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activities for teaching innovation: game-based learning

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How to Hire a Publicist: 6 Tips in Hiring a PR Firm

Smart Hustle Magazine

Is it time to hire a publicist to help spread the insights you have? Over the past over 20 years, I've been blessed and honored to be featured in a variety of media, including Inc, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, Small Business Trends, and many other podcasts and publications.

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If You are an Economic Developer or Ecosystem Builder, What will Your First 100 Days Look Like?

CO.STARTERS

The near mythical narrative surrounding a presidential administration’s first one hundred days began with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In fact, FDR brought the term “first 100 days” into the public’s consciousness during a radio address on July 24, 1933.

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!

How getting away from your desk can make you a better leader

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Jan Bednar , CEO and founder of ShipMonk. Many business leaders pride themselves on perpetuating the “workaholic” lifestyle.

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Funding Friday: Hidemi Takagi: Stories

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I like how Hidemi Takagi set up a free photo studio in her front yard in Bed-Stuy and took photos of her neighbors. For those on email, you can see the video here. I backed this creative project and a bunch of others this morning on Kickstarter. USV TEAM POSTS: Gillian Munson — Oct 20, 2020 Our Investment in Possible Nick Grossman — Oct 20, 2020 Making Butter with Jam Albert Wenger — Oct 18, 2020 How Much Clothing is Enough? A Personal Experiment. crowdfunding

5 Intellectual Property Considerations Startups Oftentimes Overlook

StartupNation

Many contestants on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank” answer “yes” when asked if they have a patent, illustrating that startups may generally appreciate the importance of filing a patent application early to protect their innovations.

Getting kids online when there is no online access

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Last spring when the pandemic hit, about one in four Oklahoma students did not have internet access at home. Students did not have devices. School districts did not have additional budget for remote learning.

Ready, Set, Raise, an accelerator for women built by women, announces third class

TechCrunch

In 2018, Leslie Feinzaig , the founder of Female Founders Alliance , launched a free, equity-free accelerator for women called Ready, Set, Raise. The goal was to provide under-networked female founders the coaching and connections needed to raise money.

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.

Setting Off On Your Own

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I read Alex Konrad’s profile of Fred Ehrsam and Matt Huang of Paradigm yesterday and was reminded of my own career. In 1996, after almost a decade at Euclid Partners, I left to start Flatiron Partners with Jerry Colonna. I was 35. Jerry was 33. We had a lot to learn but we did know one thing. We knew that the Internet was upon us and it was going to be big. We had absolutely no clue how big it was going to be. But that did not matter.

7 Steps to Successfully Launch a Product

StartupNation

There are thousands of companies creating and promoting thousands of products in the global marketplace each year. You probably haven’t even heard of the vast majority—many of which failed on arrival. According to Harvard Business School research, 95 percent of new products fail in their first year.

Top 15 Acquisition Channels That Work Consistently for Getting New Users

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Boston startups expand region’s venture capital footprint

TechCrunch

This year has shaken up venture capital, turning a hot early start to 2020 into a glacial period permeated with fear during the early days of COVID-19.

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.

Offsetting Your Flights

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I realize that most of us are not flying much these days, but I am confident that we will return to flying when the pandemic is over and when we do, we should offset the carbon footprints of our flights. The Gotham Gal and I have been doing this for the last five years. Here are two good ways to do that: Project Wren – this is a USV portfolio company and with their Flight Logger you can log all of your flights and offset them with afforestation programs.

How to Use Reciprocal Marketing as a Growth Strategy for Your Startup

StartupNation

Reciprocal marketing is a marketing strategy in which two businesses agree to promote each other’s products or content for mutual benefit. In this article, we will look at how startups can apply the reciprocity principle as part of their overall growth strategy.

Seize Holiday Sales 2020 Opportunities Using These Insights from Visa

Smart Hustle Magazine

Holiday sales 2020 prospects remain high for the most prepared small businesses despite COVID-19, a recent Visa study reveals. The Visa Back to Business Study: Holiday Edition finds that despite the pandemic, 88% of consumers plan to go holiday shopping this year.

Financial institutions can support COVID-19 crowdfunding campaigns

TechCrunch

Scott Purcell. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Scott Purcell is the CEO and chief trust officer of Prime Trust, an innovative API-enabled B2B open-banking financial solutions provider.

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.

Extending And Improving Bluetooth On A Mac Mini

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As I have written here a few times, I prefer to do video meetings from a couch (vs a desk). I find it allows me to stay present in the meeting and not get distracted by everything on my desk. I call these couch setups “ Zoom Rooms ” and I have been doing this long before the pandemic but this approach has been incredibly helpful to me during the pandemic.

StartupNation Radio: Kabbage and Bamboo Detroit on COVID-19 Impact

StartupNation

On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff chats with Kathryn Petralia and Amanda Lewan. Both guests speak to the changes that their respective businesses have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Use Steve Jobs’s 30% Rule to Enter Your “Golden Age”

Entrepreneur's Handbook

How the legendary founder employed minimalism to turn Apple around at its lowest point Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». inspiration business life life-lessons entrepreneurship

VCs reload ahead of the election as unicorns power ahead

TechCrunch

This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. It was an active week in the technology world broadly, with big news from Facebook and Twitter and Apple.

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.”

3 Ways Digitizing Your Finance Department Can Lead to Business Growth

Smart Hustle Magazine

Investing in the digitization of your finance team is a great way to boost the efficiency and growth of your small business. Thanks to machine learning, artificial intelligence, the cloud, and other technological advances in recent years, digitization is now a realistic goal.

The Benefits of Patenting: When to Protect Your Inventions and Why

StartupNation

Patents are one of the ways to keep track of the immense advancement of our society. According to IFI Claims, 2019 saw a new record of patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office – a staggering 333,530. Given proper infrastructure, these ideas can become game-changers.

Programmer Rejects $6 Billion, Gets Fired From His Own Company

Entrepreneur's Handbook

In just four years, Andrew Mason turned his Wordpress blog into an empire only to have it slip away Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». life-lessons entrepreneurship business work startup

Robotic kitchen startup YPC raises a $1.8M seed round

TechCrunch

Montreal-based YPC Technologies today announced that it has raised a $1.8 million seed round. Led by Hike Ventures and Real Ventures, the funding includes participation from Toyota AI Ventures and Uphill Capital, among others, designed to help the company pilot its kitchen robotics technology.

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.