The best industries for starting a business in 2010

This year’s burgeoning industries include interactive technology (from mobile app design to tech-savvy translation), wellness (healthy beverages), and little luxuries, such as baked goods


Say goodbye to the cash register

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s latest venture, Square, debuted in the App Store this week, reaching No. 1 in its category. Square and several other new apps make it easy for companies like clothing boutique Self Edge to use mobile credit card processing services.

Despite recession, U.S. entrepreneurial activity rises in 2009 to highest rate in 14 Years, Kauffman study shows

Rather than making history for its deep recession and record unemployment, 2009 might instead be remembered as the year business startups reached their highest level in 14 years – even exceeding the number of startups during the peak 1999-2000 technology boom.

According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, a leading indicator of new-business creation in the United States, the number of new businesses created during the 2007–2009 recession years increased steadily year to year. In 2009, the 340 out of 100,000 adults who started businesses each month represent a 4 percent increase over 2008, or 27,000 more starts per month than in 2008 and 60,000 more starts per month than in 2007.

Plan B: Skip College

A small but influential group of economists and educators is pushing another pathway: for some students, no college at all. It’s time, they say, to develop credible alternatives for students unlikely to be successful pursuing a higher degree, or who may not be ready to do so.

The over 40 set turns to entrepreneurship

A survey by the nonprofit Global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey for Babson College and Baruch College found that entrepreneurship for Americans age 44 and up surged 8% from 2007 to 2008. Entrepreneurship for people 18-24, on the other hand, dropped 4%.

The 8 best VC questions to an entrepreneur

Raising venture capital can be both exhilarating and a thought-provoking experience.  Glen Kelman, the CEO of Redfin, an online real estate brokerage startup, weighs in on the best eight questions he was asked while raising his last venture round.  A very good read and questions we should all be asking ourselves in our ventures.

Despite short-term improvement, VC 10-year index goes negative

It’s finally happened: the venture industry’s 10-year index has turned negative.

Cambridge Associates and the National Venture Capital Association released the data today, pegging 10-year venture capital returns at minus-0.9% as of December.