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Venture Returns Are Horrible, And it’s the Fault of… the Investors?

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If there is one thing the investors in venture capital funds are good at, it’s wimping out. Limited partners in venture funds, or LPs, have historically sucked at standing up to their general partners. They’re so bad at it that a new white paper from the Kaufman Foundation blames investors...
Venture Returns Are Horrible, And it’s the Fault of… the Investors?
Portfolio tracking app, iBillionaire, launches today

Do You Manage Your Investments? Or Are You A Financial Advisor? Please Take Our Short Survey

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If you're up at the crack of dawn scouring the news for investment clues or at your desk frantically scanning the Bloomberg terminal before your morning coffee, we want to hear from you. Individual investors, we'd like to learn more about how you make your investment decisions, balance your portfolio,...
Do You Manage Your Investments? Or Are You A Financial Advisor? Please Take Our Short Survey

Know Your Enemy: Lex Machina Raises $2 Million For IP Litigation Analytics

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It is a common perception that IP litigation is exploding, in part because the patent system is allegedly broken. Enter Lex Machina, a Palo Alto based company providing IP litigation data and analytics to help companies ”anticipate, manage, and win patent and other IP law suits,” which just closed another $2 million in a...
Know Your Enemy: Lex Machina Raises $2 Million For IP Litigation Analytics

Marc Andreessen Visits Peter Thiel’s Stanford Class To Talk Startups, How He Invests & The Future

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It wasn’t so long ago that Peter Thiel began publicly pushing the somewhat controversial idea that higher education is in a bubble, or launching an initiative to help smart young people “stop out of school.” That’s why for someone who’s advocated for alternatives to higher education, invested in them, and...
Marc Andreessen Visits Peter Thiel’s Stanford Class To Talk Startups, How He Invests & The Future
Marc Andreessen on A16Z's growing partnership: Great things come in clusters
There's A Science To Attracting Engaged Followers On Social Media

Dorm Room Fund heads to San Francisco, Philly team backs Whamix in second deal

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First Round Capital‘s Dorm Room Fund launches its third city today. The fund, which gives teams of college students $500,000 to invest in companies on campus, is now taking applications in San Francisco. This follows the original fund in Philadelphia, which has now made two investments, and the second chapter in...
Dorm Room Fund heads to San Francisco, Philly team backs Whamix in second deal
How crowdfunding can change the investment status quo

Early Facebook And LinkedIn Investor David Sze Writes His Biggest Startup Check Yet

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Greylock Partners' David Sze has made some very good investment decisions. He wrote early checks to Facebook, Pandora and LinkedIn. But he just wrote his biggest startup check yet. Sze gave Nextdoor, a social network for neighborhoods, $15 million on behalf of Greylock, which led the startup's $21.6 million round...
Early Facebook And LinkedIn Investor David Sze Writes His Biggest Startup Check Yet

Index Launches Its First Life Sciences Fund: $200M And Partnering With Glaxo and Johnson & Johnson

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Index Ventures may be best known on these pages for its technology investments, but today it launched a new fund that points to how the company is willing to put its money into other examples of strong innovation. The life sciences fund will see Index put in $100 million of...
Index Launches Its First Life Sciences Fund: $200M And Partnering With Glaxo and Johnson & Johnson

Social sentiment gets another shot in the investment world as SNTMNT opens up to BinckBank customers

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We’ve tracked the use of social media sentiment data in the financial investment world for some time, and now European startup SNTMNT is bringing its take on the idea to 500,000 customers at online investment bank BinckBank. As we’ve previously reported, SNTMNT analyses social media activity from financial analysts and...
Social sentiment gets another shot in the investment world as SNTMNT opens up to BinckBank customers

Finding 'investor-entrepreneur' fit (AKA avoiding the Series A crunch)

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Jeff Bussgang is a general partner at Flybridge Capital, and a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School. This post originally appeared on his blog. A question I often get asked by entrepreneurs is what is Flybridge’s investment philosophy – do we make our investment decisions based on people or...
Finding 'investor-entrepreneur' fit (AKA avoiding the Series A crunch)

New York Angels to Expand Outside New York

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Mr. Cohen. New York Angels, a loose affiliation of angel investors that hear pitches and conduct diligence together, just announced that vice chairman Brian Cohen will take over as chairman. He replaces David Rose, founder of the group that has invested more than $45 million in the last ten years. Mr....
New York Angels to Expand Outside New York

DataSift opens New York office, and hires 2 veterans to bring social data to finance industry

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Three months after DataSift announced a $7.2m funding round, the social data company has announced the launch of its New York office, as well as two new key hires. DataSift is a real-time social-data mining platform developed by MediaSift Ltd, the same company behind TweetMeme. We reported on the launch...
DataSift opens New York office, and hires 2 veterans to bring social data to finance industry
Launch founder Jason Calacanis raising $10 million venture fund

