Entrepreneurship Roundup for January 12, 2018

Entrepreneurship News Roundup For The Day, Curated From Sources Around The Web

News on startup entrepreneurship, found around the web, curated for you from various sources. Happy reading!

Hubspot Marketing

Hubspot Sales

  • The 32 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Salespeople
    by mprater@hubspot.com (Megan Prater) on 2018-01-11 at 22:42If you’re not on the Google Chrome extension bandwagon yet, you will be once you start using some (or all) of these tools. The Chrome Web Store is perfect for people who love new tools, toys, and productivity hacks. To help you get started, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Google Chrome extensions for salespeople below. […]

  • How to Use BANT to Qualify Prospects in 2018
    by afrost@hubspot.com (Aja Frost) on 2018-01-11 at 13:30What does BANT stand for? The acronym BANT stands for: Budget: How much is the prospect able and willing to spend? Authority: Who is the ultimate decision maker? Need: Does the prospect have a problem your product can solve? Timing: Is there urgency? […]

  • How to Get a Real Estate License in 7 Steps
    by Meg Prater on 2018-01-11 at 11:30How to Get a Real Estate License Understand state licensing and education requirements Take a pre-licensing course Pass your state licensing exam File a real estate license application Find a real estate brokerage Join the National Association of Realtors Renew your license So, you’ve decided to become a real estate agent? Congratulations! It’s time to get to […]

  • Organize Your Email With Multiple Inboxes In 7 Simple Steps
    by gsoskey@hubspot.com (Ginny Mineo) on 2018-01-11 at 01:13Gmail Multiple Inboxes Multiple Inboxes are mini inboxes Google offers within your primary inbox. Organize your inbox into sections based on the email type, topic, or personal preference. It’s worth noting you can’t implement Multiple Inboxes if you are using Gmail Promotions, Social, Updates, or Forums tabs. My email inbox acts as my to-do list. Some of my emails are threads around a […]

  • How to Make Sales Training Actually Stick
    by Mark Magnacca on 2018-01-10 at 12:30While sales is undoubtedly the lifeblood of any organization, the thought of implementing a successful sales training program is enough to give even the strongest business leader pause. Many organizations invest heavily in sales training (Training Industry reports $300 billion is spent globally on training programs and activities, with $161 billion spent in the U.S. alone) — but most continue to […]

Forbes – Entrepreneurs


  • The Seven Qualities of a Great Founding Team
    by Anna Barber on 2018-01-10 at 14:00Running a “city program” accelerator at Techstars LA, we can invest in any vertical – and there are several I’m tracking – but the real draw is always the team. So what makes a “great team”? Below are seven characteristics of teams that I believe contribute to success. Learning mindset “That’s surprising. Tell me why […]

  • 19 Techstars Alumni Expoing at the North American International Auto Show
    by Ted Serbinski on 2018-01-09 at 14:00Techstars Mobility has partnered with the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) for the second year in a row to bring over 50 global startups to Detroit in January 2018 to showcase their innovative mobility technologies as part of AutoMobili-D, a dedicated startup expo. This partnership is part of Techstars Mobility’s ongoing mission to connect […]

  • InsurTech Startups Wanted for the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars in North Carolina
    by Mee-Jung Jang on 2018-01-08 at 13:00Techstars and MetLife have signed a partnership agreement to run a mentorship-driven accelerator in Cary, North Carolina, to help InsurTech founders do more faster. The MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars, will run in Q3 2018 with applications opening on January 8th, 2018. I’m excited to announce that I will be the managing director of […]

  • Global Applications for the Techstars Worldwide Network are Now Open!
    by Daniel Feld on 2018-01-08 at 00:00There’s an often-repeated stat that 90 percent of startups fail. Not sure the source, but no doubt that it scares entrepreneurs. At Techstars, we see the reverse in our accelerator portfolio – 90 percent of our startups are active or have successfully exited. Which statistic reflects your business? If you’re ready to succeed, take the […]

  • Back to the Future: IoT Themes for 2018
    by Jenny Fielding on 2018-01-03 at 14:00Predictions are so 2017…so instead, here are a few IoT themes that I’m excited about this coming year: Edge Comes of Age The promise of Edge and distributed computing, may seem like old news, however, much of enterprise processing still takes place on-prem or in the cloud. Corporate change management (painful) coupled with the cost […]

Y Combinator

  • YC Bio
    by Sam Altman on 2018-01-11 at 19:16I’m excited to announce a new experiment we’re going to try: YC Bio. YC Bio is a new way for us to fund early-stage life science companies that are still in the lab phase. […]

  • Female Founders Conference Seattle: Speakers
    by Kat Mañalac on 2018-01-11 at 18:12We’re looking forward to hosting our first Female Founders Conference event of the year in Seattle on Feb 3. We’re excited to be joined by these speakers… […]

  • Building for the Blockchain
    by Vincent Chen on 2018-01-09 at 19:28Our goal in this post is to: 1. Explain how blockchain development differs from existing development paradigms. 2. Provide context for the opportunities and challenges in this space. 3. Point you to resources that will give you the foundation to start developing in this new paradigm. […]

