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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.

When They Are Throwing Money At You

Fred Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

Given that we are in the "throwing money at entrepreneurs" period in web investing, I thought I'd say a few things about this.

Nate C. Hindman

Befriending A 'Venture Bank' In The Hunt For Cash

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

Are venture bankers schooling first-time entrepreneurs and opening up their Rolodexes simply out of the kindness of their hearts?

How Crowdsourcing Can Help Clean Energy

Beth Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Beth Comstock

Ideas spring from the gaps between the technology of today and the needs of tomorrow. In the global energy economy, we face a chasm between nascent id...

Haiti One Year Later: How One Analyst Returned To His Roots To Help Rebuild A Nation

The Huffington Post | Carly Gillis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Jacques-Philippe Piverger deals with money. In his professional life, he's managed billions of dollars in assets as an analyst in venture capital an...

Foodspotting, Crowd-Sourced Food "Journalism" Enterprise Raises $3 Million Venture Round

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.05.2013 | Technology
Andy Plesser

Foodspotting, the San Francisco-based social media site for sharing photos of food dishes, has raised its first venture round of $3 million, accor...

The 10 Biggest Trends In Silicon Valley

Bill Aulet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Aulet

Each year, the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and Sloan School of Management travel to Silicon Valley to meet with dozens of companies, incubators, and v...

The Story Of A Modern Day Bootstrapper

Fred Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

We continue with our M&A case studies on MBA Mondays. Last week we saw the impact VCs can have on your exit. This week we are going to look at the opp...

Nate C. Hindman

Forget Facebook, Why Older Entrepreneurs Are A Better Bet

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business

Backed by Silicon Valley and glamorized by Hollywood, peach-fuzzed innovators like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have popularized the image of the ...

Grow Revenue Before You Seek VC Funding

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Small businesses owners want to grow their companies, but their ability to expand operations is limited by their own profitability or otherwise lack of capital.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Ditch The Elevator Pitch

Michael Port | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Port

Many professionals fail to build thriving businesses because they struggle to articulate exactly what they can offer. You know, that 30-second commercial that's supposed to wow.

How to Align Employee and Company Interests

Anthony Tjan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

When a person's passion and ability align with a firm's goals, a company is most effective. The problem, of course, is that many times these don't sync up. This can be corrected with three principles.