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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."

Uber CEO Pounces on DUI Arrest of California Lawmaker

blogs.wsj.com — Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick seized on the opportunity Monday to flag what he saw as a bit of ironic news: A California state senator was arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol, hours after voting for legislation that would further regulate ride-sharing services such as Uber.

Airbnb’s Official Funding Haul: $475 Million

blogs.wsj.com — A new funding round for accommodation-rental site Airbnb settled at $475 million, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing, giving the startup more ammunition to expand globally, add more travel services and battle regulators.

Twitter Acquires Security-Password Startup Mitro

online.wsj.com — Twitter Inc. has acquired a small password-security startup called Mitro, which said Thursday its team will join the social media company to help bolster its geolocation capabilities. The New York startup, founded by former Google Inc. engineers, announced the deal on its website without disclosing financial terms. Twitter didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, though its vice president of engineering, Alex Roetter,...
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Oct 24, 2014

Interesting subject-line technique from a flack I've never contacted: "Just getting back to you..." (Delete)

Oct 24, 2014

RT @msuster: This @ScottMAustin piece sounds right. Most VCs I talk to optimistic about long-term but worry about recent behavior blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @danielgraf: Best time to buy airline tickets? 57days ahead for domestic flights, 171 for international... ideally on a Sunday. online.wsj.com/articles/the-b…

Oct 23, 2014

At #WSJDLive: Tim Cook / Jack Ma open, Ballmer / James Cameron close. Lots of big-timers like @pmarca in between. wsjdlive.wsj.com

Oct 23, 2014

RT @WSJSpotlight: Stunning view from the location of the inaugural #WSJDLive conference kicking off this Monday. wsjdlive.wsj.com pic.twitter.com/KFN7VXSc9X

Oct 23, 2014

Scoop on @WSJD: Airbnb discusses an employee stock sale at a $13 billion valuation. on.wsj.com/1yr68Bo by @dmac1 et al

Oct 23, 2014

RT @WSJdigits: Venture Capitalists’ Confidence Is Waning — or So It Seems on.wsj.com/1wgxJr0

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