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  • A Billion Seconds verses A Million Seconds

    Babbling VC
    Paul Jozefak
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    This is more of a fun post but there's a point to it. I was listening to a podcast this morning where Tony Robbins was being interviewed...he's out promoting his new book. I have to admit I bought it based upon the press it's been getting more so than actually being interested in the topic. Nevertheless, he makes an interesting point in the interview....which I'm presuming I'll also see in the book: "Set your goals based on realistic numbers." How long is one million seconds? 11.57 days How long is one billion seconds? 31.67 YEARS!!! Think about that for a moment.....a little less than 11…
  • Snapchat's Spiegel angrily responds to leaked e-mails

    VatorNews.tv
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    CEO says he's "angry" and "devastated" but vows to "keep doing exactly what we are doing"Last night it was revealed that the Sony hacking scandal had reached Snapchat,  through Michael Lynton, who is Sony Entertainment CEO, and a Snapchat board member. Specifically, e-mails revealed two purchases that the company has  made: Vergence Labs, a company that is working on a Google Glass-like device called Epiphany Eyewear, for $15 million, and Scan.me, a QR scanning and iBeacon startup, for $50 million. It also revealed that the company was in talks to bring music to…
  • Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

    Both Sides of the Table
    Mark Suster
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
      Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs. When second place isn’t good enough because we live in winner-take-most markets. The desire to be better than anybody else in one’s field. This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It would often make my colleagues laugh because they’d hear me like a broken record and then the next week read my ramblings in a post. Last week’s obsession was about obsession itself. 10 days ago I saw the film,…
  • Entrepreneurs: Say What Your Startup "Does", Not What it "Is"

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    Allen Morgan
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    Entrepreneurs, when you pitch a VC, you don't have much time to make a good first impression.  VC's spend a good part of their waking hours sitting through pitches, and n0 one (VCs are mere human beings) can do this over and over again without getting a little jaded.  Entrepreneurs need to realize this and consciously keep it in mind when developing and delivering their pitch. The "make an impression" window is narrow, and the hurdle is high. Moreover, like it or not, you are competing against the ever-growing pile of other pitches flooding onto the VC's desk (this…
  • Mobile Innovation: We Need to Get Past the App Store Duopoly

    Continuations
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    The shift to mobile computing is fully underway. Over time everyone in the world will have a smartphone and data speeds will go up (and hopefully prices for data plans will come down). So the race is on to find the natively mobile versions of many (all?) existing businesses. There is, however, a major hurdle to that innovation here in the US and many other parts of the world: the control of Apple and Google over their respective app stores. Many people have pointed to the amazing commerce integrations in WeChat in China as an example of what can be done. What fewer have said though is that…
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    TechCrunch

  • Redfin Raises $70.9M To Expand Into New Markets

    Frederic Lardinois
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
     Online real estate brokerage Redfin today announced that it has raised an additional $70.9 million in an effort to expand into new markets. The round was led by two large institutional investors, Wellington Management and Glynn Capital Management, with participation by Priceline chairman Jeffery Boyd’s Brothers Brook and Redfin board director Bob Mylod’s Annox Capital, as well… Read More
  • Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down

    Sarah Perez
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
     Everest, a Peter Thiel-backed mobile startup that launched an app last year to help you “achieve your dreams,” is shutting down. The company had raised $2.2 million over three rounds, according to data from CrunchBase, but failed to attract enough users in order to justify the expense of running the service and keeping the team employed, admits an email sent out to Everest users… Read More
  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Sound Blaster Roar

    Anna Escher
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
     In order to generate more awareness about their product, the folks at Creative Labs are giving away 4 Sound Blaster Roar wireless Bluetooth speakers to 4 TechCrunch readers. What is this Sound Blaster Roar device, you ask? This compact 5-driver speaker setup consists of 2 amplifiers and 1 built-in subwoofer, and is about the size of a dictionary. The NFC-compatible device also has a voice… Read More
  • Betaworks’ Homescreen Intros App Profile Pages, Taking App Discovery To A New Level

    Jordan Crook
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
     Betaworks latest experiment, Homescreen, has added app profile pages to the platform, letting users see how popular the app is on various Homescreens, important people that are using it, and other apps that either share a drawer or a homescreen with that particular app. “The App Store is a black box,” Homescreen co-founder Matt Hartmann tells me. “We want to make it easy… Read More
  • Mobile Analytics Company Mixpanel Raises $65M Round With An $865M Valuation

    Anthony Ha
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
     Mixpanel, which describes itself as offering “the most advanced analytics platform ever,” is announcing that it has raised $65 million in new funding. That round comes entirely from previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, and co-founder/CEO Suhail Doshi told me that it values Mixpanel at $865 million (the valuation includes the new cash). Read More
 
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    Both Sides of the Table

  • Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

    Mark Suster
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Whew! We’ve been dying to tell you all for a while that we had raised a new venture capital fund and of course given SEC filing requirements the story was somewhat already scooped by the always-in-the-know Dan Primack a few weeks ago. We raised $280 million. Our last fund was $200 million but as you may already know since we raised that fund we added new partners Greg Bettinelli and Kara Nortman and Venture Partner Hamet Watt – all of whom are busy looking at new deals for the firm in addition to Yves Sisteron (the founder), Steven Dietz (also part of founding team) and myself.
  • If You Don’t Respect Your Customers You Won’t Be Successful

    Mark Suster
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    I spend a lot of time with startups and thus hear many companies talk about their approach to sales and their interactions with customers. From these meetings you can really tell the leaders that care deeply about their customers and those the look down on them. Given customers & sales are the lifeblood of any organization you’d imagine everybody would respect their customers. You’d be very wrong. I was thinking about it this week through some snippets of recent experiences. Starting with a positive. I had dinner this week with a top new customer at one of our enterprise…
  • Why I’m Standing Today with My Black American Friends, Family & Colleagues

    Mark Suster
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    “It stops today.” I spent the entire day yesterday in a deposition so I was offline from the world around me – a rare day of no email, no social media and even no news. I had been awake since 5am, returned home from work at 9:15pm and was exhausted with my only goal of decompressing and tuning out from the world. I could not. I barely slept last night. I read that a grand jury chose not to indict the police officer responsible for brutally killing of an unarmed black man: Eric Garner. I simply couldn’t believe it was true. I don’t remember feeling so angry at…
  • The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

