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How Venrock’s Bryan Roberts Racked Up Six Exits in 2014

He looks ahead to 2015 on trends including biotech: "The thing to look for with these companies is data."

Everyone’s 2015 Top Technology Predictions and Trends Lists In One Place

Here are some of the more prominent technology prediction lists for 2015.  Not surprising themes: security, IoT/wearables, healthcare IT.  Somewhat surprising themes: 3d printing.  Missing in action: bitcoin, marketplaces, etc. Gartner:...Show More Summary

Mixpanel Raises $65 Million to Build Predictive Data Tech

Andreessen Horowitz provides the entire financing round, valuing the company at $865 million.

Food Startup Hampton Creek Raises $90 Million Led by Horizons, Khosla

The company sells cookies, cookie dough, a mayonnaise-like spread and other products that the company says are more sustainable, healthier and better-tasting than egg-based and other products

Real-Estate Dealmaking Platform RealConnex Raises $3.5 Million

RealConnex LLC, creator of an online marketplace for real estate services and investing, has emerged from beta with a $3.5 million Series A round led by Star Capital and Stratus Investments LLC, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned. New...Show More Summary

Expect Labs Raises $13 Million for ‘Anticipatory’ Computing

Founded in 2011 by a corps of engineers from MIT, Expect Labs recognizes natural speech in real time.

The Interview Mess

So Sony has decided to pull the plug on The Interview after the major theater chains decided against showing the film. This is a fascinating story on so many levels. It is not clear  to me who was behind the hacking attack on Sony, but there are some obvious candidates. We are witnessing cyber warfare […]

Share options are key to Valley culture; the UK is getting close, but not there yet

It sometimes seems that in the Valley that everyone is an angel investor and the streets are paved with gold. Building a startup there is, of course, still an enormously hard thing to do, but there are lots that have made it big enough to create scores of millionaires through their option schemes. Many of those newly minted millionaires [...]

Solve Your Gmail Contacts Problem

I live in Gmail. Gmail Contacts has been lame for a long time. Within an email, it’s even lamer on the right side bar, especially since it could be so amazingly useful. FullContact has just released their FullContact for Gmail product. Show More Summary

Mobile Innovation: We Need to Get Past the App Store Duopoly

The shift to mobile computing is fully underway. Over time everyone in the world will have a smartphone and data speeds will go up (and hopefully prices for data plans will come down). So the race is on to find the natively mobile versions of many (all?) existing businesses. Show More Summary

The fallacy of assuming obvious use cases means a big market

It is amazing how often people see an obvious use case for a piece of technology and assume that means there will be a big market. Benedict Evans wrote about it recently in his post asking How many people really care about Google services?. In his post he says that he and others like him [...]

My Favorite Value Proposition Is Admittedly Boring

It’s only taken 16 years in the investment business for me to discover my favorite value proposition.  And, I admit, it’s a boring selection.  First, some context.  A value proposition is the value a business offers its customer such that the customer decides to buy that companies’ product.  To be fair, there are many categories […]

Star2Star Raises $30 Million to Unify Business Communications

A nearly nine-year-old company based in Sarasota, Fla., Star2Star raised $30 million in a round led by NewSpring Growth Capital.

What’s Next

I am always thinking about what is next and I feel like I’m spending even more time this year thinking about this. All of us at USV seem to be pondering this question a lot right now. I came across this nice post by Ben Thompson in which he ponders the question out loud, which is […]

Two New Techstars Programs – Mobility/Detroit and Techstars++/Mayo Clinic

I’m fascinated with Detroit. When I was there in October 2012 with my partners Ryan and Jason to run the Detroit Marathon we talked about the idea of getting more involved there in some way. Jason grew up in Detroit and has lots of stories there. Show More Summary

There isn’t much movement at the top table of the internet

The Washington post just published a chart showing the most popular sites on the internet over the last eighteen years. It’s too big to reproduce here, but the striking thing about it is how little movement there’s been in the top. Only 14 companies are represented in the top 5 slots over those years, and [...]

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