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Kleiner Perkins Debuts First Engineering Fellows Class

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Last year, venture firm Kleiner Perkins debuted its plans for a summer internship program to place top engineering talent from colleges at the firm’s portfolio companies. The benefit is two-fold: students get to work at the startup level, are mentored (and have the prestige of Kleiner Perkins on their resume)...
Kleiner Perkins Debuts First Engineering Fellows Class
Startup steroids: Pinterest feels the burn of Facebook's Open Graph
TCTV: In the Studio, Bain Capital Ventures is California Dreaming

Startup Labs launches a fund for entrepreneurs in emerging markets [video]

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Startup Weekend has been instrumental in inspiring entrepreneurs all over the world to build and launch thousands of startups. But what happens when the weekend comes to an end? Do the startups continue to grow or do they fizzle out into oblivion? Cue Startup Labs, a seed-stage fund started by...
Startup Labs launches a fund for entrepreneurs in emerging markets [video]
Investor confidence up after a dismal 2011, survey says

Another Super Angel Levels Up: Aydin Senkut’s Felicis Ventures Closes $70M

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What happens when a super angel gets its wings? You become a boutique fund. Or at least that’s how Aydin Senkut’s Felicis Ventures is putting it with a fresh fund worth about $70 million. That’s up from the firm’s previous $41 million fund and Senkut’s early dabbling in angel investing...
Another Super Angel Levels Up: Aydin Senkut’s Felicis Ventures Closes $70M

Fab.com plans to be big — Amazon big, says CEO

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When Fab.com won a Crunchie for best shopping app, no one was more surprised than the startup’s CEO, Jason Goldberg (pictured). “To be honest, I didn’t think we were going to win, mostly because Fab isn’t very much integrated into the whole tech scene… We’re definitely mainstream.” Being mainstream can...
Fab.com plans to be big — Amazon big, says CEO

The Management Team - Guest Post From Joel Spolsky

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Today's guest blogger needs no introduction. Joel Spolsky one of the best bloggers out there. He also runs one of our portfolio companies, Stack. And his approach to management is unorthodox at times but amazingly effective. I asked him to tell us a little about how he does it. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
The Management Team - Guest Post From Joel Spolsky

Heads up, Berlin startups: Earlybird raises $100m for its target $200m fund

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Earlybird Venture Capital, the aptly named pan-European early-stage VC firm based in Berlin, has raised $100 million for its fourth venture fund – only half of its target $200 million fund. The investment firm has now raised over $700 million since its founding in 1997, and has backed companies like...
Heads up, Berlin startups: Earlybird raises $100m for its target $200m fund
Pinterest Co-Founder Paul Sciarra Is Now EIR At Andreessen Horowitz

An Extremely Rational Bubble

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It just makes sense that the failure of Facebook to spectacularly IPO would affect all markets public and private right? But especially the companies, public or private, that are contingent upon, tethered to, Facebook … like well Zynga, and Quora and Fab and most social Consumer Internet startups really. So,...
An Extremely Rational Bubble

As rivals get bought, social marketing software startup Shoutlet lands $15m

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Shoutlet, a startup that enables brands to create and manage social marketing campaigns through a self-serve cloud platform, has secured $15 million in Series C funding from FTV Capital. The round brings total capital raised to $24.2 million. The investment comes at a time when Shoutlet’s biggest rivals are getting...
As rivals get bought, social marketing software startup Shoutlet lands $15m

One Year On Passion Capital Proves Its Mettle As A Go-To Seed VC In Europe

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Although it’s a year this week since Passion Capital appeared on the tech scene in London, it feels like they have been around a lot longer. It was in July 2009 I sat on the sun-kissed roof of what became known as their White Bear Yard base in London’s Clerkenwell,...
One Year On Passion Capital Proves Its Mettle As A Go-To Seed VC In Europe

FACEBOOK FALLOUT: Y-Combinator's Paul Graham Just Emailed Portfolio Companies Warning Of 'Bad Times' In Silicon Valley

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Facebook has flopped on the public markets, and now we have vivid evidence of how badly Silicon Valley is reeling in the fallout. Paul Graham, cofounder of Silicon Valley's most important startup incubator, Y-Combinator, has sent an email to portfolio companies warning them "bad times" may be ahead. He warns:...
FACEBOOK FALLOUT: Y-Combinator's Paul Graham Just Emailed Portfolio Companies Warning Of 'Bad Times' In Silicon Valley

The Gossip On LivingSocial: The Window Is Closing For An IPO, It Will Be Forced To Sell (GRPN)

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At our Social Commerce Summit yesterday, we were schmoozing with VCs and entrepreneurs, and one thing that caught us off guard was the negativity around LivingSocial. LivingSocial is in a rough spot, said gossipy investors. (And, it's worth noting here that these people love to talk smack, especially about...
The Gossip On LivingSocial: The Window Is Closing For An IPO, It Will Be Forced To Sell (GRPN)
The VCs at Earlybird raise $100M for their fourth fund

