It's a tough time to leave school and start a business, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did his best on May 6 to make a hall full of Stanford University students feel better about their future, Reuters reports. Funding is in short supply, he acknowledged, but there's still money out there for startups with smart ideas. "I don't think the contraction will be strong enough that really big ideas aren't going to get funding," Ballmer said. But he had to admit that things are grim. "It really is a tough, tough, tough environment, there's no question about it," he said,...

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