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15 Business Leaders Share Their Experiences and Insights on Getting Through COVID-19

StartupNation

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 set the economic tone for 2020. The pandemic has hit investor and customer confidence, forced teams across the world into their homes, and caused many businesses to close down entirely.

A closer look: Growth in 2020

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Stories of businesses closing and sales dropping in 2020 are common, but there are also plenty of organizations that experienced surprising growth during this unprecedented year. Planit , a creative agency based in Maryland, is one such organization.

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Remembering the startups we lost in 2020

TechCrunch

Even in a non-hell year, running a successful startup is a tremendous lift. After the events of 2020, however, no doubt many already lean businesses are hanging on by the skin of their teeth.

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building Knowledge for 2021

Source Link

As you prepare your plans for supporting entrepreneurs this coming year, grab a cup of coffee and get ready to add some of these great reads to your 2021 reading list

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!

5 Product Management Rules that Shape GREAT Products

Dream It

Mel Shakir , Securetech Managing Director with over 15 years of experience in bringing innovative cybersecurity solutions to market, is back to give his tips on product management.

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Do You Realize What You Just Did?

GAN

Every week I meet with Anna on my team to talk about the blog for the week. This past week we were laughing that the first blog I wrote in 2020 (and this is dead serious) was called It’s 2020— Bring on the Problems.

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Despite economic downturn, space startup funding defies gravity

TechCrunch

The COVID-19 pandemic might have upended the global economy, but according to Meagan Crawford at Spacefund and Chris Moran with Lockheed Martin Ventures, it didn’t dampen investment in space startups.

How the Pandemic Has Inspired More Women to Start Businesses

StartupNation

Over the last month or so, I’ve engaged in 100 conversations with female entrepreneurs on Instagram. I was expecting the conversations to skew toward established entrepreneurs, but I quickly learned that new businesses, started by women and minorities, are on the rise.

2020 — Year in Review

Y Combinator

In early 2020 the entire world underwent a transformation. The planet was consumed by a pandemic that altered life as we knew it. Most of our normal routines changed immediately. At YC, like most businesses, we closed our offices.

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.

Welcome 2021 with a Look Back at 2020

UBI Global

A 2020 year in review, plus what we learned and what comes next Unique. Challenging. Unprecedented – 2020 was all those things and more, and even though the world is about to transition into a new year the world’s innovation ecosystem still facing many challenges.

US seed-stage investing flourished during pandemic

TechCrunch

As the United States entered its first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns, there were wide expectations in startup land that a reckoning had arrived.

How to Avoid Burnout as an Entrepreneur

StartupNation

We’ve all felt burned out at one point or another—that feeling of total fatigue, both mental and physical, which comes from working ourselves too hard. Soon we’re experiencing symptoms like depression and exhaustion, feeling cynical and adrift.

Use creative fundraising instead of equity or debt?

Berkonomics

Use creative fundraising instead of equity or debt? By Dave Berkus. First, my story as an example. Let me tell you the story of how I raised $100,000 to fill a gap needed to purchase a new home for my young family years ago.

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 Winklevoss Twins Are Gods Compared to Mark Zuckerberg

Entrepreneur's Handbook

The twins beat Zucks at the social network game. Zucks hasn’t figured it out yet. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». startup business social-media money entrepreneurship

Google invests in Indian startups Glance and DailyHunt

TechCrunch

Google said on Tuesday it is investing in two Indian startups, Glance and DailyHunt, as the Android-maker makes a further push into the world’s second-largest internet market.

4 Questions Aspiring Business Owners Should Ask Before Launching a Business

StartupNation

Deciding to start your own business is big step, and one that requires a lot of upfront research and constant questioning. And, even as you move forward with the process of launching your business, the learning never stops.

$175,000 Awarded By Barclays to Small Businesses

Smart Hustle Magazine

Barclays US Consumer Bank today announced Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs as the winner of its “Small Business Big Wins” promotion and the recipient of a $50,000 grand prize. The Buffalo, New York, restaurant is known for its custom brand of signature hot dogs.

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.

The Founder of Google Analytics Taught Me How to Choose the Perfect Name for a Startup

Entrepreneur's Handbook

If you’ve ever agonized about what to call your startup, you need to hear this advice, too Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». business inspiration entrepreneurship startup google-analytics

AI-driven energy startup Octopus hits $2B mark after $200M investment from Tokyo Gas

TechCrunch

You’ve heard of challenger banks? Now meet the challenger energy suppliers. The U.K.’s s Octopus Energy has attained a $2.06 billion valuation (£1.5 billion) after attracting a $200 million (£150 million) investment from Tokyo Gas, for a 9.7% stake, in order to launch a joint venture.

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Why Your Startup Must Incorporate Customer Needs to Drive Growth

StartupNation

Companies with above-average customer experience financially outperform their competitors in 73% of cases. But while being consumer-centric has its undeniable benefits, the journey is not necessarily an easy one. First, you need to discover what your customers actually want.

Love’s Cup impact on Oklahoma entrepreneur community deep — and wide

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. When the world is running along in normal ways at normal speeds, we tend not to think as much about connections between disconnected things. For me lately, in the third quarter of this pandemic, as we approach the holidays and the end of the year, I have been reflecting more and more about how seemingly unconnected aspects of our lives, our communities, and even our world are connected in unexpected and enduring ways. So here’s a question.

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.”

I Followed the Crowd and Added Two Side Hustles to My Main Career: Here Are 3 Lessons I’ve Learned

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Experience is certainly a good teacher Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». work entrepreneurship creativity freelancing startup

Letterhead wants to be the Shopify of email newsletters

TechCrunch

You’re probably investing in an email newsletter these days, whether you’re an international brand, a nonprofit or a local news publisher. Maybe email is even your focus now, because you got burned by Facebook, Google or other closed platforms during the past decade.

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Will 2021 See a Return to the Office?

StartupNation

Sponsored content. As 2020 wraps up and we begin to look forward to 2021, there is hope on the horizon. While COVID-19 still looms, there is an argument that companies could return to the office in the coming year.

General Robert Maris Wilson

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My dad, General Robert Maris Wilson, or Bob as most people called him, passed away on Monday at the age of 92. He had been in failing health for the last few months and moved on peacefully. My dad was a quiet and reserved man.

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Reader Survey 2021 Startup Catalyst Brief

2020 was a challenging year for startup professionals. Here at Startup Catalyst Brief, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our readers. Startup Catalyst Brief's many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our site we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how our site has affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes. To view the survey, click the “View Now” button.