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No Time for the Academic Entrepreneur
Rodriguez Anthony
3/30/2010
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The recurring question I hear from so many people in business is: “Why aren’t more startups generated by the university system?” It’s not an easy question, certainly not one to be solved in a single blog post. As I considered the many facets of academia that influence the actions of its researchers such as government policies, university culture, funding agency metrics and so forth, I realized that the obstacles and challenges faced by professors are similar to those of most any startup.

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Trends & Tactics for Startup Success
Agarwal Ajay
3/30/2010
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More and more successful companies are taking a holistic approach to serve specific market niches or verticals. Instead of offering a broad-based horizontal solution that may service a larger market, but require more customization and will likely involve competition from larger players, these companies are finding success 'below the radar' by staying focused on a narrower segment.

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Ask the attorney: Will Senator Dodd’s new bill destroy angel investing?
Walker Scott Edward
3/29/2010
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Question:  I’ve read a few articles and blog posts over the past couple of days regarding Senator Dodd’s financial reform bill, and some of them suggest that it’s going to be more difficult for startups to raise money if the bill is signed into law.  Why is that?  I thought the bill was supposed to address the problems on Wall Street that led to our financial crisis.

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Third Frontier Goal: Funding the Future
Cincinatticom
3/29/2010
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Ohio voters to decide if $700M bond issue expands investment in high-tech economy.

Self-healing metal that pops back into shape after it's damaged.  Machines that give surgeons full-color, 3D images of a patient's insides.  Sensors that warn police or soldiers of explosives miles away.  This is the promise of a proposed $700 million statewide investment program that aims to turn sci-fi dreams into Ohio's business future.  But does the promise hold up?

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US Professors Train 50 Liberian Entrepreneurs
Kennedy George D
3/29/2010
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A crack team of professors from Southern University College of Business, Louisiana, United States of America, is in the country conducting leadership and entrepreneur development skills training for 50 university graduates and middle-level young Liberian entrepreneurs. About 65% of the trainees are women and girls.

The training is ongoing at Thinkers Village outside Monrovia where the professors say the young Liberian entrepreneurs are in high gear and are positively responding to lectures and courses they are being taught.

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Shared spaces give startups room to grow
Dalton Alyssa
3/26/2010
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With the recent opening of Ottawa’s newest co-working space, the city might be seeing an emerging trend towards shared offices.

Currently, there are two co-working spaces: Freedom Café, which opened last month, and the Code Factory, which opened in May 2008.

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A Funding Fix For New Businesses
Buckley Walter
3/25/2010
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I have spent the majority of my adult life investing my own and other people's money in entrepreneurs. That's why I know the U.S. has a serious problem on its hands.

Although the stock market has tentatively rebounded, funding for the one area in which America has a distinct competitive advantage--that is, new company formation--is in scary decline. That may be a familiar refrain by now, but that doesn't make the ramifications any less real. Or less dangerous.

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MIT students prefer Indian startups for internships
wwwsiliconindiacom
3/25/2010
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Bangalore: With several foreign students turning to India to gain experience of the cool technologies offered by Indian start-ups, four MBA students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT-Sloan School of Management) are all set to start their internship at the online entertainment portal 'Buzzintown', reports Peerzada Abrar from the Economic Times.

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They Call This A Stimulus For Small Biz? Pshaw!
Carey Chris
3/25/2010
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OK, let me get this straight: The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy reports that 27 million small businesses in the U.S. account for 50% of the Gross National Product and employ over 50% of the workforce, and Washington figures $30 billion in loan support and some tax credits will get things done.

What's that, $1,100 per company? Wow, where do we sign up!

Our fearful leaders gave $50 billion to General Motors, and $185 billion to AIG. According to the Congressional Budget Office publication, The Budget & Economic Outlook: An Update August 2009, big business has been showered with more than $10 trillion (that's a "T") in funding and commitments, including: $1.3 trillion disbursed by the Federal Reserve, with another $2.8 trillion committed (including aid to AIG, Citigroup, Bank of America, Bear Stearns; $800 billion from the Treasury, with $3.6 trillion committed (including guarantees for Money Market Funds and TARP); and over $2.1 trillion committed by the FDIC (including increased depositor insurance and more Citigroup guarantees).

Um, does $30 billion to small business make a difference?

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6 critical tips for launching a startup while holding a day job
Cohen Jason
3/24/2010
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Most people start their first company while they still have a day job. It makes sense: You don’t need loans. You don’t need funding. And if you “fail,” all you’ve lost is time.

But you’ve also placed yourself in a hazardous – potentially legally ambiguous – situation. If managed improperly, you’re unnecessarily risking lawsuits and worse.

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