Charles River Ventures Raises $375 Million For Its 15th Fund

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Veteran VC firm Charles River Ventures is announcing its 15th fund today, increasing its fund size from $325 million in its last raise to $375 million in its latest “heavily oversubscribed” round. Charles River Ventures partner George Zachary tells me that the firm, which has 42 years of investment behind...
Charles River Ventures Raises $375 Million For Its 15th Fund
Why Niklas Zennstrom thinks Brazil’s startups are hot

Help Gratefully Received: On-Screen Web Guidance System WalkMe Picks Up $1M+ From Mangrove

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Microsoft has Clippy to help confused users make their way around Word, and a startup from Israel called WalkMe earlier this month launched a service that offers the equivalent for the web: an interactive, on-screen guide that helps users get around complicated web pages. And just two weeks out in...
Help Gratefully Received: On-Screen Web Guidance System WalkMe Picks Up $1M+ From Mangrove

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here's the news: Paul Graham, the cofounder of Silicon Valley's most important startup incubator, just emailed portfolio companies warning them that "bad times" may be ahead after the "bad performance of the Facebook IPO." More bad news for Facebook: A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that the ads aren't...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Bootstrapping

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With all the talk of massive amounts of cash sloshing around the web/mobile startup ecosystem (including things I've said recently), you would think that nobody bootstraps anymore. But that is not true at all. Last week my partner Albert blogged about our most recent investment in Behance. Behance was bootstrapped...
Bootstrapping

MBA Mondays: Retaining Your Employees

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I hate to see employees leave our portfolio companies for many reasons, among them the loss of continuity and camaraderie and the knowledge of how hard everyone will have to work to replace them. Many people see churn of employees in and out of companies as a given and build...
MBA Mondays: Retaining Your Employees

Inside AnyVivo, The YC Startup That Wants To Be The Amazon.com For Pets And Plants [TCTV]

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AnyVivo, a startup that launched this spring out of Y Combinator’s Winter 2012 program, has a pretty big mission: It wants to be the e-commerce hub for all living things. You might think that Amazon sells everything, and you’re almost right — but AnyVivo wants to pick up exactly...
Inside AnyVivo, The YC Startup That Wants To Be The Amazon.com For Pets And Plants [TCTV]

Russia’s VTB leads $18m round for Internet startup incubator Fast Lane Ventures

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VTB Capital Venture Business (VTB), a leading institutional investment firm in the Russian and CIS markets, has partnered with and invested in Fast Lane Ventures, the prolific Internet Russian startup incubator and accelerator. In an email, VTB confirmed that it has led a $18 million Series C round for Fast...
Russia’s VTB leads $18m round for Internet startup incubator Fast Lane Ventures

Cloning Successful Startups

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Jeff Leventhal, the CEO of our portfolio company WorkMarket, emailed me yesterday. He said: i would love to see an avc post about copycats like samwer bros. what do u think of this form of entrepreneurs, etc? I looked back over my archives and I guess I've never addressed this...
Cloning Successful Startups

Why This VC Firm Designed Its New Office To Look Like A Living Room

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Aydin Senkut's early stage investment firm, Felicis Ventures, just moved into a bigger office last week, for more room to bring in founders of his portfolio companies. Senkut's firm was an early investor in Rovio, and it's clear the firm is proud of its investment from the number of...
Why This VC Firm Designed Its New Office To Look Like A Living Room

Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool

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    It’s tough being a journalist, especially if you’re covering technology and living in Silicon Valley, because it seems as if everyone around you is getting fabulously rich while you’re stuck in a job that will never, ever make you wealthy. What’s worse is that all these people...
Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool

Paul Graham's Letter Is Wrong: The Facebook IPO Will Make Startup Investing MORE Frothy (FB)

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Y-Combinator cofounder Paul Graham sent out a letter to all the CEOs in his portfolio companies, warning them that because of the poor performance of the Facebook IPO, "bad times" may be ahead. He said that it could make fundraising harder, and that it will cause some spend-happy startups to...
Paul Graham's Letter Is Wrong: The Facebook IPO Will Make Startup Investing MORE Frothy (FB)

InVision Raises $1.5M For Beautiful, Interactive Prototypes

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New York City startup InVision has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to help companies answers an important question: Are we building something that people will actually want to use? The funding comes from FirstMark Capital. Managing director Amish Jani says he was excited to invest because, for one thing,...
InVision Raises $1.5M For Beautiful, Interactive Prototypes

A Good Idea: Y Combinator Now Lets Founders Apply Without One

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Venture firms like to pull in experienced founders to become entrepreneurs in residence — people who typically come in without a clear idea of what they want to do, and may simply be tasked with thinking up a new company. Y Combinator is now bringing this type of free-form entrepreneurialism to...
A Good Idea: Y Combinator Now Lets Founders Apply Without One
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