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Why Early Exits Are So Critical to an Angel Portfolio

The Seraf Compass

It all comes down to making money… Early exits are an important part of the financial reward needed to turn a very risky portfolio of angel investments into an asset that provides an excellent risk/reward profile for you, the investor.

The Four Tenets of Conscious Capitalism

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by Kent Gregoire. Kent Gregoire is an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member and founder of Symphony Advantage, which helps CEOs achieve ongoing success through strategic thinking, advice and planning.

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Advancing Equity: Validating Multiple Pathways and Developing a Holistic Organizational Approach

Venture Well

Validating multiple pathways to success and developing a holistic organizational approach are twin strategies that can help bridge participation gaps in innovation and entrepreneurship programs.

The Revenge Of Retail

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A number of people have been asking me what I think of the Game Stop situation. This is not really my world. I don’t trade stocks, we hold them. I don’t use Robinhood, though I have an account thanks to my friend Howard. I don’t hang out on Reddit, though I visit it from time to time. So I have not paid enough attention to this one, but it certainly is fascinating. The generational aspect of this is important.

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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!

10 VCs say interactivity, regulation and independent creators will reshape digital media in 2021

TechCrunch

The digital media industry will give us plenty to talk about this year. When we last surveyed venture capitalists about their media investments, the big topic was the impact that the pandemic would have on the industry, and on the prospects for new startups.

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RVI’s New Model 1 year in: 3x the members, 2x the investments, more diversification

Paul G. Silva

One year ago the angel group I have the honor to lead pivoted to a substantially different model. Like all pivots, it wasn’t easy. In fact, it was scary as hell. But thanks to the incredible involvement of our members and our assistant manager Ethan Ferris, 2020 was our best year ever. Membership tripled , pulling in people from a much larger geography than conceivable before.

USV 2021 and USV Climate

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Last fall, USV raised two new venture capital funds from our loyal and supportive investors. We announced the new climate fund on January 8th and I blogged about it here. While the climate fund is something new and important, we also raised another early stage fund to invest in the same kinds of companies we’ve been investing in at USV for over 15 years. While it is less newsmaking, it is worth talking about. And so we did that yesterday on the USV blog and I tweeted about it. "we

13 investors say lifelong learning is taking edtech mainstream

TechCrunch

The venture potential of a startup that caters to individual students — instead of a slow-moving, small-pocketed institution — has a bullish aura that attracts investors.

advancing neurosurgical technology: q&a with Casey Grage of Hubly

Venture Well

For Casey Grage of neurosurgical technology innovators, Hubly, entrepreneurship has taught her to master the art of difficult conversations and strategically identify skills gaps on the team.

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.

Don't Hate the Raise. Hate the Game.

This is going to be BIG.

The other day, I was talking to a highly experienced female professional out raising money. It was super clear to me that she was incredibly qualified to tackle the problems that she was raising money to go after—but few people in the ecosystem knew who she was compared to other, more high profile professionals. There were other people who spend more time on social, doing the podcasts, videos and interviews—things that, while brand building, opened them up to more criticism.

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Funding Friday: Make 100

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Every January, Kickstarter runs the Make 100 program where creators are encouraged to make 100 of something and crowdfund it on Kickstarter. There are all sorts of great creative projects this year. Check them out. I backed this one this morning. USV TEAM POSTS: Andy Weissman — Jan 26, 2021 USV 2021 Fund. crowdfunding

Extra Crunch roundup: Edtech VC survey, 5 founder mistakes, fintech liquidity, more

TechCrunch

Edtech is so widespread, we already need more consumer-friendly nomenclature to describe the products, services and tools it encompasses. I know someone who reads stories to their grandchildren on two continents via Zoom each weekend. Is that “edtech?”

Activating Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

UBI Global

A fascinating look at the innovation ecosystem in Pakistan in a free download from UBI Global With 140 million people under the age of 30, Pakistan is one of the youngest country demographics in the world – with one of the fastest-growing economies in Aisa.

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 Mindset, Traits, and Skills of an Ecosystem Builder

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Experienced ecosystem builders share their insights and experience. Facilitating connections, resilience, inclusivity, altruism, empathy — these are a few of the key values, and traits most esteemed by ecosystem builders.

How To Use ClubHouse. 15 Insights from Clubhouse Founder.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Clubhouse is a powerful learning and networking tool. It’s addictive. A few weeks ago my brand new iPad Mini arrived. I invested $400 in an iPad so I could try out the relatively new Clubhouse app. I’m loving Clubhouse, you probably will too.

Three-dimensional search engine Physna wants to be the Google of the physical world

TechCrunch

In June of 1999, Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins invested $25 million into an early-stage company developing a new search engine called Google, paving the way for a revolution in how knowledge online was organized and shared.

How to Create a Flexible Business Plan for 2021

StartupNation

One of the key documents for starting a business is a business plan. A business plan acts as the foundation of your new company and is often used for loan applications. If you’re looking for investment capital, it’s an important document for investors to review to learn more about your company.

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.

‘Oklahoma!’ a unique model for innovation

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. In 1943, when the musical Oklahoma opened on Broadway, our state had only been a state for 36 years. Oklahoma not only gave us the best state song in the entire country, this play, named for our state, spawned innovation at every turn.

Why Accountants Are Critical for Small Business Success

Smart Hustle Magazine

Nowadays, technology plays a huge role in being able to run a business. And with so many people managing their businesses from home, these new technology solutions are needed more than ever. Stone DeSouza is the leader of the small business segment for Sage in the US.

Fintechs could see $100 billion of liquidity in 2021

TechCrunch

Jake Jolis. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Jake Jolis is a partner at Matrix Partners and invests in seed and Series A technology companies including marketplaces and software. More posts by this contributor. 4-year founder vesting is dead. 2019 saw a stampede of fintech unicorns. Dana Stalder.

YC’s Spring Tour 2021

Y Combinator

We are excited to announce our 2021 Spring Outreach Tour. On this tour, our goal is to meet founders and future founders, introduce them to the YC community, and share our learnings from helping thousands of startups launch and grow.

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.”

5 Actionable Goals for Your Startup to Set and Achieve in 2021

StartupNation

While the pandemic has created numerous obstacles for entrepreneurs, some of the best and most inventive ideas have been born out of adverse circumstances.

Why You Should Embrace the Power of Creativity as You Build Your Empire

Smart Hustle Magazine

Creative is not a word I typically use to describe myself. I’m logical, practical, driven and deliberate. In my mind, “creativity” was always reserved for artists and designers, both of which I am not.

Unpacking Chamath Palihapitiya’s SPAC deals for Latch and Sunlight Financial

TechCrunch

This morning, investor and SPAC raconteur Chamath Palihapitiya announced two new blank-check deals involving Latch and Sunlight Financial. Latch, an enterprise SaaS company that makes keyless-entry systems, has raised $152 million in private capital, according to Crunchbase.

How the World’s 8th Richest Man Lost 99.6% of His Fortune

Entrepreneur's Handbook

And went to live few meters away from murders and kidnappers. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». investing business money entrepreneurship management

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.