The 'Godfather of Silicon Valley's' investment firm, which helped launch Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb, says it won't raise a new fund

The 'Godfather of Silicon Valley's' investment firm, which helped launch Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb, says it won't raise a new fund

Ron Conway, considered the “Godfather of Silicon Valley,” said his venture capital firm, SV Angel, will not be raising a new fund. In a Medium post co-authored by the firm’s general partners, Conway said it will “scale back the existing SV Angel team” and shift focus to angel investing. He expects to cut checks between $25,000 and $100,000 per company. Founded in 2009, SV Angel made early bets on Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb.   Ron Conway, one of the tech industry’s most prominent and powerful startup investors, who had […]

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What is Mix and How Do I Use it for My Business?

On June 30, 2018, to Mix. And the new platform has a few features that might be of interest to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Similar to StumbleUpon, the social network site that helps users and interesting things across the web, Mix provides a new way to discover and save people’s favorite things on the internet. What is Mix? Mix is created and provided by the makers of StumbleUpon. Like StumbleUpon, Mix is part of the Expa family. Expa works with proven founders to develop and launch […]

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Thinking about Starting a Home Staging Business? Here are 20 Tips to Get Started

Home staging is a growing field, with 38 percent of sellers’ agents saying that they stage all sellers’ homes before listing them for sale. For those sellers or realtors that don’t want to do the work themselves, that’s where professional home stagers come in. This industry can be a particularly attractive one for design savvy individuals. It doesn’t take a huge upfront investment compared to some other business models. And there’s plenty of room for growth in the industry. So if you’re interested in starting your own […]

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One of the first investors in Uber and Salesforce reveals how he picks startup investments that will blow up

One of the first investors in Uber and Salesforce reveals how he picks startup investments that will blow up

Mike Walsh was one of the first investors in Uber and Salesforce. Now he’s using his earnings — and his eye for hits — to  he thinks could be as big as Uber. He shared with Business Insider his technique for sourcing deals that blow up. The biggest thing: Does this seem like something people will actually want to use?  In 1999, Mike Walsh cut his first check as a hobby venture capitalist to a little-known cloud startup called Salesforce.com. He used the company’s product as a […]

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Infusionsoft Unveils New Marketing Platform Designed for Small Businesses

  has unveiled a new marketing platform with a lower price, free trial and revamped CRM that’s geared to enticing smaller enterprises to tackle the marketing job themselves. Small Business Trends spoke with CEO Clate Mask about changes and new direction for the powerful marketing tool. Infusionsoft for Small Business The company set out on the new leg of its decade long mission to help small businesses with a revamped focus aptly named to suit its lofty goals. Mars Mission “We started out on what we call […]

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The 15 best business books to read this summer

The 15 best business books to read this summer

Summer vacation is a great time to catch up on reading. It’s even better if the books you choose will make you more productive and happier when you head back to work. We picked out 15 business books from this year and last year that we found particularly entertaining and insightful. Those books include “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou, about the massive Theranos scandal, and “The Geometry of Wealth,” about getting a handle on your finances. The best kind of summer reading is a book that’s both […]

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Best 10 Online Tools to Create GIFS for your Small Business

GIFs, short bite-sized animated image files, are everywhere these days, dominating social media and the internet, in general. These fun, short files are animated by combining a series of images into an encoded  (GIF). GIFs are used widely online as a means of conveying a reaction, illustrating a point or explaining a concept. Reaction GIFs on social chats are one area where these files are proving to be particularly popular. GIFs are being used by businesses to help them stay up-to-date, fun and relevant online. These entertaining […]

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Apply These 6 Techniques to Improve Mobile Loading Speed of Your Business Site

While there undoubtedly are several factors impacting revenue, most experts say that business sites loading within 5 seconds earn almost double those doing it in 19, the average site loading time. The has further found that sites loading within 5 seconds have: 25% higher ad visibility, 35% lower bounce rate, and 70% longer user sessions. That’s precisely why we need to be focused on solutions to help our businesses succeed. After all, mobile speed has never been more important. Slow Loading Speed Can Really Be A Problem […]

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After resorting to Tinder to make friends, this freelance journalist created her own meetup app for women and it's blowing up

After resorting to Tinder to make friends, this freelance journalist created her own meetup app for women and it's blowing up

An Irish freelance journalist created GirlCrew after resorting to using Tinder one night to make female friends. The app has over 100,000 and has raised $1 million from prominent figures in tech, including LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. On a Friday night in 2014, Elva Carri found herself alone and frustrated she didn’t have anyone to go out dancing with.  In a last-ditch effort to find a friend in Dublin, Ireland, where she was living and working as a freelance journalist at the time, Carri did something unusual: […]

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83% of B2B Procurement Officers Now Prefer Ecommerce Options, Report Says

Providing a robust ecommerce experience will encourage 83% of procurement officers to spend more when purchasing the supplies they need. This according to the . The move to a more ecommerce centric purchasing behavior is going to lead away from the traditional in-person relationships previously seen in . The change is being driven by millennials, who are replacing Baby Boomers in greater numbers. Scott Webb, president of Avionos, explained the change taking place in a recent press release. Webb said, “As millennials take on more procurement roles, the […]

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