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The city is considered highly innovative for a variety of reasons, including the presence of academia, access to venture capital, and the presence of many high-tech companies. The Route 128 corridor and Greater Boston continue to be a major center for venture capital investment, and high technology remains an important sector. Tourism also composes a large part of Boston's economy, with 21.2 million domestic and international visitors spending $8.3 billion in 2011. Excluding visitors from Canada and Mexico, over 1.4 million international tourists visited Boston in 2014, with those from China and the United Kingdom leading the list.

Reality television

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The globally syndicated format Dragons' Den shows a group of wealthy investors choosing whether or not to invest in a series of pitched startup companies and entrepreneurial ventures. The series Restaurant Startup similarly involves investors, but involves more of a game show element in which restaurant owners compete to prove their worth. The British series Show Me the Monet offers a twist in which artworks' artistic value, rather than their financial value, is appraised by a panel of judges, who determine whether each one will be featured at an exhibition. Another subgenre places people in wild and challenging natural settings. This includes such shows as Survivorman, Man vs.

Halt and Catch Fire (TV series)

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In season one, entrepreneur Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) steers the company Cardiff Electric into the personal computing industry and enlists the help of computer engineer Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy) and prodigy programmer Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) to build an IBM PC clone. Seasons two and three shift focus to an online community startup company, Mutiny, that is headed by Cameron and Gordon's wife Donna (Kerry Bishé), while Joe attempts to venture out on his own. The fourth and final season focuses on competing web search engines involving all the principal characters. Halt and Catch Fire marked Cantwell's and Rogers' first jobs in television.


Between 2012 and 2014, three additional co-founders joined to help grow the startup. Another brother, Daniel Simair, joined, along with two friends from university - Jeff Adamson and Andrew Chau. During the first few years of operations, the co-founders bootstrapped the company and raised a small round of seed capital from angel investors. Shortly after, the co-founders raised additional capital from private investors, as well as four prominent venture capital firms - Golden Venture Partners (Toronto, Ontario), Founder Collective (New York, New York), Felicis Ventures (Menlo Park, California), and FJ Labs (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

Entrepreneurial finance

It addresses key questions which challenge all entrepreneurs: how much money can and should be raised; when should it be raised and from whom; what is a reasonable valuation of the startup; and how should funding contracts and exit decisions be structured. Depending on the industry and aspirations of the entrepreneur(s) they may need to attract money to fully commercialize their concepts. Thus they must find investors – such as their friends and family, a bank, an angel investor, a venture capital fund, a public stock offering or some other source of financing.

The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Bombay

The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Bombay targets to help in the development of India's entrepreneurial ecosystem by enabling easy and efficient interaction between its major components spanning students, working professionals, aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, mentors, angel investors, venture capital firms and corporates through events like interactive sessions, competitions and conferences The Entrepreneurship Cell was formed by students and some Professors of IIT Bombay with the mission of promoting the culture of entrepreneurship within the campus of IIT Bombay in October, 1998.

Conquest (Start-up Challenge)

Touted to be one of the biggest student-run B-Plan competitions in Asia, Conquest offers a perfect launchpad for start-ups to network with potential investors, interact with mentors and pitch their ideas to venture capitalists. entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their ideas to venture capitalists and investors, and to meet with other entrepreneurs for mentoring and networking. Conquest was started in 2004 as a business plan competition organized by a group of BITSians with the mission to help startups raise funds and pitch their ideas in an interactive session with potential investors.

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Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup with David Cohen (2010). Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist with Jason Mendelson (2011). Burning Entrepreneur: How to Launch, Fund, and Set Your Startup On Fire (2012). Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City (2012). Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist (Second Edition) with Jason Mendelson (2012). Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur with Amy Batchelor (2013). Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors with Mahendra Ramsinghani (2013).

Zohar Zisapel

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Undeterred by the fact that no venture capital was then available in the country, the Zisapel brothers decided to try their luck by establishing an export-oriented company in Israel to manufacture the types of devices that Bynet had been distributing. In 1981 Zohar Zisapel resigned from his position at the Ministry of Defense and, together with Yehuda, founded RAD Data Communications Ltd. Operating from small, cramped quarters in the back of Bynet’s offices, Zohar oversaw the development of RAD’s first product, a miniature modem that would revolutionize the industry. The modems that were then on the market were the size of pizza boxes.

