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Fund Raising is a Means, Not an End

Steve Blank | Posted 08.11.2013 | Small Business
Steve Blank

For many entrepreneurs "raising money" has replaced "building a sustainable business" as their goal. That's a big mistake. When you take money from investors, their business model becomes yours.

Eleazar David Melendez

Why Bitcoin Is Being Taken Seriously

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business

Bitcoin is becoming such a real and sizable instrument of commerce that investors are now pouring into new ventures aimed at furthering its use, finan...

Think You Like What You Like? Think Again

Nir Eyal | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Nir Eyal

A funny thing happens when you lie to people: they tend to believe. Why shouldn't they? They lie to themselves all the time. Our minds are wired to respond in predictable ways-among them is perceiving the world the way we want to see it, not necessarily the way it is.

Five Things I Learned Starting a Company

Ingrid Sanders | Posted 07.19.2013 | Small Business
Ingrid Sanders

If the motivation is anything less than, "I just can't not do it," you might want to think twice because times will get tough. Here are five other things I've learned in the first six months of building a company.

The Future Is Messy and We Aren't Even Close to Ready

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Aberman

As I have read the various articles and blogs about Google Glass over the last few weeks, it has led me to marvel at how completely people are missing the point.

China Startups - The Gold Rush and Fire Extinguishers

Steve Blank | Posted 07.07.2013 | 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.

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.