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New Profit
1/19/2007
Summary:

While confusing to investors, mixing financial investments with philanthropic giving is a concept that is gaining ground. Good Capital is one organization collecting a portfolio of social enterprises and provides funding for their "social good" along with cash returns to their investors.

Go To Source (www.fastcompany.com)
Recruiting a New Director
1/19/2007
Summary:

Bringing new board members into your company can be complicated. Brad Feld provides some best practices for managing this complex process, including: recruiting, analyzing current board composition, and establishing selection criteria.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)
The Venture Capital Aptitude Test (VCAT)
1/19/2007
Summary:

Entrepreneurs pursuing venture funding will find useful information in this article. Guy Kawasaki offers insight into the venture capitalist mindset. His Venture Capital Aptitude Test could be used by the entrepreneur as a list of qualities for which to seek in a venture capitalist partner.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Venture Capitalists Switch to Startups
1/25/2007
Summary:

VCs increasingly are leaving the industry to become entrepreneurs, yet despite their experience with funding startups, many of them are realizing just how challenging it can be to launch a successful business. The insights gained in entrepreneurship, in turn, provide them with a perspective on what it means to be on the andquot;other sideandquot; of the funding table.

Go To Source (www.mercurynews.com)
What Sequoia Expects from Entrepreneurs
1/25/2007
Summary:

Matt McCall posts about Sequoia Capital and how this VC firm describes the elements of sustainability they seek within the ventures they fund, such as clarity of purpose, large markets with rich customers, and focus.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
What VC's Look for In A CEO
1/25/2007
Summary:

The process venture capitalists go through to decide which entrepreneurial ventures to fund can be something of a mystery. Chicago-based VC, Matt McCall, provides a description of the qualities he looks for in the CEOs he backs, including resourcefulness, relentless determination, and creative thought.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Worm Poo in Plastic Bottles: Get Rich and Save the World
2/16/2007
Summary:

This article covers the story of TerraCycle, a company that has brought innovation to the fertilizer business. The company's story offers a case study in bootstrapping a business to success.

Go To Source (www.cnn.com)
10 Reasons for a Bare Bones Business Start-Up
3/1/2007
Summary:

Staying "lean and mean" should be the bootstrapper's mantra, according to tech entrepreneur Jeff Hester. In this blog post, he shares his advice and insights into protecting and growing your business during the early years.

Go To Source (www.bootstrapme.com)
Bootstrappers Avoid Outside Money Ties
3/1/2007
Summary:

This article covers an emerging trend in how some tech companies finance their growth today. Rather than approach equity investors for early-stage funds, many entrepreneurs now prefer to bootstrap their growth by generally taking advantage of lower startup costs.

Go To Source (www.boston.com)
eVenturing Audiocast: Suman Saripalli, SBIR/STTR Expert
3/1/2007
Summary:

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) federal research grant programs are the most important federal programs that spur innovation and entrepreneurship. Suman Saripalli, entrepreneur and SBIR applicant winner, talked with Kauffman eVenturing for a brief eVenturing Audiocast interview (3:03) on how to win one of the federal grants.

Go To Source (easylink.playstream.com)

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