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Growing start-up industries outside of Silicon Valley

November 19, 2011

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Question recently posed on Twitter spurred a few thoughts: “Georgia start-ups need to grow outside of Georgia to build great companies and big valuations. Thoughts?” It’s not whether they need to grow, but whether Georgia-based start-ups are able to grow outside of Georgia.   But where does this begin? Certainly not in local government, as the […]

Why Wesabe Lost to Mint

October 3, 2010

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Came across this post on Marc Hedlund’s blog – “Why Wesabe Lost to Mint.” I’ve never heard of until reading his post this week.  It’s a look at why his company – Wesabe – failed to beat out Mint.com for market supremacy.  Wesabe shut down earlier this summer, while Mint.com was acquired for $170 mln […]

The Social Media Monopoly

July 21, 2010

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Interesting article on Wired today – 5 Things That Could Topple Facebook’s Empire. It’s fun and easy to create this lists – 5 things that…, 10 things that… – but thought-provoking nonetheless. Terms on a patent are 20 years, but businesses of the Facebook sort are difficult to make patentable, let alone enforce any legal […]

Technology & Start-ups in the Sacramento Valley

December 1, 2009

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I’ve been spending some time of late researching some of the organizations focused on technology and start-ups in the Sacramento Valley of late. Couple of interesting items to share: UC-Davis Center for Entrepreneurship – Based at the University of California, Davis in a brand new facility, this center focuses on Green Technology and Food & […]

Resources for "The Elevator Pitch"

February 15, 2009

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Students in my Entrepreneurship class are required to produce a 30-second “Elevator Pitch” audio file as part of a business plan assignment each term. Came across a few resources for those looking for more tips and help on developing the pitch for your business venture: TechCrunch’s community video project – “Elevator Pitches“ Dan Primack’s blog […]

Venture Capital Trends: By Stage, Round, & Industry

December 27, 2008

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In March, I noted that venture capital is moving “up the ladder” – more money was flowing into latter stage investments, with only about 10% of VC deals going to start-up stage investment (as compared to 25% in 1995). In August, I examined venture capital investments by financing round which revealed that Series E round […]

Update: Project Einstein now "His Catalog"

December 11, 2008

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Back in the Spring, I met the guys at Project Einstein at the University of San Francisco Business Plan Competition. They are on the move! They are now His Catalog. Check ’em out for the holidays! Great to see new companies with solid concepts continue to grow. I like their blog as well – lots […]