Silicon Valley Watcher (Startups)

2018
January
31,
2018
| 11:50 PM America/Los_Angeles
Venture capital funding for female founders of startups edged up by a tiny amount in 2017 with 2.2% of a total of $85 billion invested compared with all-male teams receiving 79% according to a report by Fortune. The number of deals edged up to 4.4...
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2017
October
23,
2017
| 03:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
Europe’s Brexit problem could be to blame… There's a big slowdown in dealmaking in the global Technology, Media &Telecommunications (TTM) sector with the value dropping by $92 billion or nearly a quarter during the first nine month...
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October
20,
2017
| 04:54 PM America/Los_Angeles
Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway clothing service said that she was the victim of sexual harassment but that gender discrimination is the larger issue and it’s not being addressed. Hyman was speaking to 200 female startup CEOs at the Pro...
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February
17,
2017
| 12:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
We are in an era of “Hyperscale companies” such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple that limit opportunities for startups warns Sam Altman, head of Y Combinator,  Silicon Valley’s influential investment group, accelerator and educator. T...
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February
07,
2017
| 08:26 PM America/Los_Angeles
Chelsea Peretti (above) a comedic actress, introduced the 10th Annual Crunchies — awards celebrating startups and VCs in Silicon Valley — and managed some decent jokes poking fun at the techie audience and coming up with some great app ideas. (The fi...
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2015
July
28,
2015
| 05:25 PM America/Los_Angeles
Twitter is cleaning up in the Tenderloin. Twitter's second quarter financial loss was smaller than Wall Street estimates but it also reported a large slowdown in the number of users and shares slid about 6% in after-market trading.It reported its slo...
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June
01,
2015
| 01:43 PM America/Los_Angeles
I'll be at the Startup Voodoo conference in St. Louis on June 18. Here is an interview by conference co-founder Aaron Perlut, with one of the keynote speakers: Maxine Clark, who pioneered crowd-sourcing in 1997 to build a very successful business. By...
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May
20,
2015
| 07:39 PM America/Los_Angeles
Alan Boehme, CIO and Chief Innovation Officer at Coca-Cola Company, spoke at IDG's CIO Perspectives conference in San Francisco. Maryfran Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of CIO Magazine, introduced him by saying he had "cracked the code" on startups.I was s...
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March
17,
2015
| 02:37 PM America/Los_Angeles
Rice University, MIT and the University of Richmond, today at SXSW unveiled their annual list of ranked startup accelerators. Y Combinator was top last year but this year it reclassified itself as a seed fund. The top 20:AngelPadMuckerLabTechstarsUni...
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January
23,
2015
| 01:47 PM America/Los_Angeles
Shares in Box jumped strongly in their first day of trading reaching as much as 77% above the $14 initial pricing to $24.73 and a valuation of about $3 billion. It closed at $23.23, up 66%.The strong showing confounded some skeptics who pointed to Bo...
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2014
December
11,
2014
| 08:41 AM America/Los_Angeles
Photo credit: Chris Knight.Rainy weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm shown by young Brazilian entrepreneurs at "Start-up Brasil Demo Day," reports Chris Knight.Guest post by Chris KnightIt was a packed house earlier this week, for San Francisco's fi...
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December
11,
2014
| 02:10 PM America/Los_Angeles
Huddle, the UK founded enterprise collaboration service, has raised $51 million to finance a large expansion.Headquartered in San Francisco, Huddle is experiencing a boom in business and says the capital will help it grow at a faster rate. In 2014 it...
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November
18,
2014
| 11:56 AM America/Los_Angeles
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Photo: JD LasickaUber senior executive Emil Michael's comments that journalists who criticize Uber should have their personal lives investigated and publicized has created yet another controversy for the ride hailing app star...
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November
07,
2014
| 11:40 AM America/Los_Angeles
 The 25 winners of a startup competition that attracted 2,000 entrants, were announced this week at the Tibco Now conference in San Francisco.(Tibco Software is a former sponsor of SVW.)Ten of the winning 25 startups chosen by the judges in the Extre...
