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    David Beisel
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    Conventional wisdom says that the best way to meet with a venture capitalist is to get a warm introduction.  (While it’s a good rule of thumb, it’s not entirely true, which I’ve blogged about previously.)However, there’s another way that I’ve seen entrepreneurs use mutual connections that’s even more impactful than a warm introduction: a proactive inbound reference.  Rather than wait for a VC to ask for references later in the diligence process, savvy entrepreneurs have had people in our mutual network lob in an email or phone call as a vote of confidence and support.  If a…
  • VCPro Database 2015 ***NEW Edition***

    Venture Capital Access Online: Website Updates
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    2015 NEW EDITION NOW AVAILABLE! VCPro Database 2015 (18th Edition) is a downloadable venture capital and private equity directory with complete profiles of over 5,300 venture capital firms worldwide. Compiled by a veteran VC researcher, VCPro Venture Capital Database is available in both Windows and Macintosh formats. (Updated for 2015) Click the above link to learn more.
  • What VC Can Learn From Private Equity

    AVC » VC & Technology
    Fred Wilson
    15 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    It is friday and that usually means a fun friday or a feature friday but I’m stuck on a plane flying back from a week on the west coast and have the time and inclination for a longer post. So we will return to our regularly scheduled friday programming next week. I spent a week in Europe a few weeks ago with our friend Eric who is a managing partner in a private equity firm. We talked a lot about his business and our business that week and I’ve been ruminating on it since. I’ve also had the pleasure of working on a board of one of our portfolio companies with a private…
  • Path Didn’t Sell Its ‘Places’ Business Messaging Service To Daum Kakao

    TechCrunch
    Jon Russell
    29 May 2015 | 1:25 am
     Path announced that it has sold its flagship messaging apps to Korea’s Daum Kakao today, but the company has retained one interesting part of its business: its Places business-to-consumer messaging service. That’s according to Daum Kakao, which confirmed to TechCrunch that it didn’t acquire that asset. Read More
  • TheFunded.com Term Sheet: US West Wireless/Mobile First Round Terms

    TheFunded.com
    27 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
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  • Path Didn’t Sell Its ‘Places’ Business Messaging Service To Daum Kakao

    Jon Russell
    29 May 2015 | 1:25 am
     Path announced that it has sold its flagship messaging apps to Korea’s Daum Kakao today, but the company has retained one interesting part of its business: its Places business-to-consumer messaging service. That’s according to Daum Kakao, which confirmed to TechCrunch that it didn’t acquire that asset. Read More
  • Open Source Platform Emojidex Offers “Emojis-As-A-Service”

    Catherine Shu
    28 May 2015 | 10:02 pm
     Like them or not, emojis are turning into the mobile era’s lingua franca. Now a project called emojidex is offering “emojis-as-a-service,” with a platform that lets developers share new emojis with each other and add them to their websites and apps. Read More
  • Path Sells Its Social Networking App To Daum Kakao

    Ryan Lawler
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
     The company behind the Path social networking app might be looking for a new name. That’s because Dave Morin and crew have sold their social networking app of the same name to Korean messaging heavyweight Daum Kakao. Read More
  • Inventors, Entrepreneurs And The Space In Between

    John Hauer
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
     Got a hot idea for a new product? You’re not alone. However, hard data on exactly how many products are introduced each year is surprisingly sparse. Go ahead, give it a search. So far, the best source I’ve found is Mintel’s Global New Product Database. Read More
  • Here’s A First Look At Android M

    Darrell Etherington
    28 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
     Android M is still in its very early days; Google just released the first developer preview for use on test devices today. We flashed it onto a Nexus 5, and took a look around to see what was new. The OS is far from feature-complete at this stage, but you can still get a first look at some key features in the video above. The changes to the app drawer, and to volume controls, are small but… Read More
 
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    Bothsides of the Table

  • Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool

    Mark Suster
    28 May 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Planning a threaded Tweetstorm? Here’s the rules: 1/Tweet 2/Reply to 1st Tweet but remove your @name 3/Reply to 2nd Tweet not 1st 4/Repeat — Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015 I learned the hard way by doing a Tweetstorm below but linked every subsequent Tweet back to the original Tweet to create the thread. I faced the wrath of the community. It turns out that it works fine how I did it with the web version of Twitter but not with mobile. 1/ Twitter started off positioned as a micro-blogging platform but in the end became more of an RSS reader — Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015…
  • What is The Best Way to Explain Your Startup?

    Mark Suster
    20 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Anybody who reads the blog regularly will know that I’m long video. I’ve made 5 investments in the sector and I hope to make 5 more. Between the US & Europe alone the video sector is worth around $500 billion. And TV / Film / Video Games / Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality and frankly the Internet will all merge. Western countries watch > 5 hours of TV per day. Why? Because we’re visual storytellers. We simply can’t escape our history as hunters & gatherers sitting around a fire and explaining the world to our community. Sight. Sound. Motion. Equals…
  • The Most Important Advice I Could Give You About Unicorns

    Mark Suster
    14 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    Unicorns. The most overused word in the technology industry today. And they aren’t even fucking real. That is how absurd things have gotten. No, I take that back. THIS is how absurd things have gotten: “I have to raise at a billion-dollar valuation” “Why? You don’t have the revenue or profit to support that valuation.” “But if I don’t I won’t be able to recruit the best people in the market. And every great company is raising at north of a billion dollars now so I need to in order to compete.” “Ok. Well, if you choose the…
  • Why Lawsuits Are On the Rise at Startups and What To Do About It

    Mark Suster
    10 May 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Lawsuits. I’m so tired of the nature of the legal system in the United States where bullying, intimidation and mobster-like shake-downs are becoming prevalent. As I write these words I already imagine my next deposition in which I’m asked to read this out loud. Lawsuits are becoming so prevalent these days. Even when I’m not the one being sued I find myself being dragged into deposition after deposition and my blog (along with all my emails) are being served as evidence. So I look forward to reading this to opposing counsel at the next deposition where I can tell them that…
  • Here is The Best Data You’ll Find on the LA Tech Market

    Mark Suster
    6 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    As an active investor in the Los Angeles technology market we’re always seeking to better understand the data and trends of why our market has grown so rapidly since 2009. We look for pockets of excellence where we may have skills that aren’t native in other markets or where our home town may have some unique skills or talents. Everybody now knows that LA produced SnapChat, Tinder and Maker Studios. They are getting a sense that as VR and AR become more an important part of the computing landscape that the history of film-making and camera innovations not to mention special…
 
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  • Under fire from lawsuits, Uber courts deaf drivers

