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Here’s Facebook’s cap table with ownership for Zuckerberg, other early investors

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Here’s the sheet with the breakdown of early investors: Mark Zuckerberg manages to hold onto 28.4 percent of Class B shares, which have 10 times the voting power of Class A shares. Facebook said in its filing today that it plans to sell up to $5 billion worth of...
Here’s Facebook’s cap table with ownership for Zuckerberg, other early investors

Viewdini: Could this app be Verizon’s first pass at toll-free mobile data?

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Verizon Wireless revealed a new incarnation of its old V Cast streaming mobile video service on Tuesday; this one built on the back of its new LTE network. Called Viewdini, the Android app aggregates content from premium video services such as Hulu, mSpot — now a Samsung-owned property — and...
Viewdini: Could this app be Verizon’s first pass at toll-free mobile data?

Claro takes on Netflix as it expands its VOD service to Brazil

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Claro will soon launch its VOD portal Claro Video in Brazil, the mobile operator announced in Rio de Janeiro at Futurecom‘s conference. The service will initially roll out to a limited number of Claro clients by the end of the year, before a full launch during 2013′s first quarter. While this...
Claro takes on Netflix as it expands its VOD service to Brazil

Boot up: Google tests augmented-reality glasses, Silicon Valley backs Facebook in Yahoo battle, and more

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Plus Flashback trojan 'controls half a million Macs' and Google's Larry Page opens upA quick burst of 4 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamGoogle's Page: Apple's Android Pique 'For Show' >> BusinessweekLatest interview with Larry Page.Flashback trojan reportedly controls half a million Macs and...
Boot up: Google tests augmented-reality glasses, Silicon Valley backs Facebook in Yahoo battle, and more

Enrique Godreau lands at GSharp: A new VC firm that looks to go ‘retro’ in its approach

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At the GeekWire Meetup earlier this week, I bumped into Seattle venture capitalist Enrique Godreau. I didn’t get a chance to ask in any great detail what he’s been up to following his departure from Voyager Capital, the Seattle venture firm that he co-founded 15 years ago. But perhaps I...
Enrique Godreau lands at GSharp: A new VC firm that looks to go ‘retro’ in its approach

Flush with cash, lynda.com buys European online learning site video2brain

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One month ago, when online learning site lynda.com announced that it had raised $103 million in its first venture round since launching in 1995, we noted that the company would be well-positioned to buy up other companies in its space. On Wednesday, the Carpinteria, Calif. company said it had started...
Flush with cash, lynda.com buys European online learning site video2brain

Saban Brands buys kid-safe online content company Zui

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Saban Brands has acquired kid-safe online content platform Zui to strengthen its position in the kids entertainment segment across all media, the company announced today. The amount of the deal wasn’t disclosed. The startup is best known for Zui.com, which lets children access a curated library of videos and online games as part of a...
Saban Brands buys kid-safe online content company Zui

VIDEO: Microsoft unveils Surface tablet

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The Windows maker's first venture into an own-brand family of tablets...
VIDEO: Microsoft unveils Surface tablet

As social games boom, Spark Capital hires former Zynga exec as first venture partner

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Image via Flickr user Official GDC Zynga’s rise to a social gaming juggernaut traded on the public markets with a market cap roughly equal to long established companies like Electronic Arts highlights the rapid transformation of the gaming industry. Boston’s Spark Capital, eager to tap the next wave of startups...
As social games boom, Spark Capital hires former Zynga exec as first venture partner

Sources: SnapChat Raising "North Of $10M" At Around $70M Valuation, Led By Benchmark's Mitch Lasky

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We now have a foil for all the young consumer startups trying to raise their first venture rounds. Snapchat, an increasingly popular mobile app that auto-deletes photos shortly after viewing, is about to close a big new round of funding from Benchmark Capital. We’ve been chasing for the last week...
Sources: SnapChat Raising "North Of $10M" At Around $70M Valuation, Led By Benchmark's Mitch Lasky
Born on the web, Tumblr meets the challenges of going native on iPhone

Walkie-Talkie App Voxer Popular With Investors, Too, Raising $15M to $20M At Up To $300M Valuation

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There’s been a few walkie-talkie mobile apps that have come out on iOS and Android over the last year or two, but it wasn’t until last fall that when one of them had a breakout moment. Voxer suddenly hit it big with young black people in Cleveland and a few...
Walkie-Talkie App Voxer Popular With Investors, Too, Raising $15M to $20M At Up To $300M Valuation
Business Intelligence Startup RJMetrics Raises $6.25M From Trinity Ventures For Ecommerce Boom

Gojee Raises $2.8M From InterWest For Beautiful Recipe Aggregation

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Gojee, an aesthetically pleasing recipe-sharing site, has raised a first venture round of $2.8 million from InterWest Partners. The New York startup has pivoted its way into a growing site with more than 500,000 registered users — and it’s also been getting attention for its simple and beautiful design. It was nominated for...
Gojee Raises $2.8M From InterWest For Beautiful Recipe Aggregation
First Round's network isn't new. It's the second coming of KP's Keiretsu

American site for finding nannies and carers, Care.com expands into the UK

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Care.com, the service that helps American families find and connect with carers, is launching in the UK today. This is the first venture outside of the US for the Boston-based company which was founded in 2006. Already, there are thousands of carers registered on the UK site and to celebrate...
American site for finding nannies and carers, Care.com expands into the UK

