Microsoft Funds Small Business Lobby, the Royal Baby Brand, Made in USA Underwear: July 17

Microsoft Funds Small Business Lobby, the Royal Baby Brand, Made in USA Underwear: July 17
A daily roundup of the most compelling stories about small business and entrepreneurship (Illustration by Andr?? da Loba)
Illustration by André da Loba

Venture capitalists and art dealers are similarly averse to falling valuations, writes Felix Salmon. [Reuters]

Microsoft has been giving millions of dollars to a lobbying group “focused on the needs of small business innovators,” reports Adam Wollner. The group, called the Association for Competitive Technology, has been pressing for immigration reform. [Center for Public Integrity]

Apartment-letting marketplace Airbnb has created a team of 50 investigators to look into customer complaints, writes Liz Gannes. Maintaining trust is especially crucial for companies working in the sharing economy. [AllThingsD]

British retailers are marketing tea biscuits, iPhone covers, potty chairs, and more in anticipation of the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s baby, according to Alanna Petroff. [CNN Money]

Flint & Tinder Chief Executive Officer Jake Bronstein says he can make better men’s underwear by manufacturing in the U.S. (video). [CNBC]

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