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An Impact Investing Holiday Reading List

Elizabeth Coston | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Coston

Image credit: Image by pixabay, licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 Generic license. The holidays are often the time of year when people are re...

Harry Potter and the Digital Unicorns

Greg Portell | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business
Greg Portell

When you imagine a land of make believe, characters emerge. Depending on where you look you can find trolls, pirates, avatars, white-hatted defenders of good and even a giant or two. Upon reflection, today's digital ecosystem parallels the fantasy worlds found in Harry Potter and elsewhere.

The Connected School: How IoT Could Impact Education

Jeanette Cajide | Posted 11.11.2015 | Technology
Jeanette Cajide

The Internet of Things (IoT) will soon be called the Internet of Everything (IoE). By the year 2020, it is predicted that more than 50 billion conne...

Superbwoman Jeanne Sullivan: Rewiring & Refiring

Janet M. Neal | Posted 11.10.2015 | Good News
Janet M. Neal

This article highlights a "Superbwoman®", and is based on live interviews shown via the webshow, Superbwoman Sundays at 7. To see the original show, ...

Ellen Pao Won't Stop Talking About Sexism In Tech. And Neither Should You.

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 11.10.2015 | Technology

They called her “the most hated person on the Internet” and named her one of the pariahs of Silicon Valley.  She lost her sex discri...

INDEX: Funding High Impact New Ventures

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

High-impact Design Driven Startups are investors' darlings and the INDEX: Award is taking advantage of this by applying their unique design award evaluation process to vetting candidates for venture capital funding.

Why I Mentor

Jeff Wald | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Jeff Wald

A startup founder recently asked me a simple, yet startling, question during our monthly meetings. We have been working together for nearly two years,...

The Top 10 People to Know in Silicon Valley

Richard Lorenzen | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
Richard Lorenzen

When it comes to navigating the difficult waters of Silicon Valley, it is important to know who the big movers and shakers in the industry are. These are some of the top people that have shaped the Silicon Valley that the world knows today.

Build Less: Sell More

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Dear Professor Investor, I have been working on a startup for 6 months. Now I'm worried that I have spent all my time developing my product and not ...

Why You Shouldn't Take VC Money

Gary Vaynerchuk | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Gary Vaynerchuk

Let's start this article with one fact: I do think venture capital has value. I think angel investor dollars have value and can do a lot. But as someone who has now looked at thousands, if not tens of thousands of deals in his career, it's very clear to me that it is becoming the default for young entrepreneurs.

Trans Hacking Startup Land: Gender Performance and Deception

Alyx Baldwin | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Alyx Baldwin

After I moved away from being gender ambiguous, I unbound myself and started presenting as a queer woman. I reached out to many LGBTQ* startup allegiances for help with fundraising. That was where I met more hostility than ever before.

Design Driven Startup Cultures

Soren Petersen | Posted 10.22.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Startup hubs are popping up like mushrooms across the world, each with its own culture, competitive advantages and opportunities for creating unique businesses. What might these hubs learn from each other to dial up their performance?

Not Just Silicon Valley: Why American Business Has a Diversity Issue

James Briggs | Posted 10.16.2015 | Technology
James Briggs

While it's disappointing that race and gender continue to preclude talented and innovative individuals from accessing the same opportunities as others, the real concern is that this issue doesn't begin and end in Silicon Valley as many people think. It travels in tandem with Silicon Valley's influence in business across America.

What Women Can Learn About Pitching From 'The Voice'

Jen Mojo | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Jen Mojo

Like any speaker getting ready to deliver a keynote, you've got to know your audience -- and your audience will be mostly men -- period. But men are simply investors with a different gender and at the end of the day, they are motivated by the same things you are: getting good business done.

What Fundraising as a Woman Founder Has Taught Me

Aly Saxe | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Aly Saxe

In the fundraising game, every entrepreneur expects difficulties. This is the Age of Startups, after all, with an ever-rising number of entrepreneurs competing for investor dollars. When I began fundraising for my PR software startup, I encountered a range of responses to, well, me. In talking to other women founders, I learned that I may have actually had it easy.

The 6 Ways to Save a Failing Startup

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

You might hear about successful startups so often you think the odds are on your side. But it's quite the opposite. According to recent data, just half survive five years or more, and only a third make it to 10 years. Starting a business is a risky proposition.

10 Tips for Raising Your First Million

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

So you have a great idea, some early customers on your new app, and what you think is "product-market fit." Good for you! Now, your goal should be scale your company as fast as possible, acquire as many customers, own your category, exit, and buy a beach home.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know "Why?"

Eve Ellis | Posted 10.05.2015 | Business
Eve Ellis

Why do companies with gender diverse boards perform better? As the portfolio manager of a strategy which seeks to benefit from this fact,* I am ofte...

Focus on Sustainable Growth, NOT Growth at All Cost

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.05.2015 | Business
Sramana Mitra

Silicon Valley, once upon a time, used to be run by conscientious, thoughtful VCs who were focused on building value, building great companies. Today's Silicon Valley is becoming more like Wall Street, run by nothing other than greed and thoughtless speculation.

Trailblazing Women: Viktoriya Tigipko, Founding Partner of TA Ventures

Anne Ravanona | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Anne Ravanona

This interview is part of a series on Trailblazing Women role models (Entrepreneurs and Leaders) from around the world and first appeared on Global In...

Young and Entrepreneurial: The WayUp Journey from College Project to Y Combinator and a $7.8M Series A Round

David Ongchoco | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

JJ Fliegelman was a senior at the University of Pennsylvania when he wrote his first-line of code in PennApps. Fast-forward four years later and JJ is the CTO of WayUp, a platform that connects college students with part-time, summer and entry-level job and internship opportunities.

Life and Lessons From a 17-Year-Old VC

Alex Sahai | Posted 10.01.2015 | Teen
Alex Sahai

The most important thing I've learned from working in venture capital is that people are everything. Regardless of what internship, job, or occupation you're in, it's important to stay connected to those who interest you and who have an interest in you.

This Black Woman Is Turning The White Investing World On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business

Try to picture a prototypical tech investor. If you’re in the tech world already or if you watch “Silicon Valley” or read the busine...

Confessions of Venture Capitalists: How to Milk a Unicorn

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Those who wonder what the hell is going on with the accelerating number of startups getting billion-dollar valuations and above, please raise MY hand.

Connected World, Connected Opportunities Ahead

Steve Harmon | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Steve Harmon

In 1995 I was a young Jedi working at a media research firm and was tasked with forecasting the future of the then-hatchling Internet. In those days closed online services such as AOL and Compuserve ruled. Nobody wanted to risk venturing out into the wild wild web.