Sat.Jan 09, 2021 - Fri.Jan 15, 2021

5 Things VC Associates Wish Founders Knew Before Their Call

Dream It

The venture capital screening call is an important step to get right in due diligence. To get to partners, often you’ll have to go through the associate first.

What makes a good leader: Insight from YLAI Fellows

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Bryce Kelly. While we know the L in YLAI stands for “leaders,” do we know what our leaders in YLAI stand for?

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4 Business Tips From a Successful CEO and HGTV Contractor

Smart Hustle Magazine

Natalya Cappellini’s journey to becoming a successful project manager, HGTV contractor, and CEO began with a love from being in the field and guiding a project to fruition. To her, it’s all about watching plans on a page become actual structures standing in real life.

The Work-Life Balance Revolution

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Yesterday, I had a gap in the middle of the day. So the Gotham Gal and I took an hour-long walk with our dog Ollie. It cleared my head and when I got back to work, I was full of energy and clarity. I’ve been working exclusively from home since the end of November 2019 when we left NYC to go to LA. It has been a stretch of incredible productivity for me. I am not arguing against going back to the office. As I’ve said in many posts recently, I can’t wait to go back to the office.

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!

Defending your organization from misinformation with neuroscience

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky , disaster avoidance expert, speaker and author. . Whenever you hear something repeated, it feels more true when you hear it repeated. In other words, repetition makes any statement seem more true.

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Equal access to capital and entrepreneurship is the final civil rights movement

TechCrunch

Joseph Heller. Contributor. Joseph Heller is a small businesses expert and the CEO of Supplied , a wholesale platform for small businesses and brands that makes it easier for boutique owners to access high-quality, affordable items. Context is always important.

Smart Contracts On Bitcoin

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

While Bitcoin is the gold standard in crypto, Ethereum has been the innovator, bringing new ideas, particularly smart contracts, to the table. Smart contracts allow developers to easily build things on a blockchain and we have seen a proliferation of new things built on the Ethereum blockchain as a result. But what if you could do all of that on Bitcoin? Enter Stacks 2.0 which launches on its mainnet today.

This Young Entrepreneur Shares Her 4 Tips for Startup Success

StartupNation

What do you think of when you hear the word “entrepreneur”? When most people think of an entrepreneur, they imagine a twenty-something young adult, straight out of college, working tirelessly in a basement on an exciting new business idea that will change the world and make them rich and famous.

Y Combinator Top Companies — 2021

Y Combinator

We’re excited to share the newest YC Top Companies list. We put this list together to help potential employees, partners, and late stage investors get to know a wider set of YC companies.

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.

Lantern is a startup looking to ignite a conversation about how to die well

TechCrunch

America is a land of paperwork, and nowhere is that more obvious than at the end of someone’s life. Advanced care directives have to be carefully disseminated to healthcare providers and strictly followed. Property has to be divided and transferred while meeting relevant estate laws.

Cities Championing and Expanding Awareness of Entrepreneurship

Ecosystem Builder Hub

These startup communities have created engaging campaigns that celebrate their entrepreneurs and startup community. Society doesn’t understand the value of entrepreneurship. Research shows that entrepreneurs and young companies are the key drivers of economic growth.

Innovation 2021 – How Corporate Innovation Will Succeed this Year

UBI Global

Our guide to developing innovation intelligence in any corporate environment As we move further into 2021, many of us have a lot to be thankful for, having seen some amazing examples of innovation amid the pandemic across industries of all sizes.

10 Resources for Women Starting a Business in 2021

StartupNation

As you step into the role of entrepreneur, you’re going to learn countless lessons along the way. Fortunately, many have been where you are, and there are numerous resources you can use to help learn those lessons—you don’t have to learn every lesson the hard way!

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.

12 ‘flexible VCs’ who operate where equity meets revenue share

TechCrunch

David Teten. Contributor. Share on Twitter. David Teten is founder of Versatile VC and writes periodically at teten.com and @dteten. More posts by this contributor. Flexible VC: A new model for startups targeting profitability. In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 followers. Jamie Finney.

How I Gamified My Own Brain to Lose Weight & Improve Fitness

Both Sides of the Table

Socially distant hiking in Sedona (we drove there) I recently wrote about my weight-loss journey over the past 18 months where I lost 65 pounds without a fad diet and returned to my college weight. If you want to get in better shape and haven’t read that you might start there.

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Gov. Thornburgh’s Legacy Spans Generations, Provides a Blueprint for Pennsylvania’s Future

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

As Pennsylvania fights back from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the decisions our elected leaders make while facing the preeminent challenge of their time will have a resounding influence on current and future generations in the decades to come.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Apple Announces Developer Academy in Detroit (Episode 161)

StartupNation

Apple has just announced that it is opening its first U.S. Developer Academy in downtown Detroit.

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. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

Indonesian investment platform Ajaib gets $25 million Series A led by Horizons Venture and Alpha JWC

TechCrunch

Ajaib Group , an online investment platform that says it now runs the fifth-largest stock brokerage in Indonesia by number of trades, announced it has raised a $25 million Series A led by Horizons Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by Li Ka-Shing, and Alpha JWC.

What You Learn at a Startup that Grows from $0 to $2 Billion Valuation in 1 Year

Entrepreneur's Handbook

We were six people this time one year ago. No revenue. Now we’re 300 people, profitable, and just made a $250 million acquisition. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». events startup venture-capital marketing entrepreneurship

Tracking would-be entrepreneur ‘leavers’ who abandon their dream

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Everything in life is cyclical. As terrible as 2020 has been for so many, the human spirit is amazing. Over the last month, as people have begun receiving vaccines that were developed in less than a year, I sense a bit of restored optimism.

Dell Quarterly Business Sale: Take a Deeper Look into the Dell XPS Family of Solutions

StartupNation

Dell’s Quarterly Business Sale runs Jan. 14 through Feb. 1 and includes exclusive savings on the Dell XPS family of solutions. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here. Premium materials, expert craftsmanship and product innovation.

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.”

Digital road freight forwarder Sennder raises $160M Series, plans European expansion

TechCrunch

Sennder , a large digital road freight forwarder based out of Germany, has raised $160 million in Series D financing. The round was led by an unnamed party, but round participants included Accel, Lakestar, HV Capital, Project A and Scania.

Cloud Data Lakes - The Keystone to the Decade of Data

Tomasz Tunguz

On January 27-28, Dremio host their second Subsurface conference. Cloud Data Lakes are the future of large scale data analysis , and the more than 5000 registrants to the first conference substantiate this massive wave. This time, the conference will build on the foundation from last year’s event. Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, Global Vice President for AWS Storage will deliver one of the keynotes.

Raising money? Find your champion.

Berkonomics

Increasing your chances of success.

Minority-Owned Small Businesses Especially Impacted by COVID-19, Can Get Free Help From SCORE

StartupNation

COVID-19 has had a major impact on U.S. small businesses, especially Main Street establishments, such as retail stores and restaurants.

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.