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LendingClub Hikes IPO Price Range; Implied Market Cap $4.69 Billion

blogs.wsj.com — LendingClub Corp. on Monday revised the estimated price range for its initial public offering, which also pushed the company's potential market capitalization even higher than its last private valuation. The Wall Street Journal reported that the San Francisco-based company estimated a new price range of $12 to $14 for the IPO.

Ev Williams Launches Obvious Ventures

blogs.wsj.com — Obvious Ventures, the new venture fund co-founded by Ev Williams, has officially launched with the aim of "world-positive investing."

Job Recruiting, HR Startups Land Big Venture Investments in Third Quarter

blogs.wsj.com — Startups that are providing human-resources services to companies received large funding rounds in the third quarter, driving the total this year to a high that hasn't been seen since the dot-com boom. From July through September, venture firms invested $175.9 million in U.S.-based companies that are in the human resources and recruiting sectors, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

Sequoia-Backed The Melt Moves Beyond Grilled Cheese

blogs.wsj.com — The venture-backed restaurant chain that raised eyebrows when it launched in 2011 with a high-tech approach to making and delivering grilled cheese is now branching out into other American staples. Beginning today, Sequoia Capital-backed The Melt will unveil a new menu at its 15 California restaurants that features burger melts, chicken melts, mac and cheese, and french fries.

ChargePoint Looks to Accelerate Home Penetration With Solar Partnership

blogs.wsj.com — ChargePoint Inc., a company that makes charging stations and software for electric vehicles, has become one of the world's largest charging networks primarily through having chargers in public and commercial spaces. Now the venture-backed company is pushing into the home. It will soon launch a program in conjunction with a solar installer to help it gain traction in users' garages.

Behind the Tweets: The Secretive People Behind S.F.'s Fog, Seagulls, and Bridges

sfweekly.com — During an event at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco in early November, a presenter screened a short film about San Francisco's fog. After the show concluded, before the sold-out crowd could even finish filing out of the auditorium, several people in the audience took to Twitter to tell the fog that it was featured in the show.

Interactive Map: Where The Venture Capital Dollars Are Going

blogs.wsj.com — In the Boston-versus-New York rivalry, the Red Sox and the Yankees were also-rans this baseball season. Now, Massachusetts and New York are in another battle for the No. 2 spot: U.S. venture capital investment.

Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures on Staying Small for Bigger Returns

blogs.wsj.com — Entrepreneur-turned-investor Boris Wertz wants to focus on larger venture capital returns by staying smaller. Mr. Wertz runs Vancouver, British Columbia-based Version One Ventures, investing in software startups from an $18.7 million fund since January 2012. Version One Ventures is among the "micro-VC funds" that have grown in popularity in the last few years to identify and back early-stage startups.

Accela Continues Acquisitions for Civic-Engagement Services With Purchase of Government Outreach

pevc.dowjones.com — Accela Inc. has continued its acquisition of companies to expand its offerings of civic-engagement software and services.The San Ramon, Calif.-based company has acquired Government Outreach Inc., which enables two-way communication between government agencies and citizens on a number of devices, including smartphones....

Mark Cuban on Investing: Forget Unicorns and the Big-Exit Strategy

blogs.wsj.com — Mark Cuban is tied into the tech scene as an entrepreneur and investor, but he said staying away from Silicon Valley-based companies has worked best for him. Mr. Cuban, who works out of Dallas, said companies in Silicon Valley tend to be overvalued compared to the rest of the country.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @kristenvbrown: Also, tech companies are now fighting over who can use the word "zen" sfgate.com/business/artic…

Dec 18, 2014

Vinod Khosla challenges judge’s order to open Martins Beach gate sfg.ly/1yZGXUR via @sfgate

Dec 17, 2014

RT @nicoleperlroth: American intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean state was “centrally involved” in Sony's attack: mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/wor…

Dec 17, 2014

Obama blocks oil and natural gas drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay on.wsj.com/1yWRIaC via @WSJ

Dec 17, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration moves to ban fracking on.wsj.com/1sFJ6bP via @WSJ

Dec 17, 2014

Box CEO Aaron Levie on the competition, the IPO, and Box's "defining strategy." on.wsj.com/1AkZ2Px via @WSJD @ShiraOvide

Dec 17, 2014

RT @annkillion: Check out our online package with photos & video: female surfers are breaking into big-wave scene sfgate.com/sports/article… vi…

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