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Head of Silicon Valley's most important startup farm says we're in a 'mega bubble' that won't last

"What about this mega bubble that we're definitely in and that won't last forever?" Altman said.<p>According to Altman, speaking Thursday at Airbnb's Open Air 2015 conference, so much risk-free, low-interest capital is being lent by the US government that vast overinflation is present across the …

Silicon Valley

This is the 'bubble' that people in the tech industry should fear: Leader of Silicon Valley's top startup school

Sam Altman, leader of startup school and venture-capital fund Y-Combinator, doesn't think we are in a tech bubble.<p>He believes we are in a "tech bust," where technology companies are undervalued. He thinks private technology companies as a general group are destined to rise, and that people …

Venture Capital

The worst thing about tech bubbles isn't what you may think

You may recall how the last tech bubble 15 years ago resulted in staggering market losses, numerous failed start-ups and increasing IT unemployment. …

Hot shot startup investor Bill Gurley just wrote a cryptic tweet about the looming tech bubble — once you understand it, you'll be a little freaked out

The other day, Bill Gurley, who has to be on the Top 5 most successful and smartest VCs, had a few semi-cryptic tweets. Cryptic to non-VCs, at least:<p>Many of you may not even know what an LP meeting is. It's where VCs meet with their own investors, the "Limited Partners." And it might be a bit …

Venture Capital

Deutsche Bank: the China meltdown now looks a lot like the dotcom bubble

China's stock markets look like they could be heading for free fall again, after collapsing around 30% in just four weeks starting in mid-June.<p>That collapse was compared to the Wall Street Crash of 1929, with Bloomberg pointing out the similarity in the trajectory of the fall.<p>But Deutsche Bank says …

Stock Markets

There's No Tech Bubble

Andreessen Horowitz, the most innovative and outspoken of Silicon Valley’s big venture capital firms, recently came out with a presentation intended …

Venture Capital

How The 90's Tech Bubble Saved 'The West Wing' From Premature Cancellation

(Ferenstein Wire) <i>-</i> If it weren’t for the excessive spending of late 90s Silicon Valley startups, one of TV’s most iconic shows would likely have been axed by network executives. “Silicon Valley put the <i>West Wing</i> on television,” the show’s creator, Aaron Sorkin, tells The Ferenstein Wire.<p>Speaking at …

Silicon Valley

Investors behind Linkedin, Dropbox dance around whether tech is in a bubble

Tonight on Bloomberg Television <i>Studio 1.0</i>, correspondent Emily Chang will try her darnedest to get Greylock Partners‘ David Sze and John Lilly to either confirm or deny whether a tech bubble is mounting in the Silicon Valley. And, to their credit, both Sze and Lilly effectively dodge direct answers …

Forget Bubble Talk -- Beirut Tech Is Accelerating

Recently called “the Silicon Valley of the Middle East” by CNN, and “the Middle East’s Tech Hub” by TechCrunch, Beirut’s tech scene is the darling of international media of late. (Though Techonomy first wrote about it over two years ago.) The tech scene here has turned a corner, going from …

Startups

BLACKLINE REVIEW: Startup Reality Today - An MBA Professor on Bubbles & Billionaires

Selfie App Frontback To Shut Down On August 15th After Two Years

It was a simple premise during the height of the selfie hype: take a photo of yourself as well as what’s in front of you. It was called a “frontback.”<p>Now it’s called “an idea that never really got super traction.” This of course after rumors that Twitter was interested in acquiring the team and app …

Startups

Don’t Call It A Bubble: Dallas Startup Scene Thriving

Entrepreneurs say Dallas is becoming a digital boom town, with new mobile apps and tech startups starting up all over town. One such company, …

Is Asia start-ups' new-found funding popularity a bubble?

