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How to Get Big Rewards For Your Brilliant New Product Idea

First of all, when genius strikes, decide that you’re going to do <i>something!</i> Almost nobody does. Most folks will get a product idea or notion at one …

This Fitness App Redesigns to Give It a Competitive Edge

Having an edge in the crowded app marketplace is no easy feat. For the creators of fitness app Runtastic, having a fresh, easy-to-use design is key to giving them an advantage.<p>Thursday Runtastic announced its flagship mobile app has been redesigned to help stay current in a crowded health and …

Apps

One day, two records: Kickstarter hits new crowdfunding milestones

The most popular crowdfunding platform just broke an industry record. Two, actually.<p>More than five million backers have successfully funded over 50,000 creative projects on Kickstarter, according to the company’s stats page, cementing Kickstarter as the world’s leading crowdfunding …

HootSuite puts that $165M Series B to work, hiring 'hundreds' of new people

HootSuite is putting some of its recently raised cash to work. The enterprise social media management company turned in a massive $165 million funding round for international expansion, and it’s wasting no time using that money.<p>The company of 370 is attempting to increase its headcount by at least …

Tech Names Dominate List of World’s Most Valued Brands as Apple and Google Top the List

Valuing brands isn’t necessarily an exact science, but each year the folks at Interbrand do their level best to engage in this sort of alchemy.<p>The …

List-Worthy

Entrepreneurship and Social Impact in the Middle East — Business as Unusual?

It is a striking feature of the growing startup ecosystems in the Middle East that the lines between “entrepreneurship” and “social entrepreneurship” …

Entrepreneurship

How Funding Works – Splitting The Equity Pie With Investors

A hypothetical startup will get about $15,000 from family and friends, about $200,000 from an angel investor three months later, and about $2 Million …

Venture Capital

Leadership in Business

To be successful in business you need to be a leader of people, a person who sets an example that others want to follow. This is something I found …

Meetup CEO Trumpets Booming Growth As Site Passes 100 Million RSVPs

As his company readied to push past the 100 million RSVP mark earlier this month, Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman refused to celebrate.<p>“We perpetually feel like we’re a long way away from where we want to be,” he said. “One hundred million is a nice number but it only represents a few million people a …

Bing Apps for Windows 8 get major updates

Late least year, Microsoft rolled out a half dozen Bing Apps for Windows 8 users, each one focused on a specific category, such as travel and sports. …

Apps

EU court upholds rules that promote pan-European music licensing

Europe's General Court has upheld a ruling that would make it easier for companies to sell or stream music across Europe with multi-country licenses, <i>Reuters</i> reports. Currently, different music collection societies — which act on behalf of artists to license music — generally work with artists in …

Crowdfunding Industry On Fire: Trends to Watch

The crowdfunding industry is already growing rapidly, and as that growth accelerates, several crowdfunding niches are expected to really take off.<p>Last year, 308 crowdfunding platforms across the world raised $2.7 billion, an 81 percent increase over the amount raised in 2011, according to the …

Crowd Funding

How To Argue For More High-Skilled Immigration

So, Mark Zuckerberg, like everyone else in Silicon Valley, wants more high-skilled immigration. Zuckerberg is launching a lobbying outfit called FWD.us to call for more high-skilled immigration, starting with a Washington Post op-ed.<p>I also want more high-skilled immigration into the US! …

Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins And Andreessen Horowitz Team Up As “Glass Collective” To Invest In Google Glass Ecosystem

Today, Google Ventures announced a partnership with two of the biggest technology venture capital firms in the world, Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins, on what they’re calling the “Glass Collective.” While this isn’t a fund, the three firms will be sharing seed investment dealflow for …

Facebook's Chat Heads May Eventually Make VoIP Calls

Following Facebook’s Thursday announcement of the Facebook Home software, I reached out to the company to find out how it would be leveraging technologies like Voice over IP (also known as VoIP), which is increasingly supplanting the traditional public switched telephone network.<p>Earlier this year, …

The One Thing All Successful Entrepreneurs Have In Common: A Case Study

What entrepreneurs need most of all—above motivation, focus, hope, financing, marketing skill, a brilliant idea, etc.—is desire.<p>Unless you truly want to make something happen, the odds are nothing will. Without that desire, nothing else matters…or occurs. Your life will be filled in other …

Five Critical Team Members For Business Success

You know your customers. You have a killer product to sell. The business plan is set, strategy thoughtfully documented and funds are in place. You’re ready to go to market or even poised for explosive growth. But, are you surrounded by the best possible teammates to make the dream a reality?<p>In my …

The Next 10 Tech Markets That Will Be Worth $1 Billion Or More

And sometimes it takes years — like with the dumb phones that grew like mold from the mid-1990s through the late 2000s.<p>And now, for example, the prevalence of smart mobile devices has spurred the mobile app industry, an entirely new piece of infrastructure which supports thousands of companies and …

Artificial Intelligence

Corporate Venture Funds Increasingly Important To Startups

by Jessica McHugh<p>Corporate venture arms are increasingly getting into the startup game at a time when capital inflows to traditional venture capital funds have cooled.<p>Over the past three years, 182 corporate venture funds were launched, bringing the total number to roughly 900, said Patty Burke of …

Paul Graham Proposes A ‘Handshake Deal Protocol,’ Puts It Into Practice At Y Combinator

Y Combinator founder Paul Graham just published a blog post suggesting a new way to handle handshake deals, i.e. verbal commitments for investments and other transactions.<p>That kind of commitment can be a necessary prelude to a more formal agreement. Graham writes: “Things can happen fast in the …

Kleiner Perkins’ Bing Gordon On How Entrepreneurs Can Keep Creativity Alive [TCTV]

Bing Gordon has become known in recent years for his role as a partner at venerated Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, but anyone who knows him will tell you that he isn’t your typical finance head. As someone whose career has spanned not just technology and VC …

The Startup Pyramid

Every six months I rethink the optimal startup go to market approach based on new insights gained at recent startups. Lately I’ve been using a …

Big Firms Competing with First-Time VCs in Tougher Fundraising Market

2013 isn’t off to a hot start for the venture capital fundraising scene, sources tell peHUB. That may be especially bad news to VCs looking to wrap …

Waiting for the Accelerator Bubble to Pop

Since Paul Graham launched Y Combinator in 2005, the field of startup incubators and accelerators has exploded in the U.S. and overseas, with new …