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  • Kickstarter says it cannot be sued over failed projects

    VatorNews.tv
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Updated terms of use states contract is between pledgers and creators, and not KickstarterWhen someone donates to a Kickstarter campaign, they are obviously taking a bit of a risk since there is obviously always the chance that, for whatever reason, the project might never see the light of day. But what exactly happens to that money if the project ultimately does fail? And who is responsible for the money that was raised? Honestly, that's never been entirely clear to me. Well, Kickstarter is now making that much more transparent, announcing on Friday that it had…
  • When VCs Play Defense

    Both Sides of the Table
    Mark Suster
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Somehow the world seems to be spinning faster these days than just a few years ago. The frantic pace of technology cycles, the amount of tech news, the blogs, the conferences, the demo days, the announcements, the fundings, the IPOs. It’s exhausting. Perhaps unsustainable. It got me thinking about the advice that I often give to new VCs. For years I saw myself as the new guy in VC but then you wake up one day and realize that 50% of your peers have been doing it for less time than you and time has moved on. Any longtime readers of this blog will know that I often try to simplify complex…
  • TheFunded.com Discussion: After Termination, How Many Months/Yrs Should We Expect CTO Re Confidentiality/Non Solicitation

    TheFunded.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
  • How to prepare for a start-up exit

    Start ups
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Even after establishing a successful start-up, there are things to consider to achieve an exit or IPO argues Ofer Katz.
  • Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

    TechCrunch
    Alex Wilhelm
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
     Remember that upcoming Windows 9 event that Microsoft is hosting on September 30? It might not mark the actual release of Windows 9’s technical preview, as was long expected. According to Paul Thurrott, that bit of code might not become available until October. Read More
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  • Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

    Alex Wilhelm
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
     Remember that upcoming Windows 9 event that Microsoft is hosting on September 30? It might not mark the actual release of Windows 9’s technical preview, as was long expected. According to Paul Thurrott, that bit of code might not become available until October. Read More
  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    Anna Escher
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
     As we reflect on the week, we give you the 11 best stories from 9/13-9/19. 1.  It was announced that Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle since he founded the company in 1977, has relinquished his CEO title. He is to be replaced by a co-CEO structure consisting of Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. 2. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has gone public, opening trading on the New York Stock Exchange at… Read More
  • Don’t Let iOS 8’s Accidental Selfie Feature Ruin Your Life

    Jordan Crook
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
     Who has already sent an accidental selfie in iOS 8’s Messages app? I did. Not great. I’m late to the game when it comes to iOS 8. Many of my fellow tech journalists weaseled their way onto the beta version of the operating system, but out of laziness, or perhaps a feigned belief that I can stay away from punditry of any kind, I normally wait to get the new version of… Read More
  • An Early Investor Offers Some Lessons From Alibaba’s Evolution

    Jonathan Shieber
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
     A co-founder of GGV Capital, one of Alibaba’s earliest investors, reflects on the lessons other companies can take from how the e-commerce giant grew in China and how Yahoo’s investment in the company can still be a model for Western companies looking to enter the Chinese market. Read More
  • The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

    Christian Hernandez,Stephen Piron
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
     A lot has been written in the last few years on the evolution of the technology ecosystem in Europe. Our intent with this analysis was to use data to determine the challenges and opportunities surrounding the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. European companies raise smaller rounds at each stage versus their U.S. counterparts and make that funding last as much as eight months longer… Read More
 
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  • Google Ventures: My Biggest Value Add VC

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    | Posted by Kato | Fund Rated 3.1GV was one of 4 VCs/MicroVCs that funded my last company. GV was spectacular once the deal was done. (Lawyers were a PITA getting started, though.) Once in, it was total access, with them giving 5x more help than the next best VC. Help in recruiting, help with design, help with PR, help with engineering. Classes all the time available to portfolio companies, archived. Just spectactular.
  • TheFunded.com Discussion: After Termination, How Many Months/Yrs Should We Expect CTO Re Confidentiality/Non Solicitation

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
  • TheFunded.com Discussion: The Downside of Raising More Than You Need

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
  • Angel Capital Group: No Feedback

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    | Posted by 2early4us | 761 Chars in PrivateWebsite says all applicants get feedback. Not so.
  • Lux Capital Group: Great VC

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    | Posted by SimonS | Fund Rated 3.2I have had two experiences with Lux and both are good / excellent. I met Shahin at a pitch contest (which I won) and he referred me to his colleague in the East Coast who specializes in my area (3D printing). I had a pitch with Zack Schildhorn over the internet (He's East Cost/I am west Coast). We had a lot of technical glitches getting the presentation going over the internet (Skype, then Meetings IO etc) but he was very cordial till we got things working correctly. Very smart and very intelligent partner. Clearly knows the 3D space very well. Although he…
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    Both Sides of the Table

  • Why Recruiting Isn’t Over When an Employee Accepts Your Offer

    Mark Suster
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Recruiting. It is the bane of every startups existence because it takes up so much time, it is so competitive to sign people and it feels like unproductive time because it’s not moving the ball forward on product, engineering, sales, marketing, biz dev, fund raising. It consumes time and energy and the payoff doesn’t come for a long time. But of course great teams build great companies and great startup leaders know that they must always be recruiting. Yet most startup companies I’ve ever worked with or observed make one crucial mistake: They assume that their recruitment…
  • When VCs Play Defense

    Mark Suster
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Somehow the world seems to be spinning faster these days than just a few years ago. The frantic pace of technology cycles, the amount of tech news, the blogs, the conferences, the demo days, the announcements, the fundings, the IPOs. It’s exhausting. Perhaps unsustainable. It got me thinking about the advice that I often give to new VCs. For years I saw myself as the new guy in VC but then you wake up one day and realize that 50% of your peers have been doing it for less time than you and time has moved on. Any longtime readers of this blog will know that I often try to simplify complex…
  • Bad Notes on Venture Capital

    Mark Suster
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    This week. On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? Him: Yeah. We raised a seed round. About $1 million. Me: At what price? Him: It wasn’t priced. We raised a convertible note. Me: With a cap? Him: Yes, $8 million. Me: Ah. I see. So you did raise with a price. It’s just a maximum price. You’ll find out the minimum when the next round is raised. Him: Huh? Last week. At an accelerator … Me: Raising convertible notes as a seed round is one of the biggest disservices our industry has done to entrepreneurs since 2001-2003 when there were “full…
  • Why We’re Looking to Fund Stuff With More Meaning

    Mark Suster
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    Venture Capital is a tricky industry. If you’re funding the same stuff as everybody else and if you started your activities when the clues were obvious you’re much less likely to drive enormous returns. When Fred Wilson funded Twitter I guarantee you it wasn’t obvious that it was a billion dollar+++ idea. Far from it. Many questioned whether it could survive under the fail whale, inevitable competition from Facebook, founder fighting, fights with 3rd-party developers let alone become a revolutionary business that could make money. Lots of it. He couldn’t have…
  • Here’s How to Cancel a Meeting the Right Way

    Mark Suster
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I wrote a version of this post four years ago but given the hectic nature of today’s tech markets I thought it was worth revisiting and updating. Canceling meetings is a part of modern day life.  I seem to get so over programmed that if I ever want to have a “break-out” unplanned trip somewhere I seem to have to reschedule meetings. Not fun, but a reality. People reschedule meetings with me on a regular basis, too.  If done correctly I never have any problem with it at all. When you do need to reschedule a meeting make sure to put yourself in the other person’s…
 
