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'Smokey Bear' of cloud hosting FireHost protects enterprise from hacker fires

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
Onefinestay Raises $12 M. for NYC ‘Unhotel,’ an Airbnb for Rich People

The grand ambitions of Google Ventures

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At a time when it’s easy for tech entrepreneurs to find money, the top venture capital (VC) firms need more than cash to stand out. So in a quest to become a top-tier VC firm, Google Ventures not only needs to be an agressive investor; it needs to be as visible as...
The grand ambitions of Google Ventures

HomeAway acquires Spain’s rural tourism site Toprural in all-cash deal

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HomeAway, the NASDAQ-listed company behind the world’s largest online marketplace for vacation rentals, is making a major expansion move in Europe with the acquisition of Toprural, a website that lets people search and book independently-owned rural accommodations in small towns or countryside destinations across Southern Europe. Financial terms were not...
HomeAway acquires Spain’s rural tourism site Toprural in all-cash deal

REJECTED: Here Are The Hot Startups That Turned Down Google's Money (GOOG)

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Google Ventures has invested in a number of successful startups, such as Nest Labs and HomeAway, and has become quite a significant player in Silicon Valley. But it hasn't been able to get its hands on all of the hot, valuable startups that have emerged in the last few years,...
REJECTED: Here Are The Hot Startups That Turned Down Google's Money (GOOG)

The Recommender: Justin Klosky, Brian Sharples, And More On What They're Loving This Month

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Justin Klosky CEO, O.C.D. Experience Physics of the Future: "In his book, Michio Kaku discusses how science will shape human destiny by the year 2100." Californication, Shameless: "These shows both have an edge, are produced unbelievably well, and are raw in their own unique ways."   Brian Sharples CEO,...
The Recommender: Justin Klosky, Brian Sharples, And More On What They're Loving This Month

Dwellable arrives on Android, upgrades iOS app

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Dwellable, the Seattle upstart led by Urbanspoon co-founder Adam Doppelt and former NBA digital executive Brenda Spoonemore, continues to carve new territory with its mobile applications for vacation rentals. Today, the company is announcing a new Android app, as well as upgrades to its iOS app. The Android version comes after...
Dwellable arrives on Android, upgrades iOS app

Cloud-Based Project Management And Collaboration Tool For The Enterprise, Smartsheet Raises $26M

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Smartsheet, a company that develops a cloud-based collaboration tool for the enterprise, has raised $26 million from Insight Venture Partners and Madrona Venture Group. This brings the company’s total funding to over $30 million. Smartsheet differs from other collaboration tools out there with its spreadsheet-inspired design. The UI is meant...
Cloud-Based Project Management And Collaboration Tool For The Enterprise, Smartsheet Raises $26M

Google, others file amicus brief regarding vague patents

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In an amicus brief filed on Friday by Google, Facebook, and six other tech companies, the unlikely allies have asked the courts to reject lawsuits based on patents with unclear concepts instead of specific information and applications. Cosigned by, Dell, Homeaway, Intuit, Rackspace, Redhat, and Zynga, the brief implies that...
Google, others file amicus brief regarding vague patents
Dwellable adds vacation rental listings for Washington state

Jetsetter Moves Beyond Flash Sales: Recommendations Now A Third Of Its Business

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Jetsetter, the exclusive travel community for globetrotters, seems to be on a roll. In recent days, the company has announced a dozen some new corporate partners, a handful of new sale formats to entice customers, and new distribution partnerships with high-profile sites like Kayak, The Economist and the vacation rental service...
Jetsetter Moves Beyond Flash Sales: Recommendations Now A Third Of Its Business

HomeAway's Director Susan Wojcicki Resigns to Spend More Time at Google

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HomeAway, the company that manages online vacation rentals sites, disclosed yesterday that Susan Wojcicki will no longer be on its board, effective immediately. As you would suspect, the company was quick to say that the resignation was not a result of any disagreement with the company. Rather, it disclosed in a public filing,...
HomeAway's Director Susan Wojcicki Resigns to Spend More Time at Google

HomeAway Buys Spanish Vacation Rentals Site Top Rural

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HomeAway has acquired Top Rural S.L., which offers vacation rentals in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, except that it was an all-cash transaction. HomeAway will provide more details during its first-quarter earnings report on April 24....
HomeAway Buys Spanish Vacation Rentals Site Top Rural

