VC P.S.: The smart entrepreneur

Alan Warms, founder and CEO of Participate.com offers the following rules of the VC game for would-be entrepreneurs:
– GET BRANDED
– THINK LONG TERM
– BE PREPARED
– USE YOUR VC
– TRUST YOUR VC
– BE AN ANTIBIOTIC
– KEEP IT SIMPLE

High Growth Companies – NCOE Report (.pdf)

High Growth Companies is the first study to examine regional rates by Labor Market Areas of entrepreneurial growth throughout the United States. Conducted by the National Commission on Entrepreneurship (NCOE), this study identifies the number of high-growth companies in nearly every local region across the country during the 1990s. This report should encourage community leaders to learn about the nature and strength of the “industrial … [ Read more ]

E-mail Use and Abuse

The use of electronic mail has grown exponentially in the last five years. When used properly, it is a very effective messaging and information medium. However, abuse of e-mail can be a significant risk to a company. Read about why an email policy is necessary and guidelines for establishing one.

Inc.com’s Guide to Running a One-Person Business

This guide provides links to Inc.com’s best resources on everything a soloist needs to know — from buying insurance and paying taxes to designing a home office and getting clients to pay on time.

Inc.com’s Guide to Controlling Costs

Simple, everyday cost-shaving strategies can help get your business off the ground. Or, if you’re further along in the process, these strategies can help you grow your business faster.

Inc.com’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Business Partner

Jobs and Wozniak. Gates and Ballmer. Some partnerships have infinite potential. And some don’t. A good business partner shares your vision and echoes your passion. In short, the right partnership can be a match made in heaven. Of course, a mismatch can lead to disaster. Inc.com’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Business Partner offers insights from successful pairings as well as caveats from partnerships that … [ Read more ]

Publishing Your Own E-Mail Newsletter – Inc.com

The newest guide from Inc.com offers step-by-step instructions for publishing an email newsletter. This series of articles leads users through the process “from conceptualizing your newsletter to formatting it and delivering it to subscribers.” Each of the articles also links to other articles from the Inc.com archives, thus creating an extensive manual for enewsletter creation. By the end of guide, users will have a clear … [ Read more ]

Online Small Business Workshop

Created and maintained by the Canada Business Service Centres, the Online Small Business Workshop is a highly-detailed and thorough online course on arming new business owners with the tools they need to start a new business. The class is broken down into five lessons. The course begins with “Starting with a Good Idea” and walks users through the rest of the steps ending with “Basic … [ Read more ]

Infosys’ Murthy: Sharing a “Simple Yet Powerful Vision”

Twenty years ago, N. R. Narayana Murthy and six others founded Infoysys Technologies Limited based on a vision “powered by intellect and driven by values.” Today, Infosys, based in Bangalore, India, is a world leader in IT consulting and software services.. During a presentation at Wharton, Murthy, chairman and CEO, shared his experiences as an entrepreneur.

Dear John

Founders who go after venture capital can find themselves with bulging coffers — but without their old job as CEO.

What Makes a Good Entrepreneurial Leader? Ask Middle Managers

Entrepreneurs, as most people know, are risk-takers who thrive on uncertainty and change, always on the lookout for their next startup. But according to new research from Wharton management professor Ian C. MacMillan and co-author Vipin Gupta, entrepreneurs aren’t the only ones who should be able to operate in unpredictable, high-risk environments. Drawing on an extensive worldwide survey of middle managers, the two authors outline … [ Read more ]

Fallen Idols

Kick ’em while they’re down. Though a somewhat topical piece, this article takes an interesting look at some of the mistakes made by VC firms in funds raised in 1998 and 1999, using certain famous firms as sacrificial examples.