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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.

Is Pinterest Worth $2.5 Billion Dollars?

Jeanette Cajide | Posted 04.09.2013 | Technology
Jeanette Cajide

Call me foolish but I rather have a $100 million dollar company that actually makes money than a $1 billion dollar company that prints Monopoly money.

Catherine New

Babysitting Matchmaker Raised $6 Million While Pregnant

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.26.2013 | Technology

When the babysitter calls out sick, even the best dinner reservation in town quickly becomes worthless. For entrepreneur Lynn Perkins, that was not ju...

Conscience Is In, Greed Is Out and Crowdfunding Is On

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 04.07.2013 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

For most entrepreneurs crowdfunding is not just an option anymore. It is a necessity. And as we all know, necessity is the mother of invention. Stay tuned.

How Watching Jerry Maguire Can Help You Raise Money

Nayia Moysidis | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Nayia Moysidis

"Show me the money," I told myself six or seven times, and then just once, just as a final pump-up tactic, one epic shout: "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" When I emerged from the Starbucks bathroom, a young woman peeked inside, visibly nervous.

Why Twitter Won't IPO in 2013

Bryce Maddock | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Bryce Maddock

You have seen it a hundred times before. The latest "it" company is standing on a balcony, overlooking a sea of applauding stockbrokers, reporters and other NYSE staff. Their company has gone public and the only way to go from here is up, right? Wrong.

The Crowdfunding Solution: If the Government Can't Fix the Economy... Maybe Entrepreneurs Can

Trey Bowles | Posted 03.25.2013 | Small Business
Trey Bowles

I often write about the brave and innovative entrepreneurs in Texas, but that is only because they are working overtime to lead by example in the startup community. Texas companies have made it a habit to dream big and follow that up with execution and realistic solutions.

Who Not to Take Money From...

Mark MacLeod | Posted 03.25.2013 | Small Business
Mark MacLeod

VCs are a popular target for the media, bloggers (and even fellow VCs) to hate on. Here's my completely biased and unscientific checklist of who not to take money from.

How Women Entrepreneurs Succeed in the Midwest

Lynn-Ann Gries | Posted 03.17.2013 | Technology
Lynn-Ann Gries

There's cause to feel optimistic about the ability of women to be even bigger players in high growth entrepreneurship in the not-so-distant future -- and it's a byproduct of several things.

'Moneyball' Comes to Silicon Valley: What Technology Investor Dan Scheinman Sees

James Grundvig | Posted 03.13.2013 | Technology
James Grundvig

"Disruption" is so analog. Transformation is the word that will capture the new era of the mobile enterprise. Many legacy Fortune 500 tech giants -- Dell, Intel, Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, et al. -- are rushing to change as the static, analog PC Age they thrived in dies faster than anyone predicted.

BuzzFeed Raises $20 Million, Our Interview with Jonah Peretti

Andy Plesser | Posted 05.30.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

BuzzFeed, the fast-growing news site, has raised a new venture round of $20 million. In November, we interviewed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti a...

Midwest Primed For Action Despite Uncertain 2013 VC Climate

Ray Leach | Posted 02.20.2013 | Small Business
Ray Leach

On December 19, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource released their 2013 Venture View predictions survey. If so...

Medical District's Bio Center Launches New Orleans Startups

Susan Buchanan | Posted 02.15.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Over a decade ago, local leaders and Louisiana State University hatched plans to make Mid-City New Orleans a bio center. Economists cited a need to diversify beyond tourism, but residents have questioned the destruction of Lower Mid-City homes to make way for the BioDistrict.

Crowdfunding: Where Should You Invest?

Tony Fish | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
Tony Fish

Whilst the obvious answer is in a good business, good idea and a good team; this blog explores that this is an obvious trap. The simple answer to wh...

An Inspirational True Story of Resilience and the American Dream

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
MeiMei Fox

Bend, Not Break centers around eight of Ping Fu's life lessons, from her childhood in Mao's China, to finding her way as a poor American immigrant, to becoming a widely respected female executive and mother.