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Venture Capital

Can The SBA's $2 Billion Bet Jumpstart The Economy?

Ray Leach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ray Leach

More capital targeted to high growth entrepreneurs with venture-fundable ideas, and administered through the professional investment community, is a good thing, and particularly so in our current environment (when venture capital funding has been less available than in the past).

Rich Youth Turning To Social Entrepreneurship

Josh Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Josh Cohen

Social entrepreneurship was not really open to prior generations, and allows the new generation to make a distinctive contribution to themselves, their family and the community, that can enhance both the sustainability of the family assets, and the sustainability of the world.

Silicon Valley: A Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

What's been occurring for the last 50 years within Silicon Valley's tight cluster of suburban towns is nothing short of an "entrepreneurial explosion" on par with classic Athens, renaissance Florence or 1920's Paris.

When, Where, and How to Raise Venture Capital

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

By Dave Lavinsky, President and Co-Founder of Growthink At one point or another, most entrepreneurs find themselves in a place where they could use m...

The 'Big Bang' Theory Doesn't Work For Startups

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Think about it. Where did Google, eBay, and Facebook come from? They inched their way into public view before the first multi-million dollar funding rounds, and they have never had a big public launch.

Fool's Gold For Venture Capital Investors

John F. Ince | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John F. Ince

Can truly great ideas for companies really be separated from the people who generate them? If not, then are VCs and angels today operating on a myth?

Kaltura Gets $20 Million Investment Round with Intel, others

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.04.2013 | Technology
Andy Plesser

Kaltura, the open-source online video platform, has secured $20 million in funding from existing and new investors including Intel, the company an...

Another Internet Startup Bubble? Depends Where You're Standing

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Depending upon where you're standing, the tone of the market looks very different. Froth or famine? Both can be observed in nature.

A Journey In Crowdfunding

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

You are hereby invited to join my journey as I endeavor to use crowdfunding as a 21st century alternative to angel investment fundraising.

10 Business Plan Follies That Make Investors Cringe

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Every entrepreneur likes to think that their document is inspirational. Every serious investor has a stack of these in their in-basket. Here is what investors say the former shouldn't do.

Startup America: Dead On Arrival

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

Startup America is a mashup of very smart programs by very smart people but not a strategy.

Why The Midwest Is Becoming The Next Silicon Valley

Ray Leach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ray Leach

There are several states in the Midwest where successful entrepreneurial companies are charting the way for a new economy and demonstrating that high-growth entrepreneurship can happen anywhere when a region plays off its strengths.

Q&A With Hot Potato Co-Founder: "Don't Take Money Just For The Sake Of Money"

Erdin Beshimov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Erdin Beshimov

Raising money never happens as fast as you'd like. The process of raising money is an awful, awful process. It's such a time-sink and distraction from working on your product. But it's helpful.

Harry Potter And The Entrepreneurs: 7 Marketing Tips

Matt Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

Based on Fred and George Weasley's successful strategy, here are seven tips for other start-up B2W (Business to Wizard) companies.

Venture Capitalists Are Not Your Friends

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is not understanding the relationship they have with their investors. At times they confuse VC's with their friends.

Rod Kurtz

Ask Rod, Episode 29: Where Can We Find Tech-Savvy Talent?

HuffingtonPost.com | Rod Kurtz | Posted 01.26.2012 | Small Business

Executive Editor Rod Kurtz explains how to hire tech geeks, why more investors are looking overseas and what you can do to stay on Aaron Sorkin's good...

The Top 10 Avoidable Mistakes Of Entrepreneurs

Bill Draper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Draper

Over the last fifty years, I have come across and worked with an array of entrepreneurs from a variety of industries, and I have noticed that there are certain preventable blunders that seem to crop up repeatedly.

Venture Capital Investing in Michigan -- Going Beyond Hand-Waving and Hopeful Hype

Jeff Bocan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Bocan

Midwestern states like Michigan actually present excellent, yet overlooked, venture capital investment opportunities.

Towards A Science Of Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

Utah may be known for many things, but who would have thought that Utah, and particularly Brigham Young University, would be participating in the transformation of entrepreneurship?

Nate C. Hindman

Famed Investor On Startups, Breaking Up Big Banks And Dealing With Castro

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

William Henry Draper III, the 83-year-old author of a new book, The Startup Game, has lived a life that's stretched far beyond the venture capital industry he helped create.

How To Deal With A Bad Board Member

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

Tied at the hip, VC's and entrepreneurs take large risks together. VC's invest in startups with minimal tangible assets and no certainty about the product's viability, market size or customer adoption. Entrepreneurs face all that, and add one more risk to their list: the bad board member.

Rod Kurtz

Ask Rod, Episode 28: Should I Pursue An Advanced Degree?

HuffingtonPost.com | Rod Kurtz | Posted 01.26.2012 | Small Business

Executive Editor Rod Kurtz advises students at the University of Pennsylvania about graduate school, angel investors and venture capital. Go Quakers! ...

Are VCs Playing Small-Ball Rather Than Swinging For The Fences?

James E. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James E. Anderson

I've sometimes thought of the venture capital industry as a bunch of bettors standing around a roulette wheel. There are enough people and enough money to bet on each number. On every spin of the wheel, most will lose their bet, but one person will also win a 35:1 payout.

A Perfect Storm: Global Shifts in Venture Capital and Science Funding

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lucy P. Marcus

Partly a consequence of the global financial crisis, unprecedented change in venture capital and the science sector is on the cards. And it has additional consequences too.

Meeting The Right People: How I Was Inspired And What I Learned

Erdin Beshimov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Erdin Beshimov

Wow, how important it is to be around the right people, people who inspire you, whose stories teach you that it's foolish not to make leaps of faith and shoot for the stars.