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A Visual Tour of Silicon Valley

Courtney Price | Posted 10.05.2014 | Travel
Courtney Price

If you are ever visiting San Francisco and have an extra day for adventure, I highly recommend jumping into the car and heading to Silicon Valley. The drive is beautiful and it is a worthwhile experience to see some of the big businesses and small treasures of the tech world.

Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank | Posted 10.05.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit. Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle, a successful recruiter, a wor...

Starting Unicorn Companies: FireEye

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.04.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

Last November, Aileen Lee wrote a post on Techcrunch titled Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups. In it, she offered a...

How Smart Entrepreneurs Select VC / Angel Investors

Marty Zwilling | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Too many entrepreneurs tell me they are looking for an investor, and can't differentiate between venture capital (VC) investors versus accredited Ange...

Reenergizing America's Innovation Engine

Don Ingber | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Don Ingber

We hear a lot in the news about America losing its competitive edge. With the private sector focusing myopically on short-term profits and Congress staggering along as usual, there seems to be no way out.

How Renewable Energy Will Completely Power California -- Get On Board or Get Left Behind

Trevor Neilson | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
Trevor Neilson

For the public, the benefit is obvious: electricity will be cheaper, the air will be cleaner, and fewer people will die as a result.

Fashion and the Market for Curated Identities

Lottie Ntim | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Lottie Ntim

The concept of a curated identity is nothing new, but increased connectivity and consumer conscience has certainly paved the way for what is now a burgeoning market, that ultimately serves to give us more choice, control and flexibility when it comes to what we wear.

May 10,000 Cloud Startups Bloom

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.10.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

The cloud services market has fueled a boom of immensely successful startups, most of which have raised millions in venture funding. Take analytic...

Social Impact Investment in Latin America: Lessons From Colombia

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Philanthropy is on the rise in Latin America. And, increasingly, corporate foundations, wealthy families, and high net worth individuals are getting involved in social impact investing.

3 Big Reasons Why Venture Capitalists Should Invest More in Women

Ari Horie | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Ari Horie

Female entrepreneurs have proven track records, offer diverse skill sets that yield business growth and are the future of the startup field, so venture capitalists should be amped to "diversify their portfolios" with these new technology leaders.

How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Investors sitting through Incubator or Accelerator demo days have three metrics to judge fledgling startups - 1) great looking product demos, 2) compe...

Getting Introductions to Investors -- The Ranking Algorithm

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Jeff Bussgang

Most investors apply a simple ranking algorithm against introductions which determines how they react to them in terms of prioritizing their time and the seriousness with which they approach the opportunity. Here's how it works in my experience.

Unicorn Company: Tableau Software

Sramana Mitra | Posted 08.11.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

Last November, Aileen Lee wrote a post on Techcrunch titled Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups. In it, she offered a l...

Will the JOBS Act Create More Jobs, or Just More Risk?

Jason Earle | Posted 07.23.2014 | Small Business
Jason Earle

The contrast between the unemployment numbers and the workforce participation stats seem to lead us in two different directions.

The Trials and Triumphs of Aiding Africa

Bill Gates | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Bill Gates

In the world of venture capital, a success rate of 30 percent is considered a great track record. In the world of international development, critics hold up every misstep as proof that aid is like throwing money down a rat hole. When you're trying to do something as hard as fighting poverty and disease, you will never achieve anything meaningful if you're afraid to make mistakes.

Stop! And Ask Yourself This One Question

Ian Cinnamon | Posted 07.19.2014 | Technology
Ian Cinnamon

We need to define "better." What makes someone's life "better?" The term can mean almost anything... more productive, happier, simpler, and so on. But at the end of the day, it will be your gut reaction. You'll know whether it actually makes someone's life better.

Cultural Dysfunction: The Lack of Women in VC

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Jeff Bussgang

Although there is still plenty of sexism in corporate America, there are systems and processes in place to support diversity, recruiting and mentoring. Small VC partnerships do not live by similar rules.

Climate Change Response: How to Keep Cleantech Fire Burning

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

With climate change now officially a real and present danger, attention is turning back to the promise of clean energy and cleantech.

How to Increase the Odds of Success for Venture-Backed Companies

Faisal Hoque | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Faisal Hoque

While the venture capital industry has changed a great deal since the days of Georges Doriot, portfolio management styles have not. The industry still places the greatest emphasis on financial analysis vs. operational capabilities.

How to Fund a 'Fat Startup'

Sramana Mitra | Posted 07.02.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

These days, we focus a lot more on lean startups than startups that require capital to get going. The entire industry has moved away from the 'fat' st...

The Crowdfunding Conundrum

Glen Martin | Posted 06.28.2014 | Huffpost Code
Glen Martin

Crowdfunding isn't necessarily a panacea. In fact, observes Scott Miller, the CEO and co-founder of Dragon Innovation, Inc., has revealed an alarming Achilles heel: an inability to deliver hardware.

Top 10 U.S.-Based Venture Capital Funds

Lili Balfour | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
Lili Balfour

The first quarter of 2014 was a record-breaking quarter and serves as promise that venture capital, as an asset class, is on the ascend.

Florida's One Spark Crowdfunding Festival Sparks a Fire

Melissa Ross | Posted 06.14.2014 | Technology
Melissa Ross

For a city that has struggled to get anything at all truly going downtown, it was an exhilarating sight to see.

4 Tips On How to Raise Venture Capital With Topher Morrison

Jairek Robbins | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Jairek Robbins

"What's more important is that everyone who comes in contact with your business must get with absolute clarity what your business does and who they do it for."

Venture Capitalist Mark Suster - 8 Tips For Startup Success

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.10.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

What do an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist have in common? According to Mark Suster, Partner at Upfront Ventures - a lot. He would know - prior...