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Video Of The Week: Joel Spolsky at Startup School

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The startup school talks are great. I've watched a bunch of them.  Joel Spolsky is the founder and CEO of our portfolio company Stack Exchange. His talk is a great discussion of the difference between the "get big fast" strategy vs the "organic growth" strategy. Here is his talk (sorry I...
Video Of The Week: Joel Spolsky at Startup School

Attack of the acqui-hires

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Why tech companies buy the cow, even though they can get the milk for free. FORTUNE -- I'm a sucker for VC exits. Even when I don't know the purchase and sale prices, there is something instinctively positive about a portfolio company being acquired by Google or Facebook or LinkedIn....
Attack of the acqui-hires

Chill's Ultimate Steve Jobs Collection

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Chill's Ultimate Steve Jobs Collection : An awesome collection of pretty much every Steve Jobs video you can find on the web. This was put together by Chill (a CrunchFund portfolio company)....
Chill's Ultimate Steve Jobs Collection

Rethinking Mobile First

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I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well...
Rethinking Mobile First

LA cleantech shows promise as incubator's first company, 350Green, completes $5.2M exit

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The city of Los Angeles is pushing hard to emerge as a leader in the clean tech space, and it just got a bit of validation after Car Charging Group completed its acquisition of 350Green, LA Cleantech Incubator’s first portfolio company, on Thursday. After 350Green began building electric vehicle charging...
LA cleantech shows promise as incubator's first company, 350Green, completes $5.2M exit

Rackspace CMO to vendors: 'Be smarter than me!'

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Debbie Landa is the CEO of Dealmaker Media/Under the Radar. This is part three of a five-part series sponsored by Under the Radar aimed at helping innovative startups attract the attention of C-level executives. Meet Suaad and hear how he manages technology at Under the Radar 2013, May 22-23, in...
Rackspace CMO to vendors: 'Be smarter than me!'

What Is The Net Native Model?

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My partner Brad is fond of reminding us at USV that taking the offline model for something and porting it to the web is not often the best way to build a business online. John Markoff's piece in the New York Times on online education got me thinking about that...
What Is The Net Native Model?

Feature Friday: Pick A Song

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Our portfolio company Turntable launched their second product yesterday, called Piki. I saw this comment about Piki in a blog post and posted it to my Tumblr: If you imagine Twitter not for tweets but for songs, you'll arrive at something like Piki. In Piki parlance, a tweet is a...
Feature Friday: Pick A Song

Ignition-backed Cloudera scores whopping $65M round

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It’s been a good week for Ignition Partners, the Bellevue venture capital firm. On Wednesday, Citrix Systems announced its intentions to acquire Ignition portfolio company Zenprise in a deal that Fortune pegged at $355 million. Now, Cloudera, a four-year-old Hadoop based software startup led by ex-engineers from Facebook, Google and...
Ignition-backed Cloudera scores whopping $65M round

After Fortune Criticized Kleiner's Ray Lane, He Cancels A Speaking Event (HPQ)

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Kleiner Perkins partner Ray Lane is the chairman of Hewlett-Packard, which is going through a rough time. Perhaps as a result, Lane has kept an exceedingly low profile this year. So it was notable when the Commonwealth Club, a San Francisco-based public-affairs forum, announced that Lane would speak in late...
After Fortune Criticized Kleiner's Ray Lane, He Cancels A Speaking Event (HPQ)

Should Your Startup Go Freemium?

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Editor’s note: Jules Maltz is a general partner at IVP and focuses on later-stage venture investments in rapidly-growing Internet and software companies. Follow him on Twitter. Daniel Barney is a senior associate at IVP and focuses on later-stage venture investments in digital media and information technology.  Follow him on Twitter. Over the last several...
Should Your Startup Go Freemium?

Rackspace launches new OpenStack-based cloud portfolio

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Company unveils array of new services, including a MySQL offering optimized for the cloud...
Rackspace launches new OpenStack-based cloud portfolio
Sequoia Capital hires Admob founder to ramp up investments in mobile

Understanding Kickstarter

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It was a big week for our portfolio company Kickstarter. In the span of 24 hours, not one but two projects passed $1mm in funding. Co-founder Yancey Strickler wrote a great blog post laying out the timeline of those 24 hours. Even with all the press about Kickstarter in the...
Understanding Kickstarter

Two years after acquisition, CityDeal co-founders leave Groupon

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A little over two years after Germany’s CityDeal was acquired by social buying site Groupon in a push into Europe, its co-founders Daniel P. Glasner and Philipp Magin are leaving the company, reports Deutsche Startups (in German). If you’re interested, this is probably why they’re leaving now. The news comes...
Two years after acquisition, CityDeal co-founders leave Groupon

Take A Look Behind The Desks Of 23 Successful Tech People

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The world's most successful people don't mess around when it comes to their working space. A desk has to be a place where you can be productive, healthy, and comfortable for many hours, day in day out. Craigslist founder Craig Newmark prefers a sparse desk, while Michael Moritz, Chairman at Sequoia...
Take A Look Behind The Desks Of 23 Successful Tech People

