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  • LinkedIn Closes Its Round; Got That Billion Dollar Valuation

    LinkedIn Closes Its Round; Got That Billion Dollar Valuation

    LinkedIn has raised $53 million from Bain Capital Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, and Bessemer Ventures. The investment values the business social network at just over $1 billion. We reported in early May that Allen & Co was out trying to pitch LinkedIn at that valuation. It turns out the company was not actually working with any bank to get this deal, but it still got a… Read More

  • Signing Off, And What Does A TechCrunch Writer Actually Use?

    This is my last post at TechCrunch as a full time writer (I may yet do the occasional guest post). It’s exactly 12 months to the day since I started writing here and the date seemed like a good time to go. I won’t bore you with a self indulgent retrospective; if you are interested in my reasons and thoughts I did a podcast with my old site The Blog Herald yesterday – listen to… Read More

  • Allen & Co. Pitching LinkedIn At $1 Billion

    Allen & Co. Pitching LinkedIn At $1 Billion

    Allen & Co. Managing Director Dave Wehner is out pitching a LinkedIn venture capital round at a whopping $1 billion valuation, multiple sources say. This is a story we’ve been working on and isn’t fully baked yet, but VentureBeat started speculating about a potential buyout and so we’re going with what we have now. Wehner is one of the senior guys at Allen & Co. and… Read More

  • Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking

    Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking

    Putting a value on private companies is hard enough for insiders and venture capitalists who have full access to the company’s financial statements. When outsiders try to do it, even well-informed ones, it is nothing more than a guessing game. But it is nonetheless perhaps one of Silicon Valley’s favorite parlor activities. Today, Henry Blodget & Co. at Silicon Alley Insider try to… Read More

  • LinkedIn Now Offering Network RSS Feeds

    LinkedIn Now Offering Network RSS Feeds

    LinkedIn is now offering RSS feeds for network updates. The feature allows users to track updates and connections across their LinkedIn network via their favorite RSS Reader. For example the feed shows when people in your network connect with other people, make recommendations or update their LinkedIn status. As Ben Barren points out, it’s a handy way of keeping up to date for those who live… Read More

  • Microsoft Embracing Data Portability? Partnerships WIth Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, LinkedIn and Tagged

    Microsoft Embracing Data Portability? Partnerships WIth Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, LinkedIn and Tagged

    Bowing to the inevitable, Microsoft took a big step today towards data portability by announcing that Windows Live contacts can now be exported to social networks and other Websites. Its Windows Live Contacts API will work with Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Taged, and LinkedIn to start. Members of those social networks will be able to import their Windows Live contacts (i.e., their Hotmail address book) so… Read More

  • LinkedIn, Now For Companies

    LinkedIn, Now For Companies

    LinkedIn, the boring social network that won’t find you a date but may land you a job, is expanding beyond people profiles. On Friday morning they will launch company profile pages that partly serve as fact sheets for about 160,000 companies and partly serve to reveal the connections that members have with them. These private pages (you have to be signed in to see them) pull in some… Read More

  • Fubar Grows Over 3 Million Percent In A Year

    Fubar Grows Over 3 Million Percent In A Year

    New social network traffic figures released by Compete show that Fubar, billed as the “first online bar and happy hour” is the fastest growing social network, having increased its traffic by 3,272,217% over the 12 months to the end of February 2008, placing the network at 14th on the list of top 20 social networking sites (chart as shown). Year on year MySpace hasn’t grown at… Read More

  • Big Win For LinkedIn As They Hook Up With France's Apec

    Most English speakers won’t know much about France’s Apec, a non profit organization that offers job listings and job resources in France. But they’re big – they employ around 1,000 human resource specialists who work with companies and people. Job listings are free, and they are second only to Monster in France in total number of listings. The site, the company says, has… Read More

  • Biographicon Wants To Be Wikipedia For The Non-Notable Masses

    Having a page put up about you in Wikipedia is difficult, mostly because of the Notability requirement for inclusion – and you aren’t “notable” unless you’ve received significant media coverage elsewhere. Other services have filled in the gap for the billion or so people online who can’t get onto Wikipedia – sites like LinkedIn, Wink and Spock (as well as… Read More

