding, they’re somehow supposed to stay the same fast growers they were before the tech downturn, but just do that longer and get to higher aggregate revenue and performance numbers.

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EmpowHER: How Women Can Get—and Stay—Ahead of the Game in Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by Abeer Qumsieh, a seven-year EO Jordan member who is the founder of Better Business , the leading organization for management consulting and human capital development in Jordan, and Khibraty , an intelligent digital matchmaking marketplace for expertise seekers and providers. She is also a partner in MakanE , an e-commerce enabler in the Middle East.

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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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Boston’s university-to-startup pipeline defies downturn to grow and diversify

TechCrunch

City Spotlight: Boston Register for the free event here! Boston offers a world of advantages for startup founders 5 investors discuss Boston’s resilient tech ecosystem The startup economy has grown and shifted since the turn of the century, and universities — stocked with a never-ending supply smart, ambitious young people — have increasingly taken part.

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“Just Ship It” All the Entrepreneurship Gurus Say

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Why we take that with a grain of salt at our consumer startup Photo credit: Derek Liston You hear it constantly in the startup community — “just ship it!” Really? That’s it? Just ship it? Am I being duped by Twitter-speak and startup mentor nonsense spouted by people with no skin in my game? It’s well intentioned on the part of the second or third time founder turned angel, VC, or accelerator mentor.

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4 Lessons Learned from Running a Crypto and NFT Marketing Agency

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Marketing is complex in itself, but it comes with even more unique challenges when your agency focuses on crypto and NFTs. In the last few years, we’ve seen massive market changes that shocked the entire financial system, and as a result, our agency quickly learned how to adapt. Our goal is to help clients with everything from token launches and community building to social media management and PR communications.

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AI’s hype isn’t going to be simply star-studded 

TechCrunch

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a nuanced take on this week’s startup news and trends by Senior Reporter and Equity co-host Natasha Mascarenhas. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. First off, hello to all the new Startups Weekly subscribers who joined us after last week’s newsletter. I’m glad we all still resonate with a comeback story. Second, here are some basics on what to expect.

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Animoca Brands’ The Sandbox acquires German game development studio Sviper

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Animoca Brands’ gaming subsidiary The Sandbox has announced its acquisition of Sviper GmbH, a German game development studio that is known for its creative excellence in working with major brand partners and its senior-level talent. Sviper’s acquisition is set to add development, engineering, and creative talent to The Sandbox’s global team.

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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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Magical Metrics with Omni

Tomasz Tunguz

In August, I wrote about why Omni’s technology reinvents BI once more. The Omni founding team hails from Looker & Stitch. They’ve set out to solve the problems customers faced with the previous generation of BI. Today, I can show you what this means in practice because Omni is commercially available. Anyone who has managed a larger BI deployment has faced the challenge of managing hundreds, perhaps thousands of metrics.

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ChatGPT & 5 Other AI Tools to Help Your Small Business

StartupNation

ChatGPT burst onto the scene late last year, creating a massive new wave of interest and investment into… The post ChatGPT & 5 Other AI Tools to Help Your Small Business appeared first on StartupNation.

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8VC raises $880M in new fund that aims ‘to fix a broken world’

TechCrunch

Austin-based venture firm 8VC, led by controversial Palantir founder Joe Lonsdale, has raised $880 million in its fifth fund. In a blog post published today, Lonsdale — who serves as 8VC’s general partner — said that his firm’s mission is “to fix a broken world.” While he did not specify which industries the new fund would target or average check size, Lonsdale did reveal that 8VC now manages “over $6 billion in committed capital” and that it plans to invest “at every stage,” as well

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E-commerce aggregator Una Brands raises $30M in pre-Series C funding

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Multi-channel e-commerce aggregator Una Brands targets to further develop its platform after raising $30 million in its pre-Series C funding round. The fundraiser, which was a mix of equity and debt, will provide Una Brands with sufficient funding for its operations and acquisition plans in the next two years.

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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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Announcing Y Combinator's Spring 2022 Tech Hiring Event

Y Combinator

We're excited to host an in-person tech hiring event on Wednesday, March 8th at 5:30 PM at Y Combinator's San Francisco office. This will be the first in-person hiring event we're hosting at YC in over two years, and we have 9 YC-backed startups who are looking to hire engineers and technical talent. The event will feature brief founder & company overviews, time to network, and light food and drinks provided by YC.

