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Teach, Stream, Be Acquired: Why Online Education Investors Are Hot for Teacher

Andre Bourque | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
Andre Bourque

Free Online Learning Sites Offer Everything from Guitar Lessons to Ivy League Courses--and the Industry Is Hot Co-authored by Jonathan Cooper Aside ...

The Most Important Startup Trend

Shaun Abrahamson | Posted 01.27.2015 | Business
Shaun Abrahamson

I hope more venture firms will begin to see city problems as a larger opportunity. It will help more startups succeed and encourage more founders to focus on city problems.

Our Women Mean Business: Encore Careers After 40

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 01.22.2015 | Business
Bobbie Brinegar

At age 52, recently divorced, depressed, and deeply in debt, Carol Gardner received advice from her attorney to "get a therapist or get a dog."

It's About Women Running Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

Just before the holidays I had coffee with Anne, an ex MBA student running a fairly large product group at a search engine company, now out trying to raise money for her own startup. She had an interesting insight: existing content/media companies were having the same problem as hardware companies that rarely made the leap to new platforms.

Why Venture Capital Gives Humans a Biological Edge

Richard Koch | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Richard Koch

Investing for the future -- for commercial and social gain -- is the biggest biological advantage that the human race has ever stumbled across. It is not much practiced yet. But it is growing exponentially. It will change the face of the earth, and perhaps much more besides.

Successfully Crowdfunding of Design Driven Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Design Driven Startups are ideal for attracting funding on crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. However, competition for funds is fierce and only the top percentile receives significant funding.

Before They Break: Biggest Crowdfunded Gadgets of 2015

Grace McClure | Posted 01.15.2015 | Technology
Grace McClure

We've scoured the web sifting through hundreds of unreleased products to uncover those with the 'coolest' crowdfunding potential for 2015.

Tech Startup Funding in Midwest? Cincinnati Says No Problem

Jason Grill | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology
Jason Grill

As 2015 gets underway there is no doubt that the startup sector is succeeding outside of Silicon Valley and the northeast region of the United States. Much of this growth and entrepreneur success is coming from the country's heartland.

It Takes a Crowd: Transforming Venture Investing

April Rudin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
April Rudin

I believe crowdfunding can transform (and improve!) venture and other "private market" investing in a number of ways.

A 102 Year Old Cleveland Institution Goes Global

Michael Goldberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Until late last year, people who wanted to participate in a forum at The City Club of Cleveland had to drive to 850 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, park the car, take the elevator to the second floor, sit down in a chair, and wait for the mike.

The Top 10 FinTech Milestones of 2014 (Slideshow)

Brett King | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Brett King

Whether you believe the FinTech investments this year were $6Bn or whether you believe the bigger estimates of upwards of $18Bn, one thing is clear - FinTech is really hot right now. But it's only going to get hotter.

'Twas the Night Before Big Business, Once Started Small

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

The SBA's mission is to help small businesses grow. When companies that were once small become some of America's biggest brands with our help, it gives all of us here at the agency a reason for holiday cheer.

Bootstrapping A Venture Capital Fund

Jon Gosier | Posted 12.19.2014 | Small Business
Jon Gosier

With a fund we could collectively share the risk of investing and the burdens of legal compliance, the costs, and the necessary due diligence. We could also leverage more capital than any one of us could on our own.

Israeli Venture Capitalists Finance Arab Startups

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

While the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is frozen and many countries in the region are facing civil wars and political violence, several Israeli investors are busy investing in Arab or Israeli-Arab startups and incubators.

6 Pieces of Advice on Networking From Venture Capitalist Wayne Kimmel

David Ongchoco | Posted 12.04.2014 | College
David Ongchoco

Named as one of the Top Innovators in the Philadelphia region, Wayne Kimmel, a managing partner at SeventySix Capital, recently gave a talk about startups, venture capital and entrepreneurship here at Penn.

EdTech abstraction: How a teacher becomes a venture capital investor

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

We frequently hear about teachers who are driven to start their own edtech companies after struggling to implement top-down technology initiatives in their classrooms. It is less common, however, for educators to graduate into the realm of venture capital investing.

Why Venture Capitalist Investors Should Care More About Human Rights Values

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm | Posted 01.25.2015 | Technology
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

In a world where government surveillance regimes like the NSA are not shy about asking companies for users' personal information, companies have a heightened responsibility to only collect what they absolutely need--and to keep it safe.

How New York City's Women Entrepreneurs Raised $3 Billion in 10 Years

Michael Goodwin | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Michael Goodwin

Worldwide, tech entrepreneurship suffers from an undeniable gender gap. At tech companies from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv, the vast majority of both founders and their employees are men.

Are You an Entrepreneur or Employee?

Alex Pirouz | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Just because you are self-employed and own a business, doesn't make you an entrepreneur. The difference between an entrepreneur and a business owner is the mindset of how you go about building your business.

A New York Lawyer Popular With Entrepreneurs Becomes One Herself

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Lori Hoberman is a New York City lawyer, but doesn't look or act like one. She dresses casually, wears her hair long and unfussed, and takes enorm...

Chobani Launches Food Incubator to Disrupt Industry

Jack Hidary | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Jack Hidary

Will Catalyze Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs The food industry is in desperate need of disruption. Americans spend more than $1.6 trillio...

Welcome to the Age of Context-Driven Sales and Marketing

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

The next generation enterprise software for sales, services and marketing such as marketing automation or customer relationship management (CRM) solut...

How to Fund Your Startup -- With VCs, Angels and Crowdinvesting

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

"Every one of my books had killed me a little more," - this profound and highly personal quote by American author Norman Mailer has become one of my f...

Online Algebra App KnowRe Raises $6.8 Million as Teachers Embrace Math Games

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

While the science is still out on how (and to what degree) gamification helps elementary and middle school students learn lessons, teachers are increasingly incorporating games into their classroom curriculum. This is particularly true of math games.

5 Questions to Answer Before Raising a New Investment Fund

Ray Leach | Posted 01.03.2015 | Small Business
Ray Leach

Many community leaders believe one of the best ways to create real growth (wealth, jobs and opportunities) is to invest capital (debt or equity) in hi...