May, 2021

Why Creativity is Essential for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed to EO by B. Jeffrey Madoff. When the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in the US in January of 2020, the situation demanded a rapid response. A new, highly contagious virus posed an imminent threat to the world.

Funding Friday: Pattern Alphabet cards for exploring nature

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Longtime AVC reader Alex Wolf has a Kickstarter project that I think is awesome. She has long been working on a “pattern alphabet” to encode the patterns of nature and life. This project turns this alphabet into cards that can be used by kids in school and at home to learn.

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Out There Bets and Insider Games: The Social Barriers to Funding Big Ideas

This is going to be BIG.

In June of 2019, I got a cold e-mail with a single link: “My name is Braeden Kelekona and I’m the founder of Kelekona, a drone service for passengers and cargo. Below is a link to the pitch video. I look forward to hearing back from you and hopefully scheduling a meeting here in the city.”

Celebrating Entrepreneurship-led Economic Development this Economic Development Week

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According to my friend Jeff Finkle (pictured right), president of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), “Supporting entrepreneurs and small-business owners with creating and growing their local companies is a crucial part of economic development.”. We couldn’t agree more.

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!

How To Answer What's Your Valuation?

Dream It

The "What’s your valuation?" question is a common component of investor Q/A. You need to be aware of and ready for this tough question from investors. Seasoned founders have a particular way of framing their answer to this question.

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Mothers Share 6 Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned From Raising Kids

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Anyone who has children knows that raising them involves a lot of learning, both for the kids and their parents. Parallels between entrepreneurship and parenthood are plentiful. Parenthood, like entrepreneurship, is one of life’s ultimate learning experiences.

Half Of All VCs Beat The Stock Market

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

There has been this narrative about investing in VC funds that you have to get into the top quartile (25%) or possibly the top decile (10%) in order to generate good returns. I have heard that for as long as I have been in VC and probably have written it here a few times. Well, it turns out that is not right. Half of all venture funds outperform the stock market which is the benchmark most institutions measure VC funds against.

reimagining chemical engineering education: q&a with Dr. Pedro Arce of Tennessee Tech University

Venture Well

Faculty grantee, Pedro Arce, designed courses that tasked chemical engineering students with developing innovative, nature-inspired solutions to societal challenges.

A Tool for Consistent and Sustainable Startup Growth

Paul G. Silva

This is a repost from the Launch413 blog. Effective Tools Used By Launch413: A Case Study. When we created Launch413 in 2018, we had no idea what was just around the corner. We already knew entrepreneurs were one of the best ways to create prosperity in our communities and we knew how to help them. We also knew entrepreneurs were one of the most powerful forces for good in the world.

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.

5 Tips for Aspiring Mom Entrepreneurs to Turn Your Startup Dreams Into Reality

StartupNation

As a mom, your schedule tends to center around your kids more often than not.

9 Confessions From a Failed Startup CEO

Entrepreneur's Handbook

A business degree, Wall Street background, and prior startup experience couldn’t save me from these grave mistakes. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». business startup life startup-lessons entrepreneurship

Every storm is a golden opportunity

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Matt Bromley , accomplished big-wave surfer, well known for his films Risky Business and Risky Ripples. Every storm has a big wave to ride. I can’t emphasize this enough. As a professional big-wave surfer, I chase storms around the world.

In-Person vs On-Screen

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Last week I spent three hours with my six partners in a conference room talking through what we are investing in and why. It was a terrific session and I had more “ahas” in those three hours than I have had in many many months. There really is no substitute for sitting together with your colleagues working things out face to face. This week our team met with a founder in Singapore via Zoom. It was midnight in Singapore and noon in NYC.

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.

shooting for the stars: Cal Poly Pomona and NASA’s innovative approach to experiential learning

Venture Well

For National Space Day (May 7), we’re spotlighting Dr. Olukemi Sawyerr and her Faculty Grant-supported work spearheading the launch of the experiential learning program, NASA-CPP.

The Last Gameboard raises $4M to ship its digital tabletop gaming platform

TechCrunch

The tabletop gaming industry has exploded over the last few years as millions discovered or rediscovered its joys, but it too is evolving — and The Last Gameboard hopes to be the venue for that evolution.

These 3 Entrepreneurs Share Tips for Overcoming E-Commerce Product Launch Obstacles

StartupNation

With consumers spending more than ever online, it’s no wonder why so many entrepreneurs are joining e-commerce marketplaces in droves. Consumers around the world spent $900 billion at online retailers in 2020, according to report from the Mastercard Economics Institute.

My Life Became Richer the Day I Stopped Chasing Passive Income

Entrepreneur's Handbook

It’s worth questioning the beaten track. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». ideas society life-lessons passive-income entrepreneurship

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.

Seraf Founders Receive National Award for Changing the Landscape of Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

In recognition of their incredible contribution to angel investing, Seraf Founders Ham Lord and Christopher Mirabile were awarded the 2021 Hans Severiens award by the Angel Capital Association, the largest professional angel investor development organization in the world

The New Builders

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend Seth Levine and Elizabeth MacBride have written an important book about the changing face of entrepreneurship in the US. It is called The New Builders and it came out this week. You can purchase it at all the places listed here. This bit from the book’s Amazon page explains The New Builders’ message: The dominant image of an entrepreneur as a young white man starting a tech business on the coasts isn’t correct at all.

NEWS – Intuit QuickBooks Report Shows Small Businesses on Road to Financial Recovery

Smart Hustle Magazine

small businesses are on the road to recovery from the financial losses experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by Intuit QuickBooks.

Hustle Fund wants to help spawn a new generation of angel investors

TechCrunch

Kara Penn is the mother of four daughters and owner of Mission Spark, a management and strategy consulting company. And now, thanks to Hustle Fund, she is also an angel investor.

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.”

These 4 Entrepreneurs Share Their Startup Stories on StartupNation Radio

StartupNation

On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff interviews four entrepreneurs who share their startup stories: Tania Shah, Erin Nobles and Lisa Sigman of In The Know Legal; and Kristen Denzer of Tierra Encantada.

Five After Hours Habits to Help You Build a Tiny Empire, Quietly

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Join the IKEA Food Innovation Program

Impact Hub

At Impact Hub, we’re excited to work with IKEA of Sweden to find the innovators and disruptors of the food sector. IKEA is a curious company with a constant drive to enable people to live a better everyday life within the limits of the planet.

The Oklahoma entrepreneurial spirit is inspiring

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. The Oklahoma entrepreneurial spirit is inspiring and contagious, no matter when or how it appears. The Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup continues to be a uniquely Oklahoma source of entrepreneurial inspiration. One of the best aspects of Love’s Cup is that the buzz carries on.

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.