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Video Of The Week: Joel Spolsky at Startup School

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The startup school talks are great. I've watched a bunch of them.  Joel Spolsky is the founder and CEO of our portfolio company Stack Exchange. His talk is a great discussion of the difference between the "get big fast" strategy vs the "organic growth" strategy. Here is his talk (sorry I...
Video Of The Week: Joel Spolsky at Startup School

US-based social CRM startup Nimble launches a UK hub to cater for big demand in Europe

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Nimble, the US-headquartered social customer relationship management (CRM) startup, has announced that it’s expanding into Europe and launching a UK office, in response to growing demand for its service in the EMEA region. Since it was founded in Santa Monica back in 2009, Nimble has become an established Social Relationship...
US-based social CRM startup Nimble launches a UK hub to cater for big demand in Europe

WorldStores Raises $15M Series C To Build Out Its Amazon-Style Ecommerce Model For Home & Garden Products

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WorldStores, a U.K.-based online retailer of home and garden products going after supplier scale to fuel its growth, has raised £10 million ($15.2 million) in Series C funding, led by Serena Capital. Existing investors Balderton Capital and Advent Venture Partners also participated in the round. The new funding brings WorldStores’...
WorldStores Raises $15M Series C To Build Out Its Amazon-Style Ecommerce Model For Home & Garden Products

Angry Birds animated TV series to premiere in Autumn 2012

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52 weekly episodes will be distributed 'on all possible devices' says head of animation Nick Dorra. By Stuart DredgeRovio Mobile is launching a series of 52 shortform animations for its Angry Birds in Autumn, but has ruled out a movie until after 2014."We're going to roll out a weekly animation...
Angry Birds animated TV series to premiere in Autumn 2012

Shares of Coinstar fall after CEO announces retirement

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Shares of Coinstar, the Bellevue operator of the coin-counting kiosks and Redbox movie rental service, fell more than four percent today after CEO Paul Davis unexpectedly announced plans to retire on March 31. The company named J. Scot Di Valero, the current CFO, as the CEO. Galen Smith, the 36-year-old...
Shares of Coinstar fall after CEO announces retirement

Amazon's Prime and punishment

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Is the retail giant's rewards program profitable? Probably not. Is it a vital part of the company's future? Almost certainly. FORTUNE – Launched in 2005, Amazon Prime aimed to get customers to spend more. For $79 a year, members got free two-day delivery on an unlimited number of items. Amazon...
Amazon's Prime and punishment

Music data API firm The Echo Nest hires not one, but two Gracenote execs to accelerate its global growth

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If there’s a company that sums up the new, data-driven direction music is headed in, it’s The Echo Nest. Now the US company, which offers a simple way for developers to work with deep, rich metadata about songs and artists, has boosted its international growth strategy by hiring two executives...
Music data API firm The Echo Nest hires not one, but two Gracenote execs to accelerate its global growth

Yelp's CEO Must Fix These 6 Unsolved Problems Before He Can Get Profitable

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Yelp is still not a profitable. In Q3, it lost $2 million on revenues of $36 million. But CEO Jeremy Stoppelman says don't worry: He's sitting on a pile of cash from the IPO ($123 million at the last count). And he intends to invest it until Yelp becomes dominant...
Yelp's CEO Must Fix These 6 Unsolved Problems Before He Can Get Profitable
After disapointing earnings, The New York Times will adjust subscription prices to boost growth

New U.S. Cyber-Security Law May Hinder Lenovo's Sales Growth

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The funding bill President Barack Obama signed this week didn’t just prevent a government shutdown. It also included a provision requiring that U.S. government technology purchases first go through a cyber-espionage review process–a move that could potentially impact the sales of Chinese tech companies like Lenovo, which relies on sales...
New U.S. Cyber-Security Law May Hinder Lenovo's Sales Growth

Death To The Install! Long Live Virality! Play Facebook Games Straight From News Feed

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People don’t want to install and give data permissions to games, they want to play them, so now Facebook is allowing games to be played directly from within news feed or Timeline stories. These previews give gamers a taste and could get them over the install hurdle once they’re already...
Death To The Install! Long Live Virality! Play Facebook Games Straight From News Feed

How can Amazon pay tax on profits it doesn't make? | Alex Hern

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Reports of tax avoidance miss the real story: Amazon and its investors are so hellbent on growth they're giving stuff awayA Guardian investigation has revealed that Amazon paid just £3.2m in corporation tax in the UK last year. But this says less about the company's tax avoidance, and more about...
How can Amazon pay tax on profits it doesn't make? | Alex Hern

After PC downloads and social fail, PlayFirst sees its fortunes rise again on mobile

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Few would argue that 2011 was a good year for San Francisco-based PlayFirst. After raising $9.2 million in funding to create social games, the developer saw the Facebook version of its flagship casual game Diner Dash flop, its third failure in a row on the platform. By December the company...
After PC downloads and social fail, PlayFirst sees its fortunes rise again on mobile

The north-east could save the UK video games industry – but it needs help | James Moorehead

