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...

Due Diligence Made Easy

It is important for companies to follow due diligence while explaining investors what the business is about. Investors should be given a clear view and understanding of various company processes and operations before officiating capital. While some investors choose to make small investments to learn the mechanics of the entrepreneur better, vettin...

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...

Nutanix, Called the Next Oracle Raises $140 Million in Funding

Nutanix has often been called the next Oracle and now it is clear why. It its latest round of funding, the company snapped up $140 million. As a result, the value of the company has been pegged at $2 billion. The company is planning to go public next year, which means the company's value may go above $2 billion. After all, Alibaba did pull a coup o...

Will My Business Idea Work: Venture Capital Funding Might Help

Will your business idea work? Venture capital funding might help you make it work, but only with certain provisos. These are designed to protect the VC firm from bad decisions, and investing in companies that lack the desire or knowledge to succeed. You will not get investment just by having an idea. You might have this great idea for a new busine...

Want to Join a Startup: Tips on Finding a Successful Startup Firm

If you really want to join a startup then there are things you can do to maximize your time with the company. Remember that startups do not have a high survival rate, and your job might last just a few months – if not just a few weeks. Here are some tips on finding a successful startup firm. Investors divide their money between about 10-20 startup...

Amazon Vs Alibaba: Who is Winning and Why

Amazon vs. Alibaba refers to respective investment potential between these two online trading companies. Alibaba (baba.us opening at $88.7 US today) is rapidly becoming a serious rival to Amazon (opening at $322.44) for investment cash and for overall consumer spending. The Chinese online trading company started trading on the New York stock exchan...

Multiple Startup Investors or Single Investors: Pros and Cons of Each

Should you aim for multiple startup investors or single investors when you are seeking angel or venture capital investment for your new business? Is raising all your money from one or two investors better for you than raising small amounts from a whole army of investors? There are differences of opinion on this, so let's examine these options caref...

Majority Female Venture Capital Firm Closes Record $500M Fund

The largest ever venture capital fund raised predominantly by females was closed in June of this year. The VC fund of $500 was raised by Oak Investment Partners new launch: OakHC/FT – a venture growth fund specializing in investing in healthcare information and services (HC) and in financial services technology (FT). Of the three general partners ...

Startups by People Over 50: Why Should you Watch Out for Them

Think startups and what comes to mind is twenty somethings in loafers, hoodies and headphones, reclining in their chairs and entering codes into their smart laptops. Another stereotype of startup founders is as recent grads or college graduates who hold meetings in coffee shops. Almost no one would suspect that a person in his/her 50s could also be...