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  • Email Is Lazy Communication

    Babbling VC
    Paul Jozefak
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    Don't believe in email. No, don't use it at all! It's the easiest Form of communication but also the easiest way to go unnoticed. If at all, you'll be responded to at the receiver's pace and that hardly ever matches yours.  Everyone I work with hears me stress the importance of phone calls. There's nothing better than getting someone on the line. Further, if you don't get them on the phone, find something other than email. Yes, there are better options.  You know what everyone reads? WhatsApp or iMessage/SMS! Why? Because it could be the wife/husband, the kid, a close friend or a…
  • Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Respected More Than Loved

    Both Sides of the Table
    Mark Suster
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    One of the vivid memories I have from being a startup CEO is the feeling that most people in your company have a look in their eyes that like they can do your job as well as you. How hard could it be? You just assign out tasks to all of us. In the early days the CEO is the jack-of-all-trades, doer-of-all, famously the “chief janitor” or coffee maker. But if you level up, raise capital and grow customers, revenue and staff – life changes. Eventually you need a VP of Product to handle your product roadmap, a CTO for engineering leadership and VPs of sales, marketing &…
  • Discussion: Fundable Diligence
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
  • Marketplaces Are Eating Firms

    Josh Breinlinger
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If software is eating the world, then marketplaces are one of the agents of destruction. Marketplaces are eating every type of firm on the planet. Let’s look at where the feasting is happening. Read More
  • Peter Thiel: the education bubble is ready to burst!
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The outspoken entrepreneur will be a keynote speaker at Vator's Post Seed Conference next month When we host our Post Seed Conference on December 2nd, in partnership with Bullpen Capital and Venture51, Vator will be honored to have one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley: Peter Thiel. Of course, besides being the co-founder and former CEO of PayPal, as well as  a managing partner in Founders Fund, Thiel is also sometimes a controversial figure. He is certainly someone who says what he believes. (*Full disclosure: Thiel is an investor in Vator). For…
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  • Marketplaces Are Eating Firms

    Josh Breinlinger
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If software is eating the world, then marketplaces are one of the agents of destruction. Marketplaces are eating every type of firm on the planet. Let’s look at where the feasting is happening. Read More
  • How To Raise Venture Capital In A Frothy Market

    Brian Brown
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
     Raising venture funding may have just gotten a little tougher. A major investor recently announced that venture capitalists are “taking on an excessive amount of risk right now – unprecedented since ’99.” Read More
  • Is It The Beginning Of The End For Cable Or Just A New Beginning?

    Braxton Jarratt
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
     In mid-October of this year, HBO dropped a bombshell — albeit a long-rumored one — with the news that it would launch a standalone streaming service sometime in 2015. The media and Game of Thrones fans everywhere immediately went into overdrive, analyzing every last one of the scarce details to death (What content will be included? How much will it cost? Should I cancel my… Read More
  • Google’s Nexus 6 Might Be Too Big For Right Now, But Right-Sized For The Future

    Darrell Etherington
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
     As Greg Kumparak noted in the TechCrunch review of the Nexus 6, the phone is very large. Too large, in fact, for most humans. Back when it was just a rumor that Google would be picking Motorola to provide the Nexus 6 hardware, and that it would indeed be a monster with a 6-inch display, I lamented the phabletization of the Nexus line before it was even a real thing. Now, I’ve had some… Read More
  • Colombia Is One Of Latin America’s Most Promising New Tech Hubs

    Conrad Egusa
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
     Ten years ago, the idea that Colombia would become a burgeoning hub for any dynamic industry beyond its notorious drug trade would have struck most observers as far-fetched. As recently as the turn of the century, conventional wisdom had it that the tropical, Andean nation was on the verge of becoming a failed state. Read More
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    Both Sides of the Table

  • Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Respected More Than Loved

    Mark Suster
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    One of the vivid memories I have from being a startup CEO is the feeling that most people in your company have a look in their eyes that like they can do your job as well as you. How hard could it be? You just assign out tasks to all of us. In the early days the CEO is the jack-of-all-trades, doer-of-all, famously the “chief janitor” or coffee maker. But if you level up, raise capital and grow customers, revenue and staff – life changes. Eventually you need a VP of Product to handle your product roadmap, a CTO for engineering leadership and VPs of sales, marketing &…
  • The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

    Mark Suster
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. Of course this can be done and of course I am a big proponent of the rise of startup centers across the country as the Internet has moved from the “infrastructure phase” to the “application phase” dominated by the three C’s: content, communications and commerce. But the dinner discussion included too much denial for my liking. I think startup communities being simple cheerleaders doesn’t help anyone. Those of us outside Silicon…
  • How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

    Mark Suster
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Let me start with the news that I’m excited to share with you. After years of trying to persuade Kara Nortman to become a partner at Upfront Ventures I can officially announce now that she’s joined us effective immediately. I have known Kara for 7 years and knew almost immediately after meeting her that I wanted to work with her one day in some capacity. Thus began my marketing campaign. It is rare to find somebody who matches exactly what I’m looking for in a partner so when you find it you act: Academic rigor (Princeton undergrad, Stanford MBA) Competitive (Athlete: skier…
  • Why You Don’t Want to Give Financial Information to All of Your Investors

    Mark Suster
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    We all know that funding markets have changed for startups. The trends are well understood: more angels, more seed funds, more crowdsourcing and so forth. We all can intuit the benefits to founders of these trends so there’s little reason to elaborate. What is less understood are the consequences of these changes. I have blogged about some of the downside consequences of the changes and the private information I have says the consequences are much worse than is reported in the press since few people publicly talk about 1. How founders get screwed on convertible notes 2. How party…
  • The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

    Mark Suster
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Last week a company we enthusiastically backed, uBeam, led by a very special entrepreneur, 25-year-old Meredith Perry, announced a $10 million round of financing.  The press around the raise & company was fantastic and the promise of their technology – wireless charging that works as easily as WiFi – would positively affect many of our lives. What person hasn’t crouched at an airport to get 18% extra on one’s battery before boarding an airplane? But then one person – who happens to be a physicist – wrote a back-of-the-envelop calculation of uBeam and…
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  • Peter Thiel: the education bubble is ready to burst!