    28 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    The company has been accused of not catering to the needs of the disabled community Uber, more than most companies, seems to find itself constantly embroiled in one controversy or another. But the company is also become a master of spinning out of those situations; after all, it has hired some very powerful people to do that job. It's latest snafu might be one of the more embarrassing ones: it has been accused, multiple times now, of not catering to the disabled. First, in April, the company was said to be discriminating against blind people by refusing to transport guide dogs, or…
  • Entrepreneur and Investor Talks - Founder stories: Getting the marketplace flywheel going

    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    DogVacay, UrbanSitter and Washio at Vator Splash LA 2014Ezra Roizen of Ackrell Capital moderated the panel discussing about "founder panel on scaling your startup and getting the marketplace flywheel going" at Vator Splash LA 2014. On the panel were Aaron Hirschhorn, Founder and CEO of DogVacay; Lynn Perkins, Founder and CEO of UrbanSitter; Jordan Metzner, Founder and CEO of Washio.  We were particularly excited to have DogVacay's Hirschhorn on stage speaking at Splash as it was only two years prior that he presented as one of the finalists in the startup competition. Turned…
  • Jawbone sues Fitbit, says it stole talent and secrets

    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The company says Fitbit needed its resources because it couldn't innovate on its own(Updated with comment from Jawbone) Wearables are having a moment, and Fitbit is taking advantage of that and is on its way to an IPO this year, but first it has something else it has to contend with: a lawsuit. Rival health tracking manufacturer Jawbone filed with San Francisco's Superior Court on Wednesday, accusing Fitbit of "clandestine efforts," which were done to "steal talent, trade secrets, and intellectual property" from Jawbone. A startling 30% of Jawbone employees were allegedly…
  • Twitter shares more about you with audience insights

    27 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The new tool gives advertisers a deeper dive into demographics, interests and purchasing behaviorImagine for a second that you are Twitter. You've basically put all of your eggs in one basket, relying almost exclusively on advertising. Sure, user growth is slowing, but as long as you can still get advertisers to pay top-dollar to reach the users you do have, then you're good as gold. Then you miss badly on your quarterly earnings report, seeing revenue that is $20 million less than expected. Not only that, but you also see slower than expected growth in advertising sales…
  • DocuSign adds another $45M to its Series F round

    27 May 2015 | 1:48 pm
    The document management company has now raised over $500M in total venture fundingOnly two week after document management company DocuSign announced that it had raised a $233 million funding round, bringing its valuation to $3 billion, the company is back once again with even more money in its coffers. The company has added another $45 million to its Series F round, it was revealed on Wednesday, from new investors Dell and Intel Capital, who joined Brookside Capital and Bain Capital Ventures to bring the round to $278 million. With this funding, DocuSign has now…
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    VentureBeat

  • Mobile first: Right for your business?

    Alon Even
    29 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. GUEST: It is 2015 and the world is going mobile. If your business has not yet accepted this, you may already be falling behind. The Internet has been a driving force for businesses for the past two decades, and will remain an integral part of it, but to ignore mobile is to lose out on a huge piece of the pie. Consider for…
  • Google acquires mobile app performance startup Pulse.io

    Emil Protalinski
    28 May 2015 | 10:14 pm
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. Google announced a lot during its I/O 2015 developer conference today, but as is often the case with such big events, a few tidbits slipped through the cracks. One of those tidbits was the fact that the company acquired app performance startup Pulse.io. Pulse.io’s product, which shows developers how they can speed up…
  • Here’s what mobile brings to enthusiast communities and influencer marketing

    Barry Levine
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Successful CMOs achieve growth by leveraging technology. Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited. Request your personal invitation here! Many companies that specialize in tapping user enthusiasm are focusing on mobile. Do smartphones bring something special to enthusiast communities or to their sponsored equivalent, influencer marketing? That was the subject of a panel I moderated Wednesday at The Enthusiast Channel Summit, a two-day conference on the subject presented this week at…
  • Google still has a lot of work ahead to win in mobile ads

    Ruth Reader
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Google may dominate online advertising, but it’s been slow to innovate in mobile. Today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, California the search giant took its first big step toward changing that paradigm. The company revealed two big plays: cross-platform campaigns for mobile developers and mobile ad conversion metrics for app-install ads. The updates are big for Google, which is quickly losing its hunk of the mobile advertising market to small innovative advertising startups and Facebook. Mobile analytics firm Flurry estimated that $6 billion was spent on mobile app…
  • Forget about credit cards and cash, Google is making payments Hands Free

    Ruth Reader
    28 May 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Google is testing out a way for you to pay for items at a store without pulling out your phone or wallet. Called Hands Free Payments, the tool looks like it uses phone proximity to make payments, possibly through Blue-tooth. All it requires is that a person download an app to their phone. When they go to pay at a register, they just need to give their name and the payment is made. Right now the feature is being tested in the Bay area with two partners: Papa Johns and McDonalds. Down the road, the experiment could easily take shape as a rewards program feature for merchants. More…
 
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    AVC » VC & Technology

  • What Can It Be Worth?

    Fred Wilson
    26 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    The thing I always think about when making an investment is not what it is worth, but what can it be worth. To determine what something is worth, you can look at comps (which I posted about here), or you can let the market tell you what it is worth by running a process.  But the really interesting number is not what it is worth today, but what it can be worth. For this, you need to use your imagination. When we invested in Twitter, we had to imagine that hundreds of millions of people around the globe would use Twitter to find out what was going on, and that Twitter would be able to build an…
  • Rinse And Repeat

    Fred Wilson
    24 May 2015 | 4:58 am
    I’d like to call out a really great blog post (and talk) my colleague Nick Grossman delivered last week. He called it Venture Capital vs Community Capital, but to me its about the endless cycle of domination and disruption that plays out in the tech sector. This bit from the post rings so true to me: So there’s the pattern: tech companies build dominant market positions, then open technologies emerge which erode the the tech companies’ lock on power (this is sometimes an organized rebellion against this corporate power, and is sometime more of a happy accident).  These open…
  • What VC Can Learn From Private Equity

    Fred Wilson
    15 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    It is friday and that usually means a fun friday or a feature friday but I’m stuck on a plane flying back from a week on the west coast and have the time and inclination for a longer post. So we will return to our regularly scheduled friday programming next week. I spent a week in Europe a few weeks ago with our friend Eric who is a managing partner in a private equity firm. We talked a lot about his business and our business that week and I’ve been ruminating on it since. I’ve also had the pleasure of working on a board of one of our portfolio companies with a private…
  • The No Stack Startup

