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  • How Bitcoin Disrupts Payments

    Union Square Ventures
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    <p>Payments is always a price war. One might argue price it is the primary variable to success in every market segment one might participate in, but it's especially true in payments. If virtual currencies like Bitcoin are destined to win the payments game, they will need to have a strategy for competing on this variable. <br><br>Some will say they do, and it is because payments/transfers are free. Of course, they are only free if there is no need to factor in exchange rate. Obviously, they do. <br><br>So how could the exchange rate issue be eliminated? We…
  • Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce

    Tim Chang
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
     In late summer, Mayfield and CRV co-hosted a dinner for entrepreneurs at e-commerce 2.0 companies, including Brit& Co, Dolls Kill, Dropship, Indiegogo, Kiwi Crate, LeTote, Massdrop, Pebble, Peek, Poshmark, The Hunt, Tophatter, Touch of Modern, Trendalytics, Udemy and Urban Remedy. Over dinner and drinks these executives discussed the factors making e-commerce cool again for investors… Read More
  • Canaan Partners: Canaan Says No New Investments.
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
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  • The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

    Both Sides of the Table
    Mark Suster
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. That was three months ago this week. Today I’m handing her the largest A-round check I’ve ever written as a VC as we lead her $10 million A-Round at uBeam. As I’ve written about recently, at Upfront Ventures we started talking a couple of years ago about wanting to fund stuff with more meaning. I think this is a combination of being realists as venture capitalists that outsized returns in our funds must come from taking on bigger, more impactful projects that can move markets. It is also a function of the stage of much of our…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 10/31/14
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    ScoreBig, Snapdeal, Bitstrips, Personal Capital, Keen Home, Blendle, Curioos, Seedling, SingldOutSeed stage Keen Home, an automated, intelligent and digitally connected home startup, raised $1.52 million in seed funding, led by RMR Capital, with participation from R/GA Ventures, Bullet Time Ventures, NYU Innovation Venture Fund, Rugged Ventures, Galvanize Ventures, and Brand Foundry Ventures, as well as strategic investors American Family Ventures and Comporium. Digital art marketplace Curioos raised $1.9 million in funding from an unnamed art and retail-related family office…
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  • Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce

    Tim Chang
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
     In late summer, Mayfield and CRV co-hosted a dinner for entrepreneurs at e-commerce 2.0 companies, including Brit& Co, Dolls Kill, Dropship, Indiegogo, Kiwi Crate, LeTote, Massdrop, Pebble, Peek, Poshmark, The Hunt, Tophatter, Touch of Modern, Trendalytics, Udemy and Urban Remedy. Over dinner and drinks these executives discussed the factors making e-commerce cool again for investors… Read More
  • Hands On With Microsoft’s New Fitness Wearable, The Band

    Alex Wilhelm
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
     Dropping out of left field like a foul fly ball from the Kansas City Royals this week, the Microsoft Band was a surprise. Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smartgadget, the Band is a mix of things. And it pretty much works. It’s still a bit clunky, as you might expect from first-generation hardware, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Band. Read More
  • Contextly Expands Its Content Recommendation Platform To Include Videos And For-Sale Products, Too

    Anthony Ha
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
     With the latest expansion of its content recommendation tools, startup Contextly isn’t just pointing visitors to relevant articles, but videos and products, too. Co-founder and CEO Ryan Singel (a former editor at Wired) told me that this is “doubling down” on the company’s current strategy. Read More
  • CrunchWeek: Google Hunts For Cancer, Microsoft’s Fitness Band, And Kim Kardashian Goes To A Tech Conference

    Sarah Buhr
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
     Alex Wilhelm, Kyle Russell and I discuss Google[x]‘s new nanoparticle project to hunt down cancerous cells, Alex shows off his shiny new fitness tracker from Microsoft, and the scary comments we received after Kim Kardashian showed up at a tech conference. Also, Happy Halloween! We all put on cat ears just for you. Read More
  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    Anna Escher
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
     Between the portal to hell opening in our comments section, Elon Musk’s AI demons, and metallic 3D printed guns, it’s been a scary Halloween week here at TechCrunch. We give you our best stories of the week (10/25-10/31). 1. During an interview at an MIT symposium, Elon Musk answered a question that took an unexpected turn. When asked about his views on artificial intelligence,… Read More
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    Both Sides of the Table

  • The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

    Mark Suster
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. That was three months ago this week. Today I’m handing her the largest A-round check I’ve ever written as a VC as we lead her $10 million A-Round at uBeam. As I’ve written about recently, at Upfront Ventures we started talking a couple of years ago about wanting to fund stuff with more meaning. I think this is a combination of being realists as venture capitalists that outsized returns in our funds must come from taking on bigger, more impactful projects that can move markets. It is also a function of the stage of much of our…
  • When Does a Private-to-Private Merger Make Sense?

