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5 questions startups should consider before making their first marketing hire

Jamie Viggiano Contributor Share on Twitter Jamie Viggiano is the chief marketing officer at FUEL Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in consumer, SaaS and infrastructure businesses. “Who should my first marketing hire be?” This is (by far) the most common question I’ve received since starting as Fuel’s CMO, and for good reason. Your first marketer will have an outsized impact on team dynamics as well as the...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Column, Marketing, Tech, Content Marketing, Brand Marketing, Product Management, KPI, Product Marketing, Brand Management, Jamie Viggiano, Growth Marketing, EC Column, EC How To


After 30 years, ‘Crossing the Chasm’ is due for a refresh

Jeff Bussgang Contributor Share on Twitter Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital, a former entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, teaches entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. When I was at Open Market in the 1990s, our CEO gave out the recently published book “Crossing the Chasm” to the executive team and told us to read it to gain insight into why we had hit a speed bump in our scaling. We had gone from zero to $60 mil...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Tech, Venture Capital, Mongodb, Nosql, Peter Drucker, Harvard Business School, Squire, Veeva, Jeff Bussgang, Geoffrey Moore, Jesse Middleton, Flybridge Capital, EC Column


The fintech endgame: New supercompanies combine the best of software and financials

Shiran Shalev Contributor Share on Twitter Shiran Shalev is a principal at Battery Ventures, where he focuses primarily on software and consumer investments, including fintech. More posts by this contributor Why Breach Detection Is Your New Must-Have, Cyber Security Tool Aaron Rinberg Contributor Aaron Rinberg is a vice president at Battery Ventures. ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Column, Enterprise, Finance, Insurance, Tech, E-commerce, Venture Capital, Financial Services, Fintech, Shopify, Battery Ventures, Customer Service Software, Shiran Shalev, Aaron Rinberg Contributor Aaron Rinberg


What SOSV’s Climate Tech 100 tells founders about investors in the space

Benjamin Joffe Contributor Share on Twitter Benjamin Joffe is a partner at SOSV. More posts by this contributor 10 key lessons about tech mergers and acquisitions from Cisco’s John Chambers What every startup founder should know about exits Meghan Hind Contributor Share on Twitter Meghan Hind is an operations analyst...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Column, Funding, Tech, Cisco, Venture Capital, GreenTech, SOSV, John Chambers, Benjamin Joffe, Climate Tech, EC Column, EC Food Climate and Sustainability, Sosv Climate Tech 100, Meghan Hind


Health clouds are set to play a key role in healthcare innovation

Abhinav Shashank Contributor Share on Twitter Innovaccer founder and CEO Abhinav Shashank has written more than 300 articles for various international media outlets and has also been listed in Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Asia 2017: Enterprise Tech” and among the "Top 60 rising leaders in U.S. healthcare under 40” in the 2019 Becker's Hospital Review. Mike Sutten Contributor Share on...
Tags: Health, Cloud, Column, Articles, Tech, CIO, United States, Healthcare, SaaS, Healthcare Industry, Medicare, Cia, General Electric, Medicaid, Irs, Cto


How to start a company in 4 days

Yin Wu Contributor Share on Twitter Yin Wu, a three-time YC alum, is founder of Pulley, which offers cap table management tools that help companies better understand and optimize their equity. Running a startup can be a complicated, difficult process fraught with pitfalls and ample opportunities to make mistakes. But the logistics of setting up a startup should be simple, because over the long run, complicated equity setups an...
Tags: Startups, Column, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Business Incubators, Pulley, Cap Table, Stripe Atlas, Yin Wu, Fundraising Tactics, EC Column, EC How To, Delaware C Corporations, Clerky Post


Dear Sophie: What is a diversity green card and how do I apply for one?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: How does International Entrepreneur Parole work for startup fo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, California, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Diversity, United States, Silicon Valley, Tanzania, State Department, Lawyers, H-1b Visa, Sophie, U.S. Department of State


The hidden benefits of adding a CTO to your board

Abby Kearns Contributor Share on Twitter Abby Kearns, chief technology officer at Puppet, has more than 20 years of experience scaling growth for numerous Fortune 500 and startup companies. The pandemic forced companies around the world to adjust to a “new normal,” which caused many leaders to pivot their business strategies and adopt new technologies to continue operations. In a time of chaos and change, there is no senior le...
Tags: Startups, Column, Business, Board of Directors, Tech, Corporate Governance, Hiring, Cto, Software Engineering, Puppet, Agile Software Development, Chief Technology Officer, Lightbend, Abby Kearns, EC Column