    Mark Suster
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
      This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. I had been thinking a lot about this recently because I’m often asked the question of “what I look for in an entrepreneur when I want to invest?” I look for a lot of things, actually: Persistence (above all else), resiliency, leadership, humility, attention-to-detail, street smarts, transparency and both obsession with one’s company and a burning desire to win. In the comments section a clever question popped up about whether I would have…
  • Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

    Mark Suster
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
      Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs. When second place isn’t good enough because we live in winner-take-most markets. The desire to be better than anybody else in one’s field. This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It would often make my colleagues laugh because they’d hear me like a broken record and then the next week read my ramblings in a post. Last week’s obsession was about obsession itself. 10 days ago I saw the film,…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Amazon launches Prime Now, a one-hour delivery service

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Prime Now is only available for Prime members, and is currently only operating in ManhattanThere seems to be something of a race going on between online retailers over who can get their items to you the fastest. The two companies in the lead so far have been Google and Amazon, both of which offer same-day delivery services (eBay was a contender as well, but now seems to have pretty much dropped out.) What if you need something, you know, pretty much right now, though? Then what do you do? Don't worry, Amazon's got your back. The company just took same-day delivery it up a notch with…
  • Khosla Ventures looks to raise $400M seed fund

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    The firm also filed earlier this year to raise a $1 billion fundKhosla Ventures, one of the biggest and most well-known venture capital firms, is getting ready to raise a new seed fund, according to documents filed with the Securies and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. The total size of the fund, called Khosla Ventures Seed C, will be $400 million. Listed in the filing are partners Vinod Khosla, Keith Rabois, Samir Kaul, and David Weiden. Back in June, the firm filed with the SEC to raise a $1 billion fund, called Khosla Ventures V. That…
  • Snapchat's Spiegel angrily responds to leaked e-mails

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    CEO says he's "angry" and "devastated" but vows to "keep doing exactly what we are doing"Last night it was revealed that the Sony hacking scandal had reached Snapchat,  through Michael Lynton, who is Sony Entertainment CEO, and a Snapchat board member. Specifically, e-mails revealed two purchases that the company has  made: Vergence Labs, a company that is working on a Google Glass-like device called Epiphany Eyewear, for $15 million, and Scan.me, a QR scanning and iBeacon startup, for $50 million. It also revealed that the company was in talks to bring music to…
  • After India scandals, Uber beefs up safety features

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Uber partners with RAINN and hires Tim Collins to build out Safety Incident ResponseOf all the scandals that Uber has endured in the last few months, the worst, by far, have been the questions over safety and the background checks it does on its drivers. An incident in New Delhi earlier this month, where a passenger was allegedly raped by a driver, caused the service to be banned in that city, as well as Hyderabad, and called into serious question how safe Uber really is.  Uber has been described as an ethically challenged company by many, but if an executive…
  • Sean Parker gives $24M for new allergy research center

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Parker himself suffers from severe food allergies, which affect around 40% of the world populationI don't know what it is, but there seems to be something about being close to Facebook that leads people to give money to philanthropy and education. Not only people in the company itself, but those it has acquired and those who have invested in it. Or, you know, it could just be a big coincidence. The latest Facebook adjacent person to donate money is Napster co-founder, Facebook investor and man who had Justin Timberlake play him in a movie, Sean Parker, who revealed on Wednesday…
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    VentureBeat

  • Photography community EyeEm’s latest feature teaches you to edit photos like a pro

    Harrison Weber
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    Today EyeEm, a mobile app that’s like Instagram for people who actually care about photography, released a handful new editing features, the most interesting of which lets you copy editing tricks from popular users. Dubbed Open Edit, EyeEm’s new feature feels like a Photoshop Action for the mobile age. In EyeEm’s words, “Open Edit lets you explore how other photographers edit their images and makes it easy for you to try their edits on your own photos.” Starting today, all iOS users can try out the edits of top EyeEm photographers, but for now only select…
  • Mixpanel grabs $55M from Andreessen Horowitz to fund acquisitions and an R&D team

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mixpanel, the little wonder of A/B testing, has raised a staggering $55 million in new funding. Raised entirely from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz at a $865 million post-money valuation, the new round comes a whole two-and-a-half years after Mixpanel’s last round in 2012. When we last spoke with cofounder and chief executive Suhail Doshi, the company that made its name helping startups optimize their websites based on how visitors interacted with them was shifting full-force towards mobile with the launch of its first A/B testing tools for mobile apps. Now, equipped with new…
  • Pandora launches its first native game console app for Xbox One

    Tom Cheredar
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Digital radio service Pandora is finally showing some love to gamers today with the launch of a new application for Xbox One. Despite being one of the largest streaming music services, the company has previously opted to devote its resources to building a HTML5 web app optimized for television screens rather than develop native apps for game consoles. Considering that consoles are among the most used for streaming services, that might seem like an odd decision, but it was part of Pandora’s strategy to focus less on platforms and more on building a cohesive user experience across many…
  • Messaging giant Line buys Microsoft-owned music streaming app MixRadio

    Harrison Weber
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    Japanese messaging behemoth Line has inked a deal to buy MixRadio, a music streaming service that Microsoft acquired as part of its Nokia Devices and Services acquisition, Line announced today. Going forward, Line says, MixRadio will continue to be available on Lumia devices as a third-party app. But the company appears determined to expand elsewhere on other platforms. More, from Line: MixRadio will continue to collaborate with Microsoft to offer a personalized music experience as a third party service on Lumia smartphones. The MixRadio team firmly believes that LINE is the optimal…
  • Airbnb’s mobile site is now almost as good as its app

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Home-sharing startup Airbnb wants you to enjoy its mobile website as much as its redesigned native app. Although the company’s native app remains a necessary tool for hosts and guests, Airbnb has redesigned its mobile site to make it more responsive and useful for travelers. “The share of mobile web traffic over desktop traffic is growing — almost 20 percent to Airbnb.com get there via mobile,” Airbnb mobile product lead Justin Santamaria told VentureBeat in an interview. Not serving visitors an optimal experience would be detrimental in a multitude of ways. Moreover,…
 
