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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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Overcoming obstacles and transforming STEM education in Jamaica

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Overcoming obstacles and transforming STEM education in Jamaica By Zoe Sweet “All I wanted to do was make an impact that will transform the education system in Jamaica,” says Kavelle Hylton , a 2022 YLAI Fellow and founder of STEM Builders Learning Hub. Since founding the STEM Builders Learning Hub, her impact on education in Jamaica is undeniable and she has become a role model for her students.

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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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A Guide To Angel Investing Documents: Preferred Stock Deals

The Seraf Compass

This article is intended to provide a quick overview of the principal documents in a fundraising where the investors are purchasing stock. Unlike a convertible debt issuance, these stock transactions permanently alter the capitalization of the company by adding new stockholders, who are typically purchasing a brand new class of stock created for them, typically a series designated class of preferred stock with special rights and privileges they have negotiated.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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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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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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Betagro Launches Betagro Ventures to Support Food Tech Startups

AsiaTechDaily

Betagro, a prominent player in Thailand’s integrated food industry, has recently launched Betagro Ventures, a new corporate venture arm to incubate innovative startups in the food and agricultural technology sectors. With a focus on supporting innovation, Betagro Ventures has allocated a $30 million fund to invest in potential startups to drive advancements across its ecosystem.

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Meet the YC Winter 2024 Batch

Y Combinator

Today we’re kicking off Y Combinator’s 38th Demo Day, celebrating the incredible batch that is W24. This batch marks the completion of my first year as President of YC — and what an amazing year it’s been. During the last batch we moved Y Combinator into a beautiful office in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. This batch we took over a massive building next door, too — more than tripling the space available to us.

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Empowering Innovators: Trailblazing Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Journey

Innovation 2 Enterprise

In celebration of Women’s History Month, i2E is proud to shine a spotlight on two remarkable women founders who have not only engaged with i2E’s programs and resources but have also left an indelible mark in their respective industries. Jenae Goodin, founder of BAB, was a participant in Cohort 42 of i2E’s E3 program , a customer discovery bootcamp for startups.

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Your Fractional Finance and Accounting Team

Mighty Financial specializes in supporting the financial aspirations of small businesses and entrepreneurs. With our comprehensive bookkeeping and precise accounting expertise with decades of experience across diverse financial roles, our team offers tailor-made services ranging from essential bookkeeping to strategic fractional CFO support, catered specifically to the unique challenges of technology companies, startups, and SMEs.

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Celebrating Angie Singer Keating’s Appointment as Board President of Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (Ben Franklin CNP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Angie Singer Keating to its Board of Directors as President. With over two decades of experience in information systems, project management, and engineering, Angie brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to the organization. Angie Singer Keating is the Co-Founder and CEO of Reclamere, a leading provider of cybersecurity and IT asset management solutions.

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Fidelity marks down X valuation by 71.5%

TechCrunch

Mutual fund company Fidelity has marked down its investment in X holdings — the parent company of X (formerly Twitter) owned by Elon Musk — by 71.5% from the original valuation of shares, according to a new disclosure. Fidelity spent $19.2 million to acquire a stake in X back in October 2022. The fund manager […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved.

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The Capex Conquest in the Cloud

Tomasz Tunguz

Amazon announced their earnings yesterday. Like Microsoft & Google, Amazon’s Web Service business is seeing a surge of growth, up from 13% annual to 17% annual growth (16% when excluding the leap year). Aside from the overall growth of these clouds increasing, the massive investment in CapEx data centers, power plants, and GPUs is stunning.

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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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Digitalization: 5 Tech Updates That Will Help You Survive The Recession & Thrive

Lack of digitalization decreases business competitiveness. To thrive, embracing modern solutions becomes essential. The approach to digitalization often aligns with a company's business model. This shift not only boosts productivity but also automates processes and improves security. The tech market offers a wealth of technologies tailored for management, planning, and forecasting, replacing outdated pen-and-paper methods.

