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Six Success Principles to Ponder for High Performance

Successful entrepreneurs are admired for high performance. They amplify the best within themselves. They challenge themselves in new ways. In these efforts, underlying principles guide them. Give them focus. Here are six principles for high performance that many successful entrepreneurs exhibit. Let’s take a look at how you can apply these principles. Ponder them daily, […]

Why Phoenix Deserves a Spot on the List of Best Cities for Startups

Due to the growing community of tech entrepreneurs, Phoenix has earned the nickname “Silicon Desert.” In the latest Kaufman Metropolitan Area Rankings for Startup Activity, Phoenix moved from 12th last year to 14th this year after topping the chart in 2012. There are many reasons that Phoenix attracts startups. Here we take a look at […]

Q&A: Choosing Between Convertible Notes and Priced Equity with Michael Hool

A convertible note is a short-term debt that can be converted into equity (typically preferred shares) of a company. It has advantages and disadvantages for both investors and the issuing company. Michael Hool, of Hool Coury Law Group, focuses his legal practice on working with investors and emerging businesses from startup to exit. He took […]

Everyone Wins at Venture Madness

On March 5-7, 234 investors, inventors and startup fans converged on Talking Stick Resort for the inaugural Venture Madness Conference. They watched the final 16 live pitch before panels of judges, as the competitors were narrowed to eight, then four, then two and a champion was crowned. Pinnacle Transplant Technologies emerged victorious late Friday, and […]

Who Is The Typical Entrepreneur?

What state has the highest number of entrepreneurs per capita? It’s not what you think. It’s probably not your second guess either. Do more entrepreneurs have bachelor degrees, master degrees or no degree at all? What area of innovation has the highest rate of growth? That answer shouldn’t surprise you, though you’ll find a large […]

Expert Q&A: Startup Financing

Albert Martinez, leader of the relationship management team at Silicon Valley Bank, provides solid advice to entrepreneurs looking to raise capital: What is your role at Silicon Valley Bank? I primarily work with early and mid-stage software and digital media companies. Silicon Valley Bank works with innovation companies in all tech and life science sectors and regions […]