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Cities and the Cult of the Entrepreneur

Ida Hempel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Technology
Ida Hempel

Silicon Valley grew out the convergence of several successes over several decades. Time and chance will tell which efforts will boom and which will bust.

Social Impact Incubator Promotes Local Innovation in Burundi

Barry Segal | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest blog post by Dedo N. Baranshamaje, Burundi Country Director for the Segal Family Foundation (SFF) With some of the highest hunger levels in...

Kansas City Is Becoming a Mecca for Big Technology Names

Jason Grill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jason Grill

Kansas City will continue to be a catalyst for growth in the entrepreneurial sector in America and its technology innovation prowess is proving to be on the rise.

When College Is Not Just A Degree, But An Incubator for Entrepreneurs

Julian Naranjo | Posted 08.13.2013 | College
Julian Naranjo

The current debate over the value of a college education has an oversimplified and often unbalanced equation at its heart. Today's calculation has be...

Hackathon + "DEVELOPNEUR" = Best Seed-Stage Investment Opportunities?

Franck Nazikian | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Franck Nazikian

In my mind, as a seed-stage investor, there is one much more straightforward way to source potentially great developneurs able to create seed-stage investment opportunities: joining a Hackathon.

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator: Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 12.01.2012 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

When we think of successful business creation and development, we focus on the fundamental business model, value proposition, strategy, organization and alignment of resources, and focused and disciplined execution of that strategy.

Five 1M/1M Ambassadors Win Scholarships

Sramana Mitra | Posted 11.17.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During last week's roundtable, we started the session by celebrating five of our high performing ambassadors.

Attention, FinTech Entrepreneurs!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.24.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

The contest is focused on financial technology entrepreneurs, and TradeKing, an online brokerage, will be awarding 12 1M/1M scholarships, picked from 20 finalists, to entrepreneurs who are developing apps on their platform.

Spotlight on Western Massachusetts

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.16.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During today's roundtable, we turned the spotlight on Western Massachusetts, spanning the Northampton-Amherst area and the home of Smith College (my undergraduate alma mater), Amherst College, UMass, Mt. Holyoke and Hampshire College.

The Challenge Of Navigating Long Sales Cycles

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.05.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During today's roundtable, we had five presenters discussing a wide range of businesses.

Innovate Before You Incubate: Harvard's Real World Obstacle Course for Practicing Innovation

Ben Uyeda | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business
Ben Uyeda

Tech innovators and web entrepreneurs are the new rock stars. Their stories are fueling a sub-culture of entrepreneurial-obsessed students that see start-ups as exciting alternatives to traditional employment.

Free Apps, Ad-Supported Business Models are Dangerous!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business
Sramana Mitra

At today's roundtable, the last for 2011, we had four different countries represented and an intense set of discussions on five very interesting busin...

Winning the Future: Eliminating Racial Imbalance in Innovation

Garren Givens | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Garren Givens

As the founder of an Internet startup, I meet entrepreneurs and investors every day. I've met hundreds, yet over the past few years, I have met only a couple of entrepreneurs and investors who are black.

How Do You Bootstrap Freemium Ventures?

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

During this week's roundtable, we had Inoh Choe from San Jose, Calif. pitch DemoTunes, a freemium concept. One of the discussions that ensued was abou...

Investors and Incubators Need to Look at Pre-Incubation

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

This week, I've had several meetings with venture funds, incubators, corporate accelerators and other significant players in the startup ecosystem. On...

Alex Wagner

The Harvard Of Silicon Valley?

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Wagner | Posted 08.09.2011 | Business

Last week, 60 companies began a three month startup boot camp at Silicon Valley's Y Combinator. If all goes well, they should be worth millions by the...

Twitter, LinkedIn: Why Not Affiliates?

Sramana Mitra | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

Finally, we had a discussion on Adam's proposal to sell 20% of his equity for $50K, which I thought was preposterous. That's like selling your prized assets for nothing in a flea market.

Building Entrepreneurial Communities: Lessons From 'Big Omaha'

Nick Seguin | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business
Nick Seguin

How do you develop an entrepreneurial community? Omaha is a model that is critical to the success of new companies.

Spotlight On The Northwest

Sramana Mitra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

At this week's One Million by One Million roundtable, we put a special focus on entrepreneurs in the northwestern part of the United States, and we ha...

Indian Entrepreneurs Are Maturing

Sramana Mitra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

India is a rising power in the entrepreneurship firmament, and the country's entrepreneurs are making a long-awaited switch from pure outsourcing and labor arbitrage to building businesses.

Personalization Remains an Open Problem

Sramana Mitra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

I want to start today with a prayer for Steve Jobs. I just wrote a post on my blog saying, "Apple Doesn't Need Steve Jobs; Tech Industry Does." It sum...

Top 10 Online Advertising Trends for the Decade

Sramana Mitra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

We started this week's One Million by One Million roundtable with a discussion of online advertising trends, looking at them from the perspective of c...