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5 Reflections from Million Dollar Weekend

OkDork

Someone asked me what my biggest lesson was from writing Million Dollar Weekend. My answer? We all can do harder things than we realize. Writing a book is hard. Building a business is also hard. But they’re not impossible. There’s been so much I’ve learned from creating Million Dollar Weekend. Here are 5 reflections from the entire book process (and how you can apply them to your life).

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Protecting Patient Privacy: Acorn Genetics Is Revolutionizing DNA Testing

Venture Well

Max Derbyshire, COO of Acorn Genetics, shares how the E-Team Program and the Aspire investor-engagement program advanced his innovation. The post Protecting Patient Privacy: Acorn Genetics Is Revolutionizing DNA Testing appeared first on VentureWell.

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RunPod’s Innovative AI Cloud Service Gains $20M in Funding from Tech Giants

American Entrepreneurship

A broad movement of developers led to a 10x year over year revenue increase The AI race is in full throttle, with entrepreneurs innovating to join this new highly competitive tech arena. Count-in New Jersey -based RunPod, being the first cloud provider for AI applications. The company’s AI cloud platform enables developers to seamlessly deploy custom full-stack AI applications.

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The Future of Prosumer: The Rise of “AI Native” Workflows

Andreessen Horowitz

Few people love the software they use to get things done. And it’s no surprise why. Whether it’s a slide deck builder, a video editor, or a photo enhancer, today’s work tools were conceived decades ago — and it shows! Even best-in-class products often feel either too inflexible and unsophisticated to do real work, or have steep, inaccessible learning curves (we’re looking at you, Adobe InDesign).

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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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Gateway to Asia’s Tech Frontier: Hong Kong Science Park Sparks Innovation with Top Startups & Cutting-Edge Ventures

AsiaTechDaily

The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) stands as a beacon of innovation in the heart of Hong Kong, driving the region towards a future fueled by technology and entrepreneurship.

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Congratulations to the 2024 YC Top Companies!

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce the 2024 YC Top Companies list ! This list features the YC alumni with the highest revenue in 2023 ( sorted alphabetically, as revenue is confidential for most startups). Revenue is the clearest indicator of a startup’s success, and we’re excited to see so many different types of companies represented. Separately, we have updated our list of currently public YC companies, and YC companies with an exit of over $150M.

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Deciding whether an investment is worthwhile

A Smart Bear: Longform

Why "expected value" doesn't work; here's a better framework for making long-term investments in your career, startup, and life.

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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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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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Generative AI: Transforming education into a personalized, addictive learning experience

TechCrunch

Education has always been centered around the human element, and it's hard to imagine a world where machines can replace that. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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Are Software Companies Good Businesses?

Tomasz Tunguz

In “Do software companies actually have good margins?”, Benn Stancil makes a case for a counterintuitive point : Software companies are much less profitable than they might seem. Why? Because the research & development costs associated with software should be part of their cost of goods sold. Software companies don’t invest once in R&D & then sell copies of the software as we did in the 90s on CDs.

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Educate, Empower, Support: EO Women Entrepreneurs Are Leading the Way

Entrepreneurs' Organization

International Women’s Day encourages us to inspire inclusion and value the contributions of women. In EO, we celebrate the remarkable women entrepreneurs who have shattered glass ceilings and are now paying it forward to pave the way for future generations of female founders to rise. “Women still only get about 2% of venture capital investment money, and we want to see that change,” said Cindy Boyd, EO Houston.

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These 5 strategies made us $10M+ EACH

OkDork

Being an entrepreneur is a lot like being a scientist – you start with a hypothesis, run tests, and iterate as you go. At AppSumo, we’ve tested hundreds of strategies. Most failed. Some did okay. A handful propelled our business to new heights. Today, I’ll be revealing the 5 strategies that made us over $10M EACH. Let’s gooo! 1- Use Prefluencers When we started AppSumo, I paid Tim Ferriss $5,000 a month to sponsor his website.

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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