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The 4 Essential Tools for Running a Small Business

StartupNation

If hosting events, scheduling appointments or listing digital content is a central activity for your startup, you have more choices than ever when it comes to the tools to use to run your business. But how do you figure out how they all fit together?

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How to Build a Sustainable, Scalable, and Sellable Business

Smart Hustle Magazine

Business ownership is how most generational wealth is created. It’s created when an owner sells their business at the right time, to the right buyer, for maximum value. Unfortunately, however, too many entrepreneurs fail to build their business properly from day one.

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What Is Surrogate Advertising? (& Why Is It Used)

Feedough

In the era of new-age technology, advertisements have become a strong source of influence on both the society and the people.

The Vision Thing

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

A well-known entrepreneur turned VC, who will go unnamed because I am not sure he would want me to share this conversation publicly, once told me “if you remove a founder, you must sell the company within a couple of years or it will start to decline in value.” ” I don’t entirely agree with that and my experience with it has been different, but it brings up an incredibly important topic about leadership.

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!

Measure these 5 areas of your business for long-term success

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Jeff Meade, the founder and CEO of MEADE , a management consulting firm. Success. Every business owner wants it, especially after the economic roller coaster and reset of 2020. Yet most entrepreneurs have spent the past year in survival mode, not planning mode.

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5 emerging use cases for productivity infrastructure in 2021

TechCrunch

Gleb Polyakov. Contributor. Gleb Polyakov is co-founder and CEO of Nylas , which provides productivity infrastructure solutions for modern software. Gleb studied Physics at Georgia Tech and enjoys chess, motorcycles and space. Previously, he worked in finance and founded an IoT coffee company.

The Bolster Board Diversity Survey

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Last June, I wrote about board diversity and suggested some things we are doing and that you can do to diversity your board. In the ten months that have passed since I wrote that I am pleased to say that we have seen a noticeable increase in board diversity in our portfolio.

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This Entrepreneur Shares How She Bootstrapped Her Startup (and How You Can, Too)

StartupNation

There are several different ways a startup founder might fund his or her business, including series funding, crowdfunding, loans, venture capital and angel investments. Bootstrapping is another option.

Fascinating stories of startup successes and failures [Podcast]

The Seraf Compass

Seraf co-founders Ham Lord and Christopher Mirabile, along with seasoned investor Joe Mandato, were interviewed by Sal Daher of Angel Invest Boston to discuss their new book, The Entrepreneur’s Journey, and how it came about.

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.

8 investors, founders and execs predict cybersecurity, fintech will take Belfast by storm

TechCrunch

Things have been looking up for Belfast since the end of the Troubles.

Commercial Real Estate

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

With new Covid cases down 30% in the last two weeks and partially vaccinated people approaching 50%, NYC seems ready to start getting back to work. I have been going to the office several days a week for the last two weeks and will be there again today. As my USV colleagues get fully vaccinated, they are joining me and our office is starting to fill up. But our Flatiron neighborhood still feels empty and there is not one good restaurant open for lunch during the week.

Alternative Lending Options for Small Businesses in 2021

StartupNation

All businesses require funds to operate. Maybe when you first opened your doors, you used your own savings or received microloans from family or friends. But as businesses grow, it’s sometimes necessary to obtain outside financing.

9 Pieces of Creative Advice from GPT-3

Entrepreneur's Handbook

An author’s first time collaborating with artificial intelligence Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». creative-process writing-prompts creativity-tips artificial-intelligence writing-tips

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.

Nigerian fintech Okra raises $3.5M backed by Accenture Ventures and Susa Ventures

TechCrunch

The last five years have seen a plethora of fintech applications in Nigeria (and Africa, in general) grow at an astonishing rate. But most of these companies and developers find it difficult to access real-time banking data. This, in turn, creates a bottleneck when onboarding and verifying customers.

Never Raising, Always Raising

Tomasz Tunguz

Startups used to raise once every 18 months. Today, we joke in Startupland that a startup is never raising and always raising. The implication is the most sought after companies often receive offers, whether they are in market raising capital or not. Take a moment to think through that statement with me. Venture capitalists and boards used to value a company every 18 months. Then, every 12 months. Now every 6 months or every 3 months some startups receive termsheets valuing their business.

How to Use Video Marketing to Boost Your Rewards-Based Crowdfunding Campaign

StartupNation

Showing and telling are both essential elements in any rewards-based crowdfunding campaign. Nevertheless, without the show , you’ll never get to the tell — let alone the sell.

What It’s Really Like Being a New Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Lessons to help you transition from employee to entrepreneur Source: productlessons.xyz Since I quit my tech job, I’ve received a lot of questions: “Do you regret turning down your Instagram offer?”, “What are you doing now?”, “How does it feel to be free?” A month in, I wrote an optimistic piece.

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.

Zoom launches $100M Zoom Apps investment fund

TechCrunch

When Zoom launched Zoom Apps and the Marketplace as a place to sell them last year, it was a big signal that the company wanted to be more than just a popular video conferencing application. It wanted to be a platform, which developers could use to build applications on top of Zoom.

3 Tips To Go From First-Time Entrepreneur to Seasoned Business Owner

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ross Buhrdorf, CEO & Co-Founder, ZenBusiness shares what it takes to go from a first-time, newbie business owner to one that’s seasoned and building a thriving business. The past year has been one of the most, if not the most, challenging times for businesses.

Conscious Consumerism: How to Build a Business with Ethics (and Why it Matters)

StartupNation

If you’re building a new business to last, it is extremely important that you focus on your company’s ethics from the very beginning. Why is it so important for entrepreneurs to focus on company ethics and transparency ?

Three Golden Lessons from My First Failed Startup

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Real winners use failure as a learning opportunity. Photo by Startup Stock Photos from Pexels The year was 2014. I was a wandering college student who could move from idealistic optimism to sturdy cynicism in the blink of an eye.

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.”

FintechOS nabs $60M for a low-code approach to modernizing legacy banking and insurance services

TechCrunch

“Challenger” startups in banking and insurance have upended their industries, and picked up significant business, by building more customer-friendly tools and services — more personalized, easier to access and usually competitively priced — than those typically provided by their bigger, incumbent rivals.

2021 Love’s Cup winners claim share of $158,000 in prizes and scholarships

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Contact: Sarah Seagraves, Senior VP for Marketing. 405) 813-2403. sseagraves@i2E.org. April 23, 2021.

The Secret Behind Unicorn Success of StockX? Start Before You’re Ready

StartupNation

The following is excerpted from “Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results” by Josh Linkner, courtesy of Post Hill Press.

How One Small Change Can Significantly Improve Your Chances of Getting Funded.

Entrepreneur's Handbook

It took me nine months to raise $650k. After this change, I raised $3m in two weeks. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». pitching startup-lessons startup entrepreneurship venture-capital

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.