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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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The success of Nest's digital thermostats are helping turn up the heat on venture capitalists to fund hardware startups.

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The success of Nest's digital thermostats are helping turn up the heat on venture capitalists to fund hardware startups.

Nest and GoPro Could Lead to a Hardware Startup Revival

Google’s $3.2 billion purchase of Nest, GoPro’s pending initial public offering and Jawbone’s budding popularity have VegasTechFund’s Jen McCabe giddy about the prospect for hardware startups. McCabe has backed about a dozen hardware companies in the eight months since she...

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Ethan Beard, who left Facebook to join Greylock Partners, appears at the Le Web 2010 conference in Paris.

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Ethan Beard, who left Facebook to join Greylock Partners, appears at the Le Web 2010 conference in Paris.

Former Facebook Executive Joins Greylock

Ethan Beard, who left Facebook after its initial public offering in 2012, has found his next gig as entrepreneur-in-residence at venture-capital firm Greylock Partners. Beard formerly ran developer relations and product marketing for Facebook’s platform. “My goal is to start...

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Football great Joe Montana is trying his hand at investing in technology companies.

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Football great Joe Montana is trying his hand at investing in technology companies.

Joe Montana Goes Long in Open Source

Joe Montana, who led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl victories during his career, is hoping to score in another Bay Area pastime: technology investing. The legendary quarterback has kicked some of his own cash into CoreOS, which...

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Naval Ravikant of AngelList speaks onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 at The Manhattan Center.

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Naval Ravikant of AngelList speaks onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 at The Manhattan Center.

Are VCs Investing in Their Own Disruption?

Venture capitalists are known for backing startups that are disrupting established industries. Typically that doesn’t include their own. But Silicon Valley’s elite firms are finding it hard to ignore a growing threat to their once proprietary deal flow. Venture investing...

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Peter Fenton, a partner at Benchmark Capital, in San Francisco on May 24, 2012

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Peter Fenton, a partner at Benchmark Capital, in San Francisco on May 24, 2012

Twitter Backer Fenton Poised for IPO Barrage

Peter Fenton is a busy man. The venture capitalist, best known for his early bet on Twitter, is a board member of at least five more companies that could go public within the next 18 months, including two — Lithium...

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Gemwars is a game by MindJolt, which was purchased by Chris DeWolfe's team.

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Gemwars is a game by MindJolt, which was purchased by Chris DeWolfe's team.

High Rollers: After RetailMeNot, What’s Next for Austin Ventures

First it was online vacation rentals, then digital coupons. Now what? Money managers will be asking that of Austin Ventures after the stock market debut today of RetailMeNot, a provider of online deals that’s valued at more than $1 billion....

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Venture capitalist Fred Wilson apologized for disparaging remarks he made about corporate VCs.

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Venture capitalist Fred Wilson apologized for disparaging remarks he made about corporate VCs.

Never Say ‘Never Ever Ever Ever’ — Fred Wilson Sorry for Corporate VC Comments

Fred Wilson, the venture capitalist who has invested in Twitter and Zynga, apologized for critical remarks about corporate VC firms, saying “well established investment groups” can be good for entrepreneurs. Wilson, a managing partner at Union Square Ventures, said he...

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