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G2 Crowd, Glassdoor for software reviews, gets $30M from Accel, LinkedIn

In the age of social media, you’re only as good as your last like, and today a startup has raised a sizeable round of funding banking that the same maxim applies to software. G2 Crowd — a Chicago-based company that has built a platform for crowdsourcing enterprise software reviews to help others …

Participation

B2B targeted marketing platform Demandbase raises $65 million

B2B marketing platform Demandbase has raised $65 million in a round of funding led by Sageview Capital and Silver Lake Waterman, with participation from Adobe Systems, Altos Ventures, Greenspring Associates, Scale Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, and Split Rock Partners.<p>Founded in 2007, San …

6 Ways to Build a Billion-Dollar Sales Machine

Skyrocket your sales with these hard-won strategies from an entrepreneur who's brought in $1 billion.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When did your CEO last ride a snowmobile on a volcano, shoot an "ice bucket challenge" with construction equipment, or open for the …

Selling

10 Life Lessons From Losing $6,537 on a Failed Business

10 Life Lessons From Losing $6,537 on a Failed Business<p>If you want to start a business, avoid these mistakes.<p>Updated May 25, 2017<p>Sometimes, you have …

Los Angeles

Mark Zuckerberg Reveals the 5 Strategies That Helped Facebook Grow at an Insane Rate

These moves bring 'move fast and break things' to life.<p><i>Editor’s Note: In the new podcast</i> <i>Masters of Scale</i><i>,</i> <i>LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman</i> <i>explores his philosophy on how to scale a business -- and at</i><i>Entrepreneur.com</i><i>, entrepreneurs are responding with their own ideas and</i> …

Social Media

I've pitched major VCs and heard hundreds of pitches from the other side of the table — here's the best advice I can give to aspiring entrepreneurs

It's a disappointing reality for most startup founders, who see rejection as a necessary evil in the fundraising process. And failure will happen, no doubt. But that doesn't mean you need to fail as often as you do … your approach might just need a little tweaking.<p>I've reviewed hundreds of pitch …

Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship

Want to found a start-up? These are the books you should read first, a top VC says

Bill Gurley's investment firm, Benchmark, has made some big bets that paid off. The firm was an early investor in Instagram, Quora, Snap, Uber, …

Venture Capital

Founder Failed Four Times Before His Startup Was a Success | Inc.com

No one likes to fail, especially four times. Despite all odds, this founder was able to pick right back up and start a new e-commerce business. WAY.com<p>WAY, which stands for "What's Around You," is an online marketplace based in Silicon Valley that works with over twenty thousand vendors to provide …

eCommerce

Microsoft US Small and Midsize Business Blog - Microsoft US SMB Blog

Remote employees have come a long way since the days when trying to work while away from the workplace was like a sentence in solitary confinement. …

Small Business

How a 27-Year-Old Tester from Estonia Is Tackling a $3.5 Trillion Industry

Kristel Kruustük was just 23 when she decided to change how quality assurance (QA) testers were treated. Together with her then-boyfriend (now …

San Francisco

Landing Financing Without Taking on Debt or Giving Away Equity

If you haven't heard of royalty financing, now may be the time to study up and land that startup funding you need.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Entrepreneur's book</i> Finance Your Business<i>. Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes<p>Serial entrepreneur Aamer Sarfraz knows that raising money to …

Venture Capital

My Snap Story: Valuing Snap ahead of it's IPO!

Five years ago, when my daughter asked me whether I had Snapchat installed on my phone, my response was “Snapwhat?". In the weeks following, she …

Which Social Media Platforms Are Right For Your Business?

Most startups have two major challenges: limited cash flow and very limited manpower. While the internet has created a low barrier to entry for e-commerce businesses, allowing people to start companies with just an idea and a laptop, it’s also created a world where new social media channels are …

Marketing

Insights from MailChimp's Send Time Optimization System | MailChimp Email Marketing Blog

Late last year, MailChimp rolled out our Send Time Optimization feature. Built on the Email Genome Project, which powers many of our other email …

The Best Days to Send Email Campaigns and Other Email Marketing Tips

Email marketing can be an effective way to drive business, but it requires that you invest time into a strategy.<p>This story originally appeared on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit<p>Reportedly, 83 percent of marketers consider email their primary lead generation channel. While email marketing …

Marketing

'The weak players are leaving the poker table,’ and it’s killing mutual funds

Warren Buffett famously said that if you’ve been in a poker game for half an hour and "you don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.’"<p>When it comes to the stock market, the patsy is leaving the table. That's according to a big note from Credit Suisse strategists led by Michael J. …

Investing

Microsoft Outmaneuvers Salesforce For LinkedIn's Data

Last week, Microsoft completed its acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. After winning a purported bidding war with Salesforce.com, Microsoft again battled the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) leader in front of EU regulators.<p>Salesforce argued that the acquisition would make Microsoft …

Salesforce

9 things your startup doesn’t need to reach $10 million in revenue

As an early stage entrepreneur, you’ll rarely be short of people offering their (often unsolicited) advice, and many of them will tell you that you can’t succeed as a startup without doing X, Y, and Z. Don’t listen to them. From my experience of bootstrapping a company to over $25 million ARR and …

Microsoft Rolls Out New Office 365 CRM App for Small Businesses

Microsoft is giving small to midsize businesses (SMBs) a new sales and marketing tool with the release of Outlook Customer Manager, a customer relationship management (CRM) application within the Microsoft Outlook email client. Available through the "Customer Manager" tab in the toolbar, Outlook …

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You May Be Thinking about Customer Experience All Wrong

In recent years, the term “customer experience” has garnered buzz in the business community. Recent research found that as of 2016, almost 90 per …

The Process Venture Capitalists Use to Select Their Investments

Getting funding for your business venture may be one of the most frustrating processes you ever face. By the end of the journey, venture capitalists …

Closed-Loop Reporting and Why It Matters to Your Company

Laypeople often conflate marketing and selling, assuming that if you can do one well, the other takes care of itself and you have harmony. Many …

Tips to Make Your Storytelling a Marketing Boon

Storytelling has become a buzzword for marketers, especially in the conference circuit. While stories often take the form of written posts, …

LinkedIn Is the New Company Brochure: Must-Do LinkedIn Profile Tips for Businesses

There are plenty of good reasons for a company to establish a profile on LinkedIn. For starters, the professional networking site has nearly 350 …

3 Steps to Making Your Pricing Page a Top Converter on Your Website

Thanks to the internet and mobile phones, the days of omitting pricing from a site in the hopes that people will contact you directly are officially …

The 5 Online Marketing Metrics You Must Understand and Why

Even if your job doesn’t make you directly responsible for tracking marketing analytics, it’s still crucial for you to have an understanding of some …

Small businesses of Britain need you!

In July 2016, I became the new Small Business Crown Representative. The role is focused on working with central government to ensure the target of …