    Mark Suster
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    I’m pretty on record as saying I don’t think many private-to-private tech mergers make sense. They are often done from a position of weakness. Something in both companies isn’t working, which is why they come together. I often don’t believe in the therm M&A because in my experience mostly A works. But of course there are always exceptions. And even when I remain skeptical sometimes opportunities present themselves that prove one should never be absolutist. As many people know I funded a company called Moonfrye almost 2 years ago led by two amazing women –…
  • Here’s How to Do PR on a Budget

    Mark Suster
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Yesterday I wrote a post about The Silent Benefits of PR in which I pointed out that most young companies I encounter don’t fully grasp the benefits of PR because they are less measurable than product milestones or customer acquisition analyses (like CAC/LTV). In that article I talked about how PR drives: recruiting, employee retention, biz dev deals, funding and even M&A and that often “attribution” to your PR activities is unknown. It’s like “direct” traffic to your website that seems to magically appear. But of course it’s hard to advise people…
  • The Silent Benefits of PR

    Mark Suster
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I’ve been having this PR discussion with three separate portfolio companies at once so I thought I’d just publish my thoughts more broadly. I have written many times about PR so if you want a deep dive on the “how” of PR you may enjoy reading some of these posts. PR is an insanely valuable activity in early-stage companies. Very few investors understand this and even fewer startups. When you’re an early-stage business every dollar matters and because many startup teams these days are very product & technology centric they often miscalculate the importance of…
  • 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.
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  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 10/31/14

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    ScoreBig, Snapdeal, Bitstrips, Personal Capital, Keen Home, Blendle, Curioos, Seedling, SingldOutSeed stage Keen Home, an automated, intelligent and digitally connected home startup, raised $1.52 million in seed funding, led by RMR Capital, with participation from R/GA Ventures, Bullet Time Ventures, NYU Innovation Venture Fund, Rugged Ventures, Galvanize Ventures, and Brand Foundry Ventures, as well as strategic investors American Family Ventures and Comporium. Digital art marketplace Curioos raised $1.9 million in funding from an unnamed art and retail-related family office…
  • Workplace collaboration company Slack raises $120M

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The eight month old Slack is now valued at $1.12 billionHave you heard of workplace collaboration company Slack? It wouldn't surprise me if you hadn't. After all, the company only officially launched in February.  But I can pretty much guarantee that you're going to start hearing a lot more about the company now. Slack has just raised a whopping $120 million round, the company has confirmed to VatorNews. The funding, which puts the company at a $1.12 billion valuation, was led by new investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures, along with previous…
  • Google loses robotics division head Andy Rubin

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Rubin was the co-founder of Android, is leaving to start his own hardware focused incubatorThings are changing might quickly over at Google these days. Less than a week after it was reported that CEO Larry Page was going to be stepping back a bit by handing leadership of core Google products to  Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai, now comes word that the company has lost a key figure in its executive leadership. Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android and head of Google's robotics division, is leaving the company, it has been confirmed to VatorNews. The news was…
  • LinkedIn tops with 52 cents EPS on $568M in revenue

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Shares trade sideways after company once again low-balls Q4 and FY guidanceShares of LinkedIn dipped down nearly 3% in after-hours trading (it has since bounced back to be up nearly 2%) on Thursday, despite the company posting better-than-expected third-quarter earnings. The stock had gone up 1.7%, or $3.39, to $202.90, in regular trading. In the earnings report, LinkedIn posted non-GAAP earnings per share of  52 cents on revenue of $568 million, up 45% from $393 million in the year-ago period. Analysts had been expecting EPS of 47 cents a share on revenue of $557…
  • Tim Cook announces he's gay

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Contrary to GOP expectations, world doesn't implodeIt’s no secret that Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay, but today, he ditched his own unofficial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and “came out” proudly. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” Cook wrote in an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” The announcement makes Tim Cook the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune…
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  • How Zappos CEO’s obsession with raving helped him create a billion-dollar company

    Jillian D&#039;Onfro, Business Insider
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Above: Zappos founder Tony HsiehImage Credit: Robert Scoble/Flickr On the way to his very first rave ever, Tony Hsieh, 26 years old and not yet the CEO of e-commerce site Zappos, was already excited for the night to be over. He found electronic music annoying and didn’t understand the appeal of packing into a space to dance to some repetitive beat without words. As he waited in the 20 minute line outside the gigantic empty warehouse, he secretly wondered how long he’d have to stay there. “What I experienced next changed my perspective forever,” he writes in his…
  • Current, a Facebook app for Mac, highlights the network’s core: pictures & chat