It’s time for security teams to embrace security data lakes

Dan Schoenbaum Contributor Share on Twitter Dan Schoenbaum is a two-time CEO and a two-time COO in cybersecurity. Today, he is a managing partner at High Tide Advisors, a boutique consulting firm helping companies achieve greater success through go-to-market strategies and execution. The average corporate security organization spends $18 million annually but is largely ineffective at preventing breaches, IP theft and data lo...
Tags: Security, TC, Column, Developer, Tech, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, Ibm, Splunk, Crowdstrike, Data Security, Computer Security, Soc, CISO, Ponemon Institute, Dan Schoenbaum


For SaaS startups, differentiation is an iterative process

Jason VandeBoom Contributor Share on Twitter Jason VandeBoom is founder and CEO of ActiveCampaign, a customer experience automation (CXA) company. Software as a service has been thriving as a sector for years, but it has gone into overdrive in the past year as businesses responded to the pandemic by speeding up the migration of important functions to the cloud. We’ve all seen the news of SaaS startups raising large funding rou...
Tags: Startups, Cloud, Column, Tech, SaaS, Software As A Service, Startup Company, Product Management, Docusign, Cloud Applications, Jason VandeBoom, As-a-service, EC Enterprise Applications, EC Column, EC Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure, CXA company Software


3 lessons we learned after raising $6.3M from 50 investors

Henry Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Henry Shapiro is the co-founder of Reclaim.ai, an intelligent calendar assistant platform used daily by over 4,000 companies. Prior to founding Reclaim, Henry led product and marketing at New Relic. It was August 2019, and the fundraising process was not going well. My co-founder and I had left our product management jobs at New Relic several months prior, deciding to finally plunge ...
Tags: Startups, Column, Tech, New Relic, Index Ventures, Henry Shapiro, EC Column, EC How To, Reclaim Henry


Twitter’s acquisition strategy: eat the public conversation

Evan J. Zimmerman Contributor Share on Twitter Evan J. Zimmerman is the founder and CEO of Drift, a genomics software company, and chairman of Jovono, a venture capital firm. More posts by this contributor CFIUS Cometh: What this obscure agency does and why it matters to your fund or startup The last few months have been interesting for Twitter. After years of no innovation at all, Twitter is making b...
Tags: Social, Column, Twitter, Spotify, Social Media, Tech, United States, Periscope, Kayvon Beykpour, Clubhouse, Eventbrite, Snap, Substack, Revue, EC Column, EC Media


4 proven approaches to CX strategy that make customers feel loved

Rebecca Liu-Doyle Contributor Share on Twitter Rebecca Liu-Doyle is principal at Insight Partners, a global private equity and venture capital firm. Her focus areas include high-growth software, marketplaces, and consumer internet. Customers have been “experiencing” business since the ancient Romans browsed the Forum for produce, pottery and leather goods. But digitization has radically recalibrated the buyer-seller dynamic, f...
Tags: Startups, Column, Enterprise, Instagram, Marketing, Tech, Customer Experience, Netflix, Sap, Customer Experience Management, Qualtrics, Sprinklr, Mckinsey, CX, Brand Management, Customer Satisfaction


Opting for a debt round can take you from Series A startup to Series B unicorn

Mario Ciabarra Contributor Share on Twitter Mario Ciabarra, founder and CEO of Quantum Metric, is a computer scientist and tech entrepreneur helping organizations align the entire product lifecycle for many major global brands with a single version of customer-defined and quantified truth. Debt is a tool, and like any other — be it a hammer or handsaw — it’s extremely valuable when used skillfully but can cause a lot of pain w...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Debt, Private Equity, Thomas Sowell, Corporate Finance, Venture Debt, Quantum Metric, EC Column, EC How To


SaaS needs to take a page out of the crypto playbook

John Chen Contributor Share on Twitter John is a principal at Fika Ventures in Los Angeles. More posts by this contributor How Silicon Valley should celebrate Labor Day Rebuilding employee philanthropy from the bottom up By the time I joined Box in late 2012, the “consumerization of the enterprise” movement was well underway. The playbook was clear: The lessons and tactics from the rise of consu...
Tags: TC, Column, Los Angeles, Tech, Customer Experience, SaaS, Silicon Valley, John, Usability, Software As A Service, Yc, Google Facebook, John Chen, Fika Ventures, Airtable, Software Platform


