While Northern California's tech community still receives the lion's share of venture funding, Big Apple startups raised $566 million in the first quarter, up 18.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009 and 32 percent over Q1 of last year, according to a report released last week by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. Seventy-five New York City companies got funded in the first quarter, up 13.6 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009 and 11.9 percent year-over-year.
Q2 - Personalization: If you work in a traditional office, are you in an enclosed office or a cubicle? In either case, how much freedom do you have to personalize your workspace?
Q3 - Productivity: Is your office space conducive to productivity? If it isn't, what would you like to change about the space?
Q4 - Entertainment: What's your pick for the best office or work-related movie or television show of all time?
Q: I am concerned with protecting the intellectual property for a business startup that I'm currently engaged in. It has to do primarily with a certain business process/practice. How can I protect these practices?
A: You're wise to be concerned with protecting your company's intellectual property, as that can provide a valuable asset for the business over the long haul. Although different courts have been wrangling over this recently, depending on nature of the "business process/practice" you're referring to, it's possible you may be able to get patent protection for your particular business methods.
Apparently, some major banks are making the CARD-required changes for business cards as well, possibly because it's just easier to have one set of rules for all its cardholders. Bank of America will join this group by July, offering its two million business-card holders a freeze on rate increases for existing balances, the elimination of overlimit fees, 45 days' advance notice of rate changes, and 25 days from statement closing dates to due date.
As small businesses continue to play a significant role
in the changing economy, technologies addressing their unique requirements
follow suit. One of the most compelling concepts at play in enterprise
technology with profound implications for small businesses is hosted Voice over Internet Protocol, which enables smaller businesses to conduct
national and even global communications with increased functionality and
With the promise of minimum hardware investment, lower phone bills and converged voice and data services, hosted VoIP holds the potential to set an efficiency standard for a powerful segment of the global economy. This is probably why analysts have pegged the VoIP industry to reach 79 percent of all U.S. businesses within the next three years.
Over at the NFIB, their monthly Small Business Economic Trends report shows owners hitting an eight-month confidence low in March, which the NFIB described as "a very pessimistic reading." The number of owners reporting it's harder to get loans now rose to 15 percent. One ray of hope: 15 percent of those surveyed plan to hire, up a couple of points from last month. Presumably that's a different 15 percent than the ones who couldn't access capital.
First up: a contest to win a chance to present at the second annual Startup 2010 conference, to be held in New York City on May 20. Winning entries compete for a $100,000 grand prize, including $25,000 cash and goodies including free office space, legal services, Web hosting and more. This year's Startup conference has a "mobile" theme, so if your company's in that space you may have an advantage here. The application will ask you loads of questions about your business model, customers, target market, the works.
On the one hand, you don't want to seem so eager for a term sheet that the investor thinks you're desperate and tries to low-ball you. On the other, you don't want to appear so aloof and arrogant that the investor passes on your deal because he doesn't think you need his money.
So much is packed into Rework, here are just a few of the book highlights that jumped out at me.
With net neutrality all internet traffic is treated equally. If you are part of an access network run by a company that owns a certain news station, for example, with net neutrality, that company cannot block access to other news stations.
Sponsored by business-forms maker Deluxe, Project Rev will help winners with whatever needs work in their marketing plan -- logo design, public relations savvy, Web site design, you name it. They're choosing winners May 4, so get on the stick if you want to be considered.
Turns out that cake-baking (or plumbing, hair styling or bookkeeping) is a good skill to have these days.