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What It Means To Be 'Lean'

Fred Wilson | Posted 11.16.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

To me, lean is a state of mind that a founder and team needs to have across all aspects of the business. The specific product and engineering approaches are at the core of the lean startup movement. But if you can apply lean to hiring, sales, marketing, customer service, finance, and everything else, you will be rewarded with a fast, nimble company.

Breaking the Venture Ceiling

Jack Hidary | Posted 11.14.2011 | Women
Jack Hidary

The WIE conference comes at a critical point for women in leadership, and I hope it can encourage more women to join the top ranks of startups, angel groups and venture firms.

10 Unusual Things I Didn't Know About Google (Plus the Worst Investment Decision I Ever Made)

James Altucher | Posted 11.02.2011 | Technology
James Altucher

I made the worst decision in venture capital history in late 2000. I was a partner at a venture firm called 212 Ventures. What? You never heard of it?...

Are Startup Incubators Inflating A Tech Bubble?

John Dearborn | Posted 11.02.2011 | Small Business
John Dearborn

The current proliferation of startup incubators may exacerbate the very problem that incubators were invented to solve in the first place.

What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Facebook's Early Years

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 10.30.2011 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

Entrepreneurs dream of Zuckerberg-style fame, not to mention the total decimation of competition. Here are five lessons from Facebook's early years for every entrepreneur.

NYC Leads With Incubators for Green and Tech Startups

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 10.26.2011 | New York
John Tepper Marlin

The stimulus was not as effective as hoped, in part because state and local officials were expected to move faster than they were able. However, state and local officials and local entrepreneurs are now responding to the need for new jobs in interesting ways.

The CrowdFunders: IndieGoGo's Most Extraordinary Campaigns

Slava Rubin | Posted 10.22.2011 | Small Business
Slava Rubin

In the coming months, we'll introduce you to the extraordinary entrepreneurs behind some of the most ground-breaking IndieGoGo campaigns in a series called The CrowdFunders.

500 T-shirts: Fashion And Culture At Demo Day

Julia Plevin | Posted 10.18.2011 | Technology
Julia Plevin

Black t-shirts were on sale for $250,000 at 500 Startups' Demo Day on August 16. Kind of.

How the Economic Rollercoaster Strains Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 10.12.2011 | Small Business
Ray Leach

A poorly performing stock market, in addition to the anticipated public-sector budget cuts, put a damper on almost everything that high growth entrepreneurs need to be successful.

Can Estrogen Fuel Our Global Economy?

Christine Bronstein | Posted 10.10.2011 | Women
Christine Bronstein

As I dip my toe back into the entrepreneurial world I see a very different landscape, a landscape that helps me keep my faith in the global economy. Here's what I see: Women can save the day.

The End Of The Startup Boom?

Eric Ries | Posted 10.10.2011 | Small Business
Eric Ries

It doesn't matter if you call it a boom or a bubble. The startup business moves in cycles, and what goes up will eventually come down.

Block Out The Noise

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 10.09.2011 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Remaining flexible and nimble should always be the goal but especially in periods of uncertainty.

Alex Wagner

Tech Stock Crash: End Of The Bubble?

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Wagner | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business

As the stock market continued a sharp slide on Monday, technology companies found themselves hammered particularly hard, with the Dow Jones U.S. Tech ...

Startup Financing 101: Don't Waste Your Money on Equipment. Go See A Lender Instead.

Fred Wilson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

Don't use your precious funds raised in dilutive equity rounds to buy servers and other capital equipment. Go see a bank, finance company, or manufacturer about a financing arrangement.

Who Will Back the Googles of Tomorrow?

John F. Ince | Posted 10.03.2011 | Technology
John F. Ince

If an inspired entrepreneur comes to an investor with a startup plan that's truly game-changing, but the entrepreneur just isn't in the mold of the serial entrepreneurs that investors usually bet on, will the investor give them the time of day?

Alex Wagner

Legal Immigration Reform: White House Pushes Skilled Worker Visas

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Wagner | Posted 10.03.2011 | Business

In a bid to spur job creation and promote startups, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has announced new ef...

How SecondMarket Gives Startups A Bridge To An IPO

Barry Silbert | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Barry Silbert

How does a startup know when the time is right to leverage the private company stock market? Although there is no clear-cut formula, certain indicators, such as number of shareholders, the age of the startup, and market traction can be utilized.

Turning Science Into Startups: NSF Launches Innovation Corps

Steve Blank | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

The NSF has announced the Innovation Corps -- a program to take the most promising research projects in American university laboratories and turn them into startups.

Learning Optimism With the 24x3 Rule

Anthony Tjan | Posted 09.26.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

Here's a practical tool for the skeptic or cynic in all of us: the 24x3 rule. The next time you hear an idea for the first time, or meet someone new, try to wait 24 seconds before saying or thinking something negative.

The Secret History of Silicon Valley

Steve Blank | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

Scientists and engineers start and run companies. It took me a long time to realize that this was one of Silicon Valley's best contributions to innovation.

Online Room Rental Startup Airbnb Scores $112 Million in Financing

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business

Airbnb, a website that lets travelers rent rooms in private homes around the globe, has secured $112 million in a second round of financing from Andreessen Horowitz, DST Global and General Catalyst.

Startup Financing 101: What Is Venture Debt?

Fred Wilson | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

There is a large, growing, and vibrant market for something called Venture Debt. It is indeed debt, largely provided by a number of banks and finance companies who specialize in this market.

Back to School for Startups Too!

Angela Haines | Posted 09.20.2011 | Women
Angela Haines

In 2004, Esther Psarakis founded her imported specialty foods company, Taste of Crete, out of her love for Greece. She married a Greek, and very qu...

Why VCs Matter

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 09.21.2011 | Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Having investors and a board to report to forces reflection, deep thinking and, well, stopping for a bit to regain some perspective.

The Secret Language of Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurese 101

Stephanie Kaplan | Posted 09.20.2011 | Small Business
Stephanie Kaplan

As an entrepreneur, you have to walk the walk and also talk the talk -- and recognize when other people are talking it, too.