February 2013

  1. Gang of Eight senator: Startup visa has a "good chance"

    A member of the so-called "Gang of Eight" senators who are leading the charge on bi-partisan immigration reform today said that a startup visa has a "good shot" at being included in the final legislative proposal put before Congress.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  2. There's messy. Then there's Groupon messy.

    There's no way around it. From an investor standpoint, the financial performance Groupon delivered in its most recent earnings report is a disaster. But Groupon is keeping its chin up, presenting a game face to investors as if to say: Hey, growth in our market can get messy. Like, you know, the way fast-growing startups can be messy.

    By Kevin Kelleher , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Ticketfly grew revenue 57% in 2012, proving online ticketing is still up for grabs

    Ticketing is one of those categories that many outside observers have conceded to Web 1.0 giants like Ticketmaster and StubHub. But as we learned in the Los Angeles market last fall when Ticketfly announced 400 percent growth within the market, there are entire segments – largely mid-tier and long tail, as well as remnant inventory – in which the incumbents are genuinely vulnerable.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Amazon’s Kindle glitch and the always-be-shipping-code mentality

    We’ve gotten used to the cyberattacks by now: Apple, Microsoft, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal all have been hit. Today, add another to the list: Amazon customers. Hacked accidentally by, well, Amazon.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  5. You shouldn’t be bored at a board meeting, Pt. 1: Board meeting dos and don’ts

    Most entrepreneurs view board meetings as somewhere between a total waste of time and mildly annoying. Outside board members are often similarly frustrated that they are unable to get the information and analysis they desire from these meetings. This shouldn’t be the case. Board meetings should be valuable for both management and outside board members. How can you make that happen?

    By Ted Wang , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Why increasing revenues can be bad for startups

    Fortune 500 enterprises and startups alike face constant pressure to increase revenues. Naturally, that’s not surprising. Ultimately it’s why we found startups in the first place. Meanwhile, investors want to be a part of growing companies, and smart employees want to be part of the next big thing, not the last. But this intense pressure to grow often pushes management into unhealthy and risky decisions. Take, for example, the demise of following the tragic suicide of its founder/CEO, Jody Sherman.

    By Justin Yoshimura , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Glass and smart watches: Innovation powered by vampirism

    If there's anything that the first crop of smartphones taught us it's that a device can have a fancy screen, blazing (for the time) Internet connections, and the ability to run all kinds of software, but it won't make a bit of difference if its battery conks out before lunch. The battery problem has been fixed, for the most part, with even faster devices with massive screens able to last twice or thrice as long as their earlier counterparts.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  8. CEO Supper Club: Is TV finally a sustainable way to acquire ecommerce foot traffic?

    Throughout our dinner with some of New York's ecommerce leaders, One Kings Lane's Doug Mack couldn't stop talking about TV. In our clip yesterday, he was the lone CEO at the table who said he'd rather own a TV network than a brick and mortar store.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

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