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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."
What makes a great team? Hiring employees who are smart and capable isn't enough. Read more for tips on what to look for when hiring employees for your startup.
In the entrepreneurship and economic development realms, the word “high-growth” is tossed about loosely, often used to define that rare, illusive, overnight success of a startup. But a recent study by Kauffman has proved that high-growth firms aren’t as hard-pressed to find as we thought … so long as you’re looking in the right places.
In the race to get new medical devices to market, companies encounter FDA speed bumps that slow down the process. But would we really be willing to accept the risks that would accompany fast FDA approvals?
As high school graduates across the country grappled with post secondary education options, I acknowledge some truths in the decision making process--thoughts that helped my son make the best choice for him. Here are my commencement speech-like thoughts...applicable to any high school graduate, and especially those toying with the idea of entrepreneurship as a career path.
President Obama and his cabinet secretaries visited Northeast Ohio to talk about issues, opportunities, and new ideas around entrepreneurship.
In medical device development, challenging weaknesses early in the process can help an entrepreneur zero in on problem areas. Read more about this twist on the idea of fast failure.
Venture firms are approaching angel investor groups to co-invest at the growth stage of startups. Read more about the impact this could have on startup health IT companies.
There's stability and then there's outright growth. For healthcare business owners looking for angel funding, they'll have to accept the former and wait some more on the latter. But at least it's progress.
As year-end approaches and entrepreneurs regroup to figure out financing options for 2012, it's a good time to take a look at the two major sources of new business funding -- angel investing versus venture capital.
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