Booming edtech M&A activity brings consolidation to a fragmented sector

TechCrunch

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force teachers, students and parents to adopt new technologies, edtech’s total addressable market has massively grown in the last several months. Content, to an extent, is commoditized.

Key Takeaways From Startup Grind Global

Entrepreneurs' Organization

After the Startup Grind Global conference, he took time to reflect on the lessons he learned from the many early-stage entrepreneurs he spoke with. EO is a peer-to-peer learning organization , so it made perfect sense to offer free mentoring sessions to conference attendees who wished to spend time with an entrepreneur. After 20 sessions, over two intense back-to-back days, I took away many lessons that I am excited to implement.

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Top Four Survival Tips for Small Business Owners

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Every day—perhaps every hour—you feel forced to reset your expectations, your goals and your strategy. Entrepreneurs jump in to offer solutions.”. Before you tackle the problems at hand, take time to reflect on your core purpose. Ask yourself: Are there new ways for you to support your goals? Companies from various industries refocus production to make face masks. Now is the time to double down on those valuable star employees and loyal customers.

Enlist collaborators. Everyone is invited. Fireside Chat 3

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Social Venturers is launching a series of Fireside Chats to discuss what makes ecosystem builders effective. Every two weeks from September 10th until December 3rd, they are hosting peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions and you are invited! #3

3 key ingredients for successful remote work

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The global coronavirus pandemic has forced a widespread shift to remote work. Around the world, parents struggle to find a quiet space to work, professionals battle with technology, and employers assess the safest way forward. . Keep them to 20 or less.

Live the Values. Fireside Chat 4

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Social Venturers is launching a series of Fireside Chats to discuss what makes ecosystem builders effective. Every two weeks from September 10th until December 3rd, they are hosting peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions and you are invited! #4

Road trippers can rejoice as RVshare raises over $100 million to grow its RV rental business

TechCrunch

As continentally confined Americans look for domestic vacation options that won’t expose them to too much risk of infection from the pandemic that’s still raging across the country, the RV rental company RVshare has raised more than $100 million to capitalize on its historic opportunity.

Connect people. Fireside Chat 5

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Social Venturers is hosting a series of Fireside Chats to discuss what makes ecosystem builders effective. Every two weeks from September 10th until December 3rd, they are hosting peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions and you are invited! #5

Put Entrepreneurs Front and Center. Fireside Chat 1

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Social Venturers is launching a series of Fireside Chats to discuss what makes ecosystem builders effective. Every two weeks from September 10th until December 3rd, they are hosting peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions and you are invited! #1

Getaround tops up $25M debt financing to its $140M Series E

TechCrunch

Silicon Valley peer-to-peer car rental startup Getaround has secured a $25 million loan from Horizon Technology Finance Corporation. Getaround’s raise signals that the company is looking for new ways to secure cash without further diluting executives or investors.

Your path to happiness & success: 3 ways to hack your daily habits

Entrepreneurs' Organization

They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do.” – William Makepeace Thackeray An iPhone starts ringing, startling me out of my deep sleep. I start replying quickly, wanting to get as much accomplished as possible.

Public Speaking Essentials

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Sure, business owners and entrepreneurs aren’t required to deliver keynote presentations at large conferences or launch side careers as inspirational speakers. But being able to deliver a polished, concise and heartfelt message to an audience greater than the people at your dinner table can make for better sales pitches and company-wide updates. Ready to become a better public speaker? TED Talks are a great place to start.

Helping Big Get Small - Why I invested in Orchard's effort to help institutions participate in online lending

This is going to be BIG.

This creates a large opportunity for companies who see consumer trends and understand enterprises well enough figure out what it will take to get them to participate. This is essentially the bet that Box has made relative to Dropbox. Online lending, specifically peer to peer, is one of those markets. I''m excited to have made an investment through Brooklyn Bridge Ventures alongside Spark and Canaan in their initial round.

EO Entrepreneurs Share Strategies for Failure-Proofing Small Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Before diving into entrepreneurship, wouldn’t it be ideal to tap into the knowledge of experienced, thriving business owners for advice on failure-proofing a new business? We asked members of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) , a global, peer-to-peer network of 14,000-plus influential business owners, what lessons they wish they’d known to ensure ongoing success before starting their companies. Get to revenue as fast as possible. Listen to the market.

