Bank of America Retreats, Tail Fully Tucked

Venture Chronicles

Bank of America made it official today by shelving plans to charge a $5 debit card fee to their customers (which I am, gladly, not one of). Here’s what BofA said: “In response to customer feedback and the changing competitive marketplace, Bank of America no longer intends to implement a debit usage fee. ” They Said: “Bank of America no longer intends to implement a debit usage fee.” Uncategorized Bank of America BofA debit cards PR

The Greatest Strength of America is Immigration and Integration

Both Sides of the Table

After months of enduring the utter nonsense of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz talking about how America has lost its way I can’t recommend City of Gold highly enough as an antidote. Unintentional moral compass for the work of the rest of us. America is us.

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What We Learned About America on 9/11--From 3,600 Miles Away

Inc Startups

Watching the towers fall made us one with the rest of the world

What is 'Made In America' Worth?

Inc Startups

shores, early signs show that a "Made in America" label is a serious competitive advantage. Think of the label "Made in America." The other Made-in-America vision embraces an artisanal, moral, locavore sensibility. Probably more than you think.

Summary of new patent bill (America Invents Act)

Chris Dixon

As you may be aware, the Senate passed the America Invents Act (AIA) on September 8, 2011. This will put the US in closer alignment with rest of the world in determining priority of invention based on the earliest date a patent application was filed with a patent office. From my friend Charles Cella at the excellent patent firm GTC Law Group. email from them published with permission). REVISIONS TO UNITED STATES PATENT LAW.

South America: A Hot Spot for Exporting

Inc Startups

Andrews is especially keen on getting small- to medium-sized manufacturers to look at Brazil and the rest of South America, his company's area of expertise. He says the fact that Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the 2016 Olympics—the first time the games will be held in South America—is one indicator that it’s a region the world is taking more seriously. According to economist Gabriela Castro-Fontoura, many businesses now have South America on their radars.

Is Amazon Really an Anomaly?

Inc Startups

Is Amazon really any different from the rest of corporate America Work is, as Red Forman so shrewdly explained, "work."

Rest for the Weary: 3 Start-ups Trying to Help You Sleep

Inc Startups

But recently reported research has shown that rampant insomnia is cutting America's bottom line—something that a slew of start-ups is trying to change with technology. Rest Devices. Based out of Boston, Rest Devices was started by four MIT graduates in 2011.

Pitching America’s mayors

Austin Startup

They are also preparing to do a pilot test with the United States Postal Service, the largest fleet in America.

My Last Post About This Election – Don’t Waste Your Vote

Feld Thoughts

You should go read Mark’s post, but the rest of this post builds off of things he wrote. Immigration and assimilation are two of the unique features that have made America so great over its centuries.” I probably would not exist if my grandparents hadn’t managed to get to America – there is a significant chance they would have been exterminated in World War I (Russia) or World War II (Germany). Please vote.

Macroview: Euro


With the French elections in the clear America can sit tight. Politics is ever moving and changing, and political turmoil takes adaptation, but the missed issue in France has set a tone for the rest of 2017.

The Year of Startups Everywhere

Feld Thoughts

My argument is, and has never been, against Silicon Valley, but rather for the rest of the planet. Here’s how small-town America is primed to beat Silicon Valley in innovation.

And Then They Came for Me …

Both Sides of the Table

Immigration and assimilation are two of the unique features that have made America so great over its centuries. Yesterday was Halloween in the United States where children dress up and try to scare people as they “trick-or-treat” for candy.

How to Prepare for the Next Wave of Entrepreneurship

How to Change the World

Steve Case is the co-founder of America Online, the company that democratized online access. Additionally, Steve has chaired Startup America and Startup Weekend, initiatives to promote entrepreneurship. We renamed the service America Online, which soon became AOL.

When Krave Jerky Showed up in Class with a $435,000 Check

Steve Blank

I remind my students that I’m teaching them a methodology they can use the rest of their careers, not running an incubator. They refined their branding, got a better handle on who their customers were, and in a real-time example for the rest of the class – had a full blown crisis.

Lean 143

Should We Take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders? [New Data]

View from Seed

As for location, most are in North America, and not surprisingly, they are disproportionately located in Boston and New York (39%). But 22% of the startups founded by HBS alums are outside North America, with some ending up very dominant in their home markets.

I Just Watched “The Startup Kids” Documentary by Yaro Starak

It’s an hour long movie created by two woman from iceland, Vala Halldorsdottir and Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir , who came to America to interview people about life as a young entrepreneur working on a tech startup. Several high profile company founders feature in the … Read the rest of this entry » News, Technology & The Web Raising Investment entrepreneur silicon valley startup kids venture capital

The Secrets Behind Many Successful Startups

Vinicius Vacanti

He clearly didn’t love our answer but the rest of the meeting had gone very well, we had traction, and they wanted to do the deal. Yipit was featured in hundreds of media outlets including Good Morning America. “What is your startup’s unfair advantage?”,

Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank

Department of State manages America’s relationships with 180 foreign governments, international organizations, and the people of other countries with 270 embassies, consulates, and other posts. The rest of the week is equally busy.

Lean 89

The Declaration of Independence

Feld Thoughts

On the 238th birthday of the United States of America, I think it’s useful to reflect on America’s origin story. Happy birthday America. I love origin stories.

