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  • Not All Customers Are Created Equal – Haywire

    Union Square Ventures
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    <p>Trying to figure out the best way to get the segmentation of customers to be more accurate.</p>
  • Getting Feedback and Listening To It

    AVC » VC & Technology
    Fred Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    When you are VC, you live in this protected environment. You sit in your office in a glass conference room with lovely views and entrepreneurs walk in and pitch you and you get to decide who you are going to back and who you are not. People tell you what they think you want to hear. That you are so smart. That you are so successful. They suck up to you. And it goes to your head. You believe it. I am so smart. I am so successful. You have to get out of that mindset because it is toxic. My number one secret is the Gotham Gal who brings me down to earth every night, makes me do the dishes, walk…
  • Mentors 8/18: Adopt At Least One Company Every Single Year. Experience Counts

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

    Both Sides of the Table
    Mark Suster
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    We are often asked how companies get funded, why VCs make the decisions we make and what we’re looking for in entrepreneurs. I think this is a Seriously great example of how this process works for at least one VC – Upfront Ventures. But I’m guessing the narrative is similar elsewhere. I first met Andrew Stalbow, the founder & CEO of Seriously in August of 2013. He hit me from two very trusted sources. On August 23rd, 2013 I had an email intro from my good friend and trusted source Jeff Berman who only sends me stuff when it is somebody he respects (ie a strong filter vs.
  • Entrepreneur and Investor Talks - The virtues of bootstrapping your startup
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Naveen Jain with founders of Fark, and BackblazeNaveen Jain, Founder of Immunity Project, joined us as moderator for the panel: "The virtues of bootstrapping" at Vator Splash Oakland. On the panel were Gleb Budman, Founder and CEO, Backblaze, Drew Curtis, Founder and CEO of Fark, and Gary Tsifrin, Founder and CEO of Thanks to our Vator Splash Oakland video sponsor, Oakland Forward and Bryan Parker, Oakland Mayoral candidate.   
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  • Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    Christoffer O. Hernæs
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
     Not long after the Alibaba IPO, eBay announced that it aims to spin off PayPal as a separately traded company. The rumors of PayPal as an acquisition target are already looming, and one of the contenders is Jack Ma’s Alipay, now called Ant Financial. A deeper insight into Alipay is interesting in light of the potential changes similar players like Apple, Amazon and PayPal pose for the… Read More
  • Chicago And Big Data

    Nick Rojas
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
     As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for… Read More
  • Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

    Fara Warner
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
     In the past few weeks and months, conversations about women in our industry have run the gamut from companies such as Apple and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children and Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep to the data-rich, but solution-poor disclosure of just how few women are at the top of tech. Read More
  • When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

    Christian Gheorghe
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
     Many founders and CEOs of start-ups don’t spend a lot of time thinking about CFOs. When it comes to finance for a start-up, founders focus on more pressing needs: What’s my burn rate? How long is my runway? How does our annual recurring revenue (ARR) look? How much more money do we need? Read More
  • SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    Sarah Buhr
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
     International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program this last summer. That was a first for the Silicon Valley accelerator. But IndieBio partners tell… Read More
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    Both Sides of the Table

  • A Seriously Great Story and Why We Funded Them

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

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

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Moov uses artificial intelligence to act as personal coach giving real-time exercise updatesI've recently been trying to lose weight, mostly through changing my diet. And it has worked, to some degree; if my scale is right I lost eight pounds in around a month. But I know I have to incorporate some exercise into this as well, and that is an extremely daunting task for me. I'd love to get a personal trainer who could motivate me, but that's way too rich for my blood, so my next best option is probably buying Moov, a new kind of wearable, one that uses artificial intelligence to act as a…
  • Payment automation solution Tipalti raises $13M

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tipalti helps companies management payments across multiple countries, currencies and regulationsWith the rise of the Network Economy, with all of the marketplaces, ad networks, crowd sourcing, affiliate networks and monetization, there is a big problem that needed to be solved: all of the marketplaces, ad networks, crowd sourcing and affiliate networks that exist across multiple countries, and different types of currencies, have made paying out much more complicated. Pay-outs management automation platform Tipalti is looking to solve that issue by automating the…
  • Hipmunk is first hotel booking service on Yelp Platform

