Category Archives: Startups

Become a venture capitalist — play the Startup Bus game

The South by Southwest [SXSW] conference/event/gathering is happening next week, and this year, there's a unique event that occurs on the way to Austin, Texas, where SXSW is held.  It's the Startup Bus.  Six teams are developing a startup idea while they ride the bus to Austin.  Regular folks can use virtual dollars to invest in the startup of their choice.

Daniela Barbosa, the information scientist and Dow Jones exec, writes about the competition on her blog.  Our colleague and recent transplant to the US, Elias Bizannes of vast.com, is the Brain Behind the Bus.  Visit the Startup Bus site.  Become an investor.  It's fun!

About That Twitter: February 24 2010

Lots of folks weighed in today on the subject of how Twitter can be profitable and how to assess its progress.  Here are three of them.

Money and startup success: Why venture capital needs fixing

I'm still not used to how the current generation of venture capitalists is content to throw money at a startup without spending much time with it.  Before arriving in Silicon Valley, my impression was that there is a difference between VCs and bankers.  Wrong. 

Here's an excellent perspective on what venture capital needs, by Jason Pontin of MIT's TECHNOLOGY REVIEW.