It’s a Fabulous Time to Start a Business

From the body of an e-mail from the organizers of CVG’s LiveFire! ™, subject line:  "Working on companies to choose…  Not done yet!":

"It's a fabulous time to start a business!"

The organizers included a link to The's LinkedIn diverts Reid Hoffman.

We quote from the post:

"It's a great time to start a company," said Hoffman, an early investor in Facebook, Digg and Technorati, among others. Certainly, it's much tougher to raise money, but "the opportunity to get talent, have a long runway, et cetera, et cetera, is good."


Jim Flowers, director of VT KnowledgeWorks argues the same in 2009 – the year of the entrepreneur is at hand.


From Anne Giles Clelland:  Ooh, they haven't chosen yet!  Will I be picked?!


The inaugural VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Things could get dramatic.

During the CVG’s LiveFire! ™ session in the afternoon of the Summit, five companies selected as pitch-worthy by the Charlottesville Venture Group (CVG), in affiliation with the Virginia Active Angels Network (VAAN), will pitch in public, answer questions in public, listen to the angel investors express pros – and cons – in public, right there in front of an auditorium full of 100 silent, scrutinizing audience members.

Jim Flowers terms it "American Idol" for business.

The auditorium of 100 seats is filling.  If you don't want to miss "American Idol" for business, you might want to register now.

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