Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneur’

January 12 2012
by John Backus

Re-Inventing Education for the 21st Century

The Internet is staring down the College Cartel. And the Internet will win. College costs cannot continue to rise at three times the rate of inflation, as they have for the last thirty-five years. My friend Jack Biddle, co-founder of VC firm Novak Biddle, and an early pioneer in online education companies (Blackboard, 2Tor, Fidelis ...

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January 11 2012
by John Backus

Part 2 – Busting up the College Cartel

In my last piece, I pointed out how for more than a generation – 35 years and counting – that the costs of attending college have increased at three times the rate of inflation – almost twice the rate that health care costs have increased over the same period. Yet our children are receiving the ...

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February 1 2011
by John Backus

Startup America: Where’s the Beef?

At age 84, Wendy’s pitchwoman Clara Peller introduced Americans to the phrase, “Where’s the beef?” As I read the much-hyped announcement from the Obama Administration about Startup America, I felt as if I was channeling Clara Peller. Where’s the beef, I ask? I love entrepreneurs. At New Atlantic Ventures we see entrepreneurs every day who ...

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January 21 2011
by John Backus

There’s a Slide For That!

The purpose of this blog post is to help entrepreneurs avoid looking “canned” when they pitch VCs.  Every entrepreneur is passionate about their business, and a pitch to a VC is an important moment in the life of most startups.  I hope that this post helps entrepreneurs see their pitches through our eyes – and ...

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