    Fred Wilson
    14 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years that the “full stack approach” is the future of startups. My friend Chris Dixon articulated the reasons for going “full stack” very well in this post from last year. But like many things, the best approaches are at both ends of the spectrum. Either go “full stack” or go “no stack.” My partners Andy and Albert have been writing about the no stack approach this past week and it is the topic of the week at usv.com. At USV we have never been excited by the full stack approach. It is well suited…
  • Video Of The Week: Real Biz at Disrupt

    Fred Wilson
    9 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    While I was at Disrupt last monday, I did two TV appearances. I posted this first one, CNBC, on Tuesday. Here’s the second one, on ABC’s Real Biz. There are two other clips from that interview on YouTube: On learning to code On Bitcoin and Wearables
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  • Qualcomm Names First 10 Companies to Robotics Accelerator

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    28 May 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Bruce V. Bigelow Following a global recruiting effort that yielded hundreds of applications, San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) today named the 10 startups selected for the new robotics accelerator program it is operating with Techstars. The inaugural class includes two San Diego robotics startups, Inova Drone and CleverPet, San Francisco-based Carbon Robotics, and early stage companies from Singapore; Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy; Alberta, Canada; Berlin, Germany, and Bristol, England. The effort marks a substantial initiative by Qualcomm to accelerate the development of next-generation…
  • Fate of Life Sciences Fund Again in Limbo as Legislature Dithers

    Benjamin Romano
    28 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Benjamin Romano Washington state’s main public funding source for applied research and commercialization of new medical treatments could shut down in five weeks, with existing grants rescinded. Or it could see its funding maintained, be in charge of a new state cancer program, and begin advising Washington marijuana regulators on licensing research into that substance. Such is the uncertainty again facing the Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF)—a key resource for the biotech industry in Washington, but relatively small beer in the context of a state operating budget that would…
  • Colorado Trendsetter Rally Software Takes CA’s $480M Takeover Offer

    Michael Davidson
    28 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Michael Davidson Rally Software, the Boulder, CO-based software company that led a new generation of technology startups in Colorado and became the first in years to reach an IPO, is going to be acquired by CA Technologies. CA (NASDAQ: CA) announced Wednesday that it had signed a definitive agreement with Rally (NYSE: [[ticker:RALY])) to buy the company for $19.50 per share, or about $480 million net of cash acquired. That’s 44 percent more than the $13.51 per-share price Rally’s stock traded at when the market closed on Wednesday. The announcement sent Rally shares soaring, opening the…
  • Boston 2035: Here’s the Agenda for New England’s Future on June 17

    Gregory T. Huang
    28 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    Gregory T. Huang You want robots? We got robots. You want cybersecurity? We got cybersecurity. Healthcare and biotech? Yup, got those too, along with a healthy dose of marketing tech, big data analytics, entrepreneurship education, venture capital, and a few other pillars of the New England innovation ecosystem. It’s all coming to you on June 17 at Babson College: this is the site of Boston 2035, Xconomy’s biggest local event of the year. The goal is to look out 20 years and talk about what will make or break Boston as an innovation city of the future—that means looking…
  • Mitek Expands Mobile Fintech Role by Acquiring Dutch ID Firm

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    28 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    Bruce V. Bigelow In a deal that targets emerging opportunities in the mobile fintech industry, San Diego’s Mitek Systems (NASDAQ: MITK) has acquired IDchecker, a global provider of identity and document authentication technology. Mitek, which provides its mobile check-deposit technology to 3,700 U.S. banks, agreed to pay as much as $10.6 million to gain access to cloud-based technologies IDchecker built to verify users’ identities when they use mobile devices to apply for new bank accounts, loans, and other products and services. Mitek agreed to pay $5.85 million in cash and $2.75 million…
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    Venture Capital Access Online: Website Updates

  • VCPro Database 2015 ***NEW Edition***

    12 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    2015 NEW EDITION NOW AVAILABLE! VCPro Database 2015 (18th Edition) is a downloadable venture capital and private equity directory with complete profiles of over 5,300 venture capital firms worldwide. Compiled by a veteran VC researcher, VCPro Venture Capital Database is available in both Windows and Macintosh formats. (Updated for 2015) Click the above link to learn more.
  • Sample Venture Capital Pitch

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This is a PowerPoint presentation for firms that are looking to begin pitching for angel investment or venture capital. Whether it be venture capitalists, angels or strategic investors, the pitch must follow certain criteria within certain time constraints. This presentation was developed over the course of over 50 pitches to venture capital institutions and angel investors all over the country.  This investment pitch raised over $9 million in venture financing for my company and is used as a template in my consulting practice for other startup companies seeking to raise capital. Click the…
  • Sample Private Placement Memorandum

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A Private Placement is an extremely complex document. The primary purpose of a PPM is to give the entrepreneur the opportunity to present all potential risks to the investor. The PPM protects the entrepreneur in the event that the investment goes sour! That's why it's so important that the private placement memorandum be accurate and complete. Click the above link to learn more.
  • Emerge Americas 2015

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Emerge Americas 2015 May 1-5, 2015 Click the above link to view this event.
  • The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference June 8, 2015 Click the above link to view this event.
 
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    PE Hub Blog

  • Path sells to Daum Kakao

    Alastair Goldfisher
    28 May 2015 | 7:31 pm
    San Francisco-based Path Inc, which was rumored to be an acquisition target of Apple last fall, has been scooped up by the South Korean Internet corporation Daum Kakao for an undisclosed price. Path co-founder CEO Dave Morin, a former employee of Apple and Facebook, blogged about the sale late Thursday. Separately, his seed-stage investment firm Slow Ventures, now run by sole managing director of the firm is Kevin Colleran, raised $65 million for its fourth fund in April. Daum Kakao runs KakaoTalk, a popular messaging app in South Korea. Although the VC-backed Path has not gained much…
  • VC perspective: Previewing my term as NVCA chairman

    peHUBlogger Network
    28 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    This article, which previously ran in affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal, was written by Jon Callaghan, founder and general partner of True Ventures and 2015-16 chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. It was a tremendous honor to be named chairman of the NVCA board of directors at VentureScape 2015 in San Francisco. My predecessors represent some of the biggest leaders in venture capital, and I’m incredibly humbled to follow in their footsteps. As I assume this new position, I want to share with you my views of venture capital’s role in the entrepreneurial…
  • General Fusion, GaN Systems, Enbala raise new rounds

    Mark Boslet
    28 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    General Fusion, GaN Systems and Enbala Power Networks raised new money, according to a release from investor Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital. General Fusion raised $22 million in a round led by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the government of Malaysia’s strategic investment fund. General Fusion is trying to commercialize fusion energy. GaN Systems raised $20 million in a Series C financing with several new investors participating, including Beijing-based Tsing Capital. GaN Systems is developing gallium-nitride power-switching semiconductors, Enbala Power Networks raised $11 million with new…
  • Goldman’s Buddy Donohue to return to U.S. SEC as chief of staff-Reuters

