The U.S. innovation economy is expanding beyond the two coasts and creating new opportunity in impressive fashion. Columbus, Ohio, has seen $250 million in venture capital deals so far in 2018, according to research by PitchBook. St. Louis has tallied more than $650 million over the last three years, and Charlotte, North Carolina, has attracted nearly $900 million over that same period.
July 31, 2018
My wife and I like to joke about 2017 being our "year of trials." We had downsized the prior year as we were becoming empty-nesters, and went through months of stressful renovations on our new place as a result. By January, our newly updated home had been broken into, suffered a ruptured sewer pipe and revealed a leaky basement.
June 11, 2018
Refinery Ventures In the startup world we spend enormous time and resources building infrastructure to spot the next big idea, foster successful startups and ensure that the best companies thrive. We’re funding accelerators, setting up incubator spaces ...
March 20, 2018
Startups are hard, but the real test is when you have found your market and growth kicks in.
February 25, 2018
In the early 1980s, Irving Grousbeck and his colleagues at Stanford Business School launched a revolution in the way that entrepreneurs and investors fund, manage, and grow mature businesses. Their creation — the search fund — changed the way many investors thought about equity investments, turning fund managers into quasi private equity shops and posting impressive returns as a result.
February 7, 2018
There is a difference between building a business that has purpose, and building a business to just make money. And while technology has made us all smarter, and just a click away from being connected to a person or information no matter where we are, something seems to be missing.
December 21, 2017
Everyone knows good ideas can come from anywhere, but when it comes to new businesses, few have been willing to put their dollars where their mouths are. The Rise of the Rest fund, established by AOL co-founder Steve Case and author J.D. Vance, is a great start, and will hopefully entice more venture capitalists to invest in Middle America. But it is going to take more than money to unleash the true entrepreneurial potential long ignored there.
December 19, 2017
Steve Case's new $150 million venture fund dedicated to the flyover states is great, tangible proof of the tech world's interest in bringing the rest of the country along for the economic growth that comes from the innovation economy.
November 27, 2017
Silicon Valley isn't only a place -- it's a mindset. It's optimistic, it's idealistic and everyone is there to make the world a better place, even if what they are building is just (yet another!) photo filter app.
October 16, 2017
Amazon is about to make one city very, very happy. In early September, the retail giant announced plans to open a second headquarters, a global operations hub to support the work at its main complex in Seattle. Amazon has been expanding its operations worldwide and expects to employ as many as 50,000 people at its new headquarters, which it is choosing on the basis of location, talent, tax breaks and other incentives.
September 8, 2017
In the world of university endowments, everyone wants to be Yale. That’s because over the past two decades Yale’s investment officers have consistently generated market-beating returns by shifting a large portion of the university’s $25 billion endowment away from traditional stocks and bonds and into alternative investments such as private equity, hedge funds, and venture capital.
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