Naren Gupta

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Narendra Gupta (born 1948) is one of India’s highest profile venture capital investors, and is the founder of investment company Nexus Venture Partners, as well as various investment and software firms. He was also CEO and President of Integrated Systems Inc. (ISI) for a decade and a half. In 2007, Gupta founded Nexus Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley investment firm. This is a “homegrown Indian operation [with] extensive reach and experience overseas [most notably in] Silicon Valley.” It has made investments in a variety of technical and media startups around India and the United States.

Bryan Johnson (entrepreneur)

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Bryan Johnson (born August 22, 1977) is an American entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is founder and CEO of Kernel, a company developing advanced neural interfaces, and OS Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage science and technology companies. He was also founder, chairman and CEO of Braintree, a company which specializes in mobile and web payment systems for ecommerce companies. Braintree was acquired by eBay for $800 million in 2013. Johnson lives in Los Angeles. Johnson was born in Provo, Utah, and raised in Springville, Utah, the middle child of three brothers and a sister.

Silicon Alley

The first magazine to focus on venture capital opportunities in Silicon Alley, AlleyCat News co-founded by Anna Copeland Wheatley and Janet Stites, was launched in the fall of 1996. Courtney Pulitzer branched off from her @The Scene column with @NY and created Courtney Pulitzer's Cyber Scene and her popular networking events Cocktails with Courtney. First Tuesday, co-founded by Vincent Grimaldi de Puget and John Grossbart, became the largest gathering of Silicon Alley, welcoming 500 to 1000 venture capitalists and entrepreneurs every month.

Lighter Capital

Founded by Andy Sack, a Seattle-area entrepreneur and mentor to early-stage companies, Lighter Capital was one of the first lenders to use revenue-based financing to fund tech startups. Lighter Capital typically provides growth capital as royalty-based financing to early-stage tech companies, including software-as-a-service (SaaS) startups, software startups, consumer startups, tech services, digital media or similar businesses based in the United States. It is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Unlike private equity, venture capital and angel investors, Lighter Capital's revenue-based financing process provides growth capital to emerging tech companies in the form of debt.

Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs

Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) is a Silicon Valley nonprofit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. SVASE currently operated virtually in Silicon Valley, with an associate membership exceeding 11,000. SVASE is closely affiliated with the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor communities, and is recognized as an important networking forum for entrepreneurs. SVASE's speakers and sponsors are drawn from nearly every early stage venture capital firm, angel group and legal firm in Silicon Valley. SVASE was founded in 1995 in Silicon Valley by a group of aspiring entrepreneurs, with roots in the software industry. There are currently more than 11,000 members.


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The Route 128 corridor and Greater Boston continue to be a major center for venture capital investment, and high technology remains an important sector. In recent years tourism has played an ever-important role in the state's economy, with Boston and Cape Cod being the leading destinations. Other popular tourist destinations include Salem, Plymouth, and the Berkshires. Massachusetts is the sixth-most popular tourist destination for foreign travelers. While manufacturing comprised less than 10% of Massachusetts's gross state product in 2016, the Commonwealth ranked 16th in the nation in total manufacturing output in the United States.


MadBid was founded as a bootstrapped startup by Juha Koski, Madhur Srivastava and Daniel Rovira during 2008. After growth fueled by a 2009 seed round, the partners in 2010 raised £4 million equity financing in a Series A venture round from Skype and Kazaa founders' venture capital fund Atomico; the funding was aimed towards a Europe-wide roll out of services. Marcandi, the company that operates Madbid, is owned by Jersey-based Keyword Group Ltd. The company has gone into administration as of 28 June 2018 MadBid's sales grew 71% a year, from £1.5 million in 2009 to £7.5 million in 2012, before falling in recent years.