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Yelp now has around 28,000 businesses on the Platform, which accounts for 250,000 transactionsLast summer, leveraging its huge database of businesses, Yelp launched Yelp Platform, which allows businesses and consumers to make transactions directly on the business’s Yelp listing. The company started mostly with restaurants and  food delivery services, as well partnerships with with Booker, Intuit’s Demandforce and MindBody for spas, yoga studios, salons and dental appointment booking. Now, for the first time, Yelp is getting into a new category:…
  • Google beefs up Cloud Platform with Firebase purchase

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Firebase is a cloud service designed to power and store app data in real-timeGoogle has made it clear in the past that it wants to take on Amazon Web Services by luring as many developers as it can onto its cloud platform. It has already started incentivizing them with free stuff, and now it is adding some new tech that will make it easier for developers to build, and store, their apps in real time. The company announced on Tuesday that it has purchased Firebase, a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative apps, No financial terms of the deal were…
  • Entrepreneur and Investor Talks - The virtues of bootstrapping your startup

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Naveen Jain with founders of Fark, and BackblazeNaveen Jain, Founder of Immunity Project, joined us as moderator for the panel: "The virtues of bootstrapping" at Vator Splash Oakland. On the panel were Gleb Budman, Founder and CEO, Backblaze, Drew Curtis, Founder and CEO of Fark, and Gary Tsifrin, Founder and CEO of Thanks to our Vator Splash Oakland video sponsor, Oakland Forward and Bryan Parker, Oakland Mayoral candidate.   
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  • Open Access Button gets expanded features to help users find free scholarly research

    Chris O&#039;Brien
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Above: Open Access ButtonThe movement to expand access to scientific and scholarly research got another push forward this week with an update to a tool designed to connect users and authors. The co-founders of the non-profit Open Access Button announced a new version of their browser plugin this week as part of a global celebration of Open Access Week. “I wish there had been a tool to help me access the research I need as university student,” said David Carroll, co-founder of the Open Access Button and a medical student at Queen’s University Belfast, in a press release.
  • Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid coming next year, Kia Optima too

    John Voelcker, Green Car Reports
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    While the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a completely redesigned vehicle for the new model year, the Sonata Hybrid for 2015 continues to use the previous-generation body. This has led to a certain amount of speculation about what direction Hyundai plans to take with its hybrid program. Now, it appears that the company will launch the hybrid version of the current Sonata with the option of a plug-in hybrid model as well as one fitted with the next generation of the company’s conventional hybrid-electric powertrain. A report on Korean Car Blog (via ChargedEVs) notes that Yang Woong-Chul,…
  • Mark Zuckerberg does a public Q&A session — in Mandarin Chinese

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg did a public Q&A session today — in Mandarin Chinese. Yes, the Facebook CEO set out to learn the (very difficult) language in 2010, in his spare time. “On Wednesday I did my first ever public Q&A in Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing!” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook after the event. “We discussed connecting the world,, innovation, and the early days of Facebook.” Zuckerberg barely uttered a single word in English — just one quick “I’m sorry,” when he misspoke. After the CEO gave a short answer…
  • AT&T shares down 3% after earnings miss

    Myles Udland, Business Insider
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    AT&T just reported earnings and revenue that missed expectations. In immediate reaction in after hours trade, the stock was down as much as 3%. AT&T reported third quarter adjusted EPS of $0.63 against expectations for $0.64 on revenue of $33 billion against expectations for $33.24 billion. The wireless carrier also announced that it added 785,000 net postpaid subscribers in the third quarter, bringing its net adds to more than 2.4 million year-to-date. The company also said that it expects full-year consolidated revenue growth of 3%-4% this year, including the impact from fewer…
  • iPad Air 2 design changes mean good and bad for ease of repair

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Apple announced the new iPad Air 2 just last week, and already the good people at iFixit have torn it apart. What they’re looking for: component parts that are designed into the device differently than in previous iterations, and what that means to the “repairability” of the device. The iFixit teardown experts found a mixed bag with the Air 2. On the plus side, they noted that the wiring is better positioned than in the first iPad Air. “Upon successfully opening the iPad Air 2, we immediately notice that all the display cables now reside near the lower edge,”…
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    AVC » VC & Technology

