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Picnik CEO to Startups: The M&As Are Out There

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The big news from earlier this week was the announcement that Google would be acquiring online photo editing service Picnik for an undisclosed amount. This marks Google's third acquisition of 2010 after buying Aardvark and reMail in February suggesting that the company could be going on an extended shopping spree...
Picnik CEO to Startups: The M&As Are Out There

European startups need to be valued higher - in more ways than one

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Kevin Cornils, CEO of UK-based, venture-backed European eyewear retailer Glasses Direct. Why should a startup Silicon Valley business be valued at up to five times higher in the US, than its Silicon Roundabout equivalent in the UK? As a Californian-born entrepreneur, who has chosen...
European startups need to be valued higher - in more ways than one

Evernote raises another $85M as it seeks to get short-termers out well before an IPO

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If Phil Libin ever writes a book on building Evernote it’ll be called “Good Problems to Have.” That’s one of the most annoying phrases you can hear as an entrepreneur. Just because they are good problems, doesn’t make them any less serious of problems, he argues. One of Evernote’s good...
Evernote raises another $85M as it seeks to get short-termers out well before an IPO

Will Farmville Really Leave Facebook?

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Farmville publisher Zynga could be about to gamble its entire future on the devotion of its users. It appears something of a bust-up is brewing between Facebook and Zynga; one which could see the company leave Facebook for good. The story, as first reported by TechCrunch, goes that Zynga is...
Will Farmville Really Leave Facebook?
Andreessen predicts the death of traditional retail. Yes: Absolute death

Some Perspective

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I don't disagree with PG when he says that Facebook's IPO performance (or lack thereof) has the potential to impact valuations in startup land. I think it will be particularly impactful on the late stage and secondary markets where most of the IPO valuation speculation is happening. But let's put...
Some Perspective

Investors Steering Dollars Away From Social Games Ever Since Zynga's IPO

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Zynga’s public offering 10 months ago marks the peak for social gaming investments, with venture capital moving sharply away from the sector ever since. “Our prediction that the Zynga IPO might have been the high water mark for Social Games 1.0 investment has been validated, with the VC market moving...
Investors Steering Dollars Away From Social Games Ever Since Zynga's IPO
Who's Got Big Brands? Tech's Got The Biggest Brands Of Them All

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

Paul Graham: 37 Y Combinator Companies Have Valuations Of Or Sold For At Least $40M

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Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham just Tweeted an interesting data point about the valuations of YC startups. As of now, Graham says that 37 Y Combinator companies, out of 511 startups, have valuations of or sold for at least $40 million. My first thought when reading Graham’s Tweet was which...
Paul Graham: 37 Y Combinator Companies Have Valuations Of Or Sold For At Least $40M

First Round gets a new partner, jumps into enterprise and hardware

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Bill Trenchard is joining First Round Capital– the firm’s first new partner it’s hired in over six years, says Josh Kopelman of First Round. Kopelman says the firm wasn’t ostensibly planning on hiring a new partner, but Trenchard had been on a stealthy list of people First Round wanted should...
First Round gets a new partner, jumps into enterprise and hardware

Madrona’s Matt McIlwain: Silicon Valley has a bad case of indigestion and may be ready for a correction

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Madrona Venture Group's Matt McIlwain speaking at the University of Washington. Photo via UW CSE On Tuesday, we caught up with Madrona’s Matt McIlwain to talk about his firm’s new $300 million venture fund and why he’s so bullish about the Pacific Northwest startup community. Today, we’re back with the...
Madrona’s Matt McIlwain: Silicon Valley has a bad case of indigestion and may be ready for a correction

Cloudflare Offers Independent Developers Access To Its 400k-Strong Network (And Everyone Else A $1bn Feature)

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At last night’s PandoMonthly event, I ran into Cloudflare‘s Matthew Prince and asked him about the rumors that the company is raising money at a near $1bn valuation. Prince laughed and insisted that, right now, the rumors are just that: rumors. After all, they still have plenty of money in...
Cloudflare Offers Independent Developers Access To Its 400k-Strong Network (And Everyone Else A $1bn Feature)

Venture Financing Forecast for 2013: Partly Cloudy With Lower Chance of Success

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Concerns that Series A rounds will be hard to come by in 2013 are widespread in the venture business, according to a survey being released today. Forty-five percent of venture capitalists think this will be the most difficult financing to obtain, according to a survey of venture capitalists and startup...
Venture Financing Forecast for 2013: Partly Cloudy With Lower Chance of Success
How social video apps leverage Facebook Open Graph to rapidly gain new users