Former Groupon President and COO Solomon Joins Accel Partners

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Accel Partners has added longtime tech exec Rob Solomon — who was most recently president and CEO of Groupon — as a venture partner. The high-profile Silicon Valley venture firm said Solomon will focus on early stage and growth equity opportunities and focus on “operational issues like product management,...
Former Groupon President and COO Solomon Joins Accel Partners
With Barely a Whisper, SnappyGo Has Turned 10,000 People Into Part-Time Travel Agents

HomeAway partners with Gogobot to add local insider guides from home owners

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Vacation rental site HomeAway is working together with Gogobot to launch “Insider Guides”, a new feature that lets home owners share recommendations with their guests. The new guides offer competition to AirBnB’s new Neighborhoods feature, which launched in February. Listings on HomeAway and VRBO.com, the company’s Vacation Rentals By Owner...
HomeAway partners with Gogobot to add local insider guides from home owners

Google Is Pouring More Money Into Startups

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google will increase the cash it allocates to its venture-capital arm to up to $300 million a year from $200 million, catapulting Google Ventures into the top echelon of corporate venture-capital funds. Access to that sizeable checkbook means Google Ventures will be able to invest in...
Google Is Pouring More Money Into Startups

Former Groupon COO And Yahoo Exec Rob Solomon Joins Accel As Venture Partner

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Accel Partners is making a big talent announcement today, with former Groupon COO and Yahoo exec Rob Solomon joining the firm as a venture partner. Solomon last served as Accel-backed Groupon’s President and COO. As AllThingsD reported, Solomon left the deals company in 2011. Prior to his time at Groupon,...
Former Groupon COO And Yahoo Exec Rob Solomon Joins Accel As Venture Partner
Hipmunk adds new context to hotel bookings, sees rise from Airbnb listings

IVP Raises Massive New $1 Billion Fund As Returns Leave The Rest Of The VC Industry In The Dust

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Silicon Valley-based VC firm IVP has just raised a new $1 billion fund. That is a boatload of money. And it means that a lot more companies will have the pleasure of having IVP as an investor. IVP is an investor in Business Insider (this publication), so we're obviously biased....
IVP Raises Massive New $1 Billion Fund As Returns Leave The Rest Of The VC Industry In The Dust

EzCater banks $2.16 million for catering marketplace site

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During the dotcom boom, startups aimed to bring every single form of offline business onto the web. Pet food delivery became the punchline. Funerals.com took it to a whole new extreme. A lot of those bad ideas weren’t so much bad as they were ahead of their time. (Check out...
EzCater banks $2.16 million for catering marketplace site
Facebook, Google tell the government to stop granting patents for abstract ideas

GeekWire Awards: Vote for Bootstrapper of the Year

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Bootstrapping is not an easy path to building a business. But it also can be extremely gratifying, and the best way for a big payoff down the road. The Pacific Northwest is full of hard-core bootstrappers, those folks who are using their own resources to get their startup ideas off...
GeekWire Awards: Vote for Bootstrapper of the Year
IVP raises $1B fund to usher in the next wave of awesome tech companies
Austin’s Warped Center of Gravity

Tech Jobs And Airbnb Are Squeezing The SF Housing Market — Here’s What To Do

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Editor’s note: Jon Sterling has been in the real estate business since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @mistersterling. Have you been searching for a place to live in San Francisco lately? You’re not the only one thinking @$#%&! on a daily basis. Forget the speculation about a tech bubble. This is a...
Tech Jobs And Airbnb Are Squeezing The SF Housing Market — Here’s What To Do

How Tech Companies Are Making A Complete Hurricane Disaster Somewhat Bearable (AWAY, T, VZ)

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Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath led several tech companies to lend a helping hand in one way or another. Shelter Just yesterday, Airbnb decided to waive all of its fees for both hosts and guests in areas affected by Sandy through November 7. It normally collects a service fee from...
How Tech Companies Are Making A Complete Hurricane Disaster Somewhat Bearable (AWAY, T, VZ)
With $100M In Annual Rentals, Luxury Retreats Takes Its First Round Of Funding, $5M Led By iNovia

US holiday site HomeAway partners with Travelmob to list rentals in Southeast Asia

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Travelmob, an Airbnb-like service that operates in Southeast Asia, has clinched a deal with HomeAway that will see its rentals appear on the US-based global vacation site. HomeAway doesn’t provide specific monthly traffic statistics but it does say that the deal will open Travelmob’s listings to its 420 million annual visitors....
US holiday site HomeAway partners with Travelmob to list rentals in Southeast Asia
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