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Hiding in Plain Sight: Progress in the Middle East and North Africa

Neil Ghosh | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Neil Ghosh

While significant development challenges remain in the region, progress is being made in a number of key areas by both governments and local communities.

The Lumping Problem in Startup Funding

Jose Vasquez | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

There's no easy solution to this problem, but understanding it can temper the expectations of wildly optimistic new entrepreneurs with misplaced notions that venture capital is ripe for the picking. If you want venture capital these days, you need to prove your worth first--and often, that means sinking or swimming by your own hand and your own finances.

Re-Connecting With Our Humanity Through the On-Demand Economy

Renee Dua | Posted 05.15.2015 | Technology
Renee Dua

As I watched my 9-year-old niece grapple with a VCR tape the other day, it struck me that my own 14-month-old son might one day have the same quizzical look in the driver's seat of a car. Whether it's Uber or self-driving cars, he may well never learn to drive a car.

Why Did Secret Fail?

Quora | Posted 05.14.2015 | Technology
Quora

Secret gained its reputation mostly as a place for Silicon Valley gossip-mongering. This kind of thing can be a passing entertainment, but it failed to transition into something users could form a daily habit around over months and years.

Go East, Young Man -- Why Hong Kong is the Silicon Valley of the East

April Rudin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Business
April Rudin

Foreign cultures can often seem impenetrable, particularly in Asia. As an American who has frequently traveled to the East, I find that not to be be true. Particularly, in Hong Kong.

Episode 3 on SiriusXM Channel 111: Kathryn Gould, Mar Hershenson, Sophie Lebrecht

Steve Blank | Posted 05.13.2015 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Kathryn Gould is the co-founder of the VC firm, Foundation Capital and the owner of Battle Mountain Vineyard. As one of the first women VC's in Silicon Valley she founded Foundation in 1995, and went on to be selected for the Midas List based on her investments.

Techweek Meet Kansas City... Kansas City Meet Techweek

Jason Grill | Posted 05.11.2015 | Technology
Jason Grill

Good collaborations and true "fits" are really a thing to behold in life and in business. One of those has been built in Kansas City, Missouri.

Legendary Venture Capitalist Says He Likes It When Entrepreneurs Think He's An Idiot

Posted 05.11.2015 | Business

Pro tip: Don't just tell him what you think he wants to hear.

Do Rich People Really Work?

Quora | Posted 05.07.2015 | Money
Quora

For most of us who have "regular jobs" (in business-speak, we are Individual Contributors), doing "work" means completing tasks in order to generate output/results.

B Corporations: A New Kind of Company Needing a New Kind of Funding Model

Jason Graham-Nye | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business
Jason Graham-Nye

B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. They have passed a rigorous assessment using criteria including governance, workers, community and environment.

Late Stage Investing: Why it Works - for Now

Jeremy Abelson | Posted 04.29.2015 | Business
Jeremy Abelson

Mutual funds are showing up predominantly in what are termed "pre-IPO" rounds, implying an IPO is imminent and an exit and public company status is almost guaranteed. This is very different than most traditional VC investments.

How Follett Pursues Interdisciplinary Edtech Investing

Brad Spirrison | Posted 04.24.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

More than $2 billion in venture capital was invested in educational technology companies last year, and there are an increasing number of firms that are specializing in what is now a booming sector.

Innovative Challengers at the Gates

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

Within retail banking, there have been two standout, truly disruptive innovations in the last 20 years, where a few banks applied mass marketing techniques to create something unique.

Young and Entrepreneurial: Former YCombinator Hustler Pulak Mittal Shares His Startup Journey From PennApps to Clever

David Ongchoco | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Young and Entrepreneurial is a series of articles where I've decided to interview and write about young individuals disrupting the world, whether it's...

Sankalp Q&A: Unitus Seeks to Launch Seed Funds Around the World

David Bank | Posted 04.10.2015 | Business
David Bank

Most of the thousands of investors and entrepreneurs descending on New Delhi this week for the Sankalp Global Summit are looking to beat out their competitors. Dave Richards and Will Poole, managing directors of Unitus Seed Fund, are looking to create more competition for themselves, by seeding additional funds like their own.

Mitigation Not Litigation Will Move Women Forward in Tech

Greg Autry | Posted 04.10.2015 | Technology
Greg Autry

The legal battle between Ellen Pao and the legendary Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has sparked a media frenzy over the prevalence of gender discrimination in California's technology entrepreneurship gold rush.

Entrepreneurship as a Spiritual Journey

Lotta Alsen | Posted 04.13.2015 | Small Business
Lotta Alsen

I started my journey as an entrepreneur because I wanted to make a difference, to change the rules of the game and because I didn't want anyone telling me what to do. I didn't understand that what I really embarked on was a spiritual journey.

Entrepreneurship Is Like Riding a Bike

Ray Leach | Posted 03.31.2015 | Small Business
Ray Leach

As a venture development organization (VDO) based in northeast Ohio, we at JumpStart often get asked why entrepreneurs in fly-over regions like ours face more challenges than they do on the coasts. In fact, we get this question so often that we sat down and made this short video, telling the story using a very simple analogy: riding a bicycle.

How Chicago Edtech Companies Are Rising to the Head of the Class

Brad Spirrison | Posted 03.25.2015 | Chicago
Brad Spirrison

You could put it on the blackboard! Yes, Chicago is an epicenter for educational innovation.

5 Lessons for Successful Entrepreneurs: A VC Perspective

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Small Business
Alison van Diggelen

Heidi Roizen has been on both sides of the entrepreneur funding divide, so her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is particularly potent. Last month I interviewed her, and that interview led to many more questions about what it takes to succeed, especially the need to build meaningful relationships. I asked her to share her top five lessons for being a successful entrepreneur.

It's Time to Tackle the Series A Funding Gap

Ray Leach | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
Ray Leach

For entrepreneurs, there are few tasks more important than raising the capital they need to keep the doors open as they continue their long march toward a profitable venture.

Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of Us

Michael Flores | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Michael Flores

When you set out to raise money, you think you're doing it based on the strength of your ideas, but most investors are looking equally if not mostly at the team.

How to Dismantle Your Investor Pitch With 5 Easy Phrases

Hank Hanna | Posted 05.16.2015 | Small Business
Hank Hanna

Know what your cost of customer acquisition is and show investors how you can successfully grow you revenue regardless of raising capital. And don't use the term "conservatively" when estimating a value that is obviously and grossly overblown.

The Case of the Missing Latina/o Shark

Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD | Posted 05.17.2015 | Latino Voices
Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD

My disappointment with Shark Tank? Latina entrepreneurs are seriously underrepresented. In fact, I have yet to watch an episode where a Latina entrepreneur is pitching. This is a problem.

Disrupting the Status Quo With Glassbreakers

Samantha_Harris | Posted 05.05.2015 | Technology
Samantha_Harris

We break bread, we break rules, we even break-fast -- but rarely do we break the glass ceiling together. It's 2015 and only 4.2 percent of Fortune CEOs are women, out of 500 companies on the S&P there are only 24 female CEOs.