  • Leah Culver of Breaker and Tom Sparks of YC Answer Your Questions About Security and Podcasting
    by Y Combinator on 2018-01-05 at 10:40Leah Culver is cofounder and CTO of Breaker, which is a social podcast listening and discovery app. They went through YC in the Winter 2017 batch. Tom Sparks is an engineer on the YC Software team. He also cofounded Cryptoseal which went through YC in the Summer 2011 batch. […]

Indie Hackers

Startup Professionals Musings

  • 10 Startup Strategies To Minimize Cash Flow Disasters
    by MartinZwilling on 2018-01-12 at 13:30The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers. I often get asked about the real alternatives to bridge this valley, and there are some good ones I will outline here. According to a recent Motly […]

  • 6 Steps To Empowered Employees And Unstoppable Growth
    by MartinZwilling on 2018-01-10 at 13:30As a business advisor, one of the things I see most often as a drag to productivity and growth is employees who, despite their best efforts, can’t change things that they know are hurting the company. They want to grant deserving customers special concessions, or fix a broken process, but are convinced it may cost them their job, or find that no one above them seems to care. Perhaps you […]

  • 8 Ways New Ventures Burn Resources Without Thinking
    by MartinZwilling on 2018-01-08 at 13:30Every entrepreneur I know is short on resources, including time, money, and skills. The last thing they can afford is to waste any of these, but in my mentoring and coaching activities, I see it happening all too often. Waste in a startup is any activity that spends resources, but creates no value or competitive advantage in the eyes of customers. Much has been written about this subject in the […]

  • 10 New Venture Approaches That Can Jeopardize Success
    by MartinZwilling on 2018-01-07 at 13:30Starting a new business is a serious undertaking. Yet many aspiring entrepreneurs I know approach it as a fun project, get-rich quick scheme, or perhaps an expensive hobby. Others quit their day jobs and commit everything to their new passion, without regard for their own well-being, or the welfare of others around them. Neither of these approaches bodes well for success. As an entrepreneur, you […]

  • How To Mentor Millennials Into Business Leadership
    by MartinZwilling on 2018-01-06 at 13:30Millennials have come a long way in business since I started writing about them almost ten years ago. They started out as that spoiled generation of kids, born between about 1982 and 2004, who had everything, and could care less about business. Today they are in every business, and will likely comprise 50 percent of the workforce by 2020. Their success is now vital to our success. Like all of […]

  • How To Validate Your Innovative Product As A Business
    by MartinZwilling on 2018-01-05 at 13:30In my experience with technical entrepreneurs, they work hard on creating an innovative and elegant solution, and assume that customers will flock to them (“if we build it, they will come”). The reality is that successful businesses these days require an equally elegant business model, with the right marketing, delivery channel, price, and target customers, to get real traction. In […]


  • Joburg duo to take on big boys in calcium carbonate sector with IDC VC funding
    by Stephen Timm: Editor on 2018-01-12 at 10:09Entrepreneurs Zane Abrahams and Mark Anthony Appollos are taking on the big boys. The two plan to give an established calcium carbonate player a run for its money by setting up a R250-million plant in Richards Bay, following a recent venture capital investment from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Calcium carbonate is produced from limestone and is used in a number of […]

  • Norwegian accelerator Pangea seeking African startups for Kenya programme
    by Daniel Mpala on 2018-01-11 at 14:25Pangea Accelerator, an Oslo-based investment platform and accelerator programme, has opened applications to its recently launched accelerator in Nairobi, Kenya. Applications to the Pangea Accelerator Programme opened last week Friday (5 January) and will close on 19 February. A total of 40 startups will be selected to join the accelerator, which Pangea Accelerator co-founder and investor manager […]

  • Applications for Challenge of Invention to Innovation competition now open
    by Staff Reporter on 2018-01-11 at 12:57The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Science in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, has launched applications to it its Challenge of Invention to Innovation competition (Ci2i). The announcement was made yesterday. The competition aims to reward research-based innovation in science, tech, engineering and mathematics (STEM) […]

  • Top SA tech personalities on the books every entrepreneur should read in 2018
    by Staff Reporter on 2018-01-11 at 11:47If there’s one thing that all successful entrepreneurs have in common it’s that they are all avid readers. But with so many books out there, which ones should you pick up and read in 2018 — to grow your business? Ventureburn asked four top personalities in the South African tech startup ecosystem what their top reads are and why they reckon every entrepreneur should read […]

  • Over a year on, when will big companies’ SA SME Fund get going? [Opinion]
    by Stephen Timm: Editor on 2018-01-10 at 13:20South Africa’s private sector loves to lament how poor the government’s support has been for small business — but it seems, business owners shouldn’t expect much either from big companies. The idea to get big companies to fund small businesses emerged in 2015 following discussions that President Jacob Zuma held with large listed companies through […]

