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Amidst a Profusion of Fashion E-Commerce Models, What’s Working?

In recent years, we’ve seen a veritable renaissance in online fashion retail, with venture money pouring into fashion e-commerce companies with a …

Roundup Of Mobile Apps & App Store Forecasts, 2013

Faced with shorter time-to-market schedules, challenging cost constraints, and ever-increasing customer expectations, manufacturers are accelerating their use of mobility applications. They’re also using them to galvanize production, finance and selling strategies into a unified direction so …

With ExactTarget Acquisition, Salesforce.com Has Spent Close To $3.5 Billion To Get Into The Chief Marketing Officer’s Suite

Salesforce.com added more marketing power to its arsenal today with the purchase of ExactTarget for $2.5 billion. It is the company’s largest acquisition to date, second to Buddy Media, which it bought last year for $689 million. In 2011, the company purchased social-monitoring platform Radian6 for …

Berlin’s Network Effect Will Make It A Global Startup Center

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Cohler is a General Partner at</i> <i>Benchmark</i> <i>and was the lead investor in Asana, Instagram and Quora among others. You can follow him on Twitter @mattcohler.</i><p>Throw a dart at a map. There’s a pretty good chance it’ll hit near someplace hoping to become the “next Silicon Valley.”<p>I’d bet …

Google Glass Updated With HDR Photography And Voice-Powered Photo Captions

Are you part of the lucky bunch that got offered a pair of Google Glass <i>and</i> had $1,500 bucks to kick down? Good news! The camera on your set just got a whole lot better.<p>Following up on their promise to update Google Glass every month, Google has just released a patch that brings two important …

Bloomberg Launches Bloomberg Beta, A $75 Million Early-Stage Investment Fund Led By Former IGN Exec Roy Bahat

Media company Bloomberg is launching its own venture capital fund, called Bloomberg Beta today. With the fund, the company is putting aside $75 million to invest in early-stage startups. The fund has already put money into nine companies and is being led by Roy Bahat, chairman of video game …

Thalmic Labs Raises $14.5M To Make The MYO Armband The Next Big Thing In Gesture Control

Thalmic Labs, the Waterloo-based startup working on an all new form of user input for computing devices with the MYO amrband, today announced the close of its $14.5 million Series A funding round, led by Spark Capital and Intel Capital. The round boasts a lot of others besides, including Formation …

eBay To Make True Window Shopping A Reality With New NYC Virtual Retail Stores

eBay is debuting new “shoppable window” virtual stores over the course of this month and next (via Reuters), to help retailer Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc. sell its new line of Kate Spade Saturday clothing on window display screens measuring 9 feet by 2 feet, which cover the windows of closed …

Exiting Facebook board member dumps $38 million in stock

Jim Breyer, the longtime board member who is stepping down in June, sells 1.3 million shares.<p>Jim Breyer, the early Facebook investor who isleaving the company's board, has dumped roughly $38 million worth of Facebook stock, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing published …

Venture Capital

The Money Shot

The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a cool billion in the spring of 2012 was the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale: 18 months from launch to offer. But, for co-founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom, it was more of a roller-coaster ride, with several missed opportunities, at least two “aha” moments, …