Highlight Post-SXSW

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Highlight Post-SXSW: Some good thoughts on Highlight (a CrunchFund portfolio company) by my good friend Brenden Mulligan. I wrote up my thoughts leading up to SXSW, Brenden’s thoughts are obviously post-SXSW. I’m with him that SXSW was far from an ideal place for the app to fully break out for a...
Highlight Post-SXSW

Alliance of Angels takes flight, spins off from Technology Alliance

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The Alliance of Angels — a 15-year-old Seattle angel investment organization that boasts more than 60 members — is spinning off from its longtime non-profit parent organization, the Technology Alliance. In a press release today, Alliance of Angels Chairman Dan Rosen said that the move marked the “next logical step”...
Alliance of Angels takes flight, spins off from Technology Alliance

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
Mary Meeker Gives Surprise Mid-Year Internet Trends Report: Android Adoption Ramping Up 6X Faster Than iPhone

SILICON VALLEY SEX SCANDAL: Meet The People Behind The Saga

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Today, everyone in Silicon Valley is once again going to be talking about Ellen Pao, the partner who dropped bombshell sexual discrimination allegations against her employer, famed venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Today is the deadline for Kleiner's lawyers to respond to Pao's lawsuit. This case is...
SILICON VALLEY SEX SCANDAL: Meet The People Behind The Saga
Puppet Labs raises strategic $30 million from new partner VMware

Duck Duck Go Passed 1mm Searches Per Day

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I'm a bit late with this news about our portfolio company Duck Duck Go but I am super excited about it so I'm posting it anyway. I'll let a tweet tell the story:   We received over 1,000,000 direct searches yesterday for the first time ever!duckduckgo.com/traffic.html — duckduckgo (@duckduckgo) February...
Duck Duck Go Passed 1mm Searches Per Day

Juniper Networks Invests In Video Conferencing Startup Vidyo, Bringing Total Funding To $97M

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Video conferencing startup Vidyo announced Tuesday that it has received a strategic investment from Juniper Networks as part of the network equipment vendor’s Junos Innovation Fund. The funding comes alongside existing Vidyo investors such as QuestMark Partners, Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Star Ventures, and Four Rivers Group. Vidyo makes video...
Juniper Networks Invests In Video Conferencing Startup Vidyo, Bringing Total Funding To $97M

Last Night's Real Winner Was Now This News, Which Narrated the Election on Twitter Using ASCII Art

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Now This News, the recently launched video news site created by ex-HuffPo founders Eric Hippeau and Ken Lerer, carved out a unique space for itself amid the overwhelming din of last night’s election. As the tweets poured by at an impossible rate, Now This News–formerly Planet Daily–stuck out with a...
Last Night's Real Winner Was Now This News, Which Narrated the Election on Twitter Using ASCII Art

Kevin Systrom's fundraising advice for entrepreneurs

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His advice is just find a board member you like to work with. At PandoMonthly in San Francisco this evening, he stressed the importance of board members checking in on you. “One of the hardest thing of being integrated into Facebook is not having a board. And so we’re trying to...
Kevin Systrom's fundraising advice for entrepreneurs

The Vanity of the "Acqhire": Why Do a Deal That Makes No Sense?

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“Acqhires” — where larger tech companies make deals to absorb young companies for their talent rather than their product – are a bizarre and unique part of the Silicon Valley economy. When it really comes down to it, they are about ego and saving face, according to what may be the...
The Vanity of the "Acqhire": Why Do a Deal That Makes No Sense?

MBA Mondays: Sales Leads On A Small Budget

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So today on MBA Mondays we are going to talk about something useful - Generating sales leads on a small budget. Every startup that wants to sell something runs into this challenge. I asked Russell Sachs, who runs sales for our portfolio company WorkMarket to tell us how they do...
MBA Mondays: Sales Leads On A Small Budget

Lerer Ventures Is Raising $30 M. for Its Third Seed-Stage VC Fund in Two Years

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Jordan Cooper, left, and Ben Lerer (Photo: via The Pitch) Roughly a year-and-a-half after closing its second $25 million seed stage fund, Lerer Ventures is in the processing of raising money for a third. An SEC filing, first noted by TechCrunch, says the size of the round is $30 million. Although the...
Lerer Ventures Is Raising $30 M. for Its Third Seed-Stage VC Fund in Two Years

Silicon Valley's In Crowd Just Lost BetterWorks, A $10 Million Startup

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BetterWorks, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup with a who's-who of Silicon Valley behind it, just announced it's shutting down at the end of the month. The company had raised $10 million from Redpoint Ventures, where Satish Dharmaraj, the former CEO of Zimbra, led the deal. Angel investors included startup whisperer...
Silicon Valley's In Crowd Just Lost BetterWorks, A $10 Million Startup
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