Tagged: upstart

Selling Their Futures: College Grads Promise a Slice of Their Future Income for Cash Now

The start of Nathan Sharp’s story sounds familiar: In 2012, he found himself graduating from Dartmouth College with an MBA and $100,000 in student debt. But rather than take whatever job would help him make his monthly payments, the entrepreneurial-minded Sharp took $50,000 from backers using… Read More

Backers invest in people, not businesses through ‘Upstart’

Like many early-stage entrepreneurs, Shefali Friesen poured all her personal savings into her start-up, a mobile service for adding bits of music evoking emotions to text messages. As she worked toward her graduate degree in music at New York University, Friesen felt neither the start-up… Read More

Young entrepreneur crowdfunding site Upstart expands to Boston area universities

Upstart, a Silicon Valley startup led by Massachusetts native and former Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) executive Dave Girouard, has extended its crowdfunding site for young entrepreneurs to students and recent alumni of five Boston area universities. The Upstart site, which launched in August, allows entrepreneurs to… Read More

‘Crowdfunding’ College Costs

Is a college education a good investment? Warren Buffett has often quipped, before audiences of business-school students, that he would pay $100,000 for 10% of a student’s future earnings. One new website, Upstart (www.upstart.com), allows some of us to make a similar move. “Accredited investors”—generally,… Read More

Upstart funds promising student startups — and not just in tech

Former Google exec David Girouard’s Upstart wants to match promising, not-necessarily-techie college entrepreneurs with backers and mentors. The goal is to fuel the creation of a new generation of startups that would otherwise never see the light of day.

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