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Why You Aren't Meeting Investors

Seth Goldstein | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Seth Goldstein

Nobody teaches you these rules. And people are too polite to tell you when you violate them. Understanding and following the laws of email are crucial to ensuring you get investor meetings.

What to Know Before You Invest in Startups

Bill Clark | Posted 04.15.2014 | Money
Bill Clark

Depending on certain factors, it could be a great idea to put some portion of your portfolio into high risk assets like startups. But before you do, there are three major factors you need to consider to make sure start-up investing is appropriate for you.

Her Own Rising Tide: Alfa's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

In a small office with in Jersey City, Alfa and Alex radiate confidence and energy. I sat stunned at Alfa's remarkable journey to get to this place, and the beautiful love that exists between them.

The Noise From the Tech Echo Chamber Is Deafening

Judy Shapiro | Posted 04.10.2014 | Small Business
Judy Shapiro

This post is best framed with this old African proverb: An elephant can never see the world through the ant's eyes, but the ant merely needs to clim...

13 Experts and 13 Trends That Will Dominate Crowdfunding in 2014

Mark Fidelman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Mark Fidelman

Most of the experts I talked to on the list acknowledged that the new Jobs act is imperfect and will need revisions if it is to be a real force in the future. But most also cited that using social networks and crowdsourcing support for these changes was a sure path to victory.

Your Face Here: Pixlee Posts Your Tagged Photos to Big Brands' Website

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Kyle Wong is the cofounder and CEO of Pixlee, a tech company that leverages the trove of visual brand endorsements available on the web today. The st...

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-Part 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Over the years Dino an...

Sorry Scoble, Wearables Are Not Doomed

Richie Etwaru | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Richie Etwaru

Given my recent Google Glass experience, and Google's announcement of the smart contact lenses, I interviewed Tim Moore the founder and CEO of Ventur...

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds-Part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Over the years Dino an...

Analyze The ROI Of Your Innovation Idea, Step By Step

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Bobby Grajewski

In our experience, those who view their invention as a business opportunity (and keep their emotional attachment to their idea out of the equation) are the most successful.

Bigger in Bend - Building a Regional Startup Cluster-part 1 of 3

Steve Blank | Posted 03.22.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

When Customer Development and the Lean Startup were just a sketch on the napkin, Dino Vendetti, a VC at Bay Partners, was one of the first venture cap...

How to Create More Social Entrepreneurs

Jennifer Hirsch | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Jennifer Hirsch

Every day, I hear about one of the following: An individual's deep desire to find meaningful work -- where she can practice her craft and change the...

Will 2014 Be the Big Year for Equity Crowdfunding?

John Warner | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
John Warner

The most successful crowdfunding models are built around starting with who you know and proactively working out from there to people you don't know. 2014 can be the year equity crowdfunding arrives in big way, if we put the infrastructure in place to do it right.

Should You Be Worried About the Tech Start-Up Bubble?

Michael Ruderman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Small Business
Michael Ruderman

Unlike other bubbles, average Americans should not be "afraid" of this proliferation of early-stage companies. If anything, they should embrace it.

From Father to Son, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship: Brent Bushnell

Steve Mariotti | Posted 02.26.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

I recently had the chance to talk to Nolan Bushnell about his career, as well as his relationship with his son and fellow entrepreneur Brent. Brent Bushnell runs a company called Two Bit Circus, a purveyor of novel out-of-home entertainment.

Nolan Bushnell: A Life in Entrepreneurship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

The founder of Atari revolutionized the gaming industry with one of the most successful gaming companies ever. His son Brent Bushnell is also an entrepreneur, running a company called Two Bit Circus, a purveyor of novel out-of-home entertainment.

Telling Women To Be Like Men Doesn't Work

Karen Gifford | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
Karen Gifford

What will happen when her company hits a rough patch? And how will she ever exercise genuine authority if she thinks she has to hide behind a mask to appear powerful?

L.A. REBOOT: From Entertainment Capital to Entrepreneurial Hub

Ondi Timoner | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

Silicon Valley might want to watch its back when it comes to the title of top innovation hub in the world. Recently the Mecca of Tech has faced more and more robust competition from other cities looking to follow in the giant footsteps of Apple, Google, and others.

Go Broke and Ignore Customer Feedback -- Succeeding in the Startup World

Minh Chau | Posted 02.01.2014 | Technology
Minh Chau

The archetypal image of two guys in a garage cranking out a tech-based, soon to be VC-backed startup in Silicon Valley is one of the many myths of the entrepreneurship world that drive away a lot of potential entrepreneurs.

Why Can't We Innovate Our Way Out of Poverty?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Can governments do anything to make their people more innovative? And, if they cannot, are we saying that those middle-income countries who fail to climb the technological ladder are "trapped" forever?

Yes, Virginia, There Is Less Venture Capital (and That's Not Bad)

Jeff Grabow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Jeff Grabow

It's true that the industry has shifted, and that the amount of venture capital raised and deployed has decreased. But I don't share the popular outlook that the sky is falling.

Why MOOCs May Still Be Silicon Valley's Next Grand Challenge

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Dr. Keith Devlin

The fact is, Silicon Valley has yet to come to terms with education. It's a massive, global market, but a notoriously complex one that is tricky to negotiate. A lot of what goes on in education is almost certainly not scalable.

The New App a Secret Agent Would Love

Nir Eyal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Nir Eyal

A quick glance provided the context for the meeting, notes from previous encounters, and often times contained personal information.

GenTech Winners Present App to Influential Venture Capitalists

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Steve Mariotti

How did five New York City high schools students get to pitch at USV, the firm that helped launch transformative web properties such as Twitter, Tumblr, SoundCloud and Kickstarter?

A New Way to Look at Competitors

Steve Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right. The ...