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Is Uber’s Biggest Rival Itself? A Collection of Controversy

blogs.wsj.com — In his bid to upend the taxicab industry, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has simultaneously declared war on taxi drivers, governments around the world and smaller rivals like Lyft. But on its war path to a $30 billion valuation, Uber continues to battle itself with questionable comments and tactics that are in danger of harming the company's reputation and becoming a liability.

Six New Features to Expect From Twitter

blogs.wsj.com — Twitter on Wednesday sought to quell criticism that it isn't improving the design and functionality of its service fast enough. Company executives touted a slew of new features and products - without giving away too much - that are coming within the next 12 months.

Lyft Alleges Former Executive Took Secret Documents With Him to Uber

blogs.wsj.com — An executive who recently left Lyft to join ridesharing rival Uber is being accused of taking secret documents with him. Lyft said it has sued Travis VanderZanden, its former chief operating officer, for breaching a confidentiality agreement he signed upon joining the company last year.

Four More Years of Blowing Venture Bubbles?

blogs.wsj.com — If at least one bright spot emanated from the financial crisis, it's that the economic despair washed away, for a short time, endless talk of an Internet investment bubble. If you'll recall, nearly every newspaper, technology blog and geek fest debated whether there was a "Web 2.0″ bubble in 2006, the year Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion, Facebook Inc.

Venture Capitalists’ Confidence Is Waning - or So It Seems

blogs.wsj.com — A quarterly survey that gauges the confidence level in Silicon Valley shows that venture capitalists downgraded their enthusiasm in the third quarter. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Bay Area's big-spending climate is about to change. Prof. Mark Cannice of the University of San Francisco asked VCs to estimate their confidence in the area's entrepreneurial environment over the next six to 18 months.

Yahoo’s Alibaba IPO Riches: $6.3 Billion

blogs.wsj.com — Yahoo's official haul from the Alibaba IPO: $6.3 billion.That's after paying about $4 billion in taxes, but the sum is a bit larger than most estimates pegging the total between $5 billion and $6 billion. Yahoo said it ended the third quarter with more than $12 billion in cash and marketable securities, even after it spent $1.6 billion buying back shares.

A Whole New Ballgame For Curt Schilling

blogs.wsj.com — Curt Schilling is moving on to a whole new game. The question is, will he be just as successful? The two-time World Series champion and six-time Major League Baseball All-Star is now a full-time entrepreneur after officially retiring from baseball on Monday.

Uber: We’ll ‘Correct and Discuss’ Allegations by San Francisco, Los Angeles

blogs.wsj.com — Uber plans to fight back against new allegations by the San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys that ride-sharing services are breaking the law and misleading consumers. On Thursday, the district attorneys said they delivered letters to Uber and its rivals Lyft and Sidecar that threaten legal action unless they make certain changes.

Second Act: ‘Startup.com’ Stars Reflect On Life A Decade Later

blogs.wsj.com — During the dot-com boom and bust, the same story played out for hundreds of entrepreneurs seduced by the get-rich-quick promise of the Internet. Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman were perfect examples - two 20-somethings who left their jobs in 1999 to start a dot-com company, raise too much venture capital, struggle with a business model, fight with the board, and ultimately lose it all.

Tinder Settles Sexual Harassment Suit With Former Executive

blogs.wsj.com — Facing a potentially messy sexual-harassment lawsuit, dating app Tinder and its parent IAC/InterActiveCorp have settled with a former executive. In June, Whitney Wolfe, an early employee and former vice president of marketing at Tinder, alleged that company co-founders Justin Mateen and Sean Rad subjected her "to a barrage of horrendously sexist, racist and otherwise inappropriate comments" and stripped her of a "co-founder" title because she was a "young female."
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Nov 24, 2014

RT @dkberman: These are the top-rated messages on YikYak, the app that just raised $62 million from Silicon Valley's best VCs. pic.twitter.com/omu81srFWB

Nov 24, 2014

RT @alexia: Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble tcrn.ch/1uYULzJ by @jordanrcrook

Nov 24, 2014

RT @sama: Facebook at 1 year old: $13.2MM total raised. Yik Yak at 1 year old: $73.5MM total raised.

Nov 23, 2014

Yik Yak was valued at $10m in April. Now it's in the 'hundreds of millions.' Is that normal? on.wsj.com/11MCtHx scoop by @EvelynRusli

Nov 21, 2014

Confirmed: Fab may sell for ~$25m, a fraction of last year's $1b valuation. Though assets could get spun out. blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/11…

Nov 20, 2014

@sama And I'm certainly not trying to knock TechStars. Just seems like a big disparity, and wonder if that shows strength of Silicon Valley.

Nov 20, 2014

@sama Yes, and looking at TechStars' portfolio I can't imagine it comes close to the >$30 billion you cite for YC.

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