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Happier Launches To Help You Share Your Daily Happy Moments

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iOS app Happier is launching today with the ambitions of, well, making you a happier person. The app is inspired by research that shows that focusing on the positive and sharing good things that happen to you with the people you care about makes you happier. Happier is debuting its...
Happier Launches To Help You Share Your Daily Happy Moments

Dave McClure Says Most VCs Are 'Stupid, Insufferable, Arrogant' And Terrible At Making Money

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Dave McClure, an angel investor who competes with VCs to fund startups, went on a rant about VCs at a Vancouver conference. Among the things said: Wearing a suit around tech talent is stupid. "They are scared sh*tless of people in sales in suits," McClure said. On the whole, VCs...
Dave McClure Says Most VCs Are 'Stupid, Insufferable, Arrogant' And Terrible At Making Money
Lessons from Segway: Why John Doerr no longer makes $1 billion predictions

Major VC Declares That Bitcoin Represents The 3rd Great Era Of Currency

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Chris Dixon is a well-known VC who recently joined Andreesen Horowitz. A recent post on his Tumblr shows the extent to which the Bitcoin phenomenon is capturing the minds of the technorati. We'll avoid for now a big discussion of the actual question, of whether digital currency does represent a...
Major VC Declares That Bitcoin Represents The 3rd Great Era Of Currency

VC Ben Horowitz: 'Every breakthrough idea looks like a stupid idea'

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Starting a company, he said, requires intense courage, determination and the willingness to come across as crazy. [Read more]...
VC Ben Horowitz: 'Every breakthrough idea looks like a stupid idea'

Facebook frenzy: What does the IPO mean for tech M&A?

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Brokers at Morgan Stanley and the other underwriters of the Facebook IPO didn’t realize how many Facebook friends they had until they were allocated shares for individual accounts. Everyone wants a piece of the action. High demand and low supply will guarantee a succesful IPO, but what are the implications...
Facebook frenzy: What does the IPO mean for tech M&A?

8 Things to Think About Before You Make Your Next Product Pitch

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St. Louis became the 22nd city to have a branch of the Founders Institute today. The operation helps entrepreneurs in a very structured four-month paid mentoring program. It involves intensive coaching and has resulted in more than 700 startups, with over 40% of them receiving funding. We have written about...
8 Things to Think About Before You Make Your Next Product Pitch

Peter Thiel On His 'Super-Futuristic' Investments And The Chess Strategy Founders Should Know [TCTV]

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Peter Thiel, the tech industry magnate known among other things for co-founding PayPal and investing very early in Facebook, took home the VC of the Year award at the 6th annual Crunchies this week for his individual investments and his work with Founders Fund, the San Francisco venture capital...
Peter Thiel On His 'Super-Futuristic' Investments And The Chess Strategy Founders Should Know [TCTV]

Anatomy Of An Undisclosed Investment Or Exit

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Spend time with a VC and they’ll inevitably tell you about a startup they’ve invested in that has a “great story.” In fact, this line is repeated so often I’ve occasionally posited that VCs invest in and sell stories not companies. Likewise, read any number of articles offering entrepreneurs free...
Anatomy Of An Undisclosed Investment Or Exit

Fred Wilson 'Lost' The First Investment He Was Going To Lead In Over A Year

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At the end of last year, Fred Wilson, the leading voice of New York venture capital firm Union Square Ventures, wrote that he hadn't led a single investment since the summer of 2011. He's wasn't happy about it, but he said, "I have been working on a new investment and...
Fred Wilson 'Lost' The First Investment He Was Going To Lead In Over A Year

Fashion For Home Scores New Funding As Samwer Brothers’ Rocket Internet Exit

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Fashion For Home, the online designer furniture store, has scored a new funding round led by the Munich-based VC Acton Capital Partners, while Holtzbrinck Ventures has also participated. And with it we have an exit of sorts. That’s because, as part of the round, the Samwer Brothers’ incubator, Rocket Internet, has...
Fashion For Home Scores New Funding As Samwer Brothers’ Rocket Internet Exit

HP Loses An Important Big Data Exec As Chris Lynch Leaves (HPQ)

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Chris Lynch has left HP, Silicon Angle reports. Lynch came on board a year ago when HP acquired Vertica for a reported $350+ million. It's not terribly surprising that he left when his one-year golden handcuffs were unlocked. But its still a big loss for HP. Lynch was the...
HP Loses An Important Big Data Exec As Chris Lynch Leaves (HPQ)

Why Brick-And-Mortar Still Beats E-Commerce, An Analysis

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Editor’s note: Mike Ghaffary is the vice president of business development at Yelp. He also co-founded Stitcher and BarMax, the $1,000 iPhone app, and is a former VC. Follow him on Twitter at @newmike. Marc Andreessen and Reid Hoffman recently debated whether software would eat traditional retail, leaving no brick-and-mortar presence behind. Both articles noted that e-commerce...
Why Brick-And-Mortar Still Beats E-Commerce, An Analysis
These Are The Apps On Top New York VC Fred Wilson's Home Screen
Predictors Of The Fundraising Market

