2020

Clearing a Path Toward Equity Through Entrepreneurship

Co Starters

CASE STUDY. Forward Cities + The Corner. New Kensington, Pennsylvania. By partnering with two collaborative national networks, community builders in New Kensington, PA were able to provide more equitable entrepreneurship opportunities for local residents.

3 key ingredients for successful remote work

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The global coronavirus pandemic has forced a widespread shift to remote work. The impact on our families and careers has been significant. Around the world, parents struggle to find a quiet space to work, professionals battle with technology, and employers assess the safest way forward. .

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Virtual Incubation and Acceleration Services: What Really Works?

INBIA

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Cities Should Think Creatively about Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building

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How do other cities build entrepreneurship? Alejandro Manzanares of the National League of Cities (NLC) shares insights from cities in its third cohort on establishing entrepreneurial seed funds, building innovative workforces and ecosystem mapping

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!

My 1985 Nike Air Jordan Investment

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Earlier this week I purchased 1% of a collection of five 1985 Nike Air Jordan sneakers using our portfolio company Otis’ mobile app. I paid $330 for ten shares (out of a total of 1000 shares) implying a value of $33,000 for the five pairs, or roughly $6600 each.

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TechCrunch: Where top VCs are investing in construction robotics

Dream It

Via TechCrunch by Arman Tabatabai: Venture capital has been flooding the various subverticals under the robotics umbrella in recent years, and the construction space is one of the largest beneficiaries.

Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator

GAN

Every year, some 30,000+ startups vie for just 1,300 spots at GAN Accelerators. Success rates for startups after they graduate from a GAN Accelerator are pretty impressive, too—more than 80% continue to be in business today.

Promoting women’s advancement in Haiti through creative baked goods

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Caroline Sachdeva. 2017 YLAI Fellow Marie Flore Morett, owner of Delices de Marie Florett , has worked to create a welcoming community in Haiti to empower women to seek employment opportunities and work to decrease the job and wage inequalities present in Haiti.

10 Post-Coronavirus Trends for Life After Quarantine

This is going to be BIG.

Obviously, the fight against Coronavirus has not stopped, but it’s hard not to look ahead to what’s next. How will having the world on lockdown affect our society in the long run? Here are a few trends I think we’ll see going forward: 1) Work from home is here to stay—at least partially.

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.

Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it

500

No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. I was raised in rural Wyoming, far from the high stakes and deep pockets of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. But from a young age, going against the grain was in my DNA. It’s what led me to San Francisco, and, ultimately, what drew me to 500 Startups. When I moved to San Francisco in 2012, I was working on my fourth startup and looking to join an accelerator.

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.

How to Manage a Startup Through Troubling Times

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Rizwan Virk , author of S tartup Myths and Models: What You Won’t Learn in Business School. The pandemic of 2020 has tested most sectors of the economy. Like the downturns in 2008 and 2001, this has been a very trying time for entrepreneurs running startups.

Open Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Resilience through Collaboration

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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.

How to Come up With Great Ideas

Paul G. Silva

If your startup/organization/team struggles with ideation (the process of coming up with ideas), you fall into one of two camps: Those who struggle to come up with any ideas. Those who come up with plenty of ideas but struggle to identify which ones are worth pursuing.

Mobile App Stores and Crypto

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I have written extensively on this blog over the last decade and a half about the significant negative consequences that the two large mobile operating systems have on distribution of software.

STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator Welcomes Laila Partridge as Managing Director

TechStars

Today, I’m excited to announce that I am joining Techstars as Managing Director of the STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator in Hartford, CT. .

How Much Money Should You Raise From Venture Investors?

Dream It

When pitching investors, remember that your ask is like porridge; it follows the goldilocks ratio and has to be just right. Asking for too much or too little funding will raise red flags with investors and cause you to lose credibility.

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.

We Built a More Inclusive Accelerator—Here’s What We Learned

GAN

Guest Blog by Lunar Startups. Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ founders have always had to do more with less. It comes as no surprise that founders with these identities face unfair and significant obstacles when going to market, scaling, and competing in the marketplace. Yet, consumers with purchasing power are getting younger and more racially diverse every year, creating a huge market opportunity for startup founders who deeply understand this under-served group.

Remodeling English language education in Costa Rica

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By luck when he was young, Alex Solano took an English language course that would change his life. One inspiring teacher forever changed the way that Alex viewed education, and he received a scholarship to continue taking courses on teaching English.

It Depends: Why the right fundraising strategy for your startup is never a straight answer.

This is going to be BIG.

Talk to ten founders and ten different VCs and you’ll get roughly about 600 different suggestions as to how you should go about your fundraising strategy. I don’t know what the formula is here, but the numbers and the resulting amount of confusion gets big very very quickly.

How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19

500

With the rise in regulations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we’ve entered unprecedented times on a global scale. On our end, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day to ensure the safety and protection of our team and founders.

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.”

Business and Entrepreneurship Will Play a Critical Role in Creating a Better World. Here’s How.

Co Starters

By Enoch Elwell. Open your phone, select your favorite feed, and start scrolling. If you think hard about what you are seeing and reading, one thing is abundantly clear: We are on the brink of an unfamiliar world. Most of us are standing on the edge, trying to peer over and see what that brand-new world will look like. Will there be economic opportunity for all? Will there finally be equity in healthcare?

Top Four Survival Tips for Small Business Owners

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Remember when owning a small business was risky but rewarding? Stressful but satisfying? And then COVID-19 hit. In the midst of a global pandemic, being responsible for your own business—as well as the livelihoods of your employees—very likely seems overwhelming if not completely debilitating. Nobody said entrepreneurship was easy, but certainly nobody predicted this devastating turn of events. Every day—perhaps every hour—you feel forced to reset your expectations, your goals and your strategy.

Five Reasons You Should Attend ICBI34

INBIA

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What Should Founders Be Focusing On? SSRL Can Be Their Guide.

Paul G. Silva

Entrepreneurs and investors used to rely on strictly qualitative/gut methods of assessing progress and deciding what their next steps should be. In 2014 the great Steve Blank gave the startup world its first widely-respected quantitative assessment system: the Investment Readiness Level (IRL).

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.