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Image Credit: Franco BoulyFunny to think that, while Facebook is a native app on mobile, it’s still trapped in the browser on desktop. Scott Kyle, a Capitola, Calif.-based developer, decided to build his own: Current for Facebook. Current, which hit the top of tech product leaderboard Product Hunt today, is a $1.99 Mac app that brings the entire Facebook functionality to your desktop. Born out of Kyle’s desire to improve what he found to be a frustrating browsing experience for the News Feed, Current is designer to spotlight elements such as photos and videos (they pop out into…
  • ‘What to Think’ Episode 27: Aneesh Chopra on and the future of health

    Mark Sullivan
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Image Credit: VentureBeatFor our latest podcast we connected with former White House CTO Aneesh Chopra at VentureBeat’s HealthBeat conference to talk about the state of the government’s insurance marketplace, among other things. A year ago, then White House CTO Chopra wrote a guest post for VentureBeat about the government health insurance exchange, which at the time was mired in technical glitches and was considered a big black eye for the Obama Administration’s health reform program. Chopra says a lot has happened since then, and that the exchange has…
  • Why middle-aged entrepreneurs will be critical to the next trillion-dollar business

    Vivek Wadhwa
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    GUEST POSTImage Credit: VLADGRIN / ShutterstockSteve Jobs was 52 when he announced the iPhone. That was in 2007. Years later, the Apple cofounder introduced the MacBook Air, App Store, and iPad. Tim Cook, who was 51 when he took over from Jobs, is building on his legacy. They both shattered a myth that the young rule the technology industry. Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists, however, speak openly of their bias toward the young. “People under 35 are the people who make change happen; people over 45 basically die in terms of new ideas,” Vinod Khosla, a prominent investor, said at a…
  • Virgin Galactic crash is a tragic reminder of the dangers of space flight

    Dylan Tweney
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Above: SpaceShipTwo, under rocket power.Image Credit: Virgin Galactic  This week was a sobering reminder about the inherent dangers of space flight. On Tuesday, an unmanned Antares rocket containing 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments bound for the International Space Station malfunctioned, prompting its operator, Orbital Sciences, to trigger its self-destruct system. And then today, during a manned test flight, Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites’ space plane SpaceShipTwo suffered an “anomaly” — code for something seriously wrong — and crashed. As…
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  • Founders Circle

    Fred Wilson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Last week my friend Chris Albinson formed an interesting new firm called Founders Circle Capital. He wrote a bit about what they are doing here. In a nutshell, Founders Circle provides liquidity for the founders and employees of a “breakaway growth companies” so they don’t need to sell or take the company public prematurely. I like this line from the post I linked to above: An investment from Founders Circle–typically just enough for team members to pay off graduate school debt, put a down payment on a house, send the kids to school, or pay for a loved one’s medical…
  • 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…
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    Union Square Ventures

  • Stealth Mode Is En Vogue Again – Haywire

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    <p>stealth mode back in fashion.</p>
  • How Bitcoin Disrupts Payments

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    <p>Payments is always a price war. One might argue price it is the primary variable to success in every market segment one might participate in, but it's especially true in payments. If virtual currencies like Bitcoin are destined to win the payments game, they will need to have a strategy for competing on this variable. <br><br>Some will say they do, and it is because payments/transfers are free. Of course, they are only free if there is no need to factor in exchange rate. Obviously, they do. <br><br>So how could the exchange rate issue be eliminated? We…
  • The Internet's First Family | Hazlitt Magazine | Hazlitt

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    <p>Good long read on Metafilter</p>
  • Genecoin

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    <p>"Genecoin samples your DNA, turns it into data, and stores it in the world's most powerful supercomputer: the Bitcoin network."</p>
  • Proactive CRM that predicts churn

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    <p>How do you predict churn, and how do you prevent it?</p>
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  • Seattle Roundup: Commercial Space Setbacks, Cray’s Big Deal, & More

    Benjamin Romano
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Benjamin Romano For the commercial space industry, this disastrous week began with a fiery setback and ended with a tragedy. The implications of two catastrophic vehicle anomalies will take time to play out, but Redmond, WA-based Planetary Resources pledges to press on. Meanwhile, supercomputer maker Cray signs a major deal with the U.K. Met Office, laying bare the U.S.’s own lagging position in weather forecasting. Also, Intellectual Ventures has partnered with Seattle’s REFLX Labs. Details follow on these and other developments. —On Tuesday, the rocket carrying a Planetary…
  • Tetra Discovery Lands Funding, Plans Alzheimer’s Drug Trial in 2015