Andrey Kolodyuk

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Andrey is the main founder and investor of DIVAN.TV, the first over-the-top content (OTT) Smart TV provider for all Russian-speaking community worldwide. He is also an adviser at Contacter. His last project DIVAN.TV – is a pioneer of OTT market in CIS countries and only Russian-speaking community worldwide. It is available in 200 counties, according to Viaway web-site. In March 2012 AVentures Capital has launched a new venture capital fund, to support successful technology entrepreneurs in Ukraine and Russia.

Paul Graham (programmer)

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Paul Graham (born 13 November 1964) is an English born computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and essayist. He is best known for his work on Lisp, his former startup Viaweb (later renamed "Yahoo! Store"), co-founding the influential startup accelerator and seed capital firm Y Combinator, his blog, and Hacker News. He is the author of several programming books, such as: On Lisp (1993), ANSI Common Lisp (1995), and Hackers & Painters (2004). Technology journalist Steven Levy has described Graham as a "hacker philosopher". Paul Graham grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended Gateway school district.

Sashi Reddi

Sashi Parvatha Reddi (born 27 May 1965) is a entrepreneur, venture capitalist and a philanthropist. Sashi Reddi was the CEO and founder of AppLabs. Born in Madras, Sashi Reddi is now a US citizen. He grew up in Guntur but attended boarding school at Lawrence School, Lovedale. He is a recipient of the Louis Braille Award from the Pennsylvania Council for the Blind, for the year 2017. Sashi secured a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering in 1987 from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He did his MS in Computer Science from Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.

Jessica Verrilli

Jessica Verrilli is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and angel investor, former Senior Director of Corporate Development and Strategy at Twitter and current General Partner at GV. Verrilli holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, where she was selected as a Stanford Mayfield Fellow in 2007 and participated on the varsity Women's Lacrosse team. Verrilli joined the venture capital firm Venrock in early 2008 as an Investment Associate.

Stevens Institute of Technology

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The panel of judges typically consists of entrepreneurs, CEOs and venture capitalists. Additionally, the Institute hosts the "Thomas H. Scholl Lecture by Visiting Entrepreneurs". Guest lecturers include Dr. Paul R. Sanberg, Jeong H. Kim and Dr. Winslow Sargeant. The campus is also home to monthly summits of "NJ Tech Meetup" – branded as "NJ's largest technology and entrepreneurial community", it is composed of over 150 entrepreneurs and innovators. Successful students generally achieve a 3.82 (out of 4.0) GPA. Median SAT scores range from 1320 to 1470. In the fall of 2017, 807 of 8,335 were offered a seat at Stevens.

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Venture capital. Startup company. Entrepreneurship. Angel investor. 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Face Sheet. Dust Off-Road Magazine.

John Moreland (entrepreneur)

John Moreland (born June 19, 1965) is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist. He is the founder of Avetta, an online supplier management marketplace and president of Operation Underground Railroad. Moreland was born in Fullerton, California and raised in Irvine, California. After his parents divorced, Moreland lived with his mother and his sister. Moreland became a police officer and spent most of his career as a canine handler. Moreland's longtime partner, Crambo, a veteran K-9 officer. During his tenure, Moreland experienced working the famous Rodney King riots of the early 90’s.

The startups with the best pitches at the Fundica Roadshow Waterloo competition won advanced entries into the Entrepreneurship Star Competition, China’s largest startup competition, which previously attracted, in 2015, 2,459 international startups and handed out over $1.5 million CAD in prizes. In December 2016, Fundica founder, Mike Lee, along with Lana Tayara and Heykel Limaiem launched, a Canadian online marketplace that intelligently connects small business owners with suitable lending products. The startup is the first lending marketplace platform to help Canadian small businesses identify, compare, and apply for loans all in one convenient place.

Naiot Venture Accelerator

Naiot Venture accelerator was a technological Incubator, engaged in early seed startup investments. It was based in Yokneam, Israel. Naiot is a full subsidiary of the Ofer Hi-Tech Group, the venture capital investment arm of the Ofer Brothers Group. Naiot invests and creates value by providing management, as well as the human and financial resources required to nurture seeds concept into sustainable companies. Investment portfolio focuses primary on Medical devices, along with information technology, enterprise software and web applications. Naiot screens over 350 project applications every year, from which it invests in 4 to 6 new projects annually, with $500k-$1M invested in each project.