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  • Finding Patterns In The Tableau IPO

    Finding Patterns In The Tableau IPO

    Editor’s note: Glenn Solomon is a partner with GGV Capital. Some of his recent investments include Pandora, Successfactors, Isilon, Domo, Square, Zendesk, Quinstreet, and Nimble Storage. Stanford-born and Seattle-based Tableau Software (DATA) enjoyed a tremendous debut on the public markets on Friday, closing on its first day of trading at over $50/share, up over 60 percent from… Read More

  • Confronting The Reality Of US Broadband Performance

    Confronting The Reality Of US Broadband Performance

    Editor’s note: Richard Bennett is a Senior Fellow with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and co-author of ITIF’s 2013 report, “The Whole Picture: Where America’s Broadband Networks Really Stand.” We’ve all heard the story: America’s broadband networks are second-rate. We pay exorbitant prices for shoddy service because broadband… Read More

  • The Philosophy Of Game Development By The Numbers

    The Philosophy Of Game Development By The Numbers

    Editor’s note: Hassan Baig is an entrepreneur who runs White Rabbit Studios, a South Asian gaming startup he founded four years ago in Pakistan. There are several metrics that game developers keep an eye on when tracking the performance of their games. Notions of creativity, novelty and fun are all confined within the prism of an analytics-centric approach: They have wiggle room as… Read More

  • Put Away The Eulogy, The PC Is Alive And Well

    Put Away The Eulogy, The PC Is Alive And Well

    Editor’s note: Chester Ng is co-founder and CMO of SweetLabs, makers of Pokki, a modern app platform for the PC. Follow him on Twitter @chest. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been blessed by the prescient researchers at Gartner and IDC with fresh data and predictions about the shipment trends for smart devices, especially the PC. This has sparked the typical “PC… Read More

  • Behavioral Finance Explains Bubbles

    Behavioral Finance Explains Bubbles

    Editor’s note: Adam Nash is the chief operating officer of Wealthfront. He was formerly executive-in-residence with Greylock Partners and VP of product management at LinkedIn. Given the incredible volatility we’ve seen lately in the Bitcoin and gold markets, there has been a resurgence of discussion about bubbles. This topic is always top of mind in Silicon Valley, especially… 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… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Evolution Of Google Reader Started With A Crash

    The Evolution Of Google Reader Started With A Crash

    Editor’s note: Jason Shellen is a former Googler and founding product manager of Google Reader. He is now co-founder at Boxer and advisor at Tapedeck. As part of Google’s recent announcement that it is shutting down Google Reader in July, I thought looking back at the history of how our beloved but beleaguered Reader came to be, why we’ll miss it and what we really want in… Read More