December 2, 2011 |
"People under 35 are the people who make change happen," said venture capitalist Vinod Khosla , "People over 45 basically die in terms of new ideas. " Khosla, who believes that old entrepreneurs can't innovate because they keep "falling back on old habits," said this at the NASSCOM Product Enclave in Bangalore, on Nov. 9. He isn't alone in his views. Silicon Valley VCs talk openly about their bias toward young entrepreneurs. Some argue that Internet entrepreneurs peak at the age of 25. Khosla and those who think...
February 26, 2010 |
Silicon Valley investors often have a picture in their heads of the type of person who is worthy of funding: young, brash, stubborn, and arrogant. They believe that successful entrepreneurs come from entrepreneurial families and that they start their entrepreneurial journey by selling lemonade while in grade school. Angel investor and entrepreneur, Jason Calacanis said as much in his recent talk to Penn State students. And after meeting Wharton students, VC Fred Wilson expressed shock when a professor told him that you could teach...
July 28, 2011 |
The life of McLean resident Long Nguyen, 68, has come full circle. As a boy in Vietnam, Nguyen became inspired by U.S. ingenuity when he saw — for the first time — a Boeing 707 jet landing at the Saigon airport in the 1950s, he said. "A few friends and I went to the airport to watch it land," he said. "It was a big deal, and I was very impressed by it because it represented to me the unparalleled ingenuity of the American people. " Today, Nguyen is chief executive of the Reston-based...
December 9, 2012
It's back: The annual entrepreneur's gift guide, compiled by the folks at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. We asked experts, professors, investors and veteran entrepreneurs for their ideas on what to buy your favorite budding business owner. Here's some suggestions: To get them thinking ... "Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters" by Richard Rumelt. "One of the best books on strategic thinking to come out in a decade.
August 26, 2013 |
BEIJING — When Chinese property magnate Zeng Chengjie was executed for fraud in July, it sent a chill through the business community here. Zeng's real misstep, according to associates and supporters, was not the crime he was charged with — defaulting on loans from ordinary citizens — but backing the wrong political horse: When his patron, a provincial governor, was jailed for corruption, Zeng found himself stranded, they say, a victim of...
September 25, 2012 |
Google recently refreshed its small business marketing strategy when it unveiled a new Website — Google for Entrepreneurs — that gathers all its initiatives and services for start-ups into one place. The site features three layers. The first is a page linking entrepreneurs to apps, online ad services, and other subscription-based technologies. The second highlights programs encouraging entrepreneurship around the world — from partnerships with incubators in Bulgaria to opportunities to sponsor youth...