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  • Is The Honest Company Worth $837M?

    VC Experts: The Buzz
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Is The Honest Company worth $837M? Take a look at their latest round of funding- including deal terms, est. fully diluted shares, price per share, and valuation.
  • Firebase

    AVC » VC & Technology
    Fred Wilson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Yesterday our portfolio company Firebase was acquired by Google. We invested in Firebase in the summer of last year and Albert wrote this post talking about the investment. Firebase makes a backend that allows developers to store and sync their data in real-time.  In a relatively short time, Firebase has been adopted by over 100,000 developers. It solves some complicated problems simply and elegantly. We believe Google will be a good home for Firebase. They have the resources and desire to continue to build out Firebase and scale it. I saw the two founders last night at our dinner in SF and…
  • When Should Technical Founders Become CEO?

    Both Sides of the Table
    Mark Suster
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Much has been written about when it is time to hire a “professional CEO” to run a startup company and of course that has long been a norm in Silicon Valley when founders find that their inexperience may be a limiting factor in company growth (know as the Peter Principle). Much less has been said about when the technical CEO is the best person to run the company. Yet if you look at some very successful market changes in the last few years it does point to technical prowess in the number 1 seat. Case in point is the return of Larry Page to the role as CEO of Google. I don’t…
  • Carmel Ventures raises $194m Fund IV

    Start ups
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Asian investors Baidu, Ping-An and Qihoo360 and others have joined the new fund.
  • A Seriously Great Story and Why We Funded Them

    Both Sides of the Table
    Mark Suster
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    We are often asked how companies get funded, why VCs make the decisions we make and what we’re looking for in entrepreneurs. I think this is a Seriously great example of how this process works for at least one VC – Upfront Ventures. But I’m guessing the narrative is similar elsewhere. I first met Andrew Stalbow, the founder & CEO of Seriously in August of 2013. He hit me from two very trusted sources. On August 23rd, 2013 I had an email intro from my good friend and trusted source Jeff Berman who only sends me stuff when it is somebody he respects (ie a strong filter vs.
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  • Here’s A Sneak Peak At MotionSavvy’s UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device

    Sarah Buhr
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
     MotionSavvy, the San Francisco startup working on tech to help the deaf communicate, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to commercialize its first product, UNI. The UNI app works with Leap Motion technology to translate each hand sign from American sign language and translates it into audible words on a tablet. We first wrote about the tech behind MotionSavvy when it launched out of the… Read More
  • Amazon Fire Phone Flops

    Greg Kumparak
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
     Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a “Fire sale!” joke), this probably won’t come as much of a surprise: the Fire Phone isn’t a success. On the Amazon earnings call today, Amazon noted that the company was taking a $170 million dollar writedown “primarily related” to… Read More
  • Amazon Tanks 10% After Reporting Larger Than Expected Third Quarter Loss

    Alex Wilhelm
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
     Amazon reported lower than expected revenue in its third quarter, and a larger than expected loss. Analysts expected the company to lose $0.74 on revenue of $20.84 billion. Instead, Amazon lost $0.95 per share on revenue of $20.58 billion. That per-share loss works out to a net loss for the firm of $437 million. Read More
  • Australian Service Directory Site Oneflare Raises $876,000 For International Expansion

    Catherine Shu
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
     Oneflare, a local services marketplace based in Sydney, Australia, has raised an additional $1 million AUD (about $876,000), bringing its total funding so far to $1.5 million AUD (about $1.3 million). Investors include Les Szekely of Equity Venture Partners, Garry Visontay, of the Sydney Seed Fund and Dr. Jeffrey Tobias of The Strategy Group. The startup says it will use the capital on… Read More
  • Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54

    Alex Wilhelm
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
     After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter 2015 earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share. The revenue figure represents a 25 percent year-over-year increase, a large piece of which is due to the Nokia hardware acquisition. Read More
 
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  • A Seriously Great Story and Why We Funded Them

    Mark Suster
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    We are often asked how companies get funded, why VCs make the decisions we make and what we’re looking for in entrepreneurs. I think this is a Seriously great example of how this process works for at least one VC – Upfront Ventures. But I’m guessing the narrative is similar elsewhere. I first met Andrew Stalbow, the founder & CEO of Seriously in August of 2013. He hit me from two very trusted sources. On August 23rd, 2013 I had an email intro from my good friend and trusted source Jeff Berman who only sends me stuff when it is somebody he respects (ie a strong filter vs.
  • When Should Technical Founders Become CEO?

    Mark Suster
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Much has been written about when it is time to hire a “professional CEO” to run a startup company and of course that has long been a norm in Silicon Valley when founders find that their inexperience may be a limiting factor in company growth (know as the Peter Principle). Much less has been said about when the technical CEO is the best person to run the company. Yet if you look at some very successful market changes in the last few years it does point to technical prowess in the number 1 seat. Case in point is the return of Larry Page to the role as CEO of Google. I don’t…
  • What all Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Prorata Rights

    Mark Suster
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Prorata rights are one of the most important rights of private market technology investors and yet are seldom fully understood. They often create the biggest tensions between investors who are investing at different stages in the business. politics of money by bastera rusdi on 500px These tensions seep out in some angels or seed funds publicly or semi-privately deriding later-stage VCs for their “bad” behavior. I have seen bad behavior from later-stage VCs, believe me. But I have seen equally bad behavior from super early stage investors. As always a balanced perspective is in…
  • Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

    Mark Suster
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:37 pm
    An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch. If you want the full SlideShare deck with many slides not in either post it’s in this link –> The LA Tech Market “There’s something going on in LA.” It’s the most common refrain I hear from investors and even entrepreneurs these days. I hear it right after people have decided to come by for a few days to “check out what all the fuss is about.” I hear it when I visit LPs (the people who invest in VCs) all across the country, “Yeah, I haven’t been out there for a…
  • What is the Definition of a Seed Round or an A Round?

