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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.

Magic Johnson Comes to Detroit as Venture Capitalist

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 09.20.2011 | Business
Rabbi Jason Miller

Hopefully Magic Johnson will bring his magic to Detroit -- the same magic that won championships for the Los Angeles Lakers and helped turn Harlem around.

Kickstarter's Crowdfunding Site Gives Entrepreneurs New Tools To Raise Money

Reuters | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business

(Deborah L. Cohen) - Perry Chen was working in the New Orleans' music industry when he faced a cash-crunch during the city's JazzFest. He wanted to ...

The $10 Million Photo and Other VC Stories

Steve Blank | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

While on vacation I had a phone interview with Kevin Ohannessian of Fast Company who wanted a few "funding stories." Here are two of them.

IndieGoGo Founder: Six Steps To Raising Startup Funds On Crowdfunding Platforms

Slava Rubin | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business
Slava Rubin

Startup funding is actually more accessible now thanks to social networking and crowdfunding platforms that match amazing new ideas with people who want to be part of the next big thing.

The Startup Act: A Proposal To Jumpstart The American Economy

Carl J. Schramm | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business
Carl J. Schramm

It's time to re-start America by jump-starting our startup engines of growth. We have no time to waste.

Startup Financing 101: How To Sell Preferred Stock

Fred Wilson | Posted 09.17.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

So if you are an entrepreneur, it makes sense to understand preferred stock and what it means for you and your company.

Investing in America's Growing Assets: Minorities

Mike Green | Posted 09.16.2011 | Business
Mike Green

It's time to invest in those promising minority students and talented innovators who have failed to receive our focus and investment. At the rate minority populations are growing, they represent the next generation of America's leaders.

As Startup World Heats Up, Develop A Competitive Response

Brad Feld | Posted 09.14.2011 | Business
Brad Feld

Whenever the startup world heats up, there are many more new entrants. We're once again in the part of the cycle where there are an abundance of new companies being started.