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The outspoken entrepreneur will be a keynote speaker at Vator's Post Seed Conference next month When we host our Post Seed Conference on December 2nd, in partnership with Bullpen Capital and Venture51, Vator will be honored to have one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley: Peter Thiel. Of course, besides being the co-founder and former CEO of PayPal, as well as  a managing partner in Founders Fund, Thiel is also sometimes a controversial figure. He is certainly someone who says what he believes. (*Full disclosure: Thiel is an investor in Vator). For…
  • Fellow dinner-goer gives alternate Uber story

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Nicole Campbell says Uber never threatened any journalistsIt’s been the Week of Uber. You ready for a new one? Here’s an interesting new twist on the Uber story: everything was taken out of context and grossly sensationalized. That’s the story according to another person who was at the same Uber dinner: Nicole Campbell, entrepreneur and former White House Fellow. Campbell’s version of events is much more tame and presents Emil Michael’s statements in a much softer light. It also casts BuzzFeed reporter Ben Smith in a much harsher light—that of a journalist…
  • Ouch! Fab to be sold for as little as $15 million?

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Report: PCH International is said to be the buyer; Fab was once valued at $1 billionA few months ago, Fab CEO  Jason Goldberg told Forbes that he was looking to sell the company. While Goldberg himself didn't specify a price, analysts targeted it at around $100 million to $150 million. It was a startling price for a company that had been worth $1 billion only one year before. Now it looks like the company has found a buyer. And the price is even lower than expected. Much lower. Fab is currently in talks to sell itself to PCH…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 11/21/14

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Kik, Accompani, LiveAuctioneers, Veradocs, Eyeview, Marley Spoon, Bellhops, CipherCloud, Kiip, PreziSeed stage Managed by Q, a smart office cleaning platform, raised $1.65 million in seed funding fromHomebrew Ventures, RRE Ventures and Semil Shah. WeMail, an e-mail app designed for mobile, raised over $1 million from Justin Kan, Emmett Shear, Tikhon Bernstam, Sean Byrnes and Steve Huffman. Alfred, a subscription errand service, raised $2 million in a round led by Spark Capital, with participation from SV Angel and CrunchFund. Obillex, a payments finance…
  • The dream is dead: Aereo files for chapter 11 bankrupty

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Aereo could never recover from losing its case against the United States Supreme Court this summerPerhaps it was inevitable, but the news is still sad: after years of legal battles and a case that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, the end has finally arrived for TV-streaming service Aereo. The company has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, it was announced in a blog post from founder and CEO Chet Kanojia on Friday.  The deathblow, he said, came from the decision by the Supreme Court in June, which said that the service violated the…
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  • Meet the best poker players in Silicon Valley

    Eugene Kim, Business Insider
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Every month, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest power players meet at the Palo Alto home of Chamath Palihapitiya, an early Facebook executive who now runs his own venture capital firm Social+Capital. The guest list reads like a who’s who of Silicon Valley’s true elites: from Yammer founder David Sacks, SurveyMonkey’s Dave Goldberg and’s Jason Calacanis to professional athletes and poker players, including the World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth. But this isn’t for some networking or investment opportunity of a hot startup. They meet for something much more fun: a…
  • The startup’s ‘customer partners’ slide: All those logos and no dollars? 

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    GUEST:Pitches for early-stage companies that have already released a B2B products typically include a slide full of client logos, which they use as proof of “traction.” Whenever I see this my ears perk up, as it’s no easy feat signing on so many paying customers at an early stage, and my mind starts calculating the probable revenue run rate. But then, when I ask how much these “clients” are paying to check if my calculations are correct, it’s as if I’ve caught the entrepreneur off guard. Like a deer caught in headlights, they tell me “well, for the pilot/beta phase we are…
  • Uber’s black week: Media focused too much on threat to journalists

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Uber has just finished the worst public relations week in its history. What once was looked upon as a brilliant and disruptive grass-roots company is now being seen as an arrogant bunch of whiz kids who may be willing to play it fast and loose with the the privacy of its users. The story, of course, began with Uber executive Emil Michael’s statements a week ago yesterday at a private dinner that his company might use its technology to track the movements of Pando Daily’s Sarah Lacy and other journalists critical of the company. He also said that, in fact, Uber could see the…
  • Why I’m pleasantly surprised with Obama’s immigration plan

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    GUEST:I had expected — or feared — that President Obama would once again let Silicon Valley down with his executive order on immigration. But he hasn’t. The president has done practically everything in his power to address the needs of the technology community. The larger problem is that this is a only band-aid. What is worse is that this will likely be the only immigration reform we see in the near future. It will take many years for the wounds to heal from the battles that will now start. There are more than one million immigrant doctors, scientists, engineers, and teachers who…
  • In new Microsoft ad, Cortana calls Siri fat and dumb

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It’s not often you hear that Siri isn’t a very bright girl, but Microsoft thinks its competing Cortana personal assistant is smarter. Microsoft’s crack advertising team has created a new ad where a Nokia Lumia 830 phone running Cortana points out things it can do that an iPhone 6 Plus running Siri can’t. Cortana, for example, says it can notify users that they should leave early based on traffic reports it monitors in the background. Here’s the ad: Is Siri getting a bad rap here? Well, I just picked up my phone and asked her, and she whispered sexily…
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    AVC » VC & Technology

  • Values and Culture

    Fred Wilson
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    If the Uber mess over the past few days tells us anything, it is that values and culture matter more than anything. They seep into the product, the user experience, the brand, and ultimately define the company in the market. And all of this comes from the top. It is absolutely true that when you hit the bigtime, which Uber most certainly has, the media will take it to you with a vengeance. I still cringe when I think about Jessi Hempel’s Fortune cover story about Twitter in 2011. They build you up and then they bring you down. That’s the media game. You have to expect it. And…
  • Capital And Success

    Fred Wilson
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    In a post early last week I asserted this: Access to capital and raising a boatload of it is rarely the thing that wins the market. And then later in the week I saw this tweet Duck Duck Go ($3m VC) vs Blekko ($60m VC) — Scott Krager (@scottkrager) November 12, 2014 And then this one @scottkrager @fredwilson When you remove the spaces from duckduckgo, it gets even more impressive. — Andrew Brackin (@brackin) November 13, 2014 These tweets are about the competition between our portfolio company DuckDuckGo and…
  • Feature Friday: Distributed Identity

