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Who taught you what it means to be an entrepreneur?

December 20, 2013 7:37 am by | 3 Comments

At the Idea Fest this fall, Roger Newton, founder of Esperion Therapeutics started his talk by thanking his mentors. He started in college with the person who taught him bench…


Entrepreneurs see new market ahead of medical marijuana vote in Florida

Entrepreneurs see new market ahead of medical marijuana vote in Florida

July 19, 2014 11:39 am by | 3 Comments

ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – Backers of a ballot initiative that would legalize wider use of medical marijuana in Florida are working to assuage some voters’ concerns before the November election…


If Steve Jobs is an entrepreneurial hero, Silicon Valley should take some lessons from him

If Steve Jobs is an entrepreneurial hero, Silicon Valley should take some lessons from him

July 14, 2014 2:04 pm by | 0 Comments

Just about every tech leader in Silicon Valley says they admire Steve Jobs, but when it comes to following his lead, where’s the love? Visit any hacker hangout, tech firm,…



Will your idea make money quickly? Can you go all-in? 5 considerations for potential bootstrappers

Will your idea make money quickly? Can you go all-in? 5 considerations for potential bootstrappers

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Dreams of starting your own business are often filled with fantasies of coming up with a great idea, and venture capital firms fighting to fund it for you. But as…


I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

June 30, 2014 8:17 am by | 0 Comments

We’ve pivoted our Lean LaunchPad / I-Corps curriculum. We’re changing the order in which we teach the business model canvas and customer development to better-fit therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices. — Over…


Q&A with Stanford’s Tina Seelig on how to teach both innovation and creativity

Q&A with Stanford’s Tina Seelig on how to teach both innovation and creativity

June 23, 2014 5:00 am by | 0 Comments

Above: Tina Seelig of Stanford Technology Ventures Image Credit: Dean Takahashi Tina Seelig recently got one of the Oscars of Silicon Valley. The SVForum named honored her as a winner…


Getting an introduction to an investor? Here’s the thought process behind one VC’s first impression

Getting an introduction to an investor? Here’s the thought process behind one VC’s first impression

June 13, 2014 10:45 am by | 0 Comments

My friend Ed Zimmerman wrote a terrific post for his WSJ blog, “Help Me Help You”, on soliciting him (and others like him) for investor introductions. I wanted to add to Ed’s…


The art of ‘negatism’ — or, why every startup needs a dose of Debbie Downer once in a while

The art of ‘negatism’ — or, why every startup needs a dose of Debbie Downer once in a while

June 12, 2014 8:46 am by | 0 Comments

Negatism is “the act of learning from negative outcomes or behaviors” — and boy, will we petition heavily to officially add this word to the dictionary. However, if “negatism” can’t…



Sorry, digital health startups. Kickstarter’s loosened rules still leave you out

Sorry, digital health startups. Kickstarter’s loosened rules still leave you out

June 5, 2014 8:45 am by | 0 Comments

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter announced yesterday that it was loosening its admissions requirements, but some products — like digital health products — still aren’t welcome. Kickstarter’s guidelines for admission are much shorter now. In…


New rankings paint U.S. as a leader in fostering female entrepreneurship

New rankings paint U.S. as a leader in fostering female entrepreneurship

June 4, 2014 1:00 pm by | 0 Comments

New research shows that the U.K. is improving its environment for women to succeed in entrepreneurship — but is still lagging behind other European countries like France and Germany. The…


Bootstrapping, for the win! 4 reasons not having early investors can actually be great

Bootstrapping, for the win! 4 reasons not having early investors can actually be great

June 3, 2014 10:45 am by | 0 Comments

Virtually the only startups that get serious press are the ones that raise large rounds. As entertaining as it is to follow the rock-star fundraisers, what about the founders who…


Tim Draper recruits tech superheroes to school the next generation of entrepreneurs

Tim Draper recruits tech superheroes to school the next generation of entrepreneurs

June 2, 2014 5:15 pm by | 0 Comments

Noted tech investor Tim Draper is expanding what can only be described as Silicon Valley’s most unique school for aspiring entrepreneurs. The Draper University of Heroes prepares students for the the…


There comes a point when a company must let go of the ‘startup’ label. This might be it.

There comes a point when a company must let go of the ‘startup’ label. This might be it.

May 30, 2014 9:30 am by | 0 Comments

After $336 million in VC funding, reaching a valuation of $1 billion and a staff of 700 employees, how did Jason Goldberg describe his troubled company Fab last month? It’s…


An early-stage startup’s guide to surviving in Silicon Valley

An early-stage startup’s guide to surviving in Silicon Valley

May 27, 2014 2:22 pm by | 0 Comments

Twitter. Dropbox. Zynga. These name brand startups are part of the revitalization of previously underdeveloped and “affordable” neighborhoods in San Francisco. However, if you are not one of the aforementioned…


Why you should remove ‘that’s just how we’ve always done it’ from your startup’s vocabulary

Why you should remove ‘that’s just how we’ve always done it’ from your startup’s vocabulary

May 23, 2014 10:53 am by | 1 Comments

Whether you run your own company or work for a great one, it’s important to always challenge the status quo and pursue constant improvement. Never let “that’s just how we’ve…


This year’s numbers aren’t looking any better for women in technology leadership

This year’s numbers aren’t looking any better for women in technology leadership

May 22, 2014 9:38 am by | 0 Comments

A new survey of 3,211 chief information officers finds that women make up only 7 percent of top tech positions — down 2 percent from last year. “This suggests that…