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4 Epic Days of MaiTai Action: The Good, the Biz and the Play!

Mia Kossiavelou | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Mia Kossiavelou

At the MaiTai Maui opening ceremony the mayor of Maui, Alan Arakawa revealed, "I have the easiest job in the world," with a smile, "look around you - it's the most beautiful place on earth." And with that I was inspired to explore his beautiful island.

Dear Professor Investor, I Need Some Advice on How to Build a Team, and Determining What Kind of Talent I Need? Alan From Boston.

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

I have found that the majority of successful start-ups have people with: business acumen, domain knowledge and operational experience. e.g. (reverse order) someone who understands how to build it, someone who understands what customers want and someone who can help execute.

INDEX: AWARD -- Funding International Award Winning Design Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Design awards are the design profession's "stamp of approval" for a wide range of new and classic design related offerings. There are hundreds of design awards, each with its own distinct focus and selection criteria such as business, impact and culture.

For a Better L.A., Be Disruptive

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

To succeed in the startup space, be disruptive. That was the lesson of this morning's TechFire Ignite 2015 program at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club.

Grow, Grow, Grow and Then What?

Jason Graham-Nye | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jason Graham-Nye

The pervasive thinking for VC-backed start-ups for the past 20+ years is to launch and grow quickly. Then they need to grow and grow and keep growing forever.

So You Think You Can Go Public? (Re)Meet the OTC

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

I believe, if you run a modern company, your stock options should be worth money and you should be able to turn around and sell or exercise them. In other words, your company stocks should be able to become your own currency.

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 05.22.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.28.2015 | 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 06.21.2015 | 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 06.20.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 05.31.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | Chicago
Brad Spirrison

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