How Entrepreneurs Can Build and Maintain Successful Venture Capital and Private Equity Relationships

Kelly Knight | |

The first three quarters of 2021 have brought ample opportunity for startups and small businesses seeking capital investments. According to a report from PitchBook, overall venture capital funding in the U.S. hit a new record of $238.7 billion raised in the first nine months of the year, crushing the previous annual record of $166.4 billion that was raised in all of 2020. Early-stage capital alone has exceeded $54 billion through Sept. 30, beating last year's record volume of $44 billion.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Regains Top Slot Among World's Richest People

Kimberly Redmond | | Inc chief executive officer Jeff Bezos reclaimed his title Tuesday as the world’s richest person, ending Tesla Inc chief Elon Musk’s six-week reign at the top.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which ranks the world’s richest based on their current net worth, Bezos wealth is $191.2 billion, $955 million more than Musk. 

On Tuesday, Musk saw...

Chinese State Newspaper Glaringly Omits Jack Ma From List of Entrepreneurial Leaders

Kimberly Redmond | |

Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, was not included in a list of China’s entrepreneurial leaders published by state-run media, a snub that follows growing regulatory scrutiny of his businesses.

On Tuesday, the Shanghai Securities News praised prominent Chinese business leaders in an article about "entrepreneurial spirit." While tech entrepreneurs such as Tencent's Pony Ma and Huawei's Ren Zhengfei were mentioned, Ma was noticeably absent.

In ‘Blockchain Success Stories,’ People Are the Narrative Rather Than Technology

Wendy Glavin — Glavin's Tech Talk | |

The global pandemic has changed the way we work, communicate, socialize and conduct our daily lives. Some people are in limbo while others are focused on the what-ifs. With the acceleration of digital technologies, staying abreast of the emerging trends will keep you relevant and prepare you for new opportunities.

Having worked with founders of tech startups, I've learned how those who are successful operate. They have a mission bigger than themselves, possess customer-driven ideas the and will to never give up despite challenges.

The Art of Winemaking During a Pandemic — Behind the Scenes with Fantinel Winery CEO Marco Fantinel

Silvia Davi | |

With the winter and holiday season fast approaching in what has been one of the most unpredictable years on record, many of us will be gearing up for more virtual holidays and Zoom happy hours as the pandemic enters another, more resurgent wave. During this unprecedented time, the wine community was one of the few that broke new records. Fantinel Winery, located in the revered Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy, is a perfect example of a fast-growing winery reinventing the art of winemaking. Having recently teamed up with Mary J. Blige for the launch of Sun Goddess Wines, Fantinel’s entrepreneurial spirit, international reach, continued growth and innovation is both fascinating and inspiring. Learn first-hand about the family journey from CEO Marco Fantinel and indulge in one of the vineyard's awesome wines during this Thanksgiving.

How Latin American Startups Are Becoming Leaner in the Time of Coronavirus

Craig Dempsey | |

This past fiscal year has been trying for businesses and individuals all over the world. Without a doubt, the global pandemic that recently ensued took a took a toll on entire economies, national and international operations, worldwide trade, and the wellbeing of individuals and businesses. While the effects of the virus act as shockwaves throughout the globe, certain populations and sectors are feeling them more than others. Particularly, Latin American startups and their respective home cou...

Vancouver (Virtual) Startup Week 2020

Gary C. Bizzo | |

Vancouver Startup Week's (VSW) mantra “Connecting People. Empowering Communities. Celebrating Success,” said it all. At a time when networking is sounding its death knell there still exists the opportunity to share best practices, success stories and meet like-minded entrepreneurs.

I'm beginning to think that I don't really miss the endless networking sessions at amateur Boards of Trade and such. The endless glad-handing of realtors, insurance agents and others trying t...

Serial Entrepreneurs — Factors and Foundations

Gary C. Bizzo | |

Do you know any serial entrepreneurs? Sure you do. It's the guy at the club who seems to have a new business card every time you see him. It's your buddy who can't make the football party at your place because he's working on a Sunday. Hmm, it all sounds familiar to me, too.

My buddy was visiting from out of town and, of course, the topic turned to what we were both working on. I started to tell him about a couple of things I had been working on and he said, “Hold on a minute, I'll be right back.” He went to his suitcase and pulled out a business card box, the cardboard type your cards come in from the printer.

Equity Crowdfunding for Startups

Gary C. Bizzo | |

It's tough to raise money from your friends and family to finance your startup. You've got visions of greatness and that look of money in your eyes. Your sales pitch is full of excitement and dreams. Convincing your friends and family, however, only some of whom may be able to afford or envision your dream, is a scary proposition. Then comes the caveat to them – I have an idea but no product yet!

After you've gone that first and most logical fundraising route, you start going after ...

Kidpreneurs: Just One Encouragement Away From Changing the World

Gary C. Bizzo | |

I took a government sponsored course on how to be an entrepreneur in the 1980s. Having struggled for years building a commercial photography business, I was amazed at what I didn't know. The instructor, Carl DeJong, has become my lifelong mentor and close friend.

The amazing thing I learned was that most of us travel this entrepreneurial journey stumbling along and learning by our mistakes. It's kind of like the necessary mantra one is told – try, try, and try, mistakes build...

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