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How Ever-Higher Valuations Lead Unicorns Into A Cycle Of Private Capital Dependency

Mackey Craven Contributor<p>Mackey Craven is a partner at OpenView Venture Partners<p>Unicorns and dragons have become so ubiquitous that some argue investing in these companies is the only way for VCs to survive. This phenomenon makes for excellent entertainment, and for some either incredibly lucky or …

Venture Capital

Get Your Friends, Co-Workers Out Of “Password Remembering Hell” With Matrix-Backed Mitro

At TechCrunch, we have a host of passwords for Twitter, Dropbox and so on that get shared amongst the staff. But inevitably, there’s always a scramble when a new employee signs up and doesn’t have access to the account. Or when someone just plain forgets their passwords.<p>Enter Mitro, which is a …

Nix Is A Smartphone Colour Sensor & App That Lets You Scan & Save Favourite Shades

This embed is invalid<p>The army of Bluetooth-powered auxiliary hardware being built by hardware startups to extend the native capabilities of smartphones shows no signs of slowing its march. Meet Nix: a colour sensor that lets you scan an object and get its exact colour data signature sent to the …

More Than A Trading Desk: Xaxis Takes On Traditional Media By Working Holistically

The mission of Xaxis, GroupM’s audience buying company, is to use data and technology to help advertisers reach and engage audiences at scale. GroupM …

Advertising Industry

Adland's Battle Royale: Agencies Defend Turf As Ad Tech Moves In On Clients

It was the late 2000s, and advertising agencies had spied their next great growth area: selling clients on an array of in-house audience-buying …

Advertising

When cookies go away: Google, ad exchanges, and ISPs fighting to control the future of the Internet

In a giant “game of thrones,” Google, ad networks, internet service providers, browser manufacturers, and mobile operating system vendors are engaged in a massive — and mostly secret — battle for control of the future of the Internet.<p>Or, at least, the part of it that makes money.<p>Advertising makes …

The Great Venture Capital Rotation

A couple of years ago, I was chatting with a guy named Naval, who had a site called AngelList. He had a fiery passion for helping founders and an …

The next big market for data and connected devices? Agriculture

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Blue River Technology<p>Between efforts to eat more food grown locally, a younger generation of farmers and cheaper …

It's hard to tell which startups are simply spinning their wheels

One of the best books I read this past year is David Murray’s "Borrowing Brilliance." Thinking about Treatings 24/7, it’s easy for me to get caught …

Now UK Nationwide, The £100M Angel CoFund Is Able To Super-Charge Angel Syndicates

UK startups raising financing have a new route to funds in the shape of a government-backed fund which can super-charge an Angel round with extra cash. The Angel CoFund is a UK government-backed £100m fund able to make initial investments of between £100,000 to £1 million into businesses, alongside …

22 Tranquil Yoga Poses to Help You Find Balance

In the rush of our everyday lives, there is nothing like the art of yoga to calm the mind. Perhaps the insane stretches the human body really …

The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography

On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.<p>He had just one meeting to go.<p>That meeting was a board meeting, to be held that day in a room on the second floor of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., …

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Starting And Running Your Business

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) came out on June 3. Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.</i><p>This is going be a bullet FAQ on starting a business. No joke. If …

Jama Software Raises $13 Million To Bring Its SaaS-Based Product Delivery Platform To Enterprises

Organizations need better tools for managing their product development, and the legacy options that they have today aren’t well positioned for today’s distributed teams or agile workflows. Jama Software offers a cloud-based product that is designed to help teams finish projects faster and also to …

Keen On… Why Saudi Arabia Might Be The Next Silicon Valley

Washington DC based tech investor and entrepreneur Chris Schroeder is one of the smartest guys outside Silicon Valley. Formerly CEO of Healthcentral and of Washington Post & Newsweek interactive, Schroeder – who is close to Valley heavyweights like Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz – has always had …

