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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?

When It Comes to Startup Numbers, Be Reasonable & Reasoned, Not Right

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Dear Professor Investor, I've been working at an idea for a few months and it's now time for me to find out information (numbers) on potential market...

Charleston, South Carolina Outpaces the Nation in Tech Growth

Lisa Chau | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Lisa Chau

In April, I was invited to speak in Charleston's third annual DIG SOUTH -- the Southeast's first and foremost event celebrating the digital economy with over 200 presenters from companies such as Google, Instagram, Twitter, TechCrunch, BuzzFeed, and Inc.

IPO for All or How to Create Your Own Currency

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Okay, let me state upfront that I am completely biased when it comes to running a compelling business: for I believe if you happen to live in the 21st century, your company's stock should be worth money, and you should be able to turn around and sell it.

Venture Capitalists Rule the World

John Feffer | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Venture capitalism has a disproportionate impact on the economy. It helps to ensure that technological innovation enriches the few and sustains jobless economic growth. Industrial policy in the hands of the government ideally creates wealth and spreads it around. Venture capitalists pick a handful of winners as part of a process of concentrating wealth in fewer and fewer hands.

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.

It's Time to Tackle the Series A Funding Gap

Ray Leach | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
Ray Leach

For entrepreneurs, there are few tasks more important than raising the capital they need to keep the doors open as they continue their long march toward a profitable venture.

How to Dismantle Your Investor Pitch With 5 Easy Phrases

Hank Hanna | Posted 05.16.2015 | Small Business
Hank Hanna

Know what your cost of customer acquisition is and show investors how you can successfully grow you revenue regardless of raising capital. And don't use the term "conservatively" when estimating a value that is obviously and grossly overblown.

The Case of the Missing Latina/o Shark

Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD | Posted 05.17.2015 | Latino Voices
Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD

My disappointment with Shark Tank? Latina entrepreneurs are seriously underrepresented. In fact, I have yet to watch an episode where a Latina entrepreneur is pitching. This is a problem.

Best Design Driven Startups of the Decade

Soren Petersen | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Though studies show design to be vital to startups - it probably only changes the probabilities for success by a dozen percentage points and although AirBnB and Fisker Automotive both leverage design sublimely, it still takes startup experience to succeed.

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.

In the Loop with Bill Tai: A Story About Extreme Impact!

Mia Kossiavelou | Posted 04.10.2015 | Business
Mia Kossiavelou

Bill Tai is a genius who functions like an orchestra conductor. Able to weave together diverse people with a variety of strengths, bring out their greatest gifts. He has surrounded himself with gems.

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."

Five Career Strategies for Women in Tech

Alison Wagonfeld | Posted 01.06.2015 | Technology
Alison Wagonfeld

I have been thinking about the best way to channel my positive Silicon Valley experiences into useful advice for women who are building careers in technology.

How to Fund Your Startup -- With VCs, Angels and Crowdinvesting

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

"Every one of my books had killed me a little more," - this profound and highly personal quote by American author Norman Mailer has become one of my f...

Honing in on Innovation in Princeton: Tiger Labs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 12.17.2014 | Technology
Steve Mariotti

Bert Navarrette skydives (regularly), rides mountain bikes, runs companies, and has four children. you might think that keeps him busy enough. But you'd be wrong.

Urgent Bulletin: Stanford Team Runs Up Huge Score

Mark Steinberg | Posted 12.12.2014 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

Two Stanford University dropouts, Oliver Jefferson Hancock III and Schuyler Goldstein, have become the latest in a string of overnight Silicon Valley billionaires.

Jeanne M. Sullivan: Funding and Fueling Women Entrepreneurs -- And a Few Good Men

Anne Ravanona | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Anne Ravanona

Jeanne M. Sullivan has been investing in and growing tech companies for many years.

A Sushi Burrito: The Real Estate, Natural Resources, Family Office and Crowd Investing Conference

Jorge Newbery | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Mix real estate, natural resources, family office, and crowd investing into one conference? This sounds akin to a restaurant with too many chefs, like...

The Problem With Search Funding

Gil Laroya | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Gil Laroya

It has become clear over the past few years that venture capitalists have been struggling to find new and better ways to spend their money. They seem ...

Why I Traded Textbooks and Chalk For The Silicon Valley Hustle

Quim Sabrià | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

In five months, my life shifted drastically. I exchanged my beloved students, the chalk and the noisy halls of a public school in Barcelona for elevator pitches with business angels in Palo Alto.

Startup Hacks: 10 Ways to Increase Your Startup's Valuation When Pitching VCs

Richie Etwaru | Posted 06.21.2014 | Small Business
Richie Etwaru

Investors want to know that you will prioritize a client meeting over an investor meeting, or you will prioritize a partner/reseller meeting over a press opportunity. Don't chase the shiny objects, show focus and investors will believe in your value.

On the Meaning of Entrepreneurship

Max Gladwell | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Max Gladwell

The path to starting and scaling a venture-backed business is defined by a series of hurdles and gateways that become more challenging as you move through each one.

4 Tips On How to Raise Venture Capital With Topher Morrison

Jairek Robbins | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Jairek Robbins

"What's more important is that everyone who comes in contact with your business must get with absolute clarity what your business does and who they do it for."

Ballot Measure to Divide CA Into 6 Mini-States Is Based on Idea That Smaller Government Is Always Better Government -- Not So

Peter Scheer | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Scheer

The theory behind Draper's ballot measure is that subdividing California creates smaller state governments -- and that the smaller and more local the state governments, the more politically accountable and the better managed they will be.