from Shop Talk:

Cash for creative moms

May 3, 2010

At some point -- usually in the middle of the night during the umpteenth feeding/diaper change of their child's young life -- most parents think they have come up with the greatest idea EVER that could revolutionize baby and child care.

A VC’s perspective on healthcare investment

April 23, 2010

– Dr. Bijan Salehizadeh is a general partner at Highland Capital Partners and focuses on investments in medical device, healthcare services and healthcare information technology companies. The opinions expressed are his own. –

VCs invest in fewer startups

April 21, 2010

So far this year both the number and size of deals by venture capitalists are down over the final quarter of 2009.

Do U.S. VCs have visions of Canada gold?

March 10, 2010

Canada is leveling the playing field for VCs that want to do business north of the border, but a sudden influx of U.S. venture capital cash is not likely on the horizon.

The mother-in-law stress test

February 26, 2010

– Jeff Bussgang is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm in Boston. This post originally appeared on Bussgang’s blog www.seeingbothsides.com. The views expressed are his own. –

Getting word out, scale are obstacles for software startup

February 2, 2010

A couple years ago, while working for a large engineering consulting firm, Kristen Carney was hired to complete what she thought was a straightforward analysis: directly connect two roads that were currently joined by an intermediary road. More than 100 hours later and thousands of dollars over budget, a frustrated Carney felt there had to be an easier solution.

High-end water filters a tough sell

January 15, 2010

Manuel Desrochers and his sister, Noemie, are the founders of Aquaovo, a Montreal, Canada-based startup that designs unique water filters, aimed at reducing the environmental hazard from billions of plastic water bottles filling up landfills (see original story here).

Small Talk: Elephants and entrepreneurs

November 13, 2009

Mark Suster’s blog – “Both Sides of the Table” – has become a hotspot for people seeking an insider’s glimpse into the world of venture capital investing.

Angel investor makes a Mint

September 29, 2009

From right to left: Dave McClure with Rob Hayes and Mark Goines at TechCrunch50, courtesy of Dave McClure

Mobile gaming firm MegaPhone seeks funding in a recession

September 9, 2009

MegaPhoneImagine being in the middle of Times Square in downtown New York and using your cell phone to play a video game on a giant screen against the throng gathered there. MegaPhone, a digital advertising company launched in 2006, does just that, providing its clients a unique way of interacting with consumers.