How Flexible Thinking Can Help Your Small Business Thrive During COVID-19

Smart Hustle Magazine

If you don't want to miss when registration opens up, sign up for our newsletter. And it's even scarier when you need to make a shift in your small business. In a short but powerful talk with Elizabeth, she explained that flexibility is necessary not just to survive but also to thrive.

An Invitation to Explore and Adopt “Capitalism With Care”

Entrepreneurs' Organization

During the Great Recession of 2008-10, Kent guided dozens of CEOs and their companies successfully through the crisis and positioned them to capitalize on the economic expansion that followed. to learn how our collective behavior toward planet Earth played a role in the COVID-19 pandemic. It doesn’t need to be that way, and Capitalism With Care is the most effective business model to both elevate humanity and simultaneously protect our planet.

Why PRISM May Herald a New Golden Age for P2P

Tomasz Tunguz

But should a large wave of privacy sentiment sweep the country, the natural response to cloud software would be an evolution towards peer-to-peer. Peer-to-peer communication fragments data storage amongst clients without the need for storage on a central server. A huge wave in the early 2000s, peer-to-peer communication has become less visible of late.

Advancing your business with the help of an accelerator

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

When emerging entrepreneur David Davila started to develop his idea of a family business selling coffee, one of his friends recognized that he had a great idea and encouraged him to apply to Union Kitchen, a startup accelerator in the United States. area, partner with entrepreneurs to establish a cohesive concept that is successful in local markets, before scaling regionally. Connect with your peers. Don’t worry about trying to reinvent the wheel.

The NYC Helium Network

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As many of you know, Helium is a peer to peer low bandwidth wireless network that anyone can run a hotspot for. The Helium network in NYC is already 133 hotspots strong and the map of lower Manhattan looks like this: If you would like to buy a Helium hotspot and start earning Helium tokens you can do that here. This is token incentive economics at work in building out wireless infrastructure and I am excited to watch this happen.

What the Facebook IPO means: 10 things

This is going to be BIG.

1) Expect the angel and seed stage market to continue to stay hot. Newly wealthy Facebookers will likely contribute massively to early stage companies, which means building relationships with companies early and actually rolling up sleeves to add value will be a must for investors. 2) Facebook will be hungry for growth in its ad business, and since it is running out of internet connected humans to connect to, it will need tools to make more out of each person.

Haven

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The idea behind Haven is: Finally, people anywhere in the world can connect directly to each other using their mobile devices and trade privately with no credit cards, no banks, and no tech companies tracking their activities, or charging listing and transaction fees. . Over 250,000 nodes have been created by people using this peer-to-peer network since the release of version 2.0 If you want to check out Haven, you can do that here.

[Lemonade in INC] 3 Ways to Manage Risk During Uncertain Times

OurCrowd

Lemonade, a provider of homeowners and renters insurance, has adopted a similar peer-to-peer model. Standard insurers make money by maximizing premiums and seeking to minimize payouts.

Second Stage Companies: What’s All the Buzz About?

Carol Lauffer

At a recent InBIA conference, I found an overwhelming response to our session on the topic of programming for second stage companies. Directing economic development efforts at second stage companies can have a tremendous impact on the growth of these companies and the economic benefits to a community. Second stage businesses must expand their market and their teams, and of course, obtain capital to support their growth.

Are You a Leader or a Laggard?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

GS1 US, an information standards organization that helps brands identify their products for commerce, recently surveyed more than 500 entrepreneurs to identify best practices to achieve sustained success. The results are presented in “Charting the Growth Journey: From Product to Profitable Business.”. Explore the results to determine if your brand will lead the pack or stay in a holding pattern. Are you prepared to think big?

Pear hosted its invite-only demo day online this year; here’s what you might have missed

TechCrunch

To give the rest of you a sneak peak, here’s a bit about all of the startups that presented, in broad strokes: ) AccessBell. The pitch: Video has emerged as one of the prominent ways for enterprises to communicate internally and externally with their customers and partners.

A Simple Conversation Can Improve Employee Performance

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Investing in your employees also happens to be a great way to invest in your business. At the end of some workdays, one of my foremen would return to our yard with dirty tools and equipment just tossed in the back of his truck. It was time to have a conversation. When I sat down with the foreman, I highlighted two concerns: First, when concrete dries, it’s almost impossible to remove from tools. Take these steps to create a coaching plan.

