Study: Free Stuff Won’t Convince Bloggers To Write About Your Startup

How-To-Get-Free-Stuff-As-A-Blogger Once upon a time a startup sent me a full gasoline can full of coffee beans. These beans, once infused by the malodorous fumes of the plastic container, were useless. The can, which was fairly small, was never used and eventually recycled. In the end, a PR company probably charged a startup $10,000 to send me and about 200 other bloggers trash. The pitch was memorable in itself but I cannot… Read More

Immigration

I was reminded of how immigration policy affects all parts of the economy while reading Fare is Fair, one of my favorite columns in The L Magazine that's a collection of quotes from those most in the know in NYC: the cabbies.

A number of our past guests on Venture Voice are immigrants. How does the immigration policy affect entrepreneurship in the US?

Immigration

I was reminded of how immigration policy affects all parts of the economy while reading Fare is Fair, one of my favorite columns in The L Magazine that's a collection of quotes from those most in the know in NYC: the cabbies.

A number of our past guests on Venture Voice are immigrants. How does the immigration policy affect entrepreneurship in the US?

Jazz

Jazz has undergone the ultimate irony. Born in New Orleans, Jazz was once deplored by the music establishment and academia as modern day rap is now considered offensive by ears accustomed to Beethoven. It was the devil's music. Now it's hard to find an article about it in anything other than media outlets aimed at upscale audiences. The New York Times just printed an article titled Jazz Is Alive and Well. In the Classroom, Anyway.

Wharton: “Where Entrepreneurship Comes to Die”

We've covered the ongoing debate over "teaching" entrepreneurship. Now we have a report from the front lines.

Ravi Mishra, a University of Pennsylvania junior double majoring in engineering and business who still describes his location as "Silicon Valley, California", writes a blog post titled Where Entrepreneurship Comes to Die.

He tears apart his fellow b-schoolers' business ideas with an entertaining vengeance usually only seen in a venture capitalist (I wonder what he scored on the VCAT), which includes building the craigslist for college students (as if craigslist isn't the craigslist for college students) and a plan to bring the campus meal plan off campus.

Yet Ravi doesn't lay all the blame on his Ivy compatriots. He says of the class:

The VCAT (Venture Capital Aptitude Test)

Would be law students have their LSAT, medical schoolers have their MCAT, and MBAs have their GMAT. Why should aspiring venture capitalists be left out of the fun of proving their self worth in a quick test?

Past Venture Voice guest Guy Kawasaki announced in his blog today that he's developed the VCAT (Venture Capital Aptitude Test).

Anyone who's just dropped $100k and two years of their life on an MBA will be loathe to learn that their degree will cost them 5 points. And just when you thought you'd seen your last aptitude test!

On the other hand, Guy might be viewing freshly minted VC analysts with a glass-half-empty mentality. The wise anonymous blogger at Going Private points out that the VC gigs might save the world of more management consultants. She writes "For the small gift of just $175,000 per year and a reasonable carry, you can save an MBA from the horror of Booz Allen. That's less than $480.00 per day." Do your part today at Dan Primack's 4th Annual Internship Drive.