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The Collapse of What “Could’ve Been the Next Facebook” Shows Why Sexy Ideas Aren’t Enough

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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What Is Acqui-Hiring & How It Works?

Feedough

Mark Zuckerberg once said that Facebook has never bought a company for the sake of buying a company. They buy companies to hire great people. You’re not alone if you’ve ever wondered why a tech-savvy company would bother to buy a startup with no profit and a product in a completely different field.

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Free Business Funding: 5 Tips for Writing a Winning Small Business Grant Application

StartupNation

If you’ve researched grants for startup or existing businesses, you know how hard they are to find.

Why Emmy Award-winning documentarians focused their lens on 5 GSEA student entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) encourages young entrepreneurs through its Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) , EO’s premier competition for college students who own and operate a business.

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!

Entrepreneurship In Latin America

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It is a little known part of my career, but for a brief period from 1997 to 2001, I was part of a small group of investors who helped to create a startup ecosystem in Latin America. It all started with a company called StarMedia which created a Yahoo-like “portal” for Latin America. My partner Jerry Colonna and I met StarMedia in early 1997 and we brought it to our partners at Chase Capital Partners because we wanted to lead a Series A investment in it.

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Clearcover Raises $200M in Series D

Hyde Park Angels

Clearcover , a next generation insurance company, today announced a new $200 million Series D round of funding.

Four steps on the road to essentialism

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Do you own your things, or do they own you?

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Funding Friday: ARAS Art Education for Teens

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I backed this art program for teens this morning. I think summer programs for kids are important and particularly important this summer when we are hopefully beginning to emerge from more than a year of remote learning and social distancing. For email readers, you can see the video here. USV TEAM POSTS: Albert Wenger — Apr 9, 2021 Mask Mandates Were Effective. crowdfunding hacking education

Nigerian fintech Appzone raises $10M for expansion and proprietary technology

TechCrunch

Africa’s fintech space has gained proper attention over the past few years in investments but it is not news that startups still battle with offering high-quality products.

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.

The 5 Signs of an Unskilled Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur's Handbook

People new to the startup world share these things in common Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». entrepreneurship business work startup leadership

Former NFL Player Rick Elmore on What Aspiring Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Professional Sports

StartupNation

Success is not something that is delivered on your doorstep; it’s something you have to constantly chase after. In an oversaturated market, crowded with bright ideas and aspiring entrepreneurs, it can be difficult for a new business to break through and reach a dedicated customer base.

How You Can Achieve a Step Change in Your Fitness Before Summer

Both Sides of the Table

Just 21 months ago I couldn’t have jogged 2 miles in under 20 minutes and now I can run 3 miles in 21 minutes or more to the point I can pretty easily run 7.5 miles in an hour.

With a team that helped build the brain behind Alexa, HomeX raises $90M

TechCrunch

HomeX , a home services platform for homeowners and service providers , has raised $90 million in a funding round led by New Mountain Capital.

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.

3 Fun Ways to Get More Creative in 60 Seconds

Entrepreneur's Handbook

They actually work best if you wouldn’t call yourself “creative” Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». creativity creative creativity-tips creative-process side-project

2021 Midwest Venture Showcase to Feature 57 Companies Actively Seeking Funding

StartupNation

The 2021 Midwest Venture Showcase , a partnership between the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) and InvestMidwest , will showcase 57 companies actively seeking funding to an audience of top-tier investors, entrepreneurs, researchers and business executives at the virtual event on April 27 to 28, 2021.

How To Start and Grow Your Beauty Business – Tips from Ginger King

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ginger King is a cosmetic chemist who’s been in the beauty industry for over 25 years. She has a consulting company, Grace Kingdom Beauty , that helps you develop your very own beauty brand from concept to launch.

Garry Kasparov launches a community-first chess platform

TechCrunch

Four years ago, MasterClass, a platform that sells celebrity-taught classes, invited chess legend Garry Kasparov to teach a class. He said yes, but soon realized that creating a message that could satisfy a majority of players was a “struggle throughout the process.”.

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.

How Entrepreneurs Can Organize their Problems and Prioritize Their Decision-Making Better

Entrepreneur's Handbook

The Four Box Focus Tool I use to manage the never-ending chaos of business Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». startup management business entrepreneurship leadership

6 Free and Low-Cost Resources to Help You Create and Execute a PR Plan

StartupNation

Developing and executing a public relations (PR) plan is one of the best things you can do for your startup. Public relations is too often left out of business plans, as its purpose is often misunderstood, and business owners don’t truly understand its value.

Patch Animation Pushes the Boundaries of Short  Film Development with Innovative Use of Unreal Engine Technology in ’Stached

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Entrepreneurs David Romani II, Kelly Farmer, and Sofia Soldevila always knew they wanted to bring great stories to life through animation. In 2020 they launched Patch Animation , LLC, a remote full-service animation studio with headquarters in Ebensburg, Pa.

AI-driven audio cloning startup gives voice to Einstein chatbot

TechCrunch

You’ll need to prick up your ears for this slice of deepfakery emerging from the wacky world of synthesized media: A digital version of Albert Einstein — with a synthesized voice that’s been (re)created using AI voice cloning technology drawing on audio recordings of the famous scientist’s actual voice.

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.”

A Scarcity Mindset Will Cripple You Financially

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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5 Profitable Side Hustle Ideas You Can Start Today

StartupNation

Are you looking for a way to bring in extra income with a side hustle? If so, you’re in luck. There are countless opportunities for those who are ambitious enough to take on one or more gig roles.

Use Social Media to Identify Target Audiences

Smart Hustle Magazine

The number of social commerce buyers in the US reached 80 million last year and is expected to grow to 90 million in 2021 ( eMarketer ). Thanks to this concentrated digital audience, having a social media presence has never been more of a necessity for small businesses than it is right now.

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Memic raises $96M for its robot-assisted surgery platform

TechCrunch

Memic , a startup developing a robotic-assisted surgical platform that recently received marketing authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, today announced that it has closed a $96 million Series D funding round.

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.