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HarbourVest Canada Growth Fund lands $197 mln in initial close

<b>HarbourVest Canada Growth Fund</b>, a venture fund of funds managed by Boston-based asset manager <b>HarbourVest Partners</b>, has secured $197.2 million in an …

How One Life Hack From A Self-Made Billionaire Leads To Exceptional Success

Countless books and articles have been written about Warren Buffett. Surprisingly few have been written about his business partner of over 40 years, Charlie Munger.<p>Munger has stayed out of the public eye, giving only a small number of public talks, and he’s rarely been covered in the media. At …

Bill Gates

Optimizely, Mixpanel, Omniture, GA: 3,000 marketing pros reveal the best conversion optimization tools

Conversion optimization is a massive, critical, and fast-growing part of marketing tech, according to a new VB Insight study of almost 3,000 marketing technologists.<p>The most surprising part?<p>Of the 36 conversion optimization tools and companies studied, only two failed to generate substantial return …

Venture capitalists see big opportunities in a changing cybersecurity space

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — After this year’s many cyberattacks on both companies and governments, there’s a huge need for new thinking to fight cyberterror. So lots of venture capital money is flowing into the security space, and has been for some time now.<p>Perhaps the main shift in thinking is that …

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

VC design partner John Maeda says that the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Here’s why.<p>Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. …

Silicon Valley

The end of Hollywood and the rise of social media celebrities

The summer of 2014 was the worst for Hollywood since 1997. Ticket sales from May to August from theaters brought in only $3.9 billion, a 15 percent decline compared to that same stretch in 2013, according to Rentrak a firm that tracks such sales. This is not a short-term problem caused by the …

Gold, Oil, and Cigarettes: How an Obscure Trade Provision Protects the World’s Biggest Companies

Import duties, intellectual property, labor protections, NAFTA superhighways, strategic inroads to Asia — this is the stuff of your typical inflamed …

Treeline Wants To Take The Coding Out Of Building A Backend

Building the backend to power your dream app is one of the walls that stops front-end developers from even attempting to prototype their own app designs.<p>It’s got to run fast but efficiently on whatever infrastructure you decide to use. It has to work with any platform you might build a client for. …

JavaScript

New Vancouver ad agency’s payment model: having skin in the game

How should advertising agencies be paid for their work? The industry has considered different models, including traditional billable hours, or fees tied to campaign performance. A new agency in Vancouver is selling its services by offering to take an actual stake in their clients' businesses.<p>Will, …

The 5 things you can’t forget when preparing for M&A

The mobile security company I founded, Location Labs, was recently acquired for $220 million by antivirus company AVG. Although I knew from day one our company might someday be acquired, much of the credit for our success goes to solid guidance. Just because you’ve built a successful business from …

CLOSING A BUSINESS DEAL IN MEXICO

In Grupo Scorpio we conduct business deals everyday . International cultural experience will be the key to close the perfect deal. When you close a …

Selling

How consumers are quietly driving billion-dollar valuations in the enterprise

From the Box IPO to Slack’s seemingly overnight billion dollar valuation, disruptive enterprise collaboration apps are one of the hottest tickets in tech right now, with analysts and pundits calling Box’s roaring NYSE debut a “validation of the space” and a “cause célèbre” for Silicon Valley.<p>There …

No one wants to buy from startups

I spend most days (and way too many nights and weekends) thinking about, evaluating, visiting, and coaching startups. It’s a never-ending series of pitches from people telling me they are about to take over the world to become the next Salesforce/Splunk/EMC, etc. But rarely, as part of their …

Springleap Aims To Rethink Marketing Research With New Backing From Cross Border Angels

Springleap says it can help marketers improve their ad campaigns by tapping into a global community of 180,000 creative professionals.<p>To pursue that vision, the company is announcing that it has raised an additional $650,000 in seed funding, bringing its total backing to around $1.1 million. I got …

Marketing

Iraqi forces ramp up offensive to recapture Tikrit

Iraqi forces have continued their offensive to retake the city of Tikrit, seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last June, with troops claiming "gains" in the fighting, security forces told Al Jazeera.<p>Citing state media and security sources, Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf, reporting …

Middle East

Website builder The Grid gets Chrome extension, iOS app, & automatic image cropping

You don’t necessarily have to be a good designer in order to craft a slick-looking website.<p>New tools and features from website-building startup The Grid make it easier to build a handsome site even if you lack design skills. Now The Grid offers a Chrome browser extension, an iOS app, and a new …

Vancouver firm offers a one-stop real estate shop for Chinese investors in B.C.

Print<p>Related<p>VANCOUVER — When Vancouver-based Macdonald Realty dispatched Dan Scarrow, the agency’s vice-president of corporate strategy, to China …

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Military

George Hurrell: the master of the Hollywood still

George Hurrell didn't just photograph Hollywood's greats: as a new collection of his work reveals, he also imbued them with their mysterious allure<p>At 16, George Hurrell couldn’t decide whether to become a priest or an artist. A Chicago resident, he applied to both the Quigley Seminary and the Art …

Joan Crawford

What Jordan Knows About Psyching Out ISIS

The suicide attacks on Amman hotels in 2005 were supposed to bring the Hashemite Kingdom to its knees. Instead, Jordan rallied against the man who …

This Is Your Brain on Magic

Psychologists and neuroscientists have an unlikely ally in their quest to understand human nature: professional magicians.<p>“I’m going to flip through here and I want you to glance at a card in the middle,” Jay Olson tells his volunteer, offering the deck of cards in his hands. “Not the bottom …

8 Insights For Startups To Attract Angel Investors

<b>Angels want equity ownership, not causes.</b> By definition, angels are accredited investors, who invest their own money for a percentage of the …

Venture Capital

SBI commits Rs 75,000 cr for financing clean energy generation | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Country's largest lender State Bank of India on Sunday committed Rs 75,000 crore for generation of 15,000 MW of renewable energy in the next 5 years. …

Renewable Energy

The Seven Deadly Sins Of Activist Hedge Funds

Activist hedge funds, writes The Economist in its cover story of February 7, 2015, are “a breath of fresh air” and “good for the public company.” They offer firms a “new lease on life.” They are “a force for good.” They are “capitalism’s unlikely heroes,” even “saviors.”<p>The argument is absurd for …

Investing
Small Business

10 sharp-witted quotes from Jon Stewart

After 16 years behind the <i>Daily Show</i> news desk, Jon Stewart announced Tuesday that he will step down later this year.<p>While Comedy Central reportedly …

Ex-Muslim Imam Pens Open Letter, Giving Obama A History Lesson About Islam

3 Ways Your Startup Can Earn the Trust of Prospective Clients

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Before prospects will buy from you, and especially when it comes to major account business to business (B2B) sales, they need to trust you. Many entrepreneurs face special challenges establishing trust because they don’t have the track …

Startups