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IPO’s lose their luster

IPO’s lose their luster

More entrepreneurs are thinking that Sarbanes-Oxley is, in fact, for dummies. All that glitters, it seems, is not golden. In a trend not totally related to recessionary pressures, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are increasingly turning their back on the traditional brass ring of business startups, the initial public offering. Although we’ve all been saturated with [...]

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The Small Business Advocate — Encore Performance!

Find interviews with Small Business experts on the Small Business Advocate show Back in August, I had the great honor to be a guest on Jim Blasingame’s Small Business Advocate Show — heard on 40 radio stations nationwide. And, in my humble opinion, one of the most sophisticated Web presences in radio. To my great [...]

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Prof. Mark Cannice on venture capital prospects

Prof. Mark Cannice on venture capital prospects

He’s the genius behind the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index. Professor Mark Cannice, the director of the University of San Francisco’s Entrepreneurship program, is probably well-known to you as the founder and primary researcher behind the quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index (if, that is, you read rags like the Wall Street Journal [...]

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The Roundup September 24

Mobile coupons. Read on . . . Retailer JCPenney has introduced a mobile coupon program for its Houston customers via a partnership with mobile technology firm Cellfire. The program enables customers to use mobile coupons that are scanned at the point of sale in JCPenney stores. To do so, consumers must first download a special [...]

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The Roundup August 24

The Roundup August 24

I’m thinking we shoulda’ called it The Micro-Startup Bible, since that’s the new VC fashion. Venture capitalists learn a new fashion — micro-startups. Kind of like a shoestring venture, no? Two dozen companies displayed their wares on Wednesday in brief talks that are the graduation ceremony at Y Combinator, which invests up to $20,000 in [...]

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The Roundup August 4

The Roundup August 4

Lean management, but customer service sucks more than ever. When will the MBA wonks running this operation ever get a clue? Starbucks is flailing about trying everything under the sun except for improving customer service. Starbucks Corp. built its business as the anti-fast-food joint. Now, the recession and growing competition are forcing the coffeehouse giant [...]

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A beginner’s guide to venture capital: the players

Shoestring Venture aims to be helpful to anyone and everyone starting a business, from solopreneurs operating a venture from their kitchen table to bricks-and-mortar small business owners to your standard, Sand Hill Road entrepreneur looking to score some big start-up money and create the next Twitter. Going the venture capital route is not for everyone [...]

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The Roundup Aug. 3

The Roundup Aug. 3

You don’t want to know who’s in charge at the iPhone Apps store. Finally, the feds get interested in the black box we call the iPhone Apps store. Federal regulators want to know if AT&T and Apple worked to together to reject mobile apps for Google’s innovative Voice service, sending letters to the companies asking [...]

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The Roundup July 10

The Roundup July 10

Your local bank will happily lend you a few cents. That’s why they’re called small business loans. Now we’re talking recovery. The Obama administration is developing an initiative to take money from the $700 billion rescue program for the banking system and make it available to millions of small businesses, which officials say are essential [...]

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The Roundup July 6

There’s a new VC in town and he’s taking down names . . . Marc Andreessen and business partner Ben Horowitz launched a boutique VC fund Monday with an initial capitalization of $300 million that the pair intends to invest in “anything that involves chips and computers” at a clip of $50,000 to $50 million [...]

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The Roundup June 19

The Roundup June 19

If venture capital firms are made exempt from new regulations, will that be a loophole big enough to drive something as big as AIG through? Venture capitalists to Obama: hands off our picnic basket! Venture capitalists said on Wednesday they should be exempt from President Obama’s proposed changes in financial regulation, arguing they were not [...]

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The Roundup May 16-17

Apple to Microsoft: Thanks for the ads, man! The moment Microsoft decided to attack Apple, they increased Apple’s credibility. That’s a given any time you decide to respond to an opponent you previously didn’t acknowledge even had right to get into the ring with you. (“Would Bill Gates have aired Laptop Hunters?,” Fortune, May 17) [...]

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If big companies were run more like start-ups . . .

I have said several dozen times in this blog that start-ups and entrepreneurs, who typically turn to the corporate behemoths for business models, will increasingly become the model for corporate behemoths. Broke, as I said in an earlier post, is the new black. The American auto industry, in particular, should be remade in the image [...]

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The Biz Roundup April 18 & 19

You heard it hear first: Cuba spells opportunity . . . maybe. Cruise lines will likely benefit first, some experts said, because it can take years to build up resort-style hotels on shore. Even so, capacity questions remain. “If you have a 2,000-passenger cruise vessel at the port of Havana, at some point they’re going [...]

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The venture capital game changes ever so slightly

In Claire Miller’s must-read article in the New York Times yesterday, she interviews Silicon Valley venture capitalists to see how the current downturn has affected their investment proclivities. Since our book devotes some pretty hefty space to financing start-ups, there are some important takeaways from the article (but don’t skip the article — I mean [...]

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The Biz Roundup January 4

Apple isn’t worried. They knew this was coming someday and so they made it impossible to change the batteries in their products. More than half of U.S. consumers plan to cut back on purchases of high-tech products this year . . . The findings are particularly gloomy for newer categories of devices. (“Consumers to Pare [...]

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Let’s do something original and lead with Detroit since every one else seems to be ignoring it. :: “The U.A.W. president, Ron Gettelfinger, said the union would suspend its jobs bank, which requires carmakers to keep paying laid-off employees, and would consider changes to its labor contracts. The union has also agreed, Mr. Gettelfinger said, [...]

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