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Startups - Philadelphia Business Journal

Behind the rise & fall of Artisan Mobile

by Dan Norton Scott Wasserman

PHILADELPHIA—At the heart of Artisan Mobile’s turbulent rise, subsequent death spiral and permanent disappearance from Philadelphia, are two very different men.

These men were the clearest indicators of Artisan’s untapped greatness. Scott Wasserman founded the company under the name appRenaissance in 2010 — a tribute to his success developing apps since the release of Apple’s first  ...

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Loot - Portland Business Journal

Meet the VC that will Elevate tech diversity

by Malia Spencer Elevate Capital group

PORTLAND—Elevate Capital, Portland’s newest investment fund, aims to not only fund the next great Portland startup but to shine a spotlight on the region’s minority entrepreneurs.

The new venture capital firm led by Managing Director Nitin Rai is raising a $10 million Pacific Northwest regional fund. On top of that, the Portland Development Commission this week selected Elevate to lead a  ...

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News Wire - IPO watch

New attorneys getting frozen out by chill in IPO market

by Riley McDermid Lawyer generic

SAN FRANCISCO— A new report from legal services provider UpCounsel has found that attorney growth in San Francisco has slowed to its lowest rate in a decade, fed by slower business growth and a chilling of the IPO market.

Mason Blake, the co-Founder and CTO of UpCounsel, told the Business Times that as large deals in the IPO markets have slowed – or even stopped – attorneys in San Francisco  ...

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Advice - Guest Contributor

Early-stage companies: Advice for CEOs, board members and investors

by Stan Silverman Entrepreneur

PHILADELPHIA—Over the years, I have been involved in early-stage companies as an informal advisor, board member and investor. I would like to share some observations and important lessons I have learned, many of which are also applicable to more established firms.

Founders and CEOs

Founders and CEOs, surround yourself with people more experienced and with expertise who can give you advice  ...

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Startups - Silicon Nation: Columbus

How this city's establishment's embracing startups

by Carrie Ghose kvamme mark SOCIAL

COLUMBUS—The Columbus Chamber of Commerce emphatically is rejecting the idea of a divide between the startup community and the old guard, country club types at a “chamber.”

The business group demonstrated its renewed commitment to entrepreneurial spirit at Thursday’s annual meeting by featuring venture capitalist Mark Kvamme as the keynote speaker. But the more lasting change was passing  ...

22 hours ago
News Wire - View from Washington

SBA Administrator takes stock of the 'state of entrepreneurship'

by J Jennings Moss OBAMA SBA

NEW YORK — For the first time, the head of the Small Business Administration today gave a "State of Entrepreneurship" address. And just like the annual, bigger speech her boss (a.k.a. POTUS) gives each year, the answer was predictable.

"From Main Street to Wall Street, the state of entrepreneurship is strong," Maria Contreras-Sweet told a group of entrepreneurs, economic officials and media at  ...

22 hours ago
Executive Forum - Guest Contributor

Joy is the new black: How execs and companies embrace the funny

by Steve Cody and Jacqueline Kolek, Peppercomm Joy is the new black

Anger and fear have become the watchwords of the day. And for good reason: 68 percent of Americans say they read something in the news that makes them angry at least once a day while 49 percent say they get angry more often now than a year ago, a recent Esquire/NBC News survey finds.

Mix in our country's rotting infrastructure, volatility in the stock markets, fears of another recession, and a  ...

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