January 2013

  1. Facebook can still innovate... but only as it relates to ads

    Facebook's year-end earnings weren't too shabby. The company earned $1.53 billion in the fourth quarter, beating analyst expectations by two cents a share. Shares traded slightly up in after hours trading.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Deja vu: BeachMint loses two more C-level executives

    BeachMint has lost more c-level executives in the last month, confirms COO Greg Steiner. The first to go in this latest shakeup was CTO Carl Trudel, who left shortly before the winter holiday season. CFO Jordan Posell will also be leaving, the company announced internally this week, but not until a replacement is identified. Trudel will not be replaced, as current VP of Engineering John Gaa will instead lead BeachMint's technology efforts without a change in titles.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Subscriptions are finally back at ShoeDazzle, new venture round may be coming too

    Now these are words I never thought I'd hear ShoeDazzle founder Brian Lee say: "Bill Strauss actually did us a huge favor to free us from this model."

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  4. The show

    This past Monday night I received the news that Jody Sherman passed away. The tributes have been written by people who knew him better than I did, so I won't bother sharing my memories of the man, but his passing made me think of a problem in the startup community that everyone refuses to acknowledge until it's too late. I call this problem "the show."

    By Francisco Dao , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Will the real native advertising please stand up?

    Nearly 18 months ago, Fred Wilson gave a talk at OMMA. In it, he said, “We believe that each and every Web service we invest in should have a monetization system that is unique and native to the experience.” As prime examples, he cited Google paid search and promoted accounts on Twitter.

    By Matt Cooper , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Startup employees sold major equity last year, SecondMarket reports

    Call 2012 the year of cashing in. According to a SecondMarket's annual report, in 2012, 66 percent of sellers private company stock were current employees, and 26.3 percent were former employees. That's up from just 11 percent in 2011, when former employees made up the majority of sellers -- 79.3 percent. SecondMarket is no longer just for VC's to get out early and ex-employees to unload equity. It's for current employees.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  7. The overlooked assumption of online education

    Let’s get really highfalutin for a moment: The Internet is a great hub of ideas and learning – a democratizing and empowering force. But for all the possibilities of the Internet, there are still a lot of barriers, a reality that is especially apparent in online education.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  8. The new BlackBerry: Party in the front, uncertainty in the back

    Jokes aside, the rebranding of Research In Motion to Blackberry should smother any doubts about BlackBerry's commitment to, well, BlackBerry.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

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