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  • Kickstarter says it cannot be sued over failed projects

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Updated terms of use states contract is between pledgers and creators, and not KickstarterWhen someone donates to a Kickstarter campaign, they are obviously taking a bit of a risk since there is obviously always the chance that, for whatever reason, the project might never see the light of day. But what exactly happens to that money if the project ultimately does fail? And who is responsible for the money that was raised? Honestly, that's never been entirely clear to me. Well, Kickstarter is now making that much more transparent, announcing on Friday that it had…
  • Whisper used to document man's standoff with police

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Might Whisper become another Twitter, aka a social network that can affect social change?(Updated with further comment from Whisper) Well, this is definitely a new, and pretty interesting, way to use secret-sharing app Whisper. An incident occured on Thursday, in which a man in Grand Prairie, Texas, used Whisper, which allows people to share their thoughts anonymously, to detail a standoff he was having with the police. The situation was revealed in a post from Neetzan Zimmerman, Whisper's editor in chief.  (Note: Vator is holding its 4th Annual Splash LA event…
  • Alibaba stock debuts 36% above $68 IPO price

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    The e-commerce company held off its IPO for a few hours due to the large volume of ordersIts pretty safe to say that Alibaba is not only the most anticipated stock debut of the year, but likely since Twitter went public in November of last year. In fact, the IPO is so large that trading was delayed for hours this morning due to the large volume of orders for the stock! (The company certainly did want to see a repeat of the Facebook fiasco when that company had its debut in 2012) Now it has finally begun trading and, so far, share are not disappointing: they opened at $92.70, or 36% above…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 9/19/14

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    LightSpeed, CrowdFlower, Docker, Bluebridge, Sidecar, eSentire, Auth0, JW Player, iVinci HealthSeed stage Bluebridge, a mobile-apps-as-a-service (MAaaS) company, raised a $1 million seed round of financing led by angel investors including Bill Godfrey and Tim Kopp, andangel investors with "deep software and operating experience." Auth0, an identity-as-a-service solution, raised $2.4 million in seed funds led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from K9 Ventures, Portland Seed Fund and NXTP Labs. Beauty and fashion community BeautyCon raised under $5 million in seed…
  • The Home Depot says hacking put 56M cards at risk

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The breach was even bigger than the one that affected Target last yearIf there is one thing we've learned in the last year, its that brick and mortar retailers are just as susceptible to hackings and breaches as online payment sites. Yet they keep happening, over and over. The latest retailer to be hit was The Home Depot, and now we that we know the details of what happened, it turns out that this is the worst one yet. The home improvement retailer revealed on Thursday that information from a total of 56 million unique payment cards was put at risk between April and…
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    VentureBeat

  • Russian VC landscape shifts away from a ‘quick returns’ mentality, as investment dwindles

    Dylan Tweney
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Above: Western investors are taking an increasingly dim view of Russia.Image Credit: Geraint Rowland/FlickrVenture investment volumes in Russia fell by 9 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) as the number of completed deals increased by 32 percent in Q2 2014, says Rye, Man and Gor Securities (RMG), an independent Moscow-based investment company, in their latest quarterly report published with the participation of East-West Digital News. 2014 continues to be a difficult year for the VC market, as investments maintained their slide compared to 2013 levels. However, Q2 picked up from a weak first…
  • 5 startups that could radically transform the world around us

    Dylan Baker, Tech City News
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Above: Peeks makes an app and a clip-on piece of hardware that non-healthcare experts can use to perform eye-health checks for people who might not otherwise have access to them.Image Credit: Tech City NewsSome startups are useful, some are beautiful, and some are pointless – I’m looking at you, Yo! Then, there are some design ideas that have the potential to radically change our futures. These are creations that 15 years ago you wouldn’t have dreamed possible. At the Victoria & Albert Museum this week as part of the Global Design Forum, five entrepreneurs took to the stage and…
  • Welcome to the strange, upside-down world of Yahoo after the Alibaba IPO

    Dylan Tweney
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Above: Vogue's website featured Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, in an August 2013 photo essay.Image Credit: Vogue website screenshotOne of the major beneficiaries of this week’s initial public offering of Alibaba stock is Yahoo, which owns 401 million shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant. Beneficiary, that is, in a purely financial sense. In a strategic sense, the Alibaba ($BABA) IPO is going to create some real problems for Yahoo ($YHOO) chief executive Marissa Mayer, who now has to demonstrate that her company is more than a mere vehicle for investing in China. Alibaba’s IPO was one…
  • Meet the 19-year-old iOS developer so successful he turned down an Apple job offer

    Julie Bort, Business Insider
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Above: John Meyer, with Apple CEO Tim CookImage Credit: Business InsiderLast week, 19-year-old John Meyer dropped out of a prestigious university computer science program to work full-time on his tech startup, Fresco News. His parents weren’t happy at first. He was attending NYU where his mom is a professor, he told Business Insider. But they eventually came around to support him, because they had to admit: Meyer is already a successful independent computer programmer. He’s been writing apps since his freshman year in high school, 2008, after teaching himself the programming…
  • How Zenefits is tapping into a huge opportunity at the heart of U.S. health care

    Dylan Tweney
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Image Credit: Zenefits The U.S. marketplace for health care services is dysfunctional, opaque, and ruled by insurers. But one startup, Zenefits, seems to have found an interesting way to both simplify the process and — potentially — make a lot of money. Zenefits, as described in a detailed profile this weekend in the New York Times, provides simplified benefits administration to startups and small businesses. The vision is attractive to its customers: Sign up for Zenefits, and you get a single, simple dashboard that lets you automatically adjust benefits for all your employees,…
 
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  • Burn Baby Burn

    Fred Wilson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Andy sent me a WSJ piece with Bill Gurley yesterday. I don’t like to link to paid content so here’s a good Business Insider summary of the article that is open for anyone to read. Regular readers know that I’m a huge fan of Bill’s. He’s as smart as they come and I generally agree with him on things. As I was reading the WSJ piece, I found myself nodding my head and saying “yes”, “yes”, “yes”. The thing I like so much about Bill’s point of view is that he does not focus on valuations as a measure of risk. He focuses on…
  • Next Wednesday Is The Internet Slowdown

    Fred Wilson
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We’ve talked a lot here at AVC about Net Neutrality. I hate that term because it’s got so much baggage now that it is essentially meaningless to me. What I want to see is a framework that everyone agrees to (application developers, bandwidth providers, last mile access providers, and the regulators) that says you can’t prioritize one bit over another in the last mile access network and you can’t charge application developers to deliver their bits to the end user. This issue is coming to a head at the FCC as the comment period is ending and some sort of decision will be…
  • Video Of The Week: A Lunchtime Talk In Larkin Square, Buffalo

    Fred Wilson
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    A few weeks ago, I spent most of the week in the upper midwest. I started out on Tuesday in Buffalo, NY, the location of my first venture capital investment, Upgrade Corporation of America. I did office hours at the Z80 accelerator and then did a lunchtime Q&A in the beautifully renovated Larkin Square with Eric Reich. This is a video of that talk. If you want to skip all the intros, go ten minutes in. The talk is about 40mins long. Q&A With Fred Wilson and Eric Reich – Aug 2014 from Z80 Labs Technology Incubator on Vimeo.
  • Reblog: Let Your Winners Run