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    AVC » VC & Technology

  • What’s Next

    Fred Wilson
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    I am always thinking about what is next and I feel like I’m spending even more time this year thinking about this. All of us at USV seem to be pondering this question a lot right now. I came across this nice post by Ben Thompson in which he ponders the question out loud, which is my favorite way to ponder. Here is the money quote: While the introduction of the iPhone seems like it was just yesterday (at least it does to me!), we are quickly approaching seven years – about the midway point of this epoch, if the PC and Internet are any indication.4 I sense, though, that we may be…
  • Video Of The Week: The Bubble Question

    Fred Wilson
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    Since the LeWeb video I posted on wednesday was so long (>40mins), we are going with short and sweet today. In late October, I did an event with City National Bank. For those that don’t know, City National is one of the banks that are active in the tech startup sector, banking and lending to startups. We did a “fireside chat” format which is really my favorite way to do a public appearance. And, of course, I got “the bubble question.” Here is how I answered it in less than three minutes:
  • The LeWeb Breakfast Chat

    Fred Wilson
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:42 am
    I blogged about this yesterday and the talk went up last night. So here it is. Its about 40mins but its a fun and wide ranging conversation.
  • A Day In Berlin

    Fred Wilson
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:17 am
    Man is Berlin cooking. I mean the tech startup community, not the temperature. The Gotham Gal and I flew to Berlin yesterday and it was -2 celsius when we landed and it did not get a lot warmer. But I managed to do three events and met at least fifty entrepreneurs, maybe a lot more, in less than 24 hours. The highlight of the day was an event we did yesterday evening in partnership with the Tech Open Air folks. My partner Brad was in Berlin for two days of meetings with one of our Berlin based portfolio companies and we did a joint appearance at a cool event space. @TOABerlin: Welcome on…
  • Veniam

    Fred Wilson
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:22 am
    I’ve been talking a lot and writing a lot about mesh networking. I think it has the potential to wrest control of the last mile of the wired and wireless internet from the carriers who mostly control it around the world. Peter Kafka noticed yesterday that we had finally put those words to work with a mesh networking investment: August: @fredwilson explains mesh networks http://t.co/blnrbSZpuO today: USV announces mesh network investment https://t.co/76ZzlLGusz — Peter Kafka (@pkafka) December 2, 2014 We made this investment, in a neat company called Veniam that comes out of Porto…
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    Union Square Ventures

  • Barbershop Revival

    @libovness
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    <p>A photo essay about cultural and design trends that I sourced on Foursquare</p>
  • Why Do Your Best Ideas Come in The Shower?

    @pointsnfigures
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    Link: http://pointsandfigures.com/2014/12/18/why-do-your-best-ideas-come-in-the-shower/ @pointsnfigures:
  • SAVING TWITTER FROM THE FAKE FOLLOWER INVASION

    @gtunc83
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    <p>With Twitter set to hit 300 million active users by the end of Q1 2015, there has never been such a rush for brands and businesses to establish a dedicated audience to help spread their message. Unfortunatly for many small to medium sized businesses new to social media marketing there are many pitfalls that will ultimatly make them believe that social media is a waste of time, but there is more evil than we thought here, read on to find out more. To demonstrate these pitfalls and why it is bad for not only your business but the users of Twitter and the social network itself, we will…
  • The Story Behind My Investment In Chariot – Haywire

    @semil
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:07 pm
    <p>This is fun story behind an investment out of Haystack II.</p>
  • Docker Support Done Right

    @cnivolle
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    <p>Deploying Docker apps as easy as deploying a regular app: just add a Dockerfile and git push.</p>
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    Xconomy

  • With Big Funding, Phononic CEO Targets New Cooling Applications

    Frank Vinluan
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Frank Vinluan Semiconductor startup Phononic entered 2014 with a $21 million funding round to bring the company’s new cooling technology into refrigerator production lines. Phononic is still on track to break into home refrigeration. But the company is closing the year with an additional $44.5 million in funding as it stakes out opportunities to cool other devices beyond the home. The Durham, NC, company raised its latest funding in a Series D round led by Eastwood Capital Corp. and the Wellcome Trust. Barring any new financing announcements before the end of the year, Phononic’s $44.5…
  • Déjà Vu For Gilman as New Immunology Startup, Padlock, Gets $23M

    Ben Fidler
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    Ben Fidler Michael Gilman has been in this position before. About 10 years ago, he left an executive research position at Biogen Idec, hooked up with Atlas Venture, and formed a startup called Stromedix—one that got funded, developed a drug, and incidentally was later sold to the big biotech, bringing Gilman back into the Biogen fold. Now Gilman is at it again. Last summer, over a year after the Stromedix deal closed, Gilman left Biogen again, and reunited with Atlas as an entrepreneur-in-residence. And now his new five-employee startup, Padlock Therapeutics, has secured a big venture…
  • Houston’s Bellicum Pharma Rides T-Cell Therapy Wave to $140M IPO

    Angela Shah
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    Angela Shah Bellicum Pharmaceuticals has made a little bit of Houston history. In becoming the latest in a new wave of cancer immunotherapy companies to go public, Bellicum has managed another feat—it’s the first Houston biotech to make it to the Nasdaq in nearly 15 years. Bellicum priced 7.35 million shares Wednesday night at $19 apiece, raising $139.65 million before discounts due to underwriters. At those totals, Bellicum upsized its offering by 1.1 million shares and beat its projected $15 to $17 per share range. Bellicum’s total haul could end up even higher if its…
  • CAMX Power Quietly Develops 200-Mile Electric Car Battery

    Martin LaMonica
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Martin LaMonica Claims of a breakthrough in battery performance are fairly commonplace—and often disappointing. A little-known startup has been toiling on a material that isn’t a radical break with today’s batteries. But by improving on materials that are already widley used, it could be a commercial success nonetheless. CAMX Power, based in Lexington, MA, has only existed as a standalone company since last May. But it has been working on a battery cathode material for 12 years and is now providing samples to potential customers and licensees, says president and founder Kenan Sahin.
  • New Funding for Texas Software, Cleantech, & Health IT Startups

