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  • When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

    When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

    Hold tight. Wait till the party’s over
    Hold tight. We’re in for nasty weather
    ~Talking Heads, Burning Down The House One law of economic physics always holds true: what goes up must come down. Last week, my pal Alex Wilhelm pointed out that winter’s coming to Silicon Valley, not in the form of snow of course, but metaphorically. He was reacting to Bill Gurley’s… Read More

  • Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    That’s the gist of a recent interview that venture capitalist Bill Gurley gave. His words matter because they cut to the simple fact that too many companies are burning too much money. Making money is better than losing money, but losing money — burn — can be the prudent and responsible thing to do. Under certain circumstances, it’s great to burn: If you are quickly… Read More

  • How Pebble And Other Product Phenomenons Killed It On Kickstarter

    How Pebble And Other Product Phenomenons Killed It On Kickstarter

    It’s a good time to be Kickstarter. The crowdfunding platform has had a blockbuster year, breaking into mainstream consciousness with campaigns that raised millions of dollars, like the Pebble e-paper watch above.  The platform has seen almost $275 million pledged to some 63,000 projects to date, with $231 million going towards successful fundings. As Devin wrote at the time… Read More

  • How Technology Can Solve The Financial Industry’s Deficit Of Trust

    How Technology Can Solve The Financial Industry’s Deficit Of Trust

    To say Wall Street currently suffers from a deficit of trust would be an understatement. In the last few years alone, the government had to bail out Wall Street to the tune of $700 billion, Madoff and Stanford bilked investors of billions, and ex-Goldman executive Greg Smith’s damning op-ed in the New York Times gave everyday people a glimpse into Wall Street’s profits over… Read More

  • Realtime Matching Startup Raises Series A From Dawn Capital

    The wave of investments in “realtime” is continuing with today’s announcement from Cognitive Match that it has raised Series A investment from Dawn Capital. Terms were undisclosed but it’s understood the figure was in the £1m+ ballpark, in tranches. The UK company applies artificial intelligence, learning mathematics, psychology and semantic technologies to match… Read More