Perspectives: The women’s economy starts here

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By Michelle Patterson, Global Women Foundation and The California Women’s Conference For the first time in this nation’s history, women are now the majority of the workforce—and what a force that is. As the number of entrepreneurial women rises, it is clear that this country’s economy can begin to … [Read more...]

Crowdfunding the triple bottom line: With a successful Indiegogo campaign completed, Social Venture Network seeks to increase diversity among socially-conscious entrepreneurs

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By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat editor By now, crowdfunding has been used to jumpstart a substantial number of ventures, non-profit initiatives and personal causes. But one Ingiegogo campaign in particular caught my attention recently because of its unique and important focus on increasing … [Read more...]

With more direct involvement with student- and faculty-initiated ventures, the UCLA VC fund seeks to build a strong startup eco-system akin to Stanford and Berkeley

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By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat editor Universities like Stanford, Berkeley, and MIT have long been associated with strong startup ecosystems. Stanford no doubt has an unfair advantage because of its proximity to Silicon Valley, but it and its rival cross-town rival UC Berkeley have clearly and … [Read more...]

Seniors: The next big market for startups?

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By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor The AARP has sent the call for applications for its third annual AARP Health Innovation@50 + LivePitch. The event is relatively unique because of its focus on the 50-plus market, one that is generally underserved by startups, especially technology startups. … [Read more...]

The best of the hardware startups at CES 2014

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This year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) yielded a good number of hardware startup debuts and new product announcements—a positive development at a show that in years’ past has been mainly focused on innovations from well-established incumbents. Here are my picks for the top three new startup … [Read more...]

CES envy? The best places to catch up online

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By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor Feeling like you’re missing something by not attending CES? I can relate. While there was too little focus on early-stage startups for me to justify the trip to Vegas to cover the show, it still is the center of the tech business world this week, with … [Read more...]

The 5 most thought-provoking guest columns of 2013

By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor Yes, it’s the time of year when we all look back and reflect on the past 363 days. While I’m not a fan of the ‘listicle’ (articles that are little more than a list), we’ve been fortunate this year to have featured a number of excellent guest columns on … [Read more...]

DEMO Fall roundup: Making the road safer for motorcyclists, changing the email attachment paradigm, and Google Glass in the operating room


By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor Last week, I provided a brief round-up of my experience at the DEMO Fall show in Silicon Valley, and highlighted three of the companies that stood out most to me after the first day. Even though some in the technology media in particular pan the show, the … [Read more...]

A day at DEMO: Ditching the pager, the credit card, and the password

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By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor I’m at the DEMO Fall conference in Silicon Valley this week. The show is a platform for new technology startups to launch before a tech- and startup-savvy audience. For those unfamiliar with the long-running gathering, the premise is that a group of about … [Read more...]

In search of the early-stage startup, and why it’s important

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By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor I have plans for a number of what I hope will be exciting new additions to StartUp Beat coming up between now and the end of the year; so I thought I’d delve into what is, essentially, the central question behind the site’s existence: What is an early-stage … [Read more...]