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Angel Investors Close to Deal Removing Curbs From Finance Bill
Mullaney Tim
4/23/2010
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April 23 (Bloomberg) -- Lobbyists for startup investors say they are close to a deal with Senate staff and state regulators to remove curbs on angel investing from the Senate’s financial reform bill.

The possible compromise would require angel investors, who buy stakes in startups in private offerings, to have a net worth of $1 million, instead of $2.3 million as proposed by the Senate bill, said Marianne Hudson, executive director of the Angel Capital Association in Overland Park, Kansas. It would also scale back plans to let states regulate angel deals, she said.

“We’re close to amendments that are good for entrepreneurs,” said Hudson.

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Entrepreneurship News Roundup: Week of 4/23/2010
Ruhe Thom
4/23/2010
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Thinking of starting a business? Make sure to ask yourself these four important entrepreneur questions that will take your company from startup to innovation.

One important element for any new business venture is coming up with a name. But does having an original name really matter?...

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TechTown's New $5M Fund Only a Baby Step for FastTrac Entrepreneurs
Lovy Howard
4/23/2010
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Don’t get Randal Charlton wrong. The executive director at the TechTown business incubator in Detroit is thankful for a recent announcement of $5 million coming his way to help graduates of his FastTrac business training program launch their companies. But, he says, look at it this way: The money, granted by the New Economy Initiative, a Detroit-area philanthropic partnership, is not being thrown at comfortable entrepreneurs. This is, essentially, aid to the unemployed. And, as such, $5 million barely scratches the surface.

Many of the entrepreneurs to be helped by the First Step Fund, the entity created by NEI’s $5 million investment, are not launching startups because it seems like a promising thing to do. They have nowhere else to go, Charlton says. Their former jobs in the auto industry are gone, never to return. Their choices are to leave the state or try to create their own jobs in Michigan.

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Nature vs. Nurture in Entrepreneurship - Steve Blank, Mark Suster, Patrick Chung, Vivek Wadhwa (Panel Discussion)
Suster Mark Blank Steve
4/22/2010
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Can entrepreneurs be made? This question is incredibly important for aspiring entrepreneurs, investors, and educational organizations like BASES. For some, the answer is straightforward; if you inherently possess a certain set of qualities, then, at the very least, you have the potential to become a successful entrepreneur. Otherwise, you're out of luck. For others, there is a relatively distinct manner in which entrepreneurs can be developed, through both intentional circumstances and otherwise, such as family background and education.

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His Name is Earl
Ruhe Thom
4/22/2010
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As readers of e360 may know, I travel a bit – about 100,000 miles a year to be specific. In traveling this much, I have learned the survival skill of going on what I call “autopilot” mode. I can do the flight check-in, security screening,...

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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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Yahoo! Invests $500k in Egyptian Innovation Campaign
Menon Vineetha
4/21/2010
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Yahoo! and Egypt-based NGO Nahdet El Mahrousa have launched a campaign called ‘Social Innovation Starts with YOU' that hopes to inspire and motivate young Egyptians to be social entrepreneurs.

The campaign is in line with the U.S. Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship that will take place on April 26 - 27, 2010 in Washington D.C., where Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang will deliver a keynote speech on how the Internet can positively transform lives, societies, and economies in Arab communities.

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Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley
The New York Times
4/19/2010
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Candace Fleming’s résumé boasts a double major in industrial engineering and English from Stanford, an M.B.A. from Harvard, a management position at Hewlett-Packard and experience as president of a small software company.

But when she was raising money for Crimson Hexagon, a start-up company she co-founded in 2007, she recalls one venture capitalist telling her that it didn’t matter that she didn’t have business cards, because all they would say was “Mom.”

Another potential backer, reports Claire Cain Miller in The New York Times, invited her for a weekend yachting excursion by showing her a picture of himself on the boat — without clothes. When a third financier discovered that her husband was also a biking enthusiast, she says, he spent more time asking if riding affected her husband’s reproductive capabilities than he did focusing on her business plan. Ultimately, none of the 30 venture firms she pitched financed her company. She finally raised $1.8 million in March 2008 from angel investors including Golden Seeds, a fund that emphasizes investing in start-ups led by women.

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Entrepreneurship News Roundup: Week of 4/16/2010
Ruhe Thom
4/16/2010
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In SoHo this week, first-time entrepreneurs figured out how to pitch investors their startup ideas, all within 15 seconds.

The global competition regarding innovation and the future of business is about to change.  Emerging countries are starting to lead global innovation that will turn the...

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Collaborative Innovation and a Pull Economy (Entire Talk) - John Seely Brown (Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation)
Brown John Seely
4/15/2010
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What can extreme surfing and World of Warcraft teach the enterprise? Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge and former Xerox PARC Chief Scientist John Seely Brown holds them as examples of the power of frequent benchmarking and full industry info-share. He also uses them to show how the core ecosystem can be made stronger by sharing knowledge gathered from learning on the edge. In addition, Seely Brown touches upon his theory of a monumental economic shift from a push to a pull economy as outlaid in his 2010 book, The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion.

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