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Twitter’s Anthony Noto Had Top Pay of $73 Million Last Year

wsj.com — Anthony Noto, the former banker who left his lucrative career at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to become financial chief at Twitter Inc., was the top earner at the social media company last year. Mr. Noto had compensation of $72.8 million in 2014, including stock awards valued at $63.1 million and options of $9.5 million, according to Twitter's annual proxy statement filed Monday.

Twitter’s Anthony Noto had top pay of $73 million last year

marketwatch.com — Anthony Noto, the former banker who left his lucrative career at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to become financial chief at Twitter Inc. , was the top earner at the social media company last year. Noto had compensation of $72.8 million in 2014, including stock awards valued at $63.1 million and options of $9.5 million, according to Twitter's annual proxy statement filed Monday.

Credits Roll On Would-Be ‘Thunder Lizard’ B-Side Entertainment

blogs.wsj.com — Angel investor Mike Maples, Jr., is drawing a lot of attention in the tech blogosphere after his speech last week in which he descriptively labeled certain start-ups as "Thunder Lizards" (think Godzilla). In Maples' eyes, these are companies that devour competitors and are "wildly disruptive" yet don't need to raise a ton of capital.

Kleiner Perkins Invests In Facebook At $52 Billion Valuation

blogs.wsj.com — Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Facebook are together at last. VentureWire reports today that Kleiner is taking a small stake in Facebook by buying as much as $38 million of stock from other shareholders at a valuation of $52 billion - a bit higher than the $50 billion price tag that Goldman Sachs and DST Global set when they recently invested $1.5 billion.

Doerr and Moritz Stir VCs in One-On-One Showdown

wsj.com — By Scott Austin From Dow Jones VentureWire About 500 venture capitalists packed a hotel ballroom Wednesday to witness a rare interview between two of their most successful colleagues, John Doerr and Mike Moritz.
Mar 04, 2015

This came up in court - Doerr's comment from '08 that the best founders are white, male nerds with no social life. wsj.com/articles/SB121…

Mar 04, 2015

RT @ScottMAustin: This came up in court - Doerr's comment from '08 that the best founders are white, male nerds with no social life. wsj.com/articles/SB121…

Mar 04, 2015

RT @ScottMAustin: This came up in court - Doerr's comment from '08 that the best founders are white, male nerds with no social life. wsj.com/articles/SB121…

Uber Breach Exposes 50,000 Driver Names and License Numbers

blogs.wsj.com — The names and drivers-license numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were taken in a computer-security breach last year, the company said Friday. The car-hailing service said it discovered the breach of an Uber database in September, determining it occurred in May, and immediately restricted access to the database.
Feb 27, 2015

Uber Breach Exposes 50,000 Driver Names and License Numbers murph.me/1N0cMHm @wsj

Feb 27, 2015

Uber waited 5 months to notify 50,000 drivers of data breach affecting names and license numbers on.wsj.com/1EUFzat via @dmac1 et al

Feb 27, 2015

Uber took 5 months to report this data breach State laws FL: 30 days WI: 45 days CA: "most expedient time possible" on.wsj.com/1EUFzat

Feb 27, 2015

RT @dmac1: Uber took 5 months to report this data breach State laws FL: 30 days WI: 45 days CA: "most expedient time possible" on.wsj.com/1EUFzat

Feb 27, 2015

RT @dmac1: Uber took 5 months to report this data breach State laws FL: 30 days WI: 45 days CA: "most expedient time possible" on.wsj.com/1EUFzat

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Meet the Hottest Tech Startups

wsj.com — A billion dollars never seemed so ordinary in startup land. For the past year, The Wall Street Journal and research firm Dow Jones VentureSource have actively tracked private companies valued at $1 billion or more by venture-capital firms through a newly relaunched interactive project called The Billion Dollar Startup Club.
Feb 18, 2015

RT @WSJD: A billion dollars never seemed so ordinary in startup land. 73 VC-backed startups are valued at $1B on.wsj.com/1DsWbc8 by @ScottMAustin

Feb 18, 2015

Nearly one company per week on average joined the Billion Dollar Startup Club last year. on.wsj.com/1DsWbc8

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Yahoo’s Mobile Sales Now Make Up 20% of Total Revenue

blogs.wsj.com — Yahoo's revenue fell yet again this past quarter, but investors might take solace in CEO Marissa Mayer's quote emblazoned at the top of the company's press release: Sales of ads from mobile devices rose 23% in the fourth quarter and now make up about one-fifth of total sales.
Jan 27, 2015

Yahoo’s Mobile Sales Now Make Up 20% of Total Revenue murph.me/1uyWk5t @wsj

Snapchat cracks top 10 largest u.s. venture-capital deals

marketwatch.com — Messaging firm Snapchat disclosed in a filing on New Year's Eve that it raised a whopping investment totaling $486 million, capping a year that included some of the biggest private-funding rounds in history. To find out where Los Angeles-based Snapchat's financing ranks in the annals of venture capital, we turned to Dow Jones VentureSource, which has catalogued private investments in U.S.
Jan 02, 2015

RT @MarketWatch: Messaging firm Snapchat disclosed on New Year’s Eve that it raised a whopping $486 million on.mktw.net/1EVz1MS pic.twitter.com/PlD5qg1UuH

Snapchat Cracks Top 10 Largest U.S. Venture-Capital Deals

blogs.wsj.com — Messaging firm Snapchat disclosed in a filing on New Year's Eve that it raised a whopping $486 million investment, capping a year that included some of the biggest private-funding rounds in history. To find out where Los Angeles-based Snapchat's financing ranks in the annals of venture capital, we turned to Dow Jones VentureSource, which has catalogued private investments in U.S.
Jan 02, 2015

Snapchat Cracks Top 10 Largest U.S. Venture-Capital Deals murph.me/1AmKMbe @wsj

Jan 02, 2015

Google, Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo raised $150m *combined* before IPOs. Total worth today: $614 billion. blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/01…

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Jul 28, 2015

I wish I could get paid $960 an hour to read a newspaper article for 18 minutes. blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/07…

Jul 26, 2015

Only in California. I guess I'm supposed to hold my breath while I wait to board the plane. pic.twitter.com/8rLeI7gSUC

Jul 25, 2015

RT @MikeSpectorWSJ: Fiat Chrysler Faces Record $105 million fine for recall lapses. @WSJ Saturday night scoop: on.wsj.com/1CXRtEP

Jul 25, 2015

Ha: "LinkedIn is the roach motel of contacts. Your contacts check in, but they don’t check out." twitter.com/alistairmbarr/…

Jul 25, 2015

Jack Dorsey's Square stake = $1.6B Twitter stake = $840M Which do you think he is more likely to protect? on.wsj.com/1CVNrN7

Jul 23, 2015

RT @daiwaka: Apple announces $10.7 bln profit, market knocks $60 bln off market cap. Amazon comes in w $92 mln profit, market cap goes up $36bln. Got it?

Jul 23, 2015

“The great thing about being cool is that you don’t have to be that good of a player." youtube.com/watch?v=nnj6tP… twitter.com/daiwaka/status…

Jul 23, 2015

In other words, a seed VC firm in the midst of raising $25M is defending seed investing. sec.gov/Archives/edgar… twitter.com/Recode/status/…

Jul 23, 2015

RT @ShiraOvide: Reminder: More smartphones shipped in 2Q than there will be PCs sold this year. 337 million vs. ~290 million. idc.com/getdoc.jsp?con…

Jul 23, 2015

RT @HirokoTabuchi: Worrying. Nikkei is basically a PR machine for Japanese biz; it initially ignored the 2011 Olympus accounting scandal (which FT broke)

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