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Red or Blue, We Can't Leave Half the Team on the Entrepreneurial Bench

Ray Leach | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Ray Leach

Last night the leading candidates for the GOP shared their vision and ideas for the nation in JumpStart's home city of Cleveland. Two days earlier, I was fortunate to be invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, where President Barack Obama held the first-ever White House Demo Day.

The One Funding Pitfall All Startup Founders Can Avoid

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

If you, as a founder, cannot take direction, especially direction from your potential investors, you shouldn't be founding a company.

GES2015: Parting Thoughts

Dante Disparte | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

As the Global Entrepreneurship Summit comes to a close and President Obama completes the second chapter of his African tour in Ethiopia, it is hard not to see the enormous upside the entrepreneurial movement can offer the world.

Starting Over and Starting Up with Thrive

Jennifer Taormina | Posted 07.31.2015 | Technology
Jennifer Taormina

7%. What does that number represent? It represents the percentage of investor money given to women-led startups.* I want to put a spin on this stor...

Investing for Impact: Capital Fusion for Social and Environmental Good

Thanos Niforos | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Thanos Niforos

In a world where addressing global social and environmental problems are still more prominent than ever, Impact Investing as an emerging asset class is the best new alternative for channeling large-scale private capital for social and environmental benefit.

Book Review: Uncommon Stock and the Literary Hat Trick

Jeremy Shure | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Jeremy Shure

Like many, I was glued to my television a few weeks ago when Carli Lloyd's hat trick lead the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to their first World C...

Should Your Startup Take Investor Money?

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Accepting investment money is a lot like getting married: you had better be prepared to live with each other for years, be ready to make their priorities your priorities and, most of all, respect their opinion and input.

Venture Capitalist: The Two Most Important SaaS Startup Metrics

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Jason Lemkin, Managing Director of Storm Ventures, is one of the world's most popular and respected startup advisors. Lemkin's site and com...

Startup Insider: Ardent Capital Partner Tee Suraphongchai Shares Her Journey to the Venture Capital World in Asia

David Ongchoco | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Ardent Capital Director and Venture Partner Tee Suraphongchai is one of the rising VCs in the Asia region right now. Her expertise in the finance and retail industry has helped her navigate a region that has been seeing a lot of growth in the ecommerce sector. Startup Insider got to chat with Tee during the Echelon Asia Summit.

10 Reasons for Joining the New Startup Wave Now

Marty Zwilling | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Since the recession, and at least partially sparked by it, I'm seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before. I believe the days of the "job work" mentality are thankfully waning, with more people looking to get satisfaction by making the world a better place, rather than just tolerating brain-numbing work to fund enjoyment elsewhere.

Transhumanism Is Booming and Big Business Is Noticing

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Zoltan Istvan

I recently had the privilege of being the opening keynote speaker at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville 2015 conference in London. Attending were nearly 1000 people, including economists, engineers, scientists, and financiers.

Charleston, South Carolina Outpaces the Nation in Tech Growth

Lisa Chau | Posted 09.19.2015 | Business
Lisa Chau

In April, I was invited to speak in Charleston's third annual DIG SOUTH -- the Southeast's first and foremost event celebrating the digital economy with over 200 presenters from companies such as Google, Instagram, Twitter, TechCrunch, BuzzFeed, and Inc.

Dear Investment Banker

Eve Ellis | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Eve Ellis

financial success for the client, would you advise on it? Your clients hope so. So I am going to let the cat out of the bag.

Startup Insider: 5 Metrics 500 Startups Partner Edith Yeung Looks for in Mobile-App Startups

David Ongchoco | Posted 07.03.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

500 Startups Mobile Collective Fund Partner Edith Yeung explained 'MO-AARRR', the mobile framework she uses when evaluating mobile app startups, at the Echelon Asia Summit 2015 held last June 23 and 24.

IPO for All or How to Create Your Own Currency

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Okay, let me state upfront that I am completely biased when it comes to running a compelling business: for I believe if you happen to live in the 21st century, your company's stock should be worth money, and you should be able to turn around and sell it.

3 Investor Pitches Every Startup Founder Must Master

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

The investor pitch is one of the most important aspects of any business. If you cannot tell people what your solution is and why it matters you are done before you start.

The Next Silicon Valley Doesn't Exist

Ray Leach | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Ray Leach

Today we think of Silicon Valley as the land of venture capital, but the massive federal investments made by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies in and around the semiconductor industry cannot be overstated.

Startup Insider: 5 Insights From Day 1 of the Echelon Asia Summit 2015

David Ongchoco | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

The Echelon Asia Summit was started back in 2009 with the goal of bringing Asia's top startups, innovators and investors into one conference hall. I got to attend this year's summit, listen to the speakers, speak with delegates and sit down with startup thought leaders in Asia.

6 Simple Tests to Ensure Your Startup Idea Is Worth Pursuing -- Without Quitting Your Job

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Durability is knowing whether or not your product will be around for a long time or if it will fizzle out quickly. Is your product something that we need or is it something that is more of a fad and will disappear once it has run it's course?

Investors Target Growing Demand for Healthy, Sustainable, Tasty Fish

David Bank | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
David Bank

The hook is baited, and private-equity and venture-capital fund managers are reeling in capital to finance next-generation fish-farming enterprises across the country and around the world.

Startup Founder Families Lie!

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Dear Professor Investor, I have an idea for a product and my friends and family tell me it is a great idea, but how do I know they aren't simply being nice? Shelly from Sutton.

The INDEX: Award and Why It Matters for Innovation

Soren Petersen | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

The INDEX: Award inspires designers and business leaders to pursue breakthrough innovations for some of the world's major challenges. However, is the INDEX: Award selection process conducive to identifying breakthrough innovations that will make their way toward successful implementation?

Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Puts Positive Spin on Yet Another Failed Startup

Prabha Kannan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Comedy
Prabha Kannan

Mark Cranslin, CEO and co-founder of several failed startups, announced to his friends today that his latest venture had also gone belly-up, but that he continues to be optimistic for the future.

Public Relations for Drones

Evan Leatherwood | Posted 06.10.2015 | Technology
Evan Leatherwood

SkyFund, a new investment fund ostensibly created to kick start companies making software and add-on gadgets for drones, has been getting a lot of press lately, most notably in The New York Times.

Northeast Ohio and the San Francisco Bay Area Have More in Common than NBA MVPs and Championship Games

Ray Leach | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Ray Leach

Whether it is on the basketball court or in the venture capital industry's efforts to advance the progress and impact of tech-based entrepreneurs, leaders from Silicon Valley and Cleveland have much to learn from each other.