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  • 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

  • Foursquare’s API Is A Pillar Of The Mobile App Ecosystem

    Foursquare’s API Is A Pillar Of The Mobile App Ecosystem

    Editor’s note: Jonathan Barouch is the founder and CEO of location-based startup Roamz, developer of social media business product Local Measure. Foursquare has become entrenched in the fabric of the local web, providing an API that delivers common good for developers. Any destabilization in Foursquare or its developer tools would fundamentally affect the stability of the mobile web. Read More

  • The Right Tool For The Job

    The Right Tool For The Job

    The mobile phone is today’s PC, but not necessarily in the way you think. They’ve reached a pleasant plateau hardware-wise, and are poised for a diversification movement like the PC faced in the early 2000s. Pretty soon we’re going to stop adding and start subtracting. Read More

  • SXSW Minus The Mindless Meme

    SXSW Minus The Mindless Meme

    Editor’s note: Ethan Kurzweil is a VC at Bessemer Venture Partners. Every year at SXSW, a winning meme emerges that’s attached to the latest hot new “it” company. Years ago it was “tweet everything,” including what you ate, wore, and saw. Then there was the “check in everywhere” year. This year, the resounding meme was “there is no… Read More

  • What If The Google Reader Readers Just Don’t Come Back?

    What If The Google Reader Readers Just Don’t Come Back?

    If judged by my Twitter stream last week, the shutdown of Google Reader is the biggest story ever in the history of news. Of course, the reality is that Google is likely shutting down the product for a good reason: relatively few people used it, with less using it over time. More wood, fewer arrows, and all that. But that doesn’t mean this move isn’t a mistake for a couple reasons. Read More

  • Recent YouTube, Veoh Copyright Infringement Rulings Help To Unpack Safe Harbor Guidelines

    Recent YouTube, Veoh Copyright Infringement Rulings Help To Unpack Safe Harbor Guidelines

    Editor’s note: Sid Venkatesan is an IP partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. James Freedman is an associate in Orrick’s IP group and a recent Stanford Law School graduate. Online content providers and aggregators are well aware of the potential penalties that can result from a copyright infringement lawsuit. In addition to being expensive to litigate, a copyright… Read More

  • The Crowd’s Money Can Dominate Early-Stage Investing, But Only If The VCs Get Their Cut

    The Crowd’s Money Can Dominate Early-Stage Investing, But Only If The VCs Get Their Cut

    Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part guest column by Zach Noorani. Is angel capital an attractive asset class? Is the crowd capable of being good investors, willing to spend 20-40 hours doing due diligence per investment? These are critical questions to help determine just how big equity crowdfunding will become, right? I say no. Read More

  • To Grow Or Die In The Cloud

    To Grow Or Die In The Cloud

    Editor’s note: Byron Deeter is the lead cloud specialist at Bessemer Venture Partners. A few years ago, most people couldn’t tell you what the cloud was, let alone anticipate a market in which the sexy, highly anticipated consumer Internet IPOs were flops while the seemingly nerdy sectors of cloud and enterprise computing ended up driving the technology market returns. Read More