Alibaba predicts that 2013 will be the year that Chinese e-commerce surpasses U.S e-commerce, with $265 billion in sales compared to a projected $230 billion for America, and that total Chinese online sales will reach $445 billion in 2015.
Pinterest just raised $200 million at a $2.5 billion valuation. But if the company seriously starts to monetize what marketers like Sephora are finding in the social shopping platform, two and a half billion dollars is far too cheap.
Editor’s Pick Walter L. Shaw is someone you’ve never heard of. But he invented big chunks of your world, and then died, almost penniless, living on the charity of his international jewel thief son, a made man in John Gotti’s New York mob.
Guest Post Many startups have a “make it happen now” sense of urgency that is important to their survival and success. But that urgency can actually hurt the brand-building process.
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Sponsored Post We were told cloud was flexible, like sculpting with Play-Doh, but lately it’s been becoming more and more rigid, like trying to sculpt with Legos.
Guest Post The only way to save your company is to give it away, one chunk of shares at a time.
Thinkful’s virtual tutoring platform provides personalized training for college students in practical skills like web development and design.
Sponsored Post This VentureBeat offer won’t just help you up your coding knowledge and expertise, but it will do so in a way that allows you to go at your own pace – and at a fraction of the regular cost.
Outbox, a startup launching in San Francisco today, is an alternative to the “old system” of mail delivery. Outbox will collect and manage your physical mail for $5 a month, so you won’t have to visit your postal mailbox again.
The MYO armband lets people control their computers, phones, and other devices with their gestures.
Sponsored Post In the span of 3 years, FoundersCard as grown it’s membership to over 10,000 entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide. What is it about FoundersCard that is so attractive to entrepreneurs?
BoingBoing co-editor Cory Doctorow remembers Internet activist Aaron Swartz, and talks about how freedom isn’t built in to the technologies we use.
Wooga is one of the most successful casual games publishers to date. In this video, founder and CEO Jens Begemann talks about starting Wooga, keeping a healthy company culture, dealing with Facebook – and his thoughts on the hype surrounding startups in Berlin.
Refund.me is a Potsdam-based startup dedicated to getting passengers compensation from flight companies when their planes are delayed or cancelled.
Every year, the hiring and recruiting industry spends about $9 billion on job ads for a pitiful success rate of under 4 percent. KarmaHire is is trying to change that, to flip the funnel on hiring — and it’s succeeding, so far.
Guest Post Crowdfunding, angel investing, friends-and-family rounds — if you’re new to startup investment, read this article before writing your first check.
Guest Post These “big four” issues can dramatically affect your interests and your relationship with your investors.
Guest Post Think your startup will succeed if you only hire unicorn employees? Here’s why that’s ridiculous.
Memolane is a small Internet startup in San Francisco, it says, that strongly believes in the power of memories. Soon, that’s all that will be left.
This Monday, VentureBeat will be at your service as we host our first open office hours in San Francisco.
“It’s a way better deal than Groupon,” Kim said. “Also, advertisers can track this.”
Guest Post Why hasn’t Russia produced more world-changing companies? Perhaps it’s because the country doesn’t encourage experimentation and rebellion — essential qualities for entrepreneurs as well as punk rockers.
“The vast majority of organizations put their emergency information on paper,” Summers says. “This is an opportunity to leverage networking technology for safety.”
“If you can wipe your nose, you can be a VC,” Singh said. “Please don’t tweet that.”
Editor’s Pick Fourteen startups presented at the Rock Health startup accelerator demo event, sharing their approaches to improving health care in America.
Mark Cuban might be an investment slut, but he’s just as certainly a massive name that attracts a lot of attention — not least from other investors. So when Aman Mann of Procurify cold-emailed him for an investment, he knew exactly what he was doing.
Guest Post With tight budgets, hosting a launch party is a big commitment, especially for a startup. Here’s how to increase your returns.
Ahh, the chaos, excitement, sheer terror, and sometimes, sadly, ennui of demo day.
The tables are set. Our sneakers are laced. It’s time to get serious. The 2013 Golden Gate Smackdown is upon us!
Twitter and HootSuite announced a new way of selling and managing promoted tweets, promoted trends, and promoted accounts: right in HootSuite’s social media management dashboard.
A picture might indeed be worth a thousand words as visual social networks Pinterest and Instagram continue to grow. But how do analytics change when photos say more than text?
New York City Mayor Bloomberg, who describes himself as an “entrepreneur” first and foremost on Twitter, is launching a new initiative to support local tech startups.
The average angel is 47 years old, makes $90,000 a year, invests in one out of every 10 deals he sees, invests $37,000 in each deal, and lives in California. The halo and the wings? Those are just for show.
Guest Post Here’s how to not sound like a tool or a startup clone in eight easy steps!
Guest Post Since I decided to go into web search, I immediately applied to Google. Along the way, the same question came up over and over “Who do you know at Google?”
Prestigious venture capital firm Sequoia Capital confirms existence of its Scout Seed Fund, which provides entrepreneurs with liquidity to make angel investments in early-stage startups.
NYU will create a Center for Data Science composed of faculty from across the university and will offer a variety of graduate-degree programs to its students.
What kinds of posts do well with your Facebook audience? What topics are most viral for your customers? And how can you find clones of your best fans?
Guest Post For some reason over the last 6 months or so I started caring about being liked. Liked by the Silicon Valley set. Liked by venture capitalists. Liked by the kind of men that determine who is or is not “one of us” in tech.