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3 Benefits of Alternative Investments

Sang Lee | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
Sang Lee

Alternative investments often require a certain level of patience as many of these assets lack the liquidity inherent in the public markets. However, there are several benefits associated with taking a long-term approach by investing in illiquid alternatives.

Gender Is Actually Very Relevant In Tech, Despite What Marissa Mayer Says

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business

Gender isn’t an issue in the tech industry, according to one of the top women in the tech industry. However, there's quite a bit of evidence to the contrary.

Voting Pink: How the Female Economy Can Change the World

Monique Svazlian, CPCC | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Monique Svazlian, CPCC

Since the feminist movement began, the power and position of women has changed drastically. Today, women not only make up 51 percent of the population, they also influence 85 percent of all consumer spending in the U.S.

How to Land Funding From Your Dream VC

Amanda Slavin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Amanda Slavin

When asking for money from a VC, I think the most crucial thing to note is that VCs are humans too. Sales are a meaningful transaction between two human beings, so the only way to raise money from a VC is to make it clear in your pitch that you are offering them something of value.

Silicon Valley Thinks Women Equal Success

Kira Makagon | Posted 04.20.2015 | Women
Kira Makagon

What does Silicon Valley think of women? From the looks of some data, it thinks we can earn an ROI even better than the guys. The more that we women focus on the reality we're making and the more we effect positive change and tell our tales of success, the faster we'll reach a time when magazine cover stories focus on how we're outperforming men.

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Diversity Problem

Ray Leach | Posted 04.20.2015 | Money
Ray Leach

As I stepped to the stage at the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson's 18th Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit to be part of a panel discussion about the need for more diversity in the venture capital industry, it was not lost on me that I am a middle-aged white male and that everyone else on the panel was white as well.

Advice for Startups from Top Female Angel Investors

Hank Hanna | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Hank Hanna

I'm not here to stir up controversy so I won't go into the fact that recent studies have shown that women investors have out-performed their male counterparts by a decent margin over the past few years.

Building a Strong Startup

Lisa Chau | Posted 04.12.2015 | Small Business
Lisa Chau

Failure is a part of the learning experience. Most successful startups are usually not an entrepreneur's first attempt. Almost every thriving business can point to a history of peaks and valleys.

Teach, Stream, Be Acquired: Why Online Education Investors Are Hot for Teacher

Andre Bourque | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Andre Bourque

The College Board -- yes, the same folks behind the dreaded SAT exam all college-bound high school students must take with a No. 2 pencil -- estimates the average costs of tuition and fees for a private college in 2013-14 topped $30,000.

The Most Important Startup Trend

Shaun Abrahamson | Posted 03.27.2015 | Business
Shaun Abrahamson

I hope more venture firms will begin to see city problems as a larger opportunity. It will help more startups succeed and encourage more founders to focus on city problems.

Our Women Mean Business: Encore Careers After 40

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Bobbie Brinegar

At age 52, recently divorced, depressed, and deeply in debt, Carol Gardner received advice from her attorney to "get a therapist or get a dog."

It's About Women Running Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

Just before the holidays I had coffee with Anne, an ex MBA student running a fairly large product group at a search engine company, now out trying to raise money for her own startup. She had an interesting insight: existing content/media companies were having the same problem as hardware companies that rarely made the leap to new platforms.

Why Venture Capital Gives Humans a Biological Edge

Richard Koch | Posted 03.22.2015 | Business
Richard Koch

Investing for the future -- for commercial and social gain -- is the biggest biological advantage that the human race has ever stumbled across. It is not much practiced yet. But it is growing exponentially. It will change the face of the earth, and perhaps much more besides.

Successfully Crowdfunding of Design Driven Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 03.21.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Design Driven Startups are ideal for attracting funding on crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. However, competition for funds is fierce and only the top percentile receives significant funding.

Before They Break: Biggest Crowdfunded Gadgets of 2015

Grace McClure | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Grace McClure

We've scoured the web sifting through hundreds of unreleased products to uncover those with the 'coolest' crowdfunding potential for 2015.

Tech Startup Funding in Midwest? Cincinnati Says No Problem

Jason Grill | Posted 03.14.2015 | Technology
Jason Grill

As 2015 gets underway there is no doubt that the startup sector is succeeding outside of Silicon Valley and the northeast region of the United States. Much of this growth and entrepreneur success is coming from the country's heartland.

It Takes a Crowd: Transforming Venture Investing

April Rudin | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
April Rudin

I believe crowdfunding can transform (and improve!) venture and other "private market" investing in a number of ways.

A 102 Year Old Cleveland Institution Goes Global

Michael Goldberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Until late last year, people who wanted to participate in a forum at The City Club of Cleveland had to drive to 850 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, park the car, take the elevator to the second floor, sit down in a chair, and wait for the mike.

The Top 10 FinTech Milestones of 2014 (Slideshow)

Brett King | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Brett King

Whether you believe the FinTech investments this year were $6Bn or whether you believe the bigger estimates of upwards of $18Bn, one thing is clear - FinTech is really hot right now. But it's only going to get hotter.

'Twas the Night Before Big Business, Once Started Small

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 02.20.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

The SBA's mission is to help small businesses grow. When companies that were once small become some of America's biggest brands with our help, it gives all of us here at the agency a reason for holiday cheer.

Bootstrapping A Venture Capital Fund

Jon Gosier | Posted 02.18.2015 | Small Business
Jon Gosier

With a fund we could collectively share the risk of investing and the burdens of legal compliance, the costs, and the necessary due diligence. We could also leverage more capital than any one of us could on our own.

Israeli Venture Capitalists Finance Arab Startups

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

While the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is frozen and many countries in the region are facing civil wars and political violence, several Israeli investors are busy investing in Arab or Israeli-Arab startups and incubators.

6 Pieces of Advice on Networking From Venture Capitalist Wayne Kimmel

David Ongchoco | Posted 02.02.2015 | College
David Ongchoco

Named as one of the Top Innovators in the Philadelphia region, Wayne Kimmel, a managing partner at SeventySix Capital, recently gave a talk about startups, venture capital and entrepreneurship here at Penn.

EdTech abstraction: How a teacher becomes a venture capital investor

Brad Spirrison | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

We frequently hear about teachers who are driven to start their own edtech companies after struggling to implement top-down technology initiatives in their classrooms. It is less common, however, for educators to graduate into the realm of venture capital investing.

Why Venture Capitalist Investors Should Care More About Human Rights Values

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm | Posted 01.25.2015 | Technology
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

In a world where government surveillance regimes like the NSA are not shy about asking companies for users' personal information, companies have a heightened responsibility to only collect what they absolutely need--and to keep it safe.