Blockchain: Renewing Trust in Charities

TechStars

We at DECENT are investing in educating communities about the different ways that blockchain can be leveraged to make the world a better place. For example, in 2018, we worked with Techstars to bring a Techstars Startup Weekend Decentralize to Boulder. At this 54-hour event, participants pitched ideas for how to put blockchain to use, from improving infrastructure to bringing more equity into the insurance industry.

“This is my EO journey”

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Our member network is committed to learning and helping each other succeed. Beth Chernick was EO New York’s chapter manager from 2003 to 2020. My first EO assignment was to work at a learning event hosted by co-learning chairs, Jason Englander and Larry Zogby.

6 Lessons From an Entrepreneur’s Journey

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Like many Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) members, he believes in continuous learning and improvement in order to take his businesses further and better serve the people that benefit from his services. He likes to start something from scratch as it gives him the freedom to create, set his own directions and strategize his next steps. “I At other times, the system can teach people not to go out on a limb. Experience has taught Lethlean how to handle adversity.

Why I applied to the Union Square Ventures analyst position

This is going to be BIG.

Why go back to a job I first took nine years ago when things are going so well for me and I''m running my own fund, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. Ringly , the most design savvy wearables company focused on fashionable women, recently graduated from the Highway1 Accelerator and I''m thrilled to see how beautiful their soon to be launched first product is. Versa has become the premier content marketing solution for real time responses to breaking news and trending headlines.

Moving Forward: Lessons Learned from Entrepreneurial Support Programs During the Crisis

Carol Lauffer

about their approaches to meeting the challenges presented by COVID-19 and adapting to serve their members. Here are the key lessons learned that will help all of us to better serve entrepreneurs and small businesses in our communities and move our programs forward successfully: Embrace the value of virtual. Events and conferences that were once out-of-reach to potential participants due to location and/or travel costs are now accessible through a virtual platform.

The Post-Pandemic Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO): Creating a Model for the Economic Recovery

Carol Lauffer

To prepare for the upcoming recovery, your ESO (e.g. accelerator, incubator, coworking space, hub or other type of entrepreneurial support program) must start to plot the path forward. To begin the process, consider the following: Will your ESO’s mission be a fit for the new normal, or will adjustments be required? Your mission may not change; however, now is the appropriate time to discuss and reconsider with your board and stakeholders.

Food To Eat Founder, Deepti Sharma, Presents at Smart Hustle Growth Conference

Smart Hustle Magazine

Her company, Food to Eat specializes in connecting immigrant, women and minority-owned food vendors to opportunities for growth. Smart Hustlers seek to build healthy, profitably, great business. Purposefully and carefully produced, the entire day is maximized for peer to peer networking and expert advice from the experiences of our speakers. You’ll be able to share your experience with others and still learn a thing or two.

Take your Startup to the Next Level

Innovation 2 Enterprise

i2E’s e3 , formerly known as the Venture Assessment Program (VAP), has been a great tool for helping Oklahoma startup founders rigorously perform structured market validation of their ideas and solutions before they start creating products that the market does not want to buy. Through the e3,” Devin explained, “the i2E team walked us through precisely each step to take before bringing our product to market. To learn more about e3, visit www.i2E/e3.

Disrupting the Whole Damn Thing

This is going to be BIG.

Last night, I went to go see Dallas Buyers Club. Still, these entities are supposed to work for us and in our best interest. Because of their power and influence, they also know how to protect themselves through legal and regulatory methods quite well. They got bigger than we ever needed them to be and the more that we can seamlessly connect to each other, understand each other, and mobilize our numbers, the less we need them. I''m psyched to be a part of it.

Helping entrepreneurs to commercialize technology

Carol Lauffer

Accelerators and incubators can be very effective at helping entrepreneurs to commercialize technology. Five barriers to commercialization often prohibit entrepreneurs from getting to market: (1) business model and strategy, (2) market, (3) technology and intellectual property (IP) protection, (4) management, and (5) capital. In an incubator programs, the process is individualized, with a plan developed for each client tailored to its individual needs.

Her Accounting Business Is Rocking. Rachel Michaelov Shares Why at the Smart Hustle Growth Conference.

Smart Hustle Magazine

She posts how she's helped a client or saved them money or helped them in some way OR Rachel's sharing how a prospective client's finances are quite messed up and how she's GOING to help them or a lessons learned. Not only that, but I've observed, over the years, how Rachel is very purposeful in attending premium events and masterminds to educate herself as a business owner. Have you registered to attend? Smart Hustlers seek to build healthy, profitably, great business.