How to bring more capital to entrepreneurs through small-business loans

Even with the recent passage of the JOBS act, there’s still a lot of debate in Washington D.C. on how best to spend taxpayers’ money to create jobs. Committee Chair Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced a bill earlier this year to increase the combined leverage capacity for affiliated Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program funds from $225 million to $350 million.

Big Data in the offline world: How data from brick-and-mortar stores trumps online analytics

The hottest megatrend in enterprise computing today is Big Data – the use of massive computational ability to solve problems that were previously unfathomable. According to August Capital partner David Hornik, “Big Data is not a thing in and of itself. Big Data is an enabler. Big Data is the realization that our world is now full of lots of data that can not be ignored.”

5 more tech deals that need to happen

Earlier this month, Microsoft made the deal of the year when it agreed to purchase enterprise social networking service Yammer. Meanwhile, the IPO market is dead after Facebook’s much-discussed botched issuance and subsequent valuation slide. Suddenly, going public is out, while getting bought is very in.

VentureBeat reflects on five years of the iPhone

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been five years since the iPhone first launched on June 29, 2007. Looking back at it now, it’s striking just how much Apple gave us a glimpse at the future — one with touchscreen smartphones just about everywhere, location services at our fingertips, and all of our media stuffed into our phones.

Relief for developers? Apple app downloads pick up in May while marketing costs dip

For much of this year, the number of downloads in the Apple App Store has dropped, and the cost of acquiring new users — the basic marketing that developers do in order to get people to buy apps or virtual goods — has been going up. But developers got a little relief in the month of May, according to indices tracked by mobile ad firm Fiksu.