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Luxury Fashion Website Valued At $1 Billion

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2011 | Business

Gilt Groupe Inc, the online shopping website known for its flash deals, raised $138 million in new funding giving it a valuation of over $1 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

Fred Wilson: First Time Vs. Serial Entrepreneurs

Fred Wilson | Posted 07.02.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

I've been thinking a lot about the differences between first time and serial entrepreneurs. We invest in both and do not have a preference between the two. But there are significant differences.

No Excuses: Galvanizing Black Innovation and Capital

Mike Green | Posted 06.20.2011 | Business
Mike Green

It is time for Black America to invest in developing a private capital equity investment infrastructure and a high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Flip Million Dollar Venture Capital Investments Into Homeless Housing

Joel John Roberts | Posted 06.19.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

If a small technology company that only started a year ago can create an enterprise valued at $200 million, why can't we raise $30 billion to take every chronic homeless person off the street?

Websites Connect Startups With Investors

Lynn-Ann Gries | Posted 06.15.2011 | Business
Lynn-Ann Gries

Online platforms have emerged in recent years to connect entrepreneurs with investors. They enhance traditional venture investing, but they won't replace it.

Amy Lee

U.S. Venture Firms Have Best Fundraising Start Since 2001

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 06.11.2011 | Business

Venture capital firms raised over $7 billion during the first quarter of 2011, their best annual start since 2001, but over half of the sum came from ...

Can Venture Capitalize on Curation?

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 06.08.2011 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

Curation has come of age. The sheer volume of Web content, and the increasing demand of both content consumers and Web advertisers makes it clear that content without curation is simply noise.

Cleantech Startups Turn To Big Companies For Capital

Reuters | Nichola Groom | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business

Fledgling solar power companies looking to grow beyond their venture capital roots are increasingly catching the eye of deep-pocketed corporate investors.

Entrepreneurs: Slow Down To Speed Up

Brad Feld | Posted 06.06.2011 | Business
Brad Feld

I see so many startups rushing to just get stuff out, without thinking hard about "what that stuff is and why anyone would care."

Venture Capitalists Aren't Investing In Black Entrepreneurs

Mike Green | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business
Mike Green

Investing in high-growth companies creates jobs while generating more wealth for investors. The formula has worked for the private venture capital investment community. Unfortunately, no such active community exists in black America.

Interview With NYC Startup STELLAService Co-Founder Jordy Leiser

Dave Lerner | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business
Dave Lerner

Welcome to this week's conversation with Jordy Leiser, CEO of STELLAService, one of the most intriguing and sought-after venture-backed startups in NYC.

Ignore The 'Bubble' Talk

Brad Feld | Posted 06.04.2011 | Business
Brad Feld

Today, there is once again enormous focus on entrepreneurship as the salvation for many things, with the naysayers starting to say "but it's a bubble" or some variant.

Rachel Sequoia Branches Out to Invite us to Share the Air, for a Fee

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 05.28.2011 | Green
Mitchell J. Rabin

Despite common assumptions and practices that have permeated our psyches for some time now, the Earth, as our Native peoples have always said, cannot be owned.

Venture Capitalist: 'Entrepreneurs Have A Lot Of The Power'

Reuters | Deborah L. Cohen | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business

You find people talking about the democratization of entrepreneurship and innovation. It's really a time in which entrepreneurs have a lot of the power.

Nate C. Hindman

New Breed Of Student Entrepreneurs Want To Do Good From The Start

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Some of the world's most business-savvy college students flocked to Wall Street last Saturday to pitch startups they dreamt up in their co...

Stanford's Hottest Startups Weigh Value Propositions

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

Week three of the class and our teams in our Stanford Lean LaunchPad class were hard at work using Customer Development to get out of the classroom and test the first key hypotheses of their business model: The Value Proposition.

Nate C. Hindman

Timothy Geithner: Small Firms 'Waiting Longer Than Ever To Go Public'

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Treasury assembled investors, bankers and entrepreneurs Tuesday for talks on how to provide small companies in high-growt...

Kauffman's Guide To Navigating The Startup Game

Nick Seguin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nick Seguin

While the active and messy life-cycle of company building is far from being boiled "down to a science," entrepreneurs will be a step ahead if they focus on people, strategic financing and iteration.

The New Internet Bubble And The New Rules For Startup Success

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

We're now in the second Internet bubble, and the rules for making money are different in a bubble than in normal times. What are they, how do they differ and what can a startup do to take advantage of them?

Missing: Black Angel Investors

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Green

We've complained bitterly about conditions controlled by the majority demographic, but ignored opportunities to invest in establishing a viable entrepreneurial ecosystem to generate new jobs.

Selling Your Business? 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Scott Edward Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Scott Edward Walker

Selling a business can be a very difficult and emotional experience, particularly for first-time entrepreneurs. I thought it would be helpful to share three tips in connection with selling your business.

What Keeps Venture Investors Up At Night

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Being a startup investing in startups is no easy task. But we're trying to be thoughtful about it, try new things and iterate rapidly with the benefit of data. Sounds a lot like what we expect from the startups we invest in.

New Hope For Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivek Wadhwa

This new legislation is even better than I had hoped for. If it gets through both houses--and doesn't have bureaucratic constraints--I expect it to unleash a flood of entrepreneurship.

Amy Lee

Venture Firms Hope High Oil Prices Will Spur Cleantech Interest

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

It takes a special kind of optimist to see spiking oil prices as an opportunity. But for venture capitalists placing their bets on renewable energ...

Inside Stanford's Hottest Student Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

The most interesting part of the class would happen outside the classroom when the teams spent 50-80 hours testing their business model hypotheses by talking to customers and partners and (in the case of web-based businesses) building their product.