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VIDEO: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says "The time is now!"
Ruhe Thom
6/22/2009
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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...

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VCs Invest in Fewer Startups
Cook Jon
4/21/2010
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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.

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VC Confidential: Live and Let Die
9/20/2007
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"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.

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Using Investment Bankers to Sell Your Company
Geshwiler James
7/1/2006
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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.

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Use Your Leadership Presence to Inspire
Baldoni John
5/5/2010
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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.

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Use Social Media to Enable Innovation
OPENForum
4/21/2010
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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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Understanding the Fundamentals of Succession and Transition Planning
Sherman Andrew J
11/1/2002
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Many entrepreneurs with family-owned or closely held businesses say the most difficult challenges involve deciding who will succeed the current generation.

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Understanding Innovation
Ruhe Thom
6/19/2009
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Successful entrepreneurship is, in many respects, a “perfect storm” of strategic planning, market opportunity, hard work, perseverance, the right team and countless other factors – some within your control as an entrepreneur, and some that aren’t.  One factor that often plays a large role in...

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US Professors Train 50 Liberian Entrepreneurs
Kennedy George D
3/29/2010
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A crack team of professors from Southern University College of Business, Louisiana, United States of America, is in the country conducting leadership and entrepreneur development skills training for 50 university graduates and middle-level young Liberian entrepreneurs. About 65% of the trainees are women and girls.

The training is ongoing at Thinkers Village outside Monrovia where the professors say the young Liberian entrepreneurs are in high gear and are positively responding to lectures and courses they are being taught.

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UCSB Philanthropist Makes Lifetime of Work Worthwhile
Cooper Stephen E
7/1/2005
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Making a little girl's life better may rival extensive work with his alma mater as Stephen Cooper's most rewarding giving back.

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