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Let Us Cross the Street

Gregory C. Simon | Posted 04.29.2013 | Small Business
Gregory C. Simon

The new JOBS Act will let millions of Americans "cross Wall Street" from the borrowing side to the investing side. But self-appointed nannies are blocking the way.

My Big Fat Geek Wedding

Rick Schwartz | Posted 11.19.2012 | Small Business
Rick Schwartz

I've been a movie producer for over ten years. But after a few sidelong glances, late night flirtations and moments of soul-searching, I've decided to stop cheating on my day job and commit to a new life partner. I'm now officially a software mogul.

A Venture Capital Bubble?

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Small Business

Not since the heady days of the dot-com boom have investors poured so much money into startups, according to an analysis of venture capital investment...

Crowdfunding May Revolutionize Health Startup Funding

Dave Chase | Posted 09.09.2012 | Small Business
Dave Chase

A new organization, MedStartr, is bringing this concept to health care, where it can be particularly challenging to get a startup off the ground.

Did A Startup Bubble Just Pop?

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Small Business

Venture capital financing fell 21 percent in the first quarter of 2012 to its lowest level in nearly two years, according to a new report. That's ...

Startup Boards

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 03.21.2012 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

How does an entrepreneur manage this beast called the board, which has five heads, lots of opinions and shows up every four weeks?

5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make While Raising Capital

Eric M. Jackson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Eric M. Jackson

Raising capital can be a challenging process, especially in an economic environment marked by so much uncertainty and risk. But entrepreneurs often make the process harder on themselves by committing several common mistakes. Here are five pitfalls to avoid.

Mark Pincus, Zynga Chief, 'Beat IPO To The Punch'

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 12.18.2011 | Small Business

Zynga chief Mark Pincus beat today's IPO to the punch, reported The Wall Street Journal. As Zynga, the four year-old social gaming company, saw its...

Two Million Reasons To Start (Or Invest In) A Company Today

Jason Finger | Posted 02.12.2012 | Small Business
Jason Finger

Get off of the fence and start (or invest in) a business, because if someone invests in a qualified small business between now and the end of this year and holds that stock for 5 years and sells it, any gain is TAX FREE.

Crowdfunding's Fraud Bogeyman

Kevin Lawton | Posted 01.29.2012 | Small Business
Kevin Lawton

The resistance to crowdfunding comes in the form of the "fraud bogeyman." Apparently, this phantom stalks only unregistered investments, waiting to emerge from the shadows and steal all of our money. Of course, fear is a potent tool, but wherever it's sold, one can usually find a lack of real arguments.

A 'B2B' Gold Rush?

Lynn-Ann Gries | Posted 01.28.2012 | Small Business
Lynn-Ann Gries

It seems that investors are beginning to show a little love to business-to-business Internet companies, also known as "B2B" firms. Most of these companies will never be household names. Still, they can become very profitable and generate significant returns for investors, as well as wealth and jobs for the communities they're in.

Message to Founders: Always Ask for 'The Order'

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.28.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Starting a company is one of the hardest things anyone can do. You've already taken the leap.

What Is A Lead Investor?

Fred Wilson | Posted 01.08.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

The term "lead investor" is often misunderstood. I have seen VCs negotiate to be called a co-lead or a lead in the term sheet. But you don't get given that designation. You earn it.

Looks Who's Leading Today's Entrepreneurial Resurgence

The Huffington Post | Rieva Lesonsky | Posted 01.04.2012 | Small Business

When I started working at Entrepreneur magazine back in the 1970s, no one really knew what an entrepreneur was -- few could even spell or say the word...

From Feud-Prone Blogger To Startup Ally: Can Michael Arrington Make The Shift?

BusinessWeek | Posted 01.04.2012 | Small Business

Arrington's path from writer to investor is not entirely new; several former journalists, including Michael Moritz and Stewart Alsop, have reinvented ...

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.

Raising Capital? 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Scott Edward Walker | Posted 12.19.2011 | Small Business
Scott Edward Walker

I've been helping entrepreneurs raise capital as a corporate lawyer for 17+ years, and there are certain fundamental mistakes that I've seen entrepreneurs repeatedly make. Accordingly, I thought it would be helpful to share three basic tips for entrepreneurs in connection with raising capital.

What We Are Seeing

Fred Wilson | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

The Wall Street Journal has a story out today that says "Web Startups Hit Cash Crunch." There has been a fair bit of reaction in the tech blogs and I thought I'd toss into the discussion some things we are seeing.

Making The Pitch: What A 20-Year Old Whiz Kid Did Right

Porter Gale | Posted 11.30.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

What are the biggest factors in landing your pitch? I had an opportunity to witness what it takes in the flesh while eating breakfast with Brian Wong, a 20-year whiz kid and the CEO of Kiip.

What Do Investors Look for? These Six Competitive Elements

Marty Zwilling | Posted 08.15.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

One of the toughest, most important questions you will be asked by potential startup investors is "What is your sustainable competitive advantage?" Yet many entrepreneurs, maybe in their passion for their new product, wrongly gloss over this one.

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.