Startups

New Site Lets Shoppers Name Their Own Deals

Popular daily-deal sites, such as Groupon and LivingSocial, work with businesses to offer group discounts for shoppers. New site oBaz, which launches Tuesday, wants to reverse the model by enabling shoppers to ask for what they want.

Bibles to Brewskis: Two Craft Brewers' Hoppy Journey

Mike Reinhardt and Nate Watson met a decade ago on a dry campus and bonded over beer. Today, they're on track to open Wilderness Brewing Company. And while trying to break into the craft beer business amid an economic downturn might seem counterintuitive, they're actually riding a wave of sudsy popularity.

Entrepreneurship Begins in the Classroom, Study Finds

A new study by Babson College found "overwhelming evidence" that even just a few elective courses in entrepreneurship can inspire students to later launch their own businesses, a result that puts another dent in the old argument that entrepreneurship cannot be taught.

Car-Sharing Company RelayRides Open for Business in San Francisco

Watch out ZipCar, the car pool is back. RelayRides, a startup that lets people make money by sharing their cars with strangers, opens for business in San Francisco today, according to Bloomberg News. Google Inc (GOOG) is backing the company through its venture arm.

Google's Talent Drain: Why Its Best Brains Are Bolting

Watching which way the talent is flowing in Silicon Valley can tell investors a lot. Even if a big brain drain isn't a sure death knell for a major player, it can't be ignored. And during the last couple of years, a lot of talent has been draining out of Silicon Valley icon Google.

Asia Leads the IPO Race as U.S. Drops Further Back

Over the last 11 years, Asia's IPO market has ascended while the U.S. market has imploded. Led by China, which has raised $76 billion through IPOs in 2010, Asia's share of global IPOs has increased from 12% in 1999 to 66%. Meanwhile, U.S. IPOs have declined from around 44% to 11% during the same time period, according to Bloomberg.

Job Creators: 10 Companies That Are Hiring Now

Yes, many U.S. companies -- particularly small ones -- are hiring now. And they plan to keep hiring. What can other companies learn from the outfits that have figured out how to grow in this economy? Plenty. Here are their stories.

Venture Capital 3.0: InLab's Radical Cure for the VC Blues

This week, Greg Doyle and his cohorts at InLab Ventures dropped a bomb on the struggling venture capital sector with the public launch of a radical new model for VC. Dubbed VC 3.0, it could revolutionize the game -- but it gores a host of Sand Hill's sacred cows in the process.

Is a Foreign Brain Drain Drying Up Silicon Valley?

Well regarded tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa warns a talent fleeing the U.S. for India and China is threatening innovation here. But at a popular Valley eatery, you can see -- and hear -- a very different picture of the global talent sustaining the area's companies.

Scenes From the Geekfest at SXSW Interactive

More than 13,000 people come to South by Southwest Interactive in Austin to launch new products, play, learn -- and party. It's become one of the hottest tech shows in the country for creative types to network with geeks.

Tech IPO market still dead

With all the stock market frothiness these days and tech stocks like Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) leading the charge, one would think it's high...