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  • What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games

    What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games

    A lot of recent moves in the gaming space to ban, investigate or curtail certain aspects of its output can seem egregious. However seen in the light of how shady game makers tend to behave, and the need to keep their sleazy tactics at bay, such moves are often understandable. Still, there are costs to games as a medium that this sort of thing keeps happening. Read More

  • Through The Looking Glass: Hiring Sales People

    Through The Looking Glass: Hiring Sales People

    Editor’s note: Ben Horowitz is co-founder and partner of Andreessen Horowitz. Perhaps the most common mistake that I see a technical founder make when building her sales organization is that she applies strategies to the sales-hiring process that work when building the engineering team. This may sound shocking, but sales people are different from engineers, and treating them like engineers… Read More

  • Beyond The Bitcoin Bubble

    Beyond The Bitcoin Bubble

    A few months ago, while visiting a hacker friend's magnificent new San Francisco loft, he gestured to a little alcove stuffed with server racks and said: "And over there are the Bitcoin mines." I smiled and nodded, thinking, Oh, right, Bitcoin. Is that still a thing? Andy, if you're reading this, I apologize. Is it ever, and how. Over the last few weeks the hype around everyone's favorite… Read More

  • Entrepreneurial Excellence: Can 10,000 Hours Of Practice Make Perfect?

    Entrepreneurial Excellence: Can 10,000 Hours Of Practice Make Perfect?

    Editor’s note: Jon Auerbach is a partner at Charles River Ventures, a 42-year-old early stage venture firm based in Menlo Park and Cambridge, Ma, where he focuses on mobile technologies. Research over the past two decades has identified a strong link between hours of practice and expertise in sports, chess and the performing arts. In the early 1990s, Anders Ericsson, a psychologist at Florida… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: The Battle Of The Bands

    Backed Or Whacked: The Battle Of The Bands

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Crowdfunding sites have become a breeding ground for smartwatches and even a fair number of dumb watches. But assuming one opts in for such a portable time-telling conveyance, that usually leaves a second… Read More

  • From Selling Scoops Of Ice Cream To Founding ZeroCater

    From Selling Scoops Of Ice Cream To Founding ZeroCater

    Editor's note: Arram Sabeti is CEO of ZeroCater. Five years ago I moved to the Bay Area because I wanted to start a company. I came here armed with that single goal and the education of a dozen Paul Graham essays. To me, determination has an almost magical quality. I’d always felt that with enough of it I could do absolutely anything. Read More

  • Considering Convertible Debt? Don’t Sell Yourself Short

    Considering Convertible Debt? Don’t Sell Yourself Short

    Editor's note: Patricia Nakache is a general partner at Trinity Ventures where she invests in early stage social commerce and entertainment companies. The prevailing wisdom among entrepreneurs these days is that they should initially fund their startups with a $1-2 million convertible note.   The logic is that raising a convertible note, even a capped one (as most are), is less dilutive, and… Read More

  • Where The Free Software Movement Went Wrong (And How To Fix It)

    Where The Free Software Movement Went Wrong (And How To Fix It)

    The biggest change I've seen in the tech industry in the past decade isn't social media, cloud computing, big data, consumerization or even mobile. It's the mainstream acceptance of open source. Even 10 years ago open source was controversial. Back then "open vs. proprietary" arguments would still erupt at meetings and parties. Back then vendors spread FUD about open source. Today, every vendor… Read More

  • Check In, Flame Out: How To Save Foursquare

    Check In, Flame Out: How To Save Foursquare

    This hasn't been a great year for Foursquare. "Check-ins are no longer what they used to be," as Ingrid Lunden observed last month. There seems to be a general consensus that "Foursquare keeps resembling Yelp more and more..." but that comparison isn't necessarily flattering, especially since there's little doubt that Yelp has much greater public mindshare. Then former Square COO and current… Read More

  • Virality Is The X-Factor Of Mobile-First Business Apps

    Virality Is The X-Factor Of Mobile-First Business Apps

    Editor’s Note: Joe Floyd is a VC investor at Emergence Capital Partners. Away from the fickle eyes of consumers, deep in the basement of app stores, enterprise mobile apps are fighting each other for the attention of business users. Given the restrictions of their target audience, business app developers simply cannot utilize the same techniques that consumer app companies leverage. Read More

