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This Woman's Family Couldn't Afford a Computer. No…

Growing up in a small town in Russia, Valery Komissarova’s family was too poor to buy her a computer. But that didn’t stop her from pouring over ragged IBM manuals and PC books that her dad would bring home from work. “I loved reading them because I was always dreaming ...

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Will.i.am Raises $117 Million in Venture Funding…

Will.i.am has raised $117 million dollars in venture funding. His company was founded in 2012, and started by creating devices like headphones. Its new AI product is a corporate voice assistant named Omega, similar to Siri or Alexa. Tesla has announced that it will debut its electric semi-truck. We will get all of the full details ...

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Kate Hudson's Fabletics Launches Footwear Line…

The video-game retailer Gamestop is launching a subscription service. The rental service is called Power Pass, and it will allow customers to play unlimited used games. The subscription is $60 for six months and starts on Nov. 19. At the end of the six-month period, customers get to keep the last game they rented ...

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The Normalization of Mean Leaders: A Recipe for Disaster….

Many of us are wondering in these glory days of the Kalanicks, Shkrelis and Cagneys how we got here. How did so many mean men get power and maintain it? And how do some of them continue to do so? I researched these questions for my book Mean Men (released ...

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The Jerk-to-Bully Metamorphosis: The VC Dilemma…

Here’s a classic Silicon Valley contradiction. Virtually every CEO we’ve worked with has read every Steve Jobs biography and has misguidedly concluded the path to early success is to model Jobs’ personality and behavior. At the same time, VCs will tell you that they’ve begun to adopt a “no jerks” ...

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The First Thing Your Startup Can Do With AI Is Become Instan…

AI has come a long way since the virtual assistant who reliably dialed the wrong numbers in your contact list. Thanks to a continuing stream of technological advances producing more promising capabilities than ever, AI-enabled products have seen venture capital investments in excess of $2 billion since 2011. Part of ...

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Entrepreneurship and Millennials Are Thriving in Emerging Ma…

In America, millennial entrepreneurship is down. Despite the apparent strength of the startup and technology sector, millennials are projected to be the least entrepreneurial generation: Entrepreneurship rates for people under 30 have fallen by 65 percent since the 1980s. Plenty of ink has been spilled on the root causes behind ...

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If You're Serious About Faster Startup Growth Get Serio…

Turning a startup into a successful high-growth business is a constant race against time. The entrepreneur is driving to achieve the milestones that make the company profitable as investors and board members seek levers to help the company scale. Everyone knows that superior execution depends on the creativity, tenacity and experience ...

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When Pitching Investors, Remember It's All About the Pr…

Investors are like anyone else, and no one really likes to feel like they are being sold to. So you can understand where Social Capital Partner Ashley Carroll is coming from when she says she doesn’t necessarily like to feel like she is being pitched when speaking with entrepreneurs. Lots of ...

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Sexism Runs So Deep in VC Culture Even Female Partners Belie…

An alarming precedent has been set. At venture capitalist firms, sexism now runs so deep that even the female partners believe the damaging messages concerning investment in women. This is a huge problem for women and for business. Not enough money is invested in businesses led and run by women. ...

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