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Investments That Don’t Work

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I woke up to a dream this morning where I was playing a game that was very similar to , a failed effort to create a social music experience that had a moment back in 2011 and that I had invested in via USV. In the dream, someone had created a new version of the game that was basically identical to the original version. It was as fun to play it as it was to play Turntable back in the day.

Keep in touch: Client outreach is critical during business slumps

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Is your business struggling due to the pandemic? You’re not alone. Around the globe, entrepreneurs are creating new ways to stay afloat —and that includes reaching out to clients and prospects in new ways. While business may be slow, client outreach must never slow.

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The New Non-Work Schedule for an Energetic Life


Over the last three months, I’ve had more energy than I’ve had in the previous three years. . The reason is twofold: first, my work schedule is “under control.”

Empowering millennials in Peru to take action volunteering

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. Rosario Diaz Garavito, the founder of The Millennials Movement , didn’t look to be labeled as an entrepreneur and a leader in her community when she began her small social media movement promoting youth volunteerism in 2013. She was just focused on doing the work.

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!

Stones Unturned: An Investor’s Guide to Due Diligence in Early Stage Companies

The Seraf Compass

Some investors will tell you after spending 60 minutes with an entrepreneur they know in their gut whether to make an investment. They rely on their instincts and sometimes their ability to “pattern match” with successful opportunities and entrepreneurs they worked with in their past.

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Introducing Circulate: Creating Better Networks for Future Founders from Black and Other Underrepresented Communities

This is going to be BIG.

One of the core beliefs that I had when I started Brooklyn Bridge Ventures was that most of the next 50-100 important companies to be built in New York City were going to be started by people not on most VC’s radars today.

Moving trans advocacy forward in Jamaica

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. The fuller you are, the more you have to give back,” says activist Neish McLean. Invest in yourself, and your hard work will blossom.”. 2017 YLAI Fellow Neish’s hard work of creating a sustainable trans rights movement has blossomed far beyond his expectations.

Sustainable Work: ESHIP Goal 7

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Goal 7 Sustainable Work: Develop professional recognition and resources for ecosystem builders. In a nutshell : Entrepreneurial ecosystem building requires perseverance. The work is arduous and often ambiguous, and it can take 20 years to see concrete results.

New Breed of COVID Entrepreneurs

Smart Hustle Magazine

The coronavirus turned the business world upside down, but surprisingly a power-group of COVID entrepreneurs immerged. Despite the unemployment rate and an ever-growing list of retailers declaring bankruptcy , one B2B company noticed a rise in customers.

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.

Month Zero Cash-on-Cash Payback - A Metric for Judging Sales Team Growth

Tomasz Tunguz

Rippling published their fundraising deck. Within it, Adil Syed, (a former Redpoint VC!), introduced a gem of a new metric : month zero cash-on-cash payback. It’s not a metric one sees very often in pitch decks. But it’s another metric to add to the toolkit.

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YC’s First Lightning Tech Talks Series & Hiring Event on September 10

Y Combinator

There are a lot of great YC startups that are experiencing rapid growth — despite COVID — and actively hiring in engineering, product and more.

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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Kim Louis

Ecosystem Builder Hub

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? A person who connects the initiatives that otherwise would not have collaborated in a way that they can support and raise each other in their entrepreneurial journeys. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder?

3 Things Kabbage’s Acquisition by American Express Tells Us About Small Business Financing

Smart Hustle Magazine

American Express is buying Kabbage, the fintech company focused on SMEs. At first glance, the acquisition may seem like a standard acquisition by a financial services giant. However, it has several implications to small business financing that are more noteworthy than they seem.

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.

Accelerating Sustainable Food Business Solutions to Reshape Our Cities

Impact Hub

2007 marked an important milestone for the Earth’s cities. It happened without us realizing at the time. In one of the world’s urban centers – perhaps Dhaka or New York, or maybe Tokyo or Lagos – somebody (we’ll never know who) tipped the balance on the urban-rural scales.

NYC Is Dead, Long Live NYC

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

There is a lot of negativity around NYC right now. Bloggers writing sensational headlines. That sort of thing. It makes me want to go out and buy a ton of NYC stock right now. It is certainly the case that many talented people are leaving NYC right now. It is also the case that the City is suffering from rising crime, filth, etc. And the City is in deep financial trouble and cutting costs everywhere it can.

Unsung Hero Spotlight: Mark Lawrence

Ecosystem Builder Hub

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? An ecosystem builder is a person that takes the system-level view of the innovation and entrepreneurial assets in a community, connects them, and fills in the gaps where necessary in order to help the ecosystem to continue to thrive and grow.

3 Easy Tips for Embracing Uncertainty Mid-Pandemic

Dream It

Uncertainty and startups go hand in hand. Whether you’re planning micro-pivots to product development or macro-pivots in light of recent market change, you’ll need a well-tuned internal schema to assess uncertainty.

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.

Pandemic a force of ‘positive disruption’ for telemedicine

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. For this third column in my series exploring the long-term impact of the COVID pandemic on the fields of clinical research, I drew on the experience and insight Dr. Stephen M. Prescott, president of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF).


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It’s my 59th birthday today. 59 is a nice number. It’s a prime number. I kicked off the day by getting a cup of coffee and sitting on the beach and reflecting on things. I am taking the day off from work and plan to spend the day with our family.


Unsung Hero Spotlight: Mel Lambert

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Mel Lambert is the Director of Adult & Community Services at Kirkwood Public Library. Prior to that she was a Reference Librarian at St. Louis County Library who assists small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs with using FREE library resources to grow their businesses.

Empoderar a los mileniales de Perú para que actúen mediante el voluntariado

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Por Jewelle Saunders. Rosario Diaz Garavito —fundadora de The Millennials Movement — no buscaba que la consideraran una emprendedora y líder comunitaria cuando inició su pequeño movimiento en los medios sociales para promover el voluntariado juvenil en 2013.

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.”

[OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved in Crowdfund Insider] OurCrowd Sees Investment Opportunity in New UAE – Israel Diplomatic Normalization


OurCrowd, long an advocate of Israel’s innovation nation status as well as a proponent of the benefits of regional entrepreneurship, quickly embraced the announcement seeing new opportunities and possible collaborations between the two sides.

Sunpower Dashboard

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

We use Sunpower solar panels and inverters and they have this cool dashboard that shows us a number of interesting things.


The Startup Community Way. and more from Maine.

EntreWorks Consulting

I recently returned from our annual Maine vacation to find my pre-ordered copy of The Startup Community Way by Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway. This new book follows up on Feld’s excellent 2012 work Startup Communities , which I still consider to be among the best guides to entrepreneurial ecosystem building. This new work digs deeper into the real life challenges facing ecosystem builders, with a focus on sustaining this work over the long term.

Taller con Karla Marjorie Segovia: “Reinvención en tiempos de pandemia”

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

¿Cuándo? Martes 25 de agosto a las 3:00PM hora de El Salvador. Tema: “Reinvención en tiempos de pandemia”.

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.