Poor onboarding is the enemy of good hiring

Daniel Chait Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Chait is co-founder and CEO of Greenhouse Software, a recruiting software company that automates and simplifies best practices for hiring talent, and co-author of "Talent Makers: How the Best Organizations Win Through Structured and Inclusive Hiring." The world of hybrid work is here, and the usual 10-minute intro call, swag bag and first-day team lunch are just not enough to ma...
Tags: Startups, Column, Labor, Employment, Tech, Recruitment, Greenhouse Software, Onboarding, Human Resource Management, Greenhouse, Daniel Chait, Telecommuting, Buzzfeed Hubspot, EC Column, EC How To, EC Future of Work


7 questions to ask before relocating your startup to Florida

Lakshmi Shenoy Contributor Share on Twitter Lakshmi Shenoy is CEO of Embarc Collective, a nonprofit innovation hub in Tampa that builds bold, scalable, thriving companies. Today, Embarc Collective supports nearly 100 tech startups in Florida. If it seems like everyone you know is moving to Florida these days, there is evidence to back that up. Recent data from LinkedIn published in Axios put Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, and the ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Florida, Linkedin, Tech, Chicago, Miami, Tampa, Startup Company, Sunshine State, Miami Fort Lauderdale, EC Column, EC Future of Work, Lakshmi Shenoy, Today Embarc Collective


2 CEOs are better than 1

Thomas Asseo Contributor Share on Twitter As co-CEO, Thomas Asseo oversees the strategic direction of Fresh n' Lean in distributing thousands of meals for active lifestyle consumers. Before joining the company, he rose to the top of the auto racing ladder system. Netflix has two CEOs: Co-founder Reed Hastings oversees the streaming side of the company, while Ted Sarandos guides Netflix’s content. Warby Parker has co-CEOs as we...
Tags: Startups, Column, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Chief executive officer, Tech, Ceo, Netflix, Ted Sarandos, Warby Parker, Reed Hastings, Laureen, Co-founder, EC Column, EC How To, EC Future of Work


When to walk away from a VC who wants to invest in your startup

Ofri Ben-Porat Contributor Share on Twitter Ofri Ben-Porat is the co-founder and CEO of Edgify, which focuses on federated learning frameworks and democratized training. Venture capitalists add value in a number of ways. For example, one of my business’ backers has a deep tech “pod” that generates events and content we are always welcomed to be a part of. Another one of our investors gives us full commercial support through i...
Tags: Startups, Column, New York, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Jessica, Ofri, Ofri Ben Porat, EC Column, EC How To


Develop a buyer’s guide to educate your startup’s sales team and customers

Yousuf Khan Contributor Share on Twitter Yousuf Khan is a partner at Ridge Ventures. Prior to joining Ridge, he was the first CIO of Automation Anywhere, CIO and Vice President of Customer Success at cloud-based AI platform Moveworks, as well as CIO of Pure Storage, Qualys and Hult International Business School. More posts by this contributor Customer advisory boards are a gold mine for startup brand champions ...
Tags: Startups, Column, Marketing, Sales, Tech, Customer Experience, Corporate Finance, Brand Management, Customer Success, Moveworks, EC Column, Yousuf Khan, Ridge Ventures Prior, EC How To, Hult International Business School More


5 predictions for the future of e-commerce

Ethan Choi Contributor Share on Twitter Ethan Choi is a partner at Accel, where he invests in SaaS companies that are redefining workflow and collaboration, enterprise automation and e-commerce infrastructure. He also focuses on consumer internet companies and online marketplaces. In 2016, more than 20 years after Amazon’s founding and 10 years since Shopify launched, it would have been easy to assume e-commerce penetration ...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Ecommerce, Column, South Korea, China, Tech, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Shopify, Accel, D2C, Ethan Choi, EC Column, EC Ecommerce and D2C


Embedded finance will help fill the life insurance coverage gap

Melbourne O’Banion Contributor Share on Twitter Melbourne O’Banion is co-founder and CEO of digital life insurance company Bestow. An estimated 41 million Americans say they need life insurance but have yet to purchase coverage. Despite this awareness among consumers, the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association estimates a $12 trillion coverage gap, with about 50% of millennials planning to purchase coverage within t...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Column, Finance, Insurance, Tech, Life Insurance, Melbourne, Financial Services, Bestow, Embedded Finance, EC Column, EC Fintech, Twitter Melbourne O'Banion, Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association


