Take This Final Exam to See If You Are Ready to Launch Your Startup

I teach entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering at Villanova University. We make the entrepreneurial learning experience as real life as possible but, at the end of each semester, the “real world” illusion ends with a final exam. continue

Steve Jobs Sent This Email To A Startup Who Helped Design One Of The First iPad Apps

How do you know whether or not your iOS app is going to be a hit? Getting an email from Steve Jobs is probably a strong indicator.
Ashish Toshniwal, the 31-year-old CEO of app design firm Y Media Labs, told Business Insider about how one of the first iPad apps his startup helped create impressed the late Apple CEO and co-founder. continue

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Approaching an Investor

“All these investors claim that there are not enough opportunities out there to invest in, yet when I send them my business plan, I don’t even get a response.”

Considering that venture capital investors get tens of thousands of business plans, investor decks and other pitches annually, it is hardly surprising that not all of them get an investment. Based on reactions to one of my previous posts on investor feedback, it seems that a lot of entrepreneurs don’t even receive a response to their presentation. continue

Growth vs. Profit: What Should Rising Startups Focus On First? 

George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.

This really is not a simple question to answer. There are so many nuances that go into assessing the right answer:

What is going on with the economy?
How liquid is the fundraising climate?
Are you B2B or B2C?
Are you the first mover?
How defensible is your business, with patents, product complexity or otherwise?
What are your competitors doing?

Why Tech Startups Should Incorporate Philanthropic Strategies 

Kraig Swensrud is the CEO & Co-Founder of GetFeedback.com, a modern survey marketing application designed and built for a mobile world. Kraig previously was the Chief Marketing Officer at salesforce.com.

7 Sins of Newbie Entrepreneurs 

Most entrepreneurs are familiar with the ridiculously high percentage of small businesses that will fail in the first couple years. The business owners who survived the odds will tell you that they didn’t achieve success on sheer passion alone. It took hard work, and in most situations, it didn’t happen over night.

Innovation: Small Businesses Live It, Big Businesses Buy It 

There is a recurring theme in the business world. Large companies are becoming bogged down with processes, are worried of investor confidence and their bloated management system is making it difficult for them to come up with innovative ideas. So what do they do? They gobble up smaller companies.

Destinazione Italia è legge, entrano anche misure per scavi banda larga 

E’ passato anche al Senato ed è definitivo. Tante le misure per sostenere il digitale. Alcune note (incentivi alle Pmi che investono in Ict, visto startup, catasto delle reti), altre meno. Tra queste, una porta aperta ad agevolazioni agli operatori che non erano entrate nel regolamento scavi, da stabilire con successivo decreto. Ecco il quadro delle novità

Jawbone Is Now the Startup Apple Should Fear Most | Wired Business | Wired.com 

Jawbone is ascending into the top echelon of tech startups, joining the likes of Uber, Dropbox, and Square. But unlike these other rising stars, which are redefining digital services, Jawbone is redefining our gadgets themselves.

Hungry For New Deals, Latin American Wireless Co. Movile Doubles Down On Delivery

Brazil’s mobile content developer Movile is on the hunt for new investments after committing a fresh $2 million to its online delivery service company iFood. That recent investment is a sign of just how spicy food delivery companies have become in recent weeks.

How To Invest In A Start-Up Strategy Offered by Harmel Rayat 

According to Harmel Rayat, there are many reasons to consider investing in a start-up. In fact, the benefits can be not only financial, but also deeply personal. By investing in a start-up company, you are effectively investing in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. You are playing a direct role in the cultivation of a new business and of new jobs—all of which can be immensely satisfying.

The Five Mistakes Startups Make When Building for Mobile: 

In 2009, Farhan Thawar joined mobile development firm Xtreme Labs as VP of Engineering. At the time, it handled accounts for some of the biggest brands in the world — a roster including the largest social networks and popular sports organizations.