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Entrepreneurship and Education at the Kauffman Foundation

Entrepreneurship and Education at the Kauffman Foundation

The new startup ecosystem [Infographic] Even if we are experiencing another bubble, is that so bad for startups trying to get funding? This infographic, which Column Five Media did for Udemy, examines some of the evidence. Though VCs are doing fewer deals than they were before the recession really took hold in late 2008, the amount of money invested is up to prerecession levels. That’s good news for startups trying to raise money — at least in the short-term. But the valuations of some companies compared to their revenue might spell trouble for the future. The 10 Best Entrepreneurship Courses of 2011 Stanford's new entrepreneurship class is not for the faint of heart. Launchpad is designed around a series of hurdles: the elevator pitch, the functional prototype, week after week of sales results. After each hurdle, students are force-ranked, so someone always lands on the bottom. Midway through the semester, the class stages a trade show at which venture capitalists stroll around writing fictitious checks. Some students make out like bandits, while others are publicly stiffed.

Top Young Entrepreneurs 99designs | Matt Mickiewicz, 27 San Francisco and Melbourne Provides crowdsourced design services. AdParlor | Hussein Fazal, 29; Kristaps Ronka, 24 Toronto Creates and manages ad campaigns on Facebook. Advantage Media Group | Adam Witty, 29 Charleston, South Carolina Publishes business books and magazines. AnchorFree | David Gorodyansky, 29; Eugene Malobrodsky, 29 San Francisco Makes software that provides secure Web access and thwarts government censors. Birchbox | Hayley Barna, 27; Katia Beauchamp, 28 New York City Subscription service that gives members monthly deliveries of high-end beauty samples.

Facebook adds Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to board Netflix just added a very important friend to its network. Facebook announced Thursday that Reed Hastings, chairman and CEO of Netflix, has joined the company’s board of directors. “Reed is an entrepreneur and technologist who has led Netflix to transform the way people watch movies and TV,” said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. Why the NY Post is an iPad hit The New York Post hasn’t made any real money in years. That’s why it’s an unlikely frontrunner in the publishing industry’s uneasy turf war with Apple and the IPad. And even though it comes from a company that is spending tens of millions to invent a new news product for the IPad (News Corp’s “The Daily”), the Post has fired the loudest and most effective shots for the newspaper industry directly at Apple’s broadside. According to the Media Industry Newsletter, The NY Post is the top grossing publisher’s paid App in the App store, and number 11 overall. At issue is Apple’s insistence that any newspapers or magazines that sell single copies or subscriptions give 30% of their take to Apple for use of its system to deliver the Post content and collect the charges.

Ryan Academy Propeller Fund ranked 7th in Europe « DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship The DCU Ryan Academy’s Propeller Fund has been ranked 7th in Europe in a recent independent study of accelerator programmes. The study was put together by Italy-based venture capitalist Gianluca Dettori and Marco Ciccolini in conjunction with Aziz Gilani from DFJ Mercury. It was commissioned by the Kauffman Fellows Program, working in partnership with Tech Cocktail and the Kellogg School of Management. Propeller is funded by Irelandia, the investment arm of the Ryan Family and managed by the DCU Ryan Academy, based in Citywest. The programme is mentor-led and offers three months incubation space, a range of free services and €30,000 investment per company in return for a 6.5% equity stake. The findings showed that three of the top eight funds, NDRC, Propeller and Startupbootcamp, are based in Ireland.

Should you invest in the Grouponzi IPO? Connect with leaders from the companies in this story, in real life: Come to the fourth annual VentureBeat Mobile Summit April 14-15 in Sausalito, Calif. Request an invitation. On the heels of filing its $750 million initial public offering, online coupon startup Groupon is under heavy scrutiny from critics. Until recently, most people praised Groupon for its simplistic business model and its incredible growth, which some have called the fastest of any company to date. Groupon lets users purchase steeply discounted deals from local merchants.

RIM, You’re Done Here Research In Motion is done. They’ll be bought in the next year or so, their products will roll into whoever buys them – Microsoft, most probably – and they’ll go the way of Nokia, Danger, and countless other mobile platforms. They’ll exist independently for a while and then be subsumed. It’s over. Here’s why.There is no money in “business” phones. Blackberries aren’t status symbols. On Bubbles … And Why it Will All be Fine Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster (@msuster), a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. Read more about Suster at his Startup Blog, BothSidesoftheTable. I recently spoke at the Founder Showcase at the request of Adeo Ressi. I asked what the audience most needed to hear and he said, “They need an unbiased view of the fund raising environment because there is too much misinformation and everything seems to be changing fast.” This was an audience of mostly first-time entrepreneurs. They have seen one side of a market where many of us have seen the ebb and flow multiple times.

Will solar power overtake fossil fuels in 10 years? The amount of energy produced by photovoltaic panels could overtake that produced by fossil fuels like coal and natural gas in 10 years, according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The amount of solar energy hitting the earth is around 100 petawatts, or 100 million gigawatts, according to the IEEE. Solar panels only need to generate around 15,000 gigawatts of power to provide enough energy for every household and business on the planet, the IEEE said. The average home in the U.S. uses around 920 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month. So solar panels would have to capture around 0.2 percent of the total amount of solar energy hitting the surface of the earth, according to the IEEE.

Zynga Planning To File For IPO As Early As Tomorrow, Will Raise $1.5 To $2B At $15 To $20B Valuation Zynga according to CNBC reporter Kate Kelly, Zynga will file its S-1 for an IPO with the SEC as early as tomorrow with a valuation between $15 billion and $20 billion. Kelly says that Zynga will raise between $1.5 and $2 billion in its offering. The company, says CNBC, has selected Morgan Stanley as the main underwriter of the IPO, with Goldman Sachs and Bank of America also listed as additional underwriters. Kelly also reports that Zynga will be looking to raise both debt and equity funding in the offering, and is currently profitable.