    Sarah Schmid
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Sarah Schmid Grand Rapids, MI-based biotech startup Tetra Discovery has been in the news a lot lately. This week, the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0 announced that Tetra Discovery was the recipient of a $100,000 investment. The company also recently scored additional financing from Grand Angels and Johnson & Johnson Development Corp., the venture capital subsidiary of healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson. Mark Gurney, Tetra’s CEO, says that, in total, the company has raised $1.6 million from private investors. Tetra has also gotten funding from the National Institutes of Health’s…
  • Innovation Hub: How Immigrants Fuel Innovation

    Kara Miller
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Kara Miller Immigration policy reform is a hot-button issue right now, but it’s affecting the innovation economy in unexpected ways. U.S. companies are having a hard time recruiting enough skilled workers to fill all their high-level science, tech, and engineering positions. I discussed the issue with Stanford Law School professor Dan Siciliano and Silicon Valley Leadership Group VP Emily Lam. [This interview has been edited and condensed. For the full conversation, visit] Kara Miller: It feels like a lot of Silicon Valley is comprised of immigrants or the children of…
  • Fab Lab Moves Downtown as San Diego Creates its Own SoMa

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Bruce V. Bigelow A redevelopment plan to create a “Makers Quarter” in downtown San Diego’s upper East Village is beginning to come into focus with the arrival of Fab Lab San Diego, a nonprofit DIY workshop that supports entrepreneurs, offers classes, and provides fabrication services. The San Diego Fab Lab, established in 2007 as part of MIT’s Global Fab Lab Network, has been setting up shop in an enormous warehouse on the downtown corner of 14th and E Streets. It is one of the first tenants to move into the six-block Makers Quarter, a project just south of San Diego City College that…
  • New Cubist CEO Joins Our Healthcare Summit Nov. 18—Get Your Invite

    Robert Buderi
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Robert Buderi We’ve got two big announcements for our annual Xconomy Healthcare Summit, which is coming up on November 18 here in the Boston area. The first is that incoming Cubist Pharmaceuticals CEO Rob Perez has joined the lineup. I will be doing a keynote chat with him to discuss his views on Cubist, infectious diseases, and more. The second is that the agenda for the summit has been posted. You can view the whole lineup for this special event here. When we say special, we mean special. For starters, this is an invitation-only event, and we are limiting it to approximately 80 attendees.
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  • How to effectively use the Rs 10,000 crore allotted for entrepreneurship

    Alok Mittal
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    I wrote this Op-Ed piece in Economic Times on how the government can effectively use funds allocated to entrepreneurship fund-of-funds. Key points: Leverage the funds to generate private participation and hence enhance the size of the pool Leverage capacity that exists in corporations, microfinance institutions and the like Emphasize under-served areas that align with national priorities, such as job creation, manufacturing, defense, social sectors etc. Promote geographical and social inclusion to ensure a balanced growth Comments welcome!
  • Back to the future

    Alok Mittal
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Last few months have been full of uncertainty and choice. It is rare that life provides us with an opportunity to step back and ask ourselves the all important questions of what makes us happy, and what do we really want to do with ourselves. It is even more rare that it simultaneously provides us with the right context to help us answer those questions. Over past few months, I was offered both, due to circumstances ranging from tragic to serendipitous on personal and professional front. I am glad to share with my friends that my instincts have led me towards attempting to do another startup,…
  • Video Interviewing Technology for Start-ups

    Srikanth Vasuraj
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:51 pm
    One of the biggest challenges facing start-ups is getting the right talent. Or rather, in attracting the right talent. There is no dearth of talent in the market, but getting the right people to join your fledgling organization is a problem that most start-ups face. Why? Very few people want to join an ‘unknown’ entity. One other problem plaguing the technology world is ‘resume fraud’. Candidates hype their resume, a more skilled person writes the test, telephonic interviews are taken by someone else to get a better rating and more often than not the fraud is discovered only when you…
  • Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends report

    Udhay Shankar N
    28 May 2014 | 10:27 am
    Mary Meeker (who now does growth stage deals for Kleiner Perkins) has released the 2014 edition of her annual Internet Trends report. Lots to read and digest here. KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Introducing In50hrs Healthcare Edition

