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Venture Capitalists

Too Many Startups Or Too Few Dollars?

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.03.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

I frequently see disconnects between founders ("This business is going to change the world") and venture investors ("Really? You are super smart and I love your enthusiasm but I respectfully disagree") after a business has already been financed.

Why VCs Should Be Startup CEOs

Steve Blank | Posted 01.01.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Today, you can start a web/mobile/cloud startup for $500,000 and have money left over. Every potential early-stage Venture Capitalist should take a year and do it before he or she makes partner.

What Is A Revenue Based Loan?

Fred Wilson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Revenue-based financing can be a great option for profitable companies looking for a straightforward way to raise funding without dilution, change of control, or a personal guarantee.

Serial Entrepreneur Carol Realini Shares Tips for Raising Venture Capital

Angie Chang | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business
Angie Chang

Carol's Law of "10-5-3-1" is her tried-and-true method to manage your venture capital pipeline.

Why VCs Matter

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 09.21.2011 | Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Having investors and a board to report to forces reflection, deep thinking and, well, stopping for a bit to regain some perspective.

Veteran Investors Share Their Top Pitch Pet Peeves

Angela Haines | Posted 09.10.2011 | Business
Angela Haines

Recently, two seasoned women investors shared their experience about why some pitches don't persuade investors to write checks.

Entrepreneurs Never Learn Anything While They're Talking

Marty Zwilling | Posted 08.24.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Even good communicators average only about half their time listening. Yet experts assert that most people listen with only about 25 percent of their attention, hear about 25 percent of what is said, and after two months, remember only half of that.

Tech's Talent Buying-Spree: The Top 15 'Acqui-Hires'

Nate C. Hindman | Posted 07.29.2011 | Technology

Forget free iPads, stock options and the other perks Internet companies dangle in front of prospective hires. In the technology industry's ongoing war...

3 Questions Every Startup Should Answer Before Choosing An Investor

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 07.20.2011 | Business
Roger Ehrenberg

You need to understand your business requirements before figuring out how much to raise and from whom to raise it.

The Need to Reinvent Venture Capital

Don Tapscott | Posted 07.10.2011 | Business
Don Tapscott

So today's lower start-up costs should mean lots of new companies leading to lots of new jobs. But that's not happening. The traditional venture capital system is choking on the sudden ease with which companies can be founded.

New Hope For Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivek Wadhwa

This new legislation is even better than I had hoped for. If it gets through both houses--and doesn't have bureaucratic constraints--I expect it to unleash a flood of entrepreneurship.

When, Where, and How to Raise Venture Capital

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

By Dave Lavinsky, President and Co-Founder of Growthink At one point or another, most entrepreneurs find themselves in a place where they could use m...

Harry Potter And The Entrepreneurs: 7 Marketing Tips

Matt Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

Based on Fred and George Weasley's successful strategy, here are seven tips for other start-up B2W (Business to Wizard) companies.

Venture Capitalists Are Not Your Friends

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is not understanding the relationship they have with their investors. At times they confuse VC's with their friends.

The Top 10 Avoidable Mistakes Of Entrepreneurs

Bill Draper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Draper

Over the last fifty years, I have come across and worked with an array of entrepreneurs from a variety of industries, and I have noticed that there are certain preventable blunders that seem to crop up repeatedly.

Nate C. Hindman

Famed Investor On Startups, Breaking Up Big Banks And Dealing With Castro | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

William Henry Draper III, the 83-year-old author of a new book, The Startup Game, has lived a life that's stretched far beyond the venture capital industry he helped create.

Are VCs Playing Small-Ball Rather Than Swinging For The Fences?

James E. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James E. Anderson

I've sometimes thought of the venture capital industry as a bunch of bettors standing around a roulette wheel. There are enough people and enough money to bet on each number. On every spin of the wheel, most will lose their bet, but one person will also win a 35:1 payout.

The Crowdfunding Revolution Will Democratize Venture Investing

Kevin Lawton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kevin Lawton

It's no secret that venture capital and angel investing is 'clubby,' dominated mostly by middle-aged men. According to a 2007 study of angel investo...

Why There is No Steve Jobs of Green

Michael Kanellos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Kanellos

Every week, someone asks me "Where is Steve Jobs of green?" or "Where is the Google of Green?" To top it off, they usually ask in a supercilious tone...

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.

Let There Be (LED) Light!

Jeff Bocan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Bocan

LED lighting is an excellent and meaningful first step we can take on the long road of becoming a clean energy/cleantech society.

Saving the Planet With the Flick of a Switch

Jeff Bocan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Bocan

I'm beginning to think that even Sarah Palin's "real Americans" are starting to get it. Granted, it is taking manmade ecological disasters like the BP...

The Language of Venture Capital

Michele Colucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michele Colucci

I've started to familiarize myself with the terminology necessary to operate in this world of building a business. I realized that women in particular are very disadvantaged by not knowing this language.


Kevin Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kevin Wolf

Most tech companies aren't the next Facebook. Most hope to earn a steady living by selling a product that solves someone's problem. These companies need marketing and promotion, too.

Advancing the Adoption of Electric Vehicles in Barcelona

Emily Goligoski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Emily Goligoski

Electric vehicle manufacturers met at the HiT World Innovation Summit in Barcelona this week to discuss mobility for vehicles that are less taxing on the planet.