    Fred Wilson
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    Last year at LeWeb I talked about four areas that we are looking at closely to make investments in. One of them is identity. I said this at the very end of my talk: I predicted that there would emerge a “bitcoin like protocol” for identity. And we’ve been looking for that. One thing we realized along the way is that this could be built on top of bitcoin or another blockchain. And so earlier this year we made a seed investment in a startup called OneName that is building exactly that. On Wednesday of this week, OneName announced a bunch of things, including our investment,…
  • Messing With A Competitor’s Fundraising

    Fred Wilson
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    I saw a post that described how Uber tried to mess with Lyft’s fundraising. This is not a new tactic. I have seen it used for as long as I have been in the VC business. It is, however, unethical and unsavory, just like the companies that use it. And it is one other thing, ineffective. When I get a phone call from a company telling me that they are going to raise more money and we should think about investing in them instead or at least not investing in their competitor, I hear fear and it makes me more excited about investing in the competitor. If you can’t win in the market on…
  • Founders Circle

    Fred Wilson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Last week my friend Chris Albinson formed an interesting new firm called Founders Circle Capital. He wrote a bit about what they are doing here. In a nutshell, Founders Circle provides liquidity for the founders and employees of a “breakaway growth companies” so they don’t need to sell or take the company public prematurely. I like this line from the post I linked to above: An investment from Founders Circle–typically just enough for team members to pay off graduate school debt, put a down payment on a house, send the kids to school, or pay for a loved one’s medical…
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  • Obama’s Immigration Changes Hint at Revival of Startup Visa Idea

    Michael Davidson
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Michael Davidson Could the federal government finally be creating something like the startup visa, the long-stalled immigration reform that would make it easier for entrepreneurs from foreign countries to start companies in the U.S.? The door to that possibility might have opened slightly on Thursday night, following President Barack Obama’s speech about immigration reform. Obama used the address to outline actions his administration would take that would change how immigration laws are enforced without waiting for an agreement with the soon-to-be Republican-controlled Congress. “I’ll…
  • Verizon Wireless Pulls Curtain Back a Bit on Its Innovation Program

    João-Pierre S. Ruth
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    João-Pierre S. Ruth At a gathering held for reporters last night in New York, folks from Verizon Wireless sought to talk up some of the ways the wireless carrier works with third-party technology developers. Nothing groundbreaking was announced, yet Verizon Wireless of Basking Ridge, NJ, seemed anxious to prove that it has its hands in more than just smartphones and tablets—even though they have been is its bread and butter. The company said it has its own engineers working on new ideas, but Verizon Wireless has also been grasping vigorously for fresh technology developed…
  • East Coast Biotech Roundup: Agios, Vertex, Epizyme, Celldex, & More

    Ben Fidler
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Ben Fidler One of the year’s biggest cancer meetings took place this week in Barcelona, and many biotechs from the East Coast were angling for the spotlight. Some wowed investors, others, not so much. We’ve got the ups and downs and the rest of the week’s news and tidbits below: —Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AGIO) was one of the week’s big winners. Shares of the Cambridge, MA-based company jumped some 14.5 percent after it showed that the early data for AG-120, its second drug for a subset of patients with acute myeloid leukemia, mirrored the results for its first drug,…
  • CS Disco Raises $10M for Software That Tracks Lawsuit Documents

    Angela Shah
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Angela Shah Houston-based CS Disco announced on Thursday that it has closed on a $10 million Series B round of funding. The company makes software that enables attorneys to better find and organize the millions of documents gathered for cases during the discovery process. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, with existing investor LiveOak Venture Partners also coming in. CS Disco launched its software in 2013 after founder and CEO Kiwi Camara, a computer scientist-turned-lawyer, found a client balking at paying the steep fees—anywhere from $350,000 to $700,000—charged by a document…
  • Seattle Roundup: AWS to Clean Cloud, Pitch Winners, Techstars, & More

    Benjamin Romano
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    Benjamin Romano Amazon isn’t providing a lot of details—surprise, surprise—on its commitment to power its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy. Meanwhile, Northwest startups working on energy storage and water management won the Seattle Angel Conference and the Washington Technology Industry Association’s (WTIA) First Look Forum, respectively. Also, DocuSign named new investors; Placed released the top 100 businesses by foot traffic; and Dow Jones VentureWire took a close look at accelerator startup success rates. Read on for details: —Amazon pledged to…
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    Venture Capital Access Online: Website Updates

  • VCPro Database 2014

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    2014 MID-YEAR EDITION NOW AVAILABLE! VCPro Database 2014 (17th Edition) is a downloadable venture capital and private equity directory with complete profiles of over 5,200 venture capital firms worldwide. Compiled by a veteran VC researcher, VCPro Venture Capital Database is available in both Windows and Macintosh formats. (Updated JULY 2014) Click the above link to learn more.
  • BIOVISION 2015

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    BIOVISION 2015 April 15-16, 2015 Click the above link to view this event.
  • The 9th annual New England Venture Summit

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The 9th annual New England Venture Summit December 10, 2014 Click the above link to view this event.
  • The 4th Annual SuperInvestor U.S. 2015

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The 4th Annual SuperInvestor U.S. 2015 February 9-11, 2015 Click the above link to view this event.
  • Corporate Venturing & Innovation Partnering Conference

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Corporate Venturing & Innovation Partnering Conference February 10-11, 2015 Click the above link to view this event.
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  • How to effectively use the Rs 10,000 crore allotted for entrepreneurship

    Alok Mittal
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    I wrote this Op-Ed piece in Economic Times on how the government can effectively use funds allocated to entrepreneurship fund-of-funds. Key points: Leverage the funds to generate private participation and hence enhance the size of the pool Leverage capacity that exists in corporations, microfinance institutions and the like Emphasize under-served areas that align with national priorities, such as job creation, manufacturing, defense, social sectors etc. Promote geographical and social inclusion to ensure a balanced growth Comments welcome!
  • Back to the future

    Alok Mittal
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Last few months have been full of uncertainty and choice. It is rare that life provides us with an opportunity to step back and ask ourselves the all important questions of what makes us happy, and what do we really want to do with ourselves. It is even more rare that it simultaneously provides us with the right context to help us answer those questions. Over past few months, I was offered both, due to circumstances ranging from tragic to serendipitous on personal and professional front. I am glad to share with my friends that my instincts have led me towards attempting to do another startup,…
  • Video Interviewing Technology for Start-ups

