Between the GE brand and its substantial capital pool, GE Ventures could probably snag any investment it wants through traditional channels — but the OurCrowd partnership demonstrates GE’s confidence in crowdfunding as a valuable method for company discovery.
You know all those brilliant startup ideas you have, that you just don’t have time to execute? Now there is a way to turn those ideas into reality, without dealing with silly little things like accounting and legal issues.
You too can feel like Sergey Brin, Larry Ellison, or even James Bond — flying around the world in a private jet. Fresh Jets launched its apps today that connect individual and business travelers with seats on private jets.
Guest Post For startups looking for a new competitive advantage, a multilingual presence may be the answer.
Guest Post Once upon a time, if you wanted to make it in the startup world, you had to be in The Valley for access to both money and mentoring. But as startup ecosystems begin to grow elsewhere, residency in California is no longer a requisite.
The idea, which won the AppHappening Innovation Contest and helped Kristina Wilms secure a spot on StartupBus Europe, was inspired by her own struggles with depression.
Interestingly, US-based Airbnb has not joined the collective — potentially a deliberate effort by Wimdu, 9Flats, and HouseTrip to band together and compete against their strongest rival.
Sponsored Post CRM, Marketing Automation, Support Desks, Web Analytics, and more services are emerging every day that are designed to capture precious data about your customers. Businesses are armed with more data than ever before about leads and customers. But how do you leverage that data to drive more revenue? Let’s explore the problem with your ”CRM”.
Guest Post We sat tucked away in the back corners of the classroom, instructed not to participate in the discussion until the last 15 minutes.
Guest Post The most successful hardware companies are the ones that look a lot like Gillette.
Student-first online education hub Chegg filed a public version of its documentation to go public today, seeking to raise $158 million by selling 14.4 million shares at between $9.50 and $11.50.
Guest Post The JOBS Act attempts to do the impossible: Balance investor protection with the desire to enable companies to raise money from strangers all over the country with minimal red tape.
And I am saying this as one of the earliest proponents of a crowdfunding exemption.
Things are changing over at Kickstarter.
Editor’s Pick The Strata + Hadoop World conference attracts the biggest names in big data, but it also gives some smaller, emerging players a chance to shine. Here are six promising startups we met at Strata.
It’s critical that founders determine key relationships before they get started — both with each other and with other consultants and advisors that may assist them — so it’s clear what everyone expects from each other and who gets what rights.
Editor’s Pick While I’m now a resident of Austin, Texas, I still couldn’t believe some of these companies were operating and based here.
Editor’s Pick Penelope Trunk has always been about careers. And she’s always been about off-the-wall suggestions, wacky ideas, and colorful ways of expressing them. Her new startup, Quistic, is exactly like her.
Quistic is a career-building online learning site focused on people who are not like you.
“What’s cooler: music or computer programming?” I asked Will.i.am, one of the founding members of the iconic hip hop band Black Eyed Peas. “Coding,” he replied instantly. “By about 10 times. A trillion times.”
Editor’s Pick Want a coffee? Now you can pay in Bitcoin.
The world’s first Bitcoin ATM is opening up for business this morning at a coffee shop in Vancouver, Canada. You can now buy, sell, and trade Bitcoin at a real, physical machine, depositing cash and checks for Bitcoin.
Khosla Ventures VC Andrew Chung started his entrepreneurial career at age 5, working the cash register in his parents’ restaurant. In this interview, he talks about how that experience — and his brush with fame as a singer — shaped his business philosophy.
Guest Post Eric Bovim is Managing Director at McBee Strategic
Guest Post Trying to grow too quickly might kill your local marketplace startup.
Guest Post You need to start giving up that precious time you barely have to help your customers grow their businesses.
Guest Post This is why FailCon is an example of being “authentic” in Silicon Valley.
Twitter is delivering four times the revenue per visitor this year over last year, and Facebook’s ad click-through rate has jumped 275 percent, according to the Q3 Adobe Social Intelligence report, released today.
Editor's Pick In its run-up to IPO, Twitter has built ad tools for geotargeting and retargeting as well as ad products for the music industry and the TV industry. It’s built an Ads API for partners, and even bought an ad exchange to broaden access to its massive 500 million tweets per day inventory.
Ouya’s $1 million “Free the Games” fund didn’t work as planned. CEO Julie Uhrman tells VentureBeat how she fixed the program.
“Japan is a special market. Even if you have a very good service or product, without a good marketing or distribution channel, you won’t be successful. You need a good partner.”
Guest Post Every day we hear about investors chasing the new, shiny innovations that can add to the top line, but what about that other line — the bottom line?
In a new study on mobile wallets, Javelin Research investigated the “gang of five” — Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and PayPal — and their ability to win or lose the still-developing war for the mobile wallet. Interestingly, all of them would lose to consumer’s primary financial institution, their bank.
The fund will invest in early-stage companies across Asia, Europe, Israel, and the U.S.. The goal is to support startups with a global vision.
Editor's Pick Soon, common folk like you and me will be able to invest in the startup (or small business) next door.
Guest Post Today, several members of the House Judiciary committee released the Innovation Act of 2013 as an attempt to curb the pernicious growth of the patent troll business model.
Founded by the former CTO of E*Trade, Sharewave makes it easier for private companies to communicate with their shareholders.
Happify gives you activities and exercises people to hone your happiness skills.
Emu understands what you’re saying and adds “smart buttons” to your text messages.
In the next five years, mobile advertising will grow over 300 percent from about $13 billion today to just under $40 billion, Juniper Research says in a new report. Believe it or not, that guidance sounds too conservative, and too slow.
Guest Post We all know about the perfect pivot, but what about participating in a “pivot” round?
Seagate’s Kinetic Open Storage cuts out the storage server tier so that storage itself becomes the platform.
Berlin-based company builder Project A Ventures today announced a six-figure investment in online security service ZenGuard. The news comes just one week after German media conglomerate Axel Springer announced a €30m investment in the company builder.