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Hey, Climate Activists, When Technology Is More Powerful Than Law, Go With Technology

Byron Kennard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Byron Kennard

Will green technology kick the door open, walk in, and take over? Isn't it an article of capitalist faith that superior technologies will ultimately win out?

SEC Regulations Barricade The Crowdfunding Floodgates

Kevin Lawton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kevin Lawton

Joseph Pulitzer used a form of crowdfunding to finance the Statue of Liberty. Obama used crowdfunding to bankroll his presidential campaign in 2008. ...

Why The 'Seed Investing' Phenomenon May Come To An End

Brad Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brad Feld

There have been a number of thoughtful "early warning sign" posts in the past few weeks including one from Fred Wilson (Storm Clouds), one from Mark S...

Dear Entrepreneur, Avoid First-Impression Mistakes

Anthony Tjan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

If people prepped as much for an important business meeting as they did for a first date, there would be a lot more business success stories.

As Tech Bubble Looms, Investors Must Pace Themselves

Fred Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

I've been pretty clear as of late that I think the market for investing in web startups is getting overheated. When I talk to some people about this, ...

Thoughts on the Various Types of Entrepreneurial Mentorship

Dave Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Lerner

This is part of my ongoing Series on Mentorship. I've been doing a lot of thinking about mentorship and mentorship programs of late. In that I pro...

GE Awards First Winners Of Green Innovation Challenge With $55 Million

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

At a General Electric event in New York on Monday, GE and four venture capital partners announced 12 investments, totaling $55 million, in the first d...

Selecting Co-Founders

Brad Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brad Feld

Having been involved directly or indirectly in hundreds of early stage software and Internet companies, I believe the optimal number of founders for a software / Internet startup is between two and four.

The Secret Life of Start-Ups: An Inside Story on the Perennial Silicon Valley Revolution

Howard Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Greenfield

When four out of five small businesses fail each year, tech start-ups have the odds stacked against them. And the prolonged recession and a downturn in venture investment haven't made it any easier.

The Best Business Model in the World

Anthony Tjan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

Over the years, my partners and I have seen and experienced one business model that we love the best, based on fundamental cash flow and the ability to grow that cash flow as the business scales.

Nate C. Hindman

Qwiki Founder: How I Launched A Talking Search Engine -- And Why You Should Avoid VCs | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business

The tech world has been buzzing ever since judges at TechCrunch Disrupt named Qwiki 2010's most disruptive company. Qwiki's on-stage demonstration ...

Confessions of a Female Entrepreneur

Michele Colucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michele Colucci

Fund-raising is an awkward and often uncomfortable effort for those raising funds. But when the person asking is a women entrepreneur, the dance takes on many more nuances.

8 Ways Start A Business Without Going To A Bank

The Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For startups, credit is like "experience" for job applicants -- you can't get it if you don't already have it. Despite a recent push by banks to giv...

The Mom Motivation

Angela Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Angela Haines

A new breed of entrepreneurs is gaining steam: moms who decide to create new businesses after giving birth. While pundits ponder why women are u...

WATCH Pandora Founder: Being In A Band Helped Me Become An Entrepreneur

The Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In measuring the life cycle of a successful startup, most investors will tell you that rapid growth usually takes place between the third and seventh ...

Obama's Stimulus: 'The Most Ambitious Energy Legislation In History'

TIME | Michael Grunwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For starters, the Recovery Act is the most ambitious energy legislation in history, converting the Energy Department into the world's largest venture-...

Dear Entrepreneur, Think Cash, Not Ideas

Anthony Tjan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

People and business models should always trump the idea and market. So why are tech and pharma and other sexy ideas considered darlings, while coffee shops aren't?

Eat or Be Eaten. Gov 2.0's Social Darwinism

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan W. Silberberg

Get your armor on, and keep it on. Otherwise, you will be stripped bare.

Elvis Costello's New Economy vs. Big Oil's Old One

Clint Wilder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Clint Wilder

Prop. 23's principal backers, Texas-based oil companies Tesoro and Valero, claim that AB 32 is bad for business and job creation in California. Here's the question: bad for whose business?

A Conversation With Tom Perkins, The Godfather Of Venture Capital

MIT Entrepreneurship Review | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
MIT Entrepreneurship Review

One can't help but wonder at the tales of a man who once wandered the halls of MIT pondering circuit design, only to now claim personal responsibility for converting the orchards of Silicon Valley into parking lots.

How We Can Give Entrepreneurs In Developing Nations A Chance To Expand

Shivani Siroya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Shivani Siroya

My company, InVenture, is just one answer to the problem of the underserved "missing middle" in developing economies.

A Crowd-Sourceable Map Of World's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Dave Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Lerner

This mapping project evolved from a late night a few months ago when I first decided to map-out the Silicon Alley early-stage investor ecosystem. I wa...

Drop Out Of School. Find An Incubator. Act Crazy. The Rest Is All Commentary.

Seth Priebatsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Seth Priebatsch

Ten days before my 20th birthday, I received a check for $750,000. On my 21st, I received a check for $4 million. As for my 22nd birthday, well ... that's a long ways away. Who knows what'll happen?

Angel Profiling (1): A Moveable Feast of Mugs, Maniacs and Masters of the Game

Dave Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dave Lerner

In this mini-series I intend to elaborate on the subject of angel investing and to give fledgling angels the opportunity to learn more about who we are, how you become an angel, and what the general options are.

IT Security Acquisitions Are Skyrocketing

Robert R. Ackerman, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert R. Ackerman, Jr.

For all the talk about a chronic shortage of exits for venture-backed companies, one segment of the venture capital technology ecosystem is poised to go from "hot" to "hotter": Cyber-security.