Asia is racing ahead of Europe in the venture capital stakes, with some $10.1 billion flowing into the region in the second quarter of 2015, compared …

Venture Capital

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: I don't see a startup bubble

Maybe there isn't a giant bubble in Silicon Valley after all.<p>Mark Cuban and many other observers see a repeat of the dot-com bubble forming -- this time in the startup world. They believe the valuations placed on young tech companies like Pinterest and Uber are ridiculous and only occur because …

Startups

Every startup stereotype in one San Francisco bubble party

Nothing says tech bubble like a live-streaming bubble party in San Francisco.<p>The event was hosted by dating app Happn and held in San Francisco’s …

San Francisco

Despite relatively small funding amounts, experts agree that Japan is on the cusp of a startup bubble

Is Japan on the cusp of a startup bubble? An expert panel that took the stage last week at Startup Asia Tokyo, including two successful young …

Outside The Tech Bubble: Product Quality Lessons For Startups From Chateau Margaux

Why interview a winery owner? I received that question from many people in advance of our VentureCrushNY event this past April. There are two ways people apply the word “bubble” to tech: one is to the hyper-valuations in privately held tech startups, especially internet-related firms; the other is …

Wine

Slack's massive new funding round is everything amazing and insane about the startup bubble

More cheddar for Mr. Butterfield<p>Slack announced yesterday that it raised $160 million at a $2.8 billion valuation. The company hasn't spent a penny of the $120 million it raised just last October. When Slack raised that money, founder Stewart Butterfield said it was enough to last them 60 years. …

Venture Capital

Startup Bubble? Savvy Angels Help Entrepreneurs Avoid Burning Cash

Some well-known investors – namely Benchmark partner Bill Gurley and Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen – have recently sounded the alarm about a tech bubble. The fear is that huge valuations and quick cash burns by tech startups are out of control and will derail the startup market. …

Is the tech start-up market in a bubble?

The technology start-up market is "overheated", a top venture capitalist (VC) told CNBC, although he stopped short of saying it was in a bubble.<p>"We …

Venture Capital

Will the Tech-Startup Bubble Burst in 2015?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Some entrepreneurs help create bubbles. These can benefit all startups -- or kill them. The two things that make all the difference? Timing and strategy.<p>By bubble, I mean an economic process by which stories of initial financial wins draw …

Venture Capital

Why the startup investing market is headed for a bust

The startup investing market is headed for a bust. I don’t like to say this; I’m a connoisseur of startups, so I really hope I am wrong. But we ARE …

Venture Capital

Unicorns: Why This Bubble Is Different

Bubbles are banal; bubbles are necessary. Bubbles are banal: wherever markets in assets exist, there will be found the persistent recurrence of momentum investing, herding behavior, and prices decoupled from any concern with past, present or prospective cash flows. Bubbles are necessary: they …

Stock Markets

$10 billion tech unicorn WeWork told us why it thinks it will survive if the bubble bursts

I also asked the company a crucial question about how it expects its business to remain profitable in the event of a downturn in the market. WeWork's business model is widely misunderstood: Its reputation is that its main clients are venture-capital funded software developers. If that's true, it …

Startups

Are we living in a startup bubble?

The startup bubble hasn't burst

When the iPhone launched nearly six years ago, a startup "bubble" emerged, as thousands of app makers vied to land in consumers' pockets.<p>The smartphone platform provided huge opportunities for startups looking to be the next Google (GOOG) or Facebook (FB). It was a sandbox for innovation anyone …

More Venture Capitalists Fear Startup Bubble Will Soon Pop

Just as public investors are getting wary of how long the really long bull market in stocks will run, venture capitalists are starting to get more worried about whether their business–tech startup funding–is due for a fall.<p>Their concern was apparent at a panel this morning of VCs mostly focused on …

Venture Capital

At Investor Event, VR Startups Brace for Slow Growth

"We've been telling people, 'Be a cockroach. Don't die.'"<p>“You guys are nervous. Stop being so nervous.”<p>That, spoken to a panel of venture capitalists, was part of the lead-in to a pitch session for virtual reality startups yesterday in Mountain View, Calif. The speaker, UploadVR co-founder Nick …

Virtual Reality

Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000 – Part 2

Since a few people seem to be freaking out that I limited my example of those being subject to the bubble in private investments to Angels and …

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