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CES 2015: LG will unveil its New 4K Ultra HD TV with Quantum Dot Technology

CES 2015: LG will unveil its New 4K Ultra HD TV with Quantum Dot Technology

Budweiser Super Bowl 2015 Ad leaks

Budweiser Super Bowl 2015 Ad leaks

Google Car Initiative to go ahead via Android

Google Car Initiative to go ahead via Android

Sony cancels The Interview Release on Christmas

Sony cancels The Interview Release on Christmas

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CES 2015: VivaLnk to exhibit its New Wearable Thermometer Patch Based on Breakthrough eSkin Technology

CES 2015: VivaLnk to exhibit its New Wearable Thermometer Patch Based on Breakthrough eSkin Technology The new thermometer patch is based on Breakthrough eSkin and will be available for visitors at the CES 2015.

2 days ago, 7:09am CST

The Termsheet is the Latest Startup Thriller

The Termsheet is the Latest Startup Thriller After selling his startup, Lucas Carlson decided to write a book. Like most self-important entrepreneurs on a mission to change the world, he decided to write a book on lessons learned in startup life. But his wife, who...

Jul 10 2014, 2:48am CDT

Tim Cook, Dr. Dre And The Battle For Apple's Cash

Tim Cook, Dr. Dre And The Battle For Apple's Cash The news that Apple is nearing a $3.2 billion acquisition to buy Beats Electronics is one of the biggest business stories in the nation. The potential deal has received so much attention because it would be Apple’s...

May 12 2014, 9:56am CDT

Quora Raises $80 Million To Stay Independent Forever

Quora Raises $80 Million To Stay Independent Forever Quora, the popular questions and answers website, says it has the largest library of first-hand knowledge and second largest library on the Web overall, after Wikipedia. But while Wikipedia stays independent with the...

Apr 9 2014, 8:20am CDT

Accel Partners Raises New Funds Totaling Over $1 Billion As Facebook Investor Jim Breyer Reduces Role Accel Partners, a leading venture capital and growth equity firm, has raised two new funds totaling $1.475 billion as one of its most prominent figures looks to decrease his role. Famed Accel leader Jim Breyer will...

Mar 19 2014, 10:06pm CDT

Renaissance Learning Finds New Private Equity Buyer For $1.1B After Taking Google Capital Cash In Less than one month after announcing an investment by the newly-formed Google Capital that valued it at $1 billion, education tech company Renaissance Learning has been acquired by a new private equity owner, Hellman...

Mar 13 2014, 7:11am CDT

Safeway sold to Cerberus Capital Management, To be merged with Albertsons

Safeway sold to Cerberus Capital Management, To be merged with Albertsons America's second largest supermarket chain, Safeway, has been acquired by Albertsons-owner Cerberus Capital Management.

Mar 7 2014, 2:47am CST

Breaking: Aerohive Networks Publicly Files For IPO

Breaking: Aerohive Networks Publicly Files For IPO Aerohive Networks is going public. The wireless access point maker based in Sunnyvale, CA submitted a public S-1 form to the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday. The company is seeking up to $75 million in the...

Feb 13 2014, 6:05pm CST

CES 2015 News
Should Microsoft Move From Redmond To San Francisco?

Should Microsoft Move From Redmond To San Francisco? Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella loves to talk about innovation. But Microsoft will never innovate in Redmond, Wash. For that, it needs to move to San Francisco. In Seattle, the lack of competing opportunity for its talent...

Feb 10 2014, 7:35am CST

LinkedIn's Outlook Falls Short; Brings Stock Down 11% After Hours

LinkedIn's Outlook Falls Short; Brings Stock Down 11% After Hours It isn’t so easy anymore for social media companies to delight investors. A day after Twitter‘s quarterly results prompted investors to hit the “Sell” button, LinkedIn weighed in with a cautious first quarter outlook...

Feb 6 2014, 5:47pm CST

Joe Montana And Ashton Kutcher Don't Just Send flowers, They bought their own

Joe Montana And Ashton Kutcher Don't Just Send flowers, They bought their own flower Company If a popular coffee chain can raise over $40 million from the San Francisco tech community, maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that a flower company can count Ashton Kutcher and Joe Montana as investors. And as...

Feb 6 2014, 12:35pm CST

Can London's Tech City Measure Up To Silicon Valley?

Can London's Tech City Measure Up To Silicon Valley? U.K. venture capital may be heading toward a comeback, judging from several new funds and entrepreneurial action in tech hubs. East London is becoming one of the world’s great technology centers, a so-called...

