We asked 13 founders who raised nearly $200 million during COVID-19 for their tips on wooing investors in a crisis

Remote fundraising has become common for startups as the coronavirus pandemic continues to restrict the ability to travel and take meetings in person.

Usually, founders and executives pitch prospective investors for funding at swanky city offices before an investment committee makes a decision. Subsequently, there is a lengthy due diligence process, technical and market questions, analysis of finances, plus time spent on meetings, dinners, and walks for investors to better understand founders and CEOs ahead of any completed deal. 

Since March funding rounds in North America, Europe, and Israel have been conducted entirely over video calls, changing the dynamic between founders and investors.

One such funding round was a recent $17 million raise by Israeli tech startup Ermetic, led by CEO and cofounder Shai Morag. The fundraise took place entirely over Zoom with lead investor Accel.

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Tips for a financial self care routine

Money is a major cause of stress. You might be worried about not having enough money, not managing it well, not saving enough, or losing it in bad investments. It might seem that you’re always thinking and worrying about money. This is why you need a financial self-care routine.

When we think about self-care, most of us thing about getting adequate sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising, relaxing and building healthy relationships. But one aspect of self-care is often overlooked: financial self-care.

When you neglect your physical, emotional and mental health, your stress levels are likely to skyrocket. Your immune system weakens, you have trouble sleeping, your mood tanks, and your relationships begin to fray.

All these can snowball into larger problems and even life-threatening health conditions.

It’s no different when it comes to neglecting financial self-care. Not having a regular financial self-care routine can lead to overspending, failed investments,

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Tips to Save Money for Your Baby’s Future

We’ve partnered with the life insurance agency Haven Life to bring you seven straightforward tips to help you save money for your growing family.

Getting ready to have a baby involves a lot more than doctors’ appointments, birth plans, and setting up the nursery — it also requires new parents to take a careful look at their finances.

While it might be hard to imagine your little one heading off to college when they’re still a bean in your belly, that time will come around sooner than you expect. And in the meantime, you’ll face lots of other new costs along the way, from diapers and daycare to school lunches and field trips.

Raising a child in the United States costs $233,610, according to 2020 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Even though that figure might initially induce some serious sticker shock, a bit of financial planning can set

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50 ways to save money including best apps and tips from experts

IT’S always a good idea to save, whether it’s for a holiday or just for a rainy day – and now we can reveal the best ways to put your hard-earned money away.

With the help of some money-saving pros, we’ve come up with 50 very easy ways to help you make your money go further.

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From the best budgeting apps, to the simple things you can do to save a few pounds here and there, there are plenty of ways to save a bit of cash whatever your circumstances.

Some of the tips are thriftier than others but all are useful ideas that you can slot into your routine without much effort.

You could even save hundreds of pounds using some of the pointers, and we’ve also included a few ways to make a bit of cash on the side too.

It’s always a good idea to have

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Save cash on your takeaway sides with these money-saving ‘makeaway’ tips

A CHEEKY takeaway is to die for, but it is never kind to our bank account when feeding a family.

While replicating your favourite Indian, Chinese or Italian dishes may seem a chore, it is worth considering which side dishes and extras you can prepare yourself to reduce the cost — and they all add up. From rice to raitas, here are my favourite money-saving “makeaway” tips.

Save cash on your takeaway sides with these money-saving 'makeaway' tips

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Raita: This Indian side is easily replicated with a few simple ingredients. You will need 250ml natural yoghurt, half a cucumber, finely chopped, large handful of mint leaves, chopped, large pinch salt – you can add half a green chilli if you wish (finely chopped).

All you need to do is wrap your chopped cucumber in a tea towel and squeeze out any excess water, then

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Tips To Help You Build A Pro-Quality Recording Studio At Home On A Budget


Every music artist who wants to make it big in the music industry dreams of having a home recording studio. However, there is a major difference between setting up a few music gadgets in your bedroom and setting up a professional-quality home recording studio.

There are numerous ways through which you can economize the project without having to compromise on the quality of the gear you’re buying. Here are a few tips to help you build a pro-quality recording studio at home on a budget.

Before starting, you should do your research and list out all the requirements in terms of musical gear and electronic gadgets. The internet is full of information so you can go on Google and learn about music production and marketing. Performing extensive research will ensure that you’re able to start with bare-minimums that’ll be needed to get your professional recording sessions underway. Good research will

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Pinnacle Financial Partners crosses $2 billion in deposits in Knoxville

Pinnacle Financial Partners crosses $2 billion in deposits in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, TN, Sept. 22, 2020 – Pinnacle Financial Partners has grown its deposits in the Knoxville MSA to more than $2.1 billion as of June 30, 2020, according to new data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the first time the firm has been over the $2 billion mark in Knoxville.  

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During the 12 months ended June 30, 2020, Pinnacle grew local deposits by 27.7 percent to $2.1 billion, adding $464.2 million in deposits in that period for 10.6 percent of total deposit market share. Pinnacle moved up to No. 4 in the market in terms of deposits in 2019 and retained that position in 2020. 

“Pinnacle’s entire Knoxville team has been focused intently on gathering deposits, and their success is evident in the double-digit growth rate,” said Mike DiStefano, Pinnacle’s Knoxville president. “Our clients are attracted

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Tips to cut down your electric bill

There are things you can do RIGHT NOW to make paying that bill easier.

SAN ANTONIO — Well, folks: We have made it through summer, which is typically when the highest electric bills arrive for San Antonio residents. Now, they are starting to go down for most people, but there are some simple ways you can bring them down even more. 

CPS Energy has plenty of tips for saving money on electricity, not only in homes but at small businesses as well. The big expense tends to be air conditioning and heating. 

“If it is cooler outside, you should bump up your thermostat, and if you are not home you should definitely make sure you are bumping up your thermostat so you are not wasting any energy there,” said CPS Energy Communications Specialist Dana Sotoodeh. 

Another way to cool your home down: Use portable or ceiling fans, which Sotoodeh says

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