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Venture Capital

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 | 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? | 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 | 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 | 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.

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.