Feb 6 2014, 8:37am CST

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Is Dropbox Funding Double Earlier Reports? Dropbox’s big round may actually have been bigger. Way bigger. Last week there was much brouhaha when various outlets reported that the San Francisco-based tech company had closed a $250 million round led by BlackRock...

Jan 31 2014, 8:47pm CST

So You Got a New Product: Do You Have Proof-Of-Concept? I have had the luxury of meeting over 500 startups at Red Rocket Ventures over the last three years.  And, typically, most of them approach me at the same point in their startup development.  They...

Jan 29 2014, 11:23pm CST

13 Fatal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid---But Often Don't

13 Fatal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid---But Often Don't Success inspires; failure instructs. If you run a company, you’re probably long on inspiration. Wisdom? We all could use more of that. That’s why I asked a slew of seasoned entrepreneurs and small-business advisors to...

Jan 27 2014, 10:25am CST

A Record Year For Israel's Technology Market With Acquisitions And IPOs Totaling $7.6 Billion

A Record Year For Israel's Technology Market With Acquisitions And IPOs Totaling $7.6 Billion Start-Up Nation topped the charts in 2013. The value of all successful exits in the Israeli technology market in 2013 reached a total of $7.6 billion, according to PwC Israel (PDF; in Hebrew). At $170 million, the value...

Jan 20 2014, 1:26pm CST

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Venture investments, number of deals up in 4Q Venture investments, number of deals grew in the 4th quarter NEW YORK (AP) — Funding for U.S. startups increased 20 percent in the final three months of 2013 as venture capitalists poured more money into...

Jan 17 2014, 11:21am CST

What SolarCity Wants: Raising Money From Investors It Couldn't Reach Before

What SolarCity Wants: Raising Money From Investors It Couldn't Reach Before To broaden its fundraising base and support its growth, SolarCity said Wednesday it will tap new types of investors by launching an online investing tool developed a company it bought last month. The California solar...

Jan 15 2014, 7:21am CST

Nutanix Is Tech's Newest 'Unicorn,' Raising Massive $101M Round At $1B Valuation

Nutanix Is Tech's Newest 'Unicorn,' Raising Massive $101M Round At $1B Valuation Nutanix has reached ‘unicorn’ status in Sillicon Valley in just four years, raising a $101 million Series D funding round Tuesday led by Riverwood Capital and SAP Ventures that values the datacenter infrastructure...

Jan 14 2014, 9:06am CST

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Ad Tech Shop Turn Raises $80M Late-Stage Round In March Toward Eventual IPO With millions flowing into ad tech, Turn Inc. has been a bit of an anomaly, not raising money for over three years and working to get cash-flow positive. But the company announced on Monday it has gotten in on the...

Jan 13 2014, 8:21am CST

How Cities Reshape Brand Narratives

How Cities Reshape Brand Narratives Refurbished phrases and branding elements seem to cycle through advertisements and public relations messaging every few months. Last year Ford spokesperson Mike Rowe started using the word “fresh” to describe features...

Jan 13 2014, 8:01am CST

Silicon Valley Taking A Smaller Slice Of The VC Pie

Silicon Valley Taking A Smaller Slice Of The VC Pie Other tech hubs are receiving a higher percentage of global venture capital investment, according to new data. Each year new tech hubs around the world attract more and more media attention, but are they also attracting...

Jan 13 2014, 7:31am CST

Crowdbuilding: The Real Story Behind Crowdfunding That No One's Telling

Crowdbuilding: The Real Story Behind Crowdfunding That No One's Telling With all the negativity and skepticism swirling around the SEC’s recent proposition to liberalize the laws of equity crowdfunding, it’s time for some contrarian content that sheds some more positive light on the topic...

Jan 13 2014, 7:31am CST

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Will Financiers Help London's Quest To Be The World's Favourite New Technology Center? The idea of London becoming a technology center to rival other parts of the world has gained a lot of momentum in the last 12 months. From around 200 firms in early 2010 the city now boasts around 1500 new technology...

Jan 10 2014, 5:51am CST

When The Time For The Big Cashout Comes, You'll Wish You'd Planned For It Earlier

When The Time For The Big Cashout Comes, You'll Wish You'd Planned For It Earlier Congratulations. Your hard work and entrepreneurial instincts have paid off in the form of a fast-growing, profitable business that’s worth millions of dollars, or could be some day. And you’re only 40. Or 30. Or, like...

Jan 9 2014, 9:16am CST

Green Tech Investments Down, With Big Deals Going To Car-Sharing Apps, Clean Power, Energy Efficient Gear

Green Tech Investments Down, With Big Deals Going To Car-Sharing Apps, Clean Power, Energy Efficient Gear Venture capital investments in cleantech startups worldwide ended 2013 with 1,007 deals totaling $6.8 billion, a decline from the 1,037 deals amassing $7.9 billion the year before, according to market research firm the...