Amazon Studios Branches Out Into Original TV for Web and Network

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Screenshot from studios.amazon.com Amazon is looking for television executives to develop original half-hour kids‘ and comedy series for both online and traditional distribution, according to two new job postings at Amazon.com. The driving force behind these hires is Amazon Studios, which solicits screenplays, pitches and test movies from anyone on...
Amazon Studios Branches Out Into Original TV for Web and Network

500 Startups Is Setting Up Shop In China, Adding Beijing-Based Venture Partner Rui Ma

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500 Startups is already focused heavily on investing overseas, with partners looking at startups in markets like Mexico, Brazil, India, and Southeast Asia. Now you can add China to the list, as the firm just hired a venture partner to focus on that region. Rui Ma will be joining 500...
500 Startups Is Setting Up Shop In China, Adding Beijing-Based Venture Partner Rui Ma

Shapeways Raises $30M for 3D Printing Led by Andreessen Horowitz's Chris Dixon

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The idea of dreaming up a physical object and having a computer help you bring it to life — aka 3D printing — is very cool today, but there’s a long way to go. Some of the challenges include faster creation times, more accessible software, a greater variety of materials...
Shapeways Raises $30M for 3D Printing Led by Andreessen Horowitz's Chris Dixon
Watch out for Bigfoot! 'Series A crunch' sighting reported in Silicon Valley

Spark Capital Brings On Former Zynga Executive As A Venture Partner

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Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm with investments like Twitter, Tumblr and Admeld, has made a new hire. Former Zynga executive Nabeel Hyatt will join as the firm's first venture partner.  He will help lead Spark's investments in consumer Web, social and mobile startups. Hyatt cofounded Conduit Labs,...
Spark Capital Brings On Former Zynga Executive As A Venture Partner

Honest Buildings raises first venture round for green building data

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Honest Buildings, a startup that aggregates information about buildings’ energy use and green characteristics, has raised its first round of venture funding led by RockPort Capital and Mohr Davidow Ventures. Previously the startup, which is about a year old, had raised an angel round from Spring Ventures, Jason Scott, Managing...
Honest Buildings raises first venture round for green building data

When Jack Dorsey Met Fred Wilson, And Other Twitter Tales (Book Excerpt)

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Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from Mastering The VC Game, a new book by Jeffrey Bussgang that goes on sale Thursday. It tells the backstory of Twitter from the perspective of founder Jack Dorsey, from his early obsession with couriers and his attempts to create a better dispatch...
When Jack Dorsey Met Fred Wilson, And Other Twitter Tales (Book Excerpt)

500 Startups' Rui Ma on getting into China early, and why 'boring' startups can be great investments

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In February, 500 Startups’ founder Dave McClure announced that the accelerator/incubator firm was expanding to China, adding the country to an already lengthy list of international markets. 500 Startups has invested in Chinese companies before, but, by bringing Rui Ma on board as its first Venture Partner in Beijing, McClure made...
500 Startups' Rui Ma on getting into China early, and why 'boring' startups can be great investments

11-year-old Atmail lands its first venture funding: $2m from Starfish Ventures

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The enterprise email and communication company Atmail has announced a $2 million investment from the Australian fund Starfish Ventures. The company plans to use the funding to “drive product development, expand the technical team, and increase its US, Asia and European focus,” stated Atmail in its press release. Apart from...
11-year-old Atmail lands its first venture funding: $2m from Starfish Ventures
MicroVentures Investment Challenge is like fantasy football for venture capitalists

Amazon opens doors on marketplace in India

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People in India searching for books and movies online have a new option available to them. Amazon has quietly launched amazon.in, a new online marketplace for India. Because of India’s strict Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regulations, Amazon can’t simply open an extension of its existing e-commerce business in India. Instead,...
Amazon opens doors on marketplace in India

SK Telecom unit reportedly set to invest $9.15 million in Indonesia joint venture

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SK Telecom will soon start offering mobile and online services in Indonesia in a joint venture worth $18 million, as it seeks to make inroads into the Southeast Asian nation’s growing population of connected users, according to Global Post, which cited a Yonhap news agency report on Tuesday. SK Planet,...
SK Telecom unit reportedly set to invest $9.15 million in Indonesia joint venture

The Rise, Fall, And Rise Of The "Steve Jobs Of Denim"

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In the 1990s, hip-hop stars everywhere wore Maurice Malone's clothes. By 2001, he was broke. But his new venture is simplicity itself: quality jeans at a reasonable price. Maurice Malone walks into a café in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, his home and base of operations for nearly 20 years, looking suitably...
The Rise, Fall, And Rise Of The "Steve Jobs Of Denim"

Kantar: iPhone 5 boosts Apple's US smartphone share to 53.3 percent, Android still tops in Europe

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: the launch of a flagship, brand-defining smartphone gives its creator a swift leap in market share immediately afterwards. There's no surprise that the iPhone 5 will have improved Apple's standing in the US, then, but Kantar Worldpanel's market share study suggests...
Kantar: iPhone 5 boosts Apple's US smartphone share to 53.3 percent, Android still tops in Europe
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