    Angela Shah
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Angela Shah There’s just over a week until Christmas. How is your shopping going? As you wait in checkout lines or for e-retailers to process your orders, catch up with the latest innovation news from Xconomy’s Texas bureau, such as funding news and new startup partnerships in Houston. —Rebellion Photonics, a Houston energy startup, has received $4.25 million from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The federal program invested a total of $60 million in 22 projects designed to detect and measure methane emissions and to develop thermal…
 
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    Seeing Both Sides

  • The Outsiders

    bussgang
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    One of my favorite childhood books was SE Hinton's The Outsiders.  For whatever reason, I always related to this tough group of teenagers who felt like societal outcasts just because they were born on the wrong side of town. I was reminded of the book the other day when attending the Unconference.  The Unconference is a Boston-based technology conference put on by the MassTLC that has no agenda.  Instead, the agenda is created dynamically the day of the conference by the attendees.  Sessions are created on the fly, led by whoever wants to lead a session. At many conferences, there is…
  • Entrepreneurs Are Crazy

    bussgang
    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

    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…
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    PE Hub Blog

  • Inbox Messenger nets $3.9 mln

    Iris Dorbian
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    New York City-based Inbox Messenger, a design-centric messaging app has received $3.9 million in seed funding. The investors were not named. PRESS RELEASE New York City, New York (PRWEB) December 17, 2014 Inbox Messenger, a design-centric messaging app that makes conversation personal again, announced today that it has completed a $3.9 million seed round funding from a group of angel investors. Inbox Messenger will leverage funding to grow engineering and product teams to focus on enhancing its real-time communications infrastructure, new features and expanded customer service support for its…
  • Flexus Biosciences rakes in $38 mln Series B

    Iris Dorbian
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    Flexus Biosciences has raised $38 million in Series B funding. The investors were Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, The Column Group and Celgene. Also, the firm has named Dr. David Goeddel, a managing partner at TCG, to its board of directors and Dr. Alexander Rudensky as chairman of its clinical and scientific advisory board. Based in San Carlos, Calif., Flexus is a cancer immunotherapy firm. PRESS RELEASE SAN CARLOS, CA, December 17, 2014 – Flexus Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of small-molecule cancer immunotherapies targeting…
  • MML invests in Clean Linen Services

    Iris Dorbian
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    UK-based commercial laundry operator Clean Linen Services has received an investment from MML Capital Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. In addition to the funding, Luke Jones and Bal Johal of MML have been added to Clean’s board. PRESS RELEASE MML Capital Partners (“MML”) is delighted to announce it has made a significant partnership capital investment into CLEAN Linen Services (“CLEAN”), the leading commercial laundry operator. Over the last 10 years CLEAN has achieved exceptional growth, with sales trebling from £10m to £30m, and made significant…
  • Grail Partners backs FolioMetrix

    Iris Dorbian
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    FolioMetrix has received undisclosed funding in a round led by Grail Partners. Based in Omaha, Nebraska and Portland, Oregon, FolioMetrix is a provider of tactical asset management products and distribution programs for portfolio managers, financial advisors and institutions in the U.S. PRESS RELEASE OMAHA, Neb. and PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FolioMetrix announces that Grail Partners has led the next round of growth funding, purchasing a significant minority interest in the firm in partnership with existing outside investors. Grail Partners founder and Managing Partner…
  • Online real estate broker Redfin racks up $70.9 mln

    Iris Dorbian
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Online real state broker Redfin has raised $70.9 million in funding. The backers included Wellington Management Company, Glynn Capital Management, Brothers Brook and Annox Capital Management. PRESS RELEASE Redfin (www.redfin.com), the customer-first real estate brokerage, today announced an investment of $70.9 million, led by large institutional investors including Wellington Management Company, LLP, as well as Glynn Capital Management, LLC. Other key investors include Brothers Brook, LLC, an investment firm led by Jeffery Boyd, chairman of the board of directors of The Priceline Group; and…
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    Feld Thoughts

  • Solve Your Gmail Contacts Problem

    Brad Feld
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I live in Gmail. Gmail Contacts has been lame for a long time. Within an email, it’s even lamer on the right side bar, especially since it could be so amazingly useful. FullContact has just released their FullContact for Gmail product. It’s a free download in the Chrome Store. I’ve been using it for about six months since and it’s just awesome. I’ve been obsessed about the contact management problem for many years. In 2012 when we invested in FullContact, I wrote a post titled One Address Book To Rule Them All. FullContact has made great progress in the past two…
  • Two New Techstars Programs – Mobility/Detroit and Techstars++/Mayo Clinic

    Brad Feld
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    I’m fascinated with Detroit. When I was there in October 2012 with my partners Ryan and Jason to run the Detroit Marathon we talked about the idea of getting more involved there in some way. Jason grew up in Detroit and has lots of stories there. He goes back regularly to visit his parents and Ann Arbor where he went to school. Since we were there, I’ve read a few books on Detroit and many articles that popped up about it’s downfall along with some of the entrepreneurial activities trying to revive the city. My partners and I believe that Detroit hit rock bottom around…
  • Jerry Colonna and Rand Fishkin Discuss Depression and Entrepreneurship

    Brad Feld
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Jerry Colonna spent a few hours with me and Amy on Saturday at our house. Jerry is one of our closest friends on this planet so any time we get time with him is a treasure for us. It was a cold-ish, snowy, gloomy Colorado early winter day. Amy and I were pretty off-balance due to my blood clot so it was especially nice to be with him as he always helps rebalance us. We talked some about his new company Reboot. I’m a huge supporter of Jerry’s work – recommending many of the CEOs we work with to him, or his associates, for coaching. I attended a recent CEO Bootcamp as a…
  • The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

    Brad Feld
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    I’ve had a powerful exchange via email with Mario Cantin over the past few days. He pointed me to a post he recently wrote titled Empathy is feeling *with* others and an amazing three minute RSA Short video on The Power of Empathy by Dr Brené Brown. It’s stunning crisp and enlightening. Amy and I are huge believers in empathy. In our book Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur we come back to this idea over and over again as one of the biggest challenges in communication between people. Thanks Mario for sharing this with me. The post The…
  • An Example of Life Being Messy – My ER Visit Last Night