How to ensure data quality in the era of Big Data

Patrik Liu Tran Contributor Patrik Liu Tran is the co-founder and CEO of Validio, an automated real-time data validation and quality monitoring platform. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (as well as an M.Sc. and B.Sc.) from Stockholm School of Economics, and a Civil Engineering degree in Engineering Physics with an M.Sc. in AI and machine learning from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Patrik is also the chairman of Stockholm AI. A little over a deca...
Tags: Cloud, Column, Enterprise, Big Data, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Silicon Valley, Big Data Analytics, Economist, Redshift, O'Reilly, Data Quality, OLAP, Tim O'Reilly, Stockholm School of Economics, Fishtown Analytics


How to ensure quality in the era of Big Data

Patrik Liu Tran Contributor Patrik Liu Tran is the co-founder and CEO of Validio, an automated real-time data validation and quality monitoring platform. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (as well as an M.Sc. and B.Sc.) from Stockholm School of Economics, and a Civil Engineering degree in Engineering Physics with an M.Sc. in AI and machine learning from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Patrik is also the chairman of Stockholm AI. A little over a deca...
Tags: Cloud, Column, Enterprise, Big Data, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Silicon Valley, Big Data Analytics, Economist, Redshift, O'Reilly, Data Quality, OLAP, Tim O'Reilly, Stockholm School of Economics, Fishtown Analytics


Chasing hype is human nature: The tyranny of startup trends

Victor Echevarria Contributor Share on Twitter Victor Echevarria is a partner at Jackson Square Ventures, where he invests in early-stage software businesses. I think it’s important that we explicitly discuss something that every VC instinctively knows: The hype around a given business or category has become a form of bias for investors and founders when vetting ideas to pursue. At any point in time, you can find FOMO-flavored...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Lyft, Uber, Column, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Sharing Economy, Private Equity, Foursquare, Lime, Moore, Jackson Square Ventures, Bird Lime Lyft, Victor Echevarria


Dear Sophie: What’s happening with visa application receipt notices?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: Does it make sense to sponsor immigrant talent to work remotel...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Technology, California, Immigration, Tech, Diversity, Silicon Valley, Lawyers, Pasadena, H-1b Visa, Sophie, USCIS, Alcorn, Department of Labor


For companies that use ML, labeled data is the key differentiator

Sylvain Kalache Contributor Share on Twitter Sylvain Kalache is the co-founder of Holberton, an edtech company training digital talent in more than 10 countries. An entrepreneur and software engineer, he has worked in the tech industry for more than a decade. Part of the team that led SlideShare to be acquired by LinkedIn, he has written for CIO and VentureBeat. More posts by this contributor Why education should...
Tags: TC, Column, Elon Musk, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Gartner, Machine Learning, O'Reilly, Holberton, ADAS, Waymo, Supervised learning, Labelbox, Sylvain Kalache


Want to double your rate of return? Seek counsel from experienced executives

Rob Olson Contributor Share on Twitter Rob Olson is a partner and head of data strategy at M13, a venture engine focused on investing in the core technologies that are going to drive and change consumer behavior over the next decade. Does it really take an average of seven to eight years for a successful startup to exit? What can early-stage founders do to accelerate outcomes? We wanted to know if founding teams can execute f...
Tags: Startups, Column, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Rob Olson, EC Column, EC How To


Every early-stage startup must identify and evaluate a strategic advantage

Mike Ghaffary Contributor Share on Twitter Mike Ghaffary is a general partner at Canvas Ventures, where he invests in innovation for consumers and software. Previously, he was a partner at Social Capital, co-founder and VP of Business Development of Stitcher, VP of Business and Corporate Development at Yelp, and Director of Business Development at TrialPay. More posts by this contributor Knowing when your startu...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Tech, Growth, Early Stage, Social Capital, Corporate Development, Canvas Ventures, Mike Ghaffary, First Mover Advantage, EC Column


5 ways to raise your startup’s PR game

Adam LaGreca Contributor Share on Twitter Adam LaGreca is the founder of 10KMedia and previously led communications for DigitalOcean, Datadog and Gremlin. More posts by this contributor Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code There’s a lot of noise out there. The ability to effectively communicate can make or break your launch. It will play a role in determining who wins a new space — you...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Media, Marketing, Tech, Pr, EC Column, EC Media, EC How To, Press Relations, Adam LaGreca



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