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Startup Genome helps investors use big data to make better bets

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Whether you believe that evaluating startups is a matter of art or science, it’s hard to argue that more data doesn’t make the job much easier. But, for the most part, comprehensive data on early stage tech companies is hard to come by. Over the past few months, the Startup...
Startup Genome helps investors use big data to make better bets

65 percent of Buzzfeed's traffic now comes from mobile devices

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Buzzfeed now sees 65 percent of its traffic coming from mobile devices, according to Kenneth Lerer, chairman of Buzzfeed and Betaworks. “Everything is going to the phone,” Lerer said at GigaOM’s paidContent Live 2013 conference in New York Wednesday. Leerer co-founded the Huffington Post and now serves as managing director...
65 percent of Buzzfeed's traffic now comes from mobile devices

Dear Czech and Polish entrepreneurs - ditch Silicon Valley, come to Berlin

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Many German digital and media companies, corporations, and startups alike, see our eastern neighbors more as a source for employees (“they have so much technical talent!”) than as hotbeds of innovation in their own right. So I was intrigued when the training program I founded, Berlin Startup Academy, was...
Dear Czech and Polish entrepreneurs - ditch Silicon Valley, come to Berlin

The 8 Best Tips You'll Ever Get On How To Launch (And Grow) A Startup

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Philippe Courtot is a well-known name in the security industry and for good reason. He has, over and over again, turned startups into multimillion-dollar companies and cashed out big. For the past 10 years, he's been the CEO of Qualys, a cloud service that makes sure enterprise IT systems...
The 8 Best Tips You'll Ever Get On How To Launch (And Grow) A Startup
Funding daily: a Russian travel site, safer electric car charging stations, and mobile app building

Video: Global startup competition for seed money is a big draw

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A competition for seed money brought 28 startups from around the world to San Francisco in hopes of snagging the interest of an investor judge. At stake for participants in the AngelHack contest: a pair of $25,000 checks to the two most promising pitches. In this video report, we...
Video: Global startup competition for seed money is a big draw
Junar gets $1.2M to make open data more useful
Teen developer funds startup by auctioning 10% of her future income
As the US sees light at the end of its economic tunnel, is the Valley entering one?

Startup Advice From A Guy Who Sold His First Company When He Was 18

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Scott Magids is 33, the co-founder of an interesting startup called Motista and, by some accounts, is living a charmed life. He's been a self-made millionaire since he was 18. That's when he sold his first startup, a medical systems computer company. He founded it at the tender age...
Startup Advice From A Guy Who Sold His First Company When He Was 18

VC bigshots team up to form Google `Glass Collective'

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Investment syndicate brings together Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures to offer seed money for Google Glass startups. [Read more]...
VC bigshots team up to form Google `Glass Collective'

Top Startup Advisor Paul Graham Just Warned Against Taking Google's Money

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Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, the influential advisor to dozens of startups like Dropbox and Airbnb, sent his entrepreneurs an email Wednesday afternoon against taking "lowball offers"--in particular, he said, from Google Ventures. Graham's startups go through a months-long process of coaching to help them build products and raise money. Notes like...
Top Startup Advisor Paul Graham Just Warned Against Taking Google's Money

[Video] ISS Astronauts Climb Aboard the SpaceX Dragon Capsule

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This morning, the crew of the International Space Station opened the hatch of the SpaceX Dragon capsule and went inside. The Dragon docked with the ISS yesterday, becoming the first private spacecraft to rendezvous with the station. NASA astronaut Donald Pettit was the first aboard, remarking that it "smells like...
[Video] ISS Astronauts Climb Aboard the SpaceX Dragon Capsule

Why Los Angeles could become the next technology epicenter

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Los Angeles is one of the world’s largest and most glamorous cities — it dominates the entertainment industry, produces tremendous wealth and stands as symbol of American promise and success. That’s what made the city’s longtime status as a second or third tier technology hub perplexing. The emerging tech scene...
Why Los Angeles could become the next technology epicenter

