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Big Idea 2015: Make This the Year You Finally Launch Your Own Startup

2015 will be the time to start a business. Here’s why and how.<p>Around the world we are facing unprecedented unemployment – even in the developed …

VCs Look Ahead To 2015

From cloud wars to the certainty that there will be hacks, venture capitalists believe that 2015 will be a year of tumult and (in public markets anyway) triumph for the startup world.<p>Here are the visions that the general partners, managing directors and partners from firms such as NEA, IVP, Cue …

Venture Capital

Between The Cloud And A Hard Place

The cloud computing infrastructure (a.k.a. data center) business is a tough place to be these days – and it just became a whole lot tougher.<p>This week Google doubled down on its efforts to grab a bigger piece of the cloud computing infrastructure pie by slashing its IaaS (Infrastructure as a …

Google's Three-Pronged Enterprise Strategy

Google’s willingness to try anything combined with its web scale culture make it an unlikely traditional enterprise vendor – but Google is betting that “traditional” is not what today’s enterprises want or need. The result is an enterprise strategy that is impossible to compartmentalize yet …

Four basic skills of CEOs who can sell well

The CEO of any company is expected to sell at all times. The primary objective of any business is sales. You begin by selling to yourself, then you sell your co-founders. Later, you'll sell your first client and you'll continue until you retire. The job of any CEO is sales.<p>This primer will help you …

2 Aussies who met in a chat room created a start-up valued at $500 million

Two guys from Sydney have received an extra $50 million in funding for their ecommerce startup, Bigcommerce, with the company's valuation hitting …

Businesses Don't Move To The Cloud: DATA Does

Cloud computing—particularly <i>hybrid</i> cloud environments—are now a business reality. But the cloud can create challenges around infrastructure deployment, data management, and end-user consumption.<p>The thing is, <b>data doesn’t like to move.</b> That’s one reason why cloud computing isn’t as easy as it</b> …

Will music be free in the future?

As corporations and musicians look for new ways to get our attention – and our money - what does this mean for the fans? Greg Kot explains.<p>From Taylor Swift and U2 to Garth Brooks and Iggy Pop, there has been a lot of noise in recent weeks from artists and bands testing new business models, …

2014: The year the cloud killed the datacenter

This year more and more CxOs pulled the life support on their own datacenter infrastructure in favor of ever-maturing public and private cloud …

Amazon Cloud Drive Gets Its Own API

Amazon is working to make its Cloud Drive service more competitive in the crowded online storage market. After recently bundling free, unlimited photo storage on Cloud Drive for Amazon Prime customers, today the company is going after developers with a new Cloud Drive API. The API will allow …

Why You Don’t Need To Know How To Code To Start A Tech Company

Not every startup founder has programming skills, but industry experts say it’s wise to have someone on board with technical knowledge.<p>While teaching history for a cash-strapped school in the Bronx, Charles Best often found himself buying basic school supplies for his students with his own money.<p>“I …

Three Ways To Change The Ratio of Women Receiving VC

Don't take the dismal data on the number of women receiving venture capital funding lying down -- take action.<p>Ask almost any female founder in tech and she'll tell you that the stats on women raising venture capital remain dim. Despite the one-off success stories, the trend remains nothing short of …

Creative Ways To Raise Money For Your Startup

You have an idea and are willing to put in plenty of sweat equity but you need capital. Now what? Raising seed money is the first challenge entrepreneurs face. However, finding the right source of capital is far more complicated than just getting cash to fuel your business idea. Some entrepreneurs …

The 20 Hottest Startups Founded By Women

The folks over at Product Hunt have created and curated a list of the best startups and products founded by women. VCs, entrepreneurs, and Product Hunt members have all weighed in on their favorites.<p>From uBeam's innovative wireless charging technology to Hopscotch's program for teaching kids how to …

Startups

Stockholm is the 'most prolific' billion-dollar startup hub behind Silicon Valley

Sweden lacks the scale to be Europe's main tech hub, but that hasn't stopped it producing the most billion-dollar online companies over the past …

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Using Live Video Streaming to Supercharge Their Startups

Experts are predicting that live video will triple by 2017. And the technology to do it correctly is available, but you have to choose the right streaming service.<p>When the iPhone 6 recently launched, the problems Apple had with their live video stream made it clear that this type of video can be …

Entrepreneurship

The 5 Worst Things You Can Say When Pitching For Venture Capital

In my time as a venture capitalist, I’ve received thousands – yes, thousands – of pitches from hopeful entrepreneurs, poised to change the world. Of those initial outreach asks, there’s a large percentage that gets immediately tossed and a whole bunch more that get nixed after our first call or …

Nitro Gets $15 Million In Series B From Battery Ventures

Cloud document editing company Nitro just got $15 million from Battery Ventures. Nitro previously raised two undisclosed rounds from Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures, bringing the total up to $21.6 million now.<p>The San Francisco-based startup made a name for itself in the PDF space. …

Why Music Majors Make Some Of The Best Entrepreneurs

If creativity and entrepreneurship are linked, how can we better draw on creative outlets for business innovation?<p>I spent a good part of my early entrepreneurial life running away from the fact that I had a music degree and not a business degree. Looking back, I convinced myself that a creative …

Facebook And The Ethics Of User Manipulation [Updated]

[This post has been updated to include comments from Adam Kramer, the Facebook employee who coauthored the study, and new information from Cornell indicating that the study was funded internally. ]<p>A recent study conscripted Facebook users as unwitting participants during a weeklong experiment in …

Nixie wearable camera drone wins Intel's $500,000 tech challenge

Wearable camera drone Nixie is the winner of Intel's Make it Wearable competition, scooping a prize of $500,000 (£313,000) at a ceremony held in San …