    Brad Feld
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Yesterday I wrote a post titled Life Is Messy For Everyone building off of Nick Grossman’s great post Everyone is broken and life is hard. I was in a nice rhythm after being back four days from my month long sabbatical. I felt completely relaxed, I had an awesome day long offsite with my partners, I was generally caught up with things and was loving being home. I’d scheduled a Monday trip to San Francisco to do something important with one of our portfolio companies and overall felt like I was ready to roll through the rest of the year, including committing to ramping up my…
 
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  • SAP Nation Excerpts: Chapter 1The Customer Pivot

    vinnie
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Amazon has SAP Nation on the Kindle and in softcover. Over the next few weeks the book will be available in other print and eBook formats. As I have done with my other books, I plan to excerpt here about...
  • Book Promotional Pricing

    vinnie
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    The soft cover, print-on-demand version of the book, SAP Nation is now available on Amazon.com here at $ 19.95. Even better, they have a 25% off promotion till December 14. Use promotion code BOOKDEAL25 towards the book. The hardback versions...
  • SAP Nation Excerpt: PrologueThe Happiest Place on Earth

    vinnie
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    Amazon has released SAP Nation on the Kindle. Over the next few weeks the book will be available in other print and eBook formats. As I have done with my other books, I plan to excerpt here about 10% of...
  • Customer, customer, customer..

    vinnie
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Most authors hate to use a word repeatedly in a sentence, or a page. Few editors allow it. But till Sadagopan pointed it out in his Amazon review of the book, SAP Nation, I did not realize the editors and...
  • SAP Nation Excerpts: Preface

    vinnie
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:33 am
    Amazon has released SAP Nation on the Kindle. Over the next few weeks the book will be available in other print and eBook formats. As I have done with my other books, I plan to excerpt here about 10% of...
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  • Entrepreneurs: It's OK to Divulge Your Last-round Post-money Valuation

    Allen Morgan
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    [Entrepreneurs: read all the way to the bottom of this post; there are different situations that can look confusingly similar, and it's important to distinguish among them.] Most, smart investors will ask you for the post-money valuation of your last round of financing at the conclusion of your first meeting (indeed, if a VC doesn't ask for it during your initial meeting, it's usually a sign they've already decided to pass).  It's safe to answer the question, and you should do so without hesitation. In fact, I think it's a good idea to offer the information even…
  • Entrepreneurs: Upcoming Events, Gambling & The Schmuck Factor

    Allen Morgan
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    Entrepreneurs, here's another surprising subtlety that you might not think of when raising money from venture capitalists:  even with a solid track record of accomplishment over, say, the past year, don't try to raise money too close to an upcoming major milestone, or inflection point, in your business (e.g., big product release, significant new customer agreement, important senior hire). Failure to factor this into your fundraising calendar can hurt. Why? Two main reasons:  (1) to a venture capitalist, it feels too much like gambling, and (2) VC's worry a lot about the…
  • Entrepreneurs: In Times of Stress, Don't Do What Comes Naturally

    Allen Morgan
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I was lucky.  I got taught this early in my career. Several recent episodes in my "Sherpa" practice, however, have reinforced my belief that this simple lesson should be part of every entrepreneur's early curriculum (and continuing education).  Important for each new crop of founders to learn -- and remember. The Lesson:  In stressful times, over-communicate with all stakeholders in your start-up, even if only about process/status. Or, even if to report "No Change". One's natural tendency is to clam up; after all, stressful times, almost by definition, are…
  • Entrepreneurs: Say What Your Startup "Does", Not What it "Is"

    Allen Morgan
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    Entrepreneurs, when you pitch a VC, you don't have much time to make a good first impression.  VC's spend a good part of their waking hours sitting through pitches, and n0 one (VCs are mere human beings) can do this over and over again without getting a little jaded.  Entrepreneurs need to realize this and consciously keep it in mind when developing and delivering their pitch. The "make an impression" window is narrow, and the hurdle is high. Moreover, like it or not, you are competing against the ever-growing pile of other pitches flooding onto the VC's desk (this…
  • Evolution of Contact Information

    Allen Morgan
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Ever notice that, today, when you ask an email correspondent for their contact information (those who don't include it in their e-signature), what one gets is different than a few years ago. Today, one gets: one or more email addresses, cell phone #, Twitter handle, various URL's to information on the web (usually LinkedIn, Facebook, the person's blog/tumblr, et al.); and What one doesn't get: a physical address IM name landline phone # Exceptions: Service providers (e.g., lawyers, accountants, consultants), who, no surprise, give reams of contact information Executives in…
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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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  • A Bit of Berlin in Slovakia

    Paul Jozefak
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    This is one hell of a biased post so let me get that out of the way right off the bat. Being that I am from Slovakia and was just there for the Slovak Startup Awards, there is no way that this post could be considered impartial. But so be it.  Having spent the past 2,5 days in Bratislava to attend the awards show as a jury member, I had the opportunity to get around a bit in town...mostly for meetings. Nevertheless, I had some coffee and food at Foxford and Urban. I ate steak at Carnevalle. I had a dinner at Rio and drinks at the Sky Bar. Late night after too much wine we stumbled over to…
  • A Billion Seconds verses A Million Seconds

    Paul Jozefak
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    This is more of a fun post but there's a point to it. I was listening to a podcast this morning where Tony Robbins was being interviewed...he's out promoting his new book. I have to admit I bought it based upon the press it's been getting more so than actually being interested in the topic. Nevertheless, he makes an interesting point in the interview....which I'm presuming I'll also see in the book: "Set your goals based on realistic numbers." How long is one million seconds? 11.57 days How long is one billion seconds? 31.67 YEARS!!! Think about that for a moment.....a little less than 11…
  • 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.
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  • The Unique but Powerful Way the HubSpot Mafia is Impacting Boston Startups

