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By: Keith Cline | September 30, 2012
We started VentureFizz over three years ago.  Our goal was to fill a void that was missing at the time.  A community website that focused on the Boston tech scene and a simple resource to keep people plugged in.  Since our launch...
By: Sean Marsh | September 27, 2012
This recent article from the Wall Street Journal suggests that there is a “Venture Capital Secret: 3 out of 4 start-ups fail”.  Failure, however, is defined as not returning...
By: Jules Pieri | September 26, 2012
On the Friday that our Rakuten investment closed, It was formally concluded with a simple “the Eagle has landed” email from Yai-yan Sun, the Rakuten USA CFO.  She wrote...
By: Susan Johnston | September 25, 2012
Today, NameMedia launches NameFind, a new tool that...
By: Susan Johnston | September 24, 2012
Last week, Boston-based apparel company Zoora announced its relaunch as Bow & Drape, an ecommerce brand that will allow...
By: Susan Johnston | September 23, 2012
The September 12 announcement about the iPhone 5 release means big business for Apple, of course, but also Boston-based recommerce...
By: Andy Palmer | September 20, 2012
Time – and how you use it – is the most important consideration for a Founder.  This is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my 20 years as an early...
By: Susan Johnston | September 19, 2012
After working in real estate for several years (he recently sold his web-based real estate company to Better Homes Realty), Tony...
By: Susan Johnston | September 18, 2012
Last week, FashionPlaytes announced $5 million in Series B funding from return...
By: Aaron O'Hearn | September 17, 2012
Now that we’ve wrapped up the inaugural session of the Boston Startup School and prepare for our next class, I thought I’d take a minute to reflect and share some...
By: Susan Johnston | September 17, 2012
For salespeople, executives, venture capitalists, and other outbound professionals, managing...
By: Brendan Lynch | September 16, 2012
Boston startup Yottaa has released the first major overhaul to its product -- the second generation...
By: Susan Johnston | September 13, 2012
The growing popularity of content curation has led to a slew of...
By: Dave Broadwin | September 12, 2012
The outcomes of negotiations around preferences never seem to have a compelling logic.  Under a particular set of circumstances is there a compelling reason...
By: Micah Rosenbloom | September 11, 2012
In 1999, my internet start-up was valued at nearly $100M. I thought I had it made. Like many of my contemporaries at the time, I rented a nice apartment near the beach...
By: Susan Johnston | September 10, 2012
Plenty of companies have expanded into emerging markets like India or Brazil in recent years, but few are as focused on those countries’ emerging middle class than Boston-based...
By: | September 9, 2012
Now that summer is over, it is time to kick back into networking & conference mode! We've put together a list of "can't miss" events that are happening between now and the end...
By: Susan Johnston | September 7, 2012
When Mandy Mladenoff, now general manager at the Newburyport-based PR agency Matter Communications, moved back to Boston last year...
By: David Beisel | September 6, 2012
You’ve just closed your seed round.  Other than starting to build, hire, and take over the world, there are a bunch of mundane things to do right away.  The following is a...
By: Jeff Bussgang | September 5, 2012
There are many companies that are competing to be the “operating system” for small businesses. The theory is that with the advent of the cloud in the digital age, small businesses...
By: Todd Garland | September 4, 2012
Recently, on my way to work, I wrote our team at BuySellAds the following email: Tomorrow, I want each person to email me, privately, 1 thing that I can do to make their...
By: Michael Greeley | September 3, 2012
I spent some time this weekend looking at the recent VC funding data for this past quarter to see if any trends jumped off the page. While much of what I could discern in the data...
By: Jo Tango | August 30, 2012
This is the fifth and last blog post in a series on trust.  I’ve written in the past about trust between a VC and an entrepreneur (“When Entrepreneurs and VCs Break Up”), between...
By: Frank Belzer | August 29, 2012
I had to write this post right away, before I forgot some of the details or lost my train of thought...
By: Susan Johnston | August 28, 2012
Sermo, an online community for physicians that was acquired...
By: Susan Johnston | August 26, 2012
Despite numerous challenges to healthcare innovation—among them complying with FDA and HIPAA...
By: Brendan Lynch | August 23, 2012
Waltham cloud data management startup Actifio is readying an iPad app and planning an initial public offering as early as the end of...
By: Jo Tango | August 23, 2012
This is the fourth post in a blog series on trust. I previously wrote about how trust is critical in the VC-entrepreneur relationship (“When Entrepreneurs and...
By: Luke Burns | August 22, 2012
A prime component of being an entrepreneur is sharing your experiences and soliciting advice from those who have been successful.  Which sounds helpful all around...
By: Jesse Waites | August 21, 2012
I'm not sure if many of you know this, but I stumbled into entrepreneurship completely by accident. As a young man, I was a few years out of the US Air Force and spent...

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