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Venture Capital

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.

founders@yourcompanyname.com

Brad Feld | Posted 01.17.2012 | Small Business
Brad Feld

As a young company, you want anyone interested in you to be able to reach you. While info@yourcompanyname.com is theoretically useful, in my experience very few people actually use it because they have no idea where it actually goes.

Fund-Raising: Manage The Process, Don't Let The Process Manage You

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.17.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

I've seen companies get sucked into the vortex of VC hell, bobbing in a sea called no-man's land where there is lots of "interest" but a disturbing lack of conviction. Don't let this happen to you.

Continuous Feedback

Fred Wilson | Posted 01.16.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

We have a portfolio company that will remain nameless that does something I want to call out as super awesome. Every board meeting, as homework after ...

How to Win the Talent War

Dorie Clark | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business
Dorie Clark

Being certain about what really works means you're selecting the best people -- without the potential bias of pattern recognition. And that means a better return on investment.

AmEx's $100 Million Startup Bet

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 11.15.2011 | Small Business

American Express is the latest big corporation to jump into the venture capital pool, following recent initiatives by Microsoft, Visa and Google. The ...

Don't Forget To Bootstrap

Brad Feld | Posted 01.09.2012 | Small Business
Brad Feld

It's easy to get lost in the soup of "X company raised $Y" and forget that it's not about fundraising, but building a business.

Richard Branson Invests In Startup Square

Reuters | Posted 01.08.2012 | Small Business

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Square, the mobile payment startup that counts former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers on its...

What Is A Lead Investor?

Fred Wilson | Posted 01.08.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

The term "lead investor" is often misunderstood. I have seen VCs negotiate to be called a co-lead or a lead in the term sheet. But you don't get given that designation. You earn it.

Looks Who's Leading Today's Entrepreneurial Resurgence

The Huffington Post | Rieva Lesonsky | Posted 01.04.2012 | Small Business

When I started working at Entrepreneur magazine back in the 1970s, no one really knew what an entrepreneur was -- few could even spell or say the word...

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...