Saturday, May 15, 2010

EC Roundup: Crowdfunding, fundraising and the state of venture capital

Here’s the latest from VentureBeat’s Entrepreneur Corner.

What’s better for startups? Partnerships or incorporation? – Thinking about partnering with a friend of colleague to start a new company? Attorney Scott Edward Walker says you should think twice when considering this route vs. incorporation, as it can be wrought with potential problems that could affect your personal finances.

The new face of venture capital: The rise of crowdfunding – Conventional VC networks often produce poor returns. Serial entrepreneur Kevin Lawton believes that as startup financing continues to evolve, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding will augment or replace traditional methods and create the high-return VC of the future.

Should an entrepreneur have an MBA? – Traditional thinking holds that most entrepreneurs don’t need MBAs, but serial entrepreneur Steve Blank argues that it’s not as simple as some have argued. Whether you need the advanced degree really comes down to the trajectory of your career.

It’s a relationship, not a transaction: Tips for fundraising entrepreneurs – While it’s not easy for entrepreneurs to find funding these days, that doesn’t mean you should jump at just any offer. Nat Goldhaber, co-founder and managing director of Claremont Creek Ventures, offers advice on how to ensure you have a good relationship with your investor.

The state of venture capital – The post-recession world is a tough one for venture capitalists – and it’s not likely to get easier, says Intel Capital Vice President Lisa Lambert. In this thought leader lecture, she gives her thoughts on what she sees as the coming consolidation.
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