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Four Ways Technology Is Changing How People Learn [Infographic]

Four Ways Technology Is Changing How People Learn [Infographic] | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

"Today, more than ever before, technology plays an important role in society. It is changing and will continue to change every aspect of how we live. It is changing the way we communicate, the way we do business, how we learn and teach, and even it’s changing the way our brains work."

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Being online and staying competitive is a constant process of learning, integrating new technologies, updating, researching.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 22, 2014 7:05 AM

This infographic provides four key points about e-learning. When you click through to the post you will find detailed descriptions for each of the four ways technology is changing how people learn.

* What does it mean to move from individual to collaborative learning?

* What is this shift from passive to active or brain based learning?
* Technology and differentiated instruction - how does technology assist with this?  (Please note one paragraph is duplicated in this section.)

* Multitasking - Does it work?

The infographic is very simple and it worth reading the text (which is above the inforgraphic when you click through).

Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, February 23, 2014 10:08 AM

"However, its proven that under most conditions, the brain cannot do two complex tasks at the same time. It can happen only when the two tasks are both very simple and when they don’t compete with each other for the same mental resources"

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8 Insanely Profitable Skills You Can Learn For Free (And On Your Own Time)

Whenever I tell somebody about online freelancing…

 

It seems like they get really excited, think about all the amazing benefits it can bring them, and then run into one of two barriers: So after hearing this I don’t know, 1,287,321 times — I’ve spent 

a lot of time finding free resources to combat these comebacks…

And today, I wanted to share my 8 favorite ones with you.

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What Should You Send a VC Before Your Meeting? –

One of the hardest things to know when you’re new to fund raising is what you’re supposed to send to an investor, when and will they keep your information confidential. As a VC and former 

entrepreneur let me offer you some advice.

The short answer is that you should have multiple versions of your “pitch deck” (a short, visual presentation in Keynote, PPT or similar and shared as a PDF) and each occasion has a specific goal.

Before the Meeting

There is a lot of controversy / angst over whether to send a deck in advance or not. Those who don’t favor sending it would cite two issues:

  1. You lose the ability to control the narrative / inspire verbally because an investor has already read your deck and made decisions without you having the chance to deliver an impassioned plea; and
  2. Your confidential information will get leaked because the VC has your deck and hasn’t shown any commitments to you.

While I understand both arguments, I still believe passionately in sending materials in advance. The key is WHAT you send. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Excellent article, again, from Mark Suster, VC and entrepreneur.

Very good information for the #founder who is looking for funding.

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What I wish I knew about fundraising as a first-time founder

When I founded my company TruStory last year, I was fortunate to connect with an angel investor who immediately saw its potential. 

She made a bet on me and my idea, and wrote a pre-seed check that allowed me to dedicate the next few months to brainstorming and product development. It was an exhilarating and intense time: hours upon hours absorbed in thinking, researching, and building.

Eventually, I saw inklings of a beautiful thing coming together, and TruStory was finally ready for the next step: raising a round of seed capital.

I had no idea what I was getting into. Since TruStory’s angel funding came together so quickly and informally, this was my first real fundraising experience, and I was incredibly naive. In the end it all came together, and I’m immensely thankful for the handful of people who jumped in throughout the process to help guide me. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Excellent article on getting your #startup funded, written from experience. 

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To Have What You Want, You Must Give-Up What’s Holding You Back

In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article showing that the average person has between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before.

The things running through your head are the same things that were running through your head yesterday.

The conversations you’re having with yourself are the same conversations you’ve been having with yourself. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Is 'same old, same old' going to make you successful?

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How to Talk About Valuation When a VC Asks –

One of the hardest things about the fund-raising process for entrepreneurs is that you’re trying to raise money from people who have “asymmetric information.” VC firms see thousands of deals and have a refined sense of how the market is valuing deals because they get price signals across all of these deals. As an entrepreneur it can feel as intimidating as going to buy a car where the dealer knows the price of every make & model of a car and you’re guessing at how much to pay. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Great series of articles for #startups looking for #seedfunding by Mark Suster.

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How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

This is part of a series of advice for founders who need to raise money from venture capitalists. The first in the series is “Lemons Ripen Early,” which also has a link to other posts.

The most important advice I could give you before you set out in fund raising mode is to understand that fund-raising a sales & marketing process and needs to be managed. Somehow many first-time founders equate “sales” with something that is beneath them. I always tell founders … Read more: click image or title.