    Fred Wilson
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    One of the things I am going to do on this extended vacation is go back into the archives and reblog posts that I think are still fresh and relevant. I’ll start with this one from Feb 2012. ————————- I met with a group of very experienced and sophisticated investors yesterday who make up the investment committee of a large charitable foundation that is an investor in USV. I gave them a two minute brief on our macro investment thesis (large networks of engaged users that can disrupt big markets) and then took them on a tour of some of these…
  • Reblogging An Old Post: The Word Bubble

    Fred Wilson
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    I wrote this in 2011. I think it’s as true today as it was then. It’s interesting that Marc Andreessen, in the video I posted over the weekend, also links the word Bubble in his mind to the Internet bubble that we all lived through. I guess for a certain cohort of investors, that is a very definitive moment in our lives that we will always be scarred by. ——————————— In all the posts over the past year or so outlining my thoughts on the financing and valuation environment in the internet sector, I’ve avoided…
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  • Colorado Tech Roundup: Dream Chaser, Mars Mission, Web Security

    Michael Davidson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Michael Davidson There was some big news—and bad news—for Colorado’s startups and tech companies this week. The biggest was NASA’s decision to cut off funding for the Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser spacecraft, putting the future of the program in doubt. Meanwhile, a Colorado-built satellite is about to enter orbit around Mars, security experts gather in Denver, and a Techstars company raises more than $100,000 on Kickstarter. Dream over for Sierra Nevada? NASA made a big announcement this week, picking capsules made by Boeing and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to become the new…
  • Brad Feld, Blackstone, & ViaWest: Denver Tech Leaders Talk Community

    Michael Davidson
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Michael Davidson Along with the parties, networking, and workshops, Denver Startup Week is an opportunity to take a look at the city as a startup community, evaluate what it needs, and generate ideas about what should be done going forward. That was the topic Thursday, when influential leaders in the Colorado tech industry sat down to talk about the work it takes to create a startup ecosystem. Here are some highlights from their presentation. Just Do It: Denver Startup Week is a sprawling festival that encompasses more than 100 events and is on track to draw several thousand people. While it…
  • Epic Hopes WI Campus Can Help in Talent War with Apple, Facebook

    Jeff Engel
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Jeff Engel Epic Systems’ massive, rapidly expanding campus tucked away in the Madison, WI, suburb of Verona is well known among locals and those who follow the electronic health records software industry. It’s probably less familiar to many tech executives in Silicon Valley, even though Epic designed it partly to beat them in the war for young talent. Epic’s whimsical corporate headquarters—stretched over almost 1,000 acres of former farmland that now has an estimated real estate value of more than $700 million—is on par with famed California home bases for companies like…
  • Roundup: New A&M Center, Funds for Ortho Kinematics, Encore Vision

    Angela Shah
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Angela Shah Here is the latest innovation news from Texas: —Texas A&M University Thursday opened a national pandemic influenza vaccine manufacturing facility in Bryan, TX, the first part of a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, which is a cluster of research and development institutions that the university is currently building. GSK is the largest of the university’s 19 partners in developing the center, which will be one of three tasked with rapidly responding to both outbreaks of naturally occurring infectious diseases and bioterrorism. The other two…
  • After Early Successes, The Hatch Incubator at MSU Doubles in Size

    Sarah Schmid
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Sarah Schmid Two years ago, Spartan Innovations was launched to help nurture and commercialize startups founded by Michigan State University students and faculty or from technology developed at MSU. This week, the MSU Innovation Center announced that The Hatch, its early-stage incubator and co-working space, is expanding. “The growth has been exponential,” says Paul Jacques, the director of student and community engagement for Spartan Innovations. The new 1,135 square-foot expansion will double The Hatch in size and was funded through the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, the Michigan…
 
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    Venture Hacks

  • How to be an angel investor, Part 3

    Nivi
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    This guest post is by Tyler Willis, an entrepreneur and angel investor. You can learn more about him on AngelList. For several interesting macro-economic reasons [1], more and more people are becoming angel investors. This is a good thing – it allows more investors to participate in a high-growth (but high-risk) area of our economy. That said, investing in private companies is very different from investing in public companies. People who are just getting started in angel investing should get comfortable with the inherent risks and learn the strategies required to be successful angel…
  • Designers at AngelList

    Nivi
    1 Nov 2013 | 9:16 am
    Must be a 1-(wo)man startup. Must code. Must write good copy. Must be passionate about solving problems for our customers, not “designing.” Must fix other people’s designs and front-end code on production (people ship whenever they want). Must help our 1-(wo)man startups with their design problems. Must force your help on them when needed. Must take the words of our founders/whomever straight to mocks without worrying about whether we’re going to build it. Make the mocks, then start evaluating the idea. Pivot it when necessary (always).
  • AngelList new employee reading list

    Nivi
    26 Oct 2013 | 10:02 am
    I do the onboarding for all new AngelList team members. Part of it is asking them to read the following (many candidates have read these before they even come in for an interview). Culture Startups are here to save the world Things we care about at AngelList Doing the wrong things the right way Execution Ask forgiveness, not permission 1-(wo)man startups No email at AngelList 6-year vesting Customer service Internal 360 Review (redacted) Company Strategy (you wish) Internal Github engineering wikis AngelList Twitter Favorites Writings that have influenced us Engineering Management by Yishan…
  • Things we care about at AngelList

    Nivi
    11 Oct 2013 | 5:11 pm
    We care about: Eliminating frictions so startups can change the world Connecting startups with their ideal partners, on the best terms, fast Building tools for investors to help startups Telling startups and investors what we would want to know in their shoes Building products that scale, instead of manual processes or throwing bodies at the problem Having team members work on things they’re excited about, rather than what we think is important Some things we try to care about at AngelList. Learn More: Startups are here to save the world, The entrepreneurial age and No tradeoff between…
  • How much traction do I need to raise money?

    Nivi
    23 Apr 2013 | 11:23 am
    How much traction do you need to raise $1M? AngelList’s Ash Fontana has the answer on TechCrunch: Read the post for details and also see these comments by me, Michael Wolfe, and Shallaba.
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    Venture Capital Access Online: Website Updates

  • VCPro Database 2014 ***Newly-Updated***

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    VCPro Database 2014 (17th Edition) Now Available! VCPro Database 2014 (17th Edition) is a downloadable venture capital and private equity directory with complete profiles of over 5,200 venture capital firms worldwide. Compiled by a veteran VC researcher, VCPro Venture Capital Database is available in both Windows and Macintosh formats. (Updated JULY 2014) Click the above link to learn more.
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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

  • Hitchhiker's Guide to Boston's Start-up Scene

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

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

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

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

    bussgang
    20 May 2014 | 4:29 am
    It is graduation season at colleges and universities around the world.  This time of year brings stirring commencement speeches from famous (and sometimes controversial) leaders and thoughtful reflections from students on the considerable time and money they spent in academia. Two of our students at Harvard Business School wrote a beautiful blog post, with some great visual data, about what they did NOT learn at Harvard that I thought was worth sharing.  The post was written by Ben Faw (a West Point and Ranger School Graduate who worked at Tesla and LinkedIn) and Momchil Filev (a Stanford…
 
