SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When Square Chief Operating Officer Keith Rabois left his job last month, citing legal threats from a young colleague with whom he had a two-year relationship, he threw a spotlight on the risks associated with the freewheeling startup culture that many entrepreneurs cherish.
Startups often thrive on a lack of rules and boundaries. But experts say that as they make the transition from a handful of people in a room to sizeable businesses, the hazards of operating without manual – including lawsuits, reputational hits, and waning employee morale – grow exponentially.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The University of
California must make public the closely guarded performance of
some top-tier venture capital funds in which it has invested a
portion of its $10.65 billion endowment, a judge said on Monday.
No information on the funds, managed by Kleiner Perkins
Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital, will come out immediately.
The court is giving the university a stay until March 11 to
allow the regents a chance to appeal.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The closely guarded
performance of some top-tier venture capital funds in which the
University of California invested a portion of its $10.65
billion endowment must become public, a judge said on Monday.
No information will come out immediately. The court is
giving the university a stay until March 11 to allow the regents
a chance to appeal.
LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The first big
political push for an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws in more
than five years holds out some promise for
employers who have long complained that the current system is
broken and inhibits hiring.
From farmers who cannot find Americans to pick their crops
to technology firm who need more engineers from abroad, the
bipartisan plan from eight U.S. senators announced on Monday
offered solutions like a “workable” program for seasonal farm
labor and a commitment to “attracting and keeping the world’s
best and brightest.”
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The chief operating officer for mobile payments company Square, Keith Rabois, abruptly resigned after an employee accused him of sexual harassment and demanded “millions of dollars” to stave off a potential lawsuit, he disclosed in a Friday blog post.
The online revelation by Rabois, a well-regarded senior executive at the multibillion-dollar startup founded by Twitter Inc co-creator Jack Dorsey, caused a sensation in the close-knit Silicon Valley community and ignited a flurry of tweets.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco-based entrepreneur Garrett Johnson is usually too busy with his messaging start-up for much travel, but one issue has inspired him to cross the country: immigration reform.
On February 5, he and a dozen other entrepreneurs will head to Washington to talk with members of Congress about why new visa rules are needed to bring in the kind of talent that would help their companies grow.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Ribbit Capital, a firm
founded by financial-services entrepreneur Micky Malka, has
closed its inaugural $100 million fund, Malka said on Tuesday.
The firm is tapping into a split in venture funding that has
emerged in recent years, with funds tending to the large and
diverse or the small and specialized.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 18 (Reuters) – U.S. venture capitalists
invested $6.4 billion in start-up companies in the fourth
quarter, continuing a slowdown in spending, according to a
report from the National Venture Capital Association and
The $6.4 billion was spent across 968 deals. That represents
a 13 percent decline in dollar terms over the prior-year period.
For the full year, investments fell 10 percent to $26.52
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Online survey company SurveyMonkey said on Thursday it has started an $800 million recapitalization that will allow it to cash out early shareholders and investors.
The financing underscores a trend in Silicon Valley to delay initial public offerings long beyond the time a company reaches revenue and profitability benchmarks that would have made it an IPO shoo-in in years past.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Online survey company
SurveyMonkey has started an $800 million recapitalization that
will allow it to cash out early shareholders and investors, the
company said on Thursday.
The financing underscores an increasing tendency in Silicon
Valley to delay initial public offerings long beyond the time a
company reaches revenue and profitabilty benchmarks that would
have made it an IPO shoo-in in years past.