By by Dr. Janice Presser, CEO, The Gabriel Institute, architect of technology that measures Teamability®
The near-complete annihilation of privacy can be a terrible thing. But when it happens between two people, the result is an extraordinary reward called ‘falling in love.’ So why, then, are we seeing such an uproar about something that – under the right circumstances – we are so willing to surrender?
Having a great, defensible business idea in a scalable market is only part of the puzzle to attracting venture capital. A more important part is having a backable management team that can pull off the execution of the plan. Below are the top traits venture capitalists desire in their startup founders:
Domain expertise in industry or function. How many years of experience do you have? In what roles did you operate that were relevant to your new business? Or, for tactical positions, such as chief marketing or technology officers, what other roles have you had in the past, and were they relevant for a startup in this industry?
Michael Dell and a handful of other technology CEOs talked entrepreneurship in a panel during South By Southwest Interactive’s opening day Friday. It’s a topic that Dell has touched on repeatedly — branding his Round Rock-based company as a champion of startups and innovation — as Dell Inc. transitions from building computers to providing technology services to business.
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l haven’t seen “Her,” the Oscar-nominated movie about a man who has an intimate relationship with a Scarlett Johansson-voiced computer operating system. I have, however, read Susan Schneider’s “The Philosophy of ‘Her’,” a post on The Stone blog at the New York Times looking into the possibility, in the pretty near future, of avoiding death by having your brain scanned and uploaded to a computer. Presumably you’d want to Dropbox your brain file (yes, you’ll need to buy more storage) to avoid death by hard-drive crash. But with suitable backups, you, or an electronic version of you, could go on living forever, or at least for a very, very long time, “untethered,” as Ms. Schneider puts it, “from a body that’s inevitably going to die.”
Obesity doesn't make you less intelligent, but it might cloud your cognitive abilities.
In a recent study, conducted by researchers at Georgia Regents University, the blood of obese mice had especially high levels of a chemical called interleukin 1, a substance born from fat cells that can cause inflammation. When the researchers later examined the obese mice brains, they found that interleukin 1 had passed the blood-brain barrier--something that normally should not be possible. The substance had seeped into the hippocampus, an area responsible for memory and learning.
Put a few entrepreneurs in a room and you'll find the topic of conversation will inevitably gravitate toward startup faux pas. I've been in that room enough times to know that after a while it's the same record all over again. I share with you below the 10 most frequent, which also reflect my own experience:
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The overall economy has been expanding slowly, but at least one sector is vibrant: nonprofits, which have been growing at a breakneck pace.
From 2001 to 2011, the number of nonprofits in the United States grew 25 percent while the number of for-profit businesses rose by half of 1 percent, according to the most recent figures compiled by the Urban Institute.
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It's that time of the year again — Daylight Savings has arrived, and as we "spring forward," we set our alarm clocks up one hour.
It can be tough to give up those precious minutes, but Dr. Christopher Winter, a sleep expert and spokesperson for health tracker Basis, is here for you. He shared his top six healthy sleeping tips with Mashable to help maximize your bedtime and quickly adjust to DST.
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A new startup contest has emerged called 43North. This business incubator is offering $5 million in cash prizes to applicants who can create an innovative new business idea. Six $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards will be allocated to the runners-up.
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Most of the entrepreneurs I know realize they have some bad habits, like maybe procrastination or not listening well, so they focus on dropping these. New studies indicate that a more productive approach would be adopting new good habits and behaviors that clearly move your business forward, like good time management and implementing customer recommendations.
These two approaches may sound similar, but actually require different skill sets. For example, learning to stop smoking may leave you with a gap to fill, but finding activities that remove your urge to smoke really gets you where you want to be. I
The Missouri House has passed a bill that would provide tax credits to angel investors. The bill, which passed 114-36 on Thursday, is geared toward increasing the amount of angel capital invested in startup businesses in the state, the Kansas City Star reports.
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Along with the Johns Hopkins University's distinction for its nation-leading haul of federal research dollars comes another for charging the government more for utilities, administrative staff and real estate than any other institution.
The federal government spent nearly $172 million in its 2012 fiscal year to reimburse the university for so-called overhead expenses associated with nearly $646 million of federally sponsored research. Both of those figures led the nation that year.
Companies that are creating jobs.
The vast majority of the jobs are created by small new companies.
These companies have some dynamic innovation.
It is the small companies, it is an innovation economy.
Innovation is more the purview of small companies.
They have to have some fundamentally strong innovation underlying them.
This has been the purview of entrepreneurial ventures for a long time.
Although it has been around for a while now, some entrepreneurs still don't understand exactly what BDC Venture Capital's convertible note program. This guide is here to aid them.
There are more than 100 startup accelerators in Canada by current estimates. However, only six qualify for BDC Venture Capital's convertible note program, which offers $150,000 convertible notes to select graduates of Canada's top-rated accelerators. Those six are FounderFuel, Communitech Hyperdrive, Extreme Startups, GrowLab, Launch36, and Execution labs.
According to The Beatles, money can't buy you love. According to the Bible, the love of money is the root of all evil. But according to Glassdoor, a billion dollars can actually buy a decent amount of employee happiness.
Looking through The Wall Street Journal's "billion-dollar startup club," employees tend to rank their employers higher the more valuable their companies are—or, perhaps, the more ambitious their companies are.
Our country’s technological and economic leadership is at risk as U.S. innovation capabilities have stagnated while those of other nations have advanced.
Since 2008, the number of foreign-origin patents that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted annually has surpassed the number of domestic-origin patents. And between 1999 and 2009, the U.S. share of global research and development spending dropped, while the share of Asia as a whole rose and exceeded the U.S. share in 2009.
The Netherlands has fallen from fifth to sixth place in the 2014 European innovation index, an annual report by the European Commission that ranks the European Union member states and compares the continent’s overall performance on a global scale.
Innovation is considered one of the key methods for economic growth and development and is especially important as nations struggle to climb out of the financial crisis.
By definition, most entrepreneurs are thought leaders. They have the ability to recognize a market need, the skills to design and implement a solution, and the drive to start a business from that solution. It all comes from within themselves. A business leader does the same thing and more through the people around them. Most entrepreneurs are not both.
In reality, a successful startup can be built by a thought leader, but growing a successful business requires a business leader. That’s why venture capital investors often replace startup CEOs as a condition of their scale-up investment. That’s why so many startups plateau after gaining some initial traction, and are run over or acquired by their competition.
Entrepreneurs fight for that big first valuation just like job seekers fight for the biggest salary--figuring the more they get now, the bigger the payday will be down the road. It's inherent to the hustle. This fight over ownership and control pits entrepreneur against investor the minute talk of a company's valuation begins. The investor wants a bigger percentage of the company via a lower valuation; the entrepreneur wants the opposite. But why the hostility? The reality is that both parties could learn a bit from the smaller-piece-of-a-bigger-pie analogy. Here's why.
These days, it’s easy for geographical lines to be blurred when it comes to your business. Countless small business owners work with virtual teams, partners, clients, and customers they’ve never actually met in person. This new reality can make it even more confusing to know if you’re conducting business in multiple states. Are you unknowingly running afoul of state law by operating without registering? Here, we’ll break down all the details about when you need to register your business in another state and when you don’t.