    Vijay Anand
    14 May 2014 | 2:50 am
    Chennai is the Healthcare Capital of India; That’s a fact. Healthcare and Education are also the two areas that stand to be disrupted in the hands of an entrepreneur in this country and Globally. Yet, time and time again, We witness entrepreneurs building solutions that have no relevance to any of the pressing needs of those in the healthcare ecosystem  - be it hospitals, clinics, doctors, physicians, administrators or those who perform the operational tasks of these institutions. We decided to turn this on its head, and bring the two stakeholders together, give those interested to…
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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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  • Hot dating apps urging more VCs to swipe right

    Mary Ann Azevedo
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Fast-growing Tinder is helping to make “swipe right” part of the dating lexicon. But it’s venture capitalists who are giving online dating apps their confirmation. Affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal analyzed the sector and found more than a dozenmobile apps and social sites, dedicated to helping people find a date, that have cropped up in recent years, having collectively raised about $70 million. A couple of the startups, such as HowAboutWe, have already been scooped up. IAC, which owns, OkCupid and has a majority stake in Tinder, announced early this summer its…
  • PSA Healthcare is up for sale, seeks bids of at least $200 mln

    Luisa Beltran
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Portfolio Logic, the Washington D.C. investment firm from Jeffrey Zients, has put PSA Healthcare up for sale, five sources said. BMO Capital Markets is advising, the people said. PSA, of Norcross, Ga., provides pediatric home care services for medically fragile children, according to the firm’s website. The company also offers in-home options for adults with medically fragile conditions. PSA employs more than 4,100 caregivers. The company produces $20 million in EBITDA and is seeking double digit bids, two of the sources, who are bankers, said. Private equity firms have dominated…
  • Green Bay Packaging buys PE-backed MidCon

    Iris Dorbian
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Green Bay Packaging has acquired MidCon, a portfolio company of Arbor Investments. No financial terms were disclosed. Baird advised MidCon on the transaction. Based in Wisconsin, MidCon is a provider of corrugated containers, packaging and displays for the food, beverage and industrial sectors. PRESS RELEASE MILWAUKEE, Oct. 31, 2014 – Independent and employee-owned financial services firm Baird today announced that it advised MidCon Holdings, LLC (“MidCon”), a portfolio company of Arbor Investments, on its sale to Green Bay Packaging Inc. (“Green Bay Packaging”). The transaction…
  • BVP and General Catalyst leads $3.5 mln seed round for Abacus

    Iris Dorbian
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Abacus has received $3.5 million in seed funding, the company confirmed in a blog post on its site. Bessemer Venture Partners and General Catalyst led the round with participation from other investors that included Bloodstone, CrunchFund, FundersClub and Google Ventures. Based in New York City, Abacus provides real-time employee expense systems. To read the announcement, visit here.  
  • JVP raises over $100 mln for one fund and $60 mln for another

    Iris Dorbian
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    According to a Form D SEC filing, Jerusalem Venture Partners has raised over $100 million for its seventh fund. The target for JVP VII is $120 million. Gadi Tirosh is listed as a general partner on the document. And, in a separate Form D SEC filing from the same venture firm but for a different fund, JVP has secured $60 million for JVP VII Cyber Strategic Partners. The target for this fund is $65 million.    
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    Feld Thoughts

  • Eating Dinner Alone

    Brad Feld
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    I arrived home from Boston last night at 5:30pm and realized I had no plans for dinner. Amy was still in Boston since her Wellesley board meeting doesn’t end until mid-day today so I voxed Seth, Ryan, and Jason to see if any of them were around for dinner. Seth was just landing from Vermont where he had been at Ello for the past few days, Jason was in NY at dinner, and Ryan was already at home having dinner with his family. I thought about who else I might want to have dinner with, since I rarely eat dinner alone. I love eating dinner with Amy or one other person. Four people is my…
  • The Trap of Relative Value

    Brad Feld
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Yesterday, at The Calloway Way event at MIT, I ran into Joe Caruso. I’ve known Joe for a while – we met through Techstars Boston, where he’s been a great mentor and very active angel investor. He had just read my post on being uncomfortable with the phase of the current cycle and told me an anecdote from the great Internet bubble of 2001 that I hadn’t heard. A guy came up to me and said “I just sold my dog for $12 million.” I responded, “WTF – who would ever buy a dog for $12 million? That dog must have gold plated teeth!” The guy…
  • NewCo Boulder: Open House Tour of Innovative Companies in Boulder

    Brad Feld
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Forget those business conferences with long speeches and boring panel discussions. On November 18, Boulder’s most innovative businesses will open their doors to the public to celebrate Boulder companies who drive the networked economy. NewCo Boulder is a city-wide event that takes you right into the corporate offices of over 40 of the most innovative and successful companies around Boulder, offering attendees a tour rather than a company description packet. At NewCo, attendees will sign up for a free pass to visit any of the participating organizations, from software companies, to…
  • What’s Old Is New Again

