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This Week’s Best Reading
Can Technology Start-Ups Save Our Economy?
The head of Y Combinator muses about the precarious state of the U.S. economy – and the role that investors like you play in its future. Read his post here.
The Story of a Start-Up That Could Have Made It… But Didn't
They had a universally-loved product, more than 5 million users, and were in acquisition talks with both Google and Amazon. Yet there was one thing they couldn't figure out, and it cost them everything. See what it was.
What Really Happens When a Company is Acquired?
Keenan Cummings' company, Days, was recently acquired by Yahoo! It sounds like the stuff dreams are made of, for founders and early investors alike, but there's often more to it. See what it's like from the inside.
5 Ways to Lose Money as an Angel Investor
Even if you’re awesome at finding and evaluating opportunities, if you fall victim to any of these pitfalls, you'll be leaving money on the table. What are they?
Reading Rainbow Breaks Kickstarter Record
With 105,000 people contributing more than $5.4 million, LeVar Burton's campaign to bring the iconic show back to classrooms around the world has become the most backed campaign in Kickstarter history. Take a look, it’s in a book.
Equity Crowdfunding IS The American Dream
Barry James of TheCrowdfunding Centre makes an impassioned Independence Day plea for the President to step in and put an end to the Title III dithering at the SEC. "We need to ensure that the vested interests who prefer the status quo step aside at last and allow ordinary people to participate." Read the entire open letter here.
A FitBit for the What Now?
One San Francisco based start-up is raising an ethical firestorm after turning to the Crowd to fund its… well let's say, niche… product. You gotta see this.
BlaBlaCar Raises $100 Million
Don't let the ridiculous name fool you. The French car sharing company just raised a merde-ton of dough, joining its American cousins like Uber and Lyft in the alternative transportation fund-for-all. Check it out.