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Entrepreneurship 101: A Guide for New College Grads

Today's challenging job market has many recent college grads contemplating the entrepreneurial life. Some have dabbled in self-employment, but most will going into it essentially relying on instinct. So we asked some experienced entrepreneurs what every would-be small businessperson needs to know.

Impact Investing: Making Your Money Count

For some time, investors who wanted to put their money where their morals were have chosen socially responsible investing -- steering their cash away from firms whose practices they disapproved of. Now comes impact investing, which uses invested funds to solve social or environmental goals and earn competitive returns, too.

How a Google-Backed Startup Aims to Save Energy

Billions of dollars of electricity is wasted annually by inefficient power-conversion systems. But a new company, Transphorm, believes its technology can cut electric bills significantly -- as well as increase mileage for hybrid electric cars and boost the amount of electricity flowing from solar panels.

Where's the Surge in Social Media IPOs?

You'd think investors would be frothing at the mouth for any IPOs in the social media sector. But only a few players look serious about going public soon, and investors aren't putting as much pressure on them to jump as you'd expect.

Groupon IPO Could Value Coupon Company at $15 Billion

Groupon is planning an initial public offering that would value the three-year-old online coupon distribution site at as much as $15 billion -- more than double what Google reportedly bid on the company last year -- The New York Times reported.

Is NeXt a Better Way to Buy Into Facebook Before the IPO?

Unless you're ultra-wealthy or willing to chance the vagaries of the secondary markets, you can't invest yet in hot social networking companies like Facebook or Zynga. But soon there may be an alternative: a new fund called NeXt BDC Capital that will take stakes in top-quality venture-backed firms like those.

India's Internet Comes of Age with First $1 Billion Dot-Com

When tech writer Alex Salkever issued his five tech predictions for 2010 last year, he boldly proclaimed that India's nascent tech sector would see its first blockbuster startup emerge. That blockbuster turns out to be MakeMyTrip.com, and it's likely to be followed by many more in 2011.

What Facebook's Goldman Deal Says About Tech IPOs

Facebook and many other tech startups have realized that the hassles and headaches of an IPO in the U.S. aren't always worthwhile. Thanks to willing venture capitalists and private investors, it's easier than ever to avoid the lure of going public.

What Groupon Will Do With That Extra $950 Million

Word is bubbling up that Groupon is about to close a $950 million funding round. But the company is already the global group buying leader and is growing much faster than its competitors, so why does it need so much money? For world domination, of course ... and here's how it's likely to play out.

Why Is New York VC Fred Wilson Raising So Much Money?

Wilson is known as the dean of New York City venture capitalists, an emerging community that has tracked nicely with the rapid uptick in startups in the Big Apple. Now, the word is out that he's raising a new $200 million seed-stage venture fund. Here's why.

SEC Looking Into Social Networking Giants' Stock Trades

The biggest names in social networking -- Facebook, Twitter, Zynga and LinkedIn -- haven't yet gone public, but their stock does get traded by the very rich on private exchanges. Now, some of those transactions have raised the interest of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Is Twitter Worth $3.7 Billion? Not in the Real World

That's the value a $200 million venture investment led by Kleiner Perkins this week implies. But that means Twitter, still lacking a viable business plan, would have a price-to-sales ratio of 840 compared to Facebook's 26 -- or Google's 8.7. And Twitter's growth may be stalling.

Groupon Looks to Raise Funds After Spurning Google Bid

Groupon, the online social coupon site launched in 2008, is looking to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in expansion-related funding after rejecting a bid from search giant Google worth as much as $6 billion, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the process.

Standing Cloud Aims to Put the Cloud in Easy Reach

Cloud computing is the new hot trend, but anyone business that has tried to move itself into the cloud has generally been in for a shock. Yes, the cloud may be cheaper than owning servers, but it has its own painful issues. Enter startup Standing Cloud, which wants to make the jump to the cloud into a cake walk.

Twitter May Raise Money as Web 2.0 Values Soar

Twitter is mulling a new round of funding that could value the company at over $3 billion. This news comes just as Google is in negotiations to buy Groupon for as much as $6 billion. Other large web 2.0 companies have also been given lofty valuations as well.

Ex-CEO Says Twitter Has Plenty of Money in the Bank

Amid rumors that Twitter is considering pursuing another round of venture funding, the microblogging site's co-founder Evan Williams said his company has "a lot of money in the bank," and that its advertising efforts are paying off better than expected.

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.

Crooked Angels: Top Tech Investors Accused of Collusion

A top Silicon Valley blogger has leveled explosive charges at some of the most influential angel investors in technology, alleging they are engaged in a conspiracy to collude and fix price levels for early-stage investments. At least two of the investors involved have denied Arrington's account.

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.

Why Foursquare Is Beating Gowalla: Location

Check-in phenom Foursquare just passed 3 million users, a milestone that cements its growing lead in mobile social networking. But how did it outrace competitor Gowalla, which was born at the same time and with arguably better technology? By having the right real world social networks, of course.