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Venture Capital

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...

Why You Can't Hire

Naval Ravikant | Posted 02.14.2012 | Small Business
Naval Ravikant

There isn't a shortage of developers and designers. There's a surplus of founders.

Two Million Reasons To Start (Or Invest In) A Company Today

Jason Finger | Posted 02.12.2012 | Small Business
Jason Finger

Get off of the fence and start (or invest in) a business, because if someone invests in a qualified small business between now and the end of this year and holds that stock for 5 years and sells it, any gain is TAX FREE.

All Aboard The Crowdfunding Train: Washington's Widespread Support For Startup Fundraising Bill

Reuters | Posted 12.12.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen - Reuters) - A motley crew of backers is pushing Congress to loosen restrictions on crowdfunding, the new capital-raising method ...

E-Commerce Venture Capital Doubles This Year

Reuters | Posted 12.09.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Sarah McBride) - Consumers spent a record $1.25 billion on Cyber Monday, according to comScore, highlighting how much people love shoppi...

Facebook IPO: An Entrepreneur's Dream Come True

Reuters | Posted 12.09.2011 | Small Business

(By Alexei Oreskovic and Sarah McBride - Reuters) - Traveling to space or embarking on an expedition to excavate lost Mayan ruins are normally the stu...

What Comes Next: Finding Signals From The Startup Noise

Christina Cacioppo | Posted 02.04.2012 | Small Business
Christina Cacioppo

Over the past few months, I've seen over 160 companies come through eight different accelerator programs. It's a skewed group, but it captures the zeitgeist of a certain segment of the tech industry.

Black America's 21st Century Economic Movement

Mike Green | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Mike Green

A decade from now historians will discuss the economic impact of a two-day event that recently took place at Rutgers University, which brought together more than 120 minority business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs for the first-ever " Gathering of Angels" summit.

Crowdfunding's Fraud Bogeyman

Kevin Lawton | Posted 01.29.2012 | Small Business
Kevin Lawton

The resistance to crowdfunding comes in the form of the "fraud bogeyman." Apparently, this phantom stalks only unregistered investments, waiting to emerge from the shadows and steal all of our money. Of course, fear is a potent tool, but wherever it's sold, one can usually find a lack of real arguments.

A 'B2B' Gold Rush?

Lynn-Ann Gries | Posted 01.28.2012 | Small Business
Lynn-Ann Gries

It seems that investors are beginning to show a little love to business-to-business Internet companies, also known as "B2B" firms. Most of these companies will never be household names. Still, they can become very profitable and generate significant returns for investors, as well as wealth and jobs for the communities they're in.

Message to Founders: Always Ask for 'The Order'

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.28.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Starting a company is one of the hardest things anyone can do. You've already taken the leap.

American Midwest Deserves Another Look

Charles Rothstein | Posted 01.27.2012 | Detroit
Charles Rothstein

The Midwest has the infrastructure and workforce to compete in new economy sectors. Now we need venture limited partners and managers to recognize the opportunity.

Solyndra: A Venture Capitalist's View

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.18.2012 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Andrew Chung shares his views on the Post Solyndra Era. Will the failure of Solyndra have a significant impact on private sector cleantech investment? How does Chung respond to critics who say that cleantech investment is a disaster?

Why You Should Forget About Venture Capital

Frank Farwell | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business
Frank Farwell

If some VC had cut you a check for $5 million back in year one, you might still be flying blind, with no idea of how your business should function. Better to start in your basement and sweat all the details from day one with a skinny checkbook.