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How AngelList’s Naval Ravikant Risked It All to Pull the Veil Back on VC

AngelList co-founder and CEO, Naval Ravikant, has accomplished a seemingly impossible mission that was inspired by being on the other side of a bad deal. He and co-founder Babak Nivi have tipped the scales back in the favor of the entrepreneur by pulling the veil back on the VC process on their breakthrough platform.

"I didn’t like how this system, and how these private markets are very inefficient and how entrepreneurs were at an information disadvantage." From doing battle in the boardrooms Silicon Valley to lobbying in the halls of Washington D.C, Ravikant has earned both the reputation of a dark horse and the respect of entrepreneurs.

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Create Collaborative Videos With Jumpcam

JumpCam is a free mobile app that makes it easy to create collaborative videos with friends and family. Collen Taylor takes a look at the Jumpcam app which lets groups of users share their video clips from the same events or topics.

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From 48 Cents in the Bank to Escape Velocity

When Shane Snow co-founded Contently a few years ago he had just 48 cents in his bank account. Fast forward to the end of 2011 and the startup was on track to clear over $1 million in revenue. 

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Why Bitcoin’s Future Is Bright

The digital currency Bitcoin is one of the hottest things to hit the tech world since the invention of the mobile app. This year, major investors have poured cash into Bitcoin startups, and the mainstream media finally began paying attention.

But its future is uncertain. Governments around the world are beginning to grapple with the implications of a decentralized currency. New regulations are being handed down that will change how some Bitcoin companies do business. And yet the total value of the Bitcoin market is still trending upward. There will never be more than 21 million bitcoins in existence, which means that demand alone will determine the currency’s value.

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Entrepreneurship in times of crisis

LAUNCH Ticker News Flash brought to you by Bing! Entrepreneur and angel investor Jason Calacanis shares tips for startups and founders about how to keep the business calm when a war breaks out, or a financial crisis looms. These big events can rattle markets, sometimes for years, and excessive worry can set it. Great companies can grow through a crisis. Here are some of the steps to make it happen. 

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What Do You Get After 14 Years Of Entrepreneurship?

Meet Nirav Tolia, the CEO of neighborhood social network Nextdoor, who shares his lessons about entrepreneurship and what it means starting early in life.

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Hitting It Against All Odds

At first glance, Tito Beveridge, the charismatic founder of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, appears to be an unlikely success story, possibly even a complete fluke. 

Beveridge tells Big Think he didn’t set out to build a big nationwide vodka company. He just set out “to meet some girls, write off my bar tab, and maybe make $1,200 a month.” So what’s the moral of this story? Beveridge did what he loved, followed his dream, and ended up beating the odds. Maybe his success is not such a fluke after all.

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Steve Case on Startups That Attract His Attention and What Kills a Deal

Many aspiring entrepreneurs think they have a big idea, but few truly are, says AOL co-founder Steve Case, who invests in startups through his venture-capital firm Revolution LLC.

"Most companies are not big ideas, they’re small ideas," Case says. "They’re just trying to do something in a modest sort of a way." What Case looks for when funding a startup is a team intent on executing a revolutionary idea, one that has the potential to be a big company.

In this video, Case outlines how a startup can capture his attention, as well as some of the most common red flags that almost always kill a deal.

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How to Break Into Ad Tech

With billions of dollars being spent on mobile advertising, startups that can help marketers target customers have nowhere to go but up. Yet, ad-tech entrepreneurs say it’s not the easiest of fields to work in. We talk to three modern day Mad Men — Vivek Sharma of Movable Ink, Erik Matlick of Madison Logic and Eric Wheeler of 33Across — about their best advice for starting up. 

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