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The Billion-Dollar Question: When Will the Fashion Tech Bubble Burst?

Vivian Weng | Posted 05.23.2012 | Style
Vivian Weng

I would argue that what we're seeing isn't a bubble per se, but rather a natural and very necessary trial-and-error process, where everyone -- entrepreneurs, fashion industry executives, investors -- is learning what works and what doesn't.

Venture Capital in Education at SXSW: New Technology and New Solutions

Kelly Meeker | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Kelly Meeker

Education startups are "hot" right now. But what really matters is not tech hype, but the need: Better solutions for schools, universities and workplace training.

Nate C. Hindman

8 Crucial Takeaways From SXSW

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 01.26.2013 | Small Business

Another South by Southwest Interactive has come and gone. Attendance this year soared to nearly 25,000, a 227 percent increase from 2009, organizers s...

Crowdfund Investing: How We Can Tweet and Facebook Our Way to Economic Recovery

Lisa Curtis | Posted 05.16.2012 | Small Business
Lisa Curtis

The potential for crowdfund investing to transform the way startups access capital is staggering.

JOBS Act: Small Business Bill Passes In Congress

Posted 03.13.2012 | Small Business

(By Alexandra Alper - Reuters) - In a rare display of election-year bipartisanship, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to m...

3 Ways to Save America's Black Boys, Pt. 1 of 3

Mike Green | Posted 05.08.2012 | Black Voices
Mike Green

Whenever someone thinks they have few bullet points of supreme wisdom that can save the world, sane people instantly roll their eyes. The insanely cur...

Venture Capital -- A Word of Warning

David Richards | Posted 05.06.2012 | Small Business
David Richards

Venture capitalists are often viewed as the heroes of the entrepreneurial Wild West. Without their willingness to gamble on the future success of unproven companies and products, the world would surely be a much poorer and less innovative place. Right?

TechStar Interview: David Blumberg

Bill_Robinson | Posted 05.01.2012 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

When you first meet David Blumberg his smile is what you notice. But shortly thereafter, you notice how smart he is; later, you begin to see this man's true level of intelligence.

Location, Location, Location: Where Should You Start Your Company?

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 04.25.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

In real estate, we can all agree that location is king. But what about for entrepreneurship? Where should you start your company?

Founder Flounder: The Opportunist in Visionary's Clothing (Part 1)

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Often founders start a company out of love for its mission and what it could be, and then get seduced by all the toys that money can buy, and then need to sustain it akin to the "Goldman's Handcuffs."

Turning Entrepreneurship Into Businesses

Adam Borelli | Posted 04.14.2012 | Small Business
Adam Borelli

The mission of the new contest, called ACCELERATE, is for teams to build demos of their idea, whether that be a hardware prototype, a beta service, or experimental data for a promising new drug.

The Perfect Entrepreneurial Resume Doesn't Exist

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 04.07.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

You have an idea for a phenomenal company. Problem is you have zero background in that industry, no prior entrepreneurial experience, never got an MBA and can't lean on your family for financing or business resources. At first glance, you're facing an uphill battle. But personal and empirical evidence has proven that it can be done.

Nate C. Hindman

Romney's Past At Bain Haunts Some VCs' Future

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 02.02.2012 | Small Business

In the U.S. election race, private equity has become a very public issue. So much so that the usually secretive industry is stepping out from behin...

Can Crowdfunding and Social Networks Forge Ties to Kickstart the Economy?

April Rudin | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business
April Rudin

The U.S House of Representatives passed a bill last week known as HR2930 -- the crowdfunding bill. The eventual passage of this bill would propel the growth of sites like Kickstarter, Rockethub and others as new small-ish investors will clamor for access.

Daymond John: Investing in America

Mike Green | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Mike Green

"My No. 1 agenda over the next five years is to change Silicon Valley -- the face of it -- by bringing the same mentality I had with FUBU, which is bringing popular culture -- all my artists, myself, my capital and my friends -- to Silicon Valley."

Could Our Immigration Laws Prevent the Next Google?

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business
Alex Nowrasteh

Soviet central planners, whom Brin's family sought to escape, tried to predict demand for goods and services with catastrophic consequences. American immigration officials shouldn't harbor the same conceit. It's time to end this charade.

Business Needs More Judo, Less Karate

Anthony Tjan | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Anthony Tjan

The key principle in the judo of business is to create and allow the conditions for people to make your goal their own conclusion. A colleague of mine says he sometimes will wait a few minutes in a meeting for everyone else to figure out something he knew at the beginning.

The Startup Skill Set

Daniel Tenner | Posted 03.24.2012 | Small Business
Daniel Tenner

Success in the startup world has more to do with skills than with ideas. The best approach as a new entrepreneur is to try and fill the glaring gaps in your skill set, so that if your startup fails, at least it will be failing for an interesting reason.

Emblematic of 1 Percenters, Cooper Tire Punk'd Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.24.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

A corporation is accountable to its workers, its customers, its community, its country. The executives who run American corporations have forgotten that. Or they reject it.

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?

Why Wall Street's Loss Is New York's Gain

Dinesh Moorjani | Posted 03.20.2012 | Small Business
Dinesh Moorjani

A flower has grown from the ashes of New York's financial industry meltdown. That flower is the city's innovation economy -- and it's here to stay.

Something Old, Something New, Something To Solve The Borrowing Blues

Andy Sack | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Andy Sack

With small-business lending at banks at its lowest point in more than a decade and venture capitalists only willing to offer term sheets for billion-dollar market opportunities, we're seeing revenue-based finance make a strong comeback.

Should You Burn Your Business Plan?

Frank Farwell | Posted 03.12.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Burn it in the fireplace, recycle it with this week's trash, or deep-six it in the back of a storage closet. You'll probably be doing yourself a favor. Let me explain why.

Finally, Newt Gingrich Gets Two Things Right

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Bain Capital made Mitt Romney a much wealthier man than he already was as the heir to Daddy's fortune. But was it good for America? Hardly. Is this the American Dream? Perhaps only for the already wealthy Romney.

You're Not Steve Jobs -- And That's OK

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 03.04.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

Startup employees and new investors are looking for people they actually like who are insanely passionate about their ideas; not inflexible, uninspiring drones.