    Mark Suster
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Marc Andreessen kicked off another great debate on Twitter last night, one that I’ve been talking about incessantly in private circles for the past 2-3 years – what actually IS the definition of a seed vs. A-round. Cautionary note: No competent VC is actually fooled when you show up after raising $6M in seed financing and say you’re now raising an A! — Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) October 7, 2014 This is something I think entrepreneurs don’t totally understand and it’s worthwhile they do. My view: “Spending any time or energy trying to game the…
 
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  • Twitter set to open $1M homeless learning center

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    The company is partnering with Compass Family Services to offer tech lessons to poor citizensSilicon Valley has been getting all philanthropic recently, and Twitter wants in! The social network is going learning center where company employees, with the goal of teaching technical skills to some of the city’s poorest residents, including the homeless, Twitter has confirmed to VatorNews. The center, which will apparently be called The NeighborNest, will be located directly across the street from Twitter's headquarters at the Essex Fox Plaza. It is scheduled to open…
  • Amazon shares faceplant after Fire Phone fail

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Wall Street planning a "Come to Jesus" talk with Amazon...Oh, Lord. Amazon shares nosedived in after-hours trading following a record third quarter loss and weak fourth quarter guidance. As of this writing, shares are down nearly 11% to $279.80, which is the lowest they’ve been since July 2013. That’s a 31% drop from the stock’s record high of $407 last January. And it all comes down to that damn Fire Phone. That would be the phone that relied entirely on the selling point that it was 3D. Would you believe that phone didn’t sell very well? CFO Tom Szkutak said in an…
  • Facebook launches new anonymity app called Rooms

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Rooms allows people to come together over common interests without using their real namesComing off a scandal, in which it used strong arm tactics used to force drag queens on the network to change to their real names, Facebook has decided to go in the complete opposite direction, launching a new app dedicated to allowing users to be anonymous. The app, called Rooms, allows users to come together over shared interests. Think of it kind of like what chat rooms were back in the mid-90s, only with more visual media, including photos and videos. The person who creates it will choose the…
  • Ello legally bars itself from ever showing ads

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    The company has also raised $5.5 million in new funding to handle increased traffic demandWhen people on Facebook started going on and on about how great Ello was last month, I have to admit that I was skeptical. I mean, haven't we heard this all before? I seem to remember that, at one time, Google+ was going to be the thing that took Facebook down. We all know how well that went. Plus its mission statement to never show ads seemed, frankly, pretty pie in the sky. "Of course that's what it says now," I thought to myself, "but once it has a billion people and shareholders to answer to,…
  • Alibaba looking for rights to stream Hollywood content

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Studios will no doubt be happy to oblige, given the huge appetite for U.S. movies in ChinaChinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has already conquered the public markets inside the United States, launching the biggest initial public offering in history, and now it has a new target: Hollywood. Alibaba founder, and former CEO, Jack Ma is set to meet with the heads of major Hollywood studios in order to acquire their content for online distribution, according to a report out from Bloomberg on Wednesday. Among those that Ma will be meeting with will apparently include Lions Gate…
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  • English-leaning site 51Talk pockets new funding to expand in Asia

    Emma Lee, TechNode
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Image Credit: Viorel Sima / Shutterstock51Talk, an English-learning service which provides one-to-one courses in English speaking, announced that it has received US$55 million of Series C financing led by Sequoia Capital and followed by DCM and Shunwei Fund, a fund headed by Xiaomi founder Lei Jun. It is worth noting that 51Talk is the first online education company that Sequoia Capital invested in. Sequoia is the backer of a list of successful Chinese Internet companies, like Alibaba, Qihoo 360, VipShop, JD, Dianping, etc. 51Talk has closed a US$12 million Series B round last year and…
  • LG makes its first smartphone chip, the Nuclun

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    LG, one of Korea’s major consumer electronics and technology giants, is entering the smartphone chip game with Nuclun, its first mobile application processor. Pronounced “NOO-klun,” the chip will make its first appearance this week when LG releases the G3 Screen, a smartphone for the Korean market. The chip’s eight-core processor was designed using ARM big.Little technology and supports 4G LTE-A Cat.6 and a maximum download speed of up to 225 Mbps. The G3 Screen will have similar design, camera, and user experience features as the LG G3 phone. It will sport a 5.9-inch…
  • Twitter to open learning center for low-income and homeless in San Francisco next summer

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Image Credit: Garrett HeathTwitter, the microblogging giant whose headquarters sit on a section of San Francisco’s Market Street that’s not exactly fancy, is set to open a learning center for the homeless next summer. The learning center, which the company announced in partnership with Compass Family Services last May, will be located across the street from Twitter, at Essex Fox Plaza, 1390 Market Street, and will open next summer, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. The company is investing $1 million into it. The Twitter NeighborNest will be a place where Twitter…
  • How Steve Jurvetson is investing in world- (and Mars-) changing ideas (podcast)

