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Why MOOCs May Still Be Silicon Valley's Next Grand Challenge

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Dr. Keith Devlin

The fact is, Silicon Valley has yet to come to terms with education. It's a massive, global market, but a notoriously complex one that is tricky to negotiate. A lot of what goes on in education is almost certainly not scalable.

The New App a Secret Agent Would Love

Nir Eyal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Nir Eyal

A quick glance provided the context for the meeting, notes from previous encounters, and often times contained personal information.

GenTech Winners Present App to Influential Venture Capitalists

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Steve Mariotti

How did five New York City high schools students get to pitch at USV, the firm that helped launch transformative web properties such as Twitter, Tumblr, SoundCloud and Kickstarter?

A New Way to Look at Competitors

Steve Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right. The ...

Progress and Promise in Las Vegas

Venture For America | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Venture For America

By Jude Stanion, Venture for America Class of 2012 When I moved to Las Vegas over a year ago, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I had ...

Why Crowdfunding Rocks

Hanaan Rosenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Hanaan Rosenthal

The web, in these cases, is all about displacement. Letting you and I decide what goes and what doesn't rather than having some suit decide for us.

Will the JOBS Act Actually Create Any JOBS?

Patrick McGinnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Patrick McGinnis

Now that the most significant change in securities law in years has become the law of the land, it's incumbent on Americans to ask a basic question: how will the JOBS Act actually create jobs?

Crowd Equity Will Not Measure Up to the Hype

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jonathan Aberman

Allowing people who are not well off to invest up to $5,000 in the stock of a small privately held company is a big change -- it undermines 80+ years of securities laws based upon a simple principle.

Kansas City Is Becoming a Mecca for Big Technology Names

Jason Grill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jason Grill

Kansas City will continue to be a catalyst for growth in the entrepreneurial sector in America and its technology innovation prowess is proving to be on the rise.

Company Building 2.0: Help Us Pick Our Logo

Steve Harmon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Harmon

In the old days (like yesterday) building a startup venture was a process based on 19th-century ideas. Typically in a startup it has an idea, puts tog...

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream - Spreading Happiness and Making A Difference One Scoop At A Time

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Michael "Mikey" Cole's story is an inspiring one: he went from prison, to business school, to where he stands today -- selling healthy ice cream as part of his latest venture.

Crowdsourcing Design: An Interview with DesignCrowd Founder Alec Lynch

Phil Simon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Phil Simon

I've written extensively on this site and in my books about crowdsourcing. These days, you can use the wisdom of crowds to do just about anything--inc...

You Don't Have to Go to the Valley

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 12.25.2013 | Small Business
Jonathan Aberman

My overall message to entrepreneurs is simple. If your goal is to grow a business that is sellable in the short-term, you should build a business that your local larger companies will want to buy.

From Concepts to Companies: Creating High Growth and Wealth

John Warner | Posted 12.21.2013 | Technology
John Warner

Investors too often ask startup entrepreneurs what revenue will be in five years. Investors need to let the entrepreneurs know what they would like for revenue to be so entrepreneurs can plug that into their spreadsheets.

Views From the Top, an Interview with Venture Capitalist, Jalak Jobanputra

Susan McPherson | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Susan McPherson


Columbus Might Have Blown Steve Jobs Out of the Water

Lynda Bekore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Lynda Bekore

As we celebrate the 521st anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America, let's remember him for who he really was--America's first entrepr...

Technology in Health Care: Thriving in a Patient-Centric Era

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Bobby Grajewski

The present is a great time for health care innovation. Instead of looking at the shutdown in Washington, D.C., or the battle over the Patient Protect...

Five Sources of Money for Your Startup

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 12.03.2013 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Compared with a few years back -- when credit markets froze, venture capitalists went on hiatus, and people's stock portfolios took a hit -- there are more funding options than ever for growing startups.

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.