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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 08.20.2014 | 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...

Reenergizing America's Innovation Engine

Don Ingber | Posted 07.31.2014 | Business
Don Ingber

We hear a lot in the news about America losing its competitive edge. With the private sector focusing myopically on short-term profits and Congress staggering along as usual, there seems to be no way out.

How Renewable Energy Will Completely Power California -- Get On Board or Get Left Behind

Trevor Neilson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Trevor Neilson

For the public, the benefit is obvious: electricity will be cheaper, the air will be cleaner, and fewer people will die as a result.

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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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.