    Dylan Tweney
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Image Credit: VentureBeatSteve Jurvetson is one of the most interesting investors in Silicon Valley. An accomplished photographer and amateur rocketry enthusiast, he’s also a former chip designer and a polymath interested in everything from genomics to space travel to agriculture to machine learning. But he’s no dilettante: He’s delved deeply enough into a variety of fields that he’s been able to identify trends early, make prescient bets, and generate billions of dollars in returns. He was the founding VC investor in Hotmail, Interwoven, Kana, and NeoPhotonics, among…
  • Why Twitter launched Fabric, in 5 devastating charts

    John Koetsier, VB Insight
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Image Credit: Illustration by VentureBeat / Eric BlattbergYesterday Twitter unveiled Fabric, a semi-integrated suite of tools for mobile app developers. The company somewhat grandiosely refers to it as a “modular mobile platform,” but while it’s definitely modular and certainly focused on mobile, it’s not a platform in any commonly understood sense of the term. Unless, of course, Twitter was referring to its own platform. Because, while Fabric offers some significant goodies to developers, the real reason Twitter is launching this suite is first of all to boost its…
 
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  • Firebase

    Fred Wilson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Yesterday our portfolio company Firebase was acquired by Google. We invested in Firebase in the summer of last year and Albert wrote this post talking about the investment. Firebase makes a backend that allows developers to store and sync their data in real-time.  In a relatively short time, Firebase has been adopted by over 100,000 developers. It solves some complicated problems simply and elegantly. We believe Google will be a good home for Firebase. They have the resources and desire to continue to build out Firebase and scale it. I saw the two founders last night at our dinner in SF and…
  • Getting Feedback and Listening To It

    Fred Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    When you are VC, you live in this protected environment. You sit in your office in a glass conference room with lovely views and entrepreneurs walk in and pitch you and you get to decide who you are going to back and who you are not. People tell you what they think you want to hear. That you are so smart. That you are so successful. They suck up to you. And it goes to your head. You believe it. I am so smart. I am so successful. You have to get out of that mindset because it is toxic. My number one secret is the Gotham Gal who brings me down to earth every night, makes me do the dishes, walk…
  • Values

    Fred Wilson
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Most companies have a mission statement and many have a values statement. But not so many companies live their values so much that they permeate the company and ooze out from every pore; the product, the office, the hiring process, the marketing, and so on and so forth. Last night I did an event with City National Bank and their clients. I did a chat with Robin Gill and he asked me to talk about my most successful investments. I don’t really like to stack rank my investments so I struggle with that question. But I found my footing and started talking about Etsy. Etsy oozes its values…
  • Paul Graham Dropping Serious Wisdom

    Fred Wilson
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    Every so often Paul Graham will email me something and say “can you read this before I post it?”. He did that last week. It was a talk he was going to deliver in Sam Altman‘s startup class. It was great. I told him I wouldn’t change a thing. I am not sure if he changed it before he delivered it, but what I do know is he posted it yesterday. And here it is. I just went back to my emails with him and pulled these quotes out for all of you. These are some nuggets that I particularly liked. On Investors – “our function is to tell founders things they will…
  • How We Got To Now

    Fred Wilson
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    For the past two years, NYC’s loss has been the Bay Area’s gain. No I’m not talking about hot startups, VC, or anything like that. I’m talking about Steven Johnson‘s two year departure for the beauty of Marin County over the grimy streets of NYC. But this summer Steven and his family came back to NYC, reminding me that the world is just and fair if you wait long enough. I liked Steven the minute I met him. He has a wonderful smile and a gracious being, he is whip smart, and he writes beautifully and simply. He tells stories that educate. I have read pretty much…
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  • West Coast Biotech Roundup: Genentech, Sutro, Amgen, Regulus & More

    Alex Lash
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Alex Lash Immunotherapy deals that could reach $1 billion? We’ve got two of them this week. Sure, those billion-dollar figures include, as they often do, a lot of biobucks, but the rest of the details in those deals—Genentech and NewLink Genetics; Celgene and Sutro Biopharma—are no small potatoes. Let’s get to the roundup. —Roche’s Genentech division in South San Francisco, CA, and NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ: NLNK) of Ames, IA, said Monday Genentech will pay $150 million upfront for rights to NewLink’s cancer immunotherapy candidate NLG919, currently in…
  • The Startup Hall Story—How it Could Transform Seattle’s U District

    Benjamin Romano
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Benjamin Romano The second floor of what used to be known only as Condon Hall—and the University of Washington’s ugliest building—holds seeds of a re-invented neighborhood where students, researchers, and entrepreneurs learn, work, and live; where tech startups and established companies build businesses with the technology and talent flowing from the university; and where professionals zip to jobs downtown on light rail. That neighborhood, still about a decade off if all goes as planned, is being shaped today. All around the newly renamed Startup Hall—now home of…
  • Try Then Buy? Sutro Deal Could Be Celgene’s Biggest Antibody Bet Yet

    Alex Lash
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Alex Lash Celgene, one of biopharma’s most aggressive and creative dealmakers, said Thursday it has forged a deep partnership with South San Francisco, CA-based Sutro Biopharma that could end up with an acquisition. If it does, it would dramatically expand Celgene’s footprint into the world of biologics, which the Summit, NJ-based company has mainly stayed away from during its climb to join Amgen, Gilead Sciences, and a few others among the big biotech elite. At the time of this writing, Celgene is worth $76 billion, which includes a healthy 5.6 percent bump Thursday after…
  • Innovation Hub: A Genetically Modified Menu

