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The New Reality of the Twitter Ecosystem

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In the last two months, a controversy has broken out between the startup of the moment, Twitter, and its ecosystem. Some of its actions — such as acquiring Tweetie (a mobile client that has since been rebranded as Twitter for the iPhone), coupled with its recent decision to impose limitations...
The New Reality of the Twitter Ecosystem

5 startups that stood out at Excelerate's demo day

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Chicago’s Excelerate Labs held its annual demo day on Wednesday, trotting out the 10 fledgling companies that underwent its intensive accelerator program this summer. At the end of that program come $50,000 grants from Chicago’s New World Ventures as well as the chance to pitch their companies for 200 angel...
5 startups that stood out at Excelerate's demo day

Virtualization software firm Atlantis Computing raises $20m from Adams Street, Cisco and others

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Atlantis Computing, a Silicon Valley virtualization software company that specializes in data center storage optimization solutions, has secured $20 million in a Series D round of financing led by a new backer, private investment firm Adams Street Partners. Prior investors Cisco Systems, El Dorado Ventures and Partech International also chipped...
Virtualization software firm Atlantis Computing raises $20m from Adams Street, Cisco and others

Fleksy closes a $900,000 funding round to bring its keyboard for the visually impaired onto new platforms

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Fleksy, a keyboard app with astonishingly accurate predictive text capabilities for the visually impaired, has closed of a seed funding round worth $900,000, its parent company announced today. The fresh batch of investment included participation from angel and venture capital investors from the San Francisco Bay Area. Syntellia, the company...
Fleksy closes a $900,000 funding round to bring its keyboard for the visually impaired onto new platforms

If it looks like a bubble, and it feels like a bubble…

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The debate over whether we are in a technology bubble — and if so, what kind of bubble it might be — flared up again over the weekend, sparked by a piece in the New York Times that said venture-capital investors are encouraging startups to forego revenue so they...
If it looks like a bubble, and it feels like a bubble…

Etsy Valued at More Than $600 Million

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Etsy has raised another $40 million from its existing venture capital investors, in a deal that values the online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods at more than $600 million....
Etsy Valued at More Than $600 Million

LivingSocial CEO Fires Back And Calls Damning Report 'Fiction'

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PrivCo, a research firm that tracks private companies, reported yesterday that daily-deals company LivingSocial had taken an "emergency" round of debt from current investors. Now LivingSocial CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy has strongly denied that report in an email to employees obtained by Fortune's Dan Primack. LivingSocial is the No. 2 player in...
LivingSocial CEO Fires Back And Calls Damning Report 'Fiction'

Tech is the New Wall Street

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Bloomberg Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg For years, America’s most talented and highly educated college graduates headed to Wall Street in search of derivatives-funded riches. But ever since the crash of 2008, more and more Ivy League educated young people see themselves as the next Mark Zuckerberg rather than the...
Tech is the New Wall Street

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
Chumba World bounces back from Kickstarter suspension with $2.6M in investor funding (exclusive)

Kickstarter Competitor IndieGoGo Raises $15 M., Staffing Up in New York

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Mr. Rubin. (Photo: Twitter) Crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo just raised $15 million from venture capital investors in order to staff up, build out and take on Kickstarter and 400 other competitors (including one crowdfunding platform that launched after raising money on IndieGoGo). “We launched in January 2008 and we’ve been growing pretty...
Kickstarter Competitor IndieGoGo Raises $15 M., Staffing Up in New York

Here's Who Will Become Filthy Rich If Square Is Really Worth $3.25 Billion

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A state filing in Alaska by Square, the San Francisco-based mobile-payments startup, has given us a rare look at a private company's ownership. Square first reported its ownership to Alaska in 2011. But it just filed a biennial report updating those figures. The most stunning revelation: Square CEO and cofounder Jack Dorsey...
Here's Who Will Become Filthy Rich If Square Is Really Worth $3.25 Billion
As VCs edge into Latin America, founders come stateside for an education

Iris Capital invests in reBuy, an online marketplace for second-hand electronics and media

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reBuy, an online marketplace for physical second-hand goods including CDs, video games, mobile phones and tablets, has today announced an expansion round led by Iris Capital. The equity investment, which is an undisclosed amount, will be used to expand and develop its ‘recommerce business’ in Germany. A group of German...
Iris Capital invests in reBuy, an online marketplace for second-hand electronics and media

Startup nightmares: Help, my VC won't re-invest

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I recently met with two very experienced CEO’s who ran into the one of the most challenging startup situations: their current venture capital investors would not re-invest in an upcoming round of financing.  Both CEO’s had previously attracted financing from venture capital firms. After several years of operations, the CEO’s...
Startup nightmares: Help, my VC won't re-invest