ProfessorVC: Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time?

Professor VC

As an active participant in the Silicon Valley new venture ecosystem and entrepreneurship educator, Im intrigued by the recently announced program Venture for America (VFA). It is modeled after Teach for America (TFA) , a program that sends high achieving college grads into inner cities as teachers. Back to Venture for America. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, January 19, 2012. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time?

A Glimpse: My American Dream


When I looked at my inbox this morning, I had emails from six organizations I have advised/worked with over the past couple of years (including Astia and Techstars ) announcing their partnership with the White House’s Startup America initiative. Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Mobile Startups Technology Venture Capital Women immigration india africa emerging markets startup america silicon valley venture capital innovation

15 Entrepreneurs Reveal What Entrepreneurship Means to Them


If anybody tells that you that being an entrepreneur is less work than being in corporate America, they are lying. I’ve spent a good deal of time working in corporate America, and the past four years being an entrepreneur, and I can say that entrepreneurship is way more work.

Recharging the Batteries


Our devices and apps further erode this historical separation between work and the rest of our lives. Here in North America especially, there seems to be a stigma to not working.

Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank

Department of State manages America’s relationships with 180 foreign governments, international organizations, and the people of other countries with 270 embassies, consulates, and other posts. The rest of the week is equally busy.

Lean 62

University of Minnesota Commencement speech – May 10th 2013

Steve Blank

Only In America. America was built by those who left the old behind. Not too many generations ago your family packed up what they had, got on boat and came to America. Entrepreneurs in America know that they get multiple shots at the goal.

Why I’m Turning Over a New Leaf & Refocusing My Energy

Both Sides of the Table

it felt like the biggest failure of america we’ve ever experienced. I had a father with a funny accent from South America who arrived legally in the late 1950’s. We are better to find and encourage smart people to work for him to help buffer the rest of us from his worst instincts.

MyHero Kicks Off Social Soccer Prediction App FootballHero


Soccer prediction mobile apps are a dime to a dozen, but what do you expect when soccer – football to the rest of the world – is such a global sporting phenomenon?

Stock 28

The unfortunate math behind consulting companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

In America we have ten federal holidays bringing the annual WD count to 240. We also have employment tax in America. Keeping 3-6 projects going year-round is a full-time job in itself — a job resting on your shoulders.

Inspiring stuff: Meet two talented tech entrepreneurs aged just 13

The Next Web

Catch up with the rest of our coverage of The Next Web Conference Europe 2013 and find out about our upcoming Latin America and USA conferences. One of the most talked about parts of The Next Web Conference Europe 2013 was when two 13-year-olds took to the stage.

Examining the U.S.-Germany Relationship

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

The German people’s view of America runs along generational lines. Germany relationship versus the bilateral relationship America has with China, Mexico, and others. America is often positioned as a “competitor” to China.

How to Avoid Failure: Two Common Small Business Mistakes

crowdSPRING Blog

Melinda Emerson ( @smallbizlady on Twitter), one of the leading small business experts in America, recently wrote in her blog, Succeed As Your Own Boss : Success is a cumulative process. align with the rest of the team and the company’s goals.

How To Handle Having Too Much To Do

Mike Michalowicz

There are millions of people across America right now crying in the restroom or screaming like little girls behind their closed office doors. And then do the rest of the list. Are you feeling overwhelmed?

The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I told her that I believed America’s best asset – driven initially from software innovation mindset in the San Francisco Bay Area and media innovation driven from Los Angeles – was our willingness to accept failure.

Steve Jobs Focused on Network Intelligence

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

I read Adam Lashinky’s new book Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired–And Secretive–Company Really Works on my flight to Doha, and I picked up a bunch of nuggets.

Open Source Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

So for the rest of us I put together this Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley. TechStars and Startup America are partnering to provide mentors in the U.S. One of the great things about being a retired entrepreneur is that I get to give back to the community that helped me. I assembled this collection of free and almost free tools, class syllabi, presentations, books, lectures, videos in the hope that it can make your path as an entrepreneur or educator easier. Free: Startup Tools.

Bob Ackerman of Allegis Capital– America Depends on Entrepreneurs While Current Public Policy Assaults Them

Pascal's View

On June 25th I moderated a panel on the implications of America’s. At precisely the same time that political leaders are calling for expanded innovation to meet our national needs, there appears to be an almost all out assault on entrepreneurship in America – by deed if not by word. Rest assured – the capital will follow the talent. Innovation Crisis for Cybersecurity at the National Press Club in. Washington, D.C. The full transcript of the slides integrated with my.

Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

The Navy calls its program Outreach: Americas Navy. At each stop an officer or enlisted man gave us an articulate description of what equipment we were looking at and how it fit into the rest of the carrier.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 17: Tiffani Bell and Clay Hebert

Steve Blank

You must also understand the value the product provides customers (along with the rest of your business model.). Tiffani was also a 2014 Code for America Fellow working with the City of Atlanta.

4 Sports Lessons That Can Increase the Odds of Entrepreneurial Success.

Small Business Force

"March Madness" puts a three week spotlight on sports in America. You cannot rest on today's laurels. With it comes the frenzy of background noise like "picking brackets" and relentless prognostication, big-time rivalries and the "rah-rah" of college cheerleaders and pep bands.