    Srikanth Vasuraj
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:51 pm
    One of the biggest challenges facing start-ups is getting the right talent. Or rather, in attracting the right talent. There is no dearth of talent in the market, but getting the right people to join your fledgling organization is a problem that most start-ups face. Why? Very few people want to join an ‘unknown’ entity. One other problem plaguing the technology world is ‘resume fraud’. Candidates hype their resume, a more skilled person writes the test, telephonic interviews are taken by someone else to get a better rating and more often than not the fraud is discovered only when you…
  • Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends report

    Udhay Shankar N
    28 May 2014 | 10:27 am
    Mary Meeker (who now does growth stage deals for Kleiner Perkins) has released the 2014 edition of her annual Internet Trends report. Lots to read and digest here. KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Introducing In50hrs Healthcare Edition

    Vijay Anand
    14 May 2014 | 2:50 am
    Chennai is the Healthcare Capital of India; That’s a fact. Healthcare and Education are also the two areas that stand to be disrupted in the hands of an entrepreneur in this country and Globally. Yet, time and time again, We witness entrepreneurs building solutions that have no relevance to any of the pressing needs of those in the healthcare ecosystem  - be it hospitals, clinics, doctors, physicians, administrators or those who perform the operational tasks of these institutions. We decided to turn this on its head, and bring the two stakeholders together, give those interested to…
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    Seeing Both Sides

  • Entrepreneurs Are Crazy

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    Becoming an entrepreneur is illogical.  If you were to calculate the expected value (i.e., the probability-weighted average of all possible outcomes) of being an entrepreneur as compared to living the safe life of a traditional executive, it wouldn't even be close.  On a purely rational, probablistic basis, the math for entrepreneurship doesn't add up. Despite this, entrepreneurship is on the rise.  For those of us who live in that world, we know that entrepreneurship is about passion more than rational thinking.  It inspires those who are crazy enough to believe that they can…
  • After Ringing the IPO Bell

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week's successful IPO of e-commerce giant Wayfair (market cap $3B) and this week's impending IPO of Hubspot (if it prices in the range, market cap $600m) has many in the Boston tech community celebrating.  They are not alone.  2013 was the best year for IPOs since the tech bubble of the 90s and 2014 looks to wrap up even stronger this quarter. I was an executive at a hot IPO company during the last big tech boom (NASDAQ: OMKT) and, like many who lived through that cycle, I gleaned a few important lessons. After the IPO party is over (and we had a great IPO party) and the…
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to Boston's Start-up Scene

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Every September, I give a presentation at Harvard's i-Lab to provide a guide to the Boston start-up scene.  Students from around the world descend on Boston every fall to attend the amazing universities, but often fail to venture outside the ivory tower and explore the local start-up scene.  This guide is an attempt to inspire students to do just that.  This year, I added a number of updates and resources.  Enjoy! Boston Startup Scene Presentation fall 2014 final from Jeffrey Bussgang
  • Programmatic Thinking

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word “programmatic” was first used in the late 19th century.  Despite its long tenure in our lexicon, the word was an obscure one until recently.  If you aren’t familiar with it yet, if it hasn’t permeated your corner of the business universe, just wait.  Programmatic thinking might soon join the pantheon of 21st century buzz words, alongside big data and cloud. The current industry being transformed by programmatic thinking is the advertising industry.  A few years ago, software entrepreneurs began to realize that as advertising started to…
  • Recurring Revenue is Magic

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    In 1998, Yom Kippur fell on September 30th. For most of the Jewish community, the date of the most important holiday of the year was no different than in other years. For me and my Jewish CEO boss, though, as officers of a public software company, September 30 was a tough day to be out of the office, sitting in synagogue atoning for a year full of sins. It was the last day of the third quarter of the year and we had more deals we needed to close to finish the quarter strong and report numbers to Wall Street that justified our high-flying profile as a recently public Internet commerce software…
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    PE Hub Blog

  • NYC Comptroller names Alex Doñé head of private equity program

    Chris Witkowsky
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The New York City Comptroller’s Office has named Alex Doñé, who has headed up the private equity emerging manager program for two years, as private equity chief for the roughly $158 billion city retirement system. The hiring of existing Bureau of Asset Management staffer Doñé ends a more than year long search, Eric Sumberg, spokesman with the Comptroller’s office, confirmed Friday. Sumberg declined to divulge Doñé’s salary as private equity head. Doñé will lead the system’s almost $10 billion private equity program. Doñé, who has worked in the comptroller’s office for over…
  • Brookside backs Grey Mountain Partners’ recap of Fleetwood Industries

    Iris Dorbian
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Brookside Mezzanine Partners has made an undisclosed investment in Fleetwood Industries. According to the firm, the financing was used to facilitate Grey Mountain Partners‘ recap of Fleetwood. Based in Leesport, Penn., Fleetwood is a provider of retail display systems and related program management services. PRESS RELEASE Brookside Mezzanine Partners is pleased to announce its investment in Fleetwood Industries, Inc. (“Fleetwood”). Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Leesport, PA, Fleetwood is a leading provider of premium retail display systems and related program…
  • FFL exits public safety firm TriTech

    Iris Dorbian
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    FFL has sold its stake in TriTech to Insight Venture Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in San Diego, TriTech is a provider of public safety software solutions. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO—November 21, 2014— FFL, a private equity firm focused on growth investments in middle market companies, today announced that it has completed the sale of its investment in TriTech Software Systems (“TriTech” or the “Company”), a leading provider of Public Safety software solutions, to Insight Venture Partners. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. Based in San…
  • Taxi app Flywheel pulls in $12 mln

    Iris Dorbian
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Taxi app Flywheel has closed $12 million in Series C funding. The investors were TCW/Craton, Rockport Capital and Shasta Ventures. According to the firm, the capital will be used for growth and expansion. PRESS RELEASE Redwood City, CA — November 20, 2014 — Flywheel, the consumer-focused taxi app company, announced today that it raised $12 million in Series C funding and named a new executive team led by CEO Rakesh Mathur. The funding from TCW/Craton, Rockport Capital and Shasta Ventures, combined with Rakesh’s extensive consumer technology experience, will further accelerate…
  • Flashback Technologies picks up $2 mln Series A

