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Feb 25

High-flying tech companies pay their stars more--a lot more

Posted by annearf in your careersoftwaresilicon valleypayinnovation


Innovation is all well and good. But if it's the lifeblood of your company, you'd better be willing to pay for it by way of hefty compensation for whomever is doing the innovating.

In other words, innovation is expensive.

Nov 22

How to encourage a culture of innovation

Posted by dbedell in TechnologySocial Networkingsilicon valleyinnovationcluster theoryCareers/Management


In a blog last week on the Chronicle of Higher Education, Vivek Wadhwa, director of research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, discussed the problems with cluster theory for economic development—wherein government incentives and a business park are brought together with venture capital and a nearby university to encourage the growth of clusters of entrepreneurial businesses with links to local academia to encourage innovation.

Wadhwa believes that many of these efforts have failed because they are missing out on some of the key features that necessarily must exist in order to encourage the kind of growth and development seen in a true success story, such as Silicon Valley.

Nov 11

Women entrepreneurs showcase their talents

Posted by dbedell in venture capitalstartupssilicon valleyFinanceCashCareers/Management


This will be quite a week for women entrepreneurs. Not only is the first-ever gathering of East coast-West coast women entrepreneurs—and potential start-up investors—happening in Silicon Valley, but there are also events worldwide for women—and men—during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Such events are critical for encouraging women to seek out financing and partnerships for growing their small businesses or business ideas.

Apr 21

Are venture capitalists in the Big Apple stealing Silicon Valley's thunder?

Posted by annearf in venture capitalsilicon valleyPricewaterhouseCoopersnyc seedNew York Citydeal talk


Silicon Valley is still central headquarters for venture capital activity in the US.  But it looks like the New York City area is trying to play catch up.

A new report shows an increase in the region both in the amount of startup funding and the number of deals for two consecutive quarters, while activity in Silicon Valley dropped. 

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