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Infusionsoft Rakes in $54M to Automate Marketing for Small Businesses

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BY:  Barb Darrow  ~ Marketing automation SaaS vendors remain hot properties. Oracle bought Eloqua for $871 million, Hubspot nabbed a $35 million mezzanine round, and now Infusionsoft has $54M in fresh cash from Goldman Sachs and others to attack the small business audience. Marketing automation continues to be a bright spot in tech. Infusionsoft, which  Read more

Top 5 Positions For Startup and Where to Find Them

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BY:  JON BISCHKE  ~ It’s the New Year, which means setting new goals. For many startups, that means developing a new hiring plan. While the larger economy continues to mosey along, there’s high demand for a select group of individuals with skills that startups are looking for. We speak with hundreds of startups and recruiters  Read more

The Rise of Entrepreneurship on College Campuses

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By:  DIANA RANSOM  ~ You could blame it on the economy or Mark Zuckerberg, but one thing’s for sure: Entrepreneurship is taking college campuses by storm. Currently, two thirds, or more than 2,000, U.S. colleges and universities now offer a course in entrepreneurship, according to the Kauffman Foundation. It’s a response to the intense demand  Read more

10 Actions to Keep Investors Hovering

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By:  Martin Zwilling  ~ Every new startup I know dreams of being funded early by one of the 318,000 active Angel investors in the USA alone. But many entrepreneurs don’t realize that Angels are also extremely discerning in the projects that they will invest in, rejecting approximately 97% of the proposals submitted to them, according to the California  Read more

Long Island Tech Accelerator Chooses InterConnecta, Two Others

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By:  Lisa Du  ~ Long Island‘s first program to help guide and develop start-up companies is launching with its initial cohort of participants. The initiative, LI Tech COMETS, on Thursday named Mobitrons, Clerk 123 and InterConnecta as the first three companies to participate in the accelerator program, which aims to nurture local early-stage companies. The  Read more

8 Reasons Startups With Good Ideas Fail

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Ilya Pozin, Contributor  ~ Most startups fail. Having a good idea isn’t always enough to be successful. I’ve personally been behind the build and marketing of over 2,000 websites for clients, serve as a mentor for StartEngine, a startup accelerator, and have founded several companies of my own, including Ciplex. My experience has allowed me get a  Read more

The Emergence of South American Startups

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The South American entrepreneurial community is no longer a small band of companies vying for attention. Instead, it is a full-fledged movement with an ecosystem that is creating new connections for the economies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and the rest of the world. These entrepreneurs represent a movement now. They are the “TechnoLatinas,” and their  Read more

Telefonica’s New $378M Latin American Incubator Fund

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By:  Mike Butcher  ~ There are a few significant trends going on in this particular era. There is an explosion of technology adoption and innovation happening in developing regions like Latin America, and a few of us are aware that big lumbering corporates are struggling to deal with the pace of change – indeed, it  Read more

Types of Startup Strategies

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By:  Jun Loayza  ~ I sat back and analyzed my startups today and compared my funded startups with my bootstrapped startups.  It’s logical to assume that my funded startups did better because we essentially had a huge influx of cash to invest into people, marketing, and product; however, my bootstrapped startups have done remarkably better  Read more

5 Tips for Killer Sales Pitches

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Last night I had the opportunity to hear three startups give their pitch to a room full of angel investors. Each one did a good job, but for different reasons. The angel investors and VCs in the room were attentive and asked solid questions. Towards the end of the night, the real test happened when  Read more

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