Mark Cuban on Silicon Valley Venture Capital Investment

Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur with a net worth of $2.6 billion and owns NBA's Dallas Mavericks. He has appeared in several movies and numerous TV programs. One of the latter is Shark Tank, where he appeared as a guest shark investor in Series 2 and has been a regular on the series ever since. This is a program where the goal is to persuade investo...

Seven Illusions to Watch out for When you Launch a Company

To get your startup off the ground, you need more than just a good idea. You will have to invest in the right technology, clearly understand the niche you are about to fill, be knowledgeable about the competition you will face and finally, put together a dedicated team to pull your ideas together. Thousands of companies are launched every year, bu...

Mobile Security Company Lookout Bags $150 Million in Venture Capital Funding

Lookout is a fast growing mobile security company based in San Francisco. In what was the largest funding round for a security company in 2014, the company received an infusion of $150 million from venture funds and investment bankers. It is the largest tranche of investment that the company has got till date, which has brought its total investment...

Alternatives to Venture Capital for Business Startup Funding

There are many alternatives to venture capital and angel investors for those that are seeking finance to get their business started up. Venture capital funding is not always the best way to get startup cash. If you pitch your company too early, it might cost you too big a slice of your business. The earlier in its life, the more risk there is in i...

Startup Accelerator Programs: How to Find, Apply and Get Accepted

Startup accelerator programs are designed to help entrepreneurs receive mentorship and training from like-minded people who have made it. For many who need help in getting their idea of the ground, an accelerator program is fundamental to their success. The training from those who have already done it, made the video and wear the t-shirt offers a m...

Defending Silicon Valley: Separating the Good Apples from the Bad

Sam Altman is a partner at Y Combinator. He also previously founded Loopt - a geosocial networking app, which allows people to share their location with their friends. He sold the company for $43.4 million. Sometimes you will catch him wearing a T-shirt that says, 'make things that people want'. If you ask him why outsiders have such a bad impressi...

Los Angeles Bred Tech Companies are Giving Stiff Competition to their Cousins in Silicon Valley

If you thought Silicon Valley is the hub of all the tech action in Southern California, think again. Startups based in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, both of which are only a few hours away from Silicon Valley have cornered a sizable chunk of the funding pie. Their success has promoted venture capitalists who were previously concentrating on startup...

Successful Crowdsourcing Projects Attract Interest from Venture Capitalists

Kickstarter was the starting point for many companies which have eventually gone ahead and raised mega bucks from venture capital companies. Oculus VR is one such company. Startups that succeed in winning investor confidence on Kickstarter also attract venture capitalists who see such crowdsourcing websites as a platform for ideas that have the pot...

Venture Capital Companies Raise Over $17 Billion – Best For 8 Years

Following an average 2013 for venture capital companies, 2014 set off with a bang with Thompson Reuters reporting first-half fundraising to have reached $17.3 billion, the highest level for 8 years. This impetus slowed slightly into Q3, with the first seven weeks bringing in $4.3 billion, although analysts and venture capitalists are forecasting a ...

How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur: Three Important Factors

Being successful as an entrepreneur takes a lot of luck and hard work. It doesn't matter if you invest $200 or $2 million, most wannabe entrepreneurs end up losing their money. It doesn't matter how determined they are, the vast majority fail. In fact, only 1% of those who start an online business of any kind actually make any money from it – so i...