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    PE Hub Blog

  • Tully Friedman plans to stick with FFL for another 5-6 years

    Luisa Beltran
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Buyout shop FFL has set out a “well-thought out” succession plan, said co-founder Tully Friedman. “We have a formal succession that is supported by the partners and LPs,” Friedman told peHUB on the sidelines of the PartnerConnect LP-GP Summit on Friday in New York. Friedman helped launch the firm originally known as Friedman Fleischer & Lowe in 1997 and is the firm’s chairman and CEO. The San Francisco buyout shop is run by three senior partners: Spencer Fleischer, who is president; Chris Masto, a senior MD; and Friedman. “I don’t plan to leave for the next five to six…
  • Alibaba jumps more than 40 percent in trading debut-Reuters

    Reuters News
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd‘s (BABA.N:) shares surged by more than 40 percent in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped in to buy what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history. More than two hours after trading began at the New York Stock Exchange, the stock opened at $92.70 and rose from there, hitting a high of $99.70 in active trading, during which more than 100 million shares change hands in composite trading in the first 10 minutes of trading. Cheers went out among traders on the NYSE floor at Wall and Broad Streets as the stock started to…
  • Providence Service Corp to acquire PE-backed Matrix Medical for $400 mln

    Iris Dorbian
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Providence Service Corp has agreed to buy Matrix Medical Network, a portfolio company of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, for $400 million. Ropes & Gray advised Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and Matrix Medical Network on the transaction. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Matrix is a provider of in-home health assessments and care management solutions. PRESS RELEASE Providence Service Corporation Acquires Matrix Medical Network for $400 Million Ropes & Gray advised Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and CCHN Group Holdings (Matrix Medical Network) in the sale of Matrix to…
  • SoftTech VC leads $2 mln round for DroneDeploy

    Iris Dorbian
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    DroneDeploy, a smart drone management platform, has received $2 million in seed funding. SoftTech VC led the round with participation from DataCollective, Redpoint, DFJ, and Angelpad. DroneDeploy is a smart drone management platform. PRESS RELEASE September, 18, 2014 (San Francisco, CA) DroneDeploy launches their 4G powered drone control product out of beta, making it available to commercial customers. There is a lot of buzz around drones, but current commercial solutions are very complex and difficult to activate. Software hasn’t caught up with the hardware and there is no way to…
  • PrecisionHawk rakes in $10 mln Series B

    Iris Dorbian
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    PrecisionHawk has raised about $10 million in Series B funding. Millennium Technology Value Partners led the round. Based in Indianapolis, Raleigh, NC and Toronto, PrecisionHawk is an unmanned aerial systems and remote sensing firm. PRESS RELEASE RALEIGH, N.C., Sep 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) –PrecisionHawk, an information delivery company that uses a small, lightweight UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] and cloud-based software to collect, process and analyze aerial data, today announced it has closed a Series B financing round of approximately $10 million led by New York…
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    Feld Thoughts

  • The Deep, Dark, Emotional Challenges of Being a Leader

    Brad Feld
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    I got to spend a lot of time with my close friend Rand Fishkin the past few days. The first was at Denver Startup Week, where we did a panel discussion with Ben Huh and Bart Lorang where we discussed the pact between CEO and Board, the pact between Founder and Investor, and how to be transparent and direct. The next day, Rand led a full day offsite for a number of CEOs in our portfolio. In between, he wrote an epic blog post titled A Long, Ugly Year of Depression That’s Finally Fading. Go read it now – I’ll wait. I love Rand – not in that surface “I love you…
  • Where I’ll Be At Denver Startup Week 2014

    Brad Feld
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    This week is Denver Startup Week 2014. Seth, Ryan, and I are spending all day Thursday in Denver doing startup week stuff. If you are looking for me, I’ll be hanging out all day at Basecamp, which is sponsored by Chase. Following are the events I’m participating in. 8:00 – 9:00: Building Great Entrepreneurial Communities 1:00 – 2:00: Feld and Friends 2:00 – 4:00: Mentor Hours (special Foundry/Galvanize/Techstars Edition). People can sign up here (sorry – they don’t have this organized by day, just by mentor). 4:00 – 5:30: Practice Pitch…
  • No Vision All Drive

    Brad Feld
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    I love origin stories. Yesterday at the kickoff of Techstars FounderCon, I stood on stage with David Cohen and David Brown as we went through the origin story of Techstars, followed by a build up of what has happened over the past seven amazing years. As the 50+ people working for Techstars stood on the stage at the end, I got chills. Afterwards I got feedback from a number of the 500 people in the audience that it was extremely useful context for them, many of whom joined the extended Techstars network in the past two years. A few weeks ago, FG Press released the first book in its Techstars…
  • Techstars Equity Back Guarantee

    Brad Feld
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Today Techstars announced an “equity back guarantee” for any company that goes through the Techstars program starting in 2015. We’ve been talking about this for a while. One of Techstars’ matras is #givefirst which builds off my “give before you get” philosophy that I highlight in my book Startup Communities as a key part to building a great startup community. As we talked about this, we realized that we could apply this directly to Techstars. We periodically encounter founders during the selection process who question the value of Techstars. It’s…
  • Mentors 5/18: Listen Too

    Brad Feld
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As I’m about to head down to Austin for Techstars FounderCon (the annual meeting of all Techstars founders), I figured I crank out a few more Mentor Manifesto items this week. Item 5 is “Listen Too.” Pause and ponder for a minute. Do you talk too much? I do – it’s one of my weaknesses. I often try to make my point by giving examples and telling stories. I’m not afraid to be wrong so often I’ll toss out and idea and talk through it. I don’t go so far as to “think out loud” like some people I work with, but I regularly find myself…
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  • Low-Impact

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    When you write books about the technology industry you fret about the time it takes to go through the publishing and printing stage. Given the dynamic nature of the business you know job changes, M&A, product announcements are inevitable, and...
  • Interview from Inforum

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly interviewed me for The Cube at Inforum about Infor, my book on the SAP Economy and other enterprise vendor trends.
  • Infor: Design+Value

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    I have written in past about Infor’s micro-vertical strategy and its quest with its internal design agency Hook +Loop to make enterprise software “beautiful”. I saw more of that at Inforum in New Orleans this week, but I also signs...
  • HANA and her siblings

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    As the SAP Economy book shifts to editing phase I have been looking at book covers, titles etc. One title which will not make the cut is “HANA and her siblings” My wife liked it, then preferred some other ones...
  • I sense a disturbance in the enterprise Force

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Starting next week I will get briefings from a wide range of enterprise players – Infor, Workday, Oracle, Rimini, Salesforce and Microsoft among them. Conference season is in full swing. I have not been so excited in a long time....
 