    David Beisel
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    It’s official: now two months after the IPO, HubSpot has surpassed the $1B market cap threshold and has become that “pillar” company that the tech ecosystem long anticipated. The benefits have been touted previously: an anchor for attracting and retaining talent in Boston, as well as a breeding ground for the next set of great Boston entrepreneurs and founders.Already, a handful of groups have spun out to start new ventures, like the teams at Driftt, Bedrock Data, Grokky, and NextView-backed InsightSquared. As HubSpot co-founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah recently told BostInno, “We’ve…
  • The Market Is Hot for Code Climate, NextView’s Newest Investment

    David Beisel
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    When Chad Pytel introduced me to Bryan Helmkamp, CEO/Co-founder of Code Climate, I knew that I had to pay attention.Chad is the CEO of thoughtbot, a consulting firm that makes web + mobile apps for early-stage startups.The two companies had been working together for a while, especially as both are deeply embedded within the Ruby on Rails developer community, with a strong following for their respective offerings.As an Advisor to thoughtbot the past couple years, I’ve come to place a lot of weight and trust in Chad’s opinion.So I chatted with Bryan about Code Climate’s service, which…
  • The Road to Our Investment in Bridj

    David Beisel
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Mass transportation is the largest single source of travel within metropolitan areas across the globe, but our current fixed infrastructure approach hasn’t changed since the 19th century.  Here in our innovation hub of Boston, the country’s oldest subway tunnel built in 1897 is still in use as part of the MBTA Green Line.  Each day thousands of people commute to work on a system that is literally over a hundred years old.This year, though, a local startup called Bridj has been making headlines by taking a fundamentally new approach to thinking about mass transportation.  On the…
  • Unusual Rounds of Early-Stage Funding & What to Know

    David Beisel
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    This is an excerpt from the original post, found on NextView’s blog, The View From Seed, launched this week. Find the original post here.As the VC seed market has institutionalized, especially over the past five years, there has emerged a prototypical seed round profile: $1M-$1.5M raised, the first non-friends-and-family capital, comprised of one to three institutional seed investors or larger VC funds, on a priced equity structure (though sometimes convertible note), with a valuation mechanism in place priced in the single digit millions.While there has been much discussion…
  • What I Learned from the TapCommerce Founders

    David Beisel
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    In every single venture investment I’m involved with here at NextView Ventures, I learn a lot from the Founders of their company.  But in the particular case of our portfolio company TapCommerce, which yesterday announced its acquisition by Twitter a mere two years after the company’s founding (more details), there have been some key lessons which I’ll meaningfully take away from my experience in working with Brian Long, Samir Mirza, and Andrew Jones.  First and most importantly, a huge congratulations goes to the three of them, as well as the entire TapCommerce team, in creating…
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  • NYVC Ops – Community For Operations Professionals

    MPD
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last week I announced that we were reigniting the New York Venture Community (NYVC), with the launch of NYVC Tech – a community exclusively for engineers.  Today we’re launching NYVC Ops to help operations professionals learn, share and grow. Interestingly, I think ops folks have been overlooked and underserved in the startup community.  Maybe its because their roles often overlap with the CEO or because their day-to-day activities can vary so much.  Either way, we think there’s a ton to dig into in this particular operational function and we’re excited to kick this group off. For…
  • Reigniting The New York Venture Community

    MPD
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    About six years ago I started the New York Venture Community to help create more connective tissue for entrepreneurs in NYC.  Founders need access to investors, investors need access to founders and everyone needs to share what they’re learning The group has grown to become one of the largest in NYC (with ~16K members) and remained relatively active.  While the organization has slowed down since its hey-day, NYVC Sports has actively operated and become an institution in the sports startup community.  I’ve long believed that there’s more potential to create more value for more people…
  • Nomad Financial Expands To West Coast

    MPD
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    The Interplay crew is expanding its geographical reach.  With the launch of their Seattle office, Nomad Financial is the first company in our crew to land out West. While this is an exciting milestone for Interplay as a whole, the Nomad team is also really excited to be able to serve more of the startup community, making high-quality finance and bookkeeping solutions accessible to founders in need. The flag was planted in Seattle by Andrew Klein – a startup community organizer, angel investor and finance savant.  He’s already advising a number of startups in the Seattle and Silicon…
  • Video: How To Get The VC Job

    MPD
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Wall Street Oasis folks were kind enough to have me give another talk.  This time the topic was how to get the VC job.  The video is below.  Enjoy. No related content found.
  • New Family Member: Morrow Lane

    MPD
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Few founding teams have the skills to scale their company beyond friends, family and the early adopter crowd.  So what do founders do after mining their personal networks?  They need sophisticated sales and marketing operations, but there aren’t many good solutions available.  After having seen founders get stuck time and time again, we decided to help. Today, we’re excited to announce a new member of the Interplay family: Morrow Lane. It’s a full-service marketing firm that helps companies scale.  The firm handles everything from content marketing, SEO, and PR to paid…
 
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  • This Story Of How A Dog With Deformed Legs Ran For The First Time Will Make Your Day

    Devan Joseph
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    3D Systems created unique custom 3D printed prosthetics that have allowed Derby the dog, born with deformed legs, to run for the first time. Derby's new legs were created using a ProJet 5500X 3D Printer which allowed the company to use both rigid and flexible materials in the design. Video courtesy of 3D Systems Follow BI Video: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story »
  • Amazon's Penny Pricing Glitch Nearly Ruined This Company Because It Was Holding Its Xmas Party When The Crisis Hit (AMZN)

    Joshua Barrie
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    The Amazon price glitch on December 12 hit a huge number of companies. For around an hour, RepricerExpress, an automated pricing system for Amazon's online retailer's MarketPlace, went wrong and priced thousands of products at a single penny. During the glitch, up to 75 million items were set to 1p and more than 2,000 sellers were affected. There are fears some businesses might go bankrupt as a result of the error, writes City A.M. It has cost retailers across the UK thousands. And caused issues in terms of reputation — some negative customer feedback has been damaging. Amazon says "it…
  • 1-Year-Old Startup Bustle Hits 20 Million Uniques And Raises $15.5 Million: 'It's Been A Watershed Year For Digital Media'