 
  • LinkedIn Revamps Design, Adds Status Updates

    LinkedIn Revamps Design, Adds Status Updates

    Thursday morning LinkedIn will roll out a new site-wide design featuring a tab-less header and a persistent left column with personal, account-related options. LinkedIn is also adding status updates with which users can broadcast their current activities (professional or otherwise) to their connections and/or networks. Just as when the company added portraits, these updates feel like an attempt to… Read More

  • LinkedIn Goes Mobile—Finally

    LinkedIn Goes Mobile—Finally

    Six months after Facebook came out with a version of its social network for the iPhone, LinkedIn is finally coming around to releasing a mobile version of its own. It is live now. Just go to http://m.linkedin.com/ on any mobile browser. Of course, if you have an iPhone, you will see a version optimized just for that device. This isn’t exactly what we had in mind when we noted there is still… Read More

  • YouPorn, We're Coming Up Behind You

    YouPorn, We're Coming Up Behind You

    Now that I have your attention, Compete has released a list of the fastest-growing (and fastest-declining) sites of 2007. Some of the fastest growers include Veoh, LinkedIn, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Six Apart, and WordPress. Some of the notable sinkers are Bolt, Xanga, Netscape, and Autobytel. TechCrunch has the distinct honor of taking the No. 5 spot in the fastest-growing list, right behind YouPorn… Read More

  • LinkedIn Joins The DataPortability Work Group

    LinkedIn Joins The DataPortability Work Group

    Joining the cavalcade of companies jumping on the open data bandwagon, LinkedIn has now joined Facebook, Google, Plaxo (announcement here) in joining the DataPortability Work Group. LinkedIn has worked hard to become open since announcing their own open platform in June 2007 in response to Facebook, then becoming an initial OpenSocial launch partner in October 2007. I spoke to the DataPortability… Read More

  • LinkedIn API and New Homepage Drawing Near

    LinkedIn API and New Homepage Drawing Near

    LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is trying to establish itself as a better destination with a stronger presence on the web. As a better destination, LinkedIn would experience higher levels of user engagement and more page views, which in turn would translate into greater advertising revenue. With a stronger presence, the site would grab mind share away from rising competitor… Read More

  • LinkedIn Turns On Its Own News Feeds (in Beta)

    LinkedIn Turns On Its Own News Feeds (in Beta)

    Now that we are all having second thoughts about Facebook, maybe it is time to start logging in to LinkedIn again. I did that for the first time in a few weeks and was surprised to find a new widget on the lower right hand side of my home page called “News for You (Beta).” It appears to be a news feed informed by my profile, perhaps by the companies I’ve worked for. The LinkedIn… Read More

  • Visible Path Sees Its Way To An Acquisition

    Visible Path Sees Its Way To An Acquisition

    Corporate social networking application Visible Path is set for an acquisition soon. The term sheet has been signed and the acquirer, says the company, is a “multi-billion dollar international company with established sales and technology operations.” No word on the terms of the deal, but a worthwhile exit price would be high considering the $22.7 million already invested in the firm. Read More

  • News Corp May Have Found God, But Not LinkedIn

    News Corp May Have Found God, But Not LinkedIn

    News Corp has acquired New York based religious community site Beliefnet, according to a report at FishbowlNY. Beliefnet was founded in 1999 and provides a service that offers commentary and community discussion on various religious beliefs. The company has a checkered history, having declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2002, then restructuring and emerging from bankruptcy in October the same… Read More

  • News Corp May Be Looking To Buy LinkedIn

    News Corp May Be Looking To Buy LinkedIn

    News Corp. is said to be talks to buy business social networking service LinkedIn, according to TechCrunch UK. If the deal were to happen, it would bring MySpace and LinkedIn under the same corporate roof. Full story here. Mountain View based LinkedIn has approx. 12 million users and has taken $27.5 million over 3 rounds from investors including Sequoia, Greylock and Bessemer Venture Partners. The… Read More

  • Yahoo Launches Kickstart, A New Social Network Around College Students And Alumni

    Yahoo Launches Kickstart, A New Social Network Around College Students And Alumni

    Yahoo’s advanced products group, led by Scott Gatz, is launching a new service this evening called Kickstart. While immediate analogies will be drawn to Facebook, the service is actually much more like LinkedIn in that it connects students and alumni at specific colleges and universities and helps them connect on a professional level. Alumni can help students get jobs (or can find good… Read More