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Jun 19, 2012

Pearl raises cash, leads move to paid answers

SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 (Reuters) – What types of online
information services can make money by charging fees rather than
relying on advertising?

That’s the sort of question that one might put to the
business-oriented question-and-answer service Pearl.com.

Jun 18, 2012

Index Ventures raises 350 mln euro tech fund

SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 (Reuters) – Index Ventures said it
raised a 350 million euro fund – about $441 million – to invest
in seed and early-stage technology companies.

The fund will make investments in the $10 million range in
roughly 40 companies, focusing on Berlin, London, New York, San
Francisco, Stockholm and Tel Aviv.

Jun 16, 2012

Facebook to pay $10 million to settle suit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has agreed to pay $10 million to charity to settle a lawsuit that accused the site of violating users’ rights to control the use of their own names, photographs and likenesses, according to court documents made public over the weekend.

The lawsuit, brought by five Facebook members, alleged the social networking site violated California law by publicizing users’ “likes” of certain advertisers on its “Sponsored Stories” feature without paying them or giving them a way to opt out, the documents said.

Jun 15, 2012
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Pao made needlessly “scurrilous” claims: Kleiner

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When are facts just the facts– and when do they become scurrilous?

That’s the question created by venture-capital fund Kleiner Perkins in its bid to arbitrate partner Ellen Pao’s discrimination lawsuit against the firm — a turn of events which would sink the proceedings out of public view.

In a memo filed Tuesday in California state court Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers argues that in her May complaint, Pao included “provocative facts– many unnecessary to the pleading of her claims”. The firm gave the example of her relationship with Ajit Nazre, a former partner who left the firm earlier this year. Pao said he pressured her to sleep with him.

Jun 14, 2012

Venture firm Kleiner moves to dismiss discrimination suit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers asked a California state court on Wednesday to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit by partner Ellen Pao, saying it denied “each and every material allegation” made by her.

The suit has become the talk of Silicon Valley, where the digerati are avidly debating its merits — along with broader questions about sexism in the technology industry.

Jun 12, 2012

Facebook consultant argues that website’s ads work

SAN FRANCISCO, June 11 (Reuters) – Marketing on Facebook
influences consumer behavior and leads to increased
purchases for the brands that leverage the social-networking
site, consulting company comScore said in a report released
Tuesday.

“The Power of Like 2: How Social Media Works,” looks at
paid advertising on Facebook as well as earned media exposure–
meaning mentions of the brand made by Facebook users in status
updates and the like. It is based on the experiences of large
brands such as Best Buy, Starbucks and Target
.

Jun 8, 2012

Facebook backer turns his attention to Brazil

SAN FRANCISCO/ SAO PAULO, June 7 (Reuters) – One of
Facebook’s earliest investors has turned his attention to
a distant market with a small but lively start-up scene: Brazil.

Kevin Efrusy, the partner at Accel who spearheaded the
firm’s initial $12.7 million investment in Facebook back in
2005, has made several new investments in Brazil over the last
year or so.

Jun 6, 2012
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Mary Meeker breaks her investment fast

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Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker has finally found a company that meets her standards. Just days after saying she spent the first quarter turning down overpriced investments, her fund is investing $15 million in Lending Club.

Meeker, who leads Kleiner’s $1 billion Digital Growth Fund, told the All Things D conference last week that private-market valuations were high and she and her colleagues “just were having trouble getting comfortable.”

May 31, 2012

After Facebook, Silicon Valley warily eyes Square

SAN FRANCISCO, May 29 (Reuters) – As Silicon Valley
scrambles to assess the impact of the Facebook IPO
mess, all eyes are on Square.

The much-heralded, next-generation payments company had been
aiming to raise its next round of venture capital funds at a
valuation of as much as $4 billion – up from $1 billion just a
year ago. That is the sort of acceleration in valuation that
happened with Facebook prior to its public market debut.

May 25, 2012
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Kleiner’s Ellen Pao, the elephant in the room

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Kleiner Perkins partner Ellen Pao has unleashed one of Silicon Valley’s juiciest lawsuits in recent memory, alleging discrimination, harassment, and even an out-of-the-box solution to her woes proposed by a colleague: marriage to her harasser.

 

But Pao didn’t let this awkward legal situation stop her from stepping out to a couple of parties in Palo Alto Thursday night, just days after news of her lawsuit leaked out.  That included one held by her employers at Palo Alto’s Reposado, a busy Mexican restaurant, for some of Kleiner’s start-up companies.