Computing pioneer Doug Engelbart — who passed away earlier this week — had a vision of how the technologies he developed could help us to create a better world, not just a way to sell more smartphone apps or get people to click on advertising.
Entrepreneurs are subject to many of the same biases that cause people to persist with their investments, and don’t necessarily behave to always maximize outcomes when presented with lucrative new opportunities, a new study says.
An annual Stanford University startup competition awarded $150,000 in prize money on Friday to ideas in construction engineering and medical devices, among others.
Starting a company is hard, but it’s a lot harder outside the startup-happy tech culture in the Bay Area as I discovered talking to toy inventors at The Toy Fair.
A new program launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Health 2.0 aims to play matchmaker for digital health startups and key healthcare organizations in the city.
According to a new report from Startup Genome, a company that provides benchmarking tools to startups and investors, New York ranked fifth on a list of the world’s top startup ecosystems. Silicon Valley led the pack, followed by Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Entrepreneurs are often told to figure out what the market wants and to follow their passions. Unfortunately, these can be competing directions. Dave Kashen, founder of Quantum Leading, has his own bit of advice for startup founders — don’t settle for what the market wants if it doesn’t intersect with what you’re passionate about doing.
TechStars’ founder and CEO David Cohen talks about the booming tech community in Boulder, the changing landscape for startups and the future of man and machine.
Korea’s future as a startup hub is still a work in progress but I see a lot of reasons to be optimistic about companies emerging from this country of 50 million people. Here are four start-ups that caught my attention at the BeLaunch conference last week.
Thirteen would-be darlings of New York’s tech scene are hitting the stage today at startup incubator TechStars NYC’s third Demo Day to present its latest class of graduates.
South Korea is building a start-up ecosystem, hoping to create some of the innovation that turned Silicon Valley into technology capital. The latest step is a two-day conference next week called beLaunch, which is equipping local entrepreneurs with important lessons and getting them to think big.
Want to release your inner creative genius? Check out this video chat with Jonah Lehrer, author of the book Imagine: How Creativity Works, and learn how to generate insights and foster a more creative workforce.
Europe’s digital commissioner Neelie Kroes has a mixed record of helping the continent’s web entrepreneurs. But now she’s opening up to questions from the floor, with a new initiative aimed at finding ways to get Brussels to do a better job for startups.
Docstoc founder Jason Nazar wants to make it easier for anyone to start a business, any kind of business anywhere in the U.S. To do so, he’s launched License123.com, which is like a one-stop shop for all the business permits and licenses a new business needs.
After trying to become a social network, the team behind Fab.com pivoted a year ago toward their current model as a design site because it was something the founders were passionate about. It’s another reminder that passion matters and can be what determines success.
Dave Kashen of Quantum Leading calls for a change in startup culture. He believes that when we operate according to our core values and principles, in pursuit of a vision for the future that inspires us, we maximize our individual and collective well-being.
The startup world is littered with stories of bad behavior, arguments, bullying and trickery that few people would tolerate in normal life. But German researchers suggest this might not just be a coincidence — and that perhaps it’s crucial to a company’s success.
Long hours with your startup colleagues developing a product with cutting-edge features can prove frustrating when those features end up in a competitor’s offering. Nitin Gupta of LawPivot and Eric Hutchins of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP offer tips for entrepreneurs building a patent portfolio.
Billy Chasen, the co-founder of Turntable.fm, talked on Thursday night about his pivot away from his barcode-scanning startup Stickybits. It was a tough decision to pull the plug on a mediocre success, but it’s worked out for him. Here are some lessons from his big restart.
Many entrepreneurs are in the process of fundraising. However, many are unaware of the most favorable terms for raising money from investors and confused about what terms to focus on in a term sheet. Jay and Yusuf explain how to navigate these sometimes tricky waters.
GigaOM readers agree that encouraging European entrepreneurs is vitally important to the long-term health of local startups. But they have differing opinions about the sharp growth of accelerator programs and bootcamps across the continent: will startups end up being fed to the sharks?
Social networking startup Namesake launched an iOS app Tuesday. The app brings Namesake, which we billed as “Facebook for the self-employed” last year, to Apple devices in wrapper better suited for mobile access. The app is good enough to merit a look, even for non-Namesake users.
Former AdMob Omar Hamoui’s Churn Labs, his first venture after selling mobile ad company to Google for $750 million, was one of the early highlights for TechCrunch Disrupt’s Start-up Battlefield, a showcase for dozens of emerging start-ups. Here is Hamoui’s startup, plus three more.
The key to success in startups is making sure you’re young, experienced and not the only founder. That’s the takeaway from a new survey being conducted by SV Angel of successful startups that have gone on to or are projected to have big exits.
I sat down with Case on Friday at the TiE Silicon Valley conference to discuss how he’s advocating for entrepreneur-friendly policies at a governmental level. Entrepreneurs, meanwhile, should focus on building companies they’re passionate about, rather than looking for a money-making “quick flip,” he said.
TechStars, the pioneering start-up accelerator, just graduated its first New York class today, introducing a strong and polished class with a lot of promise. Here are some standouts from the class of 12, which introduced themselves at a demo day today.
It’s no secret that the political machine in Washington can be slow. The Startup Visa Act was first discussed in 2009, and in the meantime, Britain has managed to pass their own version, despite a change of government, heated debate, and necessary changes to immigration laws.
Mentorship is a critical catalyst for passage, transition and development as a pre-entrepreneur. But mentorship, like entrepreneurship, can break down in the nitty gritty details. Larry Chiang offers his advice in avoiding the mistakes many entrepreneurs make when they try to get mentored by a VC.
Different phases of a startup’s lifecycle require different approaches to spending. VC David Skok explains how startup CEOs need to manage their burn rate as they fine-tune their sales process and their sales team to prepare themselves for the next stage.
The two most common mistakes startups make are spending too much money and not spending enough. VC David Skok, of Matrix Partners, explains how hard CEOs should press on the startup accelerator pedal when the company is trying to fit its product to the right market.
Mika Salmi has literally been starting businesses since he was a kid. He’s learned a lot from his time as an entrepreneur and investor and sat down with us to share some of his expertise.
Aaron Stannard has written an interesting and very candid post about his recent experience of doing what many developers dream of: taking an unpaid, month-long leave of absence from his regular job to try and create his own web-based startup company.
Anyone looking to start a business should listen to Naval Ravikant. He’s been both entrepreneur and angel investor and has loads of wisdom for people wondering what to look for in a business partner or how to get a meeting with a VC.
The reality sets in once you start getting busy. What once what once seemed like a badge of honor starts resembling a ball and chain. Even if you thoroughly love your work, you can see the billable hours trap you’ve set for yourself.
Austin is not a stellar city for startups seeking venture capital, but it’s a great place to start a business, and there are more and more resources devoted to making Austin a home for entrepreneurs like the city is a home for live music.
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