February, 2024

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But There's So Much Content Out There!

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I’m very lucky. I know a lot of really smart, interesting people. That’s why I find myself telling a lot of people that I’d love it if they shared their thoughts more often in public. I don’t much care whether they do it in writing, or a newsletter, a podcast or on LinkedIn—but I feel like I every time I interact with them, I learn something or I’m inspired to think about things in a different way.

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How the Entrepreneurial Mindset is Empowering Lives Through Organ Donation

Entrepreneurs' Organization

February 14 is National Donor Day in the United States, a day to celebrate and promote the life-giving practice of organ donation. With a thirst for learning and a drive to think big and be bold, EO members personify the transformative power of the entrepreneurial mindset. So it’s no surprise that Dave Galbenski , former EO Global Chair and 24-year member of EO Detroit, is leveraging his entrepreneurial vision, combined with the power of personal experience, to make life-saving changes to the wo

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Revolution Ventures Invests in Oula, the Maternity Care Startup Combining the Best of Obstetrics…

Revolution

Revolution Ventures Invests in Oula, the Maternity Care Startup Combining the Best of Obstetrics and Midwifery Oula will use the $28M Series B to open additional clinics and launch new services. Meet Oula  — the healthtech startup redesigning maternity care with a midwifery-first, team-based model that dramatically improves patient satisfaction while delivering better quality outcomes.

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ICBI38: Unleashing Excellence Through Practice

INBIA

InBIA will host its 38th annual International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI38) in San Antonio, Texas, from April 14-17.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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What Exactly Is An Angel, and Where Do They Invest?

The Seraf Compass

For a variety of reasons, the mainstream business press is writing more about angel investing than ever. It seems like more now than ever before, if you tell a distant relative that you are an angel investor, they will say “oh I’ve heard of that” rather than give you a blank stare and assume you are talking about church choir. Over the last couple decades, angel investing has become a more serious form of finance.

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How AI Will Usher in an Era of Abundance

Andreessen Horowitz

It’s impossible to talk about new technology without talking about human flourishing — every new technology from the plow to the microchip has typically been followed by a period of newfound wealth for consumers in the form of cheaper goods, improved productivity, and longer, healthier lives. In many ways, the most financially average person in our modern society experiences daily luxuries that history’s Pharaohs and Caesars could not imagine: instant communication, broadcast television, global

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Strategic Casting: How to Fish For Your Ideal Clients and Employees

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In the high-stakes adventure of entrepreneurship, the search for your ideal clients and employees can become a thrilling quest. As the captain of your ship, you’ll navigate a vast sea of opportunities. But here’s the catch – to reel in your ideal fish, you’ve got to know where to cast your line. In my experience, it’s critical to uncover the secrets of fishing in the perfect spots to hook the right clients and employees for your business success.

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Dispatches from the Road: Q4 2023

Revolution

Reflecting on a fall and winter well-spent on the road as we see glimmers (maybe, hopefully) of spring. From the Sunshine State to the Windy City, and college to coastal towns, we met up with some incredible founders, ecosystem builders, and co-investors last quarter, and experienced just about every season along the way. Check out our Q4 travels in photos and itineraries below.

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Mentorship Makes the Difference for Aspire Participants

Venture Well

A transformative part of the Aspire program is the networking, peer-to-peer learning, guidance, and expertise participants receive from working directly with mentors. The post Mentorship Makes the Difference for Aspire Participants appeared first on VentureWell.

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PE Mastery: CAPTARGET's Playbook for Quality Lead Flow

CAPTARGET presents a masterclass in M&A deal sourcing. Learn to cast a wide net, embracing seller self-identification. Consistency is the linchpin: keep the origination process steady for a reliable flow of opportunities. Diversify your tactics, employing various tools and vendors. Tech matters! Understand DNS settings, domain authority, and brand presence for optimal outreach.

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Ultimate Guide to Audits for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors

The Seraf Compass

Early stage investors are often asked to sit on boards, and many sets of investment terms require that outside investors sit on the key board committees. But what’s involved in being on an Audit Committee, and how do you do it right?

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Building Future Tech Company Founders and Leaders: Ben Franklin Technology Partners Supports CC4H Robotics

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (Ben Franklin CNP) is thrilled to sponsor the Centre County 4-H Robotics (CC4H Robotics) program, recognizing the profound impact it has in empowering young minds. In total, the program has ten competing teams, with over 100 students between 4 th and 12 th grade. Recently, five CC4H Robotics’ middle school teams showcased their talent and innovation at an event on January 20th, 2024, kicking off the competition season at the York qualif

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Virtual Data Rooms: The Unsung Hero of Biotech Financing

Andreessen Horowitz

The biotech industry is built on one of the cleanest go-to-market strategies in existence: if you make a safe drug that really works, patients are likely to receive it and payors are likely to pay for it. This simplicity is of course shrouded in the complexity of biology, and demands that biotech companies thoughtfully de-risk existential concerns throughout the drug development lifecycle.

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Bigger Isn?t Always Better: 4 Benefits of Staying Small

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Entrepreneurs and business executives are culturally obsessed with maximizing business growth. And in the US, we’re arguably more focused on this than any other country. It is easy to get caught up in the mindset of business growth as a metric of success. As we say in America, “The sky’s the limit!” When I started to research this article, my working title was How to break geographic self-bottlenecking.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Boomerang Ventures Partners with CareSource to Advance Healthcare Innovation

American Entrepreneurship

Partnering organizations advance regional health innovation ecosystems To advance healthcare access, quality, and equity, the Ohio -headquartered managed care organization CareSource is partnering with Indiana -based Boomerang Ventures, an early-stage venture studio, specializing in connected health solutions. “Boomerang Ventures is thrilled to welcome CareSource as a strategic partner in our mission to transform health care through innovation.