Keen On...Top Dogs: What Finger Length Tells Us About Entrepreneurial Success

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Ron Conway once contended that successful entrepreneurs – the seriously big dogs of tech like Gates, Jobs and Zuckerberg – are born rather than bred. But what Conway neglected to add is that entrepreneurial success can be measured by the length of our fingers. That, at least, is one...
Keen On...Top Dogs: What Finger Length Tells Us About Entrepreneurial Success

Washington State ends relationship with Oak Investment Partners

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A year ago, we published an exposé on Oak Investment Partners, which has become one of largest venture-capital firms by attracting large sums from investors despite a mediocre track record. Of particular concern was the continued support of the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB), which manages public money. Neither Oak...
Washington State ends relationship with Oak Investment Partners

Sequoia's Leone: In Venture, Big is the Enemy of Great

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“Complete warfare” is how Sequoia Capital’s Douglas Leone sees the contest to stay atop of the venture capital heap. “The venture model is not broken for the partnerships that know what they’re doing,” Leone told the 15th Annual MIT Venture Capital Conference Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. This is Sequoia’s best...
Sequoia's Leone: In Venture, Big is the Enemy of Great

Social trading: DCM Dealer uses Twitter and Facebook sentiment to help traders make investment decisions

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We’ve followed the story of Derwent Capital Markets for some time, and today the London-based company has launched its unique stock trading platform, which uses social media data to help traders make moves on the market. DCM Dealer is a Web-based platform based on technology developed back when London-based Derwent...
Social trading: DCM Dealer uses Twitter and Facebook sentiment to help traders make investment decisions
Let the boys have their social media while women save the world

iPhone-less China Mobile buys 15% of Siri-like tech maker iFlytek for $215m

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China Mobile, the world’s largest operator, has confirmed that it is investing $214.85 million (1.36 billion RMB) to acquire a 15 percent steak in Anhui UTC iFlyTek, a Chinese company that develops Siri-like software and apps. The filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange said that the deal between the listed...
iPhone-less China Mobile buys 15% of Siri-like tech maker iFlytek for $215m

MBA Mondays: One More Thing On Sustainability Before We Move On

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I'd like to tie together two posts and make a final point on Sustainability. In my first post for the Sustainability class, I wrote: Clay Christensen talks about this kind of thing all the time. Big company executives are asked to calculate an return on investment (ROI) on the investments they...
MBA Mondays: One More Thing On Sustainability Before We Move On
Institutional Investors Loved Venture Capital to Death

Datasift launches real-time social analytics service for the financial sector

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Technology and real-time data are becoming two hugely important areas for almost any industry, as worldwide communication continues to evolve, and the financial services space is one where access to details and information is crucial. San Francisco-based Datasift is aiming to be the company that brings a real-time social feed...
Datasift launches real-time social analytics service for the financial sector

El-Erian Explains What The Facebook IPO Tells Us About Investors' Brains

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Behavioral finance specialists will have a field day with the Facebook IPO as it speaks volumes to an issue that differentiates them from those that espouse the efficient market hypothesis. Namely, that investors can be vulnerable to mistakes dictated by unconscious biases. Or, put another way, the manner that our brains have...
El-Erian Explains What The Facebook IPO Tells Us About Investors' Brains

Barry Silbert: Here's Why Startups Now Take So Frigging Long To IPO

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Barry Silbert of SecondMarket is on stage at SXSW explaining why it takes companies so much longer to IPO now than it used to. His startup has helped trade over $1 billion in private stock for companies like Facebook and Pinterest. There used to be an average of 500+...
Barry Silbert: Here's Why Startups Now Take So Frigging Long To IPO

First Round's Dorm Room Fund goes to NY to find startups at Cornell, Columbia, Princeton, and NYU

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First Round Capital is expanding newest venture fund, the Dorm Room Fund, throughout the United States. Having launched last fall in Philadelphia under a pilot program, the venture capital firm says it will be launching a student-run investment team in New York to look for startups in several prominent universities,...
First Round's Dorm Room Fund goes to NY to find startups at Cornell, Columbia, Princeton, and NYU
Startup Spotlight: Oroeco tackles climate change, one purchase at a time

EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Inside Story Of What Happened On The Facebook IPO

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And now for some more bombshell news about the Facebook IPO... Earlier, we reported that the analysts at Facebook's IPO underwriters had cut their estimates for the company in the middle of the IPO roadshow, a highly unusual and negative event. What we didn't know was why. Now we know....
EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Inside Story Of What Happened On The Facebook IPO
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