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Eric M. Jackson

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5 Tech Deals That Need to Happen

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Facebook's $1 billion purchase of Instagram was the topic on everyone's lips at Mega Startup Weekend last Saturday and Sunday. The world's most expensive "Like" has clearly gotten tech entrepreneurs buzzing about who will be next. While there's no way to know which big deal will next grace...

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Beyond Social Proof: Due Diligence 101

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 9:58 AM

Due diligence for early stage companies is as passé as three-button suits or the Hilton sisters. At least that's the impression that many young technology entrepreneurs have. Instead, they perceive social proof -- the idea that a company is validated by influencers who are involved with it in some capacity...

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5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make While Raising Capital

(7) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 1:26 PM

Raising capital can be a challenging process, especially in an economic environment marked by so much uncertainty and risk. But entrepreneurs often make the process harder on themselves by committing several common mistakes. Regardless of your industry or the size of your raise, here are five pitfalls to avoid.

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Six Tips for Raising Startup Capital in 2012

(4) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 10:15 AM

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." This famous introduction by Charles Dickens sums up what entrepreneurs seeking startup capital are facing in 2012.

On the one hand, banks still aren't lending. And with the debt crisis looming over Europe and political...

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Why 'The PayPal Mafia' Is Killing It

(13) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 9:45 AM

Last month, local reviews site Yelp filed for an initial public offering. Founded in 2004 by Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons, Yelp is the latest in a long line of companies started by PayPal alumni to hit it big.

Dubbed the "PayPal Mafia" in an article by Fortune...

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