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Venture Capital

Nanny Sam to the Rescue: Stop the Startups!

Bob Rice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Rice

One of George Bush's most memorable lines was his complaint that the French had no word for "entrepreneur". Well, if Senator Dodd's new financial reform bill becomes law, we may well have the word, but no longer any need for it.

ZipCar Files For $75 Million IPO (POLL)

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

"It's comeback time for venture IPOs," the Wall Street Journal presciently declared in January. In the first quarter of 2010, the number of U.S. vent...

Is Your Company Venture-backable?

Jose Ferreira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jose Ferreira

So, you want to be an entrepreneur. Sure, some VCs are a little gun-shy, but the smart ones are investing. How do you get them to invest in you?

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (Not)

Jeff Bocan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Bocan

Despite representing roughly 33% of the population, less than 14% of venture capital dollars find their way to the Midwest to convert technology discoveries into new companies and jobs.

The Entrepreneurial University -- Revving Up Innovation on Our Nation's Campuses

Buck Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Buck Goldstein

These grim economic times and the complexity of the world's biggest problems demand that our renowned universities become problem-centered engines of innovation and increasingly adept at execution.

Entrepreneurial Activity At A 14-Year High

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Despite, or perhaps because of, the recession, U.S. entrepreneurial activity is at its highest rate in 14 years. And yes, that includes the tech boom ...

Dodd Reform Bill May tartups Get Hit By Shrapnel In The Banking Bill

avc.com | Fred Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

What does a bill attempting to regulate the banking industry have to do with startups? Well unfortunately, it contains two provisions that are quite p...

Financial Times Award Recognizes Seeds of Social Change

Saul Garlick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saul Garlick

The Social Innovation Awards present a forum for organizations to highlight their latest methods for addressing social needs and promoting better business.

Is There Really an NYC Start-Up Boom? And if So, What's Causing It?

Jose Ferreira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Ferreira

In years past, the best-and-brightest all came to NYC to work in law, fashion, or finance. The talent's still coming, but those industries have all shrunk. The big beneficiary is the start-up scene.

Angels Hover Over Small Businesses, and Some Are Making Deals

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Angel investors are often wealthy individuals that invest under $1 million in promising, new companies. They lend to companies that are too risky for traditional business loans from conservative banking institutions.

Cloud Computing Is Powering Innovation in the Silicon Valley

Ping Li | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ping Li

Every day, I witness how cloud computing is transforming the entrepreneurial landscape and fueling a strong start-up culture. Nearly ¾ of the companies my firm invests in are launching on the cloud.

Green Dot vs. Kwedit: Innovation vs. Exploitation

Patrice Peyret | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patrice Peyret

In a prior post , I took a shot at venture capital firms' lackadaisical interest in funding financial services innovation. Now two recent events sign...

Thrust Fund: Would You Trade 6% Of Your Lifetime Income For Cash Upfront?

VentureBeat | Kim-Mai Cutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Three entrepreneurs are offering a share of their life's income in exchange for cash upfront and have banded together to form the Thrust Fund, an onli...

"Financial Advice" Is Destroying Your Wealth

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

The securities and insurance industries divert attention from basic principles of finance and investing by offering a dizzying array of products intended to confuse, seduce and separate investors from their money.

Clean Energy is Key to California's Future

Steve Westly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Westly

Yesterday will either be remembered as a funny aberration or the moment the flat earth society changed the course of California and perhaps American h...

A New British Invasion to Boost Our Economy, Evade Credit Crunch

Jeff Bocan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Bocan

Just like traditional venture capital funds, VCTs provide equity capital to fast-growing small and mid-sized businesses; however, unlike traditional venture funds, the underlying investors are you and me.

The Midwest Is Going Off The Grid ... One Turbine At A Time

Jeff Bocan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Bocan

My infatuation with wind power was titillated in the unlikeliest of places: the background of a Monday Night football game where a tall wind turbine spun gently beyond the stadium's walls.

Why Publishers are Like Venture Capitalists

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coker

I invite you to play the word game. Copy and paste this post into a word processor. Replace "entrepreneurs" with "authors," and "startups" with "books." Now read it again!

Venture Capital Firms Go for Supersize Status

Rebecca Fannin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rebecca Fannin

Super-size is the latest trend among venture capital shops that are still capable of raising funds in the current depressed economy. History shows just how cyclical the business is.

Cupcake Shop Fad Appeals To Many Entrepreneurs Across The Country

nytimes.com | ELIZABETH OLSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

There is no Cupcake Manufacturers Association keeping count, but anecdotal evidence indicates that stand-alone cupcake shops have been spreading not j...

Upcoming Obama Conference Could Be Bad News for Small Business

Chris Gunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Gunn

Small business groups are concerned the real agenda of the upcoming Obama administration small business conference will be to adopt legislation and policy that will change the definition of a small business.

Fossilizing Fossil Fuels: You Gotta Believe...

Jeff Bocan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Bocan

The romantic vision of weaning the Midwest, and ideally the U.S., off the fossil fuel-powered electricity grid is appealing to many. I am not a skeptic - I am a true believer.

Understanding The Heartbeat Of The Economy

Krisztina 'Z' Holly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Krisztina 'Z' Holly

There is a common image of entrepreneurs being young renegades that aren't polluted by old ways of thinking. They come into a new industry, with no former biases, and turn it upside down.

America's Midwest: Cashless Chasm or the Valley of Opportunity?

Jeff Bocan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Bocan

I want to offer a macro-level view of the larger opportunity I see in both Michigan and the Midwest, as a venture capitalist looking for small businesses that have a chance to become much, much bigger businesses.

More Power to Google in China: Why Does US-Backed Baidu.com Get a Pass?

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Peter Scheer

Baidu is often described in the press as China's "home-grown" internet portal. But its stock trades on the NASDAQ exchange. And it is today majority-owned by institutional investors with names like Fidelity and Morgan Stanley.