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Top Five Venture Capitalist Firms Investing In Technology Start Ups

Top Five Venture Capitalist Firms Investing In Technology Start Ups

Investors have become a very vital part of tech start ups and a number of really great start-ups have emerged from investments of several venture capitalist companies, thereby encouraging even more inventors and entrepreneurs to start searching and applying for investors to kick-start or boost their ideas.

Venture capital companies play major roles in financing start-ups and companies that want to launch an innovative plan or simply give financial support to an existing company. Any new start-up would require adequate funding.

There are not many venture capitalist firms that finance technology at the early stages. Finance for such new start ups is difficult to obtain if you do not approach the proper type of venture capitalist.

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This is the reason why getting and talking to investors is increasingly becoming one of the most difficult tasks for technology start-ups.

Most angel investors and venture capitalists receive lots of pitches all the time and screening for innovative ideas can lead to neglect of start-ups that have actual potential.

Due to these road blocks, it is not unusual for inventors to speak with 50 investors before finally getting one to invest in their tech idea, while some might not even get an investor at all.

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So, if you are a tech startup looking for investors, here is a list to help you find and identify potential investors that would be interested in your company:

1. Rosemont Group Capital Partners

This is a London-based seed and early stage venture capitalist firm that last year announced its intention to invest in as many as 20 startup and early stage technology companies. Its target was to do so within 2 years, with a primary investment focus on consumer Internet, digital content, advertising, marketing, and commerce. Due to the precariousness of the investment sector presently, this seems like a tough decision, particularly for a small firm. The group invests capital through direct equity investments, convertible loan/notes, options, warrants or preferred shares and invests on its own or with co-investment partners. So far, the firm has achieved some enviable success and insists there is more to come in the very near future.

2. Octopus Investments

A venture capital company with a fund management team of GBP 300 million with total funds under management for the entire Octopus Investments at £ 5 billion. They invest in Europe wherever they find the right talent and opportunity. Its venture capital funds are pan-European, with about two-thirds currently earmarked for UK-based businesses. On average, they make investments of £ 2.6 million. Basically, they support exceptional technology launch equipment with the ambition to grow big business. Its main objective is the identification of fast-growing entrepreneurs and companies that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry in several sectors like consumer innovation, hardware, and software.

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3. Lakestar

Lakestar is another venture capitalist company looking to invest in promising new start-ups. Their geographic focus encompasses both Europe and the United States, representing partners in key cities on both continents. Lakestar has invested in companies based in the United Kingdom and has about 20 companies in its portfolio. Instead of focusing on a particular segment of the technology industries, Lakestar is looking at a wide range of sectors.

4. Passion Capital

Passion Capital is made up of partners, Stefan Glaenzer, Eileen Burbidge and Robert Dighero with a total of 86 million pounds in investments. They particularly invest in sectors such as cyber security, information security, education technology, health and medical technology as well as some others.

5. Index Ventures

Founded in 1996, Index Ventures invests in early stage start-ups in both Europe and the US. However, approximately half of their current portfolio is in Europe, and they are active in major European technology centers including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, and London. They invest from the early stages in the beginning and in all the later stages of the company from A, B to growth. They have made more than 100 investments in Semillas in the last five years, with about 25 new investments in growth yearly. They are very active in all areas, investing in multiple stages, geographies, and themes.

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11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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