September, 2020

The Real Rebuilding Will Begin after the Election, and it Will Start with Entrepreneurs, Economic Developers, and Ecosystem Builders

Co Starters

Here’s the good news: One way or another, the 2020 election will be over soon. . Here’s the bad news: This election will leave scars, and we have a lot of things that need to be fixed. The past few years have left a lot of people, locally and nationally, asking “What’s next?”. Here’s what’s next:

The world can’t afford entrepreneurial extinction

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Pam Kosanke , global marketing leader for EOS Worldwide. We’ve seen more than our share of changes in the last six months, but one of the most disturbing has been the rapid disappearance of small businesses.

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Circulate Networking Events

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend and former colleague Charlie O’Donnell created a new kind of networking event for the moment we are in. These are virtual networking events designed to “include diverse perspectives in the innovation community.” ” They are called Circulate.

This YLAI Fellow is influencing sustainable behavior in his Dominican Republic community

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Jewelle Saunders. 2018 YLAI Fellow Porfirio Baez spent his free time dreaming up different ways to contribute to the preservation of the environment. So he founded his own company to do just that.

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!

Two Important Points For Your Next Pitch

GAN

The other day I was on a call with a good friend. He’s a great entrepreneur and asked if he could run the pitch for his new company by me. It was a great pitch. He shared the problems he’s solving, what the product does, the size of the market, and how much the company is looking to grow.

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I’m Ready to Get Creative With My Business. Now Where Do I Start?

Co Starters

What is design thinking, anyway? Hopefully by now you’ve read our recap of Shelley Prevost’s stellar talk on how to get yourself calm. As she explained, it’s imperative to reach a place of calm before you shoot for creativity.

Three steps to a successful pivot

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In today’s business vocabulary, the word pivot—as a verb or a noun—has become shorthand for any change or shift. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, forced many of us to initiate wholesale and all-encompassing pivots in order to stay afloat. .

Some Thoughts On SPACs

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As many of you know, Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) are all the rage on wall street right now. SPACs are publicly traded “shell companies” that raise capital in an IPO process and then use that capital to merge with a privately held business. SPACs have been around for at least thirty years and I have always thought of them as a “liquidity path of last resort” for our portfolio companies.

Taller con Manuel Sánchez Masferrer: Retos del COVID-19 para los emprendedores y la economía

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

¿Cuándo? Martes 22 de septiembre a las 3:00 PM hora de El Salvador. Tema: Retos del COVID-19 para los emprendedores y la economía.

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.

RVI’s New Model 9 Months in: 2x members, more investments, more diversification

Paul G. Silva

For 14 years I’ve led the River Valley Investors angel investor network. A year ago the group was on death’s door. Membership was down to the lowest levels since I’d taken over leadership from our founder and my mentor, Joseph Steig. And none of us knew that COVID was just around the corner. If RVI failed then our region would have lots its only active angel group – a huge potential blow to local startups. It was time to pivot.

Building Your Early Startup Core Team

Dream It

In the early stages of startup growth, it is critical to have a balanced and strong core team of founders. Here’s why those two words matter. Your team must be balanced - filling key functional roles necessary to operationalize.

We Created a Program to Help Businesses Rebuild. Here’s What We’ve Learned So Far.

Co Starters

After nearly a decade of solely focusing on products and strategies to support new entrepreneurs, we at CO.STARTERS have expanded our focus to include existing businesses. This shift has been a long time coming, but it was certainly accelerated by the economic effects of COVID-19. .

The need for diversity and inclusion remains

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Here’s a fact: No matter how diverse or inclusive you believe your organization is, there is always more work to be done.

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.

Bolster Your Management Team And Board

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have had the great pleasure of working with Matt Blumberg and the senior leadership team of USV’s former portfolio company Return Path (which was sold in 2019) for much of the last twenty years. Matt and many members of his leadership team got the band back together early this year and started a new company called Bolster in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank and the early-stage VC firm High Alpha. A few months later, USV joined that investor group along with our friends at Costanoa.

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Training in textiles offers bright future for new entrepreneurs in Dominica

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Caroline Sachdeva. Avena Prince aims to alleviate the strain of unemployment and poverty in her country of Dominica. She is working hard to achieve this goal by encouraging community members to master different skills, such as sewing and garment design. .

empowering underrepresented engineering students: q&a with Noe Vargas Hernandez of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Venture Well

Noe Vargas Hernandez is devoted to teaching sustainability, entrepreneurship, and design practices to underrepresented engineering students. .

Top 5 M&A Insights from Senior Industry Leaders

Dream It

Most founders consider two possibilities when thinking about their exit strategy: IPO or acquisition. However, the process of startup M&A likely remains shrouded in mystery for founders who have never seen it first-hand.

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.

Seraf Toolbox: What You Need and Where You Will Find Key Data to Track Your Early Stage Investments

The Seraf Compass

As active early stage investors and directors of Launchpad Venture Group, we are asked frequently about how we track our portfolio of investments and how we stay on top of the financial performance of each company.

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

Entrepreneurs' Organization

. Contributed by Shawn Johal, business growth coach, leadership speaker and co-founder of DALS Lighting, Inc. He is also an active member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Montreal chapter. . Successful people aren’t born that way.

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Mental Healthcare 3.0

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My colleague Hanel wrote an important post on USV.com yesterday. It looks at mental healthcare solutions and compares them to what has happened in online learning in the last decade.

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4 Financial Tips During COVID: Make Your Money Work for You

Smart Hustle Magazine

Kedma Ough and Rashedia Mayhane spoke at the Survive and Thrive Summit about money tips and tools for your small business. H osted and produced by Ramon Ray of Smart Hustle Media, the first two Summits were held in April and August 2020. The next one will be in this spring of 2021.

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.”

advancing equity in I&E programs through authentic outreach and mentorship

Venture Well

Mentorship and outreach complement each other as important strategies for broadening participation for underrepresented student innovators who are considering I&E programs. The post advancing equity in I&E programs through authentic outreach and mentorship appeared first on VentureWell.

What Motivates Ecosystem Builders

Ecosystem Builder Hub

This post is part of a series featuring highlights from the Unsung Heroes of Ecosystem Building campaign which shone a spotlight on 40+ entrepreneurial ecosystem builders from around the U.S. and abroad between February and September 2020.

Searching for Product-Market Fit

The Seraf Compass

My favorite time of year in New England is early Fall. The heat and humidity of summer are gone, and the air is crisp and clear. Separating the cities of Boston and Cambridge, the Charles River is alive with sailors from several local universities and the Community Boating center.

YC’s First Virtual IIT Tour

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our first series of virtual talks at 6 IITs this fall. At the events, you’ll meet YC partners and alumni from each of the schools.

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.