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Is venture capital still viable as a model for funding new bioscience research, products and businesses?
You may find this hard to believe, but there's some evidence that venture capital is facing the same kinds of threats that the big music labels found themselves struggling with just a few years ago.
It seems that VC's, and the things they bring to entrepreneurs, just aren't as important as they once were. And there is new competition making it harder to build and run a successful VC firm.
Who's raising the alarm about the future of venture? Well, it seems, the venture capitalists themselves.
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of addressing a roomful of individuals at the 49th Annual Conference of the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) in Kansas City, MO. The theme of this year’s event was "Energizing Entrepreneurship: Monitoring Progress, Making Change,” and...
It sounds like the intro line from a corny recruitment brochure – “Want to make money, change the world – and have fun doing it?”
But according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, entrepreneurship might be the way to do just that!
While speaking at the...
So far this year both the number and size of deals by venture capitalists are down over the final quarter of 2009.
A total of 681 deals for $4.7 billion were completed by VCs in the first quarter of 2010, according to a MoneyTree Report released by the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers. That dollar amount is down about 10 percent over Q4 2009, but up nearly 40 percent over the same period last year.
"Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em" could be the lament of a VC as well as a poker player. Wait a minute: VCs are poker players! How do you know when to shut down a promising enterprise that's not quite making it? Here are some hints from a VC blog.
A critical early step in preparing your company for sale is hiring an investment banker to guide you. The ten-point set of guidelines contained in this article will help you recruit and hire the right investment banker.
Frank Ricks, Founder of LRK Architecture, discusses design and creating value for clients while using creative leadership to increase the firm from seven to a hundred and sixty employees.
In times of crisis people always look for inspirational leaders. What makes for inspiration is subjective, but there is one common element when speaking about leaders who inspire: they have a strong leadership presence.
By presence we mean "earned authority." That is, people follow your leadership because you are a proven quantity, whose credibility rests on your having gotten things done. Every leader must aspire to demonstrate presence in order to inspire; this is a theme explored in a new book, 12 Steps to Power Presence: How Leaders Assert their Authority to Lead.
Social media tools have many important business uses. One of the most powerful is the ability to foster innovation. With social media, businesses can tap into the needs, desires and opinions of a wide audience — and connect with a highly targeted group that is directly relevant to their businesses. These connections can be invaluable sources for new ideas and alternative ways of thinking.
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