Top 5 exit-deal killers for early-stage companies

Early-stage companies that have plenty of engineering talent but insufficient investment capital to keep going continue to find opportunities to monetize their talent pool and early efforts by selling to a cash-rich larger technology company. Here’s the top five ways those deals get killed before they begin.

Can Microsoft afford losing its Silicon Valley ambassador?

Microsoft has a sprawling campus in tech’s heartland, right by the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. It has thousands of employees in the Bay Area. But the departure of a high-profile evangelist once called the software giant’s “ambassador to Silicon Valley” raises questions about whether its strategy can work.