The latest in the world of start-ups and venture capital:
Fred Wilson sells home listed at $37.5 million — Fred Wilson, the venture capitalist at Union Square Ventures in New York, who has one of the most widely read VC blogs, AVC, has sold his 15,000-square-foot townhouse in Manhattan. If it closed near the asking price, the 1847 mansion would be the most expensive single-family residence downtown, reports the Observer. In 1996, the home apparently sold for $3.9 million.
In this video, found via Alex Haislip at PE Week, Wilson tells WallStrip: “I went from basically being penniless to having more money than I knew what to do with,” referring to the $3.6 billion sale of Geocities to Yahoo in 1999. Haislip suggests the slimmer pickings lately for Wilson (his Del.icio.us investment was sold to Yahoo for a mere $30 million) may be one reason Wilson put his house on the market. We’re not sure about this, so VentureBeat emailed Wilson for comment. He declined comment.
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Mojungle for sale on eBay — Mojungle, a site that lets you deliver photos and video to blogs and web sites from your mobile phones, has listed itself on ebay for $60,000. It lets you deliver via SMS, MMS, email, but that’s not enough to lift it above all the competitors out there doing similar things (Shozu, Veeker, Mywaves, etc).
MobiTV, making headway — MobiTV has quietly becoming the wireless television delivery for most major carriers – Sprint Nextel, Cingular, and AT&T, and now apparently Comcast. Now we know why it has raised $100 million — these are huge clients and it had better deliver.