Why Viddy's Investors Are Betting Against It Becoming The Instagram Of Video

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Viddy, the maker of a hot online video-sharing app, raised $30 million at an eye-popping $370 million valuation earlier this month after signing up celebrities like Britney Spears to be among its 30 million registered Viddyographers.  But that's not the only thing eye-popping about the deal. To get that money,...
Why Viddy's Investors Are Betting Against It Becoming The Instagram Of Video

Y Combinator shows off 39 companies at Demo Day

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Today, VentureBeat is live from Y Combinator’s semi-annual Demo Day at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Twice a year, the incubator grabs the entrepreneurs from its three month program and throws them onstage to present before potential investors. Each company generally gets a $5,000 base amount and $5,000 per founder from...
Y Combinator shows off 39 companies at Demo Day

Xoom Closes Its First Day On The NASDAQ At $25.49 Per Share, Up 59 Percent From IPO Price

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A number of Silicon Valley investors are starting the long weekend with a smile. That’s thanks to Xoom Corporation, the online money transfer technology and services company, which made a very successful debut today on the NASDAQ stock market. The company’s stock zoomed (sorry, I had to do it) up...
Xoom Closes Its First Day On The NASDAQ At $25.49 Per Share, Up 59 Percent From IPO Price

VC funding strong in Q3 2012, more mobile startups funded, seed deals bigger: Report

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Venture capital is still alive and well, at least it was in the third quarter of this year. CB Insights, a venture capital database, just published its Q3 2012 VC Activity Report which gives an industry look at where the funding went between July and September. Based on the research,...
VC funding strong in Q3 2012, more mobile startups funded, seed deals bigger: Report

Wonga readies $1.5bn float, but stigma won’t go away

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Payday loans business Wonga has become hot property over the last few years, offering an almost-instant online lending service that has attracted lots of attention and nearly $150 million in venture money. But as the company eyes a stock market flotation, it’s still struggling to overcome its biggest hurdle: the...
Wonga readies $1.5bn float, but stigma won’t go away

Marc Andreessen And Ben Horowitz 'Decode' Groupon CEO Andrew Mason's Farewell Memo -- On RapGenius

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When Andreessen Horowitz invested a whopping $15 million into RapGenius this past fall, they were keen to point out that the platform can be used for things well beyond decoding the meaning of rap lyrics and extend to other forms of wordplay — literature, historical texts, political speeches, and the...
Marc Andreessen And Ben Horowitz 'Decode' Groupon CEO Andrew Mason's Farewell Memo -- On RapGenius

VC in 2013: Robert More of Frazier Healthcare on Our 'Broken System'

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As 2012 comes to a close, we asked several venture capital investors to reflect on the past year and give us their outlook for 2013. Continuing our series is Robert More, general partner at life sciences investment firm Frazier Healthcare....
VC in 2013: Robert More of Frazier Healthcare on Our 'Broken System'
TCTV: In the Studio, Gautam Gupta Reflects on His Experience as a Teenager in VC

7 questions for London Tech City CEO Eric van der Kleij

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Over the last few years, London has become an increasingly important startup hub — one of the most vibrant and busy in Europe. But a little over a year ago, what had been an informal network of companies based around the city’s East End was turned into something more official...
7 questions for London Tech City CEO Eric van der Kleij

The Board Of Directors - Selecting, Electing & Evolving

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Every company should have a Board Of Directors. At the start it can simply be a one person board consisting of the founder. But it should not stay that way for long. Because if you are your own board, you won't get any of the benefits that come with having...
The Board Of Directors - Selecting, Electing & Evolving

How VCs Can Accelerate Portfolio Company Returns

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This guest post was written by David Teten, Koen Bremer, Gyorgy Buslig, and Adham Hussein. David is a Partner with ff Venture Capital and Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York.  Koen, Gyorgy, and Adham are all Columbia Business School MBA 2012 students and former consultants with...
How VCs Can Accelerate Portfolio Company Returns
Startup accelerator Tandem Capital rolls its new capital into mobile technology and games
Hey, doomsayers, Facebook will do much better than you think

2012 Venture Capital Funding to Facebook Mafia Up 137% vs. 2011. Greylock is Most Active VC FB Mafia Investor So Far.

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The Facebook Mafia isn’t waiting for an IPO to strike out on their own as company alumni have already raised $271 million of venture capital funding since 2006.  And the Facebook Mafia’s momentum appears to be accelerating with the group pulling in $130 million in just the first 5.5 months...
2012 Venture Capital Funding to Facebook Mafia Up 137% vs. 2011. Greylock is Most Active VC FB Mafia Investor So Far.
Funding Daily: The misfits
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