Time Equity Partners Wants To Launch A New $130M Fund To Invest In 10 French Startups

French later-stage VC firm Time Equity Partners is looking to raise a second fund to fuel its investments. The company needs $130 million (€100 million) before the end of the year, according to Les Échos. The government could invest between $26 million and $40 million (between €20 million and €30 …

Close A Round With New “Inbound” Tools And Techniques On AngelList

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Antony Brydon, an entrepreneur who has raised ten seed, debt, and venture rounds for four startups in the last decade and is currently a co-founder at Directly. Follow him on Twitter</i> <i>@abrydon.</i><p>Last week, my company Directly closed a $1.75 million seed round using an “inbound” approach …

Paris-Based Accelerator TheFamily Takes Index Cash To Re-Shape French Ecosystem

French accelerator TheFamily has received an undisclosed investment from Index Ventures – although this is believed to be ‘just under’ one million Euros. The investment means Index takes a stake in what is emerging as a quintessentially French accelerator. TheFamily takes a tiny one per cent stake …

Goodbye Mr Silva — A Brief History Of East London’s ‘Tech City’

It was December 2009 and I was headed to a Christmas party at Number 10 Downing Street. This wasn’t exactly a regular diary date for me. Two years in to working for TechCrunch out of London and it had proven harder than I’d thought to attract the attention of government people to the concerns of …

Yahoo Acquires Tech And Talent Of Frequent Flyer Flight Search Startup MileWise, And Shuts It Down

Yahoo has just acquired frequent flier search startup MileWise, whose team will move to New York to join the recently acquired Stamped team on Yahoo’s mobile squad. I hear MileWise’s investors made a small return, and MileWise’s entire five-person team is joining Yahoo. The startup has shut down …

Video Distribution Startup Rightster Buys Content Marketing Platform Preview Networks To Push Its YouTube Services Across Europe

A spot of acquisition news in Europe’s digital video distribution space. Rightster, a U.K. video distribution and monetisation startup has made its first acquisition — buying European branded content marketing platform and movie trailer distributor, Preview Networks, for an undisclosed sum. …

BII REPORT: How Location-Based Data Is Making Mobile Advertising Explode

Location-enabled mobile ads have generated excitement for their effectiveness and the impressive prices they command. And many mobile ad trading platforms have recently reported triple-digit increases in location-enabled impressions.<p>In a <b>recent report</b> from <b>BI Intelligence</b> on location-based data, we …

Ken Block Drives A Rally Car Down A Ski Slope, Trying To Destroy As Many GoPro Cameras As He Can

The video takes place in Russia and features the typical Ken Block approach — extra adrenaline, overt use of slow motion, and earsplitting dubstep to appeal to the Monster energy drink crowd. Block's vehicle, a souped up Ford rally car, is loaded up with GoPro HD cameras to capture the entire snowy …

Mobile Advertising Is a Whole Different Ball Game

A new report from IDC has pointed out that revenue made from ad networks fell behind ad revenue from mobile publishers, such as <b>Pandora</b> (NYSE:P),</b> …

Digital Advertising

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Video: Nature's Alchemy

Let's wrap up a long and stressful week with this beautiful video that show some fantastic scenes from a number of beautiful outdoor environments. …

The Importance of Scheduling Nothing

If you were to see my calendar, you'd probably notice a host of time slots greyed out but with no indication of what's going on. There is no problem …

Porsche's First Plug-In Hybrid: Introducing the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid

The bubble-tailed Porsche Panamera seemed like a gamble when it was introduced on the heels of a massive global recession in 2009, but the German manufacturer has enjoyed the last laugh. No fewer than nine Panamera variants are currently available, ranging from the $78,100 base model to the new …

Video Review: 2013 Audi RS5Potent Performer with a Premium Price Tag

I may not be a fan of the alphabet soup-era of automotive naming conventions. Still, at least one automaker makes the process of model comprehension …