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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.

Entrepreneurs: If Your Idea Is Mocked and Misunderstood by Most Everyone, Maybe It's Just a Bad Idea

Steven Strauss | Posted 03.03.2012 | Business
Steven Strauss

Any start-up mocked and misunderstood by nearly everyone, yet ultimately successful, was likely the exception -- not the rule.

Venture Capital and Energy in the United States: Where to From Here

Ray A. Rothrock | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business
Ray A. Rothrock

America needs to keep doing what it does so well -- innovate. Innovation costs money. Venture capital must keep investing in energy startups that make economic sense.

2011 A Year Of Recovery For Venture Capital, But Still A Ways To Go

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 02.29.2012 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

For venture capital, 2011 was a year of recovery. But even as the asset class climbs from its depths and ten-year average returns move into the black, investors continue to shun VCs.

Not Jobs -- Create New Companies

Mickey Bergman | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business
Mickey Bergman

The solution to our unemployment challenge will not come from existing large companies hiring more employees. Rather, it will come from the creation of new small and medium businesses.

Angel Investing in Startups Stimulates Job Growth

Mike Green | Posted 02.20.2012 | Business
Mike Green

The next Mark Zuckerberg will likely emerge from environments that foster, nurture and invest in the innovative spirit of its talented entrepreneurs.

Immigrants Started Half Of Top U.S. Startups

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business

(By Sarah McBride - Reuters) - Immigrants founded or cofounded almost half of 50 top venture-backed companies in the United States, a new study shows,...

Pitch-A-Thons Give Startups In Second-Tier Cities Investor Love

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen - Reuters) - The crowd was restless as startups, investors, MBA students and a host of entrepreneurial wannabes waited in anticip...

Mark Pincus, Zynga Chief, 'Beat IPO To The Punch'

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 12.18.2011 | Small Business

Zynga chief Mark Pincus beat today's IPO to the punch, reported The Wall Street Journal. As Zynga, the four year-old social gaming company, saw its...