    Reuters News
    28 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    (Reuters) Andrew J. “Buddy” Donohue has agreed to return to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to serve as the chief of staff for SEC Chair Mary Jo White, the agency said on Thursday. Donohue, currently a managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc, is a very familiar face both within the SEC and in the investment management industry. He previously served as director of the SEC’s Investment Management Division from May 2006 through November 2010. He has also worked at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, as well as Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and OppenheimerFunds…
  • Francisco Partners completes HealthcareSource acquisition

    Iris Dorbian
    28 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    Francisco Partners has closed its previously announced buy of Woburn, Massachusetts-based HealthcareSource, a talent management solutions provider for healthcare. No financial terms were disclosed. William Blair & Company advised HealthcareSource on the transaction. HealthcareSource was backed by Insight Venture Partners. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO and WOBURN, MA (PRWEB) May 28, 2015 Francisco Partners, a global technology-focused private equity firm, announced it has completed its acquisition of HealthcareSource, the leading provider of talent management solutions for healthcare. Peter…
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    Gigaom

  • Gigaom.com Acquired by Knowingly Corp

    Christina Berry
    26 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 22, 2015 Press Contact: Alessandra Wike alessandra@prbythebook.com Knowingly Corp, an Austin-based Internet startup, announced today that it has acquired a portion of the assets of Gigaom. These assets include the website, gigaom.com, as well as the content library. At the helm of […] Gigaom.com Acquired by Knowingly Corp originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…
  • About Gigaom

    Gigaom Management
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    *** UPDATE AS OF MAY 26 *** The information below is no longer current. See this post for a current update. A brief note on our company Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is […] About Gigaom originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…
  • Fear, food and the internet of things at SXSW

    Stacey Higginbotham
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Unfortunate timing means I’ll miss a huge chunk of this year’s South by Southwest Interactive festival happening in my hometown of Austin, Texas this year. I’m both saddened a bit relieved since it is my 14th year attending the festival, and it will be a nice […] Fear, food and the internet of things at SXSW originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…
  • Apple’s take on the smartwatch: Elegant evolution

    Kevin C. Tofel
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    After attending the “Spring Forward” event to get all of the remaining Apple Watch details and then getting some hands-on time with the device, I walked away with mixed emotions. On the one hand, debuted a polished product that was very responsive in my use. On […] Apple’s take on the smartwatch: Elegant evolution originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…
  • Apple Pay on the wrist: How Apple’s watch gets around the ID problem

    Kevin Fitchard
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Apple only gave a fleeting demo of how contactless payments would work on its new Apple Watch at its Spring Forward event on Monday, but it was an impressive one. You select a card from Passbook in the watch interface and then tap the wearable device […] Apple Pay on the wrist: How Apple’s watch gets around the ID problem originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…
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    Feld Thoughts

  • Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million

    Brad Feld
    28 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Congrats to my friends at Rally Software on the announcement that they’ve signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by CA Technologies for $480 million. Part of the fun of having a blog for a long time is that it captures some of the history – in the moment – of what’s going on. For example, from a post in 2008 about Rally’s $16.85m financing, I riffed on the origins of the company. Rally started out life as F4 Technologies.  I remember my friend Ryan Martens sitting down with me and Chris Wand around 2001 and walking us through his idea for changing the how…
  • Societal Structures Change Much Slower Than The Machines

    Brad Feld
    27 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    I’m at Startup Iceland today. I like Iceland – this is the second time I’ve been here. It’s the closest place on earth I’ve been to Alaska, which I love dearly. And it’s fun to see and hang out with my friend Bala Kamallakharan. As a super bonus, Om Malik –  who I adore – is also here. Om and I did a fireside chat with Bala. At the end, Bala asked about the future and what we were uncomfortable with. Neither of us is uncomfortable. Instead, we are both optimistic and intrigued with what is going on. Om talked about his view is that this is the…
  • Weekend Reading on Startup Communities

    Brad Feld
    26 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    Amy and I had a very quiet weekend hanging out with each other, Brooks the Wonder Dog, and Super Cooper the Pooper. We like Memorial Day weekend – it always feels like the beginning of summer to us. I read three books over the weekend. Since I was home, rather than reading on my Kindle, I grabbed some books from the infinite pile of physical books I have in my office. New stuff shows up every week – mostly business and entrepreneurship books, and the occasional “I think you’d like this” book. In addition, whenever I want something that isn’t on the Kindle,…
  • An Evening with Twitter and Foundry Group

    Brad Feld
    25 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Chris Moody (formerly CEO of Gnip, who Twitter acquired last year), Rishi Garg (head of Twitter Corporate Development), and Seth Levine (Foundry Group) are having a discussion about the inner working of Twitter. If you are interested, register to attend at Galvanize Boulder on June 10th from 6pm to 7:30pm. Tickets are limited. The post An Evening with Twitter and Foundry Group appeared first on Feld Thoughts.
  • Stannis Baratheon – King of Westeros, Lord of Grammar

    Brad Feld
    25 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    It’s always a fun experience to be laying on the couch next to my wife Amy watching something on our 90″ TV when suddenly she grabs the remote, says “that’s awesome”, rewinds, and plays it again. It’s especially humbling when it has to do with grammar. We’ve both been fans of Stannis Baratheon and regularly refer to him as the one true king when we talk about him. As in “Stannis The One True King.” Two weeks ago, Stannis demonstrated that he’s also the Lord of Grammar. Last night, every time we saw Stannis, we cried our…
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
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  • The Real Deal: Jason Prater on Manufacturers, Mobility, and the Internet of Things

    vinnie
    28 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is Jason Prater who leads product and platform development teams, from design to deployment at Plex Systems, the manufacturing cloud...
  • SAP Customer Paths

    vinnie
    26 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    To me, the most enjoyable part of writing a book is the initial research/interviews phase. In the last few weeks working on the sequel to SAP Nation, I have had invigorating conversations with several professionals in SAP world and beyond....
  • Celebrating vendor AR

    vinnie
    21 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Analyst relations at vendors is never an easy job. Sitting between big egos of analysts and just as big egos of their executives is always uncomfortable. They are supposed to be mind readers: “Why did he write this?” or even...
  • The Real Deal: Jos Duarte on Digital Disruption in the Service Economy

    vinnie
    20 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is José Duarte, CEO of Unit4. José developed most of his professional career at SAP where he held multiple leadership...
  • SAP Nationthe nightmare scenario

    vinnie
    14 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    When I wrote SAP Nation, I built several economic models on the size of the economy. In the book, I presented one which runs about $ 200 bn a year. The most expensive model showed close to $ 400 bn...
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  • Fools and Mercenaries

