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(LEAD) Foreign startups pitch at accelerator program in S. Korea

(ATTN: ADDS more information throughout)<p>By Kim Han-joo<p>PANGYO, South Korea, Aug. 17 (Yonhap) -- A group of international entrepreneurs from across the …

Startups

Startup investing is no longer just for rich

Soon you will be able to invest in a startup even if you're not rich.<p>On Friday, the SEC finalized rules to give regular people the opportunity to make investments normally limited to big-money types.<p>At the center of the change is the JOBS Act, which passed three and halfyears ago with bipartisan …

Venture Capital

Nasdaq makes a play for startups

Nasdaq is making a bid to get closer to the Ubers of the world.<p>On Thursday, Nasdaq acquired a firm called SecondMarket Solutions, an exchange that enables current and former employees of private companies to sell stocks to accredited investors.<p>SecondMarket clients like Survey Monkey and Sonos allow …

Stocks

A look inside Turkey’s startup scene

<b>[Editor’s note: This story was scheduled for publication before we had news of the bombings in Turkey today. Our condolences go out to those in mourning.]</b><p>I started working at Aslanoba Capital, Turkey’s most active internet investor, more than two years ago, and we’ve invested over $60 million in …

Startups

Think You're A Risk-Taker? Try Marrying An Entrepreneur

I hurried down the stairs to answer the doorbell, as quickly as I could, given that I was nine months pregnant. As I opened the door, I was met by a man looking sheepishly at my heaving stomach. “I’m the bailiff with a letter for Mr. Crawford” he said. Having not the slightest clue what a bailiff …

Entrepreneurship

Meet Pocket Programming: An app for learning to code via your Android phone

<i>(By Yuki Sato, The Bridge)</i> – Japanese app developer duo Ffab0 (pronounced “fab zero”) recently launched the English edition of a mobile learning app focused on Ruby and Ruby on Rails, called Pocket Programming. Prior to this, the team released the Japanese version of the app in late August.<p>I had a …

Programming

Get this: China is setting up 10,000 startups a day to revive economy

<b>Beijing</b> - More than 10,000 startup firms are being set up everyday in China as part of new reforms initiated by the Chinese government to halt the …

Economy

Startups in Indonesia grapple with dangers of tranched investments

In the VC game, entrepreneurs who’ve been handed term sheets may be familiar with the word “tranched.” It refers to investments where portions of the …

Venture Capital

Startups: Why Giving Stuff Away For Free Is The Best Marketing Tool

Startups – giving stuff away for free is the best marketing tool. This story demonstrates why. Austin has been named the best American city for startups, according to a report by the Kauffman Foundation and the surprising second is Miami. The data is part of an infographic exploring Factors that …

The Biggest Roadblocks Faced by Startups in India

Affordable talent, and the right time for the required talent is another challenge. (Source)<p>It is of common knowledge that a lot of VC and angel …

Startups

Booming tech startup space nearing a 'pullback,' observers say

The tech startup space has been red hot in Canada and the United States of late, but is it getting too hot? Several key players in the startup world think so – and predict there could soon be a shakeout.<p>“We feel there’s going to be a pullback in the next six months,” says Jim Orlando, managing …

What Every Founder Needs To Know About Scaling Startup Culture

For startups that want to stick around, growth and sustainability are the goals. But growing like Facebook or Twitter is far more difficult in reality. According to the Small Business Administration, only about half of all new businesses even survive to reach their fifth birthday. Only one-third of …

Leadership

AngelList gets $400M from China’s CSC Venture Capital for early-stage startup investments

Funding platform AngelList is set to announce a deal with China-based private equity firm CSC Venture Capital on Monday that will see it birth a new $400 million fund for early-stage startup investments, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>The deal is expected to be the “largest single pool of …

Venture Capital

The Six Lists You Need To Make Every Day Productive

You might make a daily to-do list, but have you considered project lists or outsource lists? Here’s what to write down to get the most done.<p>Your brain is for thinking, not for storing a long list of random things you need to do.<p>“When you’re juggling a lot of tasks, things will fall through the …

