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Nov 22, 2011
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Me Too: More funding for HouseTrip.com

Me Too is a scorned strategy among many entrepreneurs, but it sometimes works quite well.

Case in point: HouseTrip.com, which just lined up another $17 million in funding from investors including Index Ventures and Balderton Capital. Think of the company, which was founded in Switzerland and allows homeowners to rent out their properties on a short-term basis, as a kind of HomeAway or Airbnb, but with European flair. Its top destinations include Paris, London and Barcelona; rentals include a houseboat in Amsterdam and a cave house in Santorini.

Nov 18, 2011
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Orascape: How Marc Andreessen narrowly escaped working for Larry Ellison

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By Sarah McBride and Poornima Gupta

In 1996, software giant Oracle Corp. came close to buying browser company Netscape Communications, but negotiations fell apart after Oracle’s board decided paying for Netscape would require too much dilution of Oracle’s stock.

Negotiations included Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Chairman Jeffrey Henley, and President Ray Lane. On Netscape’s side, they included co-founder Marc Andreessen and Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr, who backed the browser company. In the interest of secrecy, they and their bankers met at a house in Atherton, Calif., that Lane had just purchased. With no furniture, the group was forced to negotiate on makeshift tables created from sawhorses and plywood.

Nov 18, 2011

Insight: Is Ray Lane HP’s agent of change?

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When Ray Lane took over as chairman of Hewlett-Packard Co a year ago, he was looking forward to working with longtime associate Leo Apotheker, who had just been appointed CEO to repair the damage done by the messy departure of Mark Hurd.

Little did he know that he would soon be presiding over another ugly CEO transition and drawing withering criticism for what investors and analysts viewed as incompetence on the part of the HP board.

Nov 18, 2011

Insight – Ray Lane: Is he HP’s agent of change?

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When Ray Lane took over as chairman of Hewlett-Packard Co a year ago, he was looking forward to working with longtime associate Leo Apotheker, who had just been appointed CEO to repair the damage done by the messy departure of Mark Hurd.

Little did he know that he would soon be presiding over another ugly CEO transition and drawing withering criticism for what investors and analysts viewed as incompetence on the part of the HP board.

Nov 18, 2011

Ray Lane: Is he HP’s agent of change?

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 18 (Reuters) – When Ray Lane took over
as chairman of Hewlett-Packard Co a year ago, he was
looking forward to working with longtime associate Leo
Apotheker, who had just been appointed CEO to repair the damage
done by the messy departure of Mark Hurd.

Little did he know that he would soon be presiding over
another ugly CEO transition and drawing withering criticism for
what investors and analysts viewed as incompetence on the part
of the HP board.

Nov 17, 2011

Corrected: Fisker chairman backs 2012 vehicle goal

/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fisker Automotive is on track to meet production goals for its electric sports cars in 2012 despite production delays that have sharply reduced the start-up carmaker’s projected deliveries this year.

Production of Fisker’s first vehicle, the plug-in hybrid Karma, was held up by faulty electrical harnesses and headlights, topped off by a flood that damaged the leather for its interior, according to Chairman Ray Lane.

Nov 17, 2011
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Coupon, couponer, couponest: Facebook meets Brandcaster Social

Just when you thought every twist on online coupons was out there, Coupons.com is using Facebook to try to get even more discounts into consumer paws.

The company is launching an app, Brandcaster Social, to make it easier for companies to post scannable coupons with barcodes on Facebook. Brandcaster coupons remain in Facebook, and Brandcaster makes sure potential customers who click on links within Facebook– such as a message in their newsfeed about a friend liking a coupon– to an expired offer see a message offering a perk like advance notice of any upcoming deals. Currently, potential customers clicking on links to outdated online coupons often see a “page expired” message.

Nov 15, 2011
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Sean Parker: Silicon Valley conditions resemble prewar Europe

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Most Silicon Valley luminaries refrain from rants about Silicon Valley. But Sean Parker, who co-founded music service Napster, served as president of Facebook, and invests in music-service Spotify, isn’t a typical Valley luminary– which perhaps is why he felt compelled to paint a bleak, fractious picture of the place to conference goers at Techonomy on Tuesday.

“The conditions in Silicon Valley now resemble the conditions preceding World War One,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to decipher who’s working with whom and who’s at war with whom.”

Nov 15, 2011

Exclusive: Fisker chairman backs 2012 vehicle production goal

/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fisker Automotive is on track to produce 15,000 of its electric sports cars in 2012 despite production delays that have sharply reduced the start-up carmaker’s projected deliveries this year.

Production of Fisker’s first vehicle, the plug-in hybrid Karma, was held up by faulty electrical harnesses and headlights, topped off by a flood that damaged the leather for its interior, according to Chairman Ray Lane.

Nov 14, 2011
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Katzenberg: Goodbye text in social media, hello video

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DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg is helping build his movie business by spending about a day a week in Silicon Valley,  and he’s hoping a little Hollywood glitz will rub off on the area’s techheads.

The intiatives DreamWorks is working on– particularly in an ongoing collaboration with Intel– ” will have great application in social media,” he told the audience at the Techonomy conference in Tucson, Ariz. He envisions a future where much social media moves from text-based communication to video- and audio-based, making it more intuitive and instinctual.