    Iris Dorbian
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Boulder, Colorado-based Flashback Technologies, a data analytics software firm, has raised $2 million in Series A funding. PAC Partners led the round. PRESS RELEASE Boulder, Colorado, November 19, 2014 – Flashback Technologies, Inc., a privately held data analytics software firm developing and commercializing its proprietary CipherSensor™ technology platform, announced today the closing of a $2,000,000 Series A financing. This funding will support the near term build-out of the Company’s infrastructure, hiring of key personnel, and provide additional working capital necessary to support…
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    Feld Thoughts

  • The Future Will Look Different From The Present

    Brad Feld
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    I’ve been thinking about the future a lot lately. While I’ve always read a lot of science fiction, The Hyperion Cantos shook some stuff free in my brain. I’ve finished the first two books – Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion – and expect I’ll finish the last two in the next month while I’m on sabbatical. If you have read The Fall of Hyperion, you’ll recognize some of my thoughts at being informed by Ummon, who is one of my favorite characters. If you don’t know Hyperion, according to Wikipedia Ummon “is a leading figure in the…
  • Eating Dinner Alone

    Brad Feld
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    I arrived home from Boston last night at 5:30pm and realized I had no plans for dinner. Amy was still in Boston since her Wellesley board meeting doesn’t end until mid-day today so I voxed Seth, Ryan, and Jason to see if any of them were around for dinner. Seth was just landing from Vermont where he had been at Ello for the past few days, Jason was in NY at dinner, and Ryan was already at home having dinner with his family. I thought about who else I might want to have dinner with, since I rarely eat dinner alone. I love eating dinner with Amy or one other person. Four people is my…
  • The Trap of Relative Value

    Brad Feld
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Yesterday, at The Calloway Way event at MIT, I ran into Joe Caruso. I’ve known Joe for a while – we met through Techstars Boston, where he’s been a great mentor and very active angel investor. He had just read my post on being uncomfortable with the phase of the current cycle and told me an anecdote from the great Internet bubble of 2001 that I hadn’t heard. A guy came up to me and said “I just sold my dog for $12 million.” I responded, “WTF – who would ever buy a dog for $12 million? That dog must have gold plated teeth!” The guy…
  • NewCo Boulder: Open House Tour of Innovative Companies in Boulder

    Brad Feld
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Forget those business conferences with long speeches and boring panel discussions. On November 18, Boulder’s most innovative businesses will open their doors to the public to celebrate Boulder companies who drive the networked economy. NewCo Boulder is a city-wide event that takes you right into the corporate offices of over 40 of the most innovative and successful companies around Boulder, offering attendees a tour rather than a company description packet. At NewCo, attendees will sign up for a free pass to visit any of the participating organizations, from software companies, to…
  • What’s Old Is New Again

    Brad Feld
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know I’m getting old. I remember in 2007 when the idea of a super angel appeared, where successful entrepreneurs were suddenly angel investors making 10 or more seed investments a year. This was a “new” innovation that was celebrated with much fanfare. Between 1994 and 1996 I made 40 angel investments with the money I made from the sale of my first company. I was referred to as an “angel investor” – I didn’t get the super angel moniker back in the 1990s, but I was often referred to as promiscuous. Every day I’m reading about a new thing in the…
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  • SAP Simplification: an exciting development

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    It’s tough to miss a 3 page, full color spread in the Wall Street Journal. And if you miss it, it slaps you on the head a couple of days later. Dr Hasso Plattner’s conversation with Dennis Howlett provides more...
  • Workday Rising: Speak softly and carry big, happy customers

    6 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Howard Street in San Francisco on Tuesday morning looked different. The tarmac was visible and cars were actually using it. Outside Moscone Center, a local folk rock band, Blind Willies was playing. Excellent, but nowhere near the brand recognition of...
  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Mike Ehrenberg, CTO for Microsoft Business Solutions was describing his new CEO Satya Nadella’s management style – the senior leadership team meets twice a week. “It plays havoc with planning international trips, but allows us to iterate rapidly as a...
  • Have you hugged an Enterprise Blogger today?

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Enterprise conference season is in full swing and it gives you a chance to catch up with so many smart people who make this industry a reality – Stan Swete at Workday, Charles Phillips at Infor, Mike Ehrenberg at Microsoft,...
  • Omni-channel this!

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    We are one step closer to release of my book on the SAP economy. The edit is done, the next steps are the inside layout, eBook conversion and prep for printing. Assuming all moves well, the media review PDFs should...
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  • Scott Kupor Andreessen Horowitz Speaks with Entrepreneurs at BCVP

    Jason Caplain
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    We invited some local tech founders over to our office Wednesday night to meet Scott Kupor Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. We have been close with Scott since before he joined Andreessen Horowitz. We thought this would be a good chance for folks to have an informal conversation with him in a small group setting while he was in town.  One entreprenuer asked Scott what North Carolina needed to do to improve. Another founder immediately responded that the region needs more capital. It was not a very popular comment but I challenged that. Do we need more capital here? Or do we need…
  • WedPics CEO Shares Investor Email

    Jason Caplain
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    I referenced WedPics' CEO/founder Justin Miller in my last blog post. He sends a monthly email to us. His emails serve 2 purposes: 1) Keeps Justin and WedPics top of mind 2) Shows off his continued success as he thinks about his next round Here is the email Justin just sent us and with Justin's permission, I am sharing it here.I like that it is short, easy to read and to the point. This is a good strategy and format to follow.  Although Justin said it was ok, I removed all the numbers from his email.   Hey guys- August was another record breaking month for WedPics, seeing…
  • Fundraising Tips

    Jason Caplain
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Raising capital from investors can be a long, tough and often an incredibly frustrating process. Entrepreneurs often ask us for help (even when we're not in their company). I thought I would share my email I just sent in response to a local entrepreneur with their request for help. My hope is that it helps other entrepreneurs.  Feel free to post here with your other ideas.  My recommendations:   1) Speak with all the local entrepreneurs that have received funding (venture & angel) and see if those CEOs/founders see a connection with the investor(s) that backed…
  • Bull City Venture Partners III, L.P.

