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Venture Capitalists

Why Our Vanity Slows Down Progress

Soren Petersen | Posted 07.04.2016 | Business
Soren Petersen

Co-written by Torsten Kolind Important decision-makers, such as politicians, investors and business professionals have been conditioned to trust thei...

4 Things I Didn't Know About Investors Before I Took Their Money

Felecia Hatcher | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business
Felecia Hatcher

So, you cashed the check, now what? So many of us are obsessed with getting investors no one really talks about the real down side.

More VCs Need To Wake Up And Smell The Freelancers

Rishon Blumberg | Posted 05.18.2016 | Technology
Rishon Blumberg

Coauthor Michael Solomon There is a new trend emerging in the VC community, that's been a long time coming. As the fulltime technology talent dearth ...

How Crowdfunding Can Help Save Silicon Valley From its Harebrained Investors

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.13.2016 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

There are fears that another Ice Age is about to hit Silicon Valley because of the implosion of its unicorns -- start-ups valued at more than one billion dollars. By one estimate there were 229 such companies in January of this year. Their valuations are dropping precipitously because they were overpriced and overhyped. The fear is that venture capital will dry up and hurt the innovation ecosystem.

Kansas City Seeing Jump in Venture Capital

Jason Grill | Posted 04.26.2016 | Technology
Jason Grill

Kansas City has been on a roll the last few years in the entrepreneur, technology and development space.

Why I Stopped Angel Investing (and You Should Never Start)

Tucker Max | Posted 03.23.2016 | Business
Tucker Max

I did win at angel investing. Barely, and I did it with a ton of advantages you probably don't have. And even I'm getting out, because I know so much of my success was luck.

Invest In Who You Know -- Part 1

John Katovich | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
John Katovich

There's an old saying that you should "invest in what you know," but what's far more valuable is when you can "invest in who you know" as well.

East Meets West: New VC Firm Brings Western Tech to China & Developing World​

Jason Choi | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Jason Choi

Here's a question you probably don't think about that often: what's so special about the year 1955?

Techs and the City: Part 1 Starting Up

Mia Kossiavelou | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Mia Kossiavelou

Image courtesy of makelight CEO, Joanna Alpe and developer team It is the start of 2016. The world's largest technology event, CES in Las Vegas is ...

Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures Explains the Importance of Twitter and the State of Venture Capitalism

Quora | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business
Quora

These Questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Trillectro Investor, Jason Mowatt Teams Up With President Obama's MBK, Mike Muse and the Small Business Administartion

RaVal Davis | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment
RaVal Davis

The My Brother's Keeper Millennial Entrepreneurs Video series continues with the second episode. Mike Muse the MBK Millennial Entrepreneurs Champion, ...

The Cupcake Stigma and Respect for Women Entrepreneurs

Joanna L. Krotz | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Joanna L. Krotz

Cultural biases and conventions simply don't put "woman" and "entrepreneur" in the same space. The archetype remains tethered to the hunter male, a relentless warrior who vanquishes any and all unbelievers. Women continue to be seen by funders, and really the public at large, as newbies or juniors-in-training.

Not Just Silicon Valley: Why American Business Has a Diversity Issue

James Briggs | Posted 10.16.2015 | Technology
James Briggs

While it's disappointing that race and gender continue to preclude talented and innovative individuals from accessing the same opportunities as others, the real concern is that this issue doesn't begin and end in Silicon Valley as many people think. It travels in tandem with Silicon Valley's influence in business across America.

Confessions of Venture Capitalists: How to Milk a Unicorn

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Those who wonder what the hell is going on with the accelerating number of startups getting billion-dollar valuations and above, please raise MY hand.

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 07.14.2016 | 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 06.23.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | 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.