VC Corner: Brad Feld of Foundry Group & Techstars (Fitbit, Zynga, Moz, Sphero)

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars.

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How to Get a Trademark to Protect Your Startup

Whether you’re just at the beginning stages of starting a business, or you are close to launch, you’re likely feeling rather bogged down with all the tasks on your to-do list. While it’s easy to push some of the “less fun” things to the side (like legalities, finances, and intellectual property) while you develop products or services, find office space, and think about making it big, it’s vital not to forget just how important they are to a successful business.

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The Secret Ingredients in Georgetown Cupcake

​Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne knew better than to invest in perishable commodities. After graduating from Princeton, she’d spent four years learning the ropes at global venture capital firm, Highland Capital Partners. She loved her job, but loved her own entrepreneurial passion more. Watching startups scale from the other side of the table solidified her decision to go all in as an entrepreneur. To the dismay of her Greek immigrant parents, she could not abandon the dream of opening the bakery she and her younger sister, Katherine Kallinis Berman, had talked about since they were children.

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The Top 5 Trends for Enterprise Businesses in 2016

Enterprise businesses may not change as fast as technology does, but technology forces companies to keep up. The law of the land is evolve or be replaced, and 2015 was a big year for businesses who invested in that evolution. 2015 was the year Amazon took a victory lap and finally outpaced Walmart in terms of market cap. It was a record year of mergers, and despite the problems surrounding Uber, the company has doubled its US drivers in the past year. And there were those that floundered, perhaps most notably with Volkswagen and its emissions scandal.

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How Your Social Media Campaigns Could Get You Into Trouble

Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube: these companies are racing to tap into the marketing power of influential consumers (or “influencers”) using social media - but where does that leave regular users and business owners like you? If you're not careful, it's in deep trouble with the Internet hivemind.

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If not me, then who? The Robotic Future with Stephen Phillips (Mawson Robotics, ex-Twitter)

Stephen was a co-founder of We Are Hunted - an emerging music chart site, which scanned the web to identify upcoming talent. We Are Hunted was acquired by Twitter in late 2012, and was eventually relaunched as Twitter Music, and finally brought back to life as Wonder.fm. Stephen’s latest project is Mawson Robotics – utilizing the power of robotics and machine learning to change the world.

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Jessica Livingston (Y Combinator) on Getting People to Care about Your Business

"People didn't care what we were doing," Jessica Livingston, partner and co-founder of Y Combinator (YC), noted in the opening minutes of her Startup Grind 2014 interview. The growth trajectory and brand awareness of YC since its simple origins are an important case study for other startups and a confirmation of Edison's adage: "Success is 1 percent in inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.

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VC Corner: Christine Tsai of 500 Startups (Intercom, TalkDesk, Sprig)

Christine Tsai is a Founding Partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital fund and startup accelerator. She has invested in over 150 companies including ipsy, Sprig, Bombfell, and Storefront, and also oversees the Accelerator and Distribution Teams.

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Is Silicon Valley Developing a Transformer?

Is Silicon Valley building a new master race of machines? Ok, not exactly- here's what we learned in our meetingwith Micah Yairi, Co-founder & CTO of Tactus Technology in Fremont, CA.

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China Startup Report: The Gold Rush & Fire Extinguishers (Part 5 of 5)

I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual.  In these series of 5 posts, I thought I’d share what I learned in China. All the usual caveats apply. I was only in China for a week so this a cursory view, and the ecosystem has only matured since then. Thanks to Kai-Fu Lee of Innovation Works, David Lin of Microsoft Accelerator, Kevin Dewalt and Frank Hawke of the Stanford Center in Beijing, and my publisher China Machine Press. 

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