    Jason Caplain
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:41 pm
    We are really excited to announce the closing of Bull City Venture Partners III, a $26 million venture capital fund. David and I sincerely appreciate the commitment from all of our LPs and the overwhelming support from the entreprenurial community.  Now, more than ever, we believe there is a big opportunity in front of us. The region we serve has less capital than in the past. However, the level of activity in entrepreneurship has never been stronger. We will continue the same focus we have always had: Great entrepreneurs Southeast and Mid-Atlantic ~70% seed/early; 30% growth Software,…
  • Durham, Washington DC, Tech Jobs

    Jason Caplain
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Like all VC firms, we receive a lot of resumes. And I just wanted to post here as a reminder that most of our companies are hiring.  ChannelAdvisor - Morrisville NC Etix - Morrisville NC Global Value Commerce - Raleigh NC ReverbNation - Durham NC WeddingWire - Chevy Chase MD Zift Solutions - Durham NC I hope you see something that matches with you, or know someone great you can refer in. As always, if I can help, let me know. Have a good weekend.
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  • Email Is Lazy Communication

    Paul Jozefak
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    Don't believe in email. No, don't use it at all! It's the easiest Form of communication but also the easiest way to go unnoticed. If at all, you'll be responded to at the receiver's pace and that hardly ever matches yours.  Everyone I work with hears me stress the importance of phone calls. There's nothing better than getting someone on the line. Further, if you don't get them on the phone, find something other than email. Yes, there are better options.  You know what everyone reads? WhatsApp or iMessage/SMS! Why? Because it could be the wife/husband, the kid, a close friend or a…
  • Badmouthing and Bashing

    Paul Jozefak
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    It's been an interesting year so far. I think we all concur that there is a lot of hype at the moment in our startup world. I presume there is more to come as I don't see any kind of downturn in the next 12 months or so. Nevertheless, one thing has been really annoying me recently. The amount of badmouthing and bashing I hear is excessive.  It all came to a head for me with the Samwer "Reportage" a couple days ago. (Sorry, only in German). Long story short, this is a piece of horrible reporting trying to bash the Samwers and do nothing but make them look bad. Sure, think what you will of…
  • Want A Job? Tell Everyone!

    Paul Jozefak
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    I'm surprised when people tell me they don't know how to go about getting a new job or feel stuck. It's not necessarily easy to find a new job but it's definitely a simple process.  The best way to go about it is to TELL EVERYONE that you are looking. I could practically stop right there and you'd have all the advice you need. Let me explain a bit though where I am coming from. The majority of people I have ever hired told me they were looking. They pinged me after reading a blog post. They mentioned it in passing over a beer at an event. They asked me to dinner and said they were looking.
  • The Suffer

    Paul Jozefak
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    There's a reality in life when you try to succeed....regardless of what you are striving for. I'll call it "The Suffer" and I won't label it as good or bad. It just is. Note, it's not Gladwell's 10,000 hours when I talk about The Suffer, although the two are related. I'm referring more to the little things that you never talk about in hindsight. For example, most interviews never actually delve into the underbelly of success when it comes to The Suffer and most people, when asked how they did it, tend to focus on soundbites and the sparkle.  I wish more people would talk about The Suffer…
  • On Motivation

    Paul Jozefak
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    I read this article this morning and found it somewhat compelling in terms of why Gen Y is unhappy. I guess a lot of it simply makes sense and not just for Gen Y. Yet it completely falls apart at the end. The advice given is not unique and I've read it often. I take issue with all of it.  1. Stay Wildly Ambitious This is "delusional", to use a term from the author. In life, you should have goals and a sense of direction. That's good. You should also be an extent. Yet, remaining wildly ambitious all the time is completely nuts. You will eventually fall flat on your…
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  • Documentary: FedUp – The Weight Epidemic

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    My long-time readers have probably noticed that I haven’t blogged about a documentary in quite awhile.  I haven’t stopped watching them and I still love a thoughtful documentary – I just haven’t been writing about them enough. I watched a rather popular one this weekend and wanted to make sure that you see if it (if you haven’t already). The film is called Fed Up and it’s about the cause of the weight epidemic in the US (and increasingly other countries).  The documentary has some star-power behind it with Bill Clinton featured and Katie Couric narrating the film. What I…
  • Winning: Use Service Providers That Can Advise You

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    To be successful as a founder you need to understand that entrepreneurship isn’t a marathon it’s merely 5,000 small steps.  And while 5,000 steps might seem like a lot, each step in isolation isn’t.  That perspective makes the idea of starting a company less daunting and enables founders to focus as they run the race. Even if you distill entrepreneurship to small steps, however, you can still fail.  Runners twist ankles, step off the path and trip all the time.  So how can you increase your odds of getting to the finish line? The answer: get good advisors. Entrepreneurship isn’t…
  • New Family Member: CourseHero

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    We’re really excited to announce today that we invested in CourseHero, an awesome company that is helping students learn faster.  The platform specializes in helping students get access to relevant high-quality study materials for their specific courses. The company is led by Andrew Grauer, who transformed a 2006 dorm room vision of shared study resources into a high-growth platform that is now serving a community of 5 million users.  To boot, Andrew has done an incredible job building his company in a capital efficient manner.  As a result, while this round is his Series A, it’s an…
  • Truman James Expands & Launches Workspace Data Community

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Truman James, the part of the Interplay mafia that partners with startups to identify, secure and create awesome workspaces has been staffing up.  Two rockstars recently joined the team. In addition to the new hires, Truman has partnered with Huddle Metrics, a wonderful startup that builds communities centered around data, to create a office space community.  If you are a tech company located in NY, hit this link to find out if you are paying too much for your space. OK back to the team.  Meet Mike Vallejos and John Switzer. Mike has a deep background in the commercial real estate world…
  • Interplay Director of Community: Rosey Rosenkranz

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    It was an honor to receive so much interest in the Director of Community role at Interplay.  Truly incredible people applied. The role was snatched up pretty quickly, however, by Rosey Rosenkranz.  She locked the job up within a fortnight of us posting it. Rosey is a great fit with our culture.  She’s one part rock ‘n roller, one part dog-lover and three-parts butt kicker.  Before Interplay her life consisted of planning tours for rockbands and cataloguing the life of her dog on Instagram. Now, she’s here to help Interplay give back to the startup community in a big way.  We have a…
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  • Here's How Likely Each Poker Hand Is

    Andy Kiersz
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Poker is a fantastic game, particularly alluring to competitive, creative types who love numbers. Business Insider's Eugene Kim has profiled some of Silicon Valley's biggest poker fans, and the game is also huge draw with the Wall Street crowd.  While I'm far from a serious, professional poker player, I do occasionally get a chance to enjoy a game with friends. And I also love math and statistics. So I decided to look at some of the basic mathematics of the game. Here, I go through the probabilities of drawing each five-card poker hand from a deck of cards. These probabilities…
  • It's Insanely Expensive, But There's A Secret Benefit Of Living In San Francisco That Makes It Worth It

