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Flying Cars or 140 Chars?

Ian Cinnamon | Posted 04.07.2014 | Technology
Ian Cinnamon

If even half of the engineers who built internet startups focused on "big problems," I guarantee we would have flying cars, not just 140 chars.

The Hidden Terms of Startup Capital

Anna Barber | Posted 03.27.2014 | Small Business
Anna Barber

When you are starting a business, where you get your money from has mostly to do with who is willing to give it to you. Most entrepreneurs just want to get funded, and often don't think through the ramifications of their funding source.

The New Rules of Fundraising

Lili Balfour | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

The world of fundraising has been turned on its head. A decade ago, entrepreneurs had limited sources for capital -- angel investors, venture capital funds and rich Uncles. Today, entrepreneurs have a plethora of options.

How to Assess a Social Enterprise

Hila Mehr | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

How do we really know when an organization is doing quality work we should rally behind and having a real, positive impact, versus just using the right buzzwords?

A Tested Motif: Betting on Me and Not the Horse

Tinia Pina | Posted 04.16.2014 | Business
Tinia Pina

For investors, it is an old adage whether to bet on the jockey or the horse. With so many variables untested and the development at such an early stage, a seedling venture often only has its founder's vision, team and world changing product to convince an investor's judgment.

What to Know Before You Invest in Startups

Bill Clark | Posted 04.15.2014 | Money
Bill Clark

Depending on certain factors, it could be a great idea to put some portion of your portfolio into high risk assets like startups. But before you do, there are three major factors you need to consider to make sure start-up investing is appropriate for you.

Tech Gurus Think Hipster Coffee Is The Next Big Thing, Apparently

The Huffington Post | Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.31.2014 | Small Business

Did you just say $25 million? Excuse us for spitting out our cold-brewed coffee. According to a report by Kara Swisher of Re/Code, Blue Bottle Cof...

13 Experts and 13 Trends That Will Dominate Crowdfunding in 2014

Mark Fidelman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Mark Fidelman

Most of the experts I talked to on the list acknowledged that the new Jobs act is imperfect and will need revisions if it is to be a real force in the future. But most also cited that using social networks and crowdsourcing support for these changes was a sure path to victory.

Branding Bangladesh: India's Neighbor Is Becoming A Major Startup Hub

Anushay Hossain | Posted 03.30.2014 | Technology
Anushay Hossain

It is one thing to tell people to follow their passion, but it is entirely different to embolden an entire generation to change the system so that large numbers of people can take part in transforming their society.

The Golden Standard

Emmie Twombly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Emmie Twombly

The investment firm Golden Seeds has an angel network close to 300 men and women. It is the fourth largest angel group in the United States. The firm is unique because they invest in early stage, start-up companies that have women in leadership positions

Who Let the Dog Out: On New Crowdfunding Rules and Why It Is Time for Us to Wise Up

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

If equity crowdfunding had the same alert system color code as Homeland Security, it would have jumped from green to orange on October 23rd, 2013. Fo...

Why Crowdfunding Rocks

Hanaan Rosenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Hanaan Rosenthal

The web, in these cases, is all about displacement. Letting you and I decide what goes and what doesn't rather than having some suit decide for us.

What the Shutdown Taught Us About Women's Leadership

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 12.24.2013 | Women
Simone N. Sneed

Our collective narrative about leadership, both its traits and aesthetics, are profoundly gendered. As such, when we see a strong, smart woman leading, it is tempting and familiar to ascribe her success to gender alone.

The Practical Bible for Venture Capital: Book Review and Interview With Andrew Romans

James Grundvig | Posted 11.18.2013 | Small Business
James Grundvig

If the founders of a company are diluted too heavily upfront, one day they will wake up and see the investors get rich off of their hard work, IP, and ingenuity. Once that happens, the spirit will be sucked out of them and their company will falter. And then what?

Funding a Startup

Azeem Khan | Posted 10.13.2013 | Small Business
Azeem Khan

Sometimes even deals that look like they're going to go through don't so never relax until you have the check in hand. It's always good to keep in mind that deals fall through, people back out last minute, and that it's a long and laborious practice. Don't let it discourage you though, and just keep working. When you work hard, things have a way of falling into place.

Equity Crowdfunding and Advertising: Be Careful What You Wish For

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

It is official -- on July 10th, 2013 the Security and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) lifted the ban for private offering advertising. This means that on...

Entrepreneurs: 5 Moves To Master The Mundane

Fahad Hassan | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Fahad Hassan

Yeah, I'm at home watching golf in my mom's basement waiting for the Papa John's delivery guy to bring me my lunch. Most days at a start-up may actually seem kind of boring to someone who only read's about the billion dollar exits in Silicon Valley.

Unreasonable People: Apply Here

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Ari Nessel

We all have seeds of inherent goodness that, when nurtured and turned into real commitment, can create transform the world around us. This is exactly what we saw in Shodo Spring.

Equity Crowdfunding: Next Generation of Angel Investors Is Not Sorry to Disrupt

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Nikola Tesla wrote once, "The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine." I can see this being quoted by any supporter of equi...

The Top 5 Lessons Learned in Our First Year

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 06.25.2013 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

In the course of its first year any startup will confront issues it had not anticipated. Decisions will be made that are wrong. Every new business is different, and every one will encounter its own unique problems. Here are the lessons we learned from our mistakes at CircleUp in our first year.

The Secrets of Angel Money - Revealed!

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 06.15.2013 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

If you're thinking of starting a company, chances are you're going to find yourself pitching angel investors. And while all angels aren't the same, th...

How to Get International Angel Investors for Your Startup

Steve Strauss | Posted 05.29.2013 | Small Business
Steve Strauss

How are you going to change the world, even your little part of the world? Angels play a big game, and if you want to play with them, you have to play a big game too.

The Changing Face of Startup Angel Investors

Jane Wang | Posted 05.19.2013 | Technology
Jane Wang

Funding is a tough nut to crack for many first-time entrepreneurs, and even a tougher nut for those from atypical backgrounds, such as minorities, women, LGBT members.

Competitive Kindness: How Our Desires Make Us More Generous

Ben Thomas | Posted 04.14.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

And according to a recent study, generosity helps powerful people keep each other in check. By keeping each others' selfishness in check, these "aristocrats" actually free up more resources for the larger community.

Coca-Cola's Focus On Innovation: How the Coca-Cola Company's VEB Group Is Fueling Disruption in Consumer Products

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 04.02.2013 | Business
Ryan Caldbeck

One of the many reasons The Coca-Cola Company has been well respected for so long is that they are always looking for innovation, inside and outside the company.