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State Crowdfunding and the State Banks Will Moot the JOBS Act

Kevin Lawton | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Kevin Lawton

We have a signed federal law allowing Americans to access securities crowdfunding, as per the JOBS Act.  But as usual, Congress passed the baton to t...

200 Million Snaps A Day And Counting

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2013 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Snapchat, a service that allows users to exchange fleeting photo messages, raised $60 million in a funding round led by vent...

The Curse of the Network Effect

Nir Eyal | Posted 08.19.2013 | Technology
Nir Eyal

Ethan Stock lived the Silicon Valley dream. He had recently sold his company to eBay and emanated the tanned skin and relaxed composure you'd expect of someone who just cashed a big corporate check. But I was surprised by what he said next. "Mediocrity is worse than failure, you know?"

What Do You Get When You Mix 10,000+ Hours of Experiences and Leadership With Entrepreneurial Aspirations?

Ebong Eka | Posted 08.13.2013 | Small Business
Ebong Eka

Whether you're a fan of Malcolm Gladwell (and his book Outliers) or not, chances are you've heard the reference of the 10,000 hour rule! In essence, achieving greatness requires an enormous commitment to time -- approximately 10,000 hours.

Entrepreneurs: 5 Moves To Master The Mundane

Fahad Hassan | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Fahad Hassan

Yeah, I'm at home watching golf in my mom's basement waiting for the Papa John's delivery guy to bring me my lunch. Most days at a start-up may actually seem kind of boring to someone who only read's about the billion dollar exits in Silicon Valley.

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.

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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.