    Kara Miller
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Kara Miller People have been cross-breeding their food for thousands of years—but modifying food in a lab is still relatively new and has ignited serious controversy. We recently talked with New York Times science reporter Amy Harmon and genetics professor Pamela Ronald about the opportunities presented by genetically modified foods, and the myths that surround them. (This interview has been edited and condensed. For the full conversation, visit WGBH’s Innovation Hub.) Kara Miller: If I eat the average American diet, do you have any sense of what percentage of my food has been…
  • Wisconsin Roundup: Deltanoid, Cellectar, Startup Grind, ZBB, & More

    Jeff Engel
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Jeff Engel Here’s a quick rundown of recent news from Wisconsin’s technology and innovation community: —Madison-based Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals announced top-line data from a Phase 2b clinical trial of its vitamin D-based drug, DP001, as a treatment for a hormonal imbalance that can occur in patients with chronic kidney disease. In a 12-week, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study involving 62 kidney disease patients who were undergoing hemodialysis, Deltanoid’s drug reduced levels of parathyroid hormone, which can become abnormally elevated in such patients, by 46…
 
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  • After Ringing the IPO Bell

    bussgang
    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

    bussgang
    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

    bussgang
    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

    bussgang
    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…
  • Getting Introductions to Investors - The Ranking Algorithm

    bussgang
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:31 am
    My friend, Ed Zimmerman, wrote a terrific post for his WSJ blog - "Help Me Help You" - on soliciting him (and others like him) for investor introductions. I wanted to add to Ed's post and observe that not all introductions are created equal.  The source of the introduction matters a lot.  As a result, when the introduction comes in to the investor, judgment is applied based on the source.  Most investors apply a simple ranking algorithm against introductions which determines how they react to them in terms of prioritizing their time and the seriousness with which they…
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  • VC confidence index falls for first time in two years

    Mark Boslet
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Are VCs having second thoughts? The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index declined in the third quarter for the first time in two years, with caution over high valuations and an overheated market on the rise. The index slipped to 3.89 on a five-point scale from 4.02 in the second quarter, according to University of San Francisco Professor Mark Cannice, who compiles it. While still at a high level, it suggests slowing momentum for investing and parallels a third quarter decline in money going to U.S.-based startups. It also is in step with recent warnings from top VCs, including…
  • Fountain raises $4 mln from Shasta, First Round

    Mark Boslet
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Fountain said it raised $4 million of Series A financing in a round led by Shasta Ventures and joined by First Round Capital. The two firms had backed Fountain founder Aaron Patzer at his previous company, Mint.com. Fountain, an app that connects homeowners to experts on home and garden projects, will open its beta trial to a few thousand users on October 25. Here is the blog post announcing the funding.  
  • Parking valet app Luxe drives away with $5.5 mln

    Iris Dorbian
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    San Francisco-based parking valet app Luxe has received $5.5 million in seed funding, the company announced in a blog post on its site. The investors were Redpoint Ventures, Google Ventures, Sherpa Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Upfront Ventures, Foundation Capital, BoxGroup, Slow Ventures, Data Collective, Eniac Ventures and Rothenberg Ventures. To read more about the funding, visit here.
  • Founders Circle Capital raises $195 mln for secondary share buys

    Iris Dorbian
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Founders Circle Capital has closed on $195 million across two funds, beating its $125 million target. The firm seeks to invest in “breakaway growth” firms by buying a small portion of stock from founders, executives, employees or early backers. PRESS RELEASE San Francisco, CA – October 23th, 2014 – Founders Circle Capital today announced it has raised $195 million, across two funds, in excess of its original $125 million target due to an abundance of interest among institutional investors wanting to commit more deeply to this new class of capital. The purpose of Founders…
  • Prairie Ventures taps Tuttle as president

    Iris Dorbian
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Omaha, Nebraska-based private investment fund Prairie Ventures has hired Craig Tuttle as president. Tuttle is the former president of Duke Scientific, which he sold to Fisher Healthcare (now ThermoFisher). PRESS RELEASE Omaha, Nebraska (PRWEB) October 23, 2014 Prairie Ventures, a private investment fund headquartered in Omaha, NE, announces Craig Tuttle as President. In his role, Tuttle will lead the organization to connect entrepreneurs and investors for early stage and growth stage enterprises with a focus on healthcare technology. He will also be responsible for managing the current…
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  • A New Look for Feld Thoughts

    Brad Feld
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Every few years I update the look and feel of my blog. This year is a significant upgrade, both on look and feel as well as the entire back end infrastructure. In the past six months, I’ve started to notice complexity creep into everything in our world. While design is still front and center for many developers and entrepreneurs, I’ve gotten tired of the overwhelming UIs, confusing UXs, and immense complexity under the hood. It’s kind of like a calendar that just keeps getting stuff added to it – all of a sudden you are busy for all of your waking hours with meetings,…
  • The Calloway Way Book Tour – 10/28 and 10/29, Boston

    Eugene Wan
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Next week, I’m spending some time in Boston with my uncle Charlie Feld talking about his newest book, The Calloway Way: Results & Integrity. Alongside some private events with EMC, MIT, HBS, and the N2 Conference, we’re doing a few public events which I would like to invite you to. On Tuesday night (10/28) we’ll be at Techstars Boston and on Wednesday night (10/29) we’ll be at Yesware. 10/28 – RSVP for the Techstars Boston event 10/29 – RSVP for the Yesware event Charlie and I will be onstage talking about the importance of results and integrity – me from…
  • The Future Is A World Of Robots And Drones

