Thursday, April 20, 2006

LiveFire! Summary

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LiveFire! presenters, their businesses, and membership in Virginia entrepreneurial organizations.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

CVG LiveFire!

LanguageWorks and CharCones present their business plans to Charlottesville area investors and members of the Charlottesville Venture Group on April 18. The Virginia Active Angel Network evaluated the plans.

Brief presentations by 45Fix and OpSmart round out the event.
LiveFire sponsors include the UVA Virginia Gateway

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VentureOut in Richmond

The Venture Forum of Richmond will be at the Bull and Bear Club on April 21. This VentureOut evening is sponsored by Williams Mullen
Register with the Venture Forum .

Thursday, April 13, 2006

BGN Members Recognized

Dominion Digital, active member of both the Charlottesville Venture Group and the Venture Forum of Richmond, is a finalist for the Greater Richmond Technology Council's IT Builder's Award.

McGuireWoods, also an active member of both organizations, is a finalist for the Technology Skill Builder Award.

Awards will be announced in May at the Annual Awards Gala.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Asymmetrical Competition

Josh Kopelman of Philadelphia has sparked a lively debate on asymmetrical competition on Redeye VC

Tim O'Reilly continues the discussion on O'Reilly Radar, noting that "While there are a lot of "build it and they will come" success stories, where the business model wasn't visible till long after the company became successful, there are also lots of opportunities that are defined by bringing new technologies (and with them new efficiences and user benefits) to existing markets. This is a post that every internet entrepreneur should read."

See our earlier post, Death by Smiley Face

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Red Herring 100 North America Finalists

Red Herring has announced the 200 finalists for the Red Herring 100 North America, as part of their tradition of recognizing new and innovative technology firms and their entrepreneurial founders. "Nominees are rigidly evaluated on criteria such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their ecosystem. "

The two Virginia contenders are Sun Rocket and mPortal. Both companies are located in Vienna, Virginia

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Sustainable Management Dictionary

A new Dictionary of Sustainable Management is available from Presidio School of Management . Their definition of Social Entrepreneurship follows:

The act of creating, organizing and managing an income-earning venture to serve an explicit social purpose. The primary mission of a socially entrepreneurial organization is to create value that benefits the health and well-being of individuals, society, or the natural environment, rather than to create wealth for shareholders. Social entrepreneurs draw upon principles and best practices developed in both the traditional business and non-profit worlds. Venture philanthropists and social venture funds are often sources of financial support for social entrepreneurs.

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Blog Terms from Wikipedia

Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion (April 7, 2006) points to Wikipedia for blog terms.


A blog focusing on commentary about the law, generally written by a law professor, law student, or lawyer. A portmanteau of "blog" and "law."

A blog entry consisting of a request to the readers, such as for information or contributions. A portmanteau of "blog" and "beg". Also called "Lazyweb."

Blog carnival (For example, the Carnival links on this sidebar)
A blog article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.

All blogs, or the blogging community. Also called blogistan or, more rarely, blogspace.

Blog site
The web location (URL) of a blog, which may be either a dedicated domain, a sub-domain, or embedded within a web site

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

State Business Tax Climate Index

The 2006 Tax Foundation State Business Tax Climate Index has been released.
A link to the report is available at the Carnival of Entrepreneurship #9

The Commonwealth of Virginia ranks 19th on this particular index.

Peter Fisher's 2005 report, Grading Places, published by the Economic Policy Institute, evaluates this and other indices of state business climates.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

F2C Conference - ongoing

UPDATE: go to pulvermedia for live chat during the event.

Martin Geddes speech on Network Neutrality is already available at Telepocalypse (link updated)

Michael Powell's presentation and others are available at IPDemocracy

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Death by Smiley Face

Tim O'Reilly comments on Richard Siklos's article, Death by Smiley Face at O'Reilly Radar in his post on Purpose-Driven Media, which includes links to the original NY Times article.
April 02, 2006

"Business theorists have started to grasp the risks to established businesses of asymmetric competition. ... sometimes companies are competing with rivals whose different business model transforms the nature of the conflict."

According to the NY Times "These are new-media ventures that leave the competition scratching their heads because they don't really aim to compete in the first place; their creators are merely taking advantage of the economics of the online medium to do something that they feel good about. They would certainly like to cover their costs and maybe make a buck or two, but really, they're not in it for the money. By purely commercial measures, they are illogical. ... they would represent the kind of terror that might keep you up at night: death by smiley face.""

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