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Connected World, Connected Opportunities Ahead

Steve Harmon | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Steve Harmon

In 1995 I was a young Jedi working at a media research firm and was tasked with forecasting the future of the then-hatchling Internet. In those days closed online services such as AOL and Compuserve ruled. Nobody wanted to risk venturing out into the wild wild web.

Pioneering a Startup in the Midwest

Bobby George | Posted 09.09.2015 | Technology
Bobby George

When faced with an opportunity to grow our educational app company, Montessorium, in the heart of Silicon Valley, or try to keep it in our hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we were confronted with a rather arduous choice.

Building Startup Incubators That Deliver Impact

Karim Samra | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Karim Samra

Designing and running a business incubator is no easy task. Yet, startups from Singapore to Nigeria to Boston are being actively recruited with pr...

Cheap Oil vs Clean Energy: A Strong Environmental Trade-Off

Thanos Niforos | Posted 09.02.2015 | Green
Thanos Niforos

The combination of robust world crude oil supply growth and weak global demand has contributed to rising global inventories and falling crude oil prices. The obvious winners of a lower oil price are oil importers and energy intensive sectors but a speculation that cheaper fossil fuels would mean a serious setback for renewables has been rife.

Royalty Capital: A New Solution to an Old Problem

Raja Bobbili | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Raja Bobbili

Entrepreneurs looking for capital to fund their businesses issue equity or raise debt. In a number of cases, neither is satisfactory. In some cases, royalty capital is a better option to both investors and entrepreneurs.

INDEX: Award -- Show Me the Money

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Announcement of the INDEX: Award is much more than a loud rally for promoting high-impact and beautifully formed design solutions.

Why Manufacturing Companies Must Embrace Disruptive Change to Survive

Zvonimir Mršić | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Zvonimir Mršić

As always, change is difficult but sometimes necessary. When it comes to the manufacturing sector and other traditional industries, embracing disruptive changes through new partnerships with start-ups may be the most exciting development in decades.

The Godfather of Public Computer Science Education

David Cahn | Posted 08.26.2015 | College
David Cahn

Meet Mike Zamansky, Don of the most successful computer science program in America, "The godfather of computer science education" according to iconic venture capitalist Fred Wilson.

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team of heroic proportions, larger than life.

Rock Health's Halle Tecco: The Many Challenges Healthcare Tech Startups Face

John Rampton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
John Rampton

The speed of growth in digital health is faster than growth in traditional healthcare and software in general. As a result, investors have turned their attention to the industry. But, the industry faces serious obstacles as a longstanding industry adjusts to the changes technology will bring.

The One Sign Your Startup Will Make You Rich

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Who is going to be the next unicorn? Everyone always want to know. You hear news stories about them all the time -- these mythical companies that seem to appear from nowhere, bolstered by massive funding rounds.

Putting Your Positive Thoughts in High Impact Social Enterprise Action

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Social entrepreneurship gets thrown around. A lot. Countless are published tips for social entrepreneurs, talks are given about the social good, and I too have had the privilege to write about the incredible social entrepreneurs I have met in my journey to boost entrepreneurship for youth around the world.

Pop Star Investor: VC Turns Down 3 Record Deals to Help Save the World

Jason Choi | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Jason Choi

What do Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend and independent hop-hop artist Hoodie Allen have in common?

This Interview Will Help You Think Like A Venture Capitalist

Nina Tomaro | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Nina Tomaro

I sat down recently with venture capital lawyer, Jeremy D. Glaser, who struck my attention in a previous interview on the topic of fundraising for early stage ventures.

China the Startup Nation: 5 Future Trends to Watch

James Canton | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
James Canton

China's recent currency devaluation and financial controls are part of an immense leap forward in accelerating the adaptation of China to a changing world economy. We shall see if their leadership works out the growing pains. I am betting they will.

Startup Insider: Cherubic Ventures Partner Tina Cheng and the Rising Taiwan Startup Scene

David Ongchoco | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Today, we're featuring Tina Cheng from Cherubic Ventures. Tina had worked in Silicon Valley tech giants Yahoo and CISCO before deciding to return to her home country Taiwan to become an entrepreneur.

Navigating Risk and Design in Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Startups still remain one of the best vehicles for future progress, however it is important not to be blind to the market, technology and execution risk and to establish the most important connections between capabilities and user needs (job yet to be done.)

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...