In Afghanistan, female entrepreneurs told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry they’re worried that conditions for women will deteriorate once U.S. troops leave the country, Matthew Lee reports. [Associated Press]
Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation, wants small businesses to assert an independent voice in U.S. politics to reduce corporate influence in Washington. [Washington Post]
Ryan Chittum criticizes an Op-Ed by Andreessen Horowitz managing partner Scott Kupor that argues looser IPO rules would combat wealth inequality. [Columbia Journalism Review]
Julie Weed follows up in an interview with Rachel Shein, a bakery owner Weed profiled last week. Shein is deciding whether to offer health insurance, pay penalties, or reduce head count once the Affordable Care Act takes effect. [New York Times]
Luke Timmerman writes that biotech VCs are going into investments on their own, forsaking the syndicate investment strategy that once dominated the field. [Xconomy]
First Round Capital partner Phin Barnes describes his firm’s Dorm Room Fund, which helps collegiate entrepreneurs develop their business ideas without dropping out of school (video). [Bloomberg Television]
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