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Beepi Raising ‘Monster Round’ to Scale Used-Car Marketplace

Beepi Inc. is raising at least $300 million in a funding round that would value the used-car marketplace at more than $2 billion and bankroll the national expansion of its service, which lets people purchase cars with a few taps of their...Show More Summary

Fun Friday: Office Art

We have some fun office art at USV. The most recent addition is an Electric Objects digital frame. Here’s a short video of it in action. If you have cool art in your office, or home, pls share it with us.

Chinese marketplaces – lower commission drives faster growth

We invest in a lot of marketplaces and one of the questions we wrestle with a lot is determining the optimum commission level. Most of the time 10-20% feels like...

Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool

Planning a threaded Tweetstorm? Here’s the rules: […] The post Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool appeared first on Bothsides of the Table.

Some Interesting Marketing Learnings from Naturebox (via our new podcast)

We recently launched our new Podcast “Traction”. Check it out here. One of my recent interviews was with Ken Chen, the co-founder and CMO at Naturebox. The company is doing great and Ken is a very strong performance marketer. There were...Show More Summary

Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million

Congrats to my friends at Rally Software on the announcement that they’ve signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by CA Technologies for $480 million. Part of the fun of having a blog for a long time is that it captures some of the history – in the moment – of what’s going on. Show More Summary

Christina Bechhold: More Funding, More Pressure

CHRISTINA BECHHOLD: When is the right time to raise? When you have a legitimate, defensible use of proceeds that clearly enhances your growth prospects. You have an idea and a prototype – raise some money from friends and family, which will give you flexibility with fewer strings attached. Show More Summary

Morgan Stanley Backs Ad Tech Startup GumGum in Prep for IPO

Digital advertising startup GumGum Inc. initially struggled to convince brands and ad agencies to use its technology that embeds ads within editorial images. The company gained traction during the past two years with customers, including...Show More Summary Acquires C9 in Predictive-Analytics Battle

C9 gives InsideSales an important new tool because it has a temporal database that understands and predicts the sales pipelines of enterprise sales teams.

Soasta Expands, Now Monitors Digital Operations

Soasta Inc., whose software helps top retailers and other customers test the performance of their clouds, has expanded its product, launching a 24-hour digital operations center that greatly expands the number of metrics it can test and visualize, a project that has been in the works for two years.

Thoughts on my Apple Watch

I’ve had my Apple watch for two weeks now and I am starting to like it. For a good week I was saying to people that it’s just ok,...

The Great Decoupling

I saw this chart in a Harvard Business Review piece called The Great Decoupling earlier this week:   The “decoupling” is the divergence between labor productivity and employment/wages that happened in the US in the 1980s and has become quite pronounced over the past thirty years. During the great postwar boom, productivity and wages grew […]

Trustpilot Raises $73.5 Million for Credible Reviews of Businesses Online

Trustpilot focuses on getting people to write about their recent customer experiences with online merchants and other companies they deal with primarily online.

Societal Structures Change Much Slower Than The Machines

I’m at Startup Iceland today. I like Iceland – this is the second time I’ve been here. It’s the closest place on earth I’ve been to Alaska, which I love dearly. And it’s fun to see and hang out with my friend Bala Kamallakharan. As a...Show More Summary

Introducing Traction, the NextView Ventures Podcast

This post was originally published on the NextView blog, The View From Seed. Today, we are excited to announce the launch of our new podcast TRACTION. On the show, we’ll explore and share the stories of all the creative, unusual, and clever ways that entrepreneurs find early results. Show More Summary

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