Do dry-runs with investors to raise your first million

By now you’ll already know that fundraising requires planning and that it’s often a good idea to raise bigger sums from fewer investors. While this is true, there’s still plenty more you can do to raise your first million and get your business off the ground. With this in mind, I spoke to two seasoned founders to get their top tips to help you raise from venture capital investors. [Read: Every startup founder’s alternate realities: Business and fundraising] Starling Bank’s Anne Boden: Dry-runs with investors Anne Boden, the founder and CEO of Starling Bank, a UK challenger bank, has a wealth of… This story continues at The Next Web …read… Read More

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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Justin Bieber and Jack Dorsey may be among the 10 million MGM hotel guests whose personal information was posted to a hacking forum. MGM said it discovered the data breach last summer and notified customers who were impacted based on state laws. Google’s users in the UK will no longer be protected by Europe’s strict privacy regulations. Google is planning on moving its British user data away from Ireland, so the information will no longer be subject to European privacy regulations. The Trump campaign reportedly hired a former employee of Cambridge Analytica — the company that misused… Read More

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Buzzy online events startup Hopin just raised $6.5 million from Accel and Northzone, after fighting off other major investors

London-based Hopin, an all-in-one online events platform, has raised $6.5 million in seed funding from Accel, Northzone, Seedcamp, and a number of angel investors. The company, founded last year, drew frenzied interest from investors keen to be a part of the buzzy startup which offers to host any type of live event such as conferences and company events. “Hopin was built out of the idea of connecting people and tries to solve a clear problem,” Johnny Boufarhat, Hopin’s CEO and founder told Business Insider. “We think we will be the fastest growing startup in the world.” Click here for more BI Prime stories. London-based Hopin, an all-in-one online events platform,… Read More

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Democrats Presidential Candidates Clash In Tense Vegas Debate

Watch Video Six Democratic presidential candidates took the stage in Las Vegas Wednesday night for what ended up being one of the most fiery debates. “It’s not a plan it’s a powerpoint. And Amy’s plan is even less, it’s like a post-it note, insert plan here,” Warren said. “You’re literally part of the committee that’s overseeing these things and were not able to speak to literally the first thing about the politics of the country to our south,” Buttigieg said. “Are you trying to say that I’m dumb? Or are you mocking me here, Pete?” Klobuchar said. The NBC News debate included Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders,… Read More

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Maine woman’s long-lost class ring found an ocean away

No one can explain how a class ring lost in Maine 47 years ago was just found in Finland, but it now means even more to owner Debra McKenna. The ring originally belonged to McKenna’s high school sweetheart, Shawn. They met at Morse High School, and on Valentine’s Day 1973, he asked McKenna out on a date. They soon became a couple, and when he went away to college in the fall, he gave her his class ring. Not long after, McKenna lost it while shopping at a department store. She forgot about the ring, but never forgot about Shawn — the pair wed in 1977, and remained married until… Read More

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Justin Bieber and Jack Dorsey may be among the 10 million MGM hotel guests whose personal information was just posted to a hacking forum (MGM)

More than 10 million MGM hotel guests had their personal information leaked online this week, according to ZDNet. Full names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, and birthdays were exposed, but MGM told Business Insider that no payment information was compromised. MGM said it discovered the data breach last summer and notified customers who were impacted based on state laws. Justin Bieber, Jack Dorsey, and US government officials were reportedly among those whose data was leaked. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The personal information of more than 10.6 million MGM Resorts guests was posted onto a hacking forum on Wednesday, according to ZDNet. Those impacted included celebrities, reporters, government officials,… Read More

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