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November
06,
2014
| 12:15 PM America/Los_Angeles
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November
05,
2014
| 01:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
Gabe Lozano, CEO of Lockerdome.Over the course of my career as a journalist I've met with many thousands of CEOs of large and small companies and I know quality when I see it. On my recent trip to St. Louis and my brief few days with the city's start...
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October
27,
2014
| 07:20 AM America/Los_Angeles
 Dennis Lower, President of the Cortex Innovation District among blueprints and maps. (CortexSTL.com)Dennis Lower has spent nearly three decades building research parks around the US and he's at the peak of his talents and at the forefront of a very ...
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October
26,
2014
| 07:10 AM America/Los_Angeles
The central goal of my St. Louis trip was to help with Startup Voodoo, the launch of a new conference focused on helping to grow the local startup community by bringing together investors, mentors, and startups to share their lessons and encourage ea...
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October
26,
2014
| 07:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
(From my series on St. Louis startups.)On my first day in St. Louis I was part of a panel at a meeting of the local chapter of the Social Media Club at The Wheelhouse: "The Integration of Social Technology and the Startup Mindset."Aaron Perlut (above...
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October
16,
2014
| 02:27 PM America/Los_Angeles
Ginger Imster (above) is Executive Director of Arch Grants, funded by four St. Louis philanthropists with the aim of encouraging innovative ventures that boost the diversity of tech jobs and the diversity of the population, in the St. Louis metro are...
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October
16,
2014
| 01:07 PM America/Los_Angeles
Robin Rath Co-founder of Pixel Press demonstrates the iPad app.Pixel Press is a local star startup because it's raised $750,000 and has a very cool technology that converts simple drawings into video games simply by using square-lined drawing paper. ...
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October
16,
2014
| 12:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
Bud Albers, former Disney CTO, angel investor and CEO of ClickWithMeNow.My first meeting in St. Louis also turned out to be one of my favorite interviews,  with Bud Albers, a veteran of many large corporations and mentor to many local startups.Albers...
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October
16,
2014
| 11:26 AM America/Los_Angeles
With it's famous arch in the background, St. Louis celebrates 250 years in 2014.I recently returned from 4 days in St. Louis, meeting the local startup community and contributing to a new conference, Startup Voodoo organized by local tech news site T...
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September
15,
2014
| 04:52 PM America/Los_Angeles
David Ulevitch, CEO of San Francisco based OpenDNS is an alumni of Washington University in St. Louis.Next week I'll be speaking at "Startup Voodoo" a new conference in St. Louis organized by Aaron Perlut and his team at Elasticity, a digital marketi...
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September
04,
2014
| 05:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
I recently met Jeffrey Shaw (above) , CEO of Underground Cellar, a startup focused on helping wineries sell wine online. He and his team has developed a great technology platform to allow wineries to market themselves and sell their wines but it is a...
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September
04,
2014
| 02:57 PM America/Los_Angeles
Google images of Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes.Life is good for Marcin Kleczynski, from Chicago. At 24 years old, he recently raised $30 million for his anti-virus startup Malwarebytes, and he won Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year 201...
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September
03,
2014
| 05:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
NamePlace, founded by Lisa Padilla (above) CTO/CMO, and co-founder Ron Brown CEO, has come out of stealth mode with an interesting service aimed at helping thousands of cities in the US gather ad revenues from assets that they have in abundance: park...
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August
26,
2014
| 04:25 PM America/Los_Angeles
 Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Photo: JD LasickaCasey Newton in The Verge has a great story about how Uber, the San Francisco ride app startup, is trying to sabotage its rival Lyft by hiring people to call and cancel thousands of rides.So much for the top...
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August
14,
2014
| 06:10 PM America/Los_Angeles
Marc Canter on stage and screen at a panel moderated by Dan Farber at the Mac 30 Anniversary event in January 2014.Marc Canter, a leading pioneer of multimedia technologies with his work at Macromedia 25 years ago, has launched Interface, a startup f...
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July
31,
2014
| 02:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
 Sol Tzvi is CEO and co-founder of GenieoGenieo, an Israeli startup developing AI software for consumers, has been acquired by Somoto, a publicly traded software company specializing in toolbars for monetizing users' web browsing.The deal is worth $3...
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