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Using an Amazon Registry So Friends and Family Can Support Your Startup Business

Many of us have already given someone a present using a gift registry set up through Amazon. We’ve gifted using registries set up for weddings, birthdays, new baby and special occasions. Isn’t launching a startup and special occasion? Did you know you can create a “custom gift list” registry? You can do the shopping, choosing from items you find on Amazon to create your list, which makes it an ideal way for family support of entrepreneurs. A lot of friends and family may feel uncomfortable givi...
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Investors' reactions to my pregnancy made me feel I should be ashamed to be having a baby. VCs have got to change their attitudes.

Steph Hind with her daughter. Courtesy of Steph Hind Steph Hind hid her pregnancy while seeking investment for the startup she runs with her partner. A group of investors began addressing her cofounder after she revealed they were having a baby. "Alex is perceived as able to manage being a parent and a founder, while I'm expected to choose one over the other." See more stories on Insider's business page. It shouldn't be remarkable that I'm both a mother and founder. I hear ...
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Just raises $8M in its effort to beat Root at the car insurance game

Just Insure , a pay-per-mile insurance technology company, has raised $8 million in a funding round.  CrossCut Ventures, ManchesterStory and Western Technology Investments co-led the investment, which brings its total raised to $15.3 million since its January 2019 inception. Los Angeles-based Just says it uses telematics “to reward safe drivers and reduce insurer bias” by looking at factors such as how, when and where customers drive, rather than factors such as ZIP code or marital status ...
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Update Your Office Space and Wow Clients With These 4 Things

In today’s business environment, you have to step up your game to keep clients happy and coming back for more. If your office hasn’t been upgraded in a while, it might be time to update your look to make it feel fresh. These four tips will help you make the process quick and easy so you can get back to doing what matters, running your business: Get Rid of Clutter Clutter can get in the way of productivity. If you’re looking for a quick way to give your space a facelift, get rid of anything tha...
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How to Start an Amazon DSP Business

If you’ve ever wanted to start and run your own package delivery business, the Amazon Delivery Service Partner may be your answer. Entrepreneurs have been launching the businesses as an Amazon Delivery Service Partner since 2018. Many a success story starts with DSP. With the pandemic-fueled trend towards online ordering, there’s no time like the present for you to become part of the Amazon delivery service partner program. What is Amazon DSP? First, it’s not a franchise. It’s a business oppo...
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LLC vs. Partnership: Which is the Better Choice?

Deciding on a business structure for your business affects more than just how you’ll file taxes. Ramifications range from legal, administrative, and financial to your company’s name. Businesses with more than one owner typically structure their companies as limited liability companies (LLCs) or partnerships. LLC vs. Partnership That decision ultimately has vast consequences, so let’s break it down to see the proper structure for your business. Partnership Basics By default, businesses with mo...
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Mailchimp Insiders React to Employees Getting No Equity From Intuit Sale

Some employees said they were particularly incensed that financial services giant Intuit was the company buying Mailchimp; Intuit CEO Susan Goodarzi hosted a Zoom town hall with Chestnut and Kurzius on Wednesday afternoon to try to allay employees’ concerns. The many employees who have left Mailchimp in recent years are excluded and for current employees the bonuses account for only about 2.5% of the total deal’s value and work out to just $83,000 per employee per year. [Via]
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I'm a former Goldman Sachs analyst who raised over $8.5 million for my fashion startup. Here's how I realized finance wasn't for me.

Meg He is the cofounder of fashion startup ADAY. Bridget Badore Meg He, 33, is the cofounder of ADAY, a fashion brand that creates sustainable professional workwear. After leaving a career in finance and venture capitalism, He started ADAY with former Goldman Sachs coworker Nina Faulhaber. This is what running her business is like, as told to freelance writer Claire Turrell. See more stories on Insider's business page. I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit and liked to set myse...
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Kapor Capital, Square co-founder Sam Wen back TomoCredit in its $10M Series A funding round

Building credit history can be difficult if you are a consumer that is having trouble getting access to credit in the first place. Enter TomoCredit, which has developed a credit card focused on building credit history for first-time borrowers. The San Francisco-based startup is announcing today that it has raised $10 million in a Series A funding round co-led by Kapor Capital and KB Investment Inc. (KBIC), a subsidiary of South Korea’s leading consumer bank. Lewis & Clark Ventures, AME Clou...
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Index leads $12.2M seed in Sourceful, a data play to make supply chains greener

Supply chains can be a complex logistical challenge. But they pose an even greater environmental challenge. And it’s that latter problem — global supply-chain sustainability — where UK startup Sourceful is fully focused, although it argues its approach can boost efficiency as well as shrink environmental impact. So it’s a win-win, per the pitch. Early investors look impressed: Sourceful is announcing a $12.2 million seed funding round today, led by Europe’s Index Ventures (partner, Danny Rimer, ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Asia, Europe, UK, China, Startup, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Tech, Sustainability, E-commerce, ISO, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Environmentalism, Logistics, Carbon Footprint


