Companies cofounded by women are getting more funding than ever

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A new report from Crunchbase indicates that female-led startups are beginning to close the funding gap with their male counterparts. Global startups with a female founder that have received funding doubled over the past five years, according to a new report from Crunchbase . That includes 21 new unicorns (with a valuation over $1 billion) in 2019, the highest ever in a one-year period. They include women-only owned businesses, such as Away, Glossier, Guild Education, Rent the Runway, and The RealReal. Together those 21 startups raised nearly $3 billion last year. Read Full Story

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How Big Is the Gender Gap Between Men and Women in SEO?

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Posted by NicoleDeLeon To anyone working in SEO, it’s fairly evident that this is a male-dominated industry. Although there are powerful women SEOs in the field (like Moz CEO Sarah Bird, for example), if you glance at a conference speaker lineup or peruse the bylines on search-related blogs, you’ll see that those who identify as female are few and far between. A recent list of the 140 most influential SEOs featured 104 men and just 36 women. So how big is the gender gap? And how does it translate to tangible things like pay and job titles? To find out, we mined the data from our State of SEO 2020 survey , which featured 652 SEOs in 51 countries. Here are some of the things we learned. But first, a mea culpa. If SEOs who identify as women have an uphill climb in this industry, there’s no doubt that female-identifying …

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Accelerators are making the funding gap worse for female founders

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New research from IFC and the World Bank Gender Innovation Lab in partnership with Village Capital and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) shows that acceleration exacerbates the equity financing gap in emerging markets. What if we told you that a widely used intervention to help startups raise financing–accelerators–is actually making the gender financing gap worse? Read Full Story

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Micro Startup Acquisition: The Definitive Guide to Buying and Selling Small Startups

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The problem with selling your startup is the long exit time. Sometimes it can take as long as seven years before you can sell your business and hop on the next idea. And the investors? They feel the same way. Who wants to wait almost a decade to buy a startup when the face of tech is evolving at such a rapid pace? Plus, the price tag on those more established businesses often run into the billions. That’s an expensive mistake if you make the wrong investment. The solution? Micro startup acquisitions. From Facebook to Microsoft, there is a massive trend to seek out tiny teams of five or less, buy them, and use the technology and talent to gain a competitive edge. In this guide, we’ll discuss the benefits of buying and selling a micro startup, the trends changing M&R strategy, and the top tools you can use to …

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Diversity and Inclusion in SEO: BIPOC and LGBTQ+ SEOs Share Their Experiences

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Posted by NicoleDeLeon People around the world are having important discussions about systemic racism, overt and covert bias, and how we can all do better. Understanding the problem is the first step. To get a sense of conditions within the SEO community, we asked people to take our Diversity and Inclusion in SEO survey as part of our ongoing project to study the state of SEO . Due to the subject matter and the way we reached out, our respondents were not a snapshot of the industry as a whole. We were very pleased to have 326 SEOs complete the survey, including a significant number of female, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ participants. These are important voices that need to be heard, but as we analyzed the data, we were careful not to generalize the industry as a whole without accounting for potential sampling bias. We addressed this by looking at groups …

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The $380-billion trend turning fast fashion on its head

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While fast fashion is expected to continue to grow 20% in the next 10 years, secondhand fashion is poised to grow 185%. A massive force is reshaping the fashion industry: secondhand clothing. According to a new report, the U.S. secondhand clothing market is projected to more than triple in value in the next 10 years –from $28 billion in 2019 to $80 billion in 2029–in a U.S. market currently worth $379 billion . In 2019, secondhand clothing expanded 21 times faster than conventional apparel retail did. Read Full Story

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Best Small Business Loans

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Unless you’re independently wealthy, most small business owners need a loan at one point or another. From paying for startup costs to expansion projects, equipment, or unexpected incidents, quick access to funding will make it easier for your company to grow. Whether you’re launching a brand new venture or own an established business, there are so many different small business lending options out there to consider. Which small business loan is best for you? This guide contains everything you need to know on the subject. The Top 6 Options For Small Business Loans Fundbox Funding Circle Accion Lendio OnDeck Kiva How to Choose the Best Small Business Loans For You Small business loans come in all different shapes and sizes. So as you’re evaluating different options, there are specific …

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Key insights: Effect of COVID-19 on consumer behavior, the world’s more video content savvy, and Apple shakes up AR

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30-second summary: According to Global Web Index’s findings, 80% of consumers in the U.S. and UK say they have consumed more content since the outbreak. According to emarketer, 49% of marketing professionals and agencies held back a campaign launch until later in 2020 and 45% stopped or paused a media campaign midway. Admoik shared that there was a 17.2% drop in week-over-week ad revenues, direct deal and programmatic guarantee being the biggest drops. Despite the 8.3% decrease of retail industry’s M&A deals, Apple acquired AR technology startup, NextVR for a $100 million with an intention to launch its AR headset in 2022 and AR glasses in 2023. 53% of consumers prefer brands to communicate through TV ads. According to McKinsey, UK, Spain, and Italy are least optimistic, whereas the US (37%) and China (48%) are optimistic about their economies jumping back to normal in the next two-to-three months. Purchases are …

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Magic Leap’s possible death throes have little to do with COVID-19

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The Florida-based company’s problems are 10 years in the making. The bill has come due. It now appears that the augmented reality company Magic Leap is at risk of imploding. The Florida-based company reportedly laid off half of its employees on April 22. A new report from The Information’ s Alex Heath on Tuesday says the company is now looking for new funding, or a buyer, and if it can’t find either it will lay off the rest of its staff by June 21. Read Full Story

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These are the issues that matter most to entrepreneurs

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In Fast Company and Inc.’s third annual survey, founders shared what’s keeping them up at night—and it’s not just concerns about their business. Small businesses are the backbone of the global economy. Think 90% of firms that account for more than 50% of employment, according to the World Bank . Those numbers were expected to keep growing, prior to the pandemic. Just look at how the ranks of women-owned businesses in the U.S. alone increased 21% over the last five years, adding $1.9 trillion to the GDP and employing 9.4 million workers, according to a report from AMEX . Read Full Story

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