Jan 8 2014, 12:41pm CST

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The 5 Reasons Big Companies Struggle With Innovation As I have been doing startup consulting at Red Rocket, I have also had many executive conversations with several big companies.  These companies were anywhere from $150MM to $25BN in revenues in size, so definitely well...

Jan 8 2014, 9:31am CST

Exit! Mergers and Acquisitions of Israeli VC-Backed Companies Reaches Decade High

Exit! Mergers and Acquisitions of Israeli VC-Backed Companies Reaches Decade High Last month, I wrote about how Israeli startups are contending with growing up. Instead of selling out quickly, Israeli startups are choosing to scale up. That means, the nature of their exits will be different. In the...

Jan 8 2014, 8:11am CST

I Invested In A Startup - Now What?

I Invested In A Startup - Now What? In a previous post, I wrote about investors increasingly turning to alternative investments in an effort to generate uncorrelated returns, hedge risk and diversify their asset allocation. This trend is highly likely to...

Jan 7 2014, 4:56pm CST

Forsake Start-Up Envy: Three Reasons Why Large Companies Should Out-Innovate Start-Ups

Forsake Start-Up Envy: Three Reasons Why Large Companies Should Out-Innovate Start-Ups This is the first of a two-part series on how large companies can out-innovate start-ups. Part Two is available here.  An accompanying infographic is also available. An executive recently left his job at a global...

Jan 7 2014, 12:56pm CST

What a Year for Entrepreneurs!

What a Year for Entrepreneurs! Please note that Dr. Shulman is a principal in several investment advisory companies, both SEC-registered and private. In this capacity Dr. Shulman advises SEC-registered mutual funds as well as private funds and...

Jan 6 2014, 3:16pm CST

Ryan Caldbeck's CircleUp Democratizes Funding Process For Start-Ups and Investors

Ryan Caldbeck's CircleUp Democratizes Funding Process For Start-Ups and Investors A Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Ryan Caldbeck, Founder and CEO, CircleUp… “We’re an online investing marketplace that matches small investors with start-up...

Jan 6 2014, 12:56pm CST

6 tools used by startup investing insiders to identify -- and invest in -- the next Facebook

6 tools used by startup investing insiders to identify -- and invest in -- the next Facebook When news hit in early 2011 that Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) was giving its clients the opportunity to invest in (then private) Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) shares, investors knew something big was afoot. FB shares have since...

Jan 6 2014, 7:36am CST

Will Venture Capital Beat The Market in 2014?

Will Venture Capital Beat The Market in 2014? Venture capital used to be a great place to put money. But in the last 15 years, it has been a lousy investment. 2013 was the strongest year since 2007 for VC and there are promising developments ahead for 2014. But VC...

Jan 3 2014, 7:56am CST

The Startup Movement Is Not About Startups, Actually

The Startup Movement Is Not About Startups, Actually I’m going to say something that might sound nutty.  But I’ll say it anyways.  The Startup Movement is not about startups. What could I possibly mean, you might be asking?  Did I drink too much eggnog over the holidays...

Jan 3 2014, 5:46am CST

5 New Years resolutions from a startup investor

5 New Years resolutions from a startup investor My recent post, Why Your Startup is Going to Fail, took aim at entrepreneurs. Raising money for a new business and then building out a lasting enterprise is extremely hard. The gruelling entrepreneurial process is like...

Jan 1 2014, 10:36am CST

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Top VCs Predict Where They'll Invest Their Money In 2014 With the new year on the minds of tech companies and investors alike, it’s time to look back on 2013′s startup crazes and forecast what’ll be the next wave in tech for 2014. What types of companies will prove the next...

Dec 31 2013, 9:36am CST

How To Start a Business In 8 Key Steps

How To Start a Business In 8 Key Steps For those of you who have not already started a business, or are trying to figure out how best to start your business, this post will help you learn the 8 key steps of the process. 1. DETERMINE IDEA You can’t start a...

Dec 30 2013, 12:41pm CST

Inside the real Dragons' Den

Inside the real Dragons' Den “Over good wine we came up with the idea of putting ourselves in the middle of people with money and people who need it. We thought of making Dragon’s Den online, it was amazingly flawed.” This was six years ago and “...

Dec 30 2013, 12:21pm CST

Venture Capital 2013 recap - Oh what a year it was....

Venture Capital 2013 recap - Oh what a year it was.... There are bad years, so-so years and then there is 2013…its been a long time coming. In 2013, VCs finally took some pride in the 10-year returns which recovered to 7.8% as of Q2 2013. The battered egos have regained...

Dec 26 2013, 10:41am CST