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    Southeast VC

  • WedPics CEO Shares Investor Email

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

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

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

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

    Jason Caplain
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Pulling up and referencing some old blog posts, but I think this is important topic. Entrepreneurs need to take time to do their homework referencing a new investor. With some recent financings I have seen getting done, this was not the case. I just read this 2010 post from Mark Suster on Why it's Critical that you Refrence Check Your VC. If you are an entrepreneur raising capital, you should check this out. It doesn't matter if you are raising capital from VCs, angels, angel groups or strategics. The advice still applies. And, even better, make time to do a face to face reference…
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    Babbling VC

  • Badmouthing and Bashing

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

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

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

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

    Paul Jozefak
    30 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    I was happy to recently see that apprupt had sold. This was one of my early investments at Neuhaus Partners and in hindsight probably one of the more fruitful ones. Did it deliver crazy returns? Not really. Was it internationally known and a market leader in a super hot space? Also not really. Then why is it relevant? Well, it's an investment I made because of......the founders, a company I stayed engaged with.....because of the founders and a company where I remain friends....with the founders. I met Kjell and Jascha shortly after launching OpenCoffee in Hamburg. Few people were coming back…
 
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    Venture Chronicles

  • SaaS Status Pages and “Trust”

    Jeff Nolan
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Okta has a status page called Trust, and because I compete with them I pay attention to it. At Ping Identity we also have a status page on our IDaaS service and our team makes this a focal point for the service, ensuring that we have realtime data and that it is broken down into the component services along with response times. It is this level of automation and granularity that I think is the underpinning of “capital T” trust. In reviewing the Okta page last week I noticed something interesting, well 2 things actually. The first is that the minutes of uptime didn’t…
  • Broken Cloud

    Jeff Nolan
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Trust is a cornerstone of the Apple brand… the company that pioneered the notion of “the stuff just works”. The damage the brand has suffered this week is yet to be calculated and the “hey it’s not our fault, users should manage passwords better” statement didn’t help. All this a week to the day before 3 major new product announcements that hinge on using more of iCloud. Payments depends on iCloud, it’s hard to see how they don’t rewrite their presentations for next week to address the news this week. What also isn’t helping is that when people dig into the details they…
  • Sales Tactics: A View from the Receiving End

    Jeff Nolan
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    On average I get 10-15 vendors calling me each day to sell me stuff (marketing is a services, content, and systems heavy business these days). I pay a lot of attention to the details of how people sell and try to incorporate effective tactics into our own SDR function. Here’s my rundown on the most common tactics I find myself on the receiving end of: 1) Blunt Force Trauma: “Jeff, I was wondering if you had an opportunity to read my last email”. Surprisingly effective, I get 2-3 of these from someone and I feel guilty enough to actually respond. Probability of closing something is…
  • Wingz – Airport Rides and One Bad UI Issue

    Jeff Nolan
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    I’ve been using Wingz to get to/from the airport. The idea is simple, black car service like Uber but exclusively for airport transportation, and a big advantage is that you can schedule the rides in advance. With a web-based and mobile app, it’s alway available and convenient. Wingz is aggressively priced, about 40% less expensive than a typical black car service, and so far my experience with the drivers has been exceptional. With the price of long term parking at SFO now $18 a day, paying $82 for airport transportation for my typical 3-4 day trip is a wash and because…
  • Turn the Tables

    Jeff Nolan
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    This week the crazy internets have been abuzz with the story of AOL executive Ryan Block, who attempted to do something rather mundane, cancel his cable, and was subjected to an excruciatingly long ordeal with the customer service representative at Comcast. This is well covered, I don’t need to relive it… and more to the point, we’ve all been there. What makes this story, and others like it, catch fire is that there is a recording to go with the narrative. The call experience comes alive with the voice recording. This is a relatively recent phenomena and one that is a result…
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    GenuineVC » GenuineVC

  • The Market Is Hot for Code Climate, NextView’s Newest Investment

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

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

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

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

    David Beisel
    29 May 2014 | 6:17 am
    It’s been five years now since large VC ‘signaling’ entered the seed stage entrepreneur’s lexicon.  Yet even today, whether or not to take a (relatively) small check in a seed round syndicate from a multi-hundred million or even billion dollar fund is still a decision which takes quite a bit of consideration and sometimes consternation.  It seems as though it’s been talked about ad nauseum in the blogosphere, but we see first-hand as entrepreneurs we’re investing in at NextView Ventures work through building their seed round syndicates, it really is a tough issue.And…
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  • The Challenge Of Being A Non-Technical Co-Founder

    MPD
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Building a tech company without knowing how to code?  If yes, you’re probably earning your MBA in delegation.  And that’s not easy. The great thing about being a non-technical co-founder of a tech company is that you are forced to learn how to delegate early on.  When you can’t code, design or even pretend to know UX, you’ll be forced to learn to rely heavily on others before you even launch.  Learning how to effectively delegate is great training, which can prepare CEOs to scale their organization long into the future. But delegating is hard and when done incorrectly can lead to…
  • Fallen Angels

    MPD
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    I like to say that startupland is filled with fallen angels. These “angels” were once perched in their lofty roles at large corporations with steady paychecks and well-styled conference rooms.  While that’s an appealing way to live, it also tends to correlate with heavy politics and formality. So why do people jump out of the clouds to land in the alleys of the startup community?  There are a few reasons: Self-Expression: To a degree, the formality that is commonplace in corporate America can dehumanize the staff.  When everyone dresses the same, they feel one step closer to being…
  • You’re Not Starting A Company, You’re Doing An Experiment

    MPD
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    Entrepreneurs face a lot of social pressure.  Teammates depend on their judgment.  Family & friends fear for their economic well-being.  And, those too afraid to start their own thing are often eagerly watching from the sidelines – secretly hoping for founders to fail. Once they get their operation revved up, the best thing a founder can do is focus internally.  Shut the windows, ignore the parade of hype outside and focus on executing. There is, however, an even easier way to start the company building process; you  can lower expectations. When you tell people you’re…
  • Optimism: Fuel or Foil?

    MPD
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    It’s hard to be an entrepreneur without a healthy dose of optimism baked into your DNA.  You have to believe that you can succeed in making a rational bet, even if you’re wrong. I’m a the-glass-is-5%-full kind of guy.  I like to think I’ll always succeed, even though like nearly every entrepreneur I have tasted the bitterness of failure.  If I didn’t have that mindset, I wouldn’t be able to get up and dust off after failing.  I probably would have been down for the count long ago. While I think being an optimist is helpful as a founder, it does come at a cost.  If you believe…
  • Avoid Poison Investors

    MPD
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Not all investors are created equal.  Some add lots of operational value, while others have deep pockets that can help get your company out of a bind down the road.  But there are also social dimensions to keep in mind when forming a syndicate. Investors are people.  And when you get multiple people to collaborate you have a group.  Groups are subject to dynamics that change the way individuals would otherwise make decisions. If you’ve ever worked on a class project or been on a team at work you’ve probably seen this.  Leadership roles naturally develop, internal politics arise and…
 
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    Jason Ball's TechBytes

  • How to get a job in Venture Capital

    Jason Ball
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    I get asked this question a *lot*. I wrote a post about it back in 2006 on the topic that I could point people to, but it looks a little light, so I thought I’d post an update. There’s no set way to get into VC – it really depends on what you’re starting with (and what role you’re shooting for). So, these are some of the things that are good to start with: 1) Be an entrepreneur. Successful or failed. I helped torpedo a few companies back in the dot com boom. Learned first hand what doesn’t work… This is a sub-optimal path, but it’s valid. Being…
  • Investing in Grand Cru

    Jason Ball
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    Following my previous posts on why I decided to make any given investment, I thought I’d share briefly why I decided to make an investment into the gaming space – an area where many investors fear to tread. The first game from Grand Cru, Supernauts, has been in further development for 1 year since we invested. Without the product in the market, this post was largely meaningless. (You can grab the Supernauts game here and give it a whirl. Just be warned, you might get addicted and end up spending your entire pay check on gems: http://www.appstore.com/supernauts) Looking at my Three…
  • 3 Traits of Successful Founders

    Jason Ball
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    Last week I was asked what I look for in Founders/CEOs by some LPs (limited partners, the people that actually give VCs the money they invest). I gave them three characteristics that I think are critical to success: 1) Tenacity. Starting a company is hard. If anyone could do it successfully, everyone would be a successful multi millionaire/billionaire entrepreneur. As we all know, that’s not the case. What separates the wheat from the chaff? The ability to fight long after others have gone home. And wake up again, take on Goliath, and fight until you bleed. And then do it again the next…
  • Women and Tech

