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Innovation U: Home of the Problem-solvers?

A new San Francisco Bay-area university based entirely on innovation will begin classes this summer. Check it out here. Singularity University will be housed in a NASA facility and was introduced at last week's TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in southern California.The idea...

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TED 2009: Curtainraiser

Helen Walters blogs on businessweek.com about the TED conference that begins Feb. 4 in Long Beach, Calif.:   Posted by Helen Walters on February 03I'm in California, en route to Long Beach for this year's TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference. It’ll be interesting to...

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What's In the Stimulus Bill for Entrepreneurs?

U.S. News & World Report takes a look at the big economic stimulus bill put forth by the U.S. House, checking for the most relevent parts for entrepreneurs and small businesspeople.Among them:As the House Appropriations Committee summary puts it, "to make loans more attractive to lenders an...

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NYT: Here's What VCs in Silicon Valley Are Looking For

The New York Times takes a look at Silicon Valley VCs and where their heads -- ultimately their dollars -- will be in 2009.Predictably, the recession has tempered any optimism with caution. The Times talked to several VC to see where their interests lie in 2009:On the Web: " ... investors are l...

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House Speaker Wills on Accelerate Arkansas, Venture Capital

New Speaker of the House Robbie Wills, D-Conway, gave his first speech to a joint session of the 87th General Assembly. In his remarks, he touched on his goals for the session, which include issues in education, economic development and health care.Wills also talked about job creation, and had this...

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Coming Soon: Arkansas Entrepreneur Week

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is holding its 9th annual "Arkansas Entrepreneur Week" Jan. 26-30. The event includes two seminars, "Starting a Business in Arkansas" and "Growing Your Business in Tough Economic Times," that will be held in...

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Evaluating Tech Conferences: Are They Worth It?

Conferences. As entrepreneurs and VCs, you've got a chance to go to dozens of them each year. Often, the ROI on attending these events are questionable at best.The Startable blog has some guidelines to help you determine whether a conference is worth it. The author shares three reasons why he, as a...

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Why Don't Venture Capitalists Innovate?

Peter Hebert of PreHub, an online forum for private equity, asks a simple question this week: Why don't innovative VCs innovate?For a group priding itself on identifying, nurturing and commercializing innovation, it’s ironic that the venture capital industry resides in the relative backcountry...

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Recessions Are Good Times for Innovation, R&D

Peter Singer, the editor-in-chief for Solid State Technology magazine, has a pair of articles this month pointing out how recessions and other economic downturns can be fertile times for innovation and research and development.A recent report from Greentech Media and the Prometheus Institute, titled...

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Looking to 2009; Managing Your Mind in Tough Times

Two Arkansas Business columns this week carry guidance on negotiating the new year and these though economic times.First, Jim Karrh shares marketing knowledge that everyone needs to know for the new year. The keys revolve around knowing your customer and, first, your newest customers:It is easy to t...