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Upstart.com aims to be a Kickstarter for college grads

Rather than invest in a company or product, why not invest in a person? Founders of Palo Alto-based Upstart have come up with a system where backers fund people based on their potential.

By April 29, 2013


Upstart.com: A kind of Kickstarter for college grads

In this tough job market, one Silicon Valley startup wants to give recent graduates money so they're not looking for jobs, instead they're creating jobs. As CNET's Sumi Das explains, the idea behind Upstart.com is for investors to invest in a person instead of a company.

By April 29, 2013


Fox sues upstart TV streaming service BarryDriller.com

The network claims the Aereo copycat is violating its copyrights by retransmitting the programming on one of its affiliates.

By August 12, 2012


Solyndra's burnout burdens other solar upstarts

The political uproar over failed solar company Solyndra risks eroding support for valuable clean-energy technology programs and could starve promising solar companies of financing.

By September 21, 2011


Solar upstart BrightSource Energy files to go public

The utility-scale solar thermal company seek to raise $250 million from IPO, testing the investors' appetite for its technology and risks in developing projects.

By April 25, 2011


Demo confab holds its own against upstart rivals

As Demo Spring 2011 kicks off today, the old stalwart of the start-up conference circuit looks as strong as ever. But with new efforts from Michael Arrington and Jason Calacanis elbowing in, can Demo survive?

By February 28, 2011


Solar upstart Solyndra mothballs IPO plans

The California venture, which secured a federal loan to build a factory, is scrapping its public offering in favor of a $175 million private placement through existing investors.

By June 18, 2010


Five upstart electric cars

CNET Car Tech looks at five electric cars that compete with the established automotive companies.

By April 20, 2010


Five upstart electric cars (photos)

With the move to electric cars, new companies are taking advantage of this unique time in the automotive industry to take on the big boys. We found five new electric cars that are or will be drivable on all U.S. roads.

5 Images By April 20, 2010


Solyndra auditors cast doubt over solar upstart

A financial audit casts doubt over the company's financial picture, which could make it harder for Solyndra to raise money by going public as planned.

By April 2, 2010