    Jay Yarow
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Earlier this week, New York Times technology columnist Farhad Manjoo wrote a column about an app called "Luxe" that helps people park their cars. The way it works is simple: You punch your driving destination in to Luxe. It estimates when you're going to arrive. Then, a Luxe employee greets you. The Luxe employee takes your car and finds somewhere to park it.  In San Francisco, where Manjoo lives, parking is a giant pain. Luxe only charges $5 per hour, or $15 per day. The daily rate is half the price it normally costs to park in the city all day. The hourly rate isn't too bad if you…
  • REVEALED: The Top Demographic Trends For Every Major Social Network

    Thiago Guimarães
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The demographics of who's on what social network are shifting — older social networks are reaching maturity, while newer social messaging apps are gaining younger users fast. In a new report from BI Intelligence, we unpack data from over a dozen sources to understand how social media demographics are still shifting.  Access The Full Report By Signing Up For A Trial >> Here are a few of the key takeaways from the BI Intelligence report: Facebook still skews significantly female. Women in the U.S. are more likely to use Facebook than men by about 10 percentage points,…
  • What Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, And 11 Other Tech Visionaries Were Like In College

    Aaron Taube
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The technology industry is known for having been created by college dropouts like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Larry Ellison, but that doesn't mean these innovators didn't have meaningful undergraduate experiences. Bill Gates became friends with Steve Ballmer at Harvard, Larry Ellison learned he was a pretty good computer programmer at the University of Illinois, and Steve Jobs considered his time at Reed College among the most valuable experiences of his life. Meanwhile, Peter Thiel actually graduated from Stanford, but today he thinks college is such a waste of time that he offers…
  • Don't Be Afraid To Cancel Cable — Here's How To Get All The Programs You Love

    Matt Johnston
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    How to cancel cable and stream all your content for a lot less money. Produced by Matt Johnston Follow BI Video: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story »
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  • Bahrain private equity firm raised $100 million for investment across the world

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Arcapita, the Bahrain-based private equity firm, has announced that it has successfully raised its targeted $100 million in equity capital from shareholders in the GCC region. The firm will pursue new investment opportunities within the GCC region and other international markets including the US, Asia and Europe. Arcapita has recorded net income of approximately $10 million during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. The firm operates from its offices in Bahrain, Atlanta, London and Singapore and has completed over 70 transactions with a total value of over $30 billion. Arcapita is listed in…
  • Dubai private equity firm Abraaj acquired stake in Thailand's Wine Connection Group

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group announced the acquisition of a majority stake in the Wine Connection Group, Southeast Asia’s leading wine themed Food and Beverage chain. Founded in Thailand in 1998, Wine Connection has over 55 outlets in Singapore and Thailand. It is Abraaj’s fourth Food and Beverage investment in Southeast Asia. (Abraaj has invested in over 20 F&B related businesses globally). Terms of the deal is not disclosed. Abraaj is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR01. More details follows:
  • Two Bahrain investment firms acquired Florida software firm PRO Unlimited

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Two Bahrain investment firms, Mumtalakat and Investcorp, have acquired Florida-based workforce software and services firm PRO Unlimited. Headquartered in Boca Raton Florida and founded in 1991, PRO Unlimited delivers a full range of software services to address procurement, management and compliance issues and operates in 52 countries with 600 employees. Mumtalakat holds stakes in 38 firms, with a portfolio value of approximately U.S. $7.2 billion. Investcorp has $11.4 billion in total assets under management. Bahrain's Mumtalakat and Investcorp are listed in the Middle East Investors…
  • Two Middle East private equity firms closed funds at over $1 billion capital

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Gulf Capital and NBK Capital, two private equity firms in the Middle East, have announced closing of their latest funds at $750 million and $310 million in capital commitments respectively. Gulf Capital which is based in United Arab Emirates, has announced the final closing of its third private equity fund, GC Equity Partners Fund III (Fund III), at $750 million. NBK Capital which is based in Kuwait has closed its latest private equity fund, NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II, with $310 million in capital commitments. Gulf Capital and NBK Capital are listed in the Middle East Investors…
  • an official partner of Super Return MidEast 2014 for the 7th year

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    It is a pleasure for us to announce that, for the seventh year in a row, is an official partner of the Super Return Middle East as its "Regional Private Equity Portal". The summit, which is being held in Dubai 20-22 October 2014, is the top private equity event in the Middle East. Find more details about the event on its website. Among other sponsors and partners you can find Jersey Finance, Gibson Dunn, IDG and CNBC. (If for any reason you can not attend, feel free to download our Middle East Investors Directory, now in its sixth year of publication, to get a sense of private…
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  • Landing on a Comet: The Power of Knowledge

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Yesterday we landed a probe on a comet. I am saying we because this is a major accomplishment for humanity. For reference, powered heavier-than-air flight was invented only a tad more than one hundred years ago. It is important to really let this sink in. After millennia of dreaming about flying into the skies we went in a little over a century all the way to steering a craft to line up with a comet traveling at 40,000 miles an hour! What makes all of this possible is human ingenuity together with the combinatorial power of knowledge. That’s why it is critical that if we want to…
  • From Net Neutrality to Access Liberty: Let's Build a Coalition

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Yesterday President Obama came out strongly in support of the admittedly awfully named principle of net neutrality. I wish he had done so sooner but will take it now. This is an absolutely critical principle to maintain in order to keep the Internet open for innovation. I am not going to rehash all the arguments for why we need it or refute all the points suggesting this is the government encroaching into an area it should stay out of. So instead of just firing away in the comments please first take a look at what I have written about this before. This is sadly shaping up to be a left versus…
  • Startups Creating Most Jobs Should Not Be A Surprise

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    About once a year there is a headline like this one from Forbes “The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From" that points to a study showing that most job creation is in startups. Now the only thing that is in fact surprising is that this would be considered a surprise. Why? Because this should be our baseline statistical expectation in any economy that has been around for a while. Any collection of “things” that has a cycle of starting small, then growing and eventually declining and disappearing will have most of its growth in the currently young cohort (once it…
  • Strengthen Communities by Supporting ChangeX

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    We all live in communities and it is up to us to make our community stronger. There tends to be no shortage of people who want to contribute to that. But many find it difficult to get going: it can be hard to find others who share the same impulse and even harder to figure out how to get started. Very few people want to embark on a lonely climb up a steep mountain without a map! Enter the team at ChangeX. Started by Paul O’Hara they are building a network for sharing community initiatives — both the knowledge of what to do and the people who are doing it (in your own and in other…
  • Liberate Apps Through Protocols: Lets Update IRC!

