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Dec 21, 2011

Analysis: Relaxed U.S. securities laws could boost SecondMarket

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Kevin Ryan, chief executive of online retailer Gilt Groupe, is keeping close tabs on congressional legislation that might enable him to have more shareholders in his young company.

Barry Silbert, chief executive of SecondMarket, an exchange for trading of private-company shares, is keeping close tabs on Ryan.

Dec 21, 2011

Relaxed US securities laws could boost SecondMarket

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Kevin Ryan, chief
executive of online retailer Gilt Groupe, is keeping close tabs
on congressional legislation that might enable him to have more
shareholders in his young company.

Barry Silbert, chief executive of SecondMarket, an exchange
for trading of private-company shares, is keeping close tabs on
Ryan.

Dec 20, 2011

Immigrants founded half of top U.S. start-up companies

By Sarah McBride

(Reuters) – Immigrants founded or cofounded almost half of 50 top venture-backed companies in the United States, a new study shows, underscoring some of the high stakes in potential immigration reform.

The venture capital community argues the study, completed by research group National Foundation for American Policy, proves the need to overhaul rules governing how entrepreneurs can immigrate to the United States to spur job development.

Dec 14, 2011
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Steve Jobs’ biographer felt lashing of his sharp tongue

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Isaacson's Jobs biography in a store (Photo: Reuters)

Getting off a plane earlier this year, Walter Isaacson got hit with what he called “the thing you least want to see on your iPhone”– six or seven missed calls from his biography subject, Steve Jobs.

Speaking to a crowd at the Computer History Museum Tuesday night in Mountain View, Calif., Isaacson described finally connecting with Jobs, who apparently had just seen the book’s proposed cover and didn’t care for it. Jobs let loose a stream of invectives. “He just started yelling,” Isaacson recalled. “You have no taste. The cover is gimmicky. It’s ugly.”

Dec 8, 2011

Facebook IPO sparks dreams of riches, adventure

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Traveling to space or embarking on an expedition to excavate lost Mayan ruins are normally the stuff of adventure novels.

But for employees of Facebook, these and other lavish dreams are moving closer to reality as the world’s No. 1 online social network prepares for a blockbuster initial public offering that could create at least a thousand millionaires.

Dec 8, 2011

Analysis: Venture capital funding doubles for online retail

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Consumers spent a record $1.25 billion on Cyber Monday, according to comScore, highlighting how much people love shopping online.

But another group is in just as much of a frenzy over online retail: venture capitalists, who invested a record $2.39 billion in online shopping this year, according to Thomson Reuters data. That’s more than double last year’s $1.06 billion, which in turn was almost double the prior year’s investments in the sector.

Dec 8, 2011
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Edmodo, LinkedIn for schools, raises $15 million for its network

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LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman wanted to be an academic when he was younger. Now, he’s an entrepreneur helping academics.

Greylock Partners, where Hoffman toils these days as a venture capitalist, is joining Benchmark Capital in leading a $15 million funding round for Edmodo, an education network for teachers that allows them to talk to each other easily, keep track of assignments, conduct quizzes,  and do other basic tasks.

Dec 8, 2011
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Silicon Valley– why it’s still best for entrepreneurs

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Let Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg ruminate all he wants about how if he were starting Facebook today, he’d do it in Boston. There’s still no substitute for Silicon Valley, according to a panel of venture capitalists at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School offices in San Francisco.

Mostly, that’s because of the concentration of talent, particularly engineering and product talent, in the Bay Area, they said. Becoming a sizeable company without access to that pool is difficult for most tech-based startups, they said.

Nov 30, 2011
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How killing time online predicts the future

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You thought you were just goofing off with all those aimless web searches on George Clooney and Lady Gaga. But Ask.com was taking your timekillers and using them to predict what will happen next year.

Here’s how: analysts at the search engine, which allows users to ask questions rather than simply typing in a topic, assumed increasing numbers of questions asked on a topic signaled growing interest. (Ask.com has about 3 percent market share in search, according to research firm comScore Inc.) Based on the data from its users, Ask.com analysts are forecasting trends that will take off as 2012 unfolds.

Nov 23, 2011

IPOs Stoke San Francisco Housing Market

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Adam Holm has been
looking to sell his 3-bedroom Victorian house in San
Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood all year, but he needs
one thing to happen first: gaming-company Zynga’s initial
public offering.

“It seems foolish to put it on the market before when there
are a thousand people down the street who are about to make a
million dollars,” said Holm. His place is within walking
distance of Zynga’s headquarters, and he expects prices in the
neighborhood to rise significantly in the wake of the IPO.