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Everybody say that nothing come too easy, But when you got it, baby, nothing come too hard —Prince, “Baby I’m a Star” Corporate travel is hard. It shouldn’t be, but it is. The tools, often analog travel agencies integrating with …

500 Startups Vietnam Holds Oversubscribed Final Close (Pho Real!)

Given 500’s mission to back entrepreneurs globally, we strive to go where other investors rarely venture. Several years ago, Vietnam was not an obvious tech investment destination: the country was poor (GDP per capita was barely over US$2k, according to the World Bank), fraught with bureaucracy, and struggling to create an ecosystem for the few, disconnected founders and even fewer active angels and VCs. But entrepreneurial folks did see elements of something special: a fast-growing economy; a substantial supply of low-cost, high-tech talent; and a broad & experienced Vietnamese diaspora increasingly interested to reconnect with and contribute to the country. A new wave of tech founders decided to take the plunge. Despite — or because of — the lack of … Read More The post 500 Startups Vietnam Holds Oversubscribed Final Close (Pho Real!) appeared first on 500 Startups.

Small Business Trends Enters Second Year as a Certified Woman Owned Business

Small Business Trends Media Group, the parent publishing group of SmallBizTrends.com and BizSugar.com, is delighted to enter its second year with “Woman Business Certification” by the State of Florida. Woman Owned Business Certification The designation comes following an in-depth certification application process through the State of Florida’s Department of Management Services. The certification is awarded to companies that demonstrate they are majority owned and operated by a woman. “Certification as a woman-owned business is another step in our company’s history and growth,” said Small Business Trends Founder and CEO Anita Campbell. Applying and meeting the certification requirements took a number of hours, but the State of Florida has streamlined the process to make it as efficient as possible for small business owners.  “Florida is a small-business friendly state. That makes all the difference when it comes to things like certifications and government contracting,” Campbell added. By including women-owned companies among their vendors, corporations and government entities show their commitment to supporting diversity. Small Business Trends Media Group provides targeted, custom content reaching small businesses. Through its multiple digital media outlets, it features advice, news and resources for small businesses of up to 100 employees. The company also publishes a digital magazine and special publications such as ebooks, templates and tools. Through its channels, Small Business Trends reaches a highly targeted audience of 2,000,000 small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs each month. The company has been publishing continuously since 2003 and is one of the largest independently-owned news sites dedicated to small business with its mission statement of “small business success … delivered daily.” This article, “Small Business Trends Enters Second Year as a Certified Woman Owned Business” was first published on Small Business Trends

Small Business Trends Recognized in Case Study by AI Platform Ezoic

Small Business Trends Media Group, the parent publishing group of SmallBizTrends.com and BizSugar.com, is honored to be the subject of a case study by its technology partner, Ezoic. The case study highlights Small Business Trends’ use of Ezoic’s artificial intelligence and machine learning platform. The platform dynamically optimizes user experience and ad revenues for publisher websites. Advertising Case Study Ezoic solved real challenges facing Small Business Trends. Facing changing ad policies as well as the shift to programmatic advertising instead of direct ad sales, it became harder to scale ad revenues. “We knew we had to change. We even considered dramatically altering our business model by eliminating ads altogether,”  said Leland McFarland, CTO of Small Business Trends. With a site the size of Small Business Trends, it had become impossible to do testing manually. “We used to keep a tedious log by hand to track site changes, ad combinations, revenues, and results of A/B testing. It was a nightmare,” McFarland added. Then McFarland, along with Small Business Trends founder and CEO Anita Campbell, attended a Pubtelligence conference put on by Ezoic. “After that we decided to go all in with Ezoic. And it paid off in improved results. Those results are outlined in the case study,” he added. Ezoic helps with revenues, but does so much more. As an artificial intelligence platform which includes its proprietary Big Data Analytics reporting, Ezoic delivers invaluable insights about user experience. For example, it identifies which articles are most engaging. The site is then able to build on past successes and deliver improved content for readers to enjoy. “This is the first time we have been the subject of a case study.  Ezoic has been a fabulous technology partner and we’re thrilled to work with them. This case study comes on the heels of our 15-year anniversary as a website and company. It validates all the hard work put in by the team,” said Campbell. Small Business Trends Media Group provides targeted, custom content reaching small businesses. Through its multiple digital media outlets, it features advice, news and resources for small businesses of up…

Take Part in our Cyber Monday Contest to Win an Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet

It’s one of the fastest growing shopping days on the calendar. Cyber Monday! And now, it’ll be your chance to win a new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. It’s a big day for a lot of our readers who have been working so hard for this moment, to put their online businesses to the ultimate test. To celebrate that hard work, Small Business Trends is giving away a latest generation Amazon Kindle Fire 7 tablet. This handy little companion has a stunning 7″ IPS display. It’s super thin and light and perfect for taking on business trips. Inside, its got a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 8 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage. The battery lasts up to 8 hours. It’s handy for some business tasks but it’s best when you need to get away from work for a bit and unwind. Check out the contest widget below to enter. Perform more tasks for multiple entries and come back every day for more chances to enter. Small Business Trends – Fire Tablet Giveaway This article, “Take Part in our Cyber Monday Contest to Win an Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet” was first published on Small Business Trends

Enter Our Contest, Win a Chromebook for Your Small Business This Black Friday!

