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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.

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.