Larry Ellison Tells It Like It Is: The Full D10 Interview (Video)

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Perhaps more than any other tech figure in Silicon Valley now, Larry Ellison — now also proud owner of Hawaii’s Lanai — is, for lack of a better word, the man. It’s a bit about endurance (he’s been at it since 1978, when he founded Oracle), a bit about...
Larry Ellison Tells It Like It Is: The Full D10 Interview (Video)

"In The Studio," Felicis' Aydin Senkut Shares His Thesis On Frontier Markets

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Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is a contributor to TechCrunch. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. “In the Studio” opens the spring of 2013 by welcoming one of the best-known “super angels,” who arrived to Valley, by way of Boston, Philadelphia, and Istanbul, in the mid-1990s, held early...
"In The Studio," Felicis' Aydin Senkut Shares His Thesis On Frontier Markets

To Angel or LP: Investing Guide for New Tech Millionaires

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Facebook's S-1 caps an amazing last few quarters of tech wealth creation with LinkedIn, Zynga, Groupon and Pandora going public and small/medium acquisitions continuing to occur at a healthy pace. Many of these new millionaire employees will likely become angel investor hobbyists, using their wealth to kickstart the next generation...
To Angel or LP: Investing Guide for New Tech Millionaires

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

How Much Revenue Does It Take To Be A $1B Public Company?

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Editor’s note: Patrick Moran is an executive at New Relic, a SaaS web app performance company with over 21,000 active customers. Follow him on Twitter @patrickmoran. With all the chatter about Billion dollar valuations — like Instagram, Evernote, Splunk —  combined with recent S1 filings and IPOs, the topic of tech...
How Much Revenue Does It Take To Be A $1B Public Company?

[SURVEY] Professional Investors Will Stay on Sidelines for Facebook's IPO

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Shares of Facebook will reportedly begin trading in May, and professional investors expect the stock's price to rise 12% in the first quarter, according to a survey by Maven. Despite that upbeat assessment, just 12% of professional investors surveyed by Maven said they planned to invest in Facebook, with 44%...
[SURVEY] Professional Investors Will Stay on Sidelines for Facebook's IPO
Andreessen: There Is No Tech Bubble (And The Smartphone Is Still Under-hyped)

Facebook Stock Crash Destroys The Market For Pre-IPO Stock (FB, ZNGA)

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During the three or so years leading up to the Facebook IPO, some thing important happened to the startup and financial industries.  As late stage startups like Facebook and Twitter delayed their IPOs, early employees and investors seeking to cash out found a new way to get it: by...
Facebook Stock Crash Destroys The Market For Pre-IPO Stock (FB, ZNGA)

Startup valuations remained red hot in 2012, but are things cooling?

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Even though venture capital investing fell last year on a national basis, it still remained a good time to raise cash when considering startup valuations. At least that’s the latest from a report by law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which analyzed valuations of deals in which it played a...
Startup valuations remained red hot in 2012, but are things cooling?

AOL dumps $850M Bebo acquisition - Why big M&A rarely works

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AOL acquired Bebo for $850M two years ago. Today AOL said they will sell it or shut it down. What went wrong? Like many M&A deals, the Bebo deal factored in synergies and strategic leverage that never materialized. The AOL / Time Warner merger was the biggest bust in history...
AOL dumps $850M Bebo acquisition - Why big M&A rarely works

Spotify's Special Projects Head Shakil Khan Moves to Path to Do Same

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Shakil Khan, the well-known head of special projects for the popular Spotify music service, is taking a job with the same title at Path, the fast-growing personal social networking start-up. Khan will be focusing on growth and international issues, based out of London, but with global duties. Path’s HQ...
Spotify's Special Projects Head Shakil Khan Moves to Path to Do Same
Pinterest Is Now A $2.5 Billion Company

Pinterest reportedly in talks to raise new round of funding with a $2.5b valuation

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The popular online bookmarking and scrapbooking service Pinterest is reportedly in talks with investors to raise a new round of funding. According to The Wall Street Journal, sources have told it that the potential round has the company valued at between $2 billion and $2.5 billion. Pinterest has raised $138...
Pinterest reportedly in talks to raise new round of funding with a $2.5b valuation
TCTV: In the Studio, Stipple’s Rey Flemings Wants to Turn Pictures into Dollars
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