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Silicon Valley Investors' Advice to Young Startups

Lili Balfour | Posted 11.26.2013 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

At Boxworks 2013, Box CFO Dylan Smith led a lively discussion with a panel of Silicon Valley investors, from newcomers The Social Capital Partnership ...

Liquid Life: One Disruptor Who Is Revolutionizing How We Re-Charge

Ondi Timoner | Posted 11.24.2013 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

In the tech world, no one gets a bad rap like the venture capitalist. Yet, sometimes these VCs are the greatest allies and closest advisors to the founders.

The Practical Bible for Venture Capital: Book Review and Interview With Andrew Romans

James Grundvig | Posted 11.18.2013 | Small Business
James Grundvig

If the founders of a company are diluted too heavily upfront, one day they will wake up and see the investors get rich off of their hard work, IP, and ingenuity. Once that happens, the spirit will be sucked out of them and their company will falter. And then what?

President Obama: We Need Title IX for Funding Women's Startups

Jules Pieri | Posted 11.01.2013 | Business
Jules Pieri

Please help me spread this idea... and get it in front of President Obama. He has daughters. He would never tolerate their exclusion from sports.

Reinventing Life Science Startups - Evidence-based Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank | Posted 10.21.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

What if we could increase productivity and stave the capital flight by helping Life Sciences startups build their companies more efficiently? We're g...

Reinventing Life Science Startups-Therapeutics and Diagnostics

Steve Blank | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the e...

5 Things Innovative Corporations Have Learned From Helmuth von Moltke

Rebekah Iliff | Posted 10.14.2013 | Small Business
Rebekah Iliff

In terms of innovation, today's leading companies have devised mechanisms by which to tap into the fire hose of entrepreneurs flooding the market. They are listening, sharing and learning; the best are collaborative in their efforts.

Funding a Startup

Azeem Khan | Posted 10.13.2013 | Small Business
Azeem Khan

Sometimes even deals that look like they're going to go through don't so never relax until you have the check in hand. It's always good to keep in mind that deals fall through, people back out last minute, and that it's a long and laborious practice. Don't let it discourage you though, and just keep working. When you work hard, things have a way of falling into place.

22 Lessons From NFL Coach Jason Garrett on How to Lead a Successful Life

Fahad Hassan | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Fahad Hassan

Building a business is hard. Building one that scale's is even harder. Know the fraternity you're trying to get into is elite. It's going to take everything you have to be among the best.

Entrepreneurship 101: The 'Best' Startup Pitch Deck & How to Raise Venture Capital

J. Skyler Fernandes | Posted 09.22.2013 | Small Business
J. Skyler Fernandes

So where do you start? Your pitch! You can pitch even before you have a fully-functional technology or any business operations.

KITE: Making Humans Invisible to Mosquitos

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Perhaps the best part about KITE, from a consumer perspective, is that it's super easy to use. You simply place a colorful sticker on your clothes, and the device blinds mosquitos to your very existence for the next 48 hours.

Competing in the Venture Capital Industry

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

There's an unequal distribution of power in the venture capital industry: The best firms get the best deals and the best deals provide disproportionat...

Don't Give Away Your Board Seats

Steve Blank | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I listened for a while as they went back and forth about whether he should be chairman. Then I asked, "Why should he even be on your board at all?" I got looks of confusion and then they said, "We thought all investors get a board seat."

The New Global Leader, Part III: Dr. André Domin, at the Beating Heart of the Bio Tech Revolution

O'Brien Browne | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
O'Brien Browne

"I firmly believe bio tech start-ups have to network globally -- both in a business and a scientific sense. Also, they need to work with externals -- business leaders, mentors, coaches, consultants -- to ramp up their sales, management and marketing skills."

The First Female CEO of a Television Network Offers a Springboard for Other Women

Natalie Pace | Posted 09.07.2013 | Small Business
Natalie Pace

Kay reveals the secret behind the success, including how she strategically positioned herself to be a network CEO, at a time when women were only getting offers to become the secretary.

Sell Your Company, Not Your Soul

Lili Balfour | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Lili Balfour

So, how does one land a company? I've created a simple structure to allow entrepreneurs to evaluate various landing methodologies (read: exit strategies).

State Crowdfunding and the State Banks Will Moot the JOBS Act

Kevin Lawton | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Kevin Lawton

We have a signed federal law allowing Americans to access securities crowdfunding, as per the JOBS Act.  But as usual, Congress passed the baton to t...

200 Million Snaps A Day And Counting

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2013 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Snapchat, a service that allows users to exchange fleeting photo messages, raised $60 million in a funding round led by vent...

The Curse of the Network Effect

Nir Eyal | Posted 08.19.2013 | Technology
Nir Eyal

Ethan Stock lived the Silicon Valley dream. He had recently sold his company to eBay and emanated the tanned skin and relaxed composure you'd expect of someone who just cashed a big corporate check. But I was surprised by what he said next. "Mediocrity is worse than failure, you know?"

What Do You Get When You Mix 10,000+ Hours of Experiences and Leadership With Entrepreneurial Aspirations?

Ebong Eka | Posted 08.13.2013 | Small Business
Ebong Eka

Whether you're a fan of Malcolm Gladwell (and his book Outliers) or not, chances are you've heard the reference of the 10,000 hour rule! In essence, achieving greatness requires an enormous commitment to time -- approximately 10,000 hours.

Entrepreneurs: 5 Moves To Master The Mundane

Fahad Hassan | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Fahad Hassan

Yeah, I'm at home watching golf in my mom's basement waiting for the Papa John's delivery guy to bring me my lunch. Most days at a start-up may actually seem kind of boring to someone who only read's about the billion dollar exits in Silicon Valley.

Fund Raising is a Means, Not an End

Steve Blank | Posted 08.11.2013 | Small Business
Steve Blank

For many entrepreneurs "raising money" has replaced "building a sustainable business" as their goal. That's a big mistake. When you take money from investors, their business model becomes yours.

Eleazar David Melendez

Why Bitcoin Is Being Taken Seriously | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business

Bitcoin is becoming such a real and sizable instrument of commerce that investors are now pouring into new ventures aimed at furthering its use, finan...

Think You Like What You Like? Think Again

Nir Eyal | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Nir Eyal

A funny thing happens when you lie to people: they tend to believe. Why shouldn't they? They lie to themselves all the time. Our minds are wired to respond in predictable ways-among them is perceiving the world the way we want to see it, not necessarily the way it is.

Five Things I Learned Starting a Company

Ingrid Sanders | Posted 07.19.2013 | Small Business
Ingrid Sanders

If the motivation is anything less than, "I just can't not do it," you might want to think twice because times will get tough. Here are five other things I've learned in the first six months of building a company.