VC 100: The Top Investors in Early-Stage Startups

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Welcome to the Entrepreneur VC 100 list of top early-stage venture capital firms — a platform highlighting the who’s who of the U.S. startup ecosystem.

The ranking is based on data from PitchBook, a Seattle-based data and tech provider for the global private equity and venture capital markets. The firms are listed by total capital invested in seed and/or early-stage deals completed in the U.S.

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MBA or Accelerator: What’s Right for an Aspiring Entrepreneur?

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The benefits of an MBA program:

1. An MBA will provide you with the knowledge you need to get your business started and help prevent some silly mistakes that other beginning entrepreneurs make.

2. When pursuing an MBA you are provided access to the university’s resources, programs, talent pool and alumni networks.

3. The total experience will help you establish a baseline of business credibility with potential customers, partners and investors.

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How Large Corporations Can Successfully Engage With Startups

Innovation, performance excellence and risk management are top agenda items for corporate leaders. Their innovation strategy usually covers: product, service, platform, structure, process, business model, network, channel, customer engagement and brand.

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For long-term success, corporate innovators need to cultivate habits of curiosity, deliberate observation, diverse information seeking and engagement with other creative people. All this is easier said than done. Tightening up of long-term R&D budgets, increasing digital disruption, organisational bureaucracy and the bias of prior success are making it harder for large enterprises to innovate on their own, and thus driving them to tap new sources of innovation: startups.

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University Unplugged: Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Course Comes to London

Stanford University, one of the world’s great institutions for turning hi-tech ideas into huge businesses, is going to start teaching in London from the autumn.

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The Californian university, where Google began as a PhD project, is going to offer its “Stanford Ignite” entrepreneurship course in London for the first time from September.

Universities around the world have been experimenting in ways to teach students beyond their own campuses.

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