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  • The Erosion Of “Same Round, Same Price” Crunch Network

    The Erosion Of “Same Round, Same Price”

    It seems most founders believe investors asking for “extras” on the side are simply greedy and short-sighted. While it’s easy to criticize investors, I believe this behavior is driven in large part as a response to conditions founders have created in early stage investing. I believe two trends, when taken together, have eroded the “one round, one price” standard. Read More

  • Going Public Isn’t Selling Out, It’s The Best Way To Stay Alive Crunch Network

    Going Public Isn’t Selling Out, It’s The Best Way To Stay Alive

    When Amazon went public in 1997, its stock opened 62.5 percent above the target price and the company ended its day $54 million richer than it had started it. In the three years or so leading up to the IPO, Jeff Bezos had finally begun to prove that the company had a viable business model, real revenues and a proven approach. Investor confidence was high. But how would things have played out… Read More

  • Etsy Meets Expectations In Q3, Stock Drops 8% After Hours

    Etsy Meets Expectations In Q3, Stock Drops 8% After Hours

    Following trading today, Etsy reported its Q3 financial performance, including revenue of $66 million, and earnings loss per share of $0.06. The Street expected Etsy to lose $0.06 per share, off revenue of around $66.17 million. So that’s a “met expectations.” The company reported 1.5 million active sellers and 22.6 million active buyers. The company was up 3.18 percent… Read More

  • Pay To Play: How Investors Get Burned Fast In A Downturn

    Pay To Play: How Investors Get Burned Fast In A Downturn

    Earlier this year, the law firm Fenwick & West published a report analyzing the financing terms of 37 U.S.-based venture-backed companies that raised money at valuations of $1 billion or more in the 12-month period ending March 31. The report’s headline-grabbing conclusion was that in all cases, the investors had received significant downside protection in case the… Read More

  • Does Wall Street Like What It’s Hearing From Twitter (Again)?

    Does Wall Street Like What It’s Hearing From Twitter (Again)?

    This has been quite a few past couple of weeks for Twitter, with a new CEO, a renewed double-down promise to developers, love to its employees (after some “tough love” by way of layoffs), Ballmer being in for 4 percent…and more. The street agrees, with Twitter stock jumping up 5 percent today. Read More

  • Forget Amazon Gift Cards; Give Someone Public Stock With Stockpile

    Forget Amazon Gift Cards; Give Someone Public Stock With Stockpile

    There are plenty of people who’d happily become shareholders in companies like Apple and Facebook if the process of buying stock were simpler. They are plenty of people who’d prefer to give the gift of stock but who hand out money or retailers’ gift cards for the same reason. Stockpile, a five-year-old, 15-person, Palo Alto, Ca.-based brokerage services firm has a solution… Read More

  • Activist Investor Carl Icahn Asks Apple To Speed Up Share Repurchase Program

    Activist Investor Carl Icahn Asks Apple To Speed Up Share Repurchase Program

    Apple CEO Tim Cook received another letter from activist investor Carl Icahn today, which marks the second time the shareholder has lobbied Apple to step up its repurchase program. The letter details the request at length, commending Apple on its recent iPhone 6 launch and Cook on his leadership, but asks Apple to “meaningfully accelerate and increase the magnitude of share… Read More

  • Samsung Stock Closes Down 4.6%, Cutting $8B Off Its Market Value As Investors Worry

    Samsung Stock Closes Down 4.6%, Cutting $8B Off Its Market Value As Investors Worry

    Samsung isn’t off to a great start for 2014 – during its first full day of trading of the new year, it lost 4.6 percent of its stock price value, which amounts to a more than $8 billion drop in market value, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The drop is likely attributable to increasing lack of confidence from investors in Samsung’s ability to continue to grow its… Read More

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Snags 72k Shares Of Vested Stock, Eddy Cue Sells $12.4M

    Apple CEO Tim Cook Snags 72k Shares Of Vested Stock, Eddy Cue Sells $12.4M

    Apple executives were granted more than 120k shares of vested stock in transactions that took place last week but were disclosed today. CEO Tim Cook converted 72,877 units of restricted stock that were originally granted on a schedule. SVP Eddy Cue converted 50,000 units out of a grant of 100k that was awarded in September 2011. The remainder of those shares will vest at this time next year. Read More