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Invest in Things You Understand

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Complex financial schemes and investment theses lend themselves to inefficiency and un-internalized risks. That's why investors may want to take a look at consumer products. As consumers themselves, they "speak the same language."

In Wake of Election, SMBs Expected to Serve as Engine of Economic Growth

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 01.14.2013 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Small businesses now must make some assumptions about policy decisions and move forward. They are too important to the country's economic recovery to remain in limbo.

Surf Free or Die? It's Time to Pay for What We Consume

Rich Nadworny | Posted 01.07.2013 | Technology
Rich Nadworny

Even if we don't pay for using sites and service, free isn't free. The price of free is advertising -- and there are very few instances where advertising doesn't make the product worse.

Can Embracing the Equity Upside Transform the Old Continent?

Davor Hebel | Posted 01.06.2013 | Business
Davor Hebel

Most of the world's wealth creation is done through equity and to transform Europe we need as many equity owners as possible.

What the Presidential Election Means for Crowdfunding and Small Businesses

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Tuesday's vote has a significant impact on the nation's 28 million small businesses, which impacts our national economy as well. Small businesses are responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs over the past two decades. The candidates have both had their say, now it is our turn.

Top Picks in Technology and Media in NYC

Kay Koplovitz | Posted 12.24.2012 | Business
Kay Koplovitz

If you want a close look at cutting edge companies that will fuel our economy, you need to know more about 11 amazing women and the companies they have founded.

How to Get a VC Meeting: The Flowchart

Steve Blank | Posted 12.24.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

I often get asked, "How do I get a meeting with a VC?" Here is my slightly tongue-in-cheek view.

Transformational Transportation - The Rideshare Revolution

Mike Montgomery | Posted 12.19.2012 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

In our 21st Century society, I'll be cautiously optimistic that a well-intentioned CPUC will recognize the value dynamic new smartphone apps such as SideCar bring to the table.

Maybe the Elephants Really Can Dance! 

David Jones Jr. | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
David Jones Jr.

When the 900-page-plus Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted my first reaction was simple relief that the political spectacle had finally ended. My second was that implementation the largest health system overhaul since the 1960s, would be a fiasco.

Summing Up Your Startup in One Minute

Hulya Aksu | Posted 12.12.2012 | Small Business
Hulya Aksu

For all the ideas I implemented, there have always been a dozen more I thought about that others also later thought about -- and made a killing implementing them. Feeling the atmosphere in business terms and making predictions is a talent one is born with.

Startup Communities -- Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten its first "here's how to do it" book.

Prediction: Facebook Hits 2 Billion Users in 2014

John Pavley | Posted 12.06.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

I've crudely plotted Facebook's user growth in an old notebook, ignoring all sorts of factors that I don't know: attrition rate, macroeconomics, tech scalability, global warming, and the number of cat videos on the Internet.

The Venture Capital Paradox Explained: Interview With Silicon Valley Legend Vinod Khosla

James Grundvig | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
James Grundvig

Two Silicon Valley technology conferences in mid-September came up with opposing headlines, not unlike two colliding neutron stars. They are also contrarian coming from two elite members of the venture capital community.

Crowdfunding Rescues Controversial Film

AP | YOUKYUNG LEE | Posted 12.01.2012 | Small Business

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After being turned down by many investors over the last four years, South Korean film producer Choi Yong-bae said it feels...

How to Land an Angel Investor

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 11.24.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

I cannot speak for other angel investors, but I'll explain what it takes to get me to invest. The following snippets are based on actual meetings I've had over the past eight months with developers seeking funding for their ventures.

The Future of Venture Capital (Part 2)

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 11.21.2012 | Technology
Michael B. Fishbein

I wanted to highlight three companies taking a new approach to starting and funding technology startups: Betaworks, Casual Corp, and Innovation Endeavours.

You're Going To Fail

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 09.22.2012 | Small Business

Failure is a big part of the startup game. When investors bet on fledgling companies, most of them know that the risk is high -- but few knew it was t...

The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out Of 4 Start-Ups Fail

Wall Street Journal | Posted 09.20.2012 | Technology

About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. don't return investors' capital, according to recent research by Shikhar Ghosh, a senior lect...

The Real Victims of Romney's America

Will Bunch | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Will Bunch

In addition to Romney's appalling lack of understanding of what Americans do not pay federal income taxes and why, the symptoms of this "victim"-hood he so deplores were in large part created by the practices of Wall Street types like him and Marc Leder.

How Platforms Could Speed Health Innovation: An Interview With Adrian Ott

Phil Simon | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business
Phil Simon

Among the many benefits of embracing platform thinking, innovation happens faster, costs less, and reaches more people. I recently sat down with Adrian C. Ott, a corporate adviser and award-winning author of The 24-Hour Customer.

'I'm Developing An App' Is The New 'I'm Writing A Script'

Eric Kuhn | Posted 11.17.2012 | Los Angeles
Eric Kuhn

Technology accelerators and incubators have sprung up around L.A., making it easier for a new entrepreneurs and seasoned Hollywood executives alike to quit their jobs and pursue the startup dream.

Why Republicans Are Wrong in Wanting 'No More Solyndras'

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

There is an urgent need for investment in new technologies in America. We must oppose the "No More Solyndras Act."

Will Romney's Run Expose Lack of Diversity in Private Capital Industry?

Mike Green | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Mike Green

Mitt Romney is running for president on the record of his experience as a job creator in the private equity and venture capital industry. So, the issue of inclusion, or lack thereof, should be center stage. What is Romney's record on economic inclusion?

The Future of Venture Capital

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 10.29.2012 | Technology
Michael B. Fishbein

We're at the start of a major shift in the way technology startups are funded. Open-source technology, cloud computing, and online distribution have made it cheaper than ever to build a product and get customers.

'I Went to See the VC and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt'

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Before you starting to talk to a VC, make sure you know what the rules of the game are.