Universities Creating Most Venture Capital Backed Entrepreneurs

Pitchbook has recently published its latest list of top universities creating most venture capital backed entrepreneurs. Far from being the domain of college dropouts such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and the appropriately name Marc Rich, many college graduates also become successful entrepreneurs. You don’t need to be …

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The Venture Capital Bubble and Pension Fund Investment

Before discussing the projected Venture Capital bubble, let’s first have a look at the relationship between private pension investment and VC. Venture capital is what the name suggests: it is a venture. It is invested capital that involves risk. It can pay big and lose big, and because of this …

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Successful Crowdsourcing Projects Attract Interest from Venture Capitalists

Kickstarter was the starting point for many companies which have eventually gone ahead and raised mega bucks from venture capital companies. Oculus VR is one such company. Startups that succeed in winning investor confidence on Kickstarter also attract venture capitalists who see such crowdsourcing websites as a platform for ideas …

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Startups by People Over 50: Why Should you Watch Out for Them

Think startups and what comes to mind is twenty somethings in loafers, hoodies and headphones, reclining in their chairs and entering codes into their smart laptops. Another stereotype of startup founders is as recent grads or college graduates who hold meetings in coffee shops. Almost no one would suspect that …

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Startup Funding: Why Should Investors Invest in Your Startup?

Startup funding is a gamble for any investor. A venture capitalist might offer funding to 10 companies with the hope of making money on one. However, VCs will still evaluate your business very closely before making a decision, and so too will an angel. They will not just throw money …

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Startup Accelerator Programs: How to Find, Apply and Get Accepted

Startup accelerator programs are designed to help entrepreneurs receive mentorship and training from like-minded people who have made it. For many who need help in getting their idea of the ground, an accelerator program is fundamental to their success. The training from those who have already done it, made the …

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Splitting a Company Between Co-founders: How to do it the Right way

It is very rare to find startups with only one founder. Most have two or three and some have even more. There is a simple reason why you may need co-founders. You may specialize in technology, but you also need business skills to succeed. Money is another factor. A co-founder …

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Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley: San Francisco or NYC for Startups?

Is it Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley for startups? Should you look to San Francisco or NYC for startup finance? The most famous area for startups is indisputably Silicon Valley – and San Francisco is the biggest city in the area. They no longer come with flowers in their hair …

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Should American Venture Capitalists Be Less Picky?

American venture capitalists appear reluctant to invest outside the United States. Deloitte’s annual survey of worldwide venture capitalists has show year after year that Americans have least confidence in investing outside their own country: only 2.41% American venture capitalists showed confidence in investing outside the USA in the 2013 poll …

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Seven Illusions to Watch out for When you Launch a Company

To get your startup off the ground, you need more than just a good idea. You will have to invest in the right technology, clearly understand the niche you are about to fill, be knowledgeable about the competition you will face and finally, put together a dedicated team to pull …

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