  • Firebase

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

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

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

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

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

    Martin LaMonica
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Martin LaMonica Advocates of cleantech investing often make the case that there are enormous opportunities to make the world cleaner and more sustainable. But what if labeling yourself a cleantech investor or entrepreneur is actually limiting? That’s the question I walked away with after a panel of venture investors at the Energy Symposium at the Harvard Business School last week. The discussion reflected how investors have had to rejigger their strategies and reconsider the basic assumptions they held five or six years ago. For entrepreneurs, their thinking provides clues on how best to…
  • J&J, GSK, Tekmira, And Others Take Next Steps To Fight Ebola

    Alex Lash
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Alex Lash There’s been distressing Ebola-related news in recent days. The deadly virus continues to spread in West Africa, with more than 4,500 fatalities now reported, and efforts to halt its spread in the U.S. have been mired in controversy and confusion, forcing President Obama to appoint an Ebola “czar” to coordinate national response. But there’s good news, too. The World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free after 19 reported cases. In the pharmaceutical world, there has also been progress from several companies, ranging in size from giant to startup.
  • Neothetics Files $63M IPO to Advance Drug That Melts “Love Handles”

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Bruce V. Bigelow A biotech company developing an injectable drug to shrink the excess fat that forms “love handles” says it plans to raise more than $63 million through an IPO. San Diego-based Neothetics, previously known as Lithera, has substantial backing from Domain Associates and its Russian investment partner, Rusnano MedInvest. San Francisco-based Alta Partners also holds a minority stake in the company, which was founded in 2007. After completing a mid-stage clinical trial of its lead drug candidate with 513 patients, Neothetics plans to use its IPO cash to advance to late-stage…
  • Kindara Hopes Smart Thermometer for Women is Birth of Something Big

    Michael Davidson
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Michael Davidson For women trying to conceive, getting pregnant might not get easier in the next few months—but tracking their fertility to find the likeliest time to conceive might. Kindara, a startup in Boulder, CO, recently announced the debut of Wink, a wireless smart thermometer the company has spent the past few years developing. Wink uses Bluetooth to connect to iOS and Android phones and tablets and syncs with Kindara’s popular fertility tracking app. Kindara is one of a handful of startups that have turned their attention to women’s health, especially fertility tracking,…
  • Gener8tor Continues Momentum With Fifth Class of Startups

    Jeff Engel
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Jeff Engel Alumni of Gener8tor’s startup accelerator have been on a roll lately, and last night the program officially released its newest class into the wild with a closing event featuring pitches from the five graduating companies. Now it’s up to the latest batch of Gener8tor startups to make good on their plans, which were shared with the Milwaukee audience of more than 400 investors, entrepreneurs, and community members. Gener8tor, the Wisconsin accelerator founded in 2012, has now held five programs. The 23 companies in its previous four classes have gone on to raise about $30…
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  • VCPro Database 2014

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
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    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    vcaDeals is a yearly roundup of the US venture capital deals published on our site's Deals News section. Click the above link to learn more.
  • Women's Alternative Investment Summit

    7 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Women's Alternative Investment Summit November 6-7, 2014 Click the above link to view this event.
  • Life Sciences Venture Capital Investments Soar In Q2 To Highest Level Since 2007, According To The MoneyTree Report

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    NEW YORK, August 25, 2014-- Venture capital (VC) funding for the Life Sciences sector, which includes Biotechnology and Medical Devices, reached $2.5 billion in 195 deals for the second quarter of 2014, according to a new report, "Biotech soars to record high," which includes data from the MoneyTree™ Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. While this quarter was the highest Life Sciences investment since the second quarter 2007, it was also the strongest second quarter since 1995, which is…
  • Fenwick & West's Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey Reveals Record Valuation Increases in Second Quarter of 2014

    10 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., August 11, 2014-- Fenwick & West LLP, one of the nation's premier law firms providing comprehensive legal services to high technology and life science clients, today announced the results of its Second Quarter 2014 Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey. Click the above link to read the news story.
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    Seeing Both Sides

