Afghan Entrepreneurs Fear Transition, an Independent Small Business Lobby, Dorm Room VCs: March 27

Illustration by André da Loba

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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