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Show Me the Money: What Questions to ask a VC/PE | Inc.com

I was fortunate enough to have a fairy tale startup--we bootstrapped, raised $5M, grew to be a market leader, and had a great exit. Since then I’ve played all the other roles around the table in other companies’ stories--some fairy tales, some tragedies--as an angel, VC, seller, acquirer, advisor, …

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This chart shows the future of venture capital

The dramatic drop in the cost of creating a company over the last decade ($2 million in the late '90s to maybe $5,000 today) has had an obvious …

Why video games may be good for you

Games have long been accused of making players violent, but evidence has been building over the years that they can have positive effects. Scientists say they are not only understanding why, but they also trying to put these observations to the test.<p>The spreadsheet was seven feet long. Printed in …

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Ubisoft isn't afraid of mobile gaming, sees a bright future in Wii U and Oculus Rift

Ubisoft's Alain Corre isn't worried about the rise in mobile gaming. On the contrary, Corre, who heads up the company's overseas operations, seems to welcome the uptick in iOS and Android gamers and not resignedly, either. "What we like in mobile gaming is that it's bringing a lot of new people to …

Stantt Uses Body-Scan Data To Create A Shirt For Every Body Type

Clothing brands have begun using body-scan data to tweak their clothing sizes and to help customers find the right fit. But a new Kickstarter campaign is taking this method further by creating sizes from the ground up. With 50 different sizes modeled after body scans, Stantt wants to provide a …

How Much Do Average Apps Make?

The last few years have seen an unprecedented number of people rushing to develop mobile apps for iOS and Android. But looking at the installed user base on each platform and information on the payouts made by the different companies, it appears that the vast majority of developers will find …

Can an audiophile find joy in a full-size $40 headphone?

JVC's HA-RX700 not only sounds better than a lot of $100 headphones, it's remarkably comfortable and ruggedly built.<p>I'm always on the lookout for great sounding products in all price ranges, so when an Audiophiliac reader suggested the almost too good to be true JVC HA-RX700 full-size headphones, I …

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Exploring different career paths in the gaming industry

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>When most people imagine careers in the video game industry, they immediately think of developers. As the medium grows more popular, more jobs are opening up …

Online game firms need to do more to prevent addiction say researchers

<b>Online game companies need to do more to prevent players becoming too addicted in order to avoid government intervention, a study has warned.</b><p>Researchers at Cardiff, Derby and Nottingham Trent universities said some gamers play up to 90 hours a session, developing a "pathological" addiction.<p>They say …

Rating The Venture Capitalists

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Zach Noorani is a former VC and recent graduate of MIT Sloan. Follow him on Twitter @znoorani.</i><p>For a profession full of business strategy experts, it’s impressive how rarely and narrowly the venture capital industry is subjected to conventional competitive analysis. Ask yourself: who …

MOGA launching new Power Series controllers, charges phone as you play

Back in April, MOGA released its PowerA Pro Android gaming control, promising an improved experience over their previous generation controller. Now the company has announced they are back at it again, with plans to launch a new generation of MOGA Power Series controllers at E3.<p>So what’s new? The …

Gear & Gadgets

Signia Venture Partners forming $100M fund for mobile, gaming, ed-tech startups

Signia Venture Partners is raising a $100 million fund, according to an SEC filing.<p>Signia Venture Partners is an early stage fund that makes investments in mobile, gaming, online video, and education technology. It was formed by Playdom Inc founder Rick Thompson— who sold his company to Disney for …

Stilly Is A One-Button GIF Maker For iPhone That’s Even Easier Than Vine

Like GIFs? Tumblr? Got an iPhone? $2.00? Okay, good, then you’ll probably like this new app called Stilly, which is either the most ridiculous thing ever or the most fun you’re going to have all weekend. The app, in a nutshell, turns anything you capture with your iPhone’s camera into a jiggling, …

Accelerator Tandem will start funding mobile startups in India

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>When mobile-focused Silicon Valley accelerator Tandem Entrepreneurs started recruiting new partners last month, it promised it …

Insight Venture Partners Raises A Whopping $2.57 Billion For Next Fund

Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based growth fund that’s backed Tumblr and Twitter, just raised $2.57 billion in what is likely one of the largest raises for a venture fund ever.<p>This is their eighth fund since managing director Jeff Horing co-founded the firm out of business school in 1995. In …

Forget sex: how the idea behind Bang with Friends could revolutionize social interaction

Apple's Find My Friends, a mostly-unrelated concept.<p>Perhaps you've heard of Bang With Friends. It's a rather controversial thing. Simply put, it's a Facebook and mobile app that lets you pick which of your friends you'd like to "bang." Oh, but it's more clever than that: the app won't reveal your …

Make your old iPhone run like new

Want to rejuvenate a sluggish iPhone 4? Here are some easy tips.<p>My friend is convinced that the slowing of his iPhone 4S is part of a vast Apple conspiracy. I'm not completely persuaded.<p>I mean, sure Apple has sent out updates to iOS that are arguably a step in the wrong direction, like that whole …

Apps

Localization isn't Enough for Overseas Game Studios to Crack China

There’s been a lot of talk about internationalization among mobile game studios this year at the Global Mobile International Conference. I’ve sat in on enough talks to notice the consensus: localization – adding location-specific monetization features, and country-specific content – is being …

Elevatr Is A Mobile-First Tool For Startup Business Plan Creation

Serial entrepreneur with too many ideas rattling around in your head? Then you’re going to like this one: a new mobile app called Elevatr will help you keep track of your inspirations, as well as develop a business model, in order to turn your passing thoughts into plans actually worth pursuing …

Mobile Gaming Backend OpenKit Now Available To All Developers

OpenKit, an open-source social platform for mobile games, is now open to all developers, according to co-founder Peter Relan. The service, first announced in December, has been in private beta since earlier this year. There are apparently 1,500 developers already testing the service.<p>Relan …

Pathmapp Launches An A/B Testing Platform For Native iOS Apps To Let Developers Optimize, Configure In Real Time

A/B testing has long been a fundamental part of developing applications and products for the Web, and, with the explosion of smartphones, developers are naturally eager to use the process to test new designs and updates for mobile apps. The problem is that, traditionally, this has been tricky to …

CHART OF THE DAY: How People Use Facebook On Smartphones

IDC conducted a survey in conjunction with Facebook to find out how people are using smartphones. It surveyed 4,446 people aged 18-44 who use iPhones or Android-based phones. In this chart you can see how people are using Facebook on smartphones.

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