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We asked 13 founders who raised nearly $200 million during COVID-19 for their tips on wooing investors in a crisis

Remote fundraising has become common for startups as the coronavirus pandemic continues to restrict the ability to travel and take meetings in person.

Usually, founders and executives pitch prospective investors for funding at swanky city offices before an investment committee makes a decision. Subsequently, there is a lengthy due diligence process, technical and market questions, analysis of finances, plus time spent on meetings, dinners, and walks for investors to better understand founders and CEOs ahead of any completed deal. 

Since March funding rounds in North America, Europe, and Israel have been conducted entirely over video calls, changing the dynamic between founders and investors.

One such funding round was a recent $17 million raise by Israeli tech startup Ermetic, led by CEO and cofounder Shai Morag. The fundraise took place entirely over Zoom with lead investor Accel.

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10 Security Tips to Protect Your Blogging Business From Cyber-Criminals

Security is a major concern on the Internet these days. Just like in real life, there are folks online whose main activity is to break into systems and cause harm.

As bloggers, we should always work on securing our blogs from hackers and spammers. While our website hosting company has a huge part to play in ensuring cyber security and constant availability of our blogs, we equally have a lot to contribute. In this post, I want to discuss 10 tips to help us reinforce the security of our blogging and online presence in general

#1. Avoid public WI-FI

Many bloggers live the dotcom lifestyle. This is a lifestyle that typically depends on the Internet. As the Internet is global and unlimited, the Internet lifestyle allows you to live anywhere and connect to your business from any where.

That’s where the problem is. In many public spaces like airports, coffee

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Children are spending more time online and in front of screens than ever before. Parents and experts reveal their best tips for managing kids’ tech use.

a group of people posing for a photo: Jessica Nelson, pictured above with her family, has set boundaries around screen time by having her kids help out with chores around the house. Jessica Nelson

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Jessica Nelson, pictured above with her family, has set boundaries around screen time by having her kids help out with chores around the house. Jessica Nelson

  • COVID-19 has seen an increase in children’s screen time, with many now clocking six hours per day according to one study — up 500% since before the pandemic.
  • Business Insider spoke to parents and experts about how to best manage kids’ screen time
  • Their advice varied from establishing offline routines to focusing more on what children are doing online rather than how much time they’re spending on devices.
  • The most important thing is to make time to do family activities together away from technology.
  • Sign up for our new parenting newsletter Insider Parenting here.

When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools and businesses to close in March, Jessica Nelson was tasked with taking care of three children on her own.

Like most

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Four Tips To Prepare Your Business To Weather The Storm

Award-winning business coach, podcaster and speaker, helping high-performing entrepreneurs and business owners get results they want.

You’ve probably heard the well-intentioned platitude, “We’re all in the same boat,” a few too many times this year. And while it’s true that we are all in this storm together—dealing with tremendous challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the global recession—we’re not facing the storm with exactly the same circumstances or resources. “Same storm, different boat” seems more appropriate. 

Why is it that some businesses are far better at navigating this storm than others? How are some managing to thrive, despite all the obstacles, while others are flailing? The numbers are sobering. Large corporations and small businesses alike are struggling to stay afloat, and many may not survive. 

In the U.S., more than 80,000 businesses permanently closed between March 1 to July 25, according to data from Yelp Inc.; 60,000 were

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7 tips for pitching venture capital investors over Zoom

  • The Zoom pitch is on the rise and presents another challenge for entrepreneurs to get their point across to investors using only their screens. 
  • Russ Wilcox is a partner at Pillar VC and knows his way around a pitch both as an investor and a founder of 20 years for venture-backed startups, including one that secured nearly $125 million in capital.
  • He gave seven tips for a winning pitch over Zoom, starting with a bio that convinces investors you’re a founder worth betting on. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As a startup founder, pitching investors can be nerve-wracking. But now that fewer VC firms are meeting in person, the Zoom pitch is on the rise and presents another challenge for entrepreneurs to get their point across using only their screens. 

Russ Wilcox is a partner at Pillar VC in Boston, Massachusetts. He knows his way around a pitch

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4 Simple Networking Tips to Get Ahead in Life and Business

A decade ago, “networking” was a dirty word. People associated with all kinds of schemes. Nowadays, it has turned into the lingua franca of our times.

According to master networker Keith Ferrazzi, “Success in life = the people you meet + what you create together.” Many studies in the budding field of social networking claim that your network is your destiny.

In other words, the way you network determines how much you’re going to get ahead in life and business. This article will focus on four networking tips to boost your success. Let’s take a look at each below.

It never hurts to ask for help.

Virtually everyone in the world has had to reach out for help — be it in the form of free advice, to get an internship, or to land a job interview. And the majority have been reluctant to ask for that help. The truth

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4 Expert Tips to Internationalize Your New Business

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Internationalization is an ambitious but attainable step in any startup’s lifecycle. Once considered to be at the tail-end of a business journey, companies nowadays have the luxury of being able to internationalize relatively soon after they launch. The internet has been the biggest accelerator of startups establishing an overseas presence faster, while the recent COVID-19 crisis has proven that there is even greater scope for small ventures to successfully branch into new markets.

According to a survey from Wells Fargo, 87 percent of US companies are optimistic about expanding internationally for long-term growth. However, having the tools to expand, and knowing how to do it properly—without falling into legal trouble, failing to understand consumer culture or ignoring technological differences—are two separate things. If you rush into foreign waters unprepared and insensitively, you could jeopardize your existing

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Expert tips from using online auctions to advice for landlords

The UK lockdown was a difficult and uncertain time for the property sector. There is no rulebook to running a business during times of economic turbulence, especially when it comes to property, but there are tips and tricks that can help you along the way.

Where it all began

I first started developing properties in 1999 and worked on several projects in London before moving to Derbyshire in 2016 and starting a business venture with my sister, known as the Urban Sisters.

We take old, unloved buildings and convert them into desirable residential with a big focus on recycling and upcycling. Every project we work on is different. Each space is meticulously designed to feel unique and bespoke as our demographic is looking for individuality, expression, comfort, and great design – which is what we deliver.

We recently finished a seven-bed shared accommodation,

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4 Tips for Discovering a Great Business Idea During the Pandemic

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

It’s been a struggle trying to remain optimistic throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Between adjusting to new routines and facing so much uncertainty, the crisis has definitely taken a toll on us emotionally, mentally and physically. And it’s probably going to be this way until the foreseeable future.

But, as a resilient entrepreneur, that’s not exactly a bad thing. Times of crisis, after all, drive creativity and innovation. Some examples throughout history include:

  • Adding more cars to trains to limit the number of passengers in each during 1918. The 1918 influenza pandemic also led to the establishment of a national disease reporting system.
  • During the Great Depression, patents spiked. These inventions included ballpoint pens, photocopying, the first working helicopter, the discovery of nuclear fission and the car radio.
  • As Bill Gates noted in a blog post, “During
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5 Tips You Need to Know to Boost Your Small Business’ Sales

As a small business owner, you know that boosting sales is vital for your success and growth. Whether your business is a brick and mortar store or an e-commerce venture, boosting sales takes effort and dedication.

According to the Small Business Administration, over 30 million small businesses account for 99% of American companies and 54% of all sales. Yet only about 45% to 51% of small businesses survive beyond the fifth year. Most failures are due to low sales and revenue. A small business can ensure survival and growth by taking the following steps in their sales processes.

Know Your Ideal Customer

How well do you know the people buying your products or services? It’s important to always keep your ideal customer in mind when it comes to what you sell and how you brand and pitch your products.

Back in 1990, Coors Brewing Company ventured into the bottled

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