In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2021 #4

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

Why Will the Next Successful Startup Out of the COVID-19 Era Be AI-First? 
Just as plenty of transformative companies were established in the wake of prior economic downturns, the COVID-19 pandemic could become a similar inflection point for today’s business landscape. The pandemic has already fostered growth among startups, even outside of Silicon Valley. This Forbes article not only describes some of the forces shaping this startup boom, but also postulates the sectors which could be poised to benefit, such as the artificial intelligence- and cloud-based sectors.

Looking to IPO? Here are 5 Questions to Ask Yourself First 
The IPO process, in which a business lists its stock on a stock exchange, allows a company to sell its shares to the public. The process can catalyze growth and open up new sources of capital, but a company should carefully weigh its options before deciding to go public. This Sifted article explains some of the initial questions a company should ask when considering the IPO process.

Teaching Startup: How to Scale Your Startup Without Spending a Fortune 
One quality which separates a successful startup from its peers is the ability to scale and refine a business model.  Having a plan is key to achieving scale and growing a startup, and this primer from WRALTechWire outlines the things an entrepreneur should think about when forming a plan.

Already on the Rise, Agtech Could See Added Boost From Biden Broadband Spending Proposal
President Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan includes about $100 billion to build out high-speed internet connectivity in rural areas. If the proposed plan proceeds, it could help usher innovation in the agricultural industry, allowing farmers and those in related industries to use more advanced technologies and collect more accurate data. This Crunchbase article provides an overview of the effects increased broadband access could have on the industry.

10 Proactive Questions Every Board Member Should Be Asking
Directors are tasked with governing the companies they lead, but they are generally not involved in its day-to-day operations. This means they often have more limited means to understanding companies as compared to management. This Harvard Business Review article provides examples of questions directors can ask management to help become an active, transformational presence for the company.

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