SMEs and Ventures

Startups race to serve more freelance and contract workers

More startups scale up to serve freelance and contract workers

Freelancers and contract workers now make up a vast and growing portion of the labor force, offering startups new opportunities to make big bucks. Businesses serving these workers have collectively raised nearly $2.5 billion to date. We take a look at the data.

Adversity in difficult times brings strength

It takes a specific mindset to prosper during times of crisis, when capital is scarce. Founders must confront the risks, make the decisions and face the consequences. Here’s how to come out of a market downturn stronger than ever.

Figma’s VCs win big with Adobe’s $20B M&A deal

Adobe agreed to acquire collaborative design platform Figma for $20 billion in cash and stock, in what looks to be the largest purchase of a U.S. private, venture-backed company this year. Who are the deal’s biggest winners?

Aptos Labs quadruples valuation in 6 months—report

The money just keeps flowing to Web3 infrastructure firm Aptos Labs this year. A new, undisclosed strategic investment from Binance Labs quadruples the startup’s valuation to more than $4 billion.

Galvanize Therapeutics raises $100M

Biomedical platform Galvanize Therapeutics raised a $100 million Series B led by Fidelity Management and Research Co. The funding will help commercialize Galvanize’s electric field energy platform to help treat cardiac arrhythmias, symptoms of bronchitis and solid tumors.

Startup investment in Congo, Iraq, Uganda, Bangladesh? You bet.

Startup entrepreneurship and investment is a famously risky business, and founders and VCs overwhelmingly prefer business-friendly countries. But as new investment spreads throughout the globe, countries known as dangerous and difficult places for startups have come into play. With the help of World Bank and Crunchbase data, we look at four unexpected places where startup funding is on the rise.

Meet August’s new emerging unicorns

In August, six companies joined the Crunchbase Emerging Unicorn Board, a curated list of companies valued above $500 million but less than $1 billion. Customer engagement and B2B fintech startups lead the way.

How to overcome sales objections

Hearing “no” over and over again can take a toll on anyone, and as a salesperson, you’re probably used to hearing “no” in all its forms. So, how do you overcome sales objections? In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know to overcome sales objections, share tips on how you can respond to prospects, and help you build a solid sales objection strategy.

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