Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

6 Reasons Why VCs Say ‘No’
VCs only invest in a fraction of the companies approaching them for funding.  There many reasons why an investor might pass on investing in a company which companies should try to avoid. This article from Sifted, adapted from a talk on the same subject, lists some of the most common ones.

How to Choose the Right Investors For Your Startup 
On the other hand, entrepreneurs should also think critically about which investors they bring into a company. Getting funded is important, but partnering with an investor who is a good fit for the company helps to foster further growth. This piece from Entrepreneur notes some helpful criteria entrepreneurs should consider when choosing which investor to partner with.

What the Growing Federal Focus on ESG Means for Private Markets 
Federal regulators have advocated for, and Congress is considering measures which would require, greater action from public companies around environmental, social and governance, or ESG, matters. Though much of the focus is on ESG requirements for public companies, it seems like likely that these policies will also affect private companies. This TechCrunch article not only explores this increasing emphasis on ESG, but also reviews ways in which this emphasis could affect non-public companies and markets.

How AI Can Help Grow Your Startup 
Artificial intelligence, or AI, might be an industry buzzword that gets tossed around often, but applications of AI offer real advantages to startups. This TechFunnel article not only explores some of the benefits which AI-based solutions can offer startups, but also discusses how to explore and choose an AI solution.

The Market Minute: IPO Deal Volume Reaches A New High In H1 2021 
Companies have raised a record amount of funding from initial public offerings, or IPOs, for the first half of 2021. Proceeds from IPOs launched so far this year have already exceeded the total amount raised last year. With that growth seemingly poised to continue, this Crunchbase article explores some of the drivers of this record growth, such as interest rates and company valuations.

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