  • Uprise.Africa to launch first crowdfunding campaign this month says COO Schofield
    by Daniel Mpala on 2018-01-10 at 10:50Equity crowdfunding platform Uprise.Africa is set to launch its first campaign later this month for a project aimed at funding the publication of more African literature, the platform’s COO Patrick Schofield said yesterday. The platform aims to raise R3-million over a 90-day period for its Storied campaign. The Financial Services Board (FSB) has to date not publicly […]

  • Start-Up Chile opens applications to accelerator programme, increases funding
    by Staff Reporter on 2018-01-10 at 08:48Global accelerator Start-Up Chile has opened applications to its seven-month accelerator programme Start-Up Chile Seed. The accelerator made the announcement yesterday in a blog post on its site, stating that interested entrepreneurs have until 30 January to submit applications. In the same post the accelerator added that this year, it will provide programme participants with $40 000 in […]

  • Three trends to watch out for in the smart parking space in 2018 [Native]
    by Staff Reporter on 2018-01-10 at 08:09The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicked off yesterday and runs until Friday (12 January), is 0ne of the world’s biggest trade shows and is a window into upcoming tech and trends, This year the conference will feature a focus on Smart Cities. Scheduled events include a Smart Cities Marketplace, so expect to see a lot of new tech innovation around public safety, […]


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Hacker Noon

  • How to Create and Deploy a Create React App with Recharts, the WikiQuotes API, and a Data Set
    by Jerry J. Muzsik on 2018-01-12 at 01:27How to Create and Deploy a Create React App with Recharts, the WikiQuotes API, and DatasetsI recently built an app utilising data from the WHO (World Health Organisation), the WikiQuotes API, Recharts, lots of CSS and JS, and, of course, passion for the subject. This will show you how to do it minutely.Intro:Before beginning a project there is one thing you must know, and that is what […]

  • A Space Adventure Introducing Python
    by Jerry J. Muzsik on 2018-01-12 at 00:36This article is not targeting the absolute beginner. It is specifically for JS Developers or the like looking for a fun introduction to the incredibly popular programming language Python. Many concepts explained: multiple inheritance, list comprehensions, the basics, and peculiarities of the language. All code can instantly be copied/pasted into a repl, and there is a repl near the end of the […]

  • Minimum Usable Product
    by Aneel on 2018-01-11 at 21:29A lesson from 10 years in and adjacent to product work.Minimum viability is very much a product-outwards perspective: what’s the least amount of work we can do to find out whether going down this line of thinking is a business idea that’s worth being invested in. It has nothing to do with viability for users.It’s a well worn notion that the right way to build a product […]

  • Investing in blockchain innovation: an introduction
    by Jan Baeriswyl on 2018-01-11 at 09:48Source: PixabayThe recent increase in popularity of alternative funding methods enabled by blockchain technology — what has been dubbed “ICO mania” in the media — makes it possible for individuals with limited capital to access the previously walled garden of investment vehicles that potentially offer venture capital-like returns. Many rightfully […]

  • How to reduce your risk of having breast cancer
    by Goncalo Gordo on 2018-01-11 at 04:46Photo by Florian Klauer on UnsplashA breast cancer diagnosis is one of the most difficult, and most devastating, to face. From a physical, but especially from an emotional point of view, it is an extremely difficult and draining disease. And unfortunately it affects a significant number of people.Today, we know that genetics can have a strong influence on it. But according to Cancer […]

Small Business Bonfire

  • How to Choose the Right Document Management Solution
    by Lauren Ford on 2018-01-12 at 10:07Document management software offers a great solution for everyday organizational difficulties. But what do you need to know in order to choose the right document management solution? You just read: How to Choose the Right Document Management Solution from the Small Business Bonfire. If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our small business newsletter, and make sure you follow us on Twitter, […]

  • Why Great Minds Never Think Alike
    by Safaraz Ali on 2018-01-11 at 09:48Success comes from great minds, but even more so when these great minds don’t think alike — having perspectives and opinions that may be at odds. You just read: Why Great Minds Never Think Alike from the Small Business Bonfire. If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our small business newsletter, and make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. […]

  • 7 Key Steps to Set Your Startup on Its Way to Success
    by Juliana Jems on 2018-01-11 at 09:39Can you reach startup success when you’re up against bigger businesses with deeper pockets? Maybe. Follow these key steps to get closer to success. You just read: 7 Key Steps to Set Your Startup on Its Way to Success from the Small Business Bonfire. If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our small business newsletter, and make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. […]

  • Why Websites and Cars Have More In Common Than You Think
    by Victoria Greene on 2018-01-10 at 09:37Wait, what? Websites and cars? At face value, this might seem like an empty metaphor, but websites and cars have more in common than you may expect. You just read: Why Websites and Cars Have More In Common Than You Think from the Small Business Bonfire. If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our small business newsletter, and make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. […]

  • 6 Technologies that Will Revamp the Retail Industry in 2018
    by Bhupinder Kour on 2018-01-09 at 10:28Customers are now demanding more. So, to meet their demands, get ready to explore and invest in the following retail technologies. You just read: 6 Technologies that Will Revamp the Retail Industry in 2018 from the Small Business Bonfire. If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our small business newsletter, and make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. […]


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