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"Lean In" Entrepreneurs
Wendy Torrance
7/24/2013
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According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States, men are “substantially more likely to start a business each month than women”.  In the seventeen year period from 1996 – 2012, the average rate of entrepreneurial activity for men was .37 percent; for women during the same period it was .23 percent. 

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7 Things I Didn't Know About Crowdfunding Before Today
Cameron Cushman
8/29/2013
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Crowdfunding is a hot topic in the entrepreneurship space these days. Many startups are asking about it, and are trying to decide if seeking funding from the crowd is the right for their company. Sensing this demand, we hosted a three hour event on the subject a few days ago which you can view here and here.

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A better way to design and test business models
Ryan Amin
10/21/2013
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Getting healthcare innovation ideas off the ground is not easy in this mostly conservative industry. Having a proper business model can help startups to keep pushing forward and being more efficient with their time and effort. The video series called “From Idea to Business” offers strategies, things to avoid and step-by-step examples for entrepreneurs throughout the series.

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Acquisition: Mission Failed or Dream Salvaged?
Amanda Schnieders
7/11/2013
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"If you truly believe in the potential of your company to change the world for the better, there’s no excuse for settling for an acquisition."

I was reading through this month's Inc. magazine earlier when this quote caught my eye. My first thought was to challenge the notion. There are specific occasions when an acquisition is exactly what a company needs to move forward or to move on. This is just how things work, but the bold words sparked my interest enough to turn the page. I flipped to Issie Lapowsky’s feature with Vimeo founder Jake Lodwick. Lodwick was fired a year and a half after selling Connected Ventures, the parent company of Vimeo and College Humor, to InterActive Corp, an Internet company that owns the likes of match.com, Urbanspoon, and dictionary.com. After the acquisition, he felt stripped of his creativity. Where innovation once dwelled, process was introduced. Lodwick was fired a week and a half before he planned to quit. This experience backs his words of advice to entrepreneurs who think an acquisition means nothing will change within the mission of an organization. Lodwick bitterly states that "in fact the mission was lost, and everything will change."

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Build a "healthy" company
Ryan Amin
12/5/2013
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Kim Popovits, CEO of Genomic Health Inc., gave the keynote speech at a Life Science Ventures Summit hosted by the Kauffman Foundation. Popovits closed her speech by stressing the importance of having a company that is “healthy” (34:56-40:22).

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Failure: Another Stepping Stone in Entrepreneurship
Taylor Brown
8/14/2013
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Adam Coomes is a prime example of an entrepreneur who has seen the best of times and the worst of times. He has been a part of several startups and has gone through the peaks and valleys of these experiences. They've consisted of fast-paced ventures and ventures that have been put on the backburner. He has never worked in the corporate world and never intends to. Adam will always be an entrepreneur.

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Funding future for biotech is bright if you are prepared
Ryan Amin
12/24/2013
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Ronald Lindsay, CEO of Zebra Biologics Inc., thinks changes in the biotech industry will lead to a trend of success for biotech companies. His company’s technology can be used as a platform to discover and develop bio-superior antibody therapeutics and complex drug targets. Zebra has just pulled in $9 million in its first investing round, and Lindsay thinks one of the biggest changes for the future of biotech is the availability of venture funding.

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How "People-Problems" Can Confound Early Stage Ventures
Wendy Torrance
12/13/2013
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Some of the very first decisions founders must make early on in their ventures are crucially important to the future of the business. Many of these decisions concern the ubiquitous "people problems" that challenge even experienced entrepreneurs. When should I found? Should I co-found with someone? With whom? How should we split the equity? Bad or ill-informed choices at critical junctures could have significant consequences for startups. In fact, research has suggested that 65 percent of new firm failures were related to problems within the management team.

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How Co-Working Spaces Lost Their Buzz
Amanda Schnieders
2/6/2014
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There's been a growing resurgence of working areas of long tables with copious amounts of white boards. They call them co-working spaces. Since the coining of the phrase in early 2000s, they've grown into warehouse size places with cubical conference rooms and modern furniture, becoming a hip thing for entrepreneurial ecosystems and startups across the globe. But recently, I've come to a realization: Co-working spaces are lame.

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Is there golden opportunity in the Golden State?
OConnell Brian
12/9/2011
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California doesn't have a great reputation for business, but facts are facts, and those facts state that the Golden State is far and away the best place to launch a new business. Says who? Thousands of new startup employees.

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