entrepreneurs

  • How To Appeal To Investors: Top VCs Reveal The Anatomy Of A Successful Entrepreneur

    How To Appeal To Investors: Top VCs Reveal The Anatomy Of A Successful Entrepreneur

    At a very fundamental level, the venture capital business is being reshaped. Speaking to a crowd at the Grind work space in New York last week, Fred Wilson addressed this ongoing shift, saying, “there’s two times as much capital in the venture capital business today than we, the professional investors who make up the venture business, can actually put to work intelligently.”… Read More

  • Win A Meeting With Sean Parker, SV Angel & More In An Auction To Benefit Cancer Research

    Win A Meeting With Sean Parker, SV Angel & More In An Auction To Benefit Cancer Research

    The Motion To Dismiss Cancer, a team formed to raise money for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), recently kicked off its annual “Venture Capital Master’s Lunch Series,” an ongoing auction that offers anyone and everyone an opportunity to win private meetings with an array of top venture capitalists and startup founders — with all proceeds going to benefit… Read More

  • Steve Blank Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Fail Less

    Steve Blank Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Fail Less

    While secretly wanting to be an entrepreneur but working at Electronic Arts, I would sometimes sneak out early and jet to Stanford campus to crash Steve Blank’s entrepreneurial lecture series. Steve literally wrote the book on customer development with “Four Steps To The Epiphany” and now he’s back again co-authoring a 500-page reference guide with Bob Dorf called… Read More

  • From Team Player To Coach = From Entrepreneur To CEO

    From Team Player To Coach = From Entrepreneur To CEO

    For entrepreneurs, navigating a career through the Valley can be a lot like competitive sports. Similarities include locker room leadership, a shifting playbook and ongoing onslaughts from opponents. What is perhaps the most important likeness to highlight, however, is the requisite sense of what your place is in the game. The differences between each role in a company and team are… Read More

  • The Spanx Woman Is Worth A Billion?! My Key Takeaways

    The Spanx Woman Is Worth A Billion?! My Key Takeaways

    I’m a complete sexist. I want women to look as good as possible. And I’m not the only one. Women want to look as sexy as possible. That’s why they buy hundreds of millions worth of form-fitting Spanx every year. And now Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx is worth a billion according to Forbes. She took Justin Timberlake’s advice. A million is not cool. A billion is… Read More

  • Turning Two: FoundersCard Pulls Back The Curtain On Its Membership Community For Entrepreneurs

    Turning Two: FoundersCard Pulls Back The Curtain On Its Membership Community For Entrepreneurs

    The top executives in today’s largest corporations not only travel in style, but they have access to an absurd array of perks while they travel, from awards and complimentary products to discounts on just about everything. On the IPO “road show” for his company VarsityBooks (now part of eFollet.com), serial entrepreneur Eric Kuhn remembers being “amazed” by… Read More

  • Attn Student Entrepreneurs: Highland Capital Wants To Help Kickstart Your Business

    Attn Student Entrepreneurs: Highland Capital Wants To Help Kickstart Your Business

    VC firm Highland Capital Partners is sounding the horn for their fifth annual “Summer@Highland” entrepreneurship program. The 10-week program aims to provide young, talented entrepreneurs with the environment and resources they need to kickstart their early-stage technology companies. Read More

  • Want To Build A Startup? Entrepreneurs & App Developers Are Going B2B

    Want To Build A Startup? Entrepreneurs & App Developers Are Going B2B

    You may have heard someone say, or said yourself: “I want to build a business, what should I focus on?” Obviously, the possible answers are nearly infinite. Steve Poland wrote a great post in December that addresses this question directly. I would agree with Steve’s main piece of advice for founders and entrepreneurs: Focus on problems. Start with a space you know, and… Read More

  • A City Is A Startup: The Rise Of The Mayor-Entrepreneur

    A City Is A Startup: The Rise Of The Mayor-Entrepreneur

    On stage at last month’s Le Web conference Shervin Pishevar, a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, stated “The World is a Startup.” It’s an interesting perspective and I think what’s true for the world is also true for countries, states and cities. With developments like last month’s announcement that Cornell was selected to build a new tech campus in New… Read More

  • Pitch Now: Intel Awarding Young Entrepreneurs With $100K For Whizbang Business Ideas

    Pitch Now: Intel Awarding Young Entrepreneurs With $100K For Whizbang Business Ideas

    Intel knows a thing or two about technology and innovation. Hey, that’s why they hired Will.i.am as “director of creative innovation”. (Wink.) Really, in the same way that it’s catalyzed change in the computing industry (and helped bring modern microprocessing to life), in December Intel launched a platform designed to give young entrepreneurs the opportunity to… Read More