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Startup Financing 101: What Is Convertible Debt?

Fred Wilson | Posted 09.10.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

Startups typically think about raising capital via convertible debt early on in the life of a startup. They want to move fast, keep transaction costs low, and it is often easier to get the round done with a convertible note than a seed or series A round.

Bubble Watch: Tech Startups Demand Higher Prices From Investors

Reuters | Posted 09.07.2011 | Business

(SAN FRANCISCO) - A year ago, Mike Maples's investment firm, Floodgate, was investing in young companies at a pace of two or three every quarter. No...

Fred Wilson: How Much Money To Raise

Fred Wilson | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

I spent some time yesterday talking to an entrepreneur about this topic and I thought I'd share what I told him with everyone.

Entrepreneurs Never Learn Anything While They're Talking

Marty Zwilling | Posted 08.24.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Even good communicators average only about half their time listening. Yet experts assert that most people listen with only about 25 percent of their attention, hear about 25 percent of what is said, and after two months, remember only half of that.

The Internet Might Kill Us All

Steve Blank | Posted 08.22.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

The next war will more than likely occur via the Internet. It may be over in minutes. We may be watching the first skirmishes.

Use Customers To Finance Your Startup

Fred Wilson | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

The most common way customer financing is done is you sell the customer on the product before you've built it or before you've finished it.

Are You the Fool at the Table?

Steve Blank | Posted 08.17.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

Every bubble is a big-stakes game played for keeps. In it the usual cast of characters appear -- the Smart Money, the Shills, the Marks and the Promoters.

Why Startups Are Shying Away From IPOs

Barry Silbert | Posted 08.16.2011 | Business
Barry Silbert

Many Americans are unaware that the U.S. public stock markets no longer support growth-stage companies. Systemic changes have caused companies to remain private far longer than in previous decades.

Alex Wagner

MIT Media Labs: Meet the People Shaping Our Future

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Wagner | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

As the country faces continued economic stagnation and long-term unemployment, private sector innovation remains a ray of hope in an oftentimes bleak ...

The Next Tech Bubble: Don't Get Fooled Again

Steve Blank | Posted 08.15.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

A tech bubble is the rapid inflation in the valuation of public and private technology companies that exceeds their fundamental value by a large margin.

Alex Wagner

The Harvard Of Silicon Valley?

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Wagner | Posted 08.09.2011 | Business

Last week, 60 companies began a three month startup boot camp at Silicon Valley's Y Combinator. If all goes well, they should be worth millions by the...

Join Contests, Incubators To Secure Startup Funds

Fred Wilson | Posted 08.06.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

There are so many programs out there that target entrepreneurs where the winner is awarded cash prizes or small equity investments.

An IPO Is Not a Star Wars Character: What You Need to Know About IPOs

Carol Roth | Posted 08.05.2011 | Business
Carol Roth

LinkedIn did it. Groupon's doing it. Suddenly everyone is talking IPOs. But if you aren't market savvy, you may not be familiar with this hot acronym du jour

It's Time To Reinvent the Board Meeting

Steve Blank | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

Reinventing the board meeting may offer venture-backed startups a more efficient, productive way to direct and measure their search for a profitable business model.

New Study Aims To Crack Silicon Valley's Innovation Code

Steve Blank | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

Max Marmer dropped out of Stanford to crack the innovation code of Silicon Valley and share it with the rest of the world.

Tech's Talent Buying-Spree: The Top 15 'Acqui-Hires'

Nate C. Hindman | Posted 07.29.2011 | Technology

Forget free iPads, stock options and the other perks Internet companies dangle in front of prospective hires. In the technology industry's ongoing war...

Fred Wilson: Ranking The Best Venture Capital Firms

Fred Wilson | Posted 07.26.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

InvestorRank offers an insightful way to look at the early stage venture capital business.

How To Relax At A Pitch Meeting

Sharon Jakubecy | Posted 07.24.2011 | Business
Sharon Jakubecy

Here are 10 strategies to calm your nerves before you pitch your idea.

Building Entrepreneurial Communities: Lessons From 'Big Omaha'

Nick Seguin | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business
Nick Seguin

How do you develop an entrepreneurial community? Omaha is a model that is critical to the success of new companies.

Are Big IPOs Back?

AP | By MATTHEW CRAFT | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Success breeds followers. So will LinkedIn's blockbuster IPO lure scores of private companies to the stock market? "One company does not ...

Alex Wagner

LinkedIn IPO Stock Soars: Tech Bubble 2.0?

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Wagner | Posted 07.20.2011 | Business

A day after LinkedIn stormed Wall Street with a staggering $8.9 billion initial public offering, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers threw cold wa...

3 Questions Every Startup Should Answer Before Choosing An Investor

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 07.20.2011 | Business
Roger Ehrenberg

You need to understand your business requirements before figuring out how much to raise and from whom to raise it.

My Attorney Just Shattered My Fundraising Dreams

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

The first step in my crowdfunding journey was understanding exactly why the SEC prohibits this form of fundraising.

Rod Kurtz

Writing A Business Plan? Better Talk To Rob Adams First

HuffingtonPost.com | Rod Kurtz | Posted 08.12.2011 | Small Business

Rob Adams has spent most of his career catching companies on the rise. As an entrepreneur and institutional investor, he has founded or financed more ...

Luxury Fashion Website Valued At $1 Billion

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2011 | Business

Gilt Groupe Inc, the online shopping website known for its flash deals, raised $138 million in new funding giving it a valuation of over $1 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.