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Recruit This Rock Star If You Want to Raise Money Fast

Lili Balfour | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Lili Balfour

Can you lead your team? Do you have conviction in your ideas while remaining open to new ideas? Do you enthusiastically accept criticism and view it as an opportunity to learn and grow?

Money Alone Doesn't Guarantee Success: Why Most Venture-Backed Companies Fail

Faisal Hoque | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Faisal Hoque

Money doesn't guarantee success; only effective execution can deliver that goal. I believe improving the odds for venture-backed companies requires better execution.

Zhongguancun in Beijing: China's Silicon Valley

Steve Blank | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

In the few days I was in China I met with several VCs, angel investors, business press and spoke to hundreds of entrepreneurs. I was blown away by what I saw in Beijing. Think of what Rome looked like in the time of the empire -- now it's Beijing announcing that China has arrived.

The Top 5 Lessons Learned in Our First Year

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 06.25.2013 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

In the course of its first year any startup will confront issues it had not anticipated. Decisions will be made that are wrong. Every new business is different, and every one will encounter its own unique problems. Here are the lessons we learned from our mistakes at CircleUp in our first year.

Oh No He Didn't -- A Guide for VC's When Talking to Women Entrepreneurs

Genevieve Thiers | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology
Genevieve Thiers

Guys, put simply, it's like dating. First, we need to know that we're not going to end up dead in a ditch somewhere, second, we're the ones that are used to playing a little hard to get, and finally, a little foreplay is nice!

Making Big Data Small (and Accessible): Interview With SiSense CEO Amit Bendov

James Grundvig | Posted 06.18.2013 | Technology
James Grundvig

Two weeks after the GigaOm Conference on Structure Data in New York, Gerstein Fisher held its annual Real Talk series. The subject of the investment management firm's lecture followed GigaOm's footsteps, as if by design.

HatchedIt.com Founder's Message to Women: Ask For What You Want

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Dr. Sasha Galbraith

As more women face the challenge, the proverbial glass ceiling will keep cracking and hopefully, one day it will break apart. Until then, don't be afraid to take risks and nurture your ideas. They might just hatch.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital

Steve Blank | Posted 06.12.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I'd share what I learned in China.

China's Torch Program: The Glow That Can Light the World

Steve Blank | Posted 06.12.2013 | World
Steve Blank

I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Start-up Owners Manual. In these series of fiv...

How to Get Funding: 3 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Close Deals Faster

Stephen Zarrilli | Posted 06.09.2013 | Small Business
Stephen Zarrilli

When everyone's on the same page, investors can better identify companies in which they have interest, and entrepreneurs can more quickly raise the capital they need to grow their business.

TechStars: The All You Can Eat Lobster Buffet

Nick Taranto | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Nick Taranto

We're excited to publicly announce that Plated.com will be joining the TechStars New York class of 2013!

5 Employee Costs Founders Often Forget

Bryce Maddock | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Bryce Maddock

Major acquisitions aside, startups are often blind to the actual costs associated with full-time employees. As you celebrate and toast to your latest round of funding, please take heed of five employee costs often forgotten by founders.

What's Next From the Israeli Tech Community?

Zach Cutler | Posted 05.19.2013 | Technology
Zach Cutler

Whether creating fun consumer technologies, advanced enterprise software or biotech breakthroughs, Israelis are certainly proving -- startup by startup -- that they are able and willing to solve some of the world's greatest issues.

Fighters vs. Arms Dealers

Andrew_Yang | Posted 05.14.2013 | Small Business
Andrew_Yang

One reason the finance business is always busy is that it functions much like the arms dealer. You don't need to figure out precisely who's going to win or lose. Some fail, some succeed. If they succeed, they wind up building an army that's accomplishing something.

Commencement Inspiration: From Hindsights to the Super Bowl

Dr. James J. Kelly | Posted 05.14.2013 | College
Dr. James J. Kelly

College graduation is a big deal, and a commencement speaker's ability to share something of himself or herself that sticks and gives hope can play an important inspirational role.

On Creativeness and Why Crowdfunding Will Surpass the VC industry

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.11.2013 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

According to the Kickstarter's data, there was $274 billion collected last year (+238 percent from 2011). In comparison, VC's invested $26.5 billion in 2012 (-10 percent from 2011). Do you see the difference?

Catherine New

LOOK: 9 Strange Things You Can Have Regularly Delivered To Your Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 03.11.2013 | Small Business

Even as newspapers and magazines lament the demise of subscribers, there seems to be no shortage of small businesses vying to deliver other goods to y...

When VCs Say No

Lili Balfour | Posted 05.06.2013 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

We all know about crowd funding, but there are several sources of capital that are rarely discussed: revenue-based loans and asset-based loans. Both types of loans are similar to venture capital in that they work best with companies that have demonstrated potential for strong future growth.

Life on Elitus: Rattner Discovers New Planet

Gregory C. Simon | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Gregory C. Simon

While Elitus sounds interesting, its distinction between Venturians and Crowders seems oddly out of touch with events on Earth where starting new things has been in vogue for centuries.

It's Rocky, but Our Transition to Clean Energy Is Well Underway

Clint Wilder | Posted 05.04.2013 | Green
Clint Wilder

Even with all the hype about fracking, natural gas was not the No. 1 source of new electricity generation in the U.S. in 2012. In fact, it was wind power, accounting for over 40 percent of new capacity compared with 33 percent for gas, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Temping at the Highest Levels: Meet the Interim Executive

Robert Jordan | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Robert Jordan

These days more middle market companies are utilizing a new type of supertemp without adding to overhead. While interim management is not yet a household phrase, some companies are already getting the best of both worlds: temporary and expert.

What Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy Can Learn From Microfinance

April Rinne | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
April Rinne

At first glance, it may seem that microfinance and the Sharing Economy have little in common. However, this first impression is incomplete. Further investigation reveals a multitude of similarities key lessons that collaborative consumption could learn from microfinance.

How Committed are your Investors?

Mark MacLeod | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Mark MacLeod

Today's software startup does not need $5M to get going. 1/10 of that is more the case. In response to this development we are seeing new breeds of investors from angels to super angels, micro VCs, etc.

Boston's LearnLaunch Hosts Distinguished Ed Tech Meet Up

Tanyella Evans | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Tanyella Evans

Even though the conference is over, LearnLaunch continues to be basecamp for the ed tech community in Boston. If you want to join in the buzz, check out the regularly updated discussions on their LinkedIn group.

The Need for Talent in 'Fly-over' Cities

Venture For America | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif So far in Ohio and other fly-over states, emerging models of public-private partnerships are yielding encouraging returns, and programs such as VFA recognize this progress and contribute to their growth.