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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.

The Crowdfunding Revolution Will Democratize Venture Investing

Kevin Lawton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kevin Lawton

It's no secret that venture capital and angel investing is 'clubby,' dominated mostly by middle-aged men. According to a 2007 study of angel investo...

So Are Super Angels Extinct?

Dave Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Lerner

Reports of the death of the so-called "superangel" have been greatly exaggerated. In fact I would submit that in Darwinian fashion he has mutated somewhat to adapt to the necessities of an evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Business Peer Groups, Coaching and Mentoring Can Help Small Businesses Prosper and Create Jobs

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Peer groups, coaching and mentoring are playing important roles in growing small business and creating jobs.

How Venture Capitalism Can End Homelessness

Joel John Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Invest $100 and it will turn into $100,000 in four years. Money that will go toward ending homelessness. It is probably the best return on investment you will ever make.

Invest In 'Ugly Adolescent Stage' Startups

Fred Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

There's a story in the NY Times about the hyperactivity in web startupland. They quote from a few posts I've made on this blog and I think Jenna and E...

Time to Scale Up, NYC!

Eric Hippeau | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Eric Hippeau

By providing seasoned mentors to growing companies and start-ups, the NYC Economic Development Corporation Venture Fellows program gives innovative entrepreneurs a pivotal leg up.

The Imperative of Investing in Women in the Workforce

Ben Kerschberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ben Kerschberg

Whether in the developing world or the billion dollar hills of Sand Hill Road, companies that invest in the success of women in the workforce will enjoy long-term benefits to both their top and bottom lines.

Hey, Climate Activists, When Technology Is More Powerful Than Law, Go With Technology

Byron Kennard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Byron Kennard

Will green technology kick the door open, walk in, and take over? Isn't it an article of capitalist faith that superior technologies will ultimately win out?

SEC Regulations Barricade The Crowdfunding Floodgates

Kevin Lawton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kevin Lawton

Joseph Pulitzer used a form of crowdfunding to finance the Statue of Liberty. Obama used crowdfunding to bankroll his presidential campaign in 2008. ...

Why The 'Seed Investing' Phenomenon May Come To An End

Brad Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brad Feld

There have been a number of thoughtful "early warning sign" posts in the past few weeks including one from Fred Wilson (Storm Clouds), one from Mark S...

Dear Entrepreneur, Avoid First-Impression Mistakes

Anthony Tjan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

If people prepped as much for an important business meeting as they did for a first date, there would be a lot more business success stories.

As Tech Bubble Looms, Investors Must Pace Themselves

Fred Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

I've been pretty clear as of late that I think the market for investing in web startups is getting overheated. When I talk to some people about this, ...

Thoughts on the Various Types of Entrepreneurial Mentorship

Dave Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Lerner

This is part of my ongoing Series on Mentorship. I've been doing a lot of thinking about mentorship and mentorship programs of late. In that I pro...

GE Awards First Winners Of Green Innovation Challenge With $55 Million

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

At a General Electric event in New York on Monday, GE and four venture capital partners announced 12 investments, totaling $55 million, in the first d...

Selecting Co-Founders

Brad Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brad Feld

Having been involved directly or indirectly in hundreds of early stage software and Internet companies, I believe the optimal number of founders for a software / Internet startup is between two and four.

The Secret Life of Start-Ups: An Inside Story on the Perennial Silicon Valley Revolution

Howard Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Greenfield

When four out of five small businesses fail each year, tech start-ups have the odds stacked against them. And the prolonged recession and a downturn in venture investment haven't made it any easier.

The Best Business Model in the World

Anthony Tjan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

Over the years, my partners and I have seen and experienced one business model that we love the best, based on fundamental cash flow and the ability to grow that cash flow as the business scales.

Nate C. Hindman

Qwiki Founder: How I Launched A Talking Search Engine -- And Why You Should Avoid VCs | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business

The tech world has been buzzing ever since judges at TechCrunch Disrupt named Qwiki 2010's most disruptive company. Qwiki's on-stage demonstration ...

Confessions of a Female Entrepreneur

Michele Colucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michele Colucci

Fund-raising is an awkward and often uncomfortable effort for those raising funds. But when the person asking is a women entrepreneur, the dance takes on many more nuances.

8 Ways Start A Business Without Going To A Bank

The Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For startups, credit is like "experience" for job applicants -- you can't get it if you don't already have it. Despite a recent push by banks to giv...

The Mom Motivation

Angela Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Angela Haines

A new breed of entrepreneurs is gaining steam: moms who decide to create new businesses after giving birth. While pundits ponder why women are u...

WATCH Pandora Founder: Being In A Band Helped Me Become An Entrepreneur

The Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In measuring the life cycle of a successful startup, most investors will tell you that rapid growth usually takes place between the third and seventh ...

Obama's Stimulus: 'The Most Ambitious Energy Legislation In History'

TIME | Michael Grunwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For starters, the Recovery Act is the most ambitious energy legislation in history, converting the Energy Department into the world's largest venture-...