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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.

Interview With Investor Mike Brown, AOL Ventures

Dave Lerner | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business
Dave Lerner

Recently I sat down with the terrific Mike Brown, Jr., one of the Founders and a Partner at AOL Ventures, the VC arm of AOL which focuses on Seed and Series A non-strategic investing in tech-oriented consumer internet companies.

Bringing The Entrepreneurial Spirit Back To City Government

Joanna Rees | Posted 10.11.2011 | San Francisco
Joanna Rees

In San Francisco, I found a city that shared my values and reflected my experience: celebrating diversity, promoting strong neighborhoods, and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit.

Why Some Entrepreneurs Have all the Luck

Anthony Tjan | Posted 09.11.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

Arguably, most "business luck" can be influenced -- you can increase your propensity to be lucky in business if you understand how.

Alex Wagner

Venture Capital Raises $2.7 Billion In Second Quarter, But Funders Drop By 23 Percent

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Wagner | Posted 09.10.2011 | Business

A joint report released Monday by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson-Reuters showed that national venture capital firms raise...

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.