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Here's Why AOL Never Spun Out Ad.com, Despite All The Rumors (AOL)

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Over coffee a couple months ago, a former AOL executive told us that Ned Brody, the CEO of what used to be called AOL's Advertising.com Group, once lobbied with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong for a spinoff from the larger company. The idea makes some sense. The Advertising.com Group, particularly the...
Here's Why AOL Never Spun Out Ad.com, Despite All The Rumors (AOL)

What Now: Deal or No Deal?

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In addition to the Freemium and upsell model that SpiderNet has implemented, you have also decided to pursue a strategic partnering/OEM model. You’ve brought on a world-class Business Development executive with the objective of getting major ecosystem players to adopt your free, base software into their distribution and enable them...
What Now: Deal or No Deal?

Social Media – turning into a failure it didn’t need to

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Human nature is a fascinating thing to watch and yet when it comes to Social Media there seems to be a total lack of understanding about human nature. As much as the Web 2.0 proponents want to desperately believe in the kumbaya moments as they get all warm and fuzzy over ideals like...
Social Media – turning into a failure it didn’t need to
Looks like Netflix has its first HBO-quality show with 'House of Cards' (trailer)

NY Times Takes On Our Broken Patent System

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Well, this is nice to see. Charles Duhigg and Steve Lohr at the NY Times have a nice long piece highlighting just how broken the patent system is today. It kicks off with an anecdote of the type of story we hear about all the time: where a startup innovator...
NY Times Takes On Our Broken Patent System

Entitlement and Acquisition

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Sparrow (a popular Mac and iOS email client) has been acquired by Google. The apps are essentially being put in maintenance mode, with no additional features planned for the future. Cue predictable squawking on the internet. The same thing happens every time there’s an acquisition of a smaller, indie dev...
Entitlement and Acquisition

Silicon Milkroundabout tech job fair returns with its Autumn event in London

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The Silicon Milkroundabout jobs fair is set to return with its Autumn event in November. 130 tech startups will be hiring with an expected 3,000 developers, product managers and designers present over the two-day event. Over the past three events the London-based jobs fair attracted over four thousand job seekers...
Silicon Milkroundabout tech job fair returns with its Autumn event in London
In a "Moment of Temporary Insanity", Amazon Orders Findings To Stop Importing Highlights
RIM may sell handset business to Facebook or Amazon
Why apps needs a different kind of VC funding

Google Unveils "Solve For X," Brazil Petitions Twitter To Block Speed Trap Tweets, Honeywell Sues Makers Of Nest Thermostat

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Breaking news from your editors at Fast Company, with updates all day. If he was alive, Charles Dickens would be 200 today. Google reminds us of some of his classic characters in this Google Doodle.Google Launches "Solve For X" Ideas Conference. Google's new technology-enabled ideas conference, "Solve For X," brings...
Google Unveils "Solve For X," Brazil Petitions Twitter To Block Speed Trap Tweets, Honeywell Sues Makers Of Nest Thermostat

Armstrong: Billion-dollar patent sale isn’t about breaking up AOL

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While it’s easy to understand why some observers see Tim Armstrong’s sale of the bulk of AOL’s patent portfolio to Microsoft as a major step towards selling the internet portal for parts, I’m not there — yet. And neither is Armstrong, he insisted in an interview with paidContent. “This was...
Armstrong: Billion-dollar patent sale isn’t about breaking up AOL

Former Funzio executives return at the helm of Wormhole Games

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Wormhole Games today came out of stealth and revealed it’s already nearing completion of its first mobile title. The company is co-founded by Jamil Moledina and James Kelm, both previously of Funzio. If that name sounds familiar to you, it should: Funzio was acquired by GREE last year for $210 million....
Former Funzio executives return at the helm of Wormhole Games

Foodspotting CEO Alexa Andrzejewski On The $10 Million Sale To OpenTable, And The Importance Of Telling Your Startup's Story [TCTV]

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The startup world woke up to some exciting news this morning, with the $10 million cash sale of restaurant dish photo sharing and recommendation app Foodspotting to online restaurant reservation giant OpenTable. So were very pleased to have Foodspotting co-founder and CEO Alexa Andrzejewski stop by TechCrunch TV this...
Foodspotting CEO Alexa Andrzejewski On The $10 Million Sale To OpenTable, And The Importance Of Telling Your Startup's Story [TCTV]

