10 things to do before you start your Start-Up

 Is your great idea really good enough? Find out before you launch a company.



25 companies are responsible for laying off 700,000 people since the recession began

Here’s the list:

The old college try

As more newcomers like Mr. Holt take up entrepreneurship, community colleges are helping them along by offering more courses that teach the ins and outs of running a company. Along with classes on preparing plans and judging the feasibility of a business, schools offer training in everything from management to marketing. Many colleges also offer business incubators and networking events, where students can rub shoulders with local owners.


STUDY: Venture capital funds entrepreneurs of different ages, education levels

Founders of new business types that receive capital to create a corporation tend to be between the ages of 35 to 44, though venture capital firms appear to evenly distribute funds to entrepreneurs with either undergraduate or graduate degrees.

The extensive study by CB Insights looked at new companies in the U.S. from January to June 2010 to determine who was a “typical” recipient of venture capital.


How to attract venture capital


Top venture capital firms based on investment activity in 2009-2010

And now we’re turning our attention to the venture capital firms themselves with our list of the Top 30 Most Active Venture Capital firms of the last year. 


TIMOTHY M. STEARNS: Entrepreneurship vital to recovery

As any entrepreneur knows, when the market is not responding to your product, you change your product. And with unemployment in the San Joaquin Valley once …