I run an accelerator. Here are 4 things startups can learn from rejection

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Understanding why a venture capitalist rejects your startup can help founders build better businesses. When I pitched my first startup to angel investors and VCs, I was often told they were concerned that I didn’t have a cofounder. This feedback drove me nuts, because it wasn’t for my lack of trying. I didn’t know many people who had the startup bug back then, and certainly fewer who could afford to work without pay. So I decided to forge ahead alone. Read Full Story

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11 Tools and PR Sites to Help Your Startup Succeed

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What good is launching a new business if nobody knows about it? Millions of new businesses start every month, so distinguishing yourself from the competition can be a hefty endeavor. If you don’t take the right approach to PR, marketing, and advertising, it won’t be long before you have to shut your doors. Luckily, these PR sites will help you prevent just that. We’ve hand-selected the best tools and services to generate buzz about your new business. With your PR covered, you are free to focus on other important aspects of your business launch. 1. Cision Are you in the market for high powered PR software that drives serious results? If you want to go all-out with your PR push, check out Cision. It has everything you need to run an effective PR campaign. Cision maintains a database of approximately 1.4 million journalists, editors, and influencers. With Cision, you can …

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“We literally couldn’t fundraise”: Why wealthy VCs won’t save struggling startups

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Amid the coronavirus crisis, startups have gotten flack for applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans. But many have no choice but to ask for a government bailout when their VC funders are unable to help prevent layoffs. Criticism of venture-backed tech startups for taking part in the government’s coronavirus bailout loan program has steadily grown since the first $349 million tranche of funding was exhausted on April 17. With millions of Main Street small businesses laying off employees, some have asked why tech startups with rich VC backers should be among the first to receive the forgivable Small Business Administration loans. After all, can’t VC-backed startups just ask for more funding from wealthy investors? Read Full Story

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How COVID-19 has changed investing, according to VCs at Sequoia, Insight, Forerunner, 500 Startups, and more

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VCs haven’t stopped funding new companies, but they are rethinking how—and what—they invest in. Here’s what partners at leading firms say. For Fast Company’ s Shape of Tomorrow series , we’re asking business leaders to share their inside perspective on how the COVID-19 era is transforming their industries. Here’s what’s been lost—and what could be gained—in the new world order . Read Full Story

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