Fri.Sep 17, 2021

9 Messages From Sales Training May Save Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs believe that a great idea alone will assure business success. Experts argue that it’s more important to have a great plan, and personal business acumen. Hardly anyone mentions selling principles.

Omaze Raises $85 Million for Fundraising Platform

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Individual investors include Bono, Kerry Washington, Tom Brady and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

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Ad.net Names Bizdev VP

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Los Angeles-based digital performance advertising company Ad.net announced this week that it has named Brandon Caudill as the company's new Senior Vice PResident of Business Development. The company--which serves brands and agencies--said that Caudill was previously an early employee at ZergNet. Ad.net is led by CEo Jon Waterman and backed by Clarion Capital Partners. adnet executive brandon caudill business development brands marketing

Whatnot Connects With $150M More For Live Shopping

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Los Angeles-based live shopping streaming marketplace operator Whatnot said on Thursday that it has raised $150M in a Series C funding. The funding came from Andreessen Horowitz, YC Continuity, and new investor CapitalG, along with angel investors Andre Iguodala, Logan Paul, Gokul Rajaram, and Nilam Ganenthiran. Whatnot offers up a live stream shopping platform and marketplace aimed at collectors and enthusiasts. The company said it has raised a total of $225M now in funding.

Can You Ask for Office Rent Relief? How to Manage Your Lease During COVID-19

Office leases are one of companies’ largest expenses, and if your whole team is working from home with no clear end in sight, you may be wondering what to do about your lease.

Outer Finds $50M In Funding For Outdoor Living Brand

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Santa Monica-based direct-to-consumer brand Outer, which sells outdoor living furniture and related products, has raised $50M in a Series B funding round, the company said this week. The funding was led by Capital Today, and also included Tribe Capital, C Ventures, TRAC VC, and Upfront Ventures plus Sequoia Capital China, Mucker Capital, Mantis VC, Unpopular Ventures, and Reimagined Ventures. The company said it has now raised a total of $65M in funding.

Tradesy Gets $67M For Secondhand Fashion

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Los Angeles-based secondhand, luxury fashion goods marketplace Tradesy has raised $67M more in a Series D funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by Foris Ventures, the family office of venture capitalist John Doerr. Tradesy is led by founder and CEO Tracy DiNunzio. The company sells pre-owned, luxury fashion products, many of which are worn only a few times. Tradesy's good range from multi-thousand dollar Rolex watches to clothing and shoes.