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Morningstar’s winning fund managers of 2015

Morningstar announced the winners of its 2015 fund manager of the year awards on Tuesday. While the investment research firm selected those who showcased excellent investment skills, the committee doesn’t only look at 2015’s best-performing funds. “One of the secrets to success in 2015 was conservatism,” Jon Hale told CNBC&#...
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As funding slows, what’s a start-up to do?

Technology entrepreneurs hoping to snag funds must be prepared to tweak their business models or better still, find a unique advantage, warned top investment gurus at Singapore’s EmTech Asia conference. Start-up funding is on the wane following a boom ye...
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Venture capital: It’s not all gloom and doom in 2016

As I predicted last year, online education continued to gain momentum. A record $1.6 billion of investment was poured into education technology across 161 companies in just the first half of 2015. On the other hand, Internet of Things software platforms and se...
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Venture capital confidence rebounds in Q4

Start-up investors are feeling a little more hopeful after a rough year, as valuations shake out in Silicon Valley, according to research released Thursday. Confidence among Bay Area venture capitalists hit 3.59 on a scale from 1 to 5 in the fourth quarter of ...
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Nas is like…half man, half venture capitalist

In the world of hip-hop, rappers turned businessmen — Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson being the most recognizable names — have become fairly commonplace. Nowadays, most artists ha...
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thredUP turns old clothes into cool cash

If your closets are stuffed but your wallet’s too thin, a startup calledthredUPis taking the hassle out of consignment with free pickup service. “I started this business because I had a closet full of shirts I didn’t wear and it was inconveni...
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Angel pet peeves: Avoid these things in a pitch

Was that a groan you just heard in the audience while presenting? A snicker, perhaps? Or maybe you just sensed that you lost credibility in some way. You’ve worked so hard on your business and conveying the opportunity to potential investors is so import...
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A better on-demand model: On-the-go office manager

The company was initially a tech-support business that helped consumers with technical issues — similar to Geek Squad — but soon realized that it was too focused on the wrong opportunity: It could make more money by focusing on the business-to-business (B2...
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2015’s IPO slowdown by the numbers

Just how bad was the IPO freeze of 2015? Public offerings were fewer and smaller, new data confirmed Tuesday. Only 51 IPOs priced in the second half of 2015, the smallest batch since 2012, according to Proskauer’s Capital Market Group 2016 IPO study. Not...
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Food brands move to stave off decline, outmaneuver start-ups

Historically large brand name products in the supermarket have commanded more demand and higher costs. Those days, however, may be numbered. Analysts say that as more upstarts get into the game, major food conglomerates are reacting in ways that suggest their ...
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