    Jason Ball
    7 Nov 2013 | 1:59 am
    Women and Tech. It’s an area that’s been getting a lot of attention lately- especially the conversation around Twitter’s board. I realized a few months ago that Qualcomm Ventures has a significant percent of female co-founders, CEOs and Chairwomen in our portfolio. For Europe, it’s 50%+. That’s right – over HALF of our companies… are founded, co-founded or chaired by women [blippar, CTC, ip.access, Rockpack , Grand Cru, Everplaces and Arieso (now exited)]. There wasn’t a decision to actively target female led companies, it’s simply a…
  • Investing in Rockpack

    Jason Ball
    12 Aug 2013 | 12:34 am
    Earlier this summer, I posted on why I led our investment in Wrapp. I promised as part of that post to circle back around with a post on a seed investment, to compare the two since they’re clearly at different stages. Here then, are my thoughts on Rockpack, and how they relate to my previous posts Three P’s of Venture Capital and Terminal Velocity. Looking at each post in turn: Three P’s of Venture Capital 1) People. First off, Sofia Fenichell is female. That means, as a tech entrepreneur, she’s already the top 2%. You have to fight hard, and after you meet her, you…
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    First Round Capital Review

  • How to Make Engineering Interns Effective for Your Startup

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    At just three years old, Sift Science has accomplished a surprising amount. Its product, which combats fraud using machine learning, is an important tool for companies like Kickstarter, Airbnb, Uber and Opentable. But with just over 30 employees, they have to make the most out of all of their resources — including their interns. For Sift Science, having an internship program isn’t just about training the next generation of technical talent, it’s about extending its capabilities. That’s why CTO Fred Sadaghiani has focused tremendous effort on building a program that…
  • This Is How You Get People to Trust Your Product

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Most new tech companies simply would not work without consumer trust. People wouldn’t get into an Uber, list their home on Airbnb, or even buy shoes on Zappos if they didn’t trust those companies to deliver a high quality, secure service. UrbanSitter sets the bar even higher: It connects families with babysitters on the Internet. There are few things that require more faith. “In many ways, we’re tackling the service that requires the most trust in someone’s life,” says UrbanSitter CEO Lynn Perkins. “If companies can replicate what we’ve done in…
  • Annual Planning is Killing Your Growth – Try This Plan Instead

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By the time Dave Brussin co-founded Monetate in 2008, he had experience running three other companies. One of his biggest lessons: Things change fast. Even faster than you might think. At the same time, in order to grow, you need to be able to set targets that make sense. In a lot of ways, these are opposing forces. So how can you plan effectively when your business is constantly evolving? Most companies’ answer is to create an annual plan and then adjust accordingly as time passes. But, as Brussin puts it, this approach is broken and sub-optimal. Especially at a growing startup, there…
  • Employee Onboarding at Startups Is Broken – Here’s How to Fix It

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    You’re greeted at the pearly gates to heaven by St. Peter who asks where you’d like to spend eternity. “Well, heaven of course!” you say. Peter replies: “You have to check out hell just to see what you think before you commit.” Disappointed, you shrug but agree. And to your surprise, when the elevator doors open into hell, you see golden beaches, golf courses, gorgeous people mingling with colorful drinks. It’s not what you expected, but maybe heaven is even better, you think. So you take the elevator back up, but all you find there is a bunch of dull…
  • What I Learned As Pandora’s First Data Scientist

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Three years ago, Gordon Rios became Pandora’s first official data scientist. Since then, he’s seen the team grow to over a dozen strong and become hugely influential in every decision the company makes. Considering how much of Pandora’s service is data-driven — from maintaining its famous Music Genome Project to creating even more ways for people to discover music they’ll love — it’s one of the best examples around of a data science team growing fast and lean to make a difference. As a keen observer of how Pandora has hired and structured its team of…
 
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    VC Cafe

  • Hospitals- The Key to Healthcare Reform [Guest Post]

    Levi Shapiro
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Interview with Chip Kahn, CEO of Federation of American Hospitals US elections are six weeks away and “Obamacare” is the wedge issue of the 2014 campaign. The Republican controlled majority in the House has voted 55 times in four years to repeal the Affordable Care Act. However, the $3 trillion (and growing) American healthcare system absorbs nearly 1/5 of total GDP, triple the allocation of some other OECD countries.Hospitals represent the largest component (32%) of this spending. Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals (www.fah.org), the industry association representing…
  • Snapchat – The Next Great Advertising Platform (guest post)

    Levi Shapiro
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:49 am
    How valuable is ten seconds of Millenial mindshare? Brands like McDonalds, Taco Bell, Audi and the NBA are ramping up their advertising efforts with Snapchat, the photo and video app that disappears in 10 seconds. Although there are many skeptics, I am not one of them. Snapchat is poised to become the next great advertising platform. Brands crave scale, demographics and engagement. Snapchat can check all three of those boxes. Scale: Every day, 700 million snaps and 1 billion stories (a thread that can be viewed for 24 hours) are viewed. There are more than 30 million Monthly Active Users and…
  • The Story of Techbikers (You can Play a role too)

    Eze Vidra
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    A month from now, 70 people in the London tech industry will be (hopefully) on the last leg of a 320km (200 miles) cycle ride from Paris to London. What made these ‘geeks’ get off their laptop and get on their bikes? A combination of wanting to do good and yearning to be part of a strong startup community in London. Since we started Techbikers in 2012, 120 techies cycled from Paris to London and we’ve raised over 100,000 pounds for Room to Read, creating 3 schools, 4 libraries and 3,000 scholarships for girls in India and Nepal. “Life is a journey of realization, which often ends in…
  • Biz Dev Tips for Startups – The ‘First Meeting’

    David Truong
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Most times when I finish a meeting, I think to myself “that was such a great meeting. I’m so excited for what happens next”. If your meetings aren’t ending like this, then you’ve just wasted everyone’s time. Here are a few lessons I learnt from having hundreds of business meetings in Australia, Chile, and the USA. Don’t pitch, listen Much like my previous post in this series, don’t launch into your product pitch or try to sell something immediately. Listen to what they have to say. I usually start meetings with a simple, ‘how has your day…
  • 10 Tools for Understanding and Dissecting an Industry

    Eze Vidra
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    I remember the first time I met Mark Gerson, the founder of expert network company Gerson Lehrman Group (where I previously worked), as he described how Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) first started. Investors (mainly hedge funds at the time), needed a way to quickly understand an industry they were going to invest in. One day could be pharma and the next, commercial real estate. Resources abound online, but the noise-to-signal ratio is high, and the content needs to be verified and curated. So he teamed up with a few PhDs and set off to write a book about each major vertical – Healthcare,…
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  • You Will Never See iPhone Lines The Same After Watching This Unsettling Video On New York City's iPhone Lines (AAPL)

    Jay Yarow
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    On Friday, we, like many others published photos of thousands of people standing in line to buy the new iPhone, the iPhone 6.  Most people think of these lines as being filled with crazed fanboys who just can't wait to get their hands on the latest product from Apple. However, filmmaker Casey Neistat (via Re/code) created a 6-minute video that shows there is a dark, disturbing side to these lines. The lines are not just filled with crazed fanboys. Neistat shows that the lines are filled with Chinese people waiting for days to buy an iPhone 6, only to flip it as soon as they leave the…
  • See The 3D Printer That's Arriving At The International Space Station This Weekend

