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Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu doesn't want to bring in venture capitalists who could ruin the fun of running the business, he said.

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Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu doesn't want to bring in venture capitalists who could ruin the fun of running the business, he said.

No VC: Zoho CEO ‘Couldn’t Care Less for Wall Street’

This is the fourth in a five-part series called “No VC,” which highlights startups that have succeeded without venture capital, the lifeblood of Silicon Valley. At first, Sridhar Vembu couldn’t raise money for his enterprise software startup because he didn’t know how to...

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Quizlet founder Andrew Sutherland (left) hasn't found the need for venture capital.

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Quizlet founder Andrew Sutherland (left) hasn't found the need for venture capital.

No VC: Education Startup Quizlet Makes the Grade Going It Alone

This is the third in a five-part series called “No VC,” which highlights startups that have succeeded without venture capital, the lifeblood of Silicon Valley. (This post was updated to correct the site’s pricing to $15 a year.) One night this past...

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Thomas Isakovich is taking an entirely different approach to building his second storage company.

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Thomas Isakovich is taking an entirely different approach to building his second storage company.

No VC: Nimbus Takes ’21st Century Approach’ to Building Business

This is the second in a five-part series called “No VC,” which highlights startups that have succeeded without venture capital, the lifeblood of Silicon Valley. Thomas Isakovich started his first storage computing company, TrueSAN Networks, when he was 19. It...

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FreshBooks says it has paying users of its Web-based accounting software in 120 countries.

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FreshBooks says it has paying users of its Web-based accounting software in 120 countries.

No VC: FreshBooks CEO Sees Risk Capital as Too Risky

This is the first in a five-part series called “No VC,” which highlights startups that have succeeded without venture capital, the lifeblood of Silicon Valley. Mike McDerment was shacked up in his parents’ basement in Toronto when the first venture...

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Startups that choose to go without venture funding can control their own destiny and gain a real appreciation of money.

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Startups that choose to go without venture funding can control their own destiny and gain a real appreciation of money.

No VC: How 5 Startups Skirted Tech’s Financiers

Since the 1960s, venture capitalists have bankrolled Silicon Valley, financing startups that would go on to become the world’s most successful technology companies, including Apple, Cisco and Google. The money hasn’t stopped flowing. Over the past decade, venture firms poured...

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Thomas Foley's next act is a new company called CapRally that is backed by venture capitalist Tim Draper.

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Thomas Foley's next act is a new company called CapRally that is backed by venture capitalist Tim Draper.

Entrepreneur Tries Second Act After Secondary Market Fizzles

When Thomas Foley started Xpert Financial in 2009, he had a simple thesis: Going public was too costly for most companies, and the private fundraising process was overly opaque. So he created an electronic exchange for private companies to raise...

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Nora Abousteit founded Kollabora, which sells patterns and material for knitting and sewing projects.

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Nora Abousteit founded Kollabora, which sells patterns and material for knitting and sewing projects.

DIY Site Draws Investors as It Expands From Sewing to Soldering

Knitting, sewing and jewelry-making may not seem like the height of geekdom, but that hasn’t stopped one e-commerce site from attracting the attention of some influential technology investors. New York-based Kollabora, a website that sells patterns and supplies to help hobbyists create...

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Y Combinator holds two classes of startups per year, each with six dozen or so companies.

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Y Combinator holds two classes of startups per year, each with six dozen or so companies.

What Entrepreneurs Should Look for in Tech Startup Incubators

In the last few years, dozens of incubator programs catering to tech startups have popped up. Their typical business model is to take equity in the young companies they nurture in the hopes of breeding some superstars that yield big...

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Brad Garlinghouse said startups are raising venture capital at high valuations, picking numbers for the purpose of “chest-pumping.”

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Brad Garlinghouse said startups are raising venture capital at high valuations, picking numbers for the purpose of “chest-pumping.”

Valley Veteran Brad Garlinghouse Sees Signs of Tech Bubble

Even as Facebook and Zynga shed more than half their value in the public market, Silicon Valley veteran Brad Garlinghouse sees signs of a technology bubble. The former executive at AOL and Yahoo said startup founders are raising venture capital...

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Greylock Partners is reaping rewards from business software companies such as Palo Alto Networks and Workday.

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Greylock Partners is reaping rewards from business software companies such as Palo Alto Networks and Workday.

Greylock Follows Facebook Win With Business Software IPOs

Greylock Partners has gained accolades – and bundles of money — in the past 15 months from early bets on consumer Internet brands Facebook, LinkedIn and Pandora. Now, it’s reaping rewards from investments in the lesser known but still lucrative arena of business software, where Greylock...

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