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Isaacson sees New Orleans in its third wave of entrepreneurship

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By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
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on March 18, 2013 at 7:14 PM, updated March 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

The 300-year sweep of New Orleans history includes three major surges inentrepreneurship, with the city now in the midst of the third one, said Walter Isaacson, the best-selling author and New Orleans native, on Monday. He spoke at Gallier Hall for the opening the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week festival of start-ups.

An era from the founding of the city, when boosters for New Orleans sought to recruit people from an unusual mix of cultures, […]

Friends & Family Investors

A good read from Forbes.com, written by former VXG client Mitch Free.  -Chris Mangum

4/22/2013 @ 4:18PM | Forbes.com

Entrepreneurs: If You Love Your Family, Don’t Let Them Invest in Your Startup

When an entrepreneur is starting a new business they usually do not have the cash to fund the startup purely by themselves and will therefor need to find investors.  They often think of turning to family and friends for the initial funding, as it is sometimes easier to raise money from them than through other avenues.  Your family thinks you hung the moon and your friends trust you. They know what […]

Thoughts about Angel Lunches/Dinners

As someone who has attended my fair share of these angel events with clients, for our own companies and as guests, here are some of the lessons learned and some thoughts about these events.

Paying to Present

I am typically not a fan of paying to access the organizer’s network without getting much other benefit.  I understand these organizers have bills to pay, but I have not seen many deals getting done out of these groups which fit the profile of the companies with which we work.

If you think it may be worthwhile to pay for one of these meetings, make […]

Changes to the U.S. Patent System

Why Filing a Patent Just Got More Complicated For Startups (Opinion)

BY SCOTT SHANE | April 17, 2013 | Entrepreneur Magazine

 The major provisions of the America Invents Act — which made the most substantial changes to the U.S. patent system in the last 50 years — came into effect on March 16, dramatically changing the U.S. system for protecting intellectual property.

The Obama administration claims the new law will benefit small businesses by speeding up the patent application process and improving patent quality. While some of the new law’s provisions will undoubtedly help small business owners, I’m not sure the changes to the patent system will help entrepreneurs on balance.

For those […]