    Alyson Shontell
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Bryan Goldberg and Kate Ward's one-year-old publication for women, Bustle, now has 20 million monthly readers and it just raised a $15.5 million round of financing led by General Catalyst Partners. That's up from 10 million monthly readers in July. The site launched in August 2013 and strives to be the ultimate content site for women, covering everything from news to fashion and entertainment.  Facebook has been good to a lot of publishers this year. For many, like Buzzfeed, it is their primary source of traffic referrals. One site, ViralNova, was able to attract 100 million monthly…
  • Looking For A Last-Minute Gift Idea? We've Got Something For Everyone On Your List

    Business Insider
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Click here to see all Business Insider's gift guides >>Join the conversation about this story »
  • The Single Most Terrifying Trend Facing Google (GOOG, AMZN)

    Nicholas Carlson
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    Two and a half years ago we wrote a post headlined "Forget Apple, Forget Facebook: Here's The One Company That Actually Terrifies Google Execs." That company? Amazon. Google is a search company, but the searches it makes money from are the searches people do before they are about to buy something online. These commercial searches make up about 20% of total Google searches. Those searches are where the ads are. Two and a half years ago we wrote, "What Googlers worry about in private is a growing trend among consumers to skip Google altogether, and to just go ahead and search for the product…
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  • UAE investment firm acquired Scotland Yard HQ for $579 million

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:06 am
    Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG), an investment firm based in UAE Abu Dhabi, has acquired New Scotland Yard, home to the London Metropolitan Police since the 1960s for $579 million. The the 600,000 sq ft site will be redeveloped into a new multi-use development. Back in November ADFG completed another $485 million deal for the redevelopment of 1 Palace Street, situated in central London. (ADFG is headed by Jassim Alseddiqi and is the parent company of Abu Dhabi Capital Management. It is primarily focused on financial services and real estate, in the GCC, UK and Eastern Europe) Abu Dhabi…
  • Kuwait private equity firm NBK Capital acquired 51% stake in Turkey advertising firm

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:37 am
    NBK Capital, a private equity firm based in Kuwait, has acquired a 51% stake in Sistem-9 Medya an advertising and digital signage firm in Turkey. Established in 2005, Sistem-9 Medya is a provider of end-to-end Digital Signage integration solutions and Digital Out-of-Home advertising channels. NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II is a $310 million private equity fund focused on acquiring stakes in growth companies. NBK Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR41. More details follows
  • Dubai investors of Delta Partners invested $10 million in CipherCloud

    2 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    Delta Partners, a Dubai-based investment firm, has invested $10 million in Global IT firm CipherCloud. CipherCloud, which was founded in India and is headquartered in San Jose, is backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, and T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom and has over 3 million business users. Delta Partners Capital, based in Dubai, is the investment arm of Delta Partners Group, an emerging markets-focused telecoms, media, and digital advisory and investment firm with over 200 employees operating from Barcelona, Bogota, Dubai, Johannesburg,…
  • Saudi KBW Investments acquired 50% stake in Romanian engineering firm

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    KBW Investments, an investment firm owned by the son of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, has acquired a 50% stake in the Romanian engineering firm Arcadia Engineering. This acquisition is KBW's second European purchase in 2014, the first being Raimondi Cranes, an Italian tower crane manufacturer. Arcadia started operations in Romania in 1993 and now has operations and offices in UAE and Brazil. KBW Investments is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINNO141. More details follows
  • 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…
 
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  • Mobile Innovation: We Need to Get Past the App Store Duopoly

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    The shift to mobile computing is fully underway. Over time everyone in the world will have a smartphone and data speeds will go up (and hopefully prices for data plans will come down). So the race is on to find the natively mobile versions of many (all?) existing businesses. There is, however, a major hurdle to that innovation here in the US and many other parts of the world: the control of Apple and Google over their respective app stores. Many people have pointed to the amazing commerce integrations in WeChat in China as an example of what can be done. What fewer have said though is that…
  • Bitcoin: Clarifying the Foundational Innovation of the Blockchain

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    There is a confusion about Bitcoin that trips up a lots of people when they first learn about it: the blockchain is organizationally decentralized but logically centralized! What does this mean? Here is a 2 x 2 matrix that should help: organizationally organizationally centralized decentralized logically eg *new* centralized Paypal Bitcoin logically eg eg decentralized Excel e-mail The “organizationally centralized” column on the left contains systems that are controlled by a single organization (EBay and Microsoft in the examples, but this doesn’t need to be a corporation,…
  • Lending Club IPO

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Today our portfolio company Lending Club went public. Congratulations to the team And here is founder Renaud Laplanche on the business
  • The Torture Report is Out, Now What?

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    I have only written about torture once before here on Continuations as part of my mini review of Zero Dark Thirty. I am glad that after long delays we at least now have a summary of the Senate’s Torture Report. Together with Guantanamo Bay itself, which I have mentioned a few times, and the Drone program, we have done great harm to the causes of democracy and freedom, all in the name of defending them. I don’t actually question the motives of the people who conceived of and conducted these programs. The road to hell is always paved with good intentions. Those don’t excuse…
  • The New York Verdict and What I Plan to Do

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    I did not write directly about the death of Michael Brown although what happened in Ferguson was on my mind and I referred to it indirectly. I was not planning to write about the death of Eric Garner but then I saw a tweet last night that reminded me that if you do nothing in the face of violence and injustice you are contributing to it. So what will I do? My immediate action is relatively straight forward: assist in putting pressure on state and federal authorities to re-examine both cases as well as others like it. It does make a difference if you call your representatives on this. So…
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  • The Secret to Boosting Your Pricing Power

    OpenView Guest
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Value management and pricing strategy consultant Steven Forth explores the surprisingly powerful role emotion plays in setting the right price for your software. The post The Secret to Boosting Your Pricing Power appeared first on Openview Labs.
  • How to Set Up Successful Virtual Teams

    jminton
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Launching successful virtual teams can increase productivity, improve employee morale, and eliminate costly office space — if you get it right. The post How to Set Up Successful Virtual Teams appeared first on Openview Labs.
  • Content Marketing that Scales: 3 Keys to Creating Value (Not Just More Content)

    OpenView Guest
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Kapost Senior Director of Content Marketing Jesse Noyes explains the difference between “doing content” and building a scalable content marketing operation. The post Content Marketing that Scales: 3 Keys to Creating Value (Not Just More Content) appeared first on Openview Labs.
  • Top 12 B2B Sales Tools You’ll Need for 2015