It’s nearly the holiday season and we’re in a giving spirit. To celebrate, on Black Friday 2018 we’re giving away a shiny new Samsung Chromebook. One of our lucky readers is going to be getting this great gadget to keep around the house, around the office or take with you on your next business trip. Entering to win is a cinch. And to make things even easier, we’re giving you several ways to win with multiple entries into our giveaway. Check out the contest widget below to see how you can enter to win. It’s as simple as connecting social media accounts to the contest but you can gain bonus entries to increase your odds of winning too! Win a Chromebook So what exactly can you win by entering? The answer is a new Samsung Chromebook 3. It’s an ideal business travel companion but is no slouch around the office, either. It’s got an 11-hour battery life, too, so you won’t be scurrying for a power source to meet a deadline or respond to a client. The Chromebook possesses non-work related functions, too. Here are some more details on the devices one of our lucky readers will win: 11.6 inch screen ( 1366 x 768), 16:9 Intel Celeron Processor N3060, 1.6 GHz to 2.48 GHz 4 GB Memory Spill Resistant? Yes. Be sure to check back daily to enter our contest and increase your odds of winning a Chromebook. Good luck! Small Business Trends – Chromebook Giveaway This article, “Enter Our Contest, Win a Chromebook for Your Small Business This Black Friday!” was first published on Small Business Trends

Take this Survey and Get New Ideas for Saving Energy in Your Business

Sponsored Post Now is your chance to be a part of something important. Energy is typically the single greatest cost in a small business, but most small business owners don’t have the time or the resources to spend on figuring out all the different ways they can become more energy efficient so that their business is more profitable. This is where the Small Business Energy Report Comes in. Constellation Energy, in partnership with Small Business Trends, is interested in what a broad base of small business owners are doing to cut energy costs, save energy and run a sustainable business. And the results could give you ideas about how to save energy in your own business. Together, they’ve launched the Small Business Energy Survey, a quick 3 minute online survey where you can click through what matters most to you regarding energy, what energy and cost-saving strategies you’re trying and how your employees and customers feel about sustainability. Click below to begin: Start Here Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card Here’s another reason to take part in the survey. You also have the option to register to win a $100 Amazon gift card! How is this different from other small business energy reports? Here’s something you may not have thought about.  Most surveys are conducted with customers or members of organizations.  That means that the results only represent that membership.  The partnership between Small Business Trends and Constellation Energy aims to reach a broader base of small business owners across industries, across the country and across energy providers so that small business owners, like you, can get access to benchmarking data and ideas about how other business owners are saving on energy. 2018 Small Business Energy Report As a participant in this first-of-its-kind survey, you’ll get access to data from hundreds of businesses, just like yours and see what energy-saving strategies have been most effective. The results of this new small business energy survey will be released in a new 2018 Small Business Energy Report in December 2018. At that time, you’ll be able to see how your business compares to other…

10 US & Latam startups selected for our 2018 Miami Growth Program!

500 Startups Miami has selected the 10 startups that will make up the Miami Growth Program Batch 2018. 500’s hallmark 10-week program brings mentors, experts and investors from our global network  to accelerate the startups’ growth trajectory and support fundraising to scale. The selection was a very competitive process that included reviewing over 200 applications from all over the world. The selected startups all share the following characteristics: Seasoned teams with solid track record working together Disrupting large markets in the US and Latam through highly scalable products & services Impressive traction in terms of revenue and user acquisition. The startups hail from Miami, Dallas, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, and represent an array of sectors that include fintech, AI … Read More The post 10 US & Latam startups selected for our 2018 Miami Growth Program! appeared first on 500 Startups.

Introducing the Cultural Leadership Fund

Yo, the sun don’t shine forever But as long as it’s here then we might as well shine together –Sean “Diddy” Combs, “Victory“ In the early days of the technology industry, there was no thought about consumers, because …

Announcing 500 Startups Latin America Batch Nine!

500 Startups is thrilled to announce our latest batch from our Latin America Seed Program! Based out of Mexico City this new batch consists of founders from all over Latin America; with companies from Chile (1 company), Colombia (3 companies), Mexico (5 companies), and Peru (2 companies). The 4-month intensive Seed Program will focus on legal, product, sales/all things growth, culture, fundraising, and more, which prepares the companies for the culminating Demo Days taking place in Mexico City and Bogota November 15th and the 22nd. Companies will continue to put in the hard day to day work with the local 500 team, investors, and more then 15 international mentors that will be visiting us throughout the 16 week program. We’re … Read More The post Announcing 500 Startups Latin America Batch Nine! appeared first on 500 Startups.

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