    Paul Jozefak
    3 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Someone made a comment this morning about offering large amounts of equity at the early stages of a start-up's life to find employees. It went along the lines of labelling the folks that are incentivised by equity as either fools or mercenaries. It basically implies that you are either dumb or tactical to take a large equity stake early as your main motivator.  I don't necessarily disagree about the part referring to motivation. If profiting from equity is your main reason for joining a start-up, you will most likely be disappointed. There are one-off opportunities to strike it rich but the…
  • Courting Mike Butcher

    Paul Jozefak
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:13 am
    I wrote a tongue-in-cheek tweet this morning after seeing someone post slides Mike Butcher was presenting at an event. pjozefakWant to get on @TechCrunch? @mikebutcher explains how. http://t.co/wKjOiLPv7n OR pro tip: be smart & say "I'll sponsor your next event!" ;-)22/02/15 10:58 He was discussing how best to get bloggers to write about you and I agree with everything he said. If you want to get written about, heed his advice...he's been at it a while. Yet there's one thing a blogger really can't say without coming across like a dick.  Get to know them! PR and working with the press is…
  • The Bastardisation of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence

    Paul Jozefak
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:36 pm
    I've seen this happening over the years but it seems to have come to a fever pitch in the past year or so.  Ever more people I run across or who apply for positions have held the title of "Entrepreneur-in-Residence".....better known as EIR's. This has become one of the most loaded terms in the startup world. The majority of the folks don't realise that this is one of the most bullshit titles out there now.  Back in the 90's, EIR's showed up in the Valley. Here's the thing though.....these were really entrepreneurs. Usually EIR's were guys who had already exited at least one if not more…
  • 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…
 
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  • Introducing the NextView Talent Exchange: Connecting Top Talent to Startups

    David Beisel
    5 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Today, I’m thrilled to publicly announce NextView’s Talent Exchange, a program helping both top talent and NextView-backed startups connect with each other more easily, beginning with Boston companies (which make up just over half our portfolio).Below, I’ll quickly explain the genesis of this initiative and share a few more key details.One of my first mentors in venture capital explained to me that the key role of a VC is to “aggregate talent.” Nothing is more important than seeking out extremely talented individuals and connecting them with other similarly talented and driven…
  • Fellow VCs: Here’s Where to Invest $1B+

    David Beisel
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    A couple weeks ago my colleague Dimitri Dadiomov published a post on NextView’s “View From Seed” blog which answered the question “Should we take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders?”  The (obvious) answer of “yes” he supported with comprehensive research about the entrepreneurial activity coming out of Harvard’s business school.We knew that it was formidable, but the sheer number of founders, companies founded, dollars raised, and (early) exits from HBS founders over the past six years impressed us.  From the group, over 260 founders have launched around 90 startups,…
  • VC Ground Game

    David Beisel
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    Conventional wisdom says that the best way to meet with a venture capitalist is to get a warm introduction.  (While it’s a good rule of thumb, it’s not entirely true, which I’ve blogged about previously.)However, there’s another way that I’ve seen entrepreneurs use mutual connections that’s even more impactful than a warm introduction: a proactive inbound reference.  Rather than wait for a VC to ask for references later in the diligence process, savvy entrepreneurs have had people in our mutual network lob in an email or phone call as a vote of confidence and support.  If a…
  • The “Come-from-Behind” Lead Investor

    David Beisel
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    As an entrepreneur, if you’re running a venture capital fundraise effectively, you’re treating the process like a sale process: identifying a set of prospects to fill the top of the funnel, cultivating those relationships over a series of meetings, then narrowing down to a handful of contender firms who will ultimately make an offer to invest with a term sheet. Of key importance, which we emphasize with our NextView portfolio companies when they’re out raising their Series A, is to run the conversations in parallel rather than serially. In other words, as much as feasible, to gate all…
  • 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…
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  • Staying Sane: Look Up & Look Down

    MPD
    27 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Regardless of your role on a team and how successful you are, driving hard toward the same goal for a long time can warp your perspective.  Staring at the same four walls five days a week and checking email from the same people all seven can make you numb.  Over time the green grass beneath your feet can appear to dry out, shrivel up and get prickly.  It’s easy to become disillusioned with your situation, no matter how good it is, when it becomes routine. Keeping perspective is critical, but even for a Zen master it’s no small feat.  While I’m not a mental health professional, here…
  • When Selling Too Much Can Cripple Your Company

    MPD
    20 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    It’s commonly assumed that more is always better.  Bigger companies generally realize efficiencies through scale, customers become less concentrated and profits are larger.  So every company should grow as fast as it can, right? No way.  As companies are being built revving up sales (or adoption) too quickly damage your company. Scaling an operation properly is a nuanced process. In each phase of growth resources have to be hired and trained up.  That takes time.  Whether you’re running a product company or a service company you’ll need good people in place and ready to manage…
  • New Interplay Venture Partner: Kevin Tung

    MPD
    11 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    About 3 months ago I announced that Interplay was looking at add our next partner. Since then, 191 people applied.  The applicants were incredibly talented and diverse ranging in experience by decades, coming from different geographies and hailing from both large and small companies.  We met roughly 25 candidates who were a near fit and, ultimately, one person stood out as the best fit for this particular role. Before moving on to introducing our new Venture Partner, I do want to note that we’re hopeful that we’ll get the opportunity to work with many of the other folks in different…
  • Hiring: Interplay Talent Manager

    MPD
    5 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    About a year ago we hired Mia Merrill rockstar extraordinaire into our Director of Talent role.  Now we need to expand her team. If the description below sounds like you please apply using the link at the bottom.  On the application form please answer “company of interest?” with “Interplay Talent”. About Interplay: Interplay is a NY based foundry and investment firm.  We have incubated/invested in more than a dozen companies that aim to build disruptive companies that provide unparalleled experiences. Manager: We are seeking a personable and organized Manager to assist our Director…
  • Nomad Financial Lands In Boston

    MPD
    5 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Interplay loves Boston.  It’s one of the great startup ecosystems: rich in hustle and creativity. We’re long on Boston and have been working to support the community for a while now.  Until now our only consistent footprint up there has been via Venwise, which has a growing high-caliber chapter in town.  In addition to that, Founder Shield has been making runs up to Boston to host events, but today I’m excited to announce that we’re planting another flag. Nomad Financial has expanded to Boston with the addition of Nick Sapia.  Nick’s an awesome dude who is a recovering Harvard…
 
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  • Apple has announced a temporary fix for the nasty bug that crashes iPhones with a single text message (AAPL)