    Ajai Raj
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Off-world manufacturing is about to begin. On Saturday, the first 3D printer designed to work in zero gravity will be launched into space, aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule, for use on the International Space Station.  Designed and created by California-based startup Made In Space, Inc., the Zero-G 3D Printer has been in development since 2010. In July through September of 2011, the printer was subjected to three zero-gravity test flights in the infamous vomit comet to prove that it could operate in a microgravity environment like that of the space station. In its new home aboard the…
  • Now You Can Find Out What's Really Killing Your iPhone's Battery Life

    Caroline Moss
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Some days it seems like all you have to do is take your iPhone off the charger and it's already dipped below 90%. Carrying a Mophie or wireless charger around is a simple fix, but there are ways to see what's actually killing the life of your iPhone's battery. The Daily Dot's Taylor Hatmaker explains how iOS 8 users can take a peek behind the curtain: Once you open up Battery Usage [see below], you'll be able to view a list of apps in order of battery consumption. There's a 24-hour view and a view for the last seven days, which is handy whether you're trying to explain a sudden change in…
  • Tech Billionaire Marc Benioff Donates Generously To Politicians And This Is What He Wants In Return (CRM)

    Julie Bort
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Although Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has been a big, visible supporter of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi, he says he's not a Democrat. "I'm not a Democrat and I'm not a Republican. I'm an American," he told TechCrunch's Mike Arrington. during the Disrupt conference in San Francisco earlier this month. "If I like someone I'll give them money, but I'm not particularly close to anyone." Records kept by political donation watchdog site OpenSecrets.org more or less support that. Although Democrats do seem to grab more funds from him, he has donated to the National Republican…
  • This 19-Year-Old Developer Is So Successful, He Turned Down Apple

    Julie Bort
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Last week, 19-year-old John Meyer dropped out of a prestigious university computer-science program to work full time on his tech startup, Fresco News. His parents weren't happy at first. He was attending NYU where his mom was a professor, he told Business Insider. But they eventually came around to support him, because they had to admit: Meyer is already a successful independent computer programmer. He's been writing apps since his freshman year in high school, 2008, after teaching himself the programming language Objective C. And he's been making money at it since his sophomore year of high…
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  • Middle East investors subscribed to 36% of Hong Kong $1 billion Sukuk

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:28 am
    Hong Kong government announced the successful offering of its $1 billion Sukuk to global investors, with 36% of the Sukuk distributed to the Middle East investors. Following a global roadshow commencing 1 September 2014, covering Riyadh, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and New York, the Sukuk (a form of Islamic Bond) was allocated to over 120 global institutional investors. (In Dubai the Sukuk is expected to be listed on NASDAQ Dubai). The Sukuk saw strong demand from global investors, attracting orders exceeding $4.7 billion and recording over-subscription…
  • Bahrain investors of GFH acquired properties in the US worth $75 million

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    Gulf Finance House (GFH), a Bahrain based investment firm, has acquired three residential properties in the US worth $75 million. The Portfolio consist of two residential properties in Houston and one in Atlanta. They have an overall occupancy of 94 per cent and nearly 1,300 apartments. Gulf Finance House is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR27. More details follows:
  • Qatar investors to buy InterContinental Paris Le Grand for $442 million

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Constellation Hotels Holding, part of the Qatar Holding investment group, has made a $442 million offer to buy the InterContinental Paris Le Grand. The Hotel, which is located in the heart of Paris overlooking the Opera House, has 470 guest rooms, including 70 suites. It first opened in 1862 and has operated under the InterContinental brand since 1982. IHG would retain a 30 year management contract on the Hotel. Qatar Holding is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIN1408. More details follows
  • Middle East private equity firm has big plans for US real estate in DC

    8 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Ritz Banc Group, a private equity firm based in Washington DC and backed by Middle East investors, has acquired a two-building office portfolio in Washington DC and is on the hunt for other deals in the region - The Washington Business Journal is reporting. Ritz Banc Group is co-founded by Nasr El Hage Jr and is backed by investors from family offices in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Lebanon. (The sale price is not disclosed but an affiliate of the firm seems to be listed in public records as buyer of one of the buildings for $18.3 million a couple of days ago). To see listing and contact emails of…
  • UAE Investor to finance $120 million hotel project in Antigua

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    UAE Investor Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qassimi has signed an agreement to invest $120 million in a tourism project at Antigua. The property will be located on a 36-acre beachfront site, the government said, five acres of which will be developed into a national park facility. Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qassimi is chairman of the Emirates Investment Group (EIG), a Sharjah-based private sector investment group. EIG has a number of real estate projects in its portfolio including the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Singapore, Emirates Financial Towers in Dubai International Financial Center and…
 
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  • Climate March in NY this Sunday

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    I have written a fair bit about climate change here at Continuations over the last few years. It is one of those slowly creeping threats that democracy is woefully slow and bad at addressing. So I am excited to see that we are finally getting a hopefully massive rally to spur politicians into action. If you live in or near New York and care about this issue (which should be everyone) come to the People’s Climate March this Sunday! March starts at 11.30am between 65th and 86th on Central Park West. Also take 10 minutes to let 10 or more of your friends know about it. Tweet with hashtag…
  • Internet Slowdown Today!

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    I love it when diverse communities and companies on the internet come together to support a cause. Today it is the fight for net neutrality that I wrote about on Monday. Here is what I saw when I just logged into the Tumblr dashboard, which made me smile Every icon had a “slow loading” wheel on it with a big call to action across the top. If you want to participate with your own site it is not too late. You can easily add the modal window through Javascript. Better yet, if you are on Cloudflare (a USV portfolio company), you can one click enable the Internet Slow Down modal…
  • Vote Teachout/Wu in Today's NY Democratic Primary

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Recent political research has provided evidence that state level corruption increases the further the capital is from the state’s dominant city. Living in New York and having seen the corrupt mess that is Albany this comes as no surprise. As past readers of Continuations know, I am a supporter of Represent.us and the American Anti-corruption Act. Also, here is a longer post that explains why the influence of money in politics has been growing ever more problematic. If you are a registered Democrat in NY State today you can do something about corruption: go and vote for Zephyr Teachout…
  • Battle for the Net: Take Action this Wednesday!

