5 tips for entrepreneurs building a patent portfolio

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.…

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Top 5 things you should know about term sheets

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.…

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AirBnB gets $112M in new investment

AirBnB, a San Francisco–based person-to-person room-, apartment- and house-rental startup, has raised $112 million in Series B funding from a group of investors including Russian Internet investor DST Global, General Catalyst and Andreessen Horowitz. AirBnB has raised about $120 million. More details after the fold.…

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TechStars NYC Class Shines at Demo Day

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.…

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Are Crappy Startups Wall Street’s Fault?

The Kauffman Foundation claims in a new report that high-paying jobs in the financial sector have drained the prospective pool of startup founders until it's pretty shallow. It may even be responsible for allowing "potentially weaker" startups to gain funding. Here's a look at the arguments.…

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5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Getting Mentored

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.…

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Accelerate Your Startup: Get the Right Product/Market Fit

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.…

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Startup Strategies: Aim Your Sales Efforts

For startups to grow, they need to adopt some big-company practices, especially concerning the sales team. In the first post of a three-part series, entrepreneur-turned-VC Mark Suster shows how growing companies should assess the deals in their sales pipelines and help sales teams focus their time.…

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Why Startup Visas Don’t Go Far Enough

Silicon Valley investors are campaigning to broaden immigration rules to let more would-be technology entrepreneurs into the United States. The movement, which is gaining momentum, has the right motivations - but history suggests that campaigners must gather support form outside the traditional hi-tech bubble if they want to turn their proposals into law.…

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Can Austin Ignite the Fire of Entrepreneurship?

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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