 
  • Why VCs Love The Bitcoin Market

    Why VCs Love The Bitcoin Market

    Editor’s note:  Jeremy Liew is a managing director at Lightspeed Venture Partners. As a VC, my interest in the Bitcoin ecosystem is not ideological but, rather, mercenary. I see the opportunity for Bitcoin to disrupt multi-billion dollar markets, but in doing so also create new big markets. There are three key markets in Bitcoin. Read More

  • Crowdfunding Industry Celebrates First Anniversary of JOBS Act Despite Delays

    Crowdfunding Industry Celebrates First Anniversary of JOBS Act Despite Delays

    Editor's note: Danae Ringelmann is a co-founder of Indiegogo. Prior to that, she was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies, including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney and Electronic Arts. One year ago, U.S. lawmakers joined together with overwhelming bipartisan support to pass the JOBS Act. It was an exciting moment in history — one that my co-founders and… Read More

  • Facebook Isn’t Forking Android, They’re Spooning With It

    Facebook Isn’t Forking Android, They’re Spooning With It

    Facebook is absolutely, positively, 100 percent not working on a phone. The first rule of tech news remains intact: when a company says they’re definitely not doing something, it’s as sure a sign as you can get that they will eventually do said thing. Read More

  • 256 Shades Of Grey

    256 Shades Of Grey

    I want a black and white computer, and I don't want it out of sheer, wanton weirdness. I actually think it's a good idea. Here's why. Read More

  • All Things SXSW (Re)Considered

    All Things SXSW (Re)Considered

    Editor's note: Marc Ruxin is CEO and co-founder of TastemakerX. If you went to SXSW 20 years ago, you would have been there to see and discover new music. You worked at a label or publishing company, or perhaps you were a journalist or PR rep. Sure, there were locals and college kids swaying next to you at the shows, but in the end, SXSW was an industry event where bands were discovered… Read More

  • Strategies For VCs To Increase Startup Success Odds

    Strategies For VCs To Increase Startup Success Odds

    Editor’s note: David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital and founder and chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York.. Lots of venture capitalists claim to add value to the companies in which they invest. But how do they do it?  And does it really produce better returns for their investors? We recently wrapped up a study on best practices of venture… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: May The Funds Be With You

    Backed Or Whacked: May The Funds Be With You

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. There are a number of schools regarding the existence of alien intelligent races. Among those who refute that we’ve been able to detect extraterrestrials among us, there are a broad range of theories. Perhaps such beings don’t exist. Perhaps they haven’t advanced far enough to reach us. Or… Read More

  • Developer Freedom At Stake As Oracle Clings To Java API Copyrights In Google Fight

    Developer Freedom At Stake As Oracle Clings To Java API Copyrights In Google Fight

    Editor's note: Sacha Labourey is CEO and Steven G. Harris is senior vice president of products for CloudBees. APIs exist for a reason: They act as the communication channel, the lingua franca, the boundary, between the provider of the implementation and users of that implementation -- developers. Will our economy thrive and be more competitive because companies can easily switch from one… Read More

  • Big Data Could Cripple Facebook

    Big Data Could Cripple Facebook

    So there's this startup called SmogFarm, which does big-data sentiment analysis, "pulse of the planet" stuff. I spotted them last year, and now they've got an actual product with an actual business model up and running in private beta: KredStreet, "The Social Stock Trader Rankings," which performs sentiment analysis on StockTwits data and a sampling of the Twitter firehose to determine traders'… Read More

  • After Bootstrapping, Data-Mining Specialist Ondore Closes Million-Dollar Round For Mexican, US Operations

    After Bootstrapping, Data-Mining Specialist Ondore Closes Million-Dollar Round For Mexican, US Operations

    Editor’s note: Maria Rocio Paniagua currently works as a project manager at Innku, one of the top mobile and web workshops in Mexico. Ondore, the leading Latin American big data analysis company that develops online reputation management systems, has closed its first investment round for $1.5 million dollars with Alta Ventures. The company says it will use the capital round to expand… Read More