  • After Ringing the IPO Bell

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

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

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

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

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

  • VC-backed DBV Technologies debuts IPO

    Iris Dorbian
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    French biopharmaceutical firm DBV Technologies rolled out its IPO after having priced its over 2.67 million shares at $21.64 per share. The stock began trading Wednesday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “DBVT.” Citigroup Global Markets, Leerink Partners, Trout Capital, Bryan, Garnier & Co. were the underwriters. DBV’s backers include Apax Partners, InnoBio Fund, Lundbeckfond Ventures. Shire plc, ALTO Invest, Sofinnova Partners and ALK Abello. PRESS RELEASE AGNEUX, France, Oct 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) — DBV Technologies , a clinical-stage…
  • Private equity eyes $13 billion Bayer plastics business, say sources-Reuters

    Reuters News
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    (Reuters) – Private equity firms are circling Bayer‘s (BAYGn.DE) 10 billion-euro ($12.7 billion) plastics business, hoping to divert the German drugmaker from its plan to list the division, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Advent, Carlyle (CG.O), Cinven [CINV.UL], CVC [CVC.UL] and KKR (KKR.N) are among those eyeing MaterialScience after Bayer said in September that it planned to spin off the division through a stock market listing, helping it focus on its more profitable life sciences business. Given the size of the asset, the funds are also in discussions to…
  • Kleiner doesn’t have to share other complaints about former partner Nazre: court

    Sarah McBride, Reuters Correspondent
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    (Reuters) – California’s privacy laws have saved a high-profile venture capital firm from having to release potentially embarrassing information about a former partner in a discrimination lawsuit by a former female partner. A judge ruled Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, defending itself against allegations of discrimination and retaliation, will be able to keep to itself any other harassment complaints against former male partner at the center of the lawsuit, Ajit Nazre, in part because producing such complaints would hurt the privacy rights of other Kleiner employees. The…
  • Advent, Avista near deal for UCB’s Kremers Urban, say sources-Reuters

    Reuters News
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    (Reuters) – A consortium of buyout firms Advent International Corp and Avista Capital Partners is in advanced talks to acquire UCB SA‘s (UCB.BR) U.S. generic drugs unit Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc, according to people familiar with the matter. Advent and Avista have prevailed in an auction for Kremers Urban, which attracted interest from other private equity firms as well as specialty drugmaker Akorn Inc (AKRX.O), the people said this week. Advent’s and Avista’s team is now in the final stages of negotiating the acquisition of Kremers Urban for close to $2…
  • Drone startup Kespry attracts $10 mln Series A

    Iris Dorbian
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Kespry has closed $10 million in Series A funding. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round. Based in Menlo Park, Calif., Kespry is a maker of drone systems. PRESS RELEASE MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kespry Inc., the developer of commercial-grade aerial data capture, analysis, and visualization systems, announced that it has raised $10 million in Series A financing led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Kespry was founded in 2013 and received initial backing from Chmod Ventures. The new funds will finance go-to-market activities and further development of a drone system that…
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    Feld Thoughts

  • The Calloway Way Book Tour – 10/28 and 10/29, Boston

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

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

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

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

    Brad Feld
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest Post By William Hertling – (Author) William Hertling is a web strategist, programmer, father, short-order cook and the author of two award-winning and best-selling techothrillers: Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than It Appears and A.I. Apocalypse. You can follow him at @hertling or on his blog, Maybe you want to write an app or a book. Maybe you want to start a business or learn to play the piano. Maybe you just want to kick butt in your day job. If there’s anything at all that you’ve wanted to do, but struggle to find…
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  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

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

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    We are one step closer to release of my book on the SAP economy. The edit is done, the next steps are the inside layout, eBook conversion and prep for printing. Assuming all moves well, the media review PDFs should...
  • Dreaming of the next generation of clouds