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    This Wednesday, September 10th, is a day of action to alert everyone about the danger of fast and slow lanes for last mile internet access. I have written a lot about this topic here on Continuations. For the perspective of the CEO of a startup, you can read this great piece by Chad Dickerson from Etsy in Wired. So what can you do? For starters you should sign the Battle for the Net citizen letter. Then, if you have a website or service you should add the modal window to let others know to do the same. You will also be hearing lots of FUD in the coming weeks along two lines in particular.
  • Labor Day: Right to an API Key (Algorithmic Organizing)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Today is Labor Day which is meant to celebrate the workers movement (as an aside, in Germany and much of the rest of the world this is held on May 1). That might be a good time to think about what organizing labor might mean in the future. One of the major economic trends we are currently seeing is the breakdown of traditional employment and the rise of labor marketplaces for free lancers, such as Uber, Task Rabbit and WorkMarket (to name just a few). The valuations for at least some of these companies suggest that investors expect them to be very profitable in the longrun. During the growth…
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  • David vs. Goliath: Your Startup’s Guide to Giant-Killing

    Scott Maxwell
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    There are six natural startup advantages you have over larger, entrenched competitors. When leveraged along with a true sense of urgency, they can help you achieve explosive growth. via OpenView Labs ↬ David vs. Goliath: Your Startup’s Guide to Giant-Killing
  • Tackling Make-or-Break Startup Decisions: Inside the Founder’s Corner with Distilled’s Will Critchlow

    Josh Zywien
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    In this week’s edition of the Founder’s Corner, Will Critchlow, co-founder and CEO of Distilled shares his thoughts on why he created the company when he did, which mistakes he’d correct if given the chance, how SEO will continue to evolve, and more. via OpenView Labs ↬ Tackling Make-or-Break Startup Decisions: Inside the Founder’s Corner with Distilled’s Will Critchlow
  • 5 Tips for Surviving the Loneliest Job in Tech

    Scott Maxwell
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Being CEO at a startup or expansion-stage tech company can be a solitary position. Here are five tips to help CEOs find support and make their jobs easier. via OpenView Labs ↬ 5 Tips for Surviving the Loneliest Job in Tech
  • Inside the Mind of a Technical Founder

    Rebecca Churt
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    WordStream founder and CTO Larry Kim shares his thoughts on what it means to be a technical founder, his tips for working with one, his philosophies on recruiting and product development, and more. via OpenView Labs ↬ Inside the Mind of a Technical Founder
  • Meet Our Newest Talent Specialist: Rose O’Connell

    Rose O'Connell
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Learn more about OpenView's newest Talent Specialist Rose O'Connell, what brought her to OpenView, and her passion for recruitment. via OpenView Labs ↬ Meet Our Newest Talent Specialist: Rose O’Connell
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  • Increase Visual Content And Increase Engagement

    jminton
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Adding even a little bit more visual content can do wonders for how people respond to your content. You might win people over with your words (as any good copywriter would tell you), but you won’t win their eyeballs. But the fact is, before you can win them over you need to make sure they’re engaged with… via OpenView Labs ↬ Increase Visual Content And Increase Engagement
  • Startup Recruitment: The Best Seattle Universities to Hire From

    Meghan Maher
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to hiring entry-level tech talent, local universities are prime recruiting targets. If you're a startup in the Seattle area, here are the schools to set your sights on. via OpenView Labs ↬ Startup Recruitment: The Best Seattle Universities to Hire From
  • Keys to Designing Smart Survey Questions

    jminton
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you want data you can actually use, designing smart survey question is a skill you must perfect. It’s not terribly difficult to get answers when you ask a question. Any conversation with a three year old will show you that. But how do you get the answers that will actually help you out? Stop… via OpenView Labs ↬ Keys to Designing Smart Survey Questions
  • Startup Hiring: When Should You Call Off a Stalled Search?

    Rose O'Connell
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have an open position you're struggling to hire for? A little preparation and planning in advance will help you determine if and when you should call off the dogs and regroup. via OpenView Labs ↬ Startup Hiring: When Should You Call Off a Stalled Search?
  • Increase Customer Referrals In One Mind-Blowingly Simple Step

    jminton
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Generating customer referrals is easier than you ever imagined. It’s true that your current best customers beget the next generation of your best customers. While you’re plenty happy with all the new users you gain from customer referrals, it sure would be nice if the offspring were produced at a rabbit-like pace. Well, the process… via OpenView Labs ↬ Increase Customer Referrals In One Mind-Blowingly Simple Step
 
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  • Fresh off Emmy win, Signiant continues making large file transfers quick and secure

    David Harris
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Burlington-based Signiant recently won an Emmy Award for its software that's used primarily by media companies to transfer large files. The award, which honors excellence in engineering creativity, was announced in early August and the company has been busy lately. It recently released a new product as well as a mobile version of existing software. The company has also been on a tear on the hiring front, now employing over 100 people across its headquarters in Burlington and its research-and-development…
  • Union claims HealthAlliance CEO is refusing to meet to discuss staffing cuts

    Jessica Bartlett
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Massachusetts Nurses Association members at HealthAlliance Hospital said the hospital CEO has refused to meet with them over staffing cuts, despite earlier promises to sit down and talk. A delegation of nurses hand delivered a petition to HealthAlliance CEO Deborah Weymouth’s office in early September, asking her to meet with nurses to talk about staffing concerns. Although Weymouth said then that she would meet with union members, the hospital’s vice president of human resources reneged the…
  • Casino vote was a big victory for the man who persuaded Steve Wynn to stay in the game

    Jon Chesto
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In the fight for a Boston-area casino license, the conventional wisdom was always that it would be Suffolk Downs’ prize to lose. Suffolk partner Joe O’Donnell is close with Tom Menino, Boston’s mayor for much of this process, and House Speaker Bob DeLeo hails from the next town over and his father once worked at the horse track. It was natural to think Suffolk would have the inside shot at getting the license. But that didn’t stop Steve Tocco, CEO of Boston lobbying group ML Strategies,…
  • Salem power plant proposal gets lifeline from FERC despite rivals' opposition

    Jon Chesto
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    To Footprint Power, a change to New England’s electricity market rules represented a crucial lifeline to get its natural gas power plant off the ground. But to potential rival NRG, the change was the same as a “get out of jail free card.” The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ended up siding with Footprint in the debate, keeping hope alive for a nearly 700-megawatt power plant that’s considered crucial to electricity reliability in Boston and in towns north and west of the city. In a…
  • Pittsburgh ad agency Marc USA acquires Boston's Results:Digital

    Patty Tascarella
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Marc USA announced Friday it has acquired Boston-based Results:Digital. The deal gives the advertising firm an entry point into New England and increases its digital capabilities. In addition to the new office, 30 employees joined Marc, bringing total staff to 270. Launched in 2011, Results:Digital had $35 million in annual media billings under management. Jason Russo, founder and president, is now president of Marc’s Boston office. “It brings this really great talent pool into the family,”…
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  • Pitch for 1World Online

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Company / App Name: 1World Online https://1worldonline.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/1World\_Online What does it do? 1World Online is an engagement applications, content, and analytics SaaS platform company selling to web publishers, enabling these firms and their readers to learn about what people really think. Why do we need it? Every serious web publisher or web site […]
  • Google Ventures: My Biggest Value Add VC

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    | Posted by Kato | Fund Rated 3.1GV was one of 4 VCs/MicroVCs that funded my last company. GV was spectacular once the deal was done. (Lawyers were a PITA getting started, though.) Once in, it was total access, with them giving 5x more help than the next best VC. Help in recruiting, help with design, help with PR, help with engineering. Classes all the time available to portfolio companies, archived. Just spectactular.
  • Russian VC landscape shifts away from a ‘quick returns’ mentality, as investment dwindles

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Venture investment volumes in Russia fell by 9 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) as the number of completed deals increased by 32 percent in Q2 2014.
  • 5 startups that could radically transform the world around us

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Smartphone-based eye exams, pavement that generates electricity from your feet, a gelatinous way to store water, and a smarter beehive -- these inventions may not have the sex appeal of social media, but they could make a huge difference in the world.
  • My 5 Step Program to Regain My Investing Chops

    21 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    A few years ago, I pretty much dropped out of everything but running my startup, BuysideFX. That’s now over ;^(    and now I’m itching to get back to investing in early stage companies. But I’m rusty. Real rusty. When I was running BuysideFX, I felt a duty to my investors not to be wasting […]
 
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