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US Business Startup Activity

Los Angeles leads nation in entrepreneurial activity 543,000 StartUps a month, 6.5 million a year now in USA Expected to double to over 1 million a month with Crowdfunding, IPO Fixes and Entrepreneurs Health Insurance Laws in place. ...
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A NEW WAY IS NEEDED! Number of Angel Investors Declining

MINNEAPOLIS — They're risk-takers, putting thousands of their own dollars into unproven ideas for the thrill of turning startups into successful businesses. Called angel investors, these wealthy individuals are the financial saviors who step in after entrepreneurs have raised all the cash they can from friends and family. The problem is, there aren't enough of them. Wealthy individuals who finance startups around the country are cutting back because the deals have gotten less attractive. Several investors said they can make the same or...
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Slew of new L.A. tech accelerators boosting start-up prospects

Internet start-ups pitch their products to investors at a demo day hosted by MuckerLab. The Santa Monica-based tech accelerator has become known for its deep Silicon Valley ties. (Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times / April 26, 2012)
By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles TimesMay 17, 2012
Tim Sae Koo had an idea for a tech start-up, but the first-time entrepreneur had no idea what to do next.In January, at the advice of a friend he joined the inaugural class of tech accelerator...
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Opportunity for women-led companies in the media/tech sector

Hello Friends, It's that time again- we are now recruiting women-led companies in the digital media/technology sector for Springboard: Media/Tech 2012. This program is about building relationships, not just raising capital. Priority application deadline June 5th. More info: www.springboardenterprises.org/forum. If you know women entrepreneurs leading companies in the digital media/technology sector who are or will be looking for an institutional round of funding in the near future, we would greatly appreciate if you would pass this along to them or let...
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A Financial Plan for the Truly Fed Up

The deck is stacked. The game is rigged. The system is unmanageable.
With each passing scandal, it gets a little bit harder to ignore this refrain from individuals who have had it with traditional financial services companies. Perhaps it’s because the unfortunate events seem to be happening with increasing frequency. This week, the funky trading programs at Knight Capital sent many stock prices scattering. While most individual investors were not hurt, the company, a major player in stock trading, is reeling. The breakdown...
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