The Other 99% of Entrepreneurs

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In my recent piece Reengineering Capitalism I highlighted a phenomenon that the global entrepreneurship ecosystem is paying very little attention to: Over 99% of entrepreneurs who seek funding get rejected. Yet, the entire world is focused on the 1% that is "fundable." The media, when pitched a startup story, is...
The Other 99% of Entrepreneurs

You Are What You Make: Founders Become Their Startups

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Mike Greenfield use to have a cushy, corporate life. He was hired by PayPal at age 22 into a stress-free role. Then he moved to LinkedIn where he had a slightly more "exasperating" but still a not-so-stressful job. When he founded a company, Circle of Moms, everything changed. He changed....
You Are What You Make: Founders Become Their Startups

Wavii confirms acquisition by Google, starts to wind down its own service

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There was an odd level of uncertainty surrounding Google's reported buyout of Wavii: where Google usually mentions acquisitions in short order, mum's been the word for much of the past week. Thankfully, we won't be left hanging over the weekend -- Wavii has stepped forward to confirm the deal...
Wavii confirms acquisition by Google, starts to wind down its own service

Dropbox buys red-hot mobile email startup Mailbox

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It’s been just a few weeks since iOS email app Mailbox launched and already it’s already been snapped up by a larger company. Cloud storage provider Dropbox on Friday announced it will acquire Mailbox. The company did not disclose the purchase price. Co-founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi wrote on...
Dropbox buys red-hot mobile email startup Mailbox

Live at D11 With Nuance CEO Paul Ricci

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If you’ve ever spoken to or been to spoken to by a computer or a smart phone, there’s a pretty good chance that there’s technology from Nuance involved. Over the last decade or so, Nuance has accumulated an impressive portfolio of voice-related technologies. That puts it front and center in...
Live at D11 With Nuance CEO Paul Ricci

Peter Molyneux departs Lionhead Studios and Microsoft to found 22 Cans

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Peter Molyneux, one of the most recognizable names in the video game industry, has announced today that he will be leaving Lionhead Studios, the company he founded 15 years ago. Taking his place will be the studio co-founder Mark Webley. Molyneux also held the position of creative head at...
Peter Molyneux departs Lionhead Studios and Microsoft to found 22 Cans
TrendSpottr Partners With Salesforce, Looks To Identify Trends In Any Corporate Data Stream

Detroit startup LevelEleven zeroes in on gamifying the sales process

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A Detroit startup is jumping onto the trend for gamification, or using game mechanics to increase audience engagement with non-game applications. LevelEleven has raised $1 million in seed funding and is spinning out of a larger company to focus on gamifying the sales process. It’s another example of how game-like...
Detroit startup LevelEleven zeroes in on gamifying the sales process

Facebook's stock has lost 31% of its value since it went public one year ago

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On May 18th, 2012, Facebook went public at a per-share price of $38. The company experienced a brief gain, spiking into the 40s, but ended its first day of trading just a few cents above the set $38 price. The following days saw the stock decline, under its listing price....
Facebook's stock has lost 31% of its value since it went public one year ago
Facebook Just Hired The Friendliest Developer In Silicon Valley To Keep App Makers Happy (FB)
Andreessen: There Is No Tech Bubble (And The Smartphone Is Still Under-hyped)
Analysis suggests RIM might not be worth buying, even with a user base of 78 million
Zynga planning to buy Draw Something creator OMGPOP?
NetShelter Hires A Raft Of Senior VPs To Help Build Its InPowered Ad Platform

Buying Clearwire may let Sprint save its unlimited data plans

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Sprint Nextel's proposed buyout of network partner Clearwire may be inevitable, and it could help Sprint keep its signature unlimited mobile data plans alive. The fourth-largest U.S. mobile operator is in talks with Clearwire, which supplies its 4G WiMax service, to acquire the rest of the company, according to...
Buying Clearwire may let Sprint save its unlimited data plans

Maps Are for Mobile What Search Is for the Web, Says Waze CEO Noam Bardin (Video)

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Of course the CEO of a mobile mapping company is going to say maps are super important. But Waze CEO Noam Bardin has an interesting way of putting it. “What search is for the Web, maps are for mobile,” Bardin said at our D: Dive Into Mobile conference last week....
Maps Are for Mobile What Search Is for the Web, Says Waze CEO Noam Bardin (Video)
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