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May 6, 2015

Facebook’s Sandberg speaks at husband’s memorial

STANFORD, Calif (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg re-emerged in public on Tuesday after the accidental death of her husband last week, telling a Silicon Valley memorial service about his effortless compassion and selflessness.

Many of the technology world’s top executives filled a 1,700-seat auditorium at Stanford University to commemorate David Goldberg, chief executive of SurveyMonkey, who died at age 47 on Friday during a vacation in Mexico. He fell off a treadmill and hit his head.

May 5, 2015

Facebook’s Sandberg emerges to speak at husband’s memorial

STANFORD, Calif (Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg re-emerged in public on Tuesday after the accidental death of her husband last week, telling a Silicon Valley memorial service about his effortless compassion and selflessness.

Many of the technology world’s top executives filled a 1,700-seat auditorium at Stanford University to commemorate David Goldberg, chief executive of SurveyMonkey, who died at age 47 on Friday during a vacation in Mexico. He fell off a treadmill and hit his head.

May 5, 2015

Tech exec Goldberg died after exercise accident – official

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury while exercising at a resort in Mexico, the local prosecutor’s office said Monday.

Goldberg, the husband of Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, fell off a treadmill at a private villa in Punta Mita and hit his head, the prosecutor’s spokesman said.

May 5, 2015

Tech executive Goldberg died after hotel gym accident: official

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury while exercising at a resort in Mexico, the local prosecutor’s office said Monday.

Goldberg, the husband of Facebook Inc (FB.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, fell off a treadmill at a private villa in Punta Mita and hit his head, the prosecutor’s spokesman said.

May 5, 2015

Tech exec Goldberg died after hotel gym accident – official

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO, May 4 (Reuters) – SurveyMonkey
Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury
while exercising at a resort in Mexico, the local prosecutor’s
office said Monday.

Goldberg, the husband of Facebook Inc Chief Operating
Officer Sheryl Sandberg, fell off a treadmill at a private villa
in Punta Mita and hit his head, the prosecutor’s spokesman said.

May 2, 2015

SurveyMonkey CEO, husband of Facebook’s Sandberg, dies

SAN FRANCISCO, May 2 (Reuters) – Dave Goldberg, Chief
Executive Officer of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook
Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, died unexpectedly on
Friday night, his brother wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday.

“It’s with incredible shock and sadness that I’m letting our
friends and family know that my amazing brother, Dave Goldberg,
beloved husband of Sheryl Sandberg, father of two wonderful
children, and son of Paula Goldberg, passed away suddenly last
night,” Robert Goldberg wrote.

Apr 23, 2015

Snapchat backer IVP raises $1.4 billion for latest venture fund

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Late-stage venture firm Institutional Venture Partners said on Thursday it had raised $1.4 billion for its latest fund, IVP XV, showing continued investor appetite for late-stage private companies even as the public-market’s appetite seems to be flagging. [ID: nL3N0X32VZ]

The fund marks a considerable boost over the $1 billion IVP XIV raised in 2012, and to some extent reflects the growing tendency of late-stage startups to delay tapping public markets for funds and instead turn to late-stage investors. Josh Kopelman at First Round Capital has dubbed the phenomenon the “Private IPO.” (here)

Apr 15, 2015

Uber backers NEA, Menlo Ventures raise large venture funds

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – New Enterprise Associates has raised $2.8 billion for its 15th fund while Menlo Ventures has raised $400 million for its 12th, the venture-capital firms announced Wednesday.

In addition, NEA raised another $350 million for later-stage investments.

The raises show continued investor appetite for big-name venture funds even amid the slowing market for initial public offerings, the preferred exit for venture investments.

Apr 13, 2015

A global development financier’s Silicon Valley foray

SAN FRANCISCO, April 13 (Reuters) – San Francisco-based
startup Planet Labs, a company that aims to blanket the skies
with low-cost satellites, has raised nearly $140 million from
investors that include Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and
SpaceX backer Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Now, the company has
raised an additional $20 million from an unlikely contender: the
venture arm of the International Finance Corporation, a
multilateral lending organization that’s part of the World Bank.

The IFC describes its mission as “alleviating poverty and
creating opportunity.” Generally, that has meant investing in
emerging markets, not the Silicon Valley.

Apr 13, 2015

Clinton wins high marks for social-media launch

SAN FRANCISCO, April 13 (Reuters) – Presidential contender
Hillary Clinton tweeted, Facebooked and YouTubed her way through
the first official day of her campaign in a social media
strategy that earned her high marks among marketers.

Her tweet announcing her candidacy notched almost 90,000
retweets by the end of the day Sunday, her campaign video more
than 1 million views on YouTube, and her Facebook campaign page
almost 500,000 likes.