 

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Mark Suster describes the #funding process and how communication with #investors happens.

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Your Lifestyle Has a Greater Impact on Your Health Than You Might Realize | Thrive Global

Your Lifestyle Has a Greater Impact on Your Health Than You Might Realize | Thrive Global | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
These choices are especially important when it comes to preventing cancer.

We have reached a critical moment in terms of cancer research, treatment, and prevention. Cancer is a leading cause of death in the world. In the United States one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Yet it is now clear from scientific research that how we live in our bodies, in our communities and the broader world— how we eat, sleep, work and play, manage stress and face life’s challenges, create our support networks and make choices about our environments— has a profound effect on our health and wellness; and on cancer in particular. Read more: click image or title.

 

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LIfestyle is essential when trying to stay on top and keep that competitive edge. Avoiding #cancer by lifestyle...

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There is more than just eating healthy or exercise and fitness. This article points out a more comprehensive look at how to avoid #cancer

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The #1 Growth Metric 86% Of Founders Are NOT Measuring

I sent this to my personal email list of 25,000+ founders, but thought it contained enough value to share on Medium too. Edited for brevity. The number one metric we focused on at BigCommerce to grow it from zero to $100,000,000 in Annual Recurring Revenue was Net Promoter Score, or NPS for short. Read more: click image or title.

 

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How to jumpstart #growth when you have a successful and valuable #startup.

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How to Thrive When the World’s Falling Apart –

“I see a lot of people telling us the world is crashing and burning but very little advice for little people able to plan for the future. Help!!” I get emails. And sometimes I even write essays about 

them. So. How is one to survive all this — these tumultuous, anxiety-inducing times?

I’m going to take you through a seven step self-help program, from tiny to big, shallow to deep, and then we’ll discuss the thinking behind it.

 

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Just what we need in times like these. Great article.

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Research: What Happens to a Startup When Venture Capitalists Replace the Founder

Research: What Happens to a Startup When Venture Capitalists Replace the Founder | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
It actually makes success more likely.

Entrepreneurs often seek external capital to accelerate their growth. This is especially true in hotly contested markets where fast growth can be the difference between success or failure. And yet this outside funding may come with strings attached, which can (and perhaps should) give entrepreneurs pause. Founders will likely find their influence diluted, in terms of both financial equity and their control over the board of directors. They may even find themselves out of a job if their investors decide to fire them and find a replacement. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Founders are not always #C-level executives. A replacement with a new #CEO is usually more successful.

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What does it take to be a startup that raises huge sums quickly?

What does it take to be a startup that raises huge sums quickly? | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Some founders toil for years to secure a meager seed round. Others seem to go from launch to a massive fundraise in no time. Why is that, and how does one get into that second group?

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Not for everyone. Certain sectors benefit from speedy #fundraising

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Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand

Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The long read: How an extreme libertarian tract predicting the collapse of liberal democracies – written by Jacob Rees-Mogg’s father – inspired the likes of Peter Thiel to buy up property across the Pacific.

 

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This 'long read' article describes a world beyond ours: what some billionaires are doing with their money, and why. Must-read.

It's about Apocalypse, survival, Lord of the Rings, and more...

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The 1 Thing You Need to Know About How Power Changes You as a Boss

The 1 Thing You Need to Know About How Power Changes You as a Boss | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Science and history have shown that people who focus on others--those who are emotionally intelligent and generous--are the ones who typically rise to power. You might wonder then, why are there so many stories of leaders who abuse their power through corruption or abuse? There's a scientific reason for this. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Being in a position of power will change you. Here are some interesting points made why that is so and what can be done about it.

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The Valuation Obsession – AVC

There is an obsession with the values that are being placed on companies when they finance. There has always been one but it is worse than ever.

Every day, without fail, I read a headline that so and so company has raised, will raise, or is trying to raise capital at some eye popping valuation.

It would be easy to blame this on the media, which certainly has to shoulder some of the blame for believing that these are important stories to write day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

But the media writes what people want to read and talk about.

The problem is us, the tech sector, and the mindset that valuation is the scorecard by which we measure ourselves. Read more: click title.

 

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#Startup #founders are obsessed with #valuations. Look at what Fred Wilson, #VC, has to say about that.

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Infographic: Habits Of Highly Successful Startup Founders

Infographic: Habits Of Highly Successful Startup Founders | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Anyone can start a business, but not everyone can see that business through to success. What is it that sets successful startup founders apart from the unsuccessful ones?

