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AOL founder Case throws fundraising challenge to startups

by Sougata Mukherjee STEVE CASE

RALEIGH—During the third-annual Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) for Entrepreneurs Demo Day in Silicon Valley on May 4, AOL founder Steve Case threw a challenge to all 11 startups competing for the top prize – raise $1 million each in the next 100 days, and Case will throw in an additional $100,000.

Among the 11 startups competing this year is Mira, a New York company whose entire development team is in  ...

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Startups - Entrepreneur education

​USC offering JD certificate in entrepreneurship and technology

USCGould

LOS ANGELES—The University of Southern California Gould School of Law will offer a J.D. certificate in entrepreneurship and technology law beginning this fall.

With the new program, USC Gould said it will become the nation's first top 20 law school to offer such a certificate, aimed at providing students with an edge as they pursue transactional law careers in startup, venture capital and  ...

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Startups - Equal opportunity

Historic milestone: SBA names LGBT-owned Bay Area coffee supplier first in class

by Mark Calvey McDonnell Russell

SAN FRANCISCO—The Small Business Administration named LGBT-owned Equator Coffees & Teas as its 2016 National Small Business of the Year award winner — marking a first for the nation's LGBT business community.

Such a designation from Washington rarely merits much media coverage. But this is different.

Many in the Bay Area's LGBT community are embracing the SBA's recognition, including some who  ...

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Author, Author - HR

Why "you’re fired" is something every boss should be saying

by Mindy Mackenzie, CEO adviser Author Mindy Mackenzie

Firing people has a bad rap in business. But sometimes, firing someone is the greatest gift you could give the individual impacted, as well as the remaining team members and yourself.

Leading well requires having the right people in the right roles at the right times, which means not just hiring smart, but firing smart as well.

So how do you fire smart when most decent leaders dread this  ...

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Loot - The unicorn herd

Ford, Microsoft join EMC spinoff Pivotal's backers in huge $253M funding

by Cromwell Schubarth Pivotal Software CEO Rob Mee

SILICON VALLEY—Pivotal Software, the Palo Alto-based company spun out of EMC and VMware a few years ago, has raised $253 million in new funding with Ford and Microsoft aboard as new investors.

The Palo Alto-based company led by CEO Rob Mee and Executive Chairman Paul Maritz has now raised nearly $360 million and it is reportedly valued at about $2.8 billion.

Ford kicked in $182.2 million of the  ...

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Innovation - It's the shoes

Harvard-developed vibrating shoes could be next big thing in athletic gear

by Jessica Bartlett Vibrating Insoles 009

BOSTON—Shoes that vibrate can apparently improve balance and agility, and thanks to a recent licensing deal, they are likely headed to the market.

Two studies published this month by Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering University have shown that the vibrating insoles improved balance when fatigued and overall agility.

“People were more sensitive given small  ...

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Hot Shots - Tech talent wars

Unlikely allies: Microsoft exec collaborates with Google, Apple to solve tech talent crisis

by Ashley Stewart The Puget Sound Business Journal 2015 Women of Influence 15 honorees

PUGET SOUND—When Kathleen Hogan first took over as Microsoft’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) human resources chief in late 2014, she sat down for dinner with Google’s Laszlo Bock, Apple’s Denise Young Smith and people in similar roles from technology's biggest companies.

The companies put aside their competition to find solutions for one of the biggest challenges facing the technology industry – a  ...

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