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Crowdfunding Isn't Legal Yet, Regulators Say

Reuters | Posted 06.28.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Some entrepreneurs are becoming so anxious to sell securities in their companies through crowdfunding sites that they are courting investo...

Yao Ming, Venture Capitalist

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 06.25.2012 | Small Business

Yao Ming, the 31-year-old, 7-foot 6-inch former NBA star forced into early retirement from injuries, is now trying to make a splash as a venture capit...

Romney's Secrets

Mike Lux | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

Bain Capital being a pioneer in outsourcing, investing in some of the leading early companies that advised American companies in how to most effectively do it, is a pretty big deal on the face of it, but it has even deeper implications than many people realize.

Can Mothers Found Start-Ups? (Hint: Yes)

Joan Williams | Posted 08.14.2012 | Technology
Joan Williams

Mothers who drop out to spend time with children are often depicted as being pulled by a biological impulse. But there are significant pushes as well -- particularly in Silicon Valley.

With Organized Angels on Their Side, Can Start-ups Really Start Up Anywhere in the Country?

Lynn-Ann Gries | Posted 08.12.2012 | Small Business
Lynn-Ann Gries

Sure, some companies -- even quite successful ones -- are only angel-funded. But many need a little extra financial bump to get them to the next level.

The "Uppity Women" of Silicon Valley

Joan Williams | Posted 08.05.2012 | Technology
Joan Williams

The sexualization of women in tech is often laughed off as an outlet for sexually frustrated geeks. But it's not an outlet for sexuality. It's an expression of sex discrimination. And regardless of whether Ellen Pao has a case, one thing is certain -- Silicon Valley has a problem.

Facebook's IPO May Harm Young Tech Startups, Expert Says

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.05.2012 | Small Business

Silicon Valley startup guru Paul Graham has issued a warning to entrepreneurs on the hunt for venture capital in the wake of Facebook's tumultuous pub...

(Video) Wibbitz Raises First Venture Round from Hong Kong Billionaire Li Ka-shing

Andy Plesser | Posted 08.05.2012 | Technology
Andy Plesser

Wibbitz, a Tel Aviv-based startup, which has developed a text-to-video solution, has raised $2.3 million, its first venture round, from Hong Kong-ba...

Nate C. Hindman

IPO Market Feels Chill After Facebook Plunge

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 01.24.2013 | Small Business

One fear racing through the minds of investors in the first two weeks after Facebook's IPO is that the stock's rapid descent will chill the market for...

The Three Myths of Venture Capital

Diane Mulcahy | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Diane Mulcahy

VCs are good capitalists. They sell what their investors will buy, and they charge what their investors will pay. The real problem, it turns out, lies with the institutional investors -- the ones doing the buying and the paying.

3 Ways to Save America's Black Boys, Pt. 2 of 3

Mike Green | Posted 07.23.2012 | Black Voices
Mike Green

Waiting on government for a solution is like waiting on Superman; neither will rescue our Black boys. That's our job.

Why Facebook Is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank | Posted 07.21.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

What's great for making tons of money may not be the same as what's great for innovation or for our country.

Death Watch: Billion-Dollar Startups

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.18.2012 | Business

So, the Facebook IPO did not exactly take off like a rocket. That's a blow to those, like us, who see a tech bubble forming around every corner. B...

Why Platform Apps like Pinterest, Socialcam and Viddy Will Help Facebook Grab More Ad Dollars

Rob Leathern | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business
Rob Leathern

This is fertile ground for Facebook advertisers, and should allow the creation of much more relevant and interesting ad campaigns -- and thus more ad dollars for Facebook, since there's currently no way for an app creator to generate revenue from the data they are contributing to the Open Graph.

Crowdfunding Secrets: Five Ways to Build an Amazing Campaign

Scott Steinberg | Posted 07.17.2012 | Small Business
Scott Steinberg

While no equity or ownership stake has previously changed hands in exchange for contributions, the recent passage of the JOBS Act may prove a game changer for entrepreneurs.

How to Engage a Venture Capitalist: Lessons From Our Dealflow

Andrew Tweed | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business
Andrew Tweed

The ways in which an entrepreneur might best connect with venture capitalists has been covered by a number of other VCs across the web, but we thought it might be helpful for entrepreneurs to put this question into context by providing actual operating data regarding deal flow for our firm.

Facebook's First Backers Feel The Love As IPO Approaches

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2012 | Small Business

(By Sarah McBride - Reuters) - For the handful of venture capitalists who backed Facebook (FB.O) in its early days, a huge financial payoff is not the...

Innovation in the Government Industry, Vol. 1: Seasteading

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 07.09.2012 | Small Business
Michael B. Fishbein

Innovation and progress requires experimentation -- trial and error. Unfortunately, for entrepreneurs with ideas for "startup countries," there's no way for them to experiment. It's not like the software industry where all you need is a laptop.

Teenage Whiz-Kid Raises $7 Million For Startup Payments Company

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2012 | Small Business

(By Sarah McBride - Reuters) - Gumroad, a start-up payments company run by 19-year-old entrepreneur Sahil Lavingia, has raised $7 million in a funding...

'Impact Investing' And Social Enterprises: Knowing When To Scale

Thane Kreiner | Posted 06.28.2012 | Impact
Thane Kreiner

At the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, we focus on helping social entrepreneurs build ventures that scale. My colleague and mentor Jim Ko...

Can the Crowd Be More Patient

Fred Wilson | Posted 06.26.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

I can feel the crowdfunding movement coming. And I think it will be impactful and helpful in many way. And I hope that its impact will be most felt in the sectors that have been starved for capital, not the sectors that are awash in capital.

Venture Capital Firm Giving Half of Profits To Charity

Reuters | Posted 04.25.2012 | Small Business

(By Sarah McBride - Reuters) - In an effort to kickstart more charitable giving around Silicon Valley, the six general partners at venture firm Andree...

Did A Startup Bubble Just Pop?

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Small Business

Venture capital financing fell 21 percent in the first quarter of 2012 to its lowest level in nearly two years, according to a new report. That's ...

Why We Chose Silicon Alley Over the Valley

Emmanuel Schalit | Posted 06.18.2012 | Technology
Emmanuel Schalit

When our start-up, Dashlane, started working on building our product in Paris, we knew that our success or failure would be decided in the United Stat...

D.M. Levine

Private Equity Doing Just Fine, Thanks

HuffingtonPost.com | D.M. Levine | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business

The boom times are back, sort of, for private equity, but don't break out the champagne just yet. More companies backed by private equity went publ...