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

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

  • Cytokinesis at Atlas Venture: bio and tech take off

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

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

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

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

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

  • Interplay’s Birthday

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

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

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The Interplay team is growing. We’re now looking to hire a community manager to join our ranks and have a big impact. Job description below.  Apply here.   Title: Director of Community Type:  Full-Time Commitment Role: Strengthen the internal community within Interplay through events and beyond Develop and manage a rigorous calendar of external events that are designed to support the broader startup community Develop and manage events and external facing activities that support our customers The Ideal Candidate: Is a butt-kicker, who is highly organized, works hard and smiles Can…
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  • Facebook Is Launching A New TV Ad In The US, And Thankfully It’s Nowhere Near As Weird As The Last One

    Lara O'Reilly
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Facebook is launching an advertising campaign in the US, across TV, outdoor, cinema and online on Sunday that is aiming to get Americans to use its standalone app Messenger in more creative ways. The TV spot, created by ad agency Wieden + Kennedy is far less weird than its bizarre — and widely-ridiculed — 2012 “Chairs are like Facebook” effort. It's also less weird than the slightly less bizarre follow-up, "Airplane," which showed an airplane being taken over by imaginary drag queens. “Say Love You Better” tells the cute story of a couple as they exchange cute messages, audio,…
  • UNBOXED: The iPad Air 2 (AAPL)

    Steve Kovach
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Apple's new iPad, the iPad Air 2, launches this week. It's very similar to last year's iPad Air, but it's slightly thinner, lighter, and faster. It also has a better camera and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, just like on the iPhone. We'll have a full review of the iPad Air 2 in a few days. In the meantime, take a look at what's inside the box.The iPad Air 2 is a little thinner (6.1 mm) than the original iPad Air. There it is. From the front, it looks almost exactly like last year's iPad Air. The wall plug is underneath the iPad. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
  • Why This Startup Raised $42.5 Million Before It Came Out Of Stealth

    Eugene Kim
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Illumio is a computer security startup with a product so radical, it raised $42.5 million before it even came out of stealth mode, and from a who's who of investors. Its backers include CEO Marc Benioff, Yahoo founder Jerry Yang, Box’s CEO Aaron Levie, Andreessen Horowitz's Ben Horowitz, Joe Lonsdale, Matthew Ocko of Data Collective and Steve Herrod, an early VMware employee turned VC for General Catalyst Partners. In fact, when we met Herrod in the summer, he called Illumio “one of the new wave of thinkers in how security should work.” Herrod was chomping at the bit to…
  • Adobe Pulls Gawker Sponsorship After A Writer Tweeted A Joke About Bullying In The Gaming Industry

    Karyne Levy
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Software maker Adobe has joined a small but growing list of companies that are distancing themselves away from the GamerGate controversy. On Tuesday, the company tweeted that it asked Gawker to remove its logo from Gawker's advertising page and that it "stands against bullying."  The controversy involves death threats via tweets (or comments on blogs) aimed at women who have criticized sexism in the gaming industry. The GamerGate camp is composed of people who believe that the reaction to those threats is overblown, or that some of the threats were scams on the part of the women or that the…
  • Here's Why Your iPhone Photos Sometimes Appear Upside Down (AAPL)

    Steven Tweedie
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Ever import or email a photo taken with your iPhone, only to find it upside down on your computer? It's actually a common complaint that's been around ever since Apple made it possible to take photos using your iPhone's volume buttons in iOS 5. But there's a reason for it. Apple decided that when you capture a photo with the volume buttons facing skyward, like most people do since we're used to camera shutter buttons being on top, this is actually upside down. Apple also wants to keep the process of capturing and saving a photo to be as fast as possible so you can keep snapping away. To keep…
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  • an official partner of Super Return MidEast 2014 for the 7th year

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

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

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

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

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    Investcorp, the Bahrain-based private equity firm, has acquired a portfolio of office and industrial properties in North Carolina, Seattle and Florida for $250 million. Combined, the properties acquired consist of nearly 2.2 million square feet. This is the second announced investment in the US real estate by Bahrain investors in this quarter. As DubaiBeat reported earlier, another Bahrain investment firm, Gulf Finance House, had acquired three residential properties in the US worth $75 million. Investcorp and Gulf Finance House are listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code…
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  • Lump of Labor: Certainly a Red Herring (And Possibly not a Fallacy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Survive in Today’s Sales World by Adding Value from Minute 1