 

For starters, failure of one startup venture does not mean failure of a startup founder. Failure is always an opportunity to learn, and those founders who look at failure this way are often the most successful.

 

So we know that learning from failure is one positive habit that successful startup founders have, but what else? You have to know yourself and know your abilities. Know what your limits are and what you need to outsource. Knowing this is crucial – wasting your time doing things that you aren’t good at isn’t how you grow a startup. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Difference between successful and unsuccessful people

Difference between successful and unsuccessful people | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
This just might be the secret to success — and it's something anyone can master.

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Very simple #mindset change will set you on track to success.

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Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

Every entrepreneur wants to hear “yes” during the fund-raising process but I would argue that being too risk averse and not pushing hard enough and be willing to hear a “no” is what holds back many people from “yes.” Read more: click image or title.

 

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There is a lot to learn in this article by Mark Suster. He has been on both sides of the table. 

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I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link.

I know you have your document sending tool to send your fund-raising deck to VCs and track who read your deck, which pages they read and how much time they spend on each page. I know that you can use an email system with this to track my open rate, whether I forwarded the email, the IP address where I read it, whether I was on a mobile device or a wired computer and you can tell who else read the document. I know all of this because every VC knows this because we’ve all either funded companies that have marketing technology or we’ve seen a pitch with a company that does this. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Great advice from the guy who has been on 'both sides of the table'.

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10 Pieces of Advice from VCs Entrepreneurs May Want to Heed

Entrepreneurs, take note! Here are 10 excellent pieces of advice from VCs.

“If you are going to dedicate five to seven years of your life in a company, don’t do it based on some tech article you read. Do your homework and strive to understand the space you are going into…Read more: click image or title.

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Understand how #VC's think and what they require before writing a big check.

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A Founder’s Guideline to Debt Financing – Startup Grind –

Equity is, of course, the most understood method of financing. This is because most startups have to raise equity to get off the ground. There are also many VCs around who can provide equity capital. 

The documents needed to run an equity round are straightforward with well-established templates for priced rounds, convertible notes and SAFEs.

There’s also plenty of education out there on VC blogs, Hacker News, Reddit etc. We don’t have as much education around debt. We thought we could provide you with some basic guidelines.

 

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What about #debt? Will loans protect your ownership? What all is involved?

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This Exercise Will Help You To Stop Wasting Your Time

Also, if you’re more productive than average people, you’ll advance faster in your career. You learn more. You do more. And eventually are rewarded more. Because productivity doesn’t suggest that you get the right things done. It just means you get a lot of stuff done. But that’s not what matters.

Effectiveness, however, refers to getting the right things done.

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Stop wasting your time, this expert has some great tips.

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First Principles: Elon Musk on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

First principles thinking, which is sometimes called reasoning from first principles, is one of the most effective strategies you can employ for breaking down complicated problems and generating original solutions. It also might be the single best approach to learn how to think for yourself. Read more: click image or title.

 

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PLEASE, please, think for yourself, otherwise you'll never be original, an #innovator, or a #pioneer.

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This Is How To Improve Cash Flow For Your Startup

This Is How To Improve Cash Flow For Your Startup | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
There are a few strategies to help improve cash flow for your startup. We’ll go through 5 of them to make your life easier - and your startup successful.

As an entrepreneur, it is hard to establish a name for yourself. First, you are relatively unknown to the market as of the moment, and second, you don’t have enough resources and network connections to help add up some leverage for the business.

This is the reason why many startups don’t really bloom into a big-time business. Aside from the lack of resources, competition does not also make things easier for startups to thrive in. However, there are a few strategies to help increase cash flow for your small business – some of these include:

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Excellent #payment modalities and strategies can make or, with the lack thereof, break your #startup.

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The Founder’s Guide to Raising a Series A Venture Financing

Atrium is hosting Atrium Academy, a free 2-day course for founders on how to raise venture financing. You can read more here. A few years ago I wrote “The Founder’s Guide To Selling Your Company”…

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The basics for raising a #Series-A funding.

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How to Get Your First 100k (Active) Users –

What we learned growing Winnie’s network of parents from a small private beta to a booming national community.

Acquiring your first 100k active users is an art, but a messy one—especially if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on marketing and paid acquisition. Winnie crossed this important milestone…

 

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Great article describing how to grow your #users base.

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