    Brad Feld
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Thanks for the all notes of concern about my bike accident on Thursday. I’m doing a lot better – still a little fuzzy and tired feeling – but on the mend. I’ve gotten confirmation that it wasn’t a hit and run – I clearly lost control of the bike during a turn, crashed into a curb, went over, and landed on my head. Lights out for a while. I’m done biking. I’ve never really been a cyclist – I’ve always been a runner. Given that I’ve now had two single bike accidents that were 100% my fault, I’m clearly not cut out for…
  • Yesterday Was The End of My Biking Career

    Brad Feld
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    First off – I’m ok. But here’s the story. “Ouch” “You’re in an ambulance. I’m just putting an IV in your arm,” said a disembodied voice. I had no idea where I was. I had a vague recollection that I had been on a bike. “You’re in ambulance. You are ok. Stay calm.” I realized I was tightly strapped to a board and couldn’t move if I wanted to. My legs hurt. My ribs hurt. My shoulders hurt. I couldn’t figure out what had happened. I couldn’t process where I was. I felt like I was coming out of a dream, but I…
  • Mentors 8/18: Adopt At Least One Company Every Single Year. Experience Counts

    Brad Feld
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    As we continue deconstructing the Techstars Mentor Manifesto, element #8 is Adopt At Least One Company Every Single Year. Experience Counts. But first, it’s worth noting that yesterday Techstars announced its newest accelerator program, this time the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars. This is our first accelerator with Qualcomm, our first accelerator in San Diego, and all about Robotics. I’m psyched about the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Mentor List, which includes a great mix of experienced Techstars mentors along with some new ones. When I talk to a new…
 
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  • 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...
  • Dreaming of the next generation of clouds

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Dreamforce this week had an even more festive feel than ever. Pennant fever gripped the town as the Giants played October ball. The Beach Boys sounded as youthful as ever during Benioff’s keynote. The many school kids invited in the...
  • GE: Give us your Dull, Dirty and Dangerous Data

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Rajesh Gill, Group Chief Pilot Technical and Efficiency at AirAsia, shared his version of “data visualization” at GE’s annual Minds+Machines day in New York. He expresses to fellow pilots the impact of certain maneuvers such as shutting down an engine...
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    Frederic Destin

  • Cytokinesis at Atlas Venture: bio and tech take off

    freddestin
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Atlas Venture announced at his latest annual meeting that the biotech and tech groups were going their own way.  Since I did spend ten years there, let me give you my view on it. Aligned, yet different The two groups had a ton in common.  Both are laser focused on early stage and have espoused a model of being super capital efficient and lean early and supporting hard and fast scaling once companies show promise.   Both groups have been innovating for a few years now in adapting fast to changing market conditions, with biotech showing the way in "asset light" and virtual…
  • Zoopla at seven – how focus and speed drive exceptional outcomes

    freddestin
    19 May 2014 | 5:30 am
     I first invested in Zoopla in July 2007.  At the time, a mere £500,000 to get the company going and back Simon Kain and Alex Chesterman in improving the real estate experience. Last week, almost exactly 7 years after this first investment, Zoopla released its last set of numbers:  40 million monthly visits,  six-months revenues of £38.8 million and a profit margin that is flirting with 50%. As I left the last board meeting, I marvelled about how this management team had taken the business so far and so fast; this is not so much as statement about the top line as a…
  • The Boston Surprise

    freddestin
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
     Now that I am leaving Boston I can talk about its startup ecosystem in all candor.   When I came over 4 years ago, it was essentially as an act of belief in my partner Jeff and in myself. To be frank, I did not expect much. Talk was of dreary winters and a boring town full of boring VCs with not much happening. For that was the perception of the region from afar. I could not have been more wrong. I am starting to measure the progress that was made in the last four years, too. When Oculus VR was sold recently, I know many people were surprised to hear Boston mentioned in connection…
  • Why Series B is usually the hardest

    freddestin
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:47 am
     Tom Tunguz and Danielle Morrill both came out with data suggesting Series B are hard.  Tom calls it the "hardest round to raise", based on his numbers.  Let me try to address why that is.   Let's assume we're in a B2B SaaS company with a solid technological base.  You started four years ago and you've raised a $1M Seed and a $5M Series A.  You're searching for the best way to scale commercial when Series B comes around the corner, faster than you thought with that $300K burn that crept up on you. Series B is hard for a simple reason: suspension of disbelief…
  • Pro-rata rights: the good, the bad and the ugly

    freddestin
    5 Mar 2014 | 6:24 pm
     Fred Wilson posted an article to explain the concept and value of pro-rata rights, with his usual elegance in making the concept clear. Pro-rata rights are incredibly valuable for a simple reason: most startup companies fail, but pro-rata rights are your way to ensure that you can keep investing in the ones that make it. Think of it another way: like a good trader (and contrary to human nature), you should cut your losses early and keep investing in your winners. The nature of the venture capital game, when played at a very early stage, is that one or two bets will generate most of your…
 
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    Mark Peter Davis

  • Interplay’s Birthday

    MPD
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    A lot has changed since the lights went on at Interplay.  Like a bootstrapped startup we began crashing in the corner of someone else’s office.  It was one person, an intern, a pair of laptops and flickering lights.  As of this month, we’re two years old and a lot has changed. We’re now three partners, an associate, a head of talent and a director of community.  We’ve picked up two incredible advisors and are now involved with 16 companies all of which have phenomenal leadership and teams.  In aggregate the crew employs ~500 people and just the companies we’ve cofounded or…
  • Is It Better To Miss Winners Or Avoid Dogs?

