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Social Travel Service Gogobot Passes 1 Million Registered Users

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We’ve been covering Gogobot since it first launched in early 2010. It took the social travel discovery and advice site a little while to find its niche, but since about the middle of 2011, it’s been adding new members rapidly. Today, Gogobot is announcing that it has now surpassed the...
Social Travel Service Gogobot Passes 1 Million Registered Users
How a Mormon VC ended up betting everything on Mexico
Silicon Valley VCs predict 2013 trends: Space, robots, self-driving cars

Andreessen Horowitz to give half their earnings to charity

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A different type of return on investment Venture capital firm makes a bold philanthropic pledge. FORTUNE -- The general partners of Andreessen Horowitz have pledged to donate at least half of their future venture capital earnings to philanthropic causes. And, to begin, they have sprinkled $1 million on Silicon Valley...
Andreessen Horowitz to give half their earnings to charity

‘Do-or-die’ time for VCs as funding levels drop by 35%

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A number of venture capital firms — including Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group and Voyager Capital — are looking to take advantage of the positive momentum in the economy to raise new funds. Even so, the first quarter numbers out today from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association indicate...
‘Do-or-die’ time for VCs as funding levels drop by 35%

Making Seed-Stage Investing Easier

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A rising class of professional “angel” investors–who typically put sums of less than $1 million to work in a start-up company–is changing the venture-capital landscape. Now these angels and their smaller investments, dubbed “seed” stage investments, have their own set of legal documents to go with them. Ted Wang, an...
Making Seed-Stage Investing Easier
The DeanBeat: Why Nintendo should have bought Ouya and other might-have-beens

Senior Twitter and Juniper Executives Join VC Firm Sutter Hill As Managing Directors

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Sutter Hill Ventures has added two new directors from Twitter and Juniper Networks — a move that speaks to the next big focus in investment — enterprise IT and its integration with consumer technologies. Stefan Dyckerhoff joins Sutter from Juniper Network Systems where he worked as executive vice president of...
Senior Twitter and Juniper Executives Join VC Firm Sutter Hill As Managing Directors

Social: Airtime Is Stuck on the Runway, Despite Celebrity Friends and a Viral Ad

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Airtime founders Sean Parker, left, and Shawn Fanning, right. Photo: Airtime Sometimes it’s not who you know, it’s what you know. Just ask Airtime, the impossibly well-connected video-chat service that can’t figure out how to grow traffic sustainably. Despite star-studded, well-financed promotional efforts, Airtime’s user base dropped by nearly half...
Social: Airtime Is Stuck on the Runway, Despite Celebrity Friends and a Viral Ad

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

The hard truth: Report says 75% of VC-backed startups fail

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Embrace failure (Wikipedia photo) Over the years, I’ve covered hundreds of startup closures, from high-profile flameouts like HomeGrocer.com to smaller lesser known upstarts that never really got off the ground. Now, according to research from Harvard Business School lecturer Shikhar Ghosh, there appear to be a lot more failures going...
The hard truth: Report says 75% of VC-backed startups fail

Joined at the hip with San Francisco, Silicon Valley has not lost its mojo

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Silicon Valley is joined at the hip with San Francisco, and the hip is hugged by two major vein and artery lines: the 101 and the 280. Every week, a new story appears that predicts the death of Silicon Valley. As entrepreneurs opt to start companies in hip, urban sprawls...
Joined at the hip with San Francisco, Silicon Valley has not lost its mojo

Xoom Files for $50 Million IPO

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After months of speculation Xoom has finally filed to go public. On Friday the online money transfer company filed its S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, announcing plans to list its shares on NASDAQ under the ticker “XOOM” in an IPO to be made through Barclays, Needham &...
Xoom Files for $50 Million IPO

Flipboard CEO Steps To Defend Ellen Pao — And Kleiner Perkins

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Ellen Pao's gender-discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins has left a lot of entrepreneurs in a tough spot—but none as tough as Mike McCue, the CEO of Flipboard. Now he's spoken up with praise for her—and for Kleiner Perkins. @owenthomas Ellen has been and continues to be fantastic to work with...
Flipboard CEO Steps To Defend Ellen Pao — And Kleiner Perkins

Kleiner Perkins Sued for Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination

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Mr. Exelrod The “sexism in tech” debate is about to get new legs with the news that Ellen Pao, a partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins, is suing the company for sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Ms. Pao has been an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins since 2005, and is...
Kleiner Perkins Sued for Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination
Good-bye solar? Greentech investments shift to consumer tech and electric vehicles

Drawbridge aims to solve 'cross-device' ad targeting problems

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US startup decloaks from stealth mode armed with funding from Sequoia Capital and Kleiner PerkinsApple and Google may own their own mobile advertising networks – iAd and AdMob respectively – but there is still room for innovation in the mobile ads world from startups.The latest is Drawbridge, whose chief executive Kamakshi...
Drawbridge aims to solve 'cross-device' ad targeting problems
Venture capital picks up the Moneyball strategy

Israel, you’ve got mojo, but where’s your Instagram?

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The curse of the small company Israel’s start up economy is hotter than ever. But a question haunts entrepreneurs there: Why are Israeli start-up hits generally so small? Where is their version of Instagram, the Silicon Valley-based photo-sharing company that Facebook just bought for $1 billion within 18 months of...
Israel, you’ve got mojo, but where’s your Instagram?
Silicon Valley investors ponder the "next big thing" in health care

Student-Loan Online Start-Up Gets Financing

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Social Finance Inc., a one-year-old Internet start-up that offers inexpensive student loans through a mechanism known as “group-to-group” lending, has raised $77.2 million to expand its service to universities nationwide. The funding values the San Francisco company at more than $177 million, up from $8 million a year ago, a...
Student-Loan Online Start-Up Gets Financing
Andreessen Horowitz bets big on Belly, an offbeat consumer-loyalty startup
Security: NSA's Open Source Spin-Off Lands $2 Million in Funding

SEC Moves Forward on JOBS Act -- First Up, Allowing Companies to Ask for Money

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today outlined a proposal for how it will deal with the most pressing requirement of the recent JOBS Act, which President Barack Obama signed in April. The proposal would relax the ban on what’s called “general solicitation” — that is, asking investors for money...
SEC Moves Forward on JOBS Act -- First Up, Allowing Companies to Ask for Money

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
Pinterest Is Now A $2.5 Billion Company

Defrosting The Great White North's Startup Ecosystem

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The Canadian tech ecosystem has suffered in silence. Not unlike that guy in the ED commercials, it’s ashamed of failures, but equally afraid of a short-lived success. The startups that moved south and succeeded usually refrained from moving back after the ecosystem labelled them “sell outs.” The ones that stayed,...
Defrosting The Great White North's Startup Ecosystem
Meet the judges for our GamesBeat 2012 ‘Who’s Got Game’ game-startup competition

Why You Have To Meet Shannon Callahan--She Can Make Your Silicon Valley Career

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If you work in the tech industry, you ought to know Shannon Callahan. The Andreessen Horowitz partner has the power to change your career--not just once, but repeatedly. And as Business Insider found out from talking to Callahan, if you are a talented engineer, even one still in college, chances...
Why You Have To Meet Shannon Callahan--She Can Make Your Silicon Valley Career

Silicon Valley Is Going Crazy Over This Dating App That Just Raised $22 Million

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For the past few weeks in Silicon Valley, one app has come up in just about every conversation: Skout. It's a location-based dating application that, after being at death's door, turned around and raised $22 million from Andreessen-Horowitz and other top venture capital firms. Well, we took it for a...
Silicon Valley Is Going Crazy Over This Dating App That Just Raised $22 Million
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