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Southeast Startups Seek 45% Higher Valuations In Q2  

by William Leonard For startups in the Southeast, the funding amount sought skewed up 45% in Q2 2021 as global venture funding saw funding records shattered. In tandem with valuations…

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Applauding the CFA Institute's New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Code

Investors are operating in a young era when more culturally, racially, and gender diverse teams are the new majority and shaper of returns. These principles will reward our industry with…

Southeast Female Founders Raise 45% Of What Men Do, Seek To Make It Up At The Seed Round

by William Leonard, Investor For two consecutive months we’ve documented women raising larger sums of capital, an overall positive trend at the seed level in the Southeast. Findings illustrate that…

Software Beta & Trial Growth Hacker Playbook

Learn how to get several enterprise customers at a time in our new beta and trial playbook for software founders.

4 Ways To Spot Top Startup Sales Leaders

These are the 4 questions you need to ask to spot startup sales leaders that will make you successful as a founder.

April 2021: Southeast Female Founders Seek to Outraise Male Founders 

by William Leonard, Investor   Founded in 2015 to create premium venture capital returns with Valor’s Inclusion Premium strategy, Valor invests in experienced-based founders building B2B software at the first…

Building Effective Startup Boards

After 25 years of startup-board experience with successes such as Lancope (acquired by Cisco), Relatient (acquired by PE firm) and InTouchHealth (acquired by Teladoc), I’ve learned what it takes for…

Fintech Startup Trends: Look For $1B+ In Southeast Fintech Venture Capital This Year

Valor's fintech portfolio is on the cutting edge of innovation. Fintech startups in the Southeast are poised to see over a $1B of venture capital flow into their firms this…

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Startup Legend or Left Behind? How Q2 2021 Makes or Breaks Software

Startup founders, good news: it's 100% go-time for integrating with major accounts. If you've doing b2b sales into mid and large size companies, you can change the world right now.…

Startup Hiring For Momentum and Inclusion

This Martin Luther King Day, I’m more frustrated than usual at the performative cycle of images of the great man and his quotes. Don't get me wrong, no matter who…