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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.

How New York City's Women Entrepreneurs Raised $3 Billion in 10 Years

Michael Goodwin | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Michael Goodwin

Worldwide, tech entrepreneurship suffers from an undeniable gender gap. At tech companies from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv, the vast majority of both founders and their employees are men.

Are You an Entrepreneur or Employee?

Alex Pirouz | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Just because you are self-employed and own a business, doesn't make you an entrepreneur. The difference between an entrepreneur and a business owner is the mindset of how you go about building your business.

A New York Lawyer Popular With Entrepreneurs Becomes One Herself

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Lori Hoberman is a New York City lawyer, but doesn't look or act like one. She dresses casually, wears her hair long and unfussed, and takes enorm...

Chobani Launches Food Incubator to Disrupt Industry

Jack Hidary | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Jack Hidary

Will Catalyze Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs The food industry is in desperate need of disruption. Americans spend more than $1.6 trillio...

Welcome to the Age of Context-Driven Sales and Marketing

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

The next generation enterprise software for sales, services and marketing such as marketing automation or customer relationship management (CRM) solut...