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Six Ways to Build a Business: Go Big or Go Home and Do It

John Backus | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
John Backus

Piggyback on a business that has created a platform upon which you can build your business.

What We Are Seeing

Fred Wilson | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

The Wall Street Journal has a story out today that says "Web Startups Hit Cash Crunch." There has been a fair bit of reaction in the tech blogs and I thought I'd toss into the discussion some things we are seeing.

Small Business CFOs: Do You Need One?

Janine Popick | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Janine Popick

It's a growing pain that many small businesses have. Company founders and CEOs are rarely equipped to handle financing strategies, budgets and dealing with investors. But bringing on a chief financial officer is not cheap.

Nokia as 'He Who Must Not Be Named' and the Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

The young entrepreneurs I met are bringing impressive energy and intelligence to their goal of building one of Europe's leading technology hubs in Helsinki. It will be fascinating to see if they can lead the cultural change to support their vision.

How Convertible Debt Works

Brad Feld | Posted 12.12.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

Last night I gave a talk hosted by SVB at their Palo Alto office. I had a ton of fun talking to and answering questions from about 75 entrepreneurs who -- at the minimum -- enjoyed eating the great food and wine that SVB provided on a luscious evening in Palo Alto. Several questions came up about Convertible Debt.

Great Board Meetings

Brad Feld | Posted 12.05.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

I've had a string of great board meetings lately. They all had several similar attributes.

Millenials: Stop Protesting Wall Street and Build a Startup

Jason McCabe Calacanis | Posted 12.05.2011 | Small Business
Jason McCabe Calacanis

It's lame to protest for more jobs when you will so easily create them by starting a company. Now get out of your tents, learn to code and make something that changes the world.

No Exit In Sight: Venture-Backed IPOs Slip To 2-Year Low

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Just five venture-capital backed companies held initial public offerings last quarter, data from the National Venture Capital Association ...

Entrepreneur-Friendly Policies (Finally) Showing Promise -- But Leadership Required

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 12.03.2011 | Small Business
Jeff Bussgang

Despite the partisan rhetoric and bickering, the last few months have seen substantial progress amongst policy makers in the areas of helping the startup economy thrive.

Making The Pitch: What A 20-Year Old Whiz Kid Did Right

Porter Gale | Posted 11.30.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

What are the biggest factors in landing your pitch? I had an opportunity to witness what it takes in the flesh while eating breakfast with Brian Wong, a 20-year whiz kid and the CEO of Kiip.

Serial Entrepreneur Carol Realini Shares Tips for Raising Venture Capital

Angie Chang | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business
Angie Chang

Carol's Law of "10-5-3-1" is her tried-and-true method to manage your venture capital pipeline.

Speed Can Kill

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 11.27.2011 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Startup funding events are processes instead of panics and fire drills. In my experience, such frenzy is seldom necessary, but for some reason there appears to be an epidemic of "This deal is moving fast; if you want in you've got to hurry." Invariably, my response to such entreaties is: No.

How To Draw Up A Capitalization Table

Fred Wilson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Cap Tables (short for capitalization tables) are spreadsheets that show how much everyone owns of the company. If you want to make a cap table for your company, feel free to replicate this format.

There Went the Sun: Renewable Energy Needs Patient Capital

William Lazonick | Posted 11.23.2011 | Business
William Lazonick

For solar manufacturing in the United States to be profitable, it will need committed finance that the U.S. venture capital community -- still by far the world's richest -- is unwilling to provide.

What Makes a Good Venture Capitalist?

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 11.22.2011 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

Michael Arrington, editor of the popular tech startup news site, TechCrunch has decided to shift gears and become a venture capitalist (VC). Debates...

Is The Startup America Initiative Moving Fast Enough?

Ray Leach | Posted 11.21.2011 | Small Business
Ray Leach

While I do wish that the macroeconomic situation in the country wasn't making it so hard for the Startup America initiative to generate outcomes more quickly, I actually couldn't be more impressed with the speed and the implementation of the White House's program.

Nate C. Hindman

A Social Network That Connects Startups With Investors

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 11.20.2011 | Small Business

Venture capitalists may invest in innovation. But within the venture-capital industry itself, innovation is rare. There are signs, however, that t...

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.