    Brad Feld
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know I’m getting old. I remember in 2007 when the idea of a super angel appeared, where successful entrepreneurs were suddenly angel investors making 10 or more seed investments a year. This was a “new” innovation that was celebrated with much fanfare. Between 1994 and 1996 I made 40 angel investments with the money I made from the sale of my first company. I was referred to as an “angel investor” – I didn’t get the super angel moniker back in the 1990s, but I was often referred to as promiscuous. Every day I’m reading about a new thing in the…
  • Book: Innovating Women

    Brad Feld
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Suddenly, there’s a lot of constructive conversation about women in technology and entrepreneurship. I’m glad, as there is a continuous mess of sexism, misogyny, hatred, anger, specious assertions, and general weirdness. This mess is from men to women, from women to women, from men to men, and from women to men. Basically, there’s gender equality in the awful parts of this. As chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, I’ve seen all sides of this, including plenty aimed at me. I’m an enormous believer in the power of being a male…
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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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  • New Type of Spam

    Allen Morgan
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    I've noticed a new type of commercial spam over the last week or so. Works like this: a marketing firm sends a message inviting you to a marketing event, launch party, webinar, etc.. Nothing special, right? All of us get those all day long. The new, annoying, clever twist is that, instead of arriving as an email with a link to one of the event managment sites, the message is sent in the form of ("disguised" as) a meeting invite. Since I use Outlook, it comes as an Outlook meeting invite. Don't know if it works on Google Calendar. In any event, this new spam tactic is…
  • Startups - The Truth About "Cold Calls" from Investors

    Allen Morgan
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:53 am
    After money, time is an entrepreneur's most precious resource. Because entrepreneurs are genetically programmed to spend time talking to any prospective investor who shows the slightest interest in their company, this can occasionally be a problem. Sometimes, entrepreneurs in early-stage companies will get emails or phone calls from people who identify themselves, not by title, but something like "...I'm with a well-known venture capital firm called "X", and I'd love to hop on the phone and find out more about your company." A real-life example recently…
  • Advisory Boards - Less Than Meets the Eye

    Allen Morgan
    1 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    "Advisors", especially in large numbers, are very difficult to manage properly, and almost never yield the value desired by entrepreneurs who engage them.  For the reasons below, they usually also result in equity "leakage" that could be put to better use in hiring or rewarding key employees. Most often, this is the entrepreneur's fault -- the Advisors aren’t "managed" properly.  It is important to remember that almost all Advisors have demanding, time-and-attention-consuming “day jobs”, which occupy all of their “default” attention (and,…
  • Entrepreneurs: It's OK to Say What Your Last Post-Money Valuation Was

    Allen Morgan
    5 Dec 2013 | 7:14 am
    Entrepreneurs:  the post-money valuation of your last round is a standard bit of info to give to new investors, even prior to the first meeting (if they ask for it prior to the meeting). Many, if not most or even all, investors will ask you for it anyway at the conclusion of the first meeting, and you should offer it up immediately, without hesitation. Investors use it to triage deals. If they like your idea, they may decide whether to pursue it, based in part on how high your last valuation was. It is an advantage to generating interest with new investors that your post-money on your last…
  • The Rise of Bankruptcy Court an Indictment of Representative Democracy?

    Allen Morgan
    4 Dec 2013 | 4:15 pm
    Multiple stories today in all media outlets about the Detroit bankruptcy filing being approved (the right to use the Federal Bankruptcy courts).  This resort to the courts follows years of failure by government (elected officials) and other interested parties (e.g., large creditors such as public sector unions) to resolve the crisis. Made me wonder whether the Federal Bankruptcy courts will be the (unelected) branch of government that will be called on to resolve the gargantuan fiscal crises that face all levels of government, federal, state & local due to budget deficits and -- larger…
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  • Email Is Lazy Communication

    Paul Jozefak
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    Don't believe in email. No, don't use it at all! It's the easiest Form of communication but also the easiest way to go unnoticed. If at all, you'll be responded to at the receiver's pace and that hardly ever matches yours.  Everyone I work with hears me stress the importance of phone calls. There's nothing better than getting someone on the line. Further, if you don't get them on the phone, find something other than email. Yes, there are better options.  You know what everyone reads? WhatsApp or iMessage/SMS! Why? Because it could be the wife/husband, the kid, a close friend or a…
  • Badmouthing and Bashing