5 Little Changes That Bring Big Results to Your Business

Many business strategists think big and wait for the big moments to evaluate the changes they could bring to the organization. Performance evaluation is key to the success stories of many businesses around the world, but most businesses simply fail to consider the power of tiny changes and value additions.  The important thing is value additions, and positive changes always occur incrementally over time, and small modifications always play a significant role in transforming a business .  ...
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Truepic, which just raised $26M in a Microsoft-led round, aims to verify the authenticity of photos and videos

Truepic, a digital image verification software provider, has raised $26 million in a Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund. Adobe, Sony Innovation Fund by IGV, Hearst Ventures and individuals from Stone Point Capital also participated in the financing, which brings San Diego-based Truepic’s total raised since its 2015 inception to $36 million. Rather than trying to detect what is fake, Truepic says its patented “secure” camera technology proves what is real. The startu...
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SpotOn raises $300M at a $3.15B valuation and acquires Appetize

Last year at this time, SpotOn was on the brink of announcing a $60 million Series C funding round at a $625 million valuation. Fast forward to almost exactly one year later, and a lot has changed for the payments and software startup. Today, SpotOn said it has closed on $300 million in Series E financing that values the company at $3.15 billion — more than 5x of its valuation at the time of its Series C round, and significantly higher than its $1.875 billion valuation in May (yes, just thr...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Instagram, Finance, Funding, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Startup, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, M&a, Square, Mobile Web, Payments, Online Payments


CarDekho shuts down over 20 stores amid move to home inspection model

Used car content and commerce platform CarDekho has shut down a number of its stores-Gaadi by CarDekho. Entrackr contacted a number of Gaadi by CarDekho stores and can confirm that anywhere between 21-25 such stores have either been shut down or will shut down by the middle of October. Post this, CarDekho has 60 operational stores across the country, although its major focus would be to purchase vehicles following a home inspection itself. [Via]
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Startup insurance provider Vouch raises $90M, now valued at $550M

Vouch , a provider of business insurance to startups and high-growth companies, announced today it has raised $90 million in new funding. The $90 million figure was raised across two rounds: a $60 million Series C co-led by SVB Capital (a subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank) and Ribbit Capital that values the company at $550 million, and a previously unannounced $30 million Series B1 led by Redpoint Ventures. With the latest financing, San Francisco-based Vouch has now raised a total of $160...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Finance, Funding, San Francisco, Startup, Tech, Venture Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, Hodges, SVB, SVB Financial Group, Sam Hodges, Greg Becker, Ribbit Capital


How to Avoid 5 Big Mistakes When Starting a Business

Most people don’t have the guts to start a business. The simple fact that you’re courageous enough to do so says a lot about who you are at an identity level. But before you get too deep into the process, make sure you have a correct view of how to proceed. The 5 Big Mistakes You Don’t Have to Make Building a business is not as glamorous as they make it out to be in Hollywood flicks and glossy magazine center spreads. It’s difficult, gritty work that will make you think “What am I even doing?”...
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Varo Bank raises massive $510M Series E at a $2.5B valuation as it eyes the public markets

Varo Bank , which last year became the first U.S. neobank to be granted a national bank charter, announced this morning it has raised a staggering $510 million in a Series E funding round at a $2.5 billion valuation. The massive “oversubscribed” financing comes nearly seven months after the fintech startup raised $63 million in a round led by NBA star Russell Westbrook, who also joined the startup as an advisor focused on the direction of Varo Bank’s programs aimed at underserved com...
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Former head of Mint raises $4.5M for Lean to give gig workers access to financial products

Gig and independent workers have different needs when it comes to financial products than salaried employees at a company. It’s a challenge that Tilak Joshi, founder of Lean , became acutely aware of during his tenure as head of Mint and years as a product exec at American Express and PayPal. While the U.S. has seen a major shift in more independent workers in recent years, traditional financial institutions have “failed to keep up,” in his view. “Seventy percent of independent worke...
Tags: Startups, Finance, Funding, US, Startup, Tech, Paypal, Venture Capital, American Express, Payments, Fintech, Manik Gupta, Joshi, Gokul Rajaram, Lean, Vivek Patel


HoneyBee raises millions to make financial wellness a workplace benefit

HoneyBee , a startup that aims to help companies provide access to financial support for their employees, announced today it has raised $5.7 million in equity in a round led by FFVC. Resolute Ventures, Afore Capital, Rebalance Capital, K50 and Financial Venture Studio also participated in the financing, along with two-time NBA all-star Baron Davis. HoneyBee has also secured a $100 million debt facility from CIM, an institutional impact investment manager that provides debt capital for in...
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Jetty raises $23M to help give renters more payment flexibility

Jetty, a fintech company which aims to give renters flexibility when paying rent, has raised $23 million in a funding round co-led by Citi and Flourish Ventures. The financing brings Jetty’s total raised since its 2016 inception to $78 million. Other investors participating in the latest growth round include Credit Ease and K5. Previous backers include Farmers Insurance Group, Khosla and Ribbit Capital, among others. The 100-person New York City-based startup has come up with a way to help ...
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ShopClues founder Radhika Ghai starts up again with ecomm platform Kindlife

