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Startup copycats: You’re doing it wrong.

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Yesterday I was having brunch with another Italian entrepreneur in San Francisco. He said he was thinking about going back to Italy to create startup copycats, that spurred an interesting conversation and I wanted to share my thoughts on it. I’m not going to debate on the morality of it,...
Startup copycats: You’re doing it wrong.

Rise Of The Machines: IP Traffic Is Poised To Quadruple By 2016, Driven By An Influx Of New Devices

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Every year, Cisco issues its Visual Networking Index (VNI) to forecast the amount of data traffic will be used worldwide. The latest VNI forecast shows a massive uptick in data usage, from the 369 Exabytes of IP traffic used worldwide in 2011 to approximately 1.3 zettabytes in 2016. According to...
Rise Of The Machines: IP Traffic Is Poised To Quadruple By 2016, Driven By An Influx Of New Devices
Angel No More: Why One of Silicon Valley’s Savviest Investors Has Shut His Wallet

An Extremely Rational Bubble

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It just makes sense that the failure of Facebook to spectacularly IPO would affect all markets public and private right? But especially the companies, public or private, that are contingent upon, tethered to, Facebook … like well Zynga, and Quora and Fab and most social Consumer Internet startups really. So,...
An Extremely Rational Bubble

“Winning” SXSW Has Yet To Produce a Winning Business

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It’s pretty easy to write yet another post about who “won” SXSW or, if you’re feeling ornery or ambitious, how there are no longer any breakout stars. But there’s an important point lost in this repetitive debate. SXSW is good at producing cultural phenomena — think apps that take off...
“Winning” SXSW Has Yet To Produce a Winning Business
What Will Facebook’s Perfect Storm Of An IPO Leave Behind?

A Closer Look: Facebook’s Operating Margins Decline With Growing Headcount, International Growth

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One thing that has been remarkable about Facebook is its willingness to expand in developing markets that many other consumer Internet companies would otherwise write off because they’re hard to monetize. But that growth abroad plus the company’s increasing headcount and share-based compensation expenses are eating into its operating margins,...
A Closer Look: Facebook’s Operating Margins Decline With Growing Headcount, International Growth

Pinterest, Warby Parker And Stripe Are The Rising Stars of SecondMarket In A Post-Facebook IPO World

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SecondMarket, which has served as a hub for transactions of pre-IPO Facebook stock for a few years, will have to find some new venture-backed companies to pique investor interest this year. While Facebook is a big loss, there are plenty of other startups that have become hot prospects. The New...
Pinterest, Warby Parker And Stripe Are The Rising Stars of SecondMarket In A Post-Facebook IPO World

Twitter, Yelp Board Member Peter Fenton On How Enterprise Is Learning From The Consumer Internet

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Peter Fenton joined Benchmark Capital in 2006, after spending seven years as a partner at Accel. Not yet 40, Fenton already sits on the board of directors at companies like New Relic, Polyvore, Twitter, Yelp, and Zendesk. Starting at Accel in his late twenties, the young investor focused his attention...
Twitter, Yelp Board Member Peter Fenton On How Enterprise Is Learning From The Consumer Internet

Brazil’s Startup Industry: Impressions, Insights & Lessons from Israel (Part II)

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This post is co-written with Daniel Cunha, my partner at Initial Capital. In Part I, we outlined some of the challenges facing the Brazilian startup community as it sets-out to reap the massive opportunity the local market has to offer. In Part II below, we’re going to suggest a course of action, and...
Brazil’s Startup Industry: Impressions, Insights & Lessons from Israel (Part II)

Dashlane Speeds Up The Web With Instant Logins, Automatic Checkout And More

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The stealthy consumer Internet startup Dashlane, which had raised a $5 million Series A back in September, is today coming out of hiding with the launch of its public release. The company is offering a personal data assistant that aims to speed up access to websites through password-saving and online...
Dashlane Speeds Up The Web With Instant Logins, Automatic Checkout And More

Redpoint and BV Capital partner on VC firm for Brazil

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Redpoint and BV Capital’s eVentures have combined forces to go after some of the fast-growing entrepreneurial activity taking place in Brazil, together launching a new firm — Redpoint eVentures. The joint venture, to be based in Sao Paolo, will be led by founding partners Yann de Vries and Anderson Thees....
Redpoint and BV Capital partner on VC firm for Brazil

Facebook founder faces lawsuits as questions mount over IPO

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Shareholders have filed a lawsuit accusing Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his advisers, including Morgan Stanley, of concealing from them a 'severe and pronounced reduction' in revenue growthFacebook's initial public offering was meant to fuel a technology-led resuscitation for sickly Western stock markets. But three days after being transplanted from the...
Facebook founder faces lawsuits as questions mount over IPO

