Scott Shane

Scott Shane

Professor at Case Western Reserve University

Scott Shane is the A. Malachi Mixon III professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University. His books include Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live by (Yale University Press, 2008) and Finding Fertile Ground: Identifying Extraordinary Opportunities for New Businesses (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005).

Marketing Bootcamp

How to Convince Investors You Can Sell

Your success, as a company and as an investment, will depend on your ability to get customers to buy i service.
Why Your Small Business Needs a Mobile App
Mobile Apps

Why Your Small Business Needs a Mobile App

Smartphone apps have become too important a marketing tool for small business owners to do without.
How Angel Investing Is Different Outside of Silicon Valley
Angel Investors

How Angel Investing Is Different Outside of Silicon Valley

While much of angel investing is the same everywhere, angels outside of Silicon Valley need to do a few things differently to be successful.
Why Small Business Failure Rates are Declining
Starting a Business

Why Small Business Failure Rates are Declining

Starting a business still carries risk, but the percentage of companies shutting down has slowed over the past few decades.
Everyone Pays to Raise Money
Raising Capital

Everyone Pays to Raise Money

One way or another, entrepreneurs always pay to obtain capital.
What Slow Exits Mean to Startup Investors
Startup Funding

What Slow Exits Mean to Startup Investors

Since the end of the Internet 1.0 boom in 2001, the time to exit for the average venture-capital-backed company has more than doubled.
Why Angels Are Moving Online
Angel Investing

Why Angels Are Moving Online

Online platforms are a superior choice for less entrepreneurially experienced, less-active investors who are deploying smaller amounts of money.
Why the Number of Accelerators Is Accelerating
Accelerators

Why the Number of Accelerators Is Accelerating

Because they solve real problems that venture capitalists face in financing companies, accelerators are not simply a fad.
Why Venture Capital Deals Stay in Silicon Valley
Venture Capital

Why Venture Capital Deals Stay in Silicon Valley

The growing concentration of venture capital investments in Silicon Valley creates a problem for policymakers in other regions.
Census Data Provide a Mixed Message on Women Entrepreneurs
Make More Happen

Census Data Provide a Mixed Message on Women Entrepreneurs

Women are making strides in business ownership, but still lag in some important areas.
Which Small Business Owners Think Their State Governments Are Supportive?
Regulations

Which Small Business Owners Think Their State Governments Are Supportive?

Whether small business owners think their state government is supportive or hostile depends on who they are, the kind of business they are running, where they are located and their political beliefs.
How Investors Choose Startups to Finance
Ready To Launch

How Investors Choose Startups to Finance

Early-stage investors gather very little information when making a decision. But that makes perfect sense.
Why Entrepreneurs Should Think About Non-Dilutive Financing
Funding

Why Entrepreneurs Should Think About Non-Dilutive Financing

What kind of funding you seek can make all the difference in how much money you raise and how much control you keep.
To Encourage Crowdfunding, Change the Definition of an Investment Company
Equity Crowdfunding

To Encourage Crowdfunding, Change the Definition of an Investment Company

Equity crowdfunding is hampered by regulations designed to curb stock-market abuse.
Why Kickstarter and Indiegogo Won't Go Into Equity Crowdfunding
Equity Crowdfunding

Why Kickstarter and Indiegogo Won't Go Into Equity Crowdfunding

The types of investors who put money into reward-based crowdfunders aren't the ones who will buy shares through equity crowdfunding – at least not at first.