    Rob Price
    29 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    Apple has announced a temporary fix for a bug that breaks users' iPhones with a single text message, as it works to patch the bug permanently. Earlier this week, Apple users realised that when iPhones are sent a certain string of characters, it can crash Messages, often forcing the device to reboot entirely. It quickly became abused by pranksters to crash their friends phones, and the Guardian discovered it can sometimes affect Apple Watches, iPads, and Macs too. The devices have trouble rendering the combination of unicode characters in the message — thus slowing them down or causing them…
  • 10 things in tech you need to know today (GOOG, AMZN, AAPL, IBM, GPRO)

    James Cook
    29 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know going into the weekend. 1. Google announced a bunch of new things at its I/O event yesterday. It announced Android M, Google Photos, a new Google Cardboard, offline Google Maps, new developer tools and tweaks to the Google Play app store.  2. Path has been acquired by Daum Kakao. The messaging app was acquired by the company behind of one of its biggest rivals, Kakao Talk. 3. Amazon is going to start selling its own food products. Amazon-branded milk, soup, pasta and water are all on the way. 4. Apple acquired augmented reality company…
  • This British fintech CEO just got given a royal role that dates back to King Henry VIII

    Lianna Brinded
    28 May 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Ken Olisa, the first British-born black man to serve as a Director of a FTSE 100 company (at Reuters) and the founder of two merchant banks that target the technology sector, just got appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. Olisa, 64, who has already received an OBE from the Queen, will assume his role as of today. The role as Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London is a position that dates back to King Henry VIII. In the past, the Lord-Lieutenant would perform a raft of tasks that ranged from raising local militia units to organising numerous…
  • Google is laying the foundation for the future of virtual reality right now (GOOG)

    Ben Gilbert
    28 May 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Google is the most important tech company in the world, depending on who you ask. Between YouTube, Google search, and Gmail, the Mountain View, CA.-based company created, owns and operates much of what we've come to expect from using the internet. The company's influence is so great that its name is a verb – "Could you Google a good restaurant for tonight, darling?" And that's why it's such a tremendously big deal that Google's pushing into virtual reality with one of its most important services: YouTube. The company told attendees of its annual I/O developer conference Thursday that the…
  • The 10 most important things in the world right now

    Dina Spector
    28 May 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Hello! Here's what you need to know for Friday. 1FIFA President Sepp Blatter is expected to be reelected for his fifth term on Friday amid a corruption scandal that involved the arrest of several senior football executives during a dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich on Wednesday. 2. Russia is reportedly amassing soldiers and unmarked tanks near the border with Ukraine, although Russia denies that the military build-up indicates it plans to invade Ukraine. 3. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde hinted Thursday that a bailout deal between Greece and is creditors is not…
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  • Qatar investment firm Jaidah acquired Venice's Hotel For $117 million

    19 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    A wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar conglomerate Jaidah Holdings has acquired The Gritti Palace hotel in Venice for $117 million. The seller is Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and will continue to manage the property under what it said was a new long-term management agreement. The buyer, Nozul Hotels & Resorts, is the owner of W Doha Hotel. Jaidah Holdings is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SMA88. More details follows
  • Abu Dhabi investment firm acquired stake at three Hong Kong hotels for $2.4 billion

    4 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has agreed to buy three Hong Kong hotels from a group led by New World Development Co in a $2.4 billion deal. This is the sovereign wealth fund's biggest Asian property investment. Under the deal, a unit of New World will hold 50 percent of the venture, with Abu Dhabi Investment owning the rest. The hotels include the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong, Renaissance Harbour View and Hyatt Regency Hong Kong hotel. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BD43. More details follows from Reuters
  • Dubai venture capital firm MVI acquired stake in London startup Bidvine

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Dubai venture capital firm Mena Venture Investments, in a joint investment with two Dubai angel investors, has acquired stake at London's startup Bidvine. Bidvine, a platform, currently operating in London linking service providers and customers, is launched by Dan Stuart in Canada and Sohrab Jahanbani in the UK. (They were also the founders of GoNabit, which was sold to US firm LivingSocial). Dubai angel investors who are co-investing are Habib Haddad from Wamda Capital and Amir Farha from BECO capital. Mena Venture Investments is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code…
  • Saudi firm and partners acquired stake at Canadian Wheat Board for $203 million

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:20 am
    Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), as a partner in a consortium called G3 Global Grain Group, has acquired stake at Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) for $203 million. G3 is a joint venture between Bunge Canada, a subsidiary of Bunge Limited and SALIC Canada Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC). (CWB is a grain handling and trading company that operates a network of seven grain elevators in Western Canada and port terminals). To see a list of investment firms from Saudi Arabia, check our Middle East Investors…
  • Dubai Venture Capital firm Arzan VC announced its third investment of this year

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Arzan Venture Capital, a venture capital firm based in Dubai and Kuwait, announced its third investment of this year in Russian real estate portal Idinaidi.ru The fund has also announced another investment alongside a group of angel investors in MENA Commerce, a Dubai based startup in the retail industry. Arzan Venture Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code FE156. More details follows from Wamda
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    Taylor Davidson

  • Artificial Intelligence in Fintech

    7 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The financial services industry has seen the buzz over artifical intelligence before, but will the result be different this time?This originally appeared for Fintech Collective at Guest Post: Artificial Intelligence in Fintech. Sign up for their weekly newsletter on Fintech. Since its inception in the 1950s, artificial intelligence (AI) has seen at least two major hype cycles and long winters of disillusionment.. While artificial intelligence suffered through the recent disullusionment cycle from the 1990s to today, its facilitating and corollary technologies have thrived, and we are now…
  • Small (and Big) Data

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Data abstinence and artificial intelligence.Every time a new hacking incident hits the news, the response follows a similar path: news reports about millions of customer data points stolen, quotes from security consultants, breathless reports from news anchors about how many millions of people’s records were taken, assurances from the hacked company that critical customer information was not taken, commitments to shore up the data breach, offers of credit and identity monitoring services, and promises to be better in the future. And we go back to our lives and forget, until the next…
  • How the Future of Mobile Apps Impacts Ads and Brands

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The future of mobile apps will create new avenues for mobile ads. But it all starts with user experiences.Paul Adams, writing about the future of apps: The experience of our primary mobile screen being a bank of app icons that lead to independent destinations is dying. And that changes what we need to design and build. … The idea of an app as an independent destination is becoming less important, and the idea of an app as a publishing tool, with related notifications that contain content and actions, is becoming more important. This will change what we design, and change our product…
  • Users, meet Advertisers

