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Venture Capitalists

On the Meaning of Entrepreneurship

Max Gladwell | Posted 04.17.2014 | Business
Max Gladwell

The path to starting and scaling a venture-backed business is defined by a series of hurdles and gateways that become more challenging as you move through each one.

4 Tips On How to Raise Venture Capital With Topher Morrison

Jairek Robbins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Business
Jairek Robbins

"What's more important is that everyone who comes in contact with your business must get with absolute clarity what your business does and who they do it for."

Ballot Measure to Divide CA Into 6 Mini-States Is Based on Idea That Smaller Government Is Always Better Government -- Not So

Peter Scheer | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Peter Scheer

The theory behind Draper's ballot measure is that subdividing California creates smaller state governments -- and that the smaller and more local the state governments, the more politically accountable and the better managed they will be.

Analyze The ROI Of Your Innovation Idea, Step By Step

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Bobby Grajewski

In our experience, those who view their invention as a business opportunity (and keep their emotional attachment to their idea out of the equation) are the most successful.

Technology in Health Care: Thriving in a Patient-Centric Era

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Bobby Grajewski

The present is a great time for health care innovation. Instead of looking at the shutdown in Washington, D.C., or the battle over the Patient Protect...

How Big Is Something That Doesn't Exist?

Amy Radin | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Amy Radin

Innovators, especially in established organizations, need complementary characters around them, people who can help sustain commitment and who have the tolerance for ambiguity that allows innovators to work through the messy process of building the next great thing.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Silicon Valley Talk From a Woman's Perspective Scoble (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 10.14.2013 | Technology
Jimmy Nguyen

What's life in Silicon Valley like - from a woman's perspective? I have some "Travel Talk" with tech event planner Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble. She sheds light on how talk in Silicon Valley is different than anywhere else.

Sitting Atop the Next Harry Potter

Desiree Michael | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Desiree Michael

Living in Greece and watching the birth of a long-awaited technological revolution is fascinating in and of itself.

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.

The 18 Most Ridiculous Startup Ideas That Eventually Became Successful

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 04.12.2013 | Small Business

Even the most well-known venture capitalists have startups they regret passing on. For John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, it was Twitter. For Fred Wils...

Why the VC World feels Like One Big Boys Club

Jules Pieri | Posted 04.04.2013 | Business
Jules Pieri

While the entrepreneurs I meet are vibrant, open-minded and diverse, it often feels like a 1969 office scene when you visit venture capitalists in their native environment. The workforce looks like the cast from Mad Men, diversity-wise.

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.

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?

How Being a Venture Capitalist Is Like Being a Hollywood Studio Executive

Matt Fates | Posted 04.23.2013 | Entertainment
Matt Fates

Sometimes the success of a great film relies on the best pairing of idea and director. The same goes for business. It's part of the role of the studio executive and the VC to ensure that the right leader is in place to execute the right idea smoothly, on budget, and on time.

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.

Infusionsoft Receives $54 Million in Expansion Capital From Goldman Sachs

Melody Stevens | Posted 03.18.2013 | Small Business
Melody Stevens

Infusionsoft, an eight-year-old software company founded by Clate Mask (CEO) and his two brothers, Scott and Eric Martineau, has just been given $54M in expansion funding from the investment firm Goldman Sachs.

Women to Watch: Theresia Gouw Ranzetta

Willow Bay | Posted 01.27.2013 | Technology
Willow Bay

Venture capitalist Theresia Gouw Ranzetta sees opportunity where others see obstacles.

The Quieter Wreckage That Sandy Left Behind

Judy Shapiro | Posted 01.19.2013 | Small Business
Judy Shapiro

While one might expect New York start-ups to exhibit their well-earned reputation for toughness laced with a top note of kvetching, there's no kvetching going on at all. In fact, quite the opposite.

Mitt Romney and the Capitalist Extremists Who Want to Destroy America

Dion Rabouin | Posted 12.24.2012 | Black Voices
Dion Rabouin

I'm perpetually annoyed by the blind reverence and adulation African Americans seem to shower on our president despite the fact that few of them can name a single thing he's done, other than get himself elected, to help them.

Million Dollar Ideas Make Money and Create Jobs Too

Chuck Cohn | Posted 12.06.2012 | Small Business
Chuck Cohn

The reality is, though, that incremental business model improvements in big markets can result in highly successful ventures, create many jobs, and solve problems that customers were previously experiencing.

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.

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.

Gerry Smith

On Stage, Startups Have 7 Minutes To Shine

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.24.2012 | Technology

For Chris Collins, all the hours spent building a website, developing relationships with food vendors and rehearsing his pitch had come down to this: ...

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...

'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.