The odd origins of common start-up words

August 28, 2012

Entrepreneurs talk often of bootstrapped businesses, venture capital and burn rates — but have you ever stopped to wonder where these phrases originated?

Have you ever considered where all the silicon is in that valley or who made “disruption” a celebrated accomplishment in technology circles? Did you know that angel investors were first found on Broadway or that elevator pitches have their roots in Hollywood?

We traced the history behind these and other common start-up words and phrases. Check out their peculiar pasts in the slideshow above, and let us know if there are others you’re curious about in the comments below.

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J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he runs the On Small Business blog.
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