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Entrepreneurs in the Academy: the Role of Entrepreneurship in Engineering Education at Research Universities

// Trevor Loy

July 23, 2014 -

Nearly twenty years ago, Dr. Tom Byers came to Stanford University with an audacious idea.  He believed that entrepreneurship education ought to be a fundamental part of the curriculum for every student in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Moreover, he argued that rigorous scholarly research on the entrepreneurial process should be a fundamental part of the broader academic mission of a research university.  To drive these ideas, he founded the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), and was joined a few years later by STVP Executive Director Tina Seelig.  

 

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Q2 2014 Venture Exits Update

// Wiley Becker

July 23, 2014 - There were 97 US venture backed M&A transactions in Q2 2014 with $3.3B in disclosed deal value according to the Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and the NVCA.  Disclosed deal value on a rolling four quarter basis fell by 5% in spite of an 11% increase in the number of deals disclosed.  Consequently, the average M&A deal size fell 14% on a rolling four quarter basis to $174.4MM.  However, disclosed deal value depends highly on the composition of deals disclosed.  According to PitchBook, the median deal size is $150MM through Q2 2014 of 306 venture backed M&A exits globally (PitchBook Data, Inc. 2014).  Additionally, ten M&A exits have closed in 2014 at greater than $500MM valuations, while another 50 have closed in the $100-500MM range.
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Best Practices for Establishing Your Client Services Team

// Kurt Ruesch

June 25, 2014 - Kurt Ruesch, Square 1 Bank Founder and Director of Client Services, offers quick thoughts and tips on establishing a client services team and fostering your service culture.
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Managing the Little Things

// Zack Mansfield

June 25, 2014 - The role of a startup’s CEO is one which requires an insane amount of multi-tasking and focus.  One day you might be hammering out the intricacies of your product or having a customer conversation to validate product/market fit.  Then the next you’re taking meetings with insurance guys to make sure you have the right policies in place to protect your business.  Oh yeah, you’re also responsible for raising the capital needed to grow and, more often than not, you’re doing some kind of sales too. 
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Creating Credible Startup Financials

// David Ehrenberg

June 11, 2014 - Hopefully this won’t come as a surprise to you…accurate financials are essential. Yep, they are. Credible startup financials are an invaluable tool for evaluating your company’s financial health and for business planning. They’re also crucial when you’re seeking funding.

Creating credible financials is a detailed process, but if you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way to satisfying even the most calculating investors.
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How FilterEasy Turned a Mistake into a Chance for Fandom

// Zack Mansfield

June 11, 2014 -

Ever had a poor experience with a new supplier and vowed to never use their service again?  We’ve all been there.  Learn how FilterEasy turned a disappointed customer into a fan for life through excellent customer service and commitment to make it right.

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