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

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

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

    OpenView Guest
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to hook your users? Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, shares a simple framework for building a product users love and can’t put down. via OpenView Labs ↬ The Surprisingly Simple Formula for Building Habit-Forming Products
  • Considering Going International? 10 Tips for Success

    Brandon Hickie
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Your plans for global domination will be much more likely to work if you take into account these 10 tips to help you look before you leap. via OpenView Labs ↬ Considering Going International? 10 Tips for Success
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Here's why local Olympics organizers switched to a temporary stadium

    Jon Chesto
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:27 pm
    The organizers behind Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics never really thought we would have much use for a full-sized Olympic stadium. That's why their goal was to find a way to make part of the project temporary, so the stadium could survive in a post-Olympics Boston as a scaled-down arena. There was plenty of talk that the Kraft family could use the smaller stadium as the long-sought new home for the New England Revolution, the pro soccer team currently playing in the oversized Gillette…
  • Here's a snapshot of office space trends among law firms in Boston

    Eric Convey
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    In a city like Boston, the health of law firms says something about the health of the commercial real estate market. Law firms are traditionally big consumers of space. So real estate firm JLL's new annual report on law firms and their space needs is an interesting read. Here are some highlights from JLL's report: Boston law firms occupy about 10 percent of high-end real estate in the city. Compare that to: 25 percent in Austin, Texas; 42 percent in Fort Lauderdale; 7 percent in San Francisco;…
  • Minuteman Health brings in brokers to bolster health insurance signups

    Jessica Bartlett
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Minuteman Health wants members to join their co-op health insurance. So much so, they are willing to pay for them. On Wednesday, the insurer became the first health plan in the state to agree to pay brokers a fee for enrolling individuals through the Health Connector, the state's open market website to shop for health insurance. The money will give brokers an incentive to join the fray of those shopping for health insurance, allowing residents to use a broker to sort through health insurance options,…
  • Union chief maintains that Local 25 is a kinder, gentler Teamsters group

    Mary Moore
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    With the wounds still fresh from allegations this summer that members of the Teamsters intimidated the cast and crew of "Top Chef" filming in Milton, Local 25 president Sean O'Brien is eager to set the record straight about the union. He called the "Top Chef" story "fiction at best" and bristles as he discusses the negative media that resulted. Most frustrating, O'Brien said, is that the rough-and-tumble image of the Teamsters is the very thing he has been working to change as he works to increase…
  • Details of Millennium Tower Boston emerging — penthouse price target is $37.5 million (slideshow)

    Eric Convey
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    When the first residents move into Millennium Tower Boston in Downtown Crossing in the summer of 2016, if all goes according to developers' plans, they'll get some of the best views in the city and pay prices to match. The fanciest penthouse in the tower will fetch about $37.5 million, if Millennium Partners' plans come to pass. The 60-story, $680 million building is under construction at the site of the former Filene's Department Store. Other residences among the 442 planned for the location should…
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  • Does size matter?

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Does size matter? It is the age-old question — are you a more important person at your company if you have more I smell something big and brilliant here reporting into you?  Most people, unfortunately, say yes. I’m going to assume the origins of this are political and military. The kingdom with more subjects takes over […](Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
  • Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid coming next year, Kia Optima too

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This has led to a certain amount of speculation about what direction Hyundai plans to take with its hybrid program.
  • An Open Letter to Midd Kids about J Term & StartupGrid

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Hi guys. I know that no one from Middlebury is going to be reading my blog unless you’re interested in the J-term project, so first, thanks for your interest. This is the course that I wish I could have had when I went to school. (Although I did have two very good independent studies which […]
  • Mark Zuckerberg does a public Q&A session — in Mandarin Chinese

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Q&A took place at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Zuckerberg barely uttered a single word in English (except for one quick "I'm sorry," when he misspoke).
  • AT&T shares down 3\% after earnings miss

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The company had previously expected revenue to grow 5\% this year.
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    VC Experts: The Buzz

  • Is The Honest Company Worth $837M?

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

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

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

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

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