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Inside Jerry Yang’s wild bet on Alibaba and Jack Ma

If not for the Yahoo co-founder's idea to invest big in Alibaba years ago, it's unlikely that the company would be sitting on a $9.4 billion windfall. Read more »


Race, gender, and age – is there anything else entrepreneurs should look for in a mentor?

by Young Entrepreneur Council Bert Gervais

T wice a year, a 70-year-old Italian immigrant-turned-millionaire CEO walks into Cortese’s restaurant in Binghamton with his 20-something Haitian mentee and orders the same exact dinner: baked salmon, pork chops, Caesar salad with Italian crumbly and a side of gnocchi. While this scene sounds straight out of the movie “Finding Forrester,” it’s just a typical dinner with my long-standing  ...

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3 ways to ignite social energy for your business

by Frank Guglielmo, managing director of Park Consulting GuglielmoAuthor

Y ou have an idea.You’re passionate about it. So passionate that you’ve started a business and are putting your heart, soul, and every VC dollar you can get into it. Or you found an idea and are so taken with it that you jumped into a new venture to make that idea come alive. Awesome.

But now things have gotten a little bigger and there are a lot of people around – all working on this with  ...

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Here's proof that angel investors aren't just white males — and why we're better for it

by Caroline McMillan Portillo Natalia Oberti Noguera

They call her “The Coach.”

And Natalia “The Coach” Oberti Noguera wants to use her teaching skills to introduce women to the world of angel investing — a landscape long dominated by an all-white, all-male contingent.

That’s where the Pipeline Fellowship, an angel-investing boot camp for women, comes in.

For more news from Bizwomen, check out Caroline McMillan Portillo's  ...

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The anti-startup: Former Amazon exec, Napster co-founder try new way to start a company

by Rachel Lerman jordan 02

J ordan Ritter's least-favorite part about running a startup is losing the team he put so much effort into carefully building and growing. The company gets bigger, it goes under, it gets acquired, whatever the step may be — people leave.

"It's a bummer for my personal experience, it's a bummer for the businesses I build, and it's bad for the investor," Ritter said. When the team leaves, the  ...

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Uplinks: Elon Musk's Martian mission, love for The Toast and selfie panic

by Alex Dalenberg Elon Musk on Mars

T he robots are coming and they've already invaded the Upstart Business Journal. If you haven't already, be sure to check out today's special report on artificial intelligence and you.

In the meantime, here are nine human-curated links to read, share or skim.

The stars his destination. Elon Musk says the fate of humanity depends on colonizing Mars.

A Toast to The Toast. The bootstrapped,  ...

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Gonzo in Panama: Bitcoin investors Roger Ver and Barry Silbert get tropical

by Michael del Castillo Ira Miller

A midst the deadly poison-dart arrow frogs of Panama and the massive guinea pig-like capybara, are the headquarters of Coinapult, a bitcoin company that today announced a $775,000 seed investment from some of the best known names in cryptocurrency.

But in a country where more than half the population doesn’t have traditional Internet access, in a part of the world where 65 percent are

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At 16, this future CEO discovered coding beats clerking

by Upstart Business Journal editors David Zhou

D avid Zhou is the cofounder and CEO of Voxel, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based mobile technology company with a novel solution for promoting apps: playable advertisements. Before Voxel, Zhou was founder and CEO at cloud storage and streaming company ZumoDrive, and before that, a lead software engineer at Amazon.

Zhou shared a little about his journey from the drug store counter to startup CEO.  ...

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