    MPD
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    What’s worse: 1) not investing in a winning company or 2) investing in a dog? That’s a tough question – both stink. To sort through this an investor needs to first think about their overarching investment strategy.  In the extremes, there are two ways to construct an early stage portfolio.  One option is to make a high volume of bets with the hope that you get into every company that’s good.  The other is to make fewer bets with the expectation of having a higher hit rate. My take is that the strategy likely dictates your answer to the question above.  If an investor is playing…
  • Coalition for Queens: Social Mobility Through Tech

    MPD
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    I’m very honored to serve as an advisor for the Coalition for Queens.  While I feel that I can never do enough for the organization, their mission speaks to me.  Through a variety of programs the Coalition for Queens provides technology training and support for startups with a goal of achieving economic development in Queens, NY. And, they’re succeeding. Their Access Code initiative alone is drastically increasing the earning potential of lower income folks.  Here’s an article on the program: A nonprofit in Queens taught people to write iPhone apps — and their incomes jumped from…
  • Interplay Director of Talent: Mia Merrill

    MPD
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    About a month ago we set out to find a person to actively recruit across all of the companies in the Interplay family.  Today I’m excited to announce that Mia Merrill has joined the crew to drive the talent side of our operation. Mia represents embodies both our values and style.  She’s got the work ethic a high growth environment requires but also understands the Interplay way – a focus on finding fun in the office.  We’re grateful to have her. On the Interplay side she represents a major milestone.  As the companies in our crew have transitioned from being constrained by capital…
  • Hiring: Interplay Director of Community

    MPD
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The Interplay team is growing. We’re now looking to hire a community manager to join our ranks and have a big impact. Job description below.  Apply here.   Title: Director of Community Type:  Full-Time Commitment Role: Strengthen the internal community within Interplay through events and beyond Develop and manage a rigorous calendar of external events that are designed to support the broader startup community Develop and manage events and external facing activities that support our customers The Ideal Candidate: Is a butt-kicker, who is highly organized, works hard and smiles Can…
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    Tech

  • Researchers At Harvard Discovered A Potential New Treatment For Ebola

    Matthew Stuart
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
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  • A Developer Says Apple Sent Him Screenshots Of Porn In Order To Confirm How Easy It Is To Search For Porn With His App (AAPL)

    Caroline Moss
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This is weird. In a Medium post, developer Carl Smith has a detailed story about how his app was denied access to the Apple Store because of how easy it was to search for porn (and find it) using the app. In order to prove this to Smith, Apple allegedly sent him a screenshot of a man masturbating. And, there was no warning to the app developers before they opened the attachment from Apple. Smith writes, Let me start by saying Apple’s policy to make sure people can flag inappropriate content is a good thing. We had a flagging process but they thought it could be better and we are…
  • 15 Must-Have Apps For Your New iPad (APPL)

    Lisa Eadicicco
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    When Apple unveiled its new iPads earlier this month, the company boasted that there are now 675,000 apps optimized for the iPad in Apple's App Store. That's a lot to choose from. And, of course, some apps are better and more useful than others.  Whether you're planning on buying a new iPad soon or are just looking for something different for your current iPad, this list will help you sort through the hundreds of thousands of apps Apple has to offer. Monument Valley ($3.99) Monument Valley is an incredibly relaxing puzzle game with captivating imagery. In fact, it won a design award…
  • Designer Transforms Old Apple Computers Into Modern Furniture

    Steven Tweedie
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Technology evolves quickly. Old designs are discontinued to make way for the new, but for designer Klaus Geiger, this is where the fun begins. Charmed by the industrial design of Apple's Power Mac G5 computer, Geiger has taken Apple's old powerhouse of a computer and transformed it into sleek, modern furniture. The collection, appropriately titled BENCHMA(®)C features a set of tables, seats, and cabinets that are simple and utilitarian. Each piece of furniture does a great job of showing off the G5's anodized aluminum chassis, and Geiger's use of wood and glass feels like it would be…
  • Here’s A Reminder Of Just How Important AWS Is To Amazon (AMZN)

    Eugene Kim
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Amazon’s Q3 earnings were a disappointment, missing analyst expectations across the board. It pushed the stock down as much as 12.89% in after-hours trading. But every cloud has a silver lining, and there’s one in Amazon’s earnings report, too: the continued growth of its “other” revenue. Amazon doesn’t specify what the “other” revenue is composed of, but it is generally understood that the vast majority of it comes from Amazon Web Services (AWS), its cloud computing service platform. Amazon recorded $1.38 billion in “other” revenue in the third quarter, which is a 37%…
 
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    DubaiBeat.com

  • DubaiBeat.com 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, DubaiBeat.com 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…
  • UAE investors Abraaj and Gulf Capital invested in South African and Egyptian firms

