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Wednesday October 22, 2014

  1. Can the studio model build a billion dollar company? Santa Monica's Zuma Ventures is the latest to try

    Accelerators are so 2011, or so it now seems. Few, save for Y Combinator, have managed to generate true venture caliber returns for the limited partner backers. And there’s only a handful who have shown themselves capable of consistently recruiting and graduating successful and sustainable companies. So its no surprise that many would-be investors are looking for new models to find leverage in backing early stage startups.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  2. The horrific trickle down of Asshole culture: Why I've just deleted Uber from my phone

    We shared this in our News Ticker already, but I still can't believe that an office of Uber -- a company valued at $18 billion and held up as a bastion of modern entrepreneurship -- posted an ad that encouraged, played on, and celebrated treating women who may choose to drive cars to make extra money like hookers.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Startups Anonymous: Student entrepreneurship seems rigged…

    [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.]

    By Startups Anonymous , written on

    From the News desk

  4. State of Bitcoin: Recapping Bitcoin Chief Scientist Gavin Andresen's fantastic Reddit AMA

    Gavin Andresen doesn’t want to be the “spokesmodel” for bitcoin, telling an audience of admirers as much during a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) yesterday. But as the Chief Scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation and the last known person to communicate with Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin’s eponymous inventor with whom he worked closely (remotely) during the protocol’s early days, Andresen is unavoidably one of the most influential figures within this growing industry.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  5. New game RETRY shows that Rovio can still be an interesting gaming company

    Rovio is struggling. In the last year the company has posted declining revenues, replaced its chief executive, and revealed that its Angry Birds franchise lost more than 60 million players between 2012 and 2014. It looks like the roc of mobile gaming has become a hummingbird.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Apple all but confirms the Chinese government's behind recent iCloud attacks

    Apple has confirmed that it's aware of "intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information" from its iCloud service, after reports indicated that the Chinese government was performing man-in-the-middle attacks on people in mainland China.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk