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With few female angel investors, signs of change

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In the traditionally male world of angel investing, Ed Reitler is used to having his voice heard. A partner in Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC of New York City, he’s also the founder of the ARC Angel Fund, a New York-based investing launched in 2010. So when he says that it’s “incredibly important” to develop female angel investors because “they are crucial to ensuring the funding of a more diverse group of companies,” you’d hope his male counterparts would take notice.

After all, Reitler’s got a point. A 2006 report by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation on women and angel investing concluded that “women entrepreneurs gravitate to women angels,” and that those benefactors “look at more women’s start-up businesses than some of the more traditional [male] groups do.”

That also explains why Reiter serves as a male mentor to the Pipeline Fellowship, a group that trains women to become angel investors through education, mentoring and practice. Its young founder and CEO, Natalia Oberti Noguera, is a lady on a mission: to change the lopsided ratio of male-to-female angel investors, and get female angels involved in finding and supporting female entrepreneurs.

In a new report from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, author Jeffrey Sohl outlines how women represent just 12 percent of all angel investors, and women-owned ventures account for 12 percent of entrepreneurs seeking angel capital. Of these ventures, about one in four received angel investment during the first two quarters on 2011.

Secrets of wealthy whiz kids: How to make a million by 21

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Earlier this month, Reuters Money featured a story with advice on how to get on the road to Millionaire Row. But what if you’re in a hurry, like so many multi-tasking teens of the 21st Century? What if your goal is to make that million by the time you turn 21? Can it be done?

The answer is yes, if you take the fast lane as an entrepreneur on steroids — something common to the four millionaires we polled for this follow-up. Three made it to the seven-digit milestone by 21; the fourth reached it when he turned 24. Here, those wealthy whiz kids past and present share the secrets that contributed to the fortunes they made.

I’ve fallen and I can’t Tweet: New tech solutions to elder care

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An emergency stop button in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska March 19, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucas JacksonIt’s rare to find a person over 20 in the U.S. who’s not familiar with the expression “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

The phrase is used in an ongoing, decades-old advertisement from Life Alert Emergency Response, a company founded in 1987 that hasn’t really altered its phone-based, 24-hour emergency help for older folks. The service is still accessible via a button on a lanyard worn around the neck or on a wristband.