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What business to build and which sector to focus on in 2023

Founder Bounty

We can some industries that are expected to grow in the near future and may offer potential opportunities for entrepreneurs. Times are changing the war in Ukraine and covid have both brought opportunities in various sectors. We have tried to put together a few marcos sector which you guys could focus on including the creator economy. Sustainability and Clean Energy - As more people become environmentally conscious, there is a growing demand for sustainable products and services.

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Bitwise Industries lands $80M to expand its sprawling software dev business

TechCrunch

In 2013, Irma Olguin Jr. — a third-generation Mexican American and the first in her family to go to college — was working on making coding instruction available to disadvantaged members of her community. During her work, she met Jake Soberal, an intellectual property lawyer, who shared Olguin’s desire to leverage the tech industry to effect change at the local level.

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FreshToHome nets $104m in Series D led by Amazon Smbhav Venture Fund

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register FreshToHome ‘s mission to make 100% preservative and antibiotic-residue free fish, seafood, and meat affordable and accessible to millions of meat lovers received a boost from the outcome of its recently concluded Series D. The funding round closed with $104M in fresh investments for the world’s largest and fully integrated online consumer brand for preservative and antibio

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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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There’s Only One Good Reason to Raise Venture Capital

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Fundraising isn’t as important to building startups as most founders think Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook »

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Pulp Nonfiction : What I Learned Writing a Blog Post with ChatGPT

Tomasz Tunguz

Over the past week, I put ChatGPT to the test, enlisting it as copy-editor for a forthcoming blog post. Here was my process: I dictated a blog post outline into a Google document I prompted ChatGPT to revise the post for clarity & pasted the text I copied ChatGPT’s response, edited it some more & consulted ChatGPT for three rounds just like John McPhee So, does a robot copy-editor work in practice?

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Boston offers a world of advantages for startup founders

TechCrunch

City Spotlight: Boston Register for the free event here! 5 investors discuss Boston’s resilient tech ecosystem Boston’s university-to-startup pipeline defies downturn to grow and diversify In order to build a startup culture, a city or region needs some key elements in place – like an innovation engine to drive startup ideas. It needs a couple of successful exits, which in turn drives angel investing as entrepreneurs growing increasingly wealthy look to help new founders building companies reach

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Blockchain Founders Fund makes final close of $75m venture fund

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Blockchain Founders Fund , an early stage Web3 Venture capital fund based in Singapore , has announced the final close of its Fund II at $75 million. Fund II, which aims to support high growth potential pre-Seed and Seed stage Web3 and blockchain startups, received backing from key investors, including Polygon, Ripple, Octava, NEO Global Capital (NGC), Appworks, Sebastien Borget COO of

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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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Things going right? Control your euphoria!

Berkonomics

One thing a senior manager can count on is that someday, something will go right, very right. Well, after all the disappointments, pressure and outright failures, this is NEWS. So, we tend to go overboard a bit. As a member of the board, I’ve received calls on weekends, at night and texts at hours I didn’t even think existed – from CEOs who couldn’t control the euphoria.

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The Angel Capital Association Appoints a New Dean of Faculty for the Ann and Bill Payne ACA Angel University Program

Angel Capital Association

For Immediate Release Overland Park, KS (February 27, 2023) The Angel Capital Association is delighted to announce that Sonu Mirchandani , Faculty and Entrepreneur Program Director for the College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University, has been appointed Dean of Faculty for the Ann and Bill Payne ACA Angel University. Named after our lead donors and unparalleled education supporters, the Ann and Bill Payne ACA Angel University is growing rapidly and seeks to support inves

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SpotDraft shows that contract lifecycle management remains profitable, raises $26M

TechCrunch

VCs see a rich opportunity in tools to manage the contract lifecycle. Two years ago, startups developing software that helps draft, manage and review contracts raised over $70 million in venture equity. While a relatively small space compared to, say, the market for customer relationship management ( $44.9 billion in 2023), contract lifecycle management, or CLM, is growing at a rapid clip.

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Used-car marketplace Carro scores investment from insurtech major ZA Tech

AsiaTechDaily

Bookmark ( 0 ) Please login to bookmark Username or Email Address Password Remember Me No account yet? Register Carro , Southeast Asia’s largest used car marketplace, has received an undisclosed amount of investment from insurtech major ZA Tech Global Limited (ZA Tech), according to an announcement. The two firms have also signed a joint venture deal that will transform and streamline the online insurance distribution and claims process for customers and insurers alike.

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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.