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More Than Half of Fortune 500 Companies Founded During a Recession or Bear Market
8/6/2009
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A new study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation finds that more than half of the companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list were launched during a recession or bear market, along with nearly half of the firms on the 2008 Inc. list of America's fastest-growing companies.

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Baby Boom Generation is Driving an Entrepreneurial Boom Toward Economic Growth
6/24/2009
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Economists know that entrepreneurship will drive the economy back to health, but many people may be surprised to learn that the baby boom generation is behind the wheel, according to a new study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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Teach A Man to Make Cell Calls...
11/8/2007
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Though perhaps not as exciting as a blockbuster launch like Amazon, more and more, technology-enabled business services will be integrated into the world of entrepreneurial ventures. Cost-laden process inefficiencies that can be addressed with software-driven solutions can become the hallmark of new business growth.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
How Do You Negotiate a Carve Out With Investors?
11/8/2007
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Carve-out plans offer a different way to design pension and profit-sharing plans to meet specific funding goals. This blog entry by a VC walks through an example and shares links to related topics.

Go To Source (www.askthevc.com)
The Pmarca Guide to Big Companies, Part 1: Turnaround!
11/8/2007
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Tech-entrepreneur Marc Andreessen shares what he believes to be the nine most critical steps to a successful turnaround. This blog entry provides a framework that gives a highly political and complex process clear direction. The approach is practical, even blunt. Example: "Step 2: Throw your predecessor completely under the bus."

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Ask the VC: How Do You Calculate Operating Cash Flow?
11/8/2007
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This brief, to-the-point VC blog entry explains why investors often consider operating cash flow as the best measure of business health. The piece also explains one way for entrepreneurs to calculate it with investors in mind.

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Fundraising: No-Shop Agreements
11/8/2007
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When seeking venture capital, entrepreneurs may be asked to sign a term sheet with a no-shop clause. That means the entrepreneur agrees not to seek other investors during the final negotiations. This blog entry contains some good advice that isn't necessarily obvious to the uninitiated.

Go To Source (www.burningdoor.com)
What's Your Brand?
11/8/2007
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Although brands are usually evaluated based on competitive those of competitors, this article points out that customers apply much broader criteria. They use how they feel about your company (even the logo), how they interact with your employees, especially those in customer service reps; advertising, and your name, among many others. Key point: Remember that your customers own your brand, not you. Treat them accordingly.

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Options Acceleration
11/8/2007
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While vesting schedules may be similar from company to company, certain events or situations add a level of complexity. Dick Costolo the founder of Feedburner, explains the nuances of options acceleration: single trigger, double trigger, full acceleration, and partial acceleration.

Go To Source (www.burningdoor.com)
How Many Stock Options Should I Give An Advisor?
11/8/2007
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Granting non-qualified stock options to an advisor is common during startup to ensure success, but vesting schedules must be considered, too. Much of the value advisors provide is early on, so a long-term relationship may not be productive. Here are some strategies.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)

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