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(This essay is derived from a talk at the Harvard Computer Society.) You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup […]

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Dogpatch Labs was created by Polaris Venture Partners to connect entrepreneurs and help founders conceive, launch and grow startups. Dogpatch Labs has four locations: – Cambridge, MA (1 Cambridge Center, 6th Floor) –  Palo Alto, CA (151 Lytton Avenue) – New York, NY (36 East 12th Street) Mailing List – Europe (The Warehouse, 35 Barrow Street, […]

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Launchpad LA

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Launchpad LA is a startup accelerator and mentorship organization designed to help young entrepreneurs based in Los Angeles get the guidance and relationships needed to help take their companies to the next level. It combines the best VCs in Southern California, many experienced CEOs and a very select group of service providers who are committed […]

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Sitting on a 2,000 hectare piece of land, Konza Technology City, 60km south of the Nairobi business district, is set to create a modern, inclusive and sustainable Kenya. In a country home to some of the world’s most innovative technology companies, like M–pesa (M for mobile, pesa is Swahili for money), Ushahidi (Swahili for testimony), and M-farm, it is without any doubt turning Kenya into the premier ICT destination in Africa. […]

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Why do some startups succeed and others fail? Paul Gompers, Anna Kovner, Josh Lerner and David Scharfstein put together a Harvard Business School working paper to answer that question, Performance Persistence in Entrepreneurship. In it, they answer things like: Do first time entrepreneurs have it harder? What’s in a VC’s name? Are successful entrepreneurs skilled or just lucky? […]

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The Real Way to Build a Social Network – Fortune Tech

If there is a guru of networking, it is Reid Hoffman. Here he explains how to do it right — and wrong — in an excerpt from his new book with Ben Casnocha, The Start-Up of You. FORTUNE — Forget Dale Carnegie. He understood how important connections were, but missed out on the authenticity part — which, […]

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How does an early-stage investor value a startup? by Carlos Eduardo Espinal (@ceduardo) One of the most frequently asked questions at any startup event or investor panel, is “how do investors value a startup?”. The unfortunate answer to the question is: it depends. Startup valuation, as frustrating as this may be for anyone looking for a definitive […]

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