Tech wrap: LinkedIn IPO values firm at over $3 billion

May 9, 2011

LinkedIn, the social site for business professionals which attracts professionals and job seekers with 100 million worldwide members, is hoping to cash in with a public debut valuing the company at more than $3 billion.

Tech wrap: A page from Larry’s book

April 4, 2011

Google co-founder Larry Page is seen at the Sun Valley Inn in Sun Valley, Idaho in this July 8, 2010 file photograph. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/FilesGoogle’s Larry Page took the reins after a decade of “adult supervision” for Google under Eric Schmidt, as the outgoing CEO called it. The switch comes as mobile gadgets are redefining the way people use the Internet and Google’s main ad business is under threat from fast-growing upstarts such as Facebook and Groupon. Page has yet to make his battle plan public, but industry insiders and analysts expect he will try to shore up Google’s strength in search and mobile while breaking into a red-hot social networking market that has eluded his company.

Product catalogs get an iPad makeover with Cooliris’ new Decks app

March 10, 2011

Fresh off a recent $9.6 million funding round, Cooliris is launching a new app that aims to re-invent the old-fashioned product catalog for the iPad generation.Decks

Five marketers who better bring it big on Super Bowl Sunday

February 4, 2011

Call it the Ad Bowl. Or the Buzz Bowl. Or the BS Bowl. Doesn’t matter, it all boils down to this: Sunday’s Super Bowl is the biggest day of the year for advertisers, some of which dished out $3 million for the chance to reach an audience of 100 million consumers for 30 seconds. At that price — $100,000 a second — the stakes are high. A good commercial can be a triumph, creating just the kind of water-cooler talk that propels a brand to a new level with consumers. A bad commercial? Well, those behind it better start dusting off the old resume.

For Web startups, 2011 kicks off with flood of funding

January 12, 2011

MARKETS-KOREA-FOREX/The East Coast has been buried in copious amounts of snow this winter. In Silicon Valley, the only thing falling from the sky seems to be money.

In Google-Groupon talks, size matters

By Kevin Kelleher
December 6, 2010

“Think small and act small, and we’ll get bigger. Think big and act big, and we’ll get smaller.”

Is Google overpaying for Groupon?

By Kevin Kelleher
December 1, 2010

When a company has a lot of cash and not so many new sources of revenue, it can be tempting to buy its way into new markets. But such a strategy has its risks, which are best illustrated by ill-fated acquisitions like eBay’s $3.1 billion purchase of Skype in 2005. eBay ended up taking a writedown for the deal and sold off two-thirds of the company at a $2.75 billion valuation four years after the purchase.

Google wants Groupon, but is the feeling mutual?

By Kevin Kelleher
November 19, 2010

Kara Swisher at AllThingsD is hearing that Google is in talks to buy the online-deal-of-the-day startup Groupon, citing multiple “sources close to the situation.” It’s easy to imagine why Google would be interested in this acquisition. Groupon not only stands at the intersection of the social web and local commerce, two areas Google is eager to expand into. It’s also a bonafide success, with 20 million users in hundreds of U.S. cities.

Yahoo jumps into the local deals game, partners with Groupon

November 16, 2010

YAHOO-MICROSOFT/Rumors continue to swirl that Yahoo would like to buy Groupon, the fast-growing group-buying service.

DoubleClick’s Rosenblatt in group shopping start-up

June 11, 2010

DoubleClick’s former CEO has resurfaced…in the red-hot “group-buying” space.