Tech Deals

Tech VCs Promise to Never Disagree With Founders and Give Them Free Cash

Aydin Senkut, founder of Felicis Ventures, right, speaks at a conference in San Francisco.

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Aydin Senkut, founder of Felicis Ventures, right, speaks at a conference in San Francisco.

To get into the best deals, many startup investors over the past few years have publicly sworn their faith in company founders to get their attention. Now, the words aren’t enough, spurring some venture capitalists to differentiate themselves through more...

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Dennis Crowley, co-founder and CEO at Foursquare Labs, at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, on March 9, 2013. Foursquare plans to split the app in two.

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Dennis Crowley, co-founder and CEO at Foursquare Labs, at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, on March 9, 2013. Foursquare plans to split the app in two.

Foursquare Bets That Two Apps Are Better Than One

Location-sharing service Foursquare is splitting its app in two as the novelty of checking in at a store or restaurant has worn off. Swarm, the new app, will still let users broadcast “I’m here!” and show them which of their...

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The exhibit floor at The Cable Show -- not much glitz, but lots of executives in dark suits.

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The exhibit floor at The Cable Show -- not much glitz, but lots of executives in dark suits.

At the Cable Show, Everything on Display Except What People are Talking About, Including Netflix

The Cable Show, the industry’s annual gathering that’s happening this week under the blazing Los Angeles sun, had no shortage of news to pick apart given Comcast’s $45 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable announced in February as well as...

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A former Apple designer is crowdfunding his Atelier Playing Cards.

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A former Apple designer is crowdfunding his Atelier Playing Cards.

How to Sell Playing Cards, Apple-Style

Apple’s product design team has specialized in making complex things — digital music, mobile phones, computers — seem simple. Robert Padbury, a former Apple user interface designer, wants to apply that design philosophy to something that’s already pretty simple: playing...

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Tinder co-founders Sean Rad, left, Justin Mateen, center, and Jonathan Badeen, right, are ready to make some money.

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Tinder co-founders Sean Rad, left, Justin Mateen, center, and Jonathan Badeen, right, are ready to make some money.

Tinder Narrows Down Its Options for How to Make Money

Tinder, which has been connecting love-seeking, smartphone-swiping millennials for more than a year, has narrowed its money-making plans to three possible matches. Barry Diller, chairman of Tinder-backer IAC/InterActiveCorp, said the dating app is considering three approaches: subscription, advertising or “freemium,”...

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No Longer a Reader? Tribune Wants You to Listen to the News

While consumers may be reading daily newspapers less, one morning habit hasn’t changed: the commute. Now, the Tribune Co.’s innovation and technology unit wants drivers and bus riders to listen to audio versions of its stories. Newsbeat, the first major consumer...

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Marketo employees participate in the Founder Institute's Silicon Valley Sports
League event last year in Palo Alto, California.

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Marketo employees participate in the Founder Institute's Silicon Valley Sports League event last year in Palo Alto, California.

Battery Ventures Extends Software Streak With FreeWheel, BlueKai

Battery Ventures has been on a winning streak with investments in digital-marketing startups, with two of the venture capital firm’s companies — FreeWheel Media and BlueKai — being bought out in two weeks. After an investment of $20 million, Battery owned...

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Lisa Belkin, who has been critical of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, is now joining the staff of the website.

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Lisa Belkin, who has been critical of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, is now joining the staff of the website.

Blogger Once Critical of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Will Now Be Blogging for Yahoo

  Lisa Belkin, a senior columnist for the Huffington Post writing about motherhood and work, will be leaving the website to work for Yahoo. She joins other brand name journalists Yahoo recently hired such as former New York Times tech...

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