Pando

January 2013

  1. Braintree finally delivers on Venmo promises with Touch

    The payment wars have been raging for the better part of a year with upstarts like Square, Stripe, and Braintree all nibbling away at PayPal's entrenched but unpopular hegemony.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  2. How Qualtrics turned students into evangelists in the corporate world

    If you want your product to catch on, make sure your customers can’t stop using it. That's a no brainer, but its easier said than done.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  3. New products need to be sold by geeks, not celebrities

    Celebrities just can't get tech endorsements right. You'd think it would be an easy job -- all you have to do is say that you like [product] because [reason] and cash a check. Yet somehow these types of deals tend to go sideways more often than not, raising the question of whether or not celebrity endorsements have any place in the technology business.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Techstars NY hires Eugene Chung as Managing Director

    Techstars has announced it hired Eugene Chung of NEA to lead its New York program. Chung has worked out of NEA's Washington DC office but has backed New York companies like BuzzFeed, and Ken Lerer's Bedrocket.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  5. FIS enters mobile payment space with $165M mFoundry acquisition

    Competition in the mobile payments space has continued to ratchet up. Those with leading technology are vying for market share, while legacy companies stuck on the outside are looking for ways to get in. For many, this will likely mean warming up the M&A machine and going shopping.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  6. 911: PagerDuty gets $10.7M for IT incident alert platform

    As real as the Series A crunch is, it seems to be having a hard time slowing down the enterprise software sector. Today, SaaS-based IT alerting and incident management startup PagerDuty announced a $10.7 million funding, making it the latest in a string of high profile financings within the category.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Some thoughts about Jody

    Hundreds of our readers in the Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles tech communities continue to express shock over the death of Jody Sherman. LinkedIn executive Christina Allen -- a good friend of Sherman's -- decided to put her feelings on paper. It spoke well to my grief, so I asked her if we could publish the post here. I hope it helps others in our community feel less alone during this time. -Sarah

    By Christina Allen , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Andreessen predicts the death of traditional retail. Yes: Absolute death

    Yesterday, when I spoke with Marc Andreessen about ShoeDazzle's rapid decline and subsequent rapid turn-around, I asked if he'd seen anything quite so dramatic in the startup world.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

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