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The region is a hub of digital talent, but the government's flawed work schemes are failing this burgeoning industryIn a desperate attempt to get the country back on its feet, the government is attempting to put together a growth strategy. This includes a discussion on whether we need a holistic...
The north-east could save the UK video games industry – but it needs help | James Moorehead

Festicket raises $680,000 to expand its platform for music festival packages across Europe

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Festicket, an online platform that offers a single place for booking music festival tickets, nearby hotel rooms and transport links, has announced the closure of a €520,000 ($680,000) funding round today. The investment came from early-stage investment fund KIMA Ventures, as well as Windcrest Partners and Jacques-Antoine Granjon, CEO of Vente-Privee....
Festicket raises $680,000 to expand its platform for music festival packages across Europe
Don't call it a comeback (yet): Yahoo's active Q1 beats estimates
AOL COO Artie Minson Is Leaving, Susan Lyne Is New CEO Of 'Brands' (AOL)

Michael Dell to Staff: "Exciting New Chapter"

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Here's a memo from Michael Dell to the "Global Dell Team" Today, we announced a definitive agreement for me and global technology investment firm Silver Lake to acquire Dell and take it private. This transaction is an exciting new chapter for Dell, our team and our customers. We can immediately deliver...
Michael Dell to Staff: "Exciting New Chapter"

Study: 61% of U.S. Households Now Have WiFi

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In the U.S., 61% of all households currently have WiFi networks installed at home. According to data from Strategy Analytics, this puts the U.S. ahead of countries like Spain (57.1%), Mexico (31.5%) and India (2.5%). This, however, only puts the U.S. somewhere in the lower half of WiFi adoption among...
Study: 61% of U.S. Households Now Have WiFi

A deeper dive into Zynga's mobile games growth strategy

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CEO Mark Pincus talks of 'mobile-first focus' already in place, but is it paying off?Zynga may have made its first fortune on Facebook, but mobile is where it sees its lucrative future. The social games publisher's newly mobile-first focus was clear in its latest financial earnings call.Zynga reported revenues of...
A deeper dive into Zynga's mobile games growth strategy
Alteryx raises $12M to make predictive analytics user-friendly

Airbnb acquires its British competitor Crashpadder just in time for the Olympics

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In its continuing conquest to dominate Europe, Airbnb has just acquired its British competitor Crashpadder for an undisclosed sum. Both companies offer the same peer-to-peer accommodation marketplace, i.e. a chance for homeowners, renters and landlords to monetize their spare room, and for visitors to enjoy alternative housing options instead of hotels or...
Airbnb acquires its British competitor Crashpadder just in time for the Olympics

LSE's high growth strategy is to be commended

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London Stock Exchange's 'high growth segment' there for entrepreneurs as an alternative to selling out to the first private equity fund or US tech giant that comes knocking, or opting for NasdaqThe London Stock Exchange could surely have found a more exciting term than a "segment" to describe the place...
LSE's high growth strategy is to be commended

Why Google's Acquisition Announcement today is HUGE

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I can't ever remember a year where 'sparring product and /or acquisition announcements' have come so frequently as they have from tech competitors Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook over the past 6 months. Earlier today Google announced the acquisition of Picnik, an online photo editing service, perhaps  best-known for their...
Why Google's Acquisition Announcement today is HUGE

China's Largest Search Engine Baidu Launches English Site For Developers

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Baidu, the search behemoth often referred to as “China’s Google,” launched its new English-language Web site for developers today. While the site is still in its infancy–right now there are just a few intros up and no documentation–it promises to grow into a valuable resource for developers who want to...
China's Largest Search Engine Baidu Launches English Site For Developers

Guardian launches new mobile site

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Site designed to load faster and adapt performance according to user's connection speedThe Guardian on Monday launched a new mobile site designed to load faster and work across multiple smartphone and tablet platforms.The new site, launched more than three years after the Guardian's first bespoke mobile site launched, and after...
Guardian launches new mobile site
Online video biz Brightcove earns $19.9M in Q1, sees bright future ahead

Lenovo May Produce A Think-Brand Smartphone, Says ThinkPad Business Unit's VP

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In an interview today with Sina Tech (link via Google Translate), Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s ThinkPad Business Unit, said that the Chinese tech company may build a Think-brand smartphone. If Lenovo does come out with a Think-brand smartphone (a ThinkPhone?), it would be inline with the...
Lenovo May Produce A Think-Brand Smartphone, Says ThinkPad Business Unit's VP

Seagate to buy LaCie for $186 million, expand its storage empire

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Seagate and LaCie have gotten friendly before -- the former company's drives are in the LaCie 2big Thunderbolt HDD, for instance -- but the storage makers are about to get even cozier. Today, Seagate announced its plans to buy a 64.5-percent share in the French company, which is currently...
Seagate to buy LaCie for $186 million, expand its storage empire

Yahoo Wants To Double The Amount Of Original Content It Publishes (YHOO)

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Despite Yahoo's well-publicized strategy to corner a broad array of online businesses from advertising to search to content, it has more aggressively moved into the publishing space, increasingly looking like a content company. Last week, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based portal dropped $100 million on articles aggregator Associated...
Yahoo Wants To Double The Amount Of Original Content It Publishes (YHOO)
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