Monday May 14, 2012

  1. What's With All the Hyper-Growth Startups?

    Why is it that Viddy, Socialcam, Pinterest, and others have suddenly accelerated their growth in such a short timeframe? The surface answer is, of course, the integration with Facebook's open graph.

    By Nabeel Hyatt , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Groupon Earnings: Is the Cute Email Company Ready to Be a Real Business?

    Groupon has had a rough quarter. A rough year, even. No clear road to profitability, a disastrous accounting mistake, that beer-swilling meeting. The stupid Earth Day email. The company has become a punch line and cautionary tale. Even the Daily Deals summit -- an event created for an industry created by Groupon -- was more than a little sad. You don't have to look far to find Groupon haters.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Chill Aims to be "Front Door of Video," User Count in 8 Digit Range

    In a dingy converted apartment building off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, there’s a startup revolutionizing online video discovery and curation.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Advertising is Hated — and Failing

    People hate ads, with two exceptions: A) Sometimes one particular ad campaign will strike the public fancy, or B) Sometimes people happen to be in the ad business and, thus, are paid to like ads.

    By Philip Bump , written on

    From the News desk

  5. AngelPad Doesn't Make Many Mistakes, But Maybe It Should

    Four classes of startups in the books over two years and Bay Area incubator AngelPad "hasn’t had an oops” yet, according to co-founder Thomas Korte. Well thats about as exciting as elevator music and it's equally as likely to produce a 100x return on investment.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Blowing Up: Cmune Takes Uberstrike to iPad (Soon) and Wins Funding from Atomico

    Quick – name a first-person shooter game that you can play on Facebook.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Fred Wilson Is Wrong About The Problem With Venture Capital

    Last week Forbes ran a story in which Fred Wilson discussed the challenges facing the venture capital industry. According to the piece, he said, “The biggest issue: there is simply too much money.” I have the utmost respect for Fred, but I think framing the problem as “too much money” is like saying gamblers lose in Vegas, because they’re rich. People don’t lose because they have too much money, they lose because they don’t know how to play.

    By Francisco Dao , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Behance Goes from Bootstrapped to VC-Backed with $6.5 Million Funding

    Thomas Edison’s saying that “Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration,” has served as New York-based Behance’s guiding principle since the company’s founding in 2006. Today, though, the quote would have to mention $6.5 million in funding to be completely relevant.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

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