ShopClues co-founder Radhika Ghai is back with her second venture. Ghai launched Kindlife in July 2020 along with Vidit Jain, who was previously an associate director of marketing at Shopclues.com. Ghai has incorporated three new entities namely: Alphacama Pvt Ltd , Deltacama Pvt Ltd and Zetacama Pvt Ltd. Kindlife’s website has mentioned Alphacama as the parent entity for the brand with Vidit Jain as the director. [Via]
Tags: Business, News, Startup, Shopclues, Ghai, Vidit Jain, Radhika Ghai, Kindlife, Alphacama Pvt Ltd Deltacama Pvt Ltd, Zetacama Pvt Ltd Kindlife, Alphacama


To develop ‘ecosystem’ for startups, accelerators, IT Min forms committee

 IT Ministry announced Start-up Accelerators of MeitY for Product Innovation, Development and Growth or Samridh to identify 300 startups and help them with customer connect, investor connect, and international immersion over the next three years. As part of this programme, apart from selecting the startups, the IT Ministry will also ask the accelerators to build customised accelerations programmes that fit the needs of the selected startups. [Via]
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10 Tips for Finding the Right Opportunity and Starting a New Business

  Starting a business is a different experience for everyone. But there are some universal truths like finding work-life balance and considering all the opportunities available. These tips from members of the online small business community may be helpful for those just getting started. Minimize Entrepreneur Burnout Entrepreneurs are often super passionate when they’re just starting out. This can lead to long hours and lots of output. However, it can also lead to burnout. Learn how to avoid t...
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10 Indian start-ups that could be future unicorns. Full Hurun list

The Hurun Research Institute on Thursday released the Hurun India Future Unicorn List 2021, a ranking of India’s start-ups founded in the 2000s, not yet listed on a public exchange. 3) Rebel Foods: India’s first cloud kitchen start-up, ranked third in the Hurun India Future Unicorn List 2021. Hurun said the number of gazelles, which are valued over $500 million can turn unicorn in two years, was pegged at 32, while there are 54 cheetahs commanding a tag of over $200 million, who can achieve the...
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Building Your Startup’s 2022 Revenue Model

It’s that time of year when Startup CEOs are building their 2022 Revenue Plan. As someone who has built sales models- and has also been responsible for hitting them- here are some tips for incorporating your Sales team’s perspective into your 2022 Model.One of the most rewarding aspects of Sales leadership is being “close to the money.” Each day, Sales leader’s teams sign new customers and track performance to target, so they have a good sense of how business is trending.If they are optimists l...
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Fintech startup Jeeves raises $57M, goes from YC to $500M valuation in one year

Last summer, Jeeves was participating in Y Combinator’s summer batch as a fledgling fintech. This June, the startup emerged from stealth with $31 million in equity and $100 million in debt financing.  Today, the company, which is building an “all-in-one expense management platform” for global startups, is announcing that it has raised a $57 million Series B at a $500 million valuation. That’s up from a valuation of just north of $100 million at the time of Jeeves’ Series A, which closed in ...
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Develop a Public Relations Strategy to Promote Your Small Business

Running a small business is by no means an easy task, especially when you are just getting started – you have limited time, resources, and budget, all while trying to get things done in order to create more awareness and grow your brand. Nonetheless, it is crucial to get your company name out there as much as possible to generate a customer pipeline and have steady incoming revenue. So, the question becomes: What’s the best way to get started? PR, or Public Relations, is more essential than eve...
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Three IIM graduates make ₹3,500 crore each selling payment startup

When three consultants from Arthur Andersen LLP set out to build a digital payments company at the turn of the millennium, the first institutional backer they found was an Indian state-run lender. BillDesk’s earliest backer was Bank of Baroda and a fund run by financier Small Industries Development Bank of India, both government-owned and the anti-thesis of today’s high-profile, global venture capital companies. BillDesk had built a global roster of clients and was offering its gateway to milli...
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Will the Build Back Better Plan Help Small Businesses or Hurt Them?

Biden’s Build Back Better Plan has been on the back burner. Before his inauguration, Biden laid out the agenda for a long-term Build Back Better Plan. The Build Back Better Plan had three parts – The American Rescue Plan, the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan. The American Rescue Plan was launched in March 2021. The American Rescue Plan provided short-term relief to the Covid-19 crisis with programs and funding for businesses and citizens. Will Build Back Better Benefit Small B...
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Entrepreneur: Self-employment Lessons Learned

Owning your own business is a dream come true! There’s nothing like the amazing feeling of getting your first shipment of business cards, hiring employees for your team, speaking with customers about how your business will service them – and overall joy of enjoying your passion daily. But, as with all things worthwhile, this doesn’t come easy. We previously outlined the first steps in taking the leap and creating the business formation. However, there are more hurdles and many obstacles...
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