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DataFox Digest - Monday, December 14, 2015

Insights from the experts

ToutApp delivers a great webinar on how to improve SDRs’ productivity (without spending $20,000 a year on training) in The 5 Biggest Sales Productivity Killers And How to Overcome Them.

Dan Ceravolo, head of sales ops at Ringlead, provides a playbook for building a strong sales team that has worked across organizations in 3 Key Factors to Building a High Performing SDR team.

Jacob McMillen’s article in Crazy Egg helps you decide whether you should get rid of your marketing consultant in 5 Pieces of Terrible Marketing Advice You Shouldn’t Follow.

Carlos Torres writes in InsideSales about the hurdles SDRs face (and how to overcome them) in 3 Tough Sales Challenges Reps Face in the Field.

Recent company milestones

Major hires and promotions

Cheniere Energy (Houston, TX) appointed Neal Shear as interim president and CEO and Andrea Botta as chairman (source).

The Small Business Administration (Washington, DC) appointed Kristie Arslan to the National Women’s Business Council (Washington, DC) (source).

Sasol (Johannesburg, South Africa) announced the appointment of Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Russell Cornell as joint presidents and CEO’s (source).

Expansions and relocations

Webster Bank (Waterbury, CT) will open 14 banking centers in the greater Boston area in mid-January (source).

The Cordish Companies (Baltimore, MD) and the Kansas City Lights and Power District celebrated the opening of One Light Luxury Apartments in Kansas City (source).

Main Event Entertainment (Dallas, TX) opened its first Tennessee location in Memphis (source).

Acquisitions and partnerships

Eithad Airways (Abu Dhabi) will partner with information technology provider Cognizant (Teaneck, NJ) to set the airline’s digital strategy (source).

Symphony Technology Group (Palo Alto, CA) acquired research company Simmons from Experian (Mesa, CA) (source).

Megaport (Brisbane, Australia) will partner with Webair (New York, NY) to provide cloud-based solutions to Webair’s New York City services (source).

Funding

CellMining (Caesarea, Israel), a mobile network provider, raised $5 million in a Series A round led by Lazarus Israel Opportunities Fund (source).

Cloudyn (Tel Aviv, Israel), a cloud monitoring company, raised $11 million in a Series B round led by Carmel Ventures (source).

The best cities to found a startup outside Silicon Valley

DataFox identified the top 15 cities to found startups based on four key factors in early-stage companies: funding, cost of living, growth and entrepreneurial community. Did your city make the list? Check it out: 2015's Best Cities to Found a Startup Outside Silicon Valley and New York (and How They Did It)