    Devon McDonald
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Looking to win more deals in 2015? These B2B sales tools will help you connect with the right prospects, steal back your productivity, and boost your results. The post Top 12 B2B Sales Tools You’ll Need for 2015 appeared first on Openview Labs.
  • How a Habit-Forming Product Became Valued at $1.2 Billion in 7 Months

    jminton
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Building a habit-forming product doesn’t happen by accident. Discover exactly how Slack created something users can’t live without. The post How a Habit-Forming Product Became Valued at $1.2 Billion in 7 Months appeared first on Openview Labs.
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  • On the move: Recent hires and appointments at local life science and health care companies

    Jessica Bartlett
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    Here's a summary of recent personnel changes announced at Massachusetts biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device and health care companies. Daniel Paterson will take over the role of Chief Operating Officer at Verastem, Inc., the company announced today. Paterson has held the role of chief business officer at the company, which is focused on discovering drugs to treat cancer. Prior to that, Paterson worked as head of corporate development and diagnostics. Pat Hughes, president and CEO of Fallon…
  • Former Biogen research head tries hand at second Atlas-backed startup

    Don Seiffert
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    The first thing Michael Gilman did when his second tour of duty at Biogen Idec ended in August 2013 was take a road trip to Quebec with his son. The second thing he did was the wander back to Atlas Venture, where he began his first startup company seven years earlier, to try his hand at doing it again. Gilman is well-known in the Boston-area biotech circles as much for his heavy Twitter presence as for his success in early-stage research in some of the areas largest as well as its smallest biotech…
  • American Well virtual medicine platform raises $25M in recent equity financing

    Jessica Bartlett
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    American Well has recently closed on $25 million in equity funding, part of more than $81 million in funding to date that company executives said will help bring the platform to more doctors and widen the use beyond primary care visits. The company says American Well is the world's most popular telehealth app, boasting a new-age platform where patients can connect with doctors in less than three minutes via video chat on their computer or mobile apps, receiving advice and even prescriptions without…
  • Dating site Zoosk ditches $100M IPO, citing Care.com's poor market performance

    David Harris
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    San Francisco dating site Zoosk has ditched its planned $100 million IPO, and blamed the move on the poor performance of similar consumer-related tech companies such as Waltham-based Care.com, whose stock has plummeted nearly 70 percent since it went public this past January. "Since the time we filed, the market condition around comparables that would be used to help value our company, like Angie's List and Care.com, have not performed well," Zoosk's new CEO, Kelly Steckelberg, told TechCrunch Wednesday.…
  • IPO could value cybersecurity firm Veracode up to $800M

    Sara Castellanos
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    Cybersecurity firm Veracode, based in Burlington, has chosen banks in its preparation for an initial public offering that could value the company between $600 million and $800 million, according to Reuters. Veracode is working with banks including J.P. Morgan, UBS and Deutsche Bank on the potential IPO, and the company could go public as soon as next year, according to the Reuters report. Among recent key hires for the company: general counsel Dean Breda, who was formerly general counsel for Cambridge-based…
 
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  • Open Garden Connects With $10.8M For Peer-to-Peer Networking

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    San Francisco-based OpenGarden, which develops mobile phone-based peer-to-peer messaging and networking technology, has raised $10.8M in a Series A funding.... (more)
  • Mixpanel grabs $55M from Andreessen Horowitz to fund acquisitions and an R&D team

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    When a profitable company decides to raise new funding.
  • PanTerra released analytics tools for internal communications

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    While a lot of recent new product activity has been focused on deriving meaning from public conversations in social media, PanTerra Networks Inc. is turning the lens back on internal communications with a new platform that the company says provide a … Continue reading →
  • Messaging giant Line buys Microsoft-owned music streaming app MixRadio

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    Japanese messaging behemoth Line has inked a deal to buy MixRadio, a music streaming service that Microsoft acquired as part of its Nokia Devices and Services acquisition, Line announced today. Going forward, Line says, MixRadio will continue to be available on Lumia devices as a third-party app. But the company appears determined to expand elsewhere on other platforms. More, from Line: […]
  • Can this hat replace your Fitbit?

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    This week’s Smart Health roundup features a hat that could replace your current activity tracker, a smart thermometer raising funds, and a luxurious partnership for wearable tech. LifeBEAM smart hat   If you’re tired of wearing a bracelet to track your … Continue reading →
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  • Enjoy a Complimentary Report

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Back in November ACE Portal and VC Experts hosted The Growth of Private Company Investing: The Importance of Online Platforms, Accurate Data and Robust Analytics event at the NYSE. As a thank-you for attending the event, we gave our latest aggregate report: Fintech - Deal Term and Financings Overview Featuring IEX Group, Motif Investing & Wealthfront to all of our attendees.
  • Rural Metro – More Lessons on Practices to Avoid When Selling a Publicly Traded Delaware Corporation

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    At first glance, the all-cash third-party buyout addressed in a recent Chancery Court decision, In re Rural Metro Corp. Stockholder Litig., C.A. No. 6350-UCL (Del. Ch. March 7, 2014), seemed an unlikely candidate for criticism, judicial or otherwise.
  • 'Tis The Season, For Crazy High Valuations: Uber vs Lyft

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Unless you took a hiatus from all things media last week, you probably noticed that Uber raised another measly Billion plus dollar round.
  • Why Private Equity Funds Face Employment Risks

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Suddenly, the advance sheets show a wave of litigation targeting private equity funds. See, e.g., Guippone v. BH S&B Holdings LLC, 737 F3d. 221 (2d Cir. 2013) (private equity funds potentially liable for WARN Act liability); Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. v. National Labor Relations Board, 452 Fed. Appx. 433 (5th Cir. 2011) (same for unfair labor practices under National Labor Relations Act); Board of Trustees, Sheet Metal Workers' National Pension Fund v. Palladium Equity Partners, LLC, 722 F. Supp. 2d 854 (E.D. Mich. 2010) (same for multiemployer pension plan liability of a portfolio…
  • Pre-IPO Report Now Available!

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Pre-IPO Report takes a deeper look into a few companies that may be making headlines in the coming year
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