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The shift from a product people love to a product advertisers love is tough. But that should be expected. If you want to figure out the future of adtech, look to where consumer technology is going. I wrote that over a year ago, talking about how we define the future of ads based on the sites and experiences where we spend our time. I continue to think about this nearly every day, particularly through the lens of the first steps by Snapchat, Instagram and others to launch their products for marketers and advertisers. The takeaway: shifting advertising spending to emerging consumer platforms…
  • Peak Password

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Why the password needs to be replacedI remember when I only had one password to remember, to access my university email account. It’s the first password I used regularly to access an Internet-enabled service, and it was easy to remember and use, because twenty years ago, there simply weren’t that many web services to create accounts on. But now, nearly everything we use has a login, a user account, a password. And as more and more of our lives, personal and professional, are routed through web services behind logins and passwords, we’ve come to a place where the notion of a…
 
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  • Going Past Capital

    26 May 2015 | 4:22 am
    Tonight I will be participating in a panel discussion about Universal Basic Income. One of the key arguments for UBI is that we need to decouple people’s ability to meet their basic needs from traditional work because of the rise of automation. This is the case I make in my TEDx talk. But there is another way of framing the problem that has been on my mind. It starts with my contention that the current transition is as profound as the ones from the forager age to the agrarian age and from there to the industrial age, which you can see in my DLD talk from 2014. The key factor in the…
  • Why Are We Here?

    18 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    We spend a lot of time in tech inventing and building new things. Some people are perfectly happy doing so without needing a deeper reason — some simply want success, others wealth, and many are excited about the potential to make the world a better place. Still I am struck by an undercurrent of dissatisfaction even among people who have accomplished a lot. I attribute that to the lack of a deeper purpose. Few people in tech seem to accept an easy religious answer to the question of why we are here. I have struggled with that myself but feel comfortable with what I believe now.If you have…
  • No Stack Startups (the Technical Side)

    12 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    This past Saturday was Video Hackday in New York City. It had been organized by the team at Ziggeo with the help from many others, including a great roster of sponsors. I enjoyed participating and wrote a little hack that you can see here. Even though I am pretty rusty as a developer, I managed to write something that let’s anyone ask a written question (which then lives at its own URL – all handled via Firebase) and others can answer by recording a video response (recording and playback from Ziggeo) which is then analyzed via Clarifai to determine if it is a person answering. If you…
  • Coding is Driving the Car (and More)

    6 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    A couple of days ago there was a much favorited and retweeted tweet by the often funny Startup L. Jackson Whenever someone tells me “coding is the new literacy” because “computers are everywhere today” I ask them how fuel injection works.Now I happen to think that this is wrong in an important way but right in another and it is important to pick those two apart.Let me start by how it is wrong. Coding is knowing how to drive the car, not how to tune or repair the fuel injection. There is a huge amount of coding that can be done without understanding how a compiler or…
  • Empathy and Product Development

    30 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Technology companies have a tendency towards the quantitative. We like to measure things. And there is a lot that can be measured from page load times to net promoter scores. Even in board meetings the question “have we A/B tested that” is common. But the quantitative can only take you so far. Here is a recent tweet from Patrick at StripeI think the biggest systemic improvement we could make to software and products would be to have a general way to measure user frustration.To which I replied the followingwe do – through empathy – which is why end user observation and using…
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  • $233 million funding round for DocuSign

    admin
    13 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    On Tuesday, 12.05, DocuSign announced that its global expansion will be fueled with $233 million from the latest financing round of the company. This round was led by Bain Capital Ventures and Brookside Capital and among the institutional investors were Generational Investment Management and Wellington Management. This financial injection raises the value of the the company to $3 billion. The total investments in the company since its first round in 2003, now equals to $440 million, including the last round that was made before more than year – $85 million in E series – when the…
  • Start-Up Plexxi Raises $20 Million

    admin
    12 Jun 2013 | 10:44 am
    Stealthy start-up Plexxi landed $20 million of series C funding from its existing investors, North Bridge Partners and Matrix Partners, from Boston area and Lightspeed Venture Partners, the Silicon Valley investor. The company also raised a few years ago a series A and B funding amounted at $28.38 million from these investors. Along with this C series of funding, the company totals a little more than $48 million. With this amount, Plexxi wants to add another 15 employees to the existing 30 both for the Nashuah, NH office and for the Cambridge office. According to the website, the company will…
  • $60 Million of Funding for Lyft

    admin
    29 May 2013 | 12:40 am
    Ride-sharing service Lyft raised $60 million round of venture capital financing led by Andreessen Horowitz. The new round of funding will enable Lyft to greatly expand not only in the USA, but also abroad, declared founder John Zimmer. Scott Weiss, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz will join the board as general partner. This will bring the company the operational experience that is much needed as the company scales up. Besides this new funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Lyft got $15 million from Founders Fund earlier this year. Until the moment the company totaled $83 million of funding…
  • 29 Year Old Man Raises 33 Million USD

    admin
    11 May 2013 | 11:35 pm
    A young man, Mike Brown from Bowery Capital, traveled for the last year all over the country and rural towns. Still, this was neither a vacation nor a fun activity. This is how a less than 30 year old man thinks of launching his own venture capital company. Although it was a very demanding period, this past year paid off, he met with many potential limited partners which he pitched about his idea for Bowery Capital. The company would be an early stage company based in New York and the limited partners eventually enabled him to raise 33 million USD, by offering each 1 million USD. Mike Brown…
  • ForgeRock Lands $15 Million Series B Funding

    admin
    11 Apr 2013 | 4:51 am
    ForgeRock, a start-up San Francisco based company, provider of identity and access management software, closed yesterday $15 million series B round of funding. The venture capital funding was led by Foundation Capital and Accel Partners, a prior investor of the company. Accel Partners was the investor that led the series A round of funding and offered $7 million in 2012. Bruce Golden declared that they are looking forward to helping the company to continue with the expansion of its global presence and disrupt the traditional approaches to IAM by developing a new IAM architecture that solves…
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  • Thinking Like an M&A Expert: 8 Questions to Ask When Hiring Your Investment Banker

    John McCullough
    28 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of the ways in which VCs can help entrepreneurs is by introducing them to the best-fit partners and advisors. That includes investment bankers who can help raise capital (private or IPO) or manage interest from strategic acquirers. The right banker can make a difference by running a well-organized process, effectively marketing your business, offering thoughtful opinions around valuation and deal terms, negotiating effectively, and doing many other things better than their competition. Just as important as transactional skills and relationships, though, are personal chemistry and cultural…
  • 20 Tools & Resources for Conducting Lean Growth Experiments

