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    Three roles that every investor should play

    (Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Boriz Wertz, founder of Version One Ventures. The post went through PandoDaily’s usual editorial process. Mr. Wertz was not paid for this post.) Three roles that every investor should play What’s the right role for an investor to play with their portfolio? Should he or she be the biggest cheerleader, the toughest critic, or just have the deepest pockets? As someone who is still relatively early in his investing career, I often think…
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    Launch Tennessee: This is why startups hate working with politicians

    A quick update from Pando’s department of public fights we really don’t have time for… Pando historians will remember that, last year, our flagship Nashville conference (then called “Southland”) was produced in partnership with “Launch Tennessee,” the state-funded regional development agency tasked with encouraging entrepreneurship in Tennessee. We were responsible for the on-stage content and guests, and brought in the vast majority of sponsors, and Launch Tennessee helped with logistics and fronted part of the cost. This year’s event — Pandoland! —…
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    Startups Anonymous: The Secrets of a Startup Founder

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we’ll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] We entrepreneurs keep a lot of…
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    Are Facebook and Yelp losing the support of small businesses?

    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Stuart Wall, founder and CEO of Signpost. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process and Mr Wall was not paid for his work.  Last month I struggled to help my sister remove an inaccurate Yelp listing. Her pottery business moved over a year ago, yet many would-be-customers are directed to her old address. Simple problem, right? Not quite. Yelp offered her little in the way of support: there’s no phone hotline, customer service requests disappear…
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    Startups Anonymous: What startup fear and failure really look like

    Every Wednesday, for the past ten months or so, I’ve been sharing anonymous stories here on Pando from founders in the trenches. This week I’m going to share one of my own. This month marks the one year anniversary of StartupsAnonymous.com. It’s also nearly a year ago that I wrote an anonymous post titled, We’re Shutting Down and I’m Scared. It was a raw and unedited glimpse into my fear and failure at the exact moment I…
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    Charlie Hebdo: Unmournable Frenchies

    There was a weird smell to the Anglo media’s stories on the Charlie Hebdo massacre, a stench uncommonly like gloating. Before the 12 bodies were even cold, the New Yorker published a sermon by Teju Cole, in which he pronounced the dead Frenchies “Unmournable.” Cole’s refusal to mourn made no sense, rambling through the Inquisition, “France’s colonial history,” US drone strikes on Pakistan, and an obscure 16th-century Italian theologist before he even got around to hinting in a…
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    Amoruso’s NastyGal move might show she knows herself as well as she knows her “girl”

    We all know there’s no such thing as the overnight success in the startup world — much as Hollywood and glossy magazines would like to pretend there is. But there are startup slogs and then there are startup slogs. If building a tiny software idea into a $1 billion company is a marathon, building a tiny ecommerce idea into a $1 billion ecommerce company is an Ironman, in the snow. Re/Code — rapidly positioning itself as a go-to blog for…
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    Startups Anonymous: The sad tale of breaking up with my co-founder

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we’ll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] “Happy 28th Steve. The Journey is…
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    Tech IPOs are hot, but for the generation’s best companies, it’s all about private markets

    As 2014 came to a close, we looked at how it was a strong year for tech IPOs, but maybe not as hot as it appeared when compared to a surge in late-stage private financings. After digging deeper into historical data provided by Mattermark and Renaissance Capital, we’ve found more evidence of a shift from a public to private market focus in the tech sector. As we noted earlier, Renaissance, an IPO research and ETF firm, counted 55 companies in the tech sector that went public on US…
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    Startups Anonymous: Happy New Year and up yours, haters!

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we’ll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] “Your track record is HORRIBLE!! It’s…

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