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Yahoo Saves Greendale in ‘Community’ Rescue

"Yahoo continues to look for a way to provide significant value through its portal after ceding the dominant search role to Google," said Andrea Belz, assistant professor of clinical entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School of Business. "By offering original content to a ...

eBay Board Pumps Up Volume in PayPal Clash

"Traditionally governance has been difficult to explain to individual shareholders, but they do understand -- and will be dismayed by -- allegations of insiders enriching themselves at the expense of ordinary investors, as well as allegations that competitors benefit from inside information," Andrea Belz, principal of Belz Consulting Group, told the E-Commerce Times...

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Props to Intellectual Property

What is the real value of intellectual property in the United States? ...

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Closing the Tech Ed Gap: Earning a Degree in Employability

The current brouhaha over the ...

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Venture Capital Today: Recycle Your Sock Puppet

If your friendly sock puppet is made of recyclable materials, use it now to write a check! The Internet boom is back, but in an interesting new-millennium twist, it is followed closely by the clean technology sector. ...

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Cloud University

How do you e-pledge a sorority? We may soon find out. The world of higher education is changing rapidly, with the number of college students taking face-to-face classes expected to fall from more than 14 million in 2010 to only 4 million in 2015, making it level with the number of online students. ...

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Seed the Cloud

Turn on an episode of Seinfeld and return with me to the 1990s! This summer the National Venture Capital Association released results for the second quarter of this year, showing that US$7.5 billion was invested in 966 deals. This represented an increase of 19 percent in dollars and deals over the first quarter and continues a trend of larger deal sizes relative to 2010...

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NASA: From Kennedy to the Ming Dynasty

The final voyage of NASA's space shuttle program represents the biggest collapse of a national exploration program since China turned inward after the remarkable 15th century voyages of Chinese Admiral Zheng He. ...

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STEMming the Tide

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently announced that the list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees qualifying for extended visas has been expanded to include drug design, mathematics and computer sciences, and other disciplines. This means foreign students can remain in the U.S. for up to 17 months on an extended training program...

Amazon Shoppers Becoming E-Bookworms

Other hints can be found in the larger publishing industry, said Andrea Belz, president of Belz Commercialization Consulting Group. "The Amazon announcement is consistent with first-quarter results from trade associations showing that all publishers have seen a tremendous inc...

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The Googleist Reformation

Just as Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses transformed Christianity, Google's simple text box is transforming marketing -- from top to bottom. ...

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A Patented Method to Create Jobs

As the U.S. begins to limp through another anemic year economically, we see more government regulation hampering innovation -- this time engineered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) through its new fast-track process. ...

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Bubbles 101

When we think about financial bubbles, we typically recall the recent run-up in house prices or the dot-com craze of the late 1990s (and some think of the 17th century tulip bubble). We might define "bubbles" as sharp price increases for an asset without supporting increases in the intrinsic value or other fundamental financial characteristics. Another defining feature: You can't see a bubble until it pops...

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Taxed

Previously in this space, I've discussed the collapse of the venture industry since the bloodbath began with the collapse of two Bear Stearns funds. While publicly traded stocks have been hammered, the private market is undergoing its own painful restructuring. As of the first quarter of this year, available venture capital had collapsed to 2003 levels, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study. ...

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Check, Please!

So, you're an entrepreneur with a great idea? ...

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American Competitiveness: Forfeit or Win?

On September 9, President Obama named Ron Bloom, a veteran of Wall Street and the labor movement, to be the new special adviser on manufacturing. As manufacturing represents an 11 percent share of the GDP, down from 30 percent in the 1950s, presumably the hope is that a Manufacturing Czar will be able to reverse this trend. ...

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Plug-and-Play State of Mind

Young folk under 30 may not remember this, but years ago "plug and play" referred to hardware installation for computers. As the information revolution penetrated American households, consumers demanded setup procedures that did not require an advanced degree in computer science. Today, this process is standard for almost all hardware ...

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No A’s for Effort in Venture Capital

Two weeks ago, I described how universities are encroaching on the space of traditional venture capitalists, initiating small funds to commercialize their own research. Their deal flow, driven by internal entrepreneurs, should move at a healthy clip, because the lousy returns of the last 10 years will force many mid-tier venture funds out of business. ...

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Is Venture Capital an Academic Pursuit?

Venture capitalists style themselves as the stewards of entrepreneurship, offering cash (and supposedly expertise) to young Edisons seeking both fame and fortune. Stunning returns for early investments in companies like Google (reportedly each dollar invested returned US$10,000) kept the dream alive for egocentric investors and entrepreneurs alike...

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Patently Obvious Innovation

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office proposed a new three-track system to expedite filings rather than maintain the standard first-come, first-served basis. This move comes in response to the average review time soaring to nearly 35 months last year from an average of 27 months as recently as 2003. ...

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