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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 ...

Progress and Promise in Las Vegas

Venture For America | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Venture For America

By Jude Stanion, Venture for America Class of 2012 When I moved to Las Vegas over a year ago, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I had ...

Why Crowdfunding Rocks

Hanaan Rosenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Hanaan Rosenthal

The web, in these cases, is all about displacement. Letting you and I decide what goes and what doesn't rather than having some suit decide for us.

Will the JOBS Act Actually Create Any JOBS?

Patrick McGinnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Patrick McGinnis

Now that the most significant change in securities law in years has become the law of the land, it's incumbent on Americans to ask a basic question: how will the JOBS Act actually create jobs?

Crowd Equity Will Not Measure Up to the Hype

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jonathan Aberman

Allowing people who are not well off to invest up to $5,000 in the stock of a small privately held company is a big change -- it undermines 80+ years of securities laws based upon a simple principle.

Kansas City Is Becoming a Mecca for Big Technology Names

Jason Grill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jason Grill

Kansas City will continue to be a catalyst for growth in the entrepreneurial sector in America and its technology innovation prowess is proving to be on the rise.

Company Building 2.0: Help Us Pick Our Logo

Steve Harmon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Harmon

In the old days (like yesterday) building a startup venture was a process based on 19th-century ideas. Typically in a startup it has an idea, puts tog...

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream - Spreading Happiness and Making A Difference One Scoop At A Time

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Michael "Mikey" Cole's story is an inspiring one: he went from prison, to business school, to where he stands today -- selling healthy ice cream as part of his latest venture.

Crowdsourcing Design: An Interview with DesignCrowd Founder Alec Lynch

Phil Simon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Phil Simon

I've written extensively on this site and in my books about crowdsourcing. These days, you can use the wisdom of crowds to do just about anything--inc...

You Don't Have to Go to the Valley

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 12.25.2013 | Small Business
Jonathan Aberman

My overall message to entrepreneurs is simple. If your goal is to grow a business that is sellable in the short-term, you should build a business that your local larger companies will want to buy.

From Concepts to Companies: Creating High Growth and Wealth

John Warner | Posted 12.21.2013 | Technology
John Warner

Investors too often ask startup entrepreneurs what revenue will be in five years. Investors need to let the entrepreneurs know what they would like for revenue to be so entrepreneurs can plug that into their spreadsheets.

Views From the Top, an Interview with Venture Capitalist, Jalak Jobanputra

Susan McPherson | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Susan McPherson

Future

Columbus Might Have Blown Steve Jobs Out of the Water

Lynda Bekore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Lynda Bekore

As we celebrate the 521st anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America, let's remember him for who he really was--America's first entrepr...