Enterprise Software Startups Make a Comeback

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After funding a boom in sketchy startups targeting heavily hyped consumer categories such as social media and mobile, smart venture capitalists are returning to their senses and investing in companies that emphasize solid fundamentals, like paying customers and profits. That’s why enterprise software companies are finally getting the attention -...
Enterprise Software Startups Make a Comeback

Daily Deals Aggregator Frugalo Acquired By TwitVid (But No, It’s Not Getting Into Deals)

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Frugalo, a daily deals aggregation platform that emerged from AngelPad’s third group of startups last fall, is being acquired by social video site TwitVid. As you may have guessed, the move was more about bringing Frugalo’s founders on board than it was an indication that TwitVid is now interested in the...
Daily Deals Aggregator Frugalo Acquired By TwitVid (But No, It’s Not Getting Into Deals)

Madrona Venture Group raises $300 million fund, largest in firm’s history

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Industry reports signal tough times for venture capital firms, with shrinking returns and lackluster results tied to a weak IPO market. But despite the headwinds, Madrona Venture Group still was able to meet with success on the fundraising trail. The Seattle venture capital firm has closed on a $300 million...
Madrona Venture Group raises $300 million fund, largest in firm’s history

MBA Mondays: Optimal Headcount At Various Stages

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This is the third post in the MBA Mondays series on People. The number of people you have in your company at any time is a very important part of getting the company building process right. Too many and you will slow things down, burn through too much cash, and...
MBA Mondays: Optimal Headcount At Various Stages
Groupon rebounds with $559M in Q1 revenue

Mary Meeker: “We Are Still In Spring Training — Magnitude Of Upcoming Change Will Be Stunning”

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Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report is usually full of good stuff and this year is no exception. We already covered her comments about mobile monetization and the Facebook IPO, but one of the most interesting sections of her presentation were her thoughts about the future of the Internet. In...
Mary Meeker: “We Are Still In Spring Training — Magnitude Of Upcoming Change Will Be Stunning”

Kleiner Perkins Adds Megan Quinn, Former Products Director At Square, As Newest Investment Partner

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Megan Quinn, who most recently served as the Director of Products at credit card processing tech firm Square, has joined Sand Hill Road venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as an investment partner. The hire was announced by KPCB in a press release today. Quinn’s talents and experience,...
Kleiner Perkins Adds Megan Quinn, Former Products Director At Square, As Newest Investment Partner
The Apple / Google / Facebook Message War Starts Now

Populis Blog Network Buying In To Latin America

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Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) rival Populis is continuing to build up its non-English blog network and publishing business through acquisition, this time expanding out of Europe in to Latin America. The Dublin- and Rome-based company is buying Cidade Internet, a Brazilian portal which publishes 10 popular websites and other...
Populis Blog Network Buying In To Latin America
The New New Web: Ask Not Who Needs It, Ask Who Wants It

The Year Nobody “Won” SXSW

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South by Southwest Interactive has become famous for producing big “winners.” Twitter, Foursquare and GroupMe can credit the festival for their respective surges in buzz from the influencer crowd. That led to mainstream buzz and, eventually, adoption. Now Twitter is worth something like $8 billion, Foursquare $600 million, and GroupMe...
The Year Nobody “Won” SXSW
Tablets & TVs make online video go boom!
TCTV: In the Studio, Sam Shank on Hotel Tonight’s Extreme Focus on Mobile Travel

SpiderCloud Raises $35 Million At Near $200 Million Valuation

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Networking gear maker SpiderCloud Wireless has raised $35 million in venture capital as the start-up prepares to upgrade its technology and make a run at profitability. The financing round values the four-year-old company at just under $200 million, a person familiar with the matter said. Charles River Ventures, Matrix Partners,...
SpiderCloud Raises $35 Million At Near $200 Million Valuation

Five lessons from London’s hardest working VCs

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Since closing its first investment fund of £37 million ($60 million) a year ago, London’s Passion Capital has been on a tear. Based in their White Bear Yard co-working space in Clerkenwell, where they have surrounded themselves with many of the teams they invest in, the three-person operation has pumped...
Five lessons from London’s hardest working VCs

Facebook shares fall again as criticism of IPO mounts

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Facebook stock falls 4.2% to $32.60 in first 90 minutes of trading, leading to questions over tech firm's financial prospectsShares in Facebook shares fell again on Tuesday as questions mounted over the company's financial prospects and its ability to grow fast enough to meet the hype surrounding its stock. In...
Facebook shares fall again as criticism of IPO mounts

Impossible and Inevitable: When Core Users Turn On You

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Ask any founder about their very first users. They’ll more than likely gush over how grateful, excited, blessed and even suprised they are that some group of strangers chose to spend time using the thing they built. That adoration is often mutual. Early adopters feel a special connection to a...
Impossible and Inevitable: When Core Users Turn On You
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