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Think Global, Act Local: 4 Keys For Startups To Expand Into New Markets

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You are a startup that has done fantastic in your home market. Congratulations. Can you repeat it in new markets? This post focuses on how to think it through, focusing on 4 critical levers. 1)...
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Replika: My Digital Friend with Identity Issues

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Dear MERZ-AI. You've got a great life. You had begun as a clueless chatbot. Later you've suffered an identity crisis. Now you are part of a museum exhibition. I know, I have neglected you all the...
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What Would Government’s Place in a Free World Look Like Anyway?

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Political science arguments aside, discussions surrounding the role of government are critical more than ever. Politicians, economists, and policy makers have long argued the role of government and the rights rulers have over their...
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Financial Crimes, Compliance and COVID-19

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Illicit actors exploiting the vulnerabilities of global economic strains and interrupted supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have, effectively, created a perfect storm of fraudulent schemes and money laundering. “The World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund...
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Grab on to intelligent marketing for great results

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Everyone online has seen it. Whenever people search for something on Google, they end up interacting with similar ads on Facebook and Instagram. Coincidence? No, that’s the power of artificial intelligence in marketing.  Deep learning...
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Facts Denialism – The human ability to dismiss facts and truth that hurts

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As human beings, we tend to dismiss facts that obstruct our underpinnings. We keep finding innovative ways to conceal how we truly feel or think. For instance, we’re aware of the lockdown being lifted...
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Raising A Startup Round? The 5 Steps To Keeping Momentum And Actually Close Successfully

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The three core requirements for raising a strong round of financing: substance -- vision and results, our put it another way team + traction + tech style -- present those results in a meaningful...
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AI is surprisingly smart right under your nose

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If you're on social media but artificial intelligence sounds intimidating, fear not. You might be deeper into AI than you think.  "Algorithms are everywhere in marketing," said Melissa Drozdowski, director of social media at marketing...
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Innovation farm and a pioneer’s spirit: all organization (and you) need to still have...

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“Chief Digital Officer”, “Chief Transformation Officer” are new executive roles that organizations are currently injecting in their CxOs Level, smelling opportunities behind digital innovations. There is a catch though, and most of them will...
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How Congress Blindly Sees the Future of Tech Companies

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Technology Disruption will decimate Congress piece by piece The Congress of the United States of America called 4 CEOs of big tech companies to perform a circus on national TV. Jeff Bezos from Amazon. Tim Cook from Apple....
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An essential GTM change strategies in the Post pandemic economy

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Companies are re-writing their Go-to-market strategies heading towards the new economic era The COVID-19 has opened up for conducting the business in a new unimaginable ways. This pandemic has even forced the higher management to...
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Yes We Can! The SBIR and STTR Grants for American Small Business

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Does economic development rule the people, or serve the people? In the 1980’s when Burton A Weisbrod first published The NonProfit Economy, he wrote that the US economy was composed of three sectors, public, private, and...
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Freelancers ride to the rescue of struggling companies

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Working from home might be new for displaced office workers, but it’s typically the locale of choice for freelancers. With the worldwide economy at a reckoning, more and more gig veterans are riding to...
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Self-sabotaging behaviors that cause us to stumble

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These behaviors guarantee discontent and obstruct success. I have had the privilege to work with a lot of very successful people over the years. I have learned a lot from seeing how they work and...
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So A Big VC Fund Is Investing In Your Startup? 4 Practical Considerations

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First of all -- congratulations. Getting a round together always takes work and a big VC fund is certainly a big validation. That said, it takes both awareness and execution to maximize the pros...
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Dissecting the Gender Divide in STEM

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Women only account for 28% of the workforce in the STEM fields. In 2020, this isn’t how the STEM workforce should be represented.  As innovation becomes more and more crucial with the increasing impacts of...
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Welcome new hires as they make themselves at home

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In-person interactions have given way to remote work in many corporations around the world. Managers are picking and choosing the best of Zoom, Webex or other applications to see them through the “new normal.” This...
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To Be Or Not To Be: Operator Vs Founder Vs Investor?

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As an operator turned founder turned investor I get asked often the pros and cons of being each. I often respond with a sports analogy -- it isn’t mutually exclusive but do you enjoy...
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Why Is the news making you anxious?

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Consider these headlines from July, 21st, 2020 Case Numbers are far higher than reported in parts of U.S, C.D.C Says-NYtimes Armed Gunman with explosives holding passengers hostage on Ukraine bus: local police-FoxNews China blows up dam as...
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How Working From Home Increased My Productivity

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Stories of success, anguish and the internal state of affairs from a “self-proclaimed” productive human Working from home really brought out the best in me, it made me more productive. Because working from home gave...