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

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

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    It was an honor to receive so much interest in the Director of Community role at Interplay.  Truly incredible people applied. The role was snatched up pretty quickly, however, by Rosey Rosenkranz.  She locked the job up within a fortnight of us posting it. Rosey is a great fit with our culture.  She’s one part rock ‘n roller, one part dog-lover and three-parts butt kicker.  Before Interplay her life consisted of planning tours for rockbands and cataloguing the life of her dog on Instagram. Now, she’s here to help Interplay give back to the startup community in a big way.  We have a…
  • 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…
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  • The 50 Best Internships For 2015

    Jacquelyn Smith and Skye Gould
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Internship season just ended — but savvy students are already thinking about their plans for next summer. That's why career website Vault has already released its ranking of the top internships for 2015. To compile the list, Vault gathered data from more than 500 organizations that sponsor internships, as well as their interns. The companies were asked to provide descriptions of their programs and details on the number of interns hired, duration of the program, locations and departments in which interns are placed, and application requirements. Vault also asked current and former interns to…
  • This One Feature Might Be The Best Reason To Use BlackBerry's Messaging App (BBRY)

    Karyne Levy
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    BBM, BlackBerry's messaging app, updated on Friday and brought along with it a bevy of new features.  Among them, though, is something everyone probably wishes they had: the ability to unsend a message.  BlackBerry calls it "Message Retraction," which lets you remove a message from the chat both before the other person can see it, and even after the message has been read.  BlackBerry does note, however, that this doesn't mean people can't take a screenshot of the conversation. So sender beware.  That's not the only cool update. BBM now also has a Snapchat-esque feature, called "Timed…
  • Slack CEO Explains Why He Thinks His 8-Month-Old App Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion

    Eugene Kim
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    There’s been so many billion-dollar startups these days that it’s almost starting to feel routine in tech.  Slack, an enterprise work collaboration app, is the latest one to join the club. It announced on Friday that it’s raising $120 million at a $1.1 billion valuation. It’s hard to imagine a company as young as Slack — it launched publicly in February — to be worth more than a billion dollars. But when you’re growing as fast as it is, especially in the enterprise space, anything is possible. When we asked Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield about it, he agreed his company’s…
  • Larry Page Slams Silicon Valley, Says It's Not Chasing Big Enough Ideas (GOOG)

    Jillian D'Onfro
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Google CEO Larry Page doesn't think enough investors in Silicon Valley are investing in real breakthrough technologies that could change the world.  In an interview with The Financial Times' Richard Waters, Page estimates that only about 50 investors are putting their money in big, important ideas.  "You can make an internet company with 10 people and it can have billions of users. It doesn’t take much capital and it makes a lot of money — a really, really lot of money — so it’s natural for everyone to focus on those kinds of things," he said.  Page also said that the…
  • The Virgin Galactic Spaceship That Crashed Was Using A New Fuel Combination

    Jessica Orwig
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo that crashed in the Mojave Desert earlier today was using a new fuel combination that Virgin Galactic had never used during flight before. Virgin Galactic announced that they were switching from a rubber-based fuel to a plastic-based fuel last May after they successfully burned the fuel for about one minute. Right now, there is nothing that says the new fuel was the cause of the "in flight anomaly" that led to the crash. "Frankly, we had good performance from both of them, but as we look for the final range of test flights, we decided to go with the polyamide…
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  • Two Bahrain investment firms acquired Florida software firm PRO Unlimited

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Two Bahrain investment firms, Mumtalakat and Investcorp, have acquired Florida-based workforce software and services firm PRO Unlimited. Headquartered in Boca Raton Florida and founded in 1991, PRO Unlimited delivers a full range of software services to address procurement, management and compliance issues and operates in 52 countries with 600 employees. Mumtalakat holds stakes in 38 firms, with a portfolio value of approximately U.S. $7.2 billion. Investcorp has $11.4 billion in total assets under management. Bahrain's Mumtalakat and Investcorp are listed in the Middle East Investors…
  • Two Middle East private equity firms closed funds at over $1 billion capital

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Gulf Capital and NBK Capital, two private equity firms in the Middle East, have announced closing of their latest funds at $750 million and $310 million in capital commitments respectively. Gulf Capital which is based in United Arab Emirates, has announced the final closing of its third private equity fund, GC Equity Partners Fund III (Fund III), at $750 million. NBK Capital which is based in Kuwait has closed its latest private equity fund, NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II, with $310 million in capital commitments. Gulf Capital and NBK Capital are listed in the Middle East Investors…
  • 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
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  • Realtime Payments Innovation: BBVA Connects to Dwolla's FiSync