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Dubai investment firm Abraaj Group and Abu Dhabi investment firm Gulf Capital have invested separately in a South African food manufacturer and an Egyptian oil services firm. Gulf Capital, based in Abu Dhabi, has invested $25 million in Amak Group, a provider of integrated petroleum services for the onshore and offshore sectors in Egypt. Abraaj Group, based in Dubai, has invested in South African food manufacturer Libstar which is located in five of South Africa’s nine provinces and employs about 4,200 people. Abraaj Group and Gulf Capital are listed in the Middle East Investors Directory…
  • Arab investment firm EFG Hermes invested $208 million in French wind energy firm

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Arab investors of EFG Hermes investment bank acquired 49% of French wind energy firm for $208 million. EDPR France, a subsidiary of EDP Renewables, one of the top four global renewable energy firms, has a portfolio of 33 operational wind farms. EFG Hermes has operations in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE and has more than 800 employees. EFG Hermes is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR29. More details follows
  • Arab investors of KFIC acquired California's medical center building for $27 million

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Kuwait Finance and Investment Company KFIC has announced acquisition of a medical center building in California for $27 million. The acquisition was carried through a consortium through buy and lease back practice - compatible with the provisions of Islamic Sharia. The building has an area of ​​45,277 square feet and is leased entirely for 15 years. To see listing and contact emails of investors and family offices from the Middle East, check our 2014 edition of Middle East Investors Directory More details follows
  • Bahrain investors of Investcorp acquired US properties for $250 million

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    Investcorp, the Bahrain-based private equity firm, has acquired a portfolio of office and industrial properties in North Carolina, Seattle and Florida for $250 million. Combined, the properties acquired consist of nearly 2.2 million square feet. This is the second announced investment in the US real estate by Bahrain investors in this quarter. As DubaiBeat reported earlier, another Bahrain investment firm, Gulf Finance House, had acquired three residential properties in the US worth $75 million. Investcorp and Gulf Finance House are listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code…
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    Continuations

  • Lump of Labor: Certainly a Red Herring (And Possibly not a Fallacy)

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    I have written before that it is OK to worry about the effects of automation on work. One frequently encountered response is that this worry is wrong, that having it is committing the Lump of Labor fallacy. Marc in particular has been bringing it up a lot, including on Twitter, in a blog post, and a recent interview. But this is a red herring. One can legitimately worry about the transition even if one believes that the Lump of Labor fallacy is in fact a fallacy. So let me posit for a moment that it is a fallacy (more on that later). Even then the adjustments in the labor market are likely…
  • Network Effects for SaaS Businesses

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Later today I am talking at Point Nine Capital's annual SaaS conference. The topic will be how to create network effects for SaaS businesses. Just as a quick reminder, a business has network effects if the value of the service increases for all customers as the business grows. Here are some of the ways that this can be accomplished: First, there is the obvious one which is actually connecting businesses to each other. For instance, if your are in purchasing management and you connect companies to possible suppliers, such as Kinnek does. This creates market place like network effects where…
  • Software is Eating Software

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Earlier this year I had a blog post about how writing software applications in-house is making a comeback. I was reminded of this when I attended the HackNY hackathon at NYU over the weekend. I was there to help Susan with representing Ziggeo, her startup, which provides an API for video recording and playback. The number of APIs and open source projects out there that do amazing things is simply staggering. Watching some other NY based startups present their APIs and feeling the excitement among the students I felt inspired to write a little hack of my own. Basically the idea was to let…
  • A Short Note on the Word "Panic"

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    In the current discussions on what to do (or not to do) about the Ebola outbreak the word “panic” is being abused. Panic means a “sudden, overpowering terror, often affecting many people at once.” And some of the nonstop CNN coverage can rightly be accused of contributing to a potential panic among the population. But the word is also being used widely to criticize anyone calling for stronger measures. In that context it is not only wrong but also used to chill what should be a rational discussion of the right response. Given the potential for exponential growth, it is…
  • Parallel Book Reading

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    I used to be highly skeptical that one could be reading more than one book at a time. But in the last couple of years what I have found works best for me is to have 3-4 non fiction books going simultaneously. I tend to pick books on quite different subjects so I that there is no confusion. Progress on each book is somewhat slower than reading just one but not by as much as I would have thought and my completion rate is way up. Here is why I think this works. When you have only one book and you are in a bit of a lull on it and have only say 15 minutes of time you are likely to do something…
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    EZebis

  • Robert Scoble led NoPanels with NoKeynote #nopanels

    pemo
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Robert Scoble led NoPanels Summer 2014 with NoKeynote.  Fabulous talk – in fact it had a momentum all of its own!  You can watch it below.             Robert was also kind enough to give me a quick interview after the talk.  (I got reprimanded!)  You …
 
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    Openview Labs

  • Predictive Lead Scoring Made Simple

    Jonathan Crowe
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    What is predictive lead scoring? Here's a quick, no-nonsense breakdown of what it is and why it's gaining so much traction in B2B. via OpenView Labs ↬ Predictive Lead Scoring Made Simple
  • How to Survive in Today’s Sales World by Adding Value from Minute 1

    OpenView Guest
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Want to stay relevant in today's rapidly evolving sales world? Sales trainer John Barrows explains why winning more deals now comes down to learning how to give before you get. via OpenView Labs ↬ How to Survive in Today’s Sales World by Adding Value from Minute 1
  • Choosing the Best Sales Compensation Plan for Your Business