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Starseed’s Pulitzer AI, An Innovative Global PR SaaS Service based on Generative AI, Redefines Publicity Dynamics

AsiaTechDaily

Lead by Starseed CEO Katie Bomi Son’s ´Pulitzer AI’ Paves the Way to Global Market with Multilingual Translation Capabilities PR or Publicity remains a critical aspect for start-ups, serving as a gateway to attracting investments and expanding user bases. However, for many early-stage ventures, hiring dedicated PR resources can take time and effort.

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Navigating Tax Obligations for Startups: What You Need to Know

Startup Blogpost

Navigating Tax Obligations for Startups: What You Need to Know Navigating the complex landscape of startup taxation can be daunting, but with insights from CEOs and financial experts, startups can stay compliant and even save on taxes. From optimizing employee benefits for tax advantages to setting aside funds for year-end tax liabilities, we’ve compiled the top thirteen strategies shared by seasoned professionals.

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One-off Early Interviews for Summer 2024 - Apply by Feb 21st

Y Combinator

We’re planning to do a special one-off round of early interviews for the next YC batch. If you want to do the next batch of YC, you should consider applying now by Feb 21 so you can get a faster decision (and earlier funding). The reason we’re doing these is that earlier this week, we published a brand new list of Requests for Startups to share ideas that we’d be excited to fund.

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l

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Investing in Tigris

Andreessen Horowitz

The traditional clouds (AWS, GCP, and Azure) are getting dated. They continue to be the standard for the vast majority of cloud workloads, of course, but they are built around a set of operational practices that were more relevant a decade ago. Lately, we’ve seen the rise of a number of hosting platforms that are better aligned with modern development practices.

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10 Fundamentals For A More Human-Centric Workplace

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Where do you find energy and inspiration to show up for work each day? For me, it’s my team and the culture we’ve created together. This is not by happenstance or luck. Setting in motion a perpetual cycle of positivity at work takes time, intention, commitment, collaboration and authenticity. You can’t architect it, force it or fake it. We often judge success by tangible things like last quarter’s sales numbers.

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Maesa Proudly Presents Inaugural Graduating Class of the #MaesaMagicIncubator

American Entrepreneurship

Three winning companies – Fuzz Clinic, House of Foster, and Squigs Beauty – completed a 12-week intensive curriculum and received a $35,000 grant each to scale their brands Beauty Incubator Maesa introduces Inaugural Cohort #MaesaMagicIncubator graduates three women entrepreneurs with $35,000 grants each Beauty incubator Maesa is celebrating the graduation of its inaugural cohort which was launched in 2023 in celebration of the company’s 25 th anniversary.

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Franklin Templeton Invests in Transparently.AI’s AI-powered Fraud Detection Software

AsiaTechDaily

Transparently.ai, headquartered in Singapore, has secured an investment from Franklin Templeton as part of its entrance into the asset manager’s FinTech Incubator program. The investment comes as the AI company, specializing in identifying accounting fraud, announced its successful pre-Series A funding round of US$3 million. With a focus on combating financial crime, the collaboration with […] The post Franklin Templeton Invests in Transparently.AI’s AI-powered Fraud Detection Software first app

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How to Avoid the Pain and Cost of PCI Compliance While Optimizing Payments

Speaker: P. Andrew Sjogren, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Very Good Security, Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO of Fivestars, and Steve Andrews, President & CEO of the Western Bankers Association 

PCI compliance can feel challenging and sometimes the result feels like you are optimizing more for security and compliance than you are for business outcomes. The key is to take the right strategy to PCI compliance that gets you both. In this webinar, we have a great set of panelists who will take you through how Zero Data strategies can be used as part of a well-rounded compliance and security approach, and get you to market much sooner by also allowing for payment optimization.

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Startup Strategies: The Strategic and Financial Significance of Intellectual Property

Gust

Startups are often at the forefront of innovation, developing new technologies, products, and services that disrupt traditional industries and bring fresh ideas and approaches that drive technological advancements. In that regard, startups often rely heavily on their ideas, and the unauthorized replication of those ideas may result in a loss of control over the unique aspects of a startup’s offerings.

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Every time OpenAI cuts a check for training data, an unlaunched competitive startup dies. Without a ‘safe harbor,’ AI will be ruled by incumbents.

Hunter Walk

The checks being cut to ‘owners’ of training data are creating a huge barrier to entry for challengers. If Google, OpenAI, and other large tech companies can establish a high enough cost, they implicitly prevent future competition. Not very Open. Model efficacy is roughly [ technical IP/approach ] * [ training data ] * [ training frequency/feedback loop ].

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Recruiting and Retaining the Right Executive Talent

Andreessen Horowitz

Please note that a version of the conversation was originally ran on the HR Heretics podcast. This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity. Key takeaways Write a MOC. A MOC document can help you prioritize what jobs you need an executive to do so you can hire against those needs. Leading by influence, not directive. Build trust with founders and then offer your own data-backed take on why a founder’s decision might not be the best decision they could make.

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How to Balance Tech and Humanity To Cultivate Connections in Business

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As a business leader, it’s essential to recognize that while digital transformation is crucial for growth and data can influence decisions, we should never sacrifice human and emotional connections. It’s nearly impossible to replicate the complexity of human communication with all of its nuances, both verbal and nonverbal, online. It’s not that technology has eliminated our capacity to connect on a human level; it’s just that digital connections and online exchanges will never achiev

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

Every startup and innovation project exists within an ecosystem that either helps or hurts that project. As innovation managers, we need to keep a pulse of that ecosystem and make sure we're helping those innovation projects we're managing every step of the way. In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in