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    A lot of technology gets built through layering new systems on top of old ones to the point where some stacks look like an archeological dig at Troy. There is nothing wrong with that approach per se, except that over time some of the lower layers become a constraint on what can be done above them. A classic example of that has been operating systems. Sometimes they have to be revised, for instance to account for the move from 32-bit to 64-bit architectures. Sometimes they have to be replaced altogether as in the case of Apple’s Mac OS. I am excited that today our portfolio company…
  • Shared Equipment: 3D Printer Innovation (Shapeways & HP)

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Historically when a new and initially expensive piece of technology became available, all we could do was admire it from a distance and hope that some day in the future a cheaper version would be available for all of us to afford. Now with companies such as Science Exchange and Shapeways, the latest technology can be available to anyone on a shared basis from day one. So I am thrilled that today Shapeways announced that it will have the latest in 3D printing technology that is coming from HP. As soon as these printers are available until next year, you and I and everyone else will be able to…
  • DebtRoulette: Crowdsourced Debt Relief

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Whenever I write about about either income inequality or basic income guarantee I usually get a comment how none of it will matter if we don’t help people get out from underneath debt first. I was also reminded of that recently when I heard how much interest some students are paying on their student debt. And I have started to read Debt: The First 5,000 Years which is fascinating. So here is an idea. What if there was a site for crowdsourcing debt relief in a lottery format. People contribute some tiny amount (say the price of a Latte) every week. Then there is a random drawing and one…
  • What To Do (and Not) About Online Discourse

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    GamerGate has laid bare a fundamental fault line for online discourse. A. Words matter. Anyone dismissing tweets threatening violence along the lines of “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never harm me” is trivializing the power of words. We all know that words can cause immediate emotional harm. And beyond that immediate effect, words lead to thoughts and thoughts (can) lead to actions. I am not claiming some deterministic causality between a specific tweet and a specific action but if this relation didn’t exist overall we wouldn’t see oppressive…
  • 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…
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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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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Crumbs has re-opened in the Financial District (BBJ video) (Video)

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Crumbs, after being closed for several months, has reopened under new ownership. Here's a video that captures some of the excitement.
  • Pediatric summit explores growing issue of risk vs. benefits of rare disease drugs

    Don Seiffert
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    An official from the National Institutes for Health told a crowd on Thursday that the medical community needs to take more risks when treating rare, deadly diseases in children — a viewpoint that could just as easily be applied to the drug approval process. "When you have a universally fatal disease, you should be willing to to take risks, because the families sure as hell are," said William Gahl, director of the undiagnosed diseases program at the NIH. "Patients and their families are so desperate…
  • With $12 million land sale, a hardball dispute in Dorchester appears to end

    Eric Convey
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    A hardball fight between the owners of an Asian market in Dorchester and the owners of a neighboring shopping center came to its likely end this week with a $12 million property sale and other, non-public payments. For years, a parcel next to the South Bay Center off of Massachusetts Avenue was home to Asian grocery stores. First it was the Super 88 Market. When that operator ran into financial troubles several years ago, the Kam Man market stepped in and took over. The store remained a place to…
  • Around the Region: Oct. 31, 2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    A summary of recent transactions and personnel news within Greater Boston's real estate community O'Brien Investment Partners announced it has in recent months closed leases comprising approximately 40,500 square feet of space to seven separate tenants at the 235,00-square-foot Hopkinton Technology Park at 100-106 South St. in Hopkinton. O'Brien was represented by Bret O'Brien of Greater Boston Commercial Properties. Inc. of Marlborough. The leases include 6,000 square feet to Gentle Giant Ventures…
  • The top 10 BioFlash stories for the month of October

    Don Seiffert
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Following are the 10 most-read BioFlash stories on the Boaston Business Journal's website from the month of October. Click on the headlines to read to original story. 1. Five local biotechs with faster-growing revenues than Biogen 2. Biotech guru is taking steps to turn Gloucester into a life sciences hub 3. Duchenne mom: 'The only ones who are going to suffer are the kids' 4. Boston company touts trial results of potentially revolutionary Type 2 diabetes treatment 5. Here's the story behind…
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    VC Experts: The Buzz

  • Outside Silicon Valley Sample Data

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • Cyber Risks For The Boardroom - Part III

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    One of the biggest gaps in coverage in D&O coverage today is the lack of meaningful coverage for investigations. Although at first glance the policy language may look like it provides sufficient coverage, the reality is that the way most policies are written, it is almost impossible to trigger coverage in an SEC or Department of Justice investigation simply because the policy language does not match up to the reality of how those investigations are conducted.
  • 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.
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