Time Management

8 Secrets to Credible Startup Financial Projections

Entrepreneurs often ask me why investors expect financial projections for a new startup even before the product is built and while the market is still being defined. I tell them that the projection process and results are most important for you the founder, to evaluate if there really is a business …

Here's How Startups Actually Start Up

There’s a sucker born every day — or so they say. But the way startup fever has been spreading across the land, it almost feels more like there’s a …

Startups

Train Your Mind to Win the Game of Entrepreneurship With These 4 Mental Exercises

Taking the plunge from full-time employee to business owner is no small feat. To move from a stable job with a steady income to one where uncertainty is the flavor of the day every day takes courage, competence and confidence. Most of all, it requires an emotional tolerance strong enough to deal …

Wishpond goes “free forever” to shake up marketing automation

Marketing automation software penetration is still on the wrong side of “woeful.”<p>Even if you reduce the total marketplace to B2B organizations alone — those that are more likely to use a marketing automation platform (MAP) — penetration is still around 10 percent.<p>MAP providers, with a few …

Digital Marketing

Where the Boom in Women-Led Startups Is Really Coming From

Census numbers reveal the driving force in women's entrepreneurship.<p>Women are starting companies at a faster rate than men, as they have been for years. But you know who's really rocking it? Women of color.<p>At least that's what preliminary data from the U.S. Census Bureau, in its Survey of Business …

Entrepreneurship

Embracing Failure: Lessons From History's Most Successful Entrepreneurs

In the Middle East, failure is a taboo subject. We don’t like to talk about the startups that have failed, or the people that have sacrificed every aspect of themselves- their financial wellbeing, their relationships, their reputations, even their mental and physical health, and have failed …

11 Truths About Being an Entrepreneur

I read a column in the Huffington Post recently that inspired me to tell it like it is. The column broke down some of the myths that continue to be perpetuated about entrepreneurship, like how to “get rich quick.” I know I’m just one more voice adding to the fray, but I felt compelled to share.<p>I’ve …

6 Things Brilliant Entrepreneurs Do (That the Faint-Hearted Wish They Could)

Entrepreneurs are secretly envied by those who prefer a cushy corporate life. Here's why.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>As Elton John once sang, life is short and the world is rough, so if you want to boogie, boy, you’ve got to …

Steve Jobs

The One Thing Every Great Company Has In Common

Obscured in the valuation dust of the current unicorn stampede is a key question: What actually makes a great company great? What do the future Facebooks, Googles and Apples have in common — not to mention the current ones?<p>Let’s take Google and Apple. Both have reached the pinnacle of business …

Google Slides for Android now lets you share presentations via a Hangout video call

Google today updated Google Slides for Android with support for streaming via Google Hangouts; you can download the new app now directly from Google Play. The company also updated Google Keep for Android with an option to export notes to Google Docs — that new version is also available on Google …

Google

How to run a team of people who never see each other

Millions of people make a living without ever setting foot in an office. Particularly in technology, companies are moving away from just outsourcing rote tasks to remote workers and toward building entirely distributed teams.<p>One leader is Elance-oDesk, the largest online marketplace for freelance …

The Workplace

Gigster Does The Dev Dirty Work To Turn Your Idea Into An App

Got a startup idea? That and some cash is all you need to get a fully functional app built for you by Gigster. Launching today, Gigster is a full-service development shop, rather than a marketplace where you have to manage the talent you find.<p>Just go to Gigster’s site, instant message with a sales …

Silicon Valley: 'Centre of the universe' - but for how long?

<b>Silicon Valley didn't happen by accident.</b><p>A terrific new exhibition has opened in Washington DC's National Museum of American History, and in it, a section dedicated to the area on the US west coast which is synonymous with cutting-edge technology.<p>The display details the trailblazing chip companies …

Silicon Valley

A Successful Leader Has to Learn to Say No

“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It’s very easy to say yes.” — Tony Blair<p>Tony Blair isn’t the only one who thinks that. So does Steve …

Leadership

SimplyInsured, A Health Insurance Platform For Small Companies, Scores $5.9M Series A

SimplyInsured, which helps small businesses compare and purchase employee health insurance plans, has closed a Series A of $5.9 million led by Polaris Partners, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Altair.VC, Corazon Capital, and individual investors.<p>The startup not only lets small …