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Venture Capital

The Venture Capital System 'Simply Does Not Work For Women,' Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business

The Silicon Valley money machine only seems to work for men, a painful new study reveals. Less than 3 percent of the 6,793 companies that received ...

The Case for Women Entrepreneurs

Megan Foo | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women
Megan Foo

What if an entrepreneur never had the opportunity to thrive in the annals of innovation? What if he or she never received the capital, technology, networks and information crucial to the founding and flourishing of business ventures?

Watching Larry Ellison Become Larry Ellison -- The DNA of a Winner

Steve Blank | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

In Oracle's early days, Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984. When I heard that Larry Ellison was stepping down as Oracle's CEO I asked Kathryn to think about the skills she saw in a young Larry Ellison.

Energy Excelerator's New Space Brings New Energy

Jason Rushin | Posted 09.24.2014 | Hawaii
Jason Rushin

In Hawaii, everyone feels the pain of high energy costs, so we're very amenable to being early adopters of new technologies and ideas, such as residential solar.

It's Feast or Famine for U.S. Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 09.29.2014 | Small Business
Ray Leach

We cannot beg, shame or coerce venture capitalists into putting their money on the table in more diverse regions. But if we stay focused on building our own world-class entrepreneurial ecosystems, we won't have to. It will happen naturally.

Keep Your Alumni Engaged: Create a VC Fund for Them!

Josh Cline | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business
Josh Cline

How can colleges increase engagement among graduates in such a tough financial environment? Obviously, ending tuition and paying off the student loans of all alumni is probably not feasible. One answer is to create or connect with investment funds such.

Gov 2.0 Has Reached Criticality

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Alan W. Silberberg

As they say, we have come a long way. Whether in government or out; whether an inventor, an engineer, an app designer, a government official, a new media department head; whether in business, government or academia.

How to Scale Your Business, Make a Profit and Do Good (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 09.19.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

I sat down with Warby Parker co-founders Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa in their New York headquarters and talked to them about start-ups, risk-taking, collaboration, creativity, and entrepreneurialism.

8 Entrepreneurship Lessons From a Venture Capitalist

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

In her role as operating partner, Heidi Roizen is on the backlines of the deals where she manages the younger deal team, evaluates entrepreneurs and gives advice. Her experience of having played both the part of entrepreneur and venture capitalist has given her tremendous insight into what makes for a successful relationship.

Are Women Entrepreneurs Better Off Than a Year Ago?

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 09.12.2014 | Small Business
Lisa Abeyta

During yesterday's second annual NMTC-WIT Luncheon, a reporter in the audience asked the panelists if things were getting any better for women.

The Devil Made Miuccia Prada a Multi-Billionaire

Lili Balfour | Posted 09.12.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

We all know the old adage, "The love of money is the root of all evil." I joke. Of, course. I don't believe we need to be "evil" to build wealth. However, I do believe we need to be focused on wealth creation to create wealth.

Startup Accelerator Applying Multisided Crowdsourcing

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Identifying and attracting potential startup firms has so far been a game of chance, with far too much money chasing far too few opportunities. Thos...

How To Navigate The World of "Fat Startups"

Sramana Mitra | Posted 08.26.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

In the Unicorn series, I have so far written about Tableau Software, FireEye, and RightNow. Of these, while Tableau and RightNow have followed Lean ...

What Does Y-Combinator and the White House Have in Common?

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 08.21.2014 | Small Business
Marquis Cabrera

By using an agile, continuous deployment tool like the lean startup, government leaders and social innovators can experiment with new ways to solve old problems scientifically.

Why Male Investors Should 'Get' Women-Led Companies

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 08.21.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

The world of angels and VCs is still a boy's club, and men apparently tend to invest in other men -- something investor Adam Quinton of Lucas Point Ventures (who actually does invest in women-led companies) calls "unconscious bias."

On the Edge: A Tijuana Tech Tour

Carla Holtze | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Carla Holtze

My decision to travel to Tijuana with 19 other investors, leaders and entrepreneurs from Mexico and the United States on the #TJTechTour was met by my friends and family with bewilderment and concern. Tijuana may never be the epicenter of software and technology innovation that Silicon Valley is, nor does it purport to be.

3 Reasons Why All Entrepreneurs Deserve Silicon Valley Access

Shea Tate-Di Donna | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Shea Tate-Di Donna

Even with the growing interest in entrepreneurship, we must actively work to foster it, as it is critical to our success as a society and as an economy.

How the FCC Can Save Net Neutrality and Still Ruin the Internet

Mike Montgomery | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

I'm pro-net neutrality, but anti-1934-style strangulation. Where does that leave me? According to the approaches under consideration, I may soon be a man without a country. Good thing the Internet, at least for now, doesn't require a passport.

Women Are Killing It On Kickstarter

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business

Female entrepreneurs looking for funding may want to just skip pitching to the elite boys club of venture capital and go straight to the Internet inst...

Venture Capitalist: 6 Step CIO Digital Transformation Guide

Vala Afshar | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The explosion of mobile smart devices, adoption of social networks, use of mobile applications and cloud enabled services has consumerized IT and sign...

Jillian Berman

Why The Next Mark Zuckerberg Probably Won't Be A Woman

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Technology

Every day this summer, MBA candidate Erica Swallow walked into the office of the Boston-based venture capital firm where she was interning and scanned...

A Visual Tour of Silicon Valley

Courtney Price | Posted 08.13.2014 | Travel
Courtney Price

If you are ever visiting San Francisco and have an extra day for adventure, I highly recommend jumping into the car and heading to Silicon Valley. The drive is beautiful and it is a worthwhile experience to see some of the big businesses and small treasures of the tech world.

Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit. Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle, a successful recruiter, a wor...

Starting Unicorn Companies: FireEye

Sramana Mitra | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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...

How Smart Entrepreneurs Select VC / Angel Investors

Marty Zwilling | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Too many entrepreneurs tell me they are looking for an investor, and can't differentiate between venture capital (VC) investors versus accredited Ange...