    Jonathan Crowe
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply trying out a new tactic, channel, or approach, when you’re at a startup running as lean as possible is the name of the game. Here are 20 tools and resources you can leverage to validate your hunches, test your hypothesis, and generate quick wins/results/data — all while holding onto as much of your precious time and resources as possible. Business Fundamentals Business Model Canvas: Plan out the essentials of your business model on one page. Market Sizing Tool: Estimate the size of a market opportunity in minutes. Validation Board:…
  • Hiring Fail: Why So Many of Us Are Awful at Delivering Job Offers

    Katelyn LaGarde
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Congratulations — you’ve done all of the work sourcing, screening, and interviewing your candidate for a job that’s been impossible to fill. By this point, you’ve spent hours speaking with the candidate as well as your team and stakeholders to ensure you’ve found the right fit not just for the position, but for your company and the culture, too. The candidate is interested, excited, and ready to commit to the role. You’re thinking you’ve finally nailed this hire. But when you deliver the offer, suddenly, something goes wrong — the candidate declines. How is it…
  • Practical Web Scraping for Sales & Leads

    Matt Smith
    26 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Matt Smith creator of The Predictable Revenue Bundle, a bundle designed to help any salesperson leverage the tools and training of Silicon Valley’s best sales teams. Web scraping has become a key activity for both the sales and marketing departments in last few years. In this post, I will give you a few practical ways to leverage scraping in your day-to-day. One of the best parts of scraping in 2015 is that the tools have become easy and free. Enter Import.io. Scraping Use Case #1 Scenario: You are executing a local event/conference in Phoenix,…
  • Should All SaaS Leaders (Not Just Sales) Have Variable Comp?

    Jonathan Crowe
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Is the secret key to 100% year-over-year growth making sure every single leader in your company, no matter what department, has some form of variable comp? Sure, commissions, quotas, and variable compensation plans are the norm for most sales teams, but if those motivational tools are so effective, why aren’t we using them to drive performance across our entire organizations? That’s the question SaaS expert Jason Lemkin posed during a recent OpenView webinar on How to Build a Winning SaaS Sales Team. “I believe that everyone who has a direct influence on revenue should have…
 
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  • Baker says he was in the dark on Boston 2024 plan to use expanded BCEC

    Craig Douglas
    28 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he was never — “ever” — informed that Boston’s initial bid to land the 2024 Summer Olympics included plans to use an expanded convention center in South Boston to help support the Games. That's the same convention-center expansion that his administration indefinitely froze earlier this year amid a state budget crisis. Speaking at the State House with reporters, Baker said he was unaware that the Boston 2024 bid to represent the United States was contingent…
  • For medical marijuana patients, dispensary access isn't the only problem

    Jessica Bartlett
    28 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    While it hasn’t been easy for those looking to sell medical marijuana in Massachusetts, it’s been equally difficult for those who are looking to purchase the drug. Problems range from the complicated and ever-changing steps to secure a certification, to the cost. “It’s expensive,” said Kris Krane, co-founder of marijuana consulting firm 4Front Ventures. “For lower income patients in particular, cost will be a major impediment to them outside of these hardship programs that the centers…
  • The answers to all the patent problems in HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

    Jessica Bartlett
    28 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    (Warning: This story contains some spoilers about the hit HBO show "Silicon Valley.") The last few weeks of the hit HBO TV show "Silicon Valley" have been uncertain, with the main characters of the fictional startup Pied Piper dealing with another company that has stolen its intellectual property. The characters seem to have resigned themselves to the fact that this company has part of their idea, but I started to wonder – could patent law have protected this fictional startup from others stealing…
  • Bond experts: Boston 2024 financing plan contradicts vow to avoid public funds

    Greg Ryan
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Boston 2024 has proposed using a debt instrument known as a "tax increment financing bond" to help pay for an Olympics stadium — an action that would contradict the group’s vow to build venues using only private funding. In a bid document presented to the U.S. Olympics Committee late last year, Boston 2024 proposed using TIF bonds to finance two-thirds of the costs, or about $345 million, to build a temporary Olympics stadium at Widett Circle in South Boston. The bonds would be secured by “new…
  • Boston 2024 bid: South Boston land could be acquired by public authority

    Catherine Carlock
    28 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Recently obtained documents indicate that Boston 2024 crafted a vague and at times contradictory proposal to use a public authority to acquire dozens of acres of land in South Boston to support the region's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The documents, obtained by the Boston Business Journal through a freedom of information act request, highlight the area in and around Columbia Point and the University of Massachusetts Boston in South Boston as the proposed site for an athletes’ village. At…
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  • Should You Rent or Buy a Home?

    Kirk Chisholm
    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Should You Rent or Buy a Home? "But there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by…
  • The Real Estate Investor’s Guide: Using a Self-Directed IRA to Buy Real Estate

    Kirk Chisholm
    18 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    The Real Estate Investor’s Guide: Using a Self-Directed IRA to Buy Real Estate   “Every nickel I make gets put back into real estate.” This is what an investor told me my first week of working on Wall Street. At the time I didn't understand it, but this quote epitomizes the mind of the typical real estate investor. All they know is real estate, all they trust is real estate, and they are not remotely interested in any other type of investment. I get it. Real estate is a very attractive asset class. I discussed some of the reasons for this here, These Top 7 Powerful Tools Can…
  • Deflation – How a Mortgage Can Destroy Your Real Estate Wealth

    Kirk Chisholm
    11 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Deflation – How a Mortgage Can Destroy Your Real Estate Wealth "Thus inflation is unjust and deflation is inexpedient. Of the two perhaps deflation is, if we rule out exaggerated inflations such as that of Germany, the worse; because it is worse, in an impoverished world, to provoke unemployment than to disappoint the rentier. But it is necessary that we should weigh one evil against the other. It is easier to agree that both are evils to be shunned."   - John Maynard Keynes This is the 3rd in a series of 4 posts about investing in real estate. The last post, Inflation - The Secret To…
  • Inflation Monitor – April 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    1 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    Inflation Monitor – April 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking   * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - April 2015 - Introduction Spring is finally here and with it comes the warm weather. Unfortunately the warm weather has not been able to thaw out deflation or the wintery economic chill that has gripped certain parts of the US economy and many European nations. The CPI continues to hit negative territory on an annual…
  • Inflation – The Secret to Building Wealth in Real Estate

    Kirk Chisholm
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Inflation – The Secret to Building Wealth in Real Estate   “The major fortunes in America have been made in land.”- John D. Rockefeller After more than 75 years John D. Rockefeller is still considered the richest man in history when you adjust for inflation. According to the New York Times as of 2007, his net worth reached $192 Billion. Compare this with Bill Gates whose fortune is only $82 Billion. This shows how enormous the fortune of John D Rockefeller actually was. Only Commodore Vanderbilt and John Astor have even come close with $143 Billion and $116 Billion. Rockefeller…
 
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