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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 ...

Why Entrepreneurs Are Washington's Best Bet

Herb Engert | Posted 01.03.2012 | Small Business
Herb Engert

Entrepreneurs are the nation's economic heroes -- dedicated people who are a critical factor in the resilience of the U.S. economy. Even in an environment of doubt, they are prepared to take the risk of investing to grow their companies -- and that growth equals more jobs.

Women Entrepreneurs: It's Your Time

Lynn-Ann Gries | Posted 01.03.2012 | Small Business
Lynn-Ann Gries

Women entrepreneurs haven't received their share of investment. So, why should we care? Because female-led startups that receive the same level of investment as those led by men could add 6 million jobs to the economy within five years, one study found.

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.

Congress Easing Capital Raising Rules For Small Companies

AP | By JIM ABRAMS | Posted 01.02.2012 | Small Business

WASHINGTON -- The House moved Wednesday to make it easier for small companies and banks to raise capital – and presumably spur economic growth &...

College Loan Debt Hobbles Budding Entrepreneurs

Scott Gerber | Posted 01.01.2012 | Small Business
Scott Gerber

Government can provide the first building block in the loan-relief-to-business-creation puzzle that has the capacity to transition our debt-ridden young people into self-employed job creators.

Why VCs Should Be Startup CEOs

Steve Blank | Posted 01.01.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Today, you can start a web/mobile/cloud startup for $500,000 and have money left over. Every potential early-stage Venture Capitalist should take a year and do it before he or she makes partner.

The Apple DeathStar: How The Rise Of Apple Has Created A Bull Market In Declining Companies

Paul Kedrosky | Posted 12.31.2011 | Small Business
Paul Kedrosky

Apple has created a kind of interplanetary weapon that has the capacity to quickly raze entire planets -- or at least entire companies. Startups constantly forget this. While it's nice to imagine creating whole new markets, most new markets form by shrinking old ones.

Too Many Startups, Too Little Cash

Posted 12.30.2011 | Business

SAN Francisco (Sarah McBride) -- Venture capitalist Bill Gurley has noticed something new this autumn: a big jump in the number of what he calls "...

Making The Pitch: 5 Do's and Don'ts from Top Venture Capitalists

Porter Gale | Posted 12.26.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

To make a persuasive pitch, you need to be passionate about the topic, act as a storyteller, limit the PowerPoint slides and ingest no more than one cup of caffeine prior to any important meeting.

Making The Pitch: 5 Do's and Don'ts from Top Venture Capitalists

Porter Gale | Posted 12.26.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

To make a persuasive pitch, you need to be passionate about the topic, act as a storyteller, limit the PowerPoint slides and ingest no more than one cup of caffeine prior to any important meeting.

D.C. Venture Capital Deals Down, Following National Trend

CityBizList | Brian Wolak | Posted 12.26.2011 | DC

By Brian Wolak, Citybizlist WASHINGTON -- Following the national trend, venture capital in the Washington D.C. metroplex region was down markedly i...

TechStar Interview: Alan Patricof

Bill_Robinson | Posted 12.25.2011 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Now Managing Partner at his own NYC-based venture firm, Greycroft Partners, Alan Patricof is about as approachable a guy as one could imagine.

Click.to -- The Little App That Could!

April Rudin | Posted 12.14.2011 | Technology
April Rudin

Sometimes people write to me and ask me to blog about their cause, product or whatever passion that they have. Because blogging is an activity for whi...

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.

Entrepreneurial Hotbeds: A Homegrown Mix Of Science And Luck

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - Nick Cronin moved to Chicago from Milwaukee to stack the entrepreneurial deck in his favor, hoping to leverage the city's impr...

Top 10 States For Venture Capital (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Janean Chun | Posted 12.18.2011 | Small Business

If you agree with The Wall Street Journal's recent claim that Web startups have hit a cash crunch, you might just be in the wrong place at the right t...

How The FDA May Be Stifling Medical Innovation At Healthcare Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 01.14.2012 | Small Business
Ray Leach

Regulatory burdens and healthcare reform are causing big uncertainties for venture investors that could limit the capacity of drug and medical device startups to bring products already in the pipeline to market.

Of Pigs, Pythons and Web Startups

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

One of my portfolio companies has venture capitalists and angels stampeding over each other to invest. All of this when a recent WSJ report bemoaned the fact that Web startups have hit a cash crunch. So which is it: a stampede or cash crunch?

Know Thyself

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Both founders and investors are, in many cases, paying way too much attention to reverberations within the venture echo-chamber instead of just making good, sensible plans consistent with their missions. Don't cede control of your destiny to the oscillating waves of popular thought.

What Is A Revenue Based Loan?

Fred Wilson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Revenue-based financing can be a great option for profitable companies looking for a straightforward way to raise funding without dilution, change of control, or a personal guarantee.

Six Ways to Build a Business: Go Big or Go Home and Do It

John Backus | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
John Backus

Piggyback on a business that has created a platform upon which you can build your business.

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.

Small Business CFOs: Do You Need One?

Janine Popick | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Janine Popick

It's a growing pain that many small businesses have. Company founders and CEOs are rarely equipped to handle financing strategies, budgets and dealing with investors. But bringing on a chief financial officer is not cheap.

Nokia as 'He Who Must Not Be Named' and the Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

The young entrepreneurs I met are bringing impressive energy and intelligence to their goal of building one of Europe's leading technology hubs in Helsinki. It will be fascinating to see if they can lead the cultural change to support their vision.