Earlybird’s $100m will fund Berlin’s ‘antisocial’ movement

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A common complaint in Berlin that the scene has plenty of hype but not enough in the way of local investment. Well, here comes something big. Earlybird, the VC that moved all its operations to the city last year in response to the frenzy of activity there, has just announced...
Earlybird’s $100m will fund Berlin’s ‘antisocial’ movement

Majorca's Playspace takes Miami money to build social games

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In the long tail of social casual game publishers behind Zynga and Playfish, another is taking on investment to try carving out its own piece of the segment. Majorca-based Playspace is taking on €1.5 million ($1.9 million), led by PeopleFund, the Florida VC house formed in 2006 by HealthCare.com founder Matias...
Majorca's Playspace takes Miami money to build social games

More MegaUpload Fallout As BitTorrent Search Engine BTjunkie Calls It Quits

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BTjunkie, a popular BitTorrent search service, has been ‘voluntarily’ shut down by its operator(s). In a goodbye message, BTjunkie writes: This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right...
More MegaUpload Fallout As BitTorrent Search Engine BTjunkie Calls It Quits

Benchmark's Gurley: Uber is our fastest-growing company ever

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Bill Gurley, one of the general partners at the VC, noted Uber is rising even quicker than eBay, a earlier investment by the firm. [Read more]...
Benchmark's Gurley: Uber is our fastest-growing company ever

Fred Wilson Flips Out Over Yahoo's Attack On Facebook: 'I Hate Them' (YHOO)

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Influential New York venture capitalist Fred Wilson is furious with Yahoo over its decision to sue Facebook. He writes at his blog, A VC, the patents Yahoo is using are "a crock of shit." He adds, "None of them represent unique and new ideas at the time of the...
Fred Wilson Flips Out Over Yahoo's Attack On Facebook: 'I Hate Them' (YHOO)

Greg McAdoo Exits Sequoia Capital

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Longtime Sequoia Capital venture capitalist Greg McAdoo will be leaving the Silicon Valley firm. The VC has made a number of significant investments as a VC over the years, including in Airbnb, DailyBooth and Y Combinator. Said Sequoia’s Doug Leone: “We’re grateful for Greg’s many contributions to Sequoia over the...
Greg McAdoo Exits Sequoia Capital

The Valley’s Vicious Cycle: Raise, Get Acquired, Repeat

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Mr. Basch (Photo: LinkedIn) If anyone is familiar with the Valley’s success method du jour, it’s Diego Basch. Mr. Basch founded IndexTank, a hosted search tool that was acquired by LinkedIn in 2009. Today, he hit the front page of Hacker News with a post about how to exploit Silicon...
The Valley’s Vicious Cycle: Raise, Get Acquired, Repeat

Ask A VC: Google Ventures' Karim Faris On Why Enterprise Security Is Red Hot And More

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Google Ventures’ general partner Karim Faris, joined us in the studio this week for Ask A VC, where we put VCs in the hot seat. Faris, who focuses on the enterprise and e-commerce investments for the firm, talked specifically about the opportunity in the enterprise security space, and why...
Ask A VC: Google Ventures' Karim Faris On Why Enterprise Security Is Red Hot And More

VC Fred Wilson: These Are The Worst Things You Could Do In A Pitch

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Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, prominent Silicon Alley investor Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures spoke about the worst things people do when pitching a VC. "Going through a really long backstory is a bad idea," Wilson said on stage to TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.  Wilson and other VCs don't want...
VC Fred Wilson: These Are The Worst Things You Could Do In A Pitch

Ellen Pao: I’m Not Quitting Kleiner Perkins

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Ms. Pao (kpcb.com) Ellen Pao has broken her silence to issue a short statement regarding her position at Kleiner Perkins, the firm she is suing for gender discrimination–on Quora, of all places. (Quora: a publicist’s nightmare?) On a question asking if she had left the firm following her lawsuit, Ms....
Ellen Pao: I’m Not Quitting Kleiner Perkins

Rachel Sterne, our third Sources Go Direct panelist

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We've already announced the first two Sources Go Direct panelsts, Nick Denton and Fred Wilson. Nick is our contrarian -- I'm expecting him to say that while distribution is now electronic, news flows much as it did when distribution was on paper. Or something like that. ";->" Nick is also...
Rachel Sterne, our third Sources Go Direct panelist

Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With Accel Partners' Rich Wong

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This week on techCrunch TV’s Ask A VC show, we have Accel Partners’ Rich Wong in the studio. As you may remember, you can submit questions for our guests either in the comments or here and we’ll ask them during the show. Wong focused on software, mobile and internet services...
Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With Accel Partners' Rich Wong
Booting Up: The FTC Isn't Telling Us Its Decision Google Antitrust Just Yet

Raspbmc 1.0 brings stable media center duties to your Raspberry Pi

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After a year of effort the Raspbmc team announced it has reached the 1.0 milestone. This means the team is confident they've achieved a stable port of XBMC specifically designed to run on the Raspberry Pi and the image is ready to downloaded for free and copied to your...
Raspbmc 1.0 brings stable media center duties to your Raspberry Pi
The Kevin Rose reboot: Our first look at Google's newest VC
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