    OpenView Guest
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sales strategy consultant Michael Hanna breaks down the keys to designing an effective sales compensation plan that keeps your team motivated and focused on the right results. via OpenView Labs ↬ Choosing the Best Sales Compensation Plan for Your Business
  • The Perfect Playbook for Cold Calling the C-Suite

    OpenView Guest
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Having trouble breaking through to a prospect? Sometimes the best move is going straight to the top. via OpenView Labs ↬ The Perfect Playbook for Cold Calling the C-Suite
  • The Surprisingly Simple Formula for Building Habit-Forming Products

    OpenView Guest
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to hook your users? Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, shares a simple framework for building a product users love and can’t put down. via OpenView Labs ↬ The Surprisingly Simple Formula for Building Habit-Forming Products
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • National Grid names a new chief executive for its U.S. operations

    Jon Chesto
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    National Grid is going outside of the energy industry for its next top U.S. executive by tapping a former GE and Tyco executive who has spent much of his career running security-related businesses. Tom King, president of National Grid's U.S. operations, will be leaving the British utility company at the end of March 2015 after nearly eight years there. Meanwhile, Dean Seavers will join National Grid on Dec. 1, and will take over King's job as U.S. president when King leaves. Seavers is currently…
  • Needham Bank's assets now top $1.5 billion after a banner year

    By Jay Fitzgerald
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Confronted with a lack of capital to make loans and stay competitive, some community banks find themselves either pursuing a merger or lining up on a path to go public. In the case of Needham Bank, the bank's governing board five years ago rejected one merger proposal by management and effectively slammed the door on going public. That left management with the tough option of growing capital organically. After investing millions of dollars into improving and expanding operations, it seems Needham…
  • Watch Harvard students hack for education (Video)

    By Chen Shen
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    It's hackathon season in Boston. Two weeks after the renowned 24-hour HackMIT, an education-related hackathon was held at Harvard Graduate School of Education last weekend. About 50 hand-picked students worked with 12 mentors from Google, EdX and Harvard University to combat three different educational challenges with technology tools. As co-sponsor of this event, Google, Harvard and EdX each pitched a challenge for the participants. EdX put out a challenge for mobile learning. Google put out a…
  • Researchers sharing findings thanks to NIH policies

    Jessica Bartlett
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    When Dr. Eric Campbell, a director of research with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School professor, started looking into the sharing habits of researchers, he wasn't overly surprised by what he found. According to the 2000 report published by Massachusetts General Hospital, 44 percent of geneticists and almost a third of other life scientists admitted to withholding data requested by other researchers, despite best practices that encourage sharing for scientific progress. "I…
  • Saylent raises $2M to sell analytics software directly to banks, credit unions

    David Harris
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Saylent Technologies, a Franklin-based big data analytics company that helps financial institutions personalize services to their customers, said it recently raised $2 million in funding from North Hill Ventures of Boston and Kansas-based Five Elms Capital. North Hill is the former venture arm of Capital One, the bank holding company based in Virginia. Saylent CEO and president Tyson Nargassans said the funding would be used to hire more employees for its sales team as it looks to sell its software…
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    eWallstreeter

  • Pitch for Finance Jobs

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Company / App Name: Finance Jobs https://www.financejobs.co Twitter – financejobs\_co What does it do? Launched in 2014, Finance Jobs aims to be the best finance jobs site in the world. We’re not there yet, but we’re going to try hard to get there while having fun along the way. Why do we need it? Looking […]
  • LG makes its first smartphone chip, the Nuclun

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    LG, one of Korea’s major consumer electronics and technology giants, is entering the smartphone chip game with Nuclun, its first mobile application processor. Pronounced “NOO-klun,” the chip will make its first appearance this week when LG releases the G3 Screen, a smartphone for the Korean market. The chip’s eight-core processor was designed using ARM big.Little technology […]
  • Stunning Photos Of Mars From The Curiosity Rover

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is trying to figure out whether the red planet ever offered a habitable environment for life, and it's taking amazing photos in the process.
  • Management Lessons From Mars

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    On a hot August Earth night in 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover began its celebrated “seven minutes of terror” --- slowing from 12,600 mph to a triumphant gentle landing at Mars’ Gale Crater.
  • Pitch for Teezus Apparel

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Company / App Name: Teezus Apparel http://teezusapparel.com Twitter – teezusapparel What does it do? Teezus Apparel is a new and upcoming clothing line that specializes in incorporating art into clothing. We want to get our designs out to everyone with an affordable price through this crowdfunding campaign. Why do we need it? You know what […]
 
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    VC Experts: The Buzz

  • Is The Honest Company Worth $837M?

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Is The Honest Company worth $837M? Take a look at their latest round of funding- including deal terms, est. fully diluted shares, price per share, and valuation.
  • Save the Date!

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    An intimate ACE Portal and VC Experts hosted panel at the NYSE
  • Cyber Risks For The Boardroom - Part II

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Directors never want to be in the unenviable position of having to seek coverage under their D&O policy. Nevertheless the D&O policy is an indispensable corporate expense, particularly in the case of public companies, where exposures can be much higher.
  • The World Outside Silicon Valley

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • Cyber Risks For The Boardroom - Part I

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Privacy issues have been the focus of many state efforts over the past few years. However, the SEC has increased their focus tremendously over the past few months (see our blog posts here, here, and here). As early as October 2011, the SEC had demonstrated an interest in cybersecurity events by releasing guidance concerning public company cybersecurity disclosures. Otherwise, the SEC had remained relatively quiet.
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