Amazon, iCloud, LinkedIn: Your Most Beloved Businesses Are Backed By Bain

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Here's what you probably know about Bain Capital, the private equity company cofounded by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 1984: It buys up shares of companies like KB Toys and Dunkin' Donuts, offering sweet bonuses to board members and loading the company up with debt in order to finance...
Amazon, iCloud, LinkedIn: Your Most Beloved Businesses Are Backed By Bain

Smartwatch Becomes 'Crowdfunding' Test Case

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Pebble Technology, the maker of a smartwatch that connects to smartphones, has become a poster child for raising seed money on the Web via "crowdfunding." Now, the clock is ticking for it to deliver on its promise to investors....
Smartwatch Becomes 'Crowdfunding' Test Case

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
Mixpanel serves up unique mobile analytics, nabs $10M investment

Crowdfunding Sites Are Springing Up Like Dandelions

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On Thursday, President Obama is scheduled to sign the JOBS Act which makes it easier to raise funds online. (Although not as easy as the original bill would've made it.) Every day we hear from yet another crowdfunding site crowing about the situation. Most of them were alive and...
Crowdfunding Sites Are Springing Up Like Dandelions

Reachli (formerly Pinerly) raises seed money for in-image ads

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Marketers have been anticipating the release of Pinterest’s API for almost a year. In the interim, a myriad of SaaS tools have sprung up, some in the form of new startups like Pinerly, and others under the umbrella of the now-acquired social SaaS tools from Wildfire, Buddy Media and Vitrue....
Reachli (formerly Pinerly) raises seed money for in-image ads
Can CheckThis carve out a publishing niche between Twitter and traditional blogging?

Tech Analytics Startup Synapsify Nabs $600K Seed Round Led By ICG Ventures

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Tech analytics startup Synapsify announced a whopping $600,000 in seed money today from a cluster of investors that includes ICG Ventures, Fortify Ventures, and Middleland Capital. It’s just another part of the ongoing narrative that’s seen the value of data analysis rise over the past several months. After all, last...
Tech Analytics Startup Synapsify Nabs $600K Seed Round Led By ICG Ventures

MISSING OUT ON BILLIONS: These 10 People Made Some Of The Saddest Choices In Tech History

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Wouldn't it be great to have a crystal ball? Some way to see into the future and learn if you just made a genius decision or a regrettable mistake? The folks on this list sure could have used that. The tech industry is littered with stories of people making choices...
MISSING OUT ON BILLIONS: These 10 People Made Some Of The Saddest Choices In Tech History
Funding Daily: a big dose of the warm and fuzzies

A Silicon Valley Vet Explains How To Properly Execute A Handshake Deal

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In Silicon Valley, getting things done quickly is crucial. In the time it takes to get contracts drafted and papers signed, your funding could fall through along with your investment. So most deals in the high-tech hub start out with a low-tech handshake. This is meant to satisfy all parties...
A Silicon Valley Vet Explains How To Properly Execute A Handshake Deal

From Startup To Incubator: Games Publisher HitFox Launches HitFox Game Ventures

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Hitfox, the Berlin and San Francisco-based games publisher founded by serial entrepreneurs Jan Beckers, Tim Koschella, Ruben Haas, Hanno Fichtner, along with Team Europe, is venturing into the incubator space with the launch of HitFox Game Ventures. The new enterprise will stick to a tight vertical brief of investing in and...
From Startup To Incubator: Games Publisher HitFox Launches HitFox Game Ventures

Automate Away Your Roommate Troubles With SpaceSplitter

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Mr. Caucci. (LinkedIn.com) As former undergraduate residential advisors, Rob Caucci and Jeremy Pease have mediated many a dispute. The common theme? All too often, it was money: One roommate just wasn't chipping in for the weekly post-rager cleaning supplies. After experimenting with two other ideas, they've finally pivoted into a...
Automate Away Your Roommate Troubles With SpaceSplitter

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?
With $8M From Founders Fund, Goldman Sachs; Urban Compass Wants To Build A Hyper-Local, Human-Powered Database

Wedgies raises seed money from VegasTechFund

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Not many business journalists get to ask such serious interview questions as, “What else should I know about Wedgies?” which is why I love covering startups. Wedgies (teehee) is the name of a real startup that’s serious enough to have gathered a round of seed funding. The company has raised...
Wedgies raises seed money from VegasTechFund
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