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    One of the apps on your phone is unlike all the others: the web browser. There are many reasons it is different but here is the most fundamental one — you tell it what to connect to! Pretty much every other app connects to a specific set of servers that the app’s creators control. So the browser gives you as enduser a fundamentally higher level of control than most other apps. What makes this possible is the existence of the HTTP protocol. So what we need in order to shift more control back into the hands of users are more protocols and apps that implement them. An interesting one…
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  • Funding 101 talk with Charles Hudson, SofttechVC

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The Funding Process & How To Get Funded Trying to decide on what what stage your company must be at in order to get funded by a VC? Ever wondered how to get in front of a VC? Do you wonder what you you actually need to give them to …
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    Openview Labs

  • How to get what you want from work

    Jonathan Crowe
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    A big topic these days is how to grow and get ahead in your career. Furthermore, many employees want to step up as a leader, ask for what they want (such as a raise, promotion, or negotiate a salary), master the art of sharing your success, and how to create visibility within your company. OpenView Labs… The post How to get what you want from work appeared first on Openview Labs.
  • Create a Better SaaS Free Trial Experience

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    A better SaaS free trial experience means improved conversion numbers for your business. The post Create a Better SaaS Free Trial Experience appeared first on Openview Labs.
  • Finance Maturity Assessment: Is Your Team — and CFO — Equipped for Growth?

    OpenView Guest
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Top-performing companies are asking more and more of their CFO and Finance team. Find out where your team stands and where you need to improve to successfully guide your company through growth. The post Finance Maturity Assessment: Is Your Team — and CFO — Equipped for Growth? appeared first on Openview Labs.
  • Talent Data That Will Ensure a Successful Staff

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Want a better sense of hiring practices and employee performance? Don’t skimp on collecting talent data. The post Talent Data That Will Ensure a Successful Staff appeared first on Openview Labs.
  • 10 Signs You’re Doing Social Selling Wrong

    OpenView Guest
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Social selling evangelist Jill Rowley calls out 10 common mistakes that indicate you're sending and receiving the wrong message. The post 10 Signs You’re Doing Social Selling Wrong appeared first on Openview Labs.
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  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston turns former Mattapan library into new teen center

    Mary Moore
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston has turned the old Mattapan Library into a center for teenagers, a $2.6 million project that will serve as many as 250 teens a year. Early this year, after a public process, the City of Boston sold the old Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library – located at 10 Hazelton St. – to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston for $100. The city had closed the Hazelton Street library in 2009 and replaced it with a $16.7 million library elsewhere in Mattapan the same year. Renovations…
  • Man behind Harvard admissions policies lawsuit details reasons for filing

    Mary Moore
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Harvard University was hit with a federal lawsuit this week, alleging that its admissions policies discriminate based on race and ethnicity, particularly against Asian-Americans. Filed in U.S. District Court for Massachusetts by the Students for Fair Admissions, the lawsuit compares Harvard's treatment of Asian-American applicants today to the way it considered Jewish applicants years ago. And it suggests ways Harvard could go about creating racial and ethnic balance in its student population, including…
  • On the move: Recent hires in Mass. tech at CarGurus, Wanderu, True Fit and more

    David Harris
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    The following is a summary of recent hiring news in the Mass. tech world. CarGurus, a Cambridge-based auto shopping website, said Sam Zales has joined the company as president of international and dealer operations. Zales will oversee international expansion and worldwide dealer sales, reporting to CarGurus CEO Langley Steinert. Prior to joining CarGurus, Zales was CEO of ClickSquared, a marketing software company that was acquired by Zeta Interactive in January. He has also led fast-growth Boston-based…
  • Merrimack Pharmaceuticals to begin application for approval of pancreatic cancer drug

    Don Seiffert
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals plans to start submitting parts of its application for approval of its promising drug to treat pancreatic cancer before the end of the year after that drug earned fast-track designation from U.S. regulators. The news this week out of the Cambridge biotech helped spur a 9 percent share-price hike over the course of the week to $9.12 as of 2 p.m., just shy of the company's recent high last month. That stock surge was thanks in part to a $100 million license deal for the drug…
  • Tufts study: it takes eight drugs in clinical trials to get one approval ​

    Don Seiffert
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    While the average time it takes to bring a drug through clinical trials has grown shorter in recent years, the rate of success of those drugs has gone down by almost half, to just 12 percent. Almost all the attention from Tuesday's release by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development focused on the eye-popping $2.6 billion cost it cited as needed to develop a new drug. But just as important as the cost — which has gone up 145 percent since 2003 — is the failure rate of drugs that make…
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  • The startup’s ‘customer partners’ slide: All those logos and no dollars? 

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Guest:Trying to “fake it till you make it” by exaggerating traction may get you attention in demo days and press releases, but vanity metrics don’t fool serious investors.
  • Uber’s black week: Media focused too much on threat to journalists

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    A new study shows that the media produced lots of stories about Uber's privacy threats against journalists this week. But readers' tweets showed they care far more about the chance that Uber might violate the privacy of its customers.
  • Why I’m pleasantly surprised with Obama’s immigration plan

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Guest:I had expected — or feared — that President Obama would once again let Silicon Valley down with his executive order on immigration. But he hasn’t.
  • In new Microsoft ad, Cortana calls Siri fat and dumb

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It’s not often you hear that Siri isn’t a very bright girl, but Microsoft thinks its competing Cortana personal assistant is smarter. Microsoft’s crack advertising team has created a new ad where a Nokia Lumia 830 phone running Cortana points out things it can do that an iPhone 6 Plus running Siri can’t. Cortana, for example, […]
  • Incoming MakerBot CEO Is Focused on Perfecting Their Ecosystem

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Incoming MakerBot CEO Is Focused on Perfecting Their Ecosystem When Bre Pettis stepped down as CEO of MakerBot in September, Jenny Lawton then moved into the role with many years of tech experience under her belt. After recent license partnerships with... From: TechCrunch Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 04:41 More in Science & Technology
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