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Off The Schneid

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The almost two year long slump is over. I've led a new venture investment for USV, which closed a few weeks ago and was announced last night. The company is Coinbase and my blog post announcing the investment is on the USV blog. This hiatus, which I've blogged about a...
Off The Schneid

Coming Of Age

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I’m out here slingin bringin the drama, tryin to come up in the game and add a couple of dollar signs to my name - Memphis Bleek Coming Of Age by Jay-Z I'm not going all Ben Horowitz on you. But imitation is the finest form of flattery and I...
Coming Of Age
MG Siegler will continue to work with Arrington on 'the investing side of things'

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
Funding Daily: The Great Gatsby

At 500 Startups' 5th Demo Day, 32 Startups Make Their Dave McClure-Endorsed Debut

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It’s demo day time once again for 500 Startups, the early stage venture capital fund and startup accelerator headed up by Silicon Valley’s favorite foul-mouthed investor, techie, and man about town Dave McClure. We’re here in a packed room at Microsoft’s Mountain View headquarters, where 32 new startups are set...
At 500 Startups' 5th Demo Day, 32 Startups Make Their Dave McClure-Endorsed Debut
General Catalyst hires Adam Valkin from Accel's London office

Eight Questions for Hewlett-Packard Software Head George Kadifa

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It wasn’t so long ago that Hewlett-Packard looked like a hardware company fundamentally transforming itself into a software company. Until former CEO Léo Apotheker was fired by the company’s board of directors and replaced with current CEO Meg Whitman, the official line at HP was that the way out of...
Eight Questions for Hewlett-Packard Software Head George Kadifa

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

Announcing the CrunchBase Venture Network

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We knew CrunchBase was big. We knew because there are 2 million people using the startup database each month. We knew because more than 120k people have contributed 1.6MM data points on companies, entrepreneurs, fundings, exits and more. What we didn’t know, however, was what the investment community thinks about...
Announcing the CrunchBase Venture Network

Inside the IPO pipeline: It's all B2B, all of the time

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It’s shaping up to be an average year for initial public offerings, with about 125 companies listing shares to date. But who are the up-and-comers in the technology industry that could break out in 2013 and beyond, and how many of them are there? That’s what a new study from...
Inside the IPO pipeline: It's all B2B, all of the time

Formation 8, The Hottest Venture-Capital Firm You've Never Heard Of, Just Came Out Of Hiding

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Formation 8, a highly anticipated new venture-capital firm, just unveiled its website, revealing a host of previously hidden information. The firm's been drawing a lot of head-scratching in Silicon Valley, as it hasn't previously said much about itself. Its most notable partner: Joe Lonsdale, the cofounder of Palantir, a secretive,...
Formation 8, The Hottest Venture-Capital Firm You've Never Heard Of, Just Came Out Of Hiding

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
HackPad is expanding its reach, maybe even to the White House

Big data VC firm Data Collective steps out of the shadows

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For almost two years, Data Collective has been lurking in Silicon Valley’s shadows, investing seed money in a slew of big data startups without ever showing its face to the public. On Thursday, the firm officially launched, however, with a unique partnership model and an investment portfolio that should make...
Big data VC firm Data Collective steps out of the shadows

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

Sean Parker Explains What Facebook's IPO Really Means For Startups

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Paul Graham wrote an email to Y Combinator's portfolio companies about what Facebook's underwhelming IPO meant for them. "What I do worry about is (a) it may be harder to raise money at all, regardless of price and (b) that companies that previously raised money at high valuations will now...
Sean Parker Explains What Facebook's IPO Really Means For Startups
Everything You Missed at SXSW Today (Sunday)

Lightspeed Ventures Positions For The New Age of Data With Investments in Storage Space

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Lightspeed Venture Partners has had a phenomenal run in the next generation storage market. In the past 12 to 14 months, four of its portfolio companies have been acquired and one has gone to IPO. Here they are: XtremIO sold in May to EMC for an estimated $430 million. In June, SK...
Lightspeed Ventures Positions For The New Age of Data With Investments in Storage Space

The Great Startup Prank War of Boulder, Colorado

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It started harmlessly enough, with a simple sticker. Most startups have ‘em and stick them, for better or for worse, on everything. At various points of SXSW, I was unpleasantly surprised to find a sticker of some startup tangled up in my hair. But to slap your company’s sticker onto...
The Great Startup Prank War of Boulder, Colorado

Etacts Builds What I Want

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I love it when I write about something I need and some developer out there builds it. It happens all the time and it never ceases to amaze me. This week it happened as a result of my email bankruptcy post. I wrote this in that post:I have a list...
Etacts Builds What I Want

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
500 Startups Raises $10M '500 Durians' Micro Fund, Hires Khailee Ng As Venture Partner To Invest In SE Asia

Video Of The Week: Crowd Lending at LebWeb

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It's not often that there is a panel discussion where all the entrepreneurs on the panel are USV portfolio companies. That happened last week at LeWeb. The discussion was crowd lending and the portfolio companies on the panel were Lending Club, Funding Circle, and Auxmoney. If you want to understand...
Video Of The Week: Crowd Lending at LebWeb
Meet Facebook's former fix-it man

Why VCs Are Getting Into PR

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More than ever before, venture capitalists are digging in. To stay competitive and top-of-mind, VC’s are no longer loaning their advice and their capital, but actual “core” services that portfolio companies need. This shift isn’t necessarily new. For example, top VC firms like Kleiner Perkins and Greylock play a hands-on...
Why VCs Are Getting Into PR

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]

Recruiting developers: Perspectives from the startup front lines

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Photo: Brenda Gottsabend Recruiting developers to a startup is hard. The market is tight. That’s compounded by the fact that it takes a special type of developer to work at a startup — someone who is comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity, and digs the culture. I spend a lot of...
Recruiting developers: Perspectives from the startup front lines

Report: Advanced Equities to close up shop

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Advanced Equities, the Chicago investment group that has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for cleantech startups in recent years, is shutting down its broker-dealer operations, reports Fortune’s Dan Primack. Advanced Equities recently agreed to settle charges from the SEC that it misled investors while raising funds for an alternative...
Report: Advanced Equities to close up shop
Entrepreneurs and investors meet in New York to organize for profit and for revolution
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