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Tech trends VCs are talking about at SXSW

This year’s SXSW comes at a time when the startups that populate the festival face some very real challenges: Valuations are declining in many places, funding isn’t as easy to come by, and the initial public offering market has dried up. Still, the mood is bright at the annual gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and media. […]
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Some food delivery apps starved for funding

The crowd is thinning in the food delivery start-up space — and more are likely to shutter, industry watchers say. Starving for funds, delivery app SpoonRocket bit the dust March 12. The reason? The downturn of market and lack of interest in on-demand compan...
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Mark Cuban: Here’s the problem with regulators

Regulatory action on privately funded companies threatens to disrupt growth and the path to the public market, billionaire investor Mark Cuban contended Friday. Private valuations in Silicon Valley, particularly the so-called “unicorns” worth $1 bi...
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Israel may give Silicon Valley a run for its money

Israel has more tech startups and venture-capital funding per head of population than anywhere — even the United States. That’s a refrain at a Forbes summit for more than 600 under-30 entrepreneurs from around the world taking place in Tel Aviv and Jer...
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Steve Case: Remember, even the internet was once a tough sell

While AOL’s success seems obvious now, Case said it took “more than a decade before [AOL] really got traction.” “You have to have perseverance because if you’re really trying to have an impact, trying to change the world, that doe...
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This is the best city for small business in America: Survey

The annual “Best Small Business Cities in America” ranking of 25 cities is based on a weighted average of data on Biz2Credit’s customers across the country. It looks at the health of small businesses in each metro area, the rate of small-busi...
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Ford, Microsoft pour $253 million into start-up Pivotal

Enterprise software company Pivotal will close a $253 million funding round led by new investor Ford and joined by Microsoft, GE, EMC and VMWare, the companies announced Thursday. It marks the second-biggest start-up investment this year, behind augmented real...
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‘Silicon Valley’: When the CEO gets fired and the engineers stage a revolt

Jack Barker (played by Stephen Tobolowsky), the newly installed CEO of Pied Piper, wants the team to build the product as an appliance. Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch), the ousted founder, wants to build the product as a platform and thus, the conflict ...
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Is your start-up worth less than $10B? Don’t go public, Tim Draper says

Venture Capitalist and Silicon Valley veteran Tim Draper has a message for most start-ups: Don’t go public yet. “I think going public now is not the greatest thing in the world for an entrepreneur, unless the company is worth about $10 billion. Was...
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JetBlue expands premium Mint cabin to woo customers from Virgin America

JetBlue expands premium Mint cabin to woo customers from Virgin America

Just days after missing the chance to acquire Virgin America (VA), JetBlue (JBLU) announced that it’s expanding its Mint service to four new cities — a clear attempt to poach some Virgin loyalists.  Alaska Airlines (ALK) announced this month it was bu...
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