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Marketplace Morning Report

Food delivery startup Munchery folds, leaving small businesses on the hook

by Sam Harnett Feb 19, 2019
In 2018, U.S. venture capital investment surpassed the 2000 dot-com peak for the first time. According to the financial data company PitchBook, investors put some $130 billion into thousands of U.S. companies. Many of these businesses will not make it,…
Three Babes Bakeshop employees at a bake sale protest outside of Sherpa Capital, one of the VC firms that invested in Munchery. 
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Investing while foreign-born: The advantages of being an immigrant venture capitalist

by Nina Roberts Dec 6, 2018
Immigrants comprise 13.2 percent of the U.S. population, yet 20.6 percent of the country’s entrepreneurs are immigrants, according to a 2016 report from the New American Economy.
Co-founders of One Way Venture in Boston, Semyon Dukach and Eveline Buchatskiy.
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Venture capitalism: Investing today in the companies of tomorrow

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Aug 29, 2018
"We are looking at companies and technology well before everyone else recognizes what it is and where it's going," Ann Miura-Ko says.
“You'll find actually great entrepreneurs out there ... who don't fit the exact profile that everyone believes is the great startup founder,” says Ann Miura-Ko, co-founding partner of Floodgate. Above, she speaks at the 2018 Makers Conference in Los Angeles.
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Melinda Gates: "Nobody actually collects good data about women's lives"

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, and Shaheen Ainpour Jun 7, 2018
“What gets measured is what gets done,” the longtime philanthropist says about investing in women.
Melinda Gates is trying to get more women and minorities in tech.
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HBO's Silicon Valley nails VC deal details

by Paddy Hirsch Apr 17, 2015
The show is the best explainer of how venture capital works anywhere on the web.
Actors Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Thomas Middleditch, Amanda Crew, Josh Brener, T.J. Miller and Martin Starr attend the Premiere of HBO's 'Silicon Valley'
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Blind spot: VC and minority business

by Molly Wood Apr 17, 2014
VCs are more likely to invest if executives are the ethnicity of investors.
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PODCAST: Depending on family

by David Brancaccio Feb 21, 2014
When starting a business, you don't always have to go to a bank to get money.

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Schools get into the start-up game

by Sally Herships Jun 25, 2013
It may sound tempting to drop out of school to start your start-up. But it may be even more tempting to stay in.

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