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Fashion and the Market for Curated Identities

Lottie Ntim | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business
Lottie Ntim

The concept of a curated identity is nothing new, but increased connectivity and consumer conscience has certainly paved the way for what is now a burgeoning market, that ultimately serves to give us more choice, control and flexibility when it comes to what we wear.

May 10,000 Cloud Startups Bloom

Sramana Mitra | Posted 07.11.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

The cloud services market has fueled a boom of immensely successful startups, most of which have raised millions in venture funding. Take analytic...

Social Impact Investment in Latin America: Lessons From Colombia

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 07.10.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Philanthropy is on the rise in Latin America. And, increasingly, corporate foundations, wealthy families, and high net worth individuals are getting involved in social impact investing.

3 Big Reasons Why Venture Capitalists Should Invest More in Women

Ari Horie | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Ari Horie

Female entrepreneurs have proven track records, offer diverse skill sets that yield business growth and are the future of the startup field, so venture capitalists should be amped to "diversify their portfolios" with these new technology leaders.

How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Investors sitting through Incubator or Accelerator demo days have three metrics to judge fledgling startups - 1) great looking product demos, 2) compe...

Getting Introductions to Investors -- The Ranking Algorithm

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 06.12.2014 | Business
Jeff Bussgang

Most investors apply a simple ranking algorithm against introductions which determines how they react to them in terms of prioritizing their time and the seriousness with which they approach the opportunity. Here's how it works in my experience.

Unicorn Company: Tableau Software

Sramana Mitra | Posted 07.22.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

Last November, Aileen Lee wrote a post on Techcrunch titled Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups. In it, she offered a l...

Will the JOBS Act Create More Jobs, or Just More Risk?

Jason Earle | Posted 07.23.2014 | Small Business
Jason Earle

The contrast between the unemployment numbers and the workforce participation stats seem to lead us in two different directions.

The Trials and Triumphs of Aiding Africa

Bill Gates | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Bill Gates

In the world of venture capital, a success rate of 30 percent is considered a great track record. In the world of international development, critics hold up every misstep as proof that aid is like throwing money down a rat hole. When you're trying to do something as hard as fighting poverty and disease, you will never achieve anything meaningful if you're afraid to make mistakes.

Stop! And Ask Yourself This One Question

Ian Cinnamon | Posted 07.19.2014 | Technology
Ian Cinnamon

We need to define "better." What makes someone's life "better?" The term can mean almost anything... more productive, happier, simpler, and so on. But at the end of the day, it will be your gut reaction. You'll know whether it actually makes someone's life better.

Cultural Dysfunction: The Lack of Women in VC

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Jeff Bussgang

Although there is still plenty of sexism in corporate America, there are systems and processes in place to support diversity, recruiting and mentoring. Small VC partnerships do not live by similar rules.

Climate Change Response: How to Keep Cleantech Fire Burning

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

With climate change now officially a real and present danger, attention is turning back to the promise of clean energy and cleantech.

How to Increase the Odds of Success for Venture-Backed Companies

Faisal Hoque | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Faisal Hoque

While the venture capital industry has changed a great deal since the days of Georges Doriot, portfolio management styles have not. The industry still places the greatest emphasis on financial analysis vs. operational capabilities.

How to Fund a 'Fat Startup'

Sramana Mitra | Posted 07.02.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

These days, we focus a lot more on lean startups than startups that require capital to get going. The entire industry has moved away from the 'fat' st...

The Crowdfunding Conundrum

Glen Martin | Posted 06.28.2014 | Huffpost Code
Glen Martin

Crowdfunding isn't necessarily a panacea. In fact, observes Scott Miller, the CEO and co-founder of Dragon Innovation, Inc., has revealed an alarming Achilles heel: an inability to deliver hardware.

Top 10 U.S.-Based Venture Capital Funds

Lili Balfour | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
Lili Balfour

The first quarter of 2014 was a record-breaking quarter and serves as promise that venture capital, as an asset class, is on the ascend.

Florida's One Spark Crowdfunding Festival Sparks a Fire

Melissa Ross | Posted 06.14.2014 | Technology
Melissa Ross

For a city that has struggled to get anything at all truly going downtown, it was an exhilarating sight to see.

4 Tips On How to Raise Venture Capital With Topher Morrison

Jairek Robbins | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Jairek Robbins

"What's more important is that everyone who comes in contact with your business must get with absolute clarity what your business does and who they do it for."

Venture Capitalist Mark Suster - 8 Tips For Startup Success

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.10.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

What do an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist have in common? According to Mark Suster, Partner at Upfront Ventures - a lot. He would know - prior...

The Pivot: When Startups Change Direction and Try Again

Chad Hagan | Posted 06.08.2014 | Small Business
Chad Hagan

Down the road you tend to hope that you need to learn less and that you will make more on ventures, but the safety net of being able to come back stronger and more focused is a reality if planned and detailed enough.

New Jewish Camp to Teach Entrepreneurship to Teens

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Rabbi Jason Miller

You know it's a good idea when parents lament that they wish there was something like this when they were teens. That seems to be the general consensu...

Most Wearable Devices Will Fail and the Name of the Category Will Change From Wearables to Sense-ables

Richie Etwaru | Posted 05.24.2014 | Technology
Richie Etwaru

Be sensible -- build a sense-able, not a wearable.

Mbloom's $10 Million Hawaii Tech Fund Begins to Take Shape

Jason Rushin | Posted 05.17.2014 | Hawaii
Jason Rushin

Mbloom, the Maui-based incubator and investment fund, announced the closing of their $10 million investment fund back in December, but little has been...

How Alex Banayan, the 21-Year-Old VC and Author, Spends His Mornings

Caroline Pugh | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
Caroline Pugh

Mornings are often the most coveted part of the day, especially for business executives and startup co-founders. It's the time of day that many find t...

Show us the Money! Where's the Funding for Women Entrepreneurs?

Jenny Drezin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Women
Jenny Drezin

How many ideas, then, that could be relevant -- even revolutionary -- to half the world's population are being stymied because women can't access the resources to grow and scale their startups?