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Hundreds of startup ideas flow over Jason Green’s desk everyday.
With more than 15 years of venture-capital experience under his belt and as the founder of tech-investment firm Emergence Capital, he’s seen the good, bad and ugly — and knows what it takes to launch and grow a successful enterprise.
Green is passionate about helping young people get out of the gate. “I believe unleashing the potential of great entrepreneurs is one of the most powerful ways to change the world for the better,” he says.
The San Mateo, Calif-based Emergence, which invests exclusively in early- and growth-stage tech companies, manages $575 million across three funds and is actively seeking new investment opportunities. Green has led early investments that became market-leading public companies like SuccessFactors, DoubleClick and Ask Jeeves.
He’s also on the boards of the National Venture Capital Association and the Center for Venture Education’s Kauffman Fellows Program, a leading educational fellowship in venture capital. Upon graduating from Harvard Business School, Green was selected for the Charles Williams Fellowship for post-graduate research in entrepreneurship and finance.
For this month only, Green is eager to tackle your burning-business questions each week. Feel free to ask small-business related questions, including queries about pitching investors, startup finance and business planning.
Submit your questions in the comments section below and those with the most likes from other readers will be answered. On Twitter, use the hashtag #YEask. Please include your first and last name, your location (city and state) and the name of your business in your comment.