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Dave Morin of Path spoke during the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York last year.

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Dave Morin of Path spoke during the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York last year.

E-Mail From Path’s Dave Morin? You’ve Got Money

Last year, Dom Leca received an unexpected message. The French software developer was contacted by an investor from San Francisco who was eager to share his cash and ideas to improve Leca’s e-mail application, Sparrow. “I didn’t know Dave at...

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Charlie Cheever is co-founder of Quora, which just raised a $50 million round of financing.

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Charlie Cheever is co-founder of Quora, which just raised a $50 million round of financing.

Quora Taps Thiel and Facebook Connections to Raise $50 Million

Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder, was the lead investor in a $50 million round of financing for Quora, said Charlie Cheever, the company’s co-founder. Thiel, an early investor in Facebook and Zynga, was joined by Benchmark...

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The Alchemist Accelerator program will focus on providing enterprise startups strong mentorship.

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The Alchemist Accelerator program will focus on providing enterprise startups strong mentorship.

Stanford Instructor to Launch Accelerator for Enterprise Startups

Amid all the entrepreneurs striving to make the next Facebook, a new accelerator program is launching to help startups become the next Box or Yammer. Starting in July, the venture capital-backed Alchemist Accelerator program will help 12 teams whose mission...

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A mail clerk at the Patent Office processes applications.

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A mail clerk at the Patent Office processes applications.

Should Startups File for Patents?

Add one more thing to the tech entrepreneur’s to-do list: file patents. Startups on small budgets have often viewed patents as an unnecessary expense because each one can cost around $15,000. But as Apple, Facebook, Google and other tech companies...

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Bill Clerico, seen here in July 2011, is CEO of WePay, which just raised $10 million.

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Bill Clerico, seen here in July 2011, is CEO of WePay, which just raised $10 million.

PayPal Rival WePay Raises $10M

Back in his days at Boston College, Bill Clerico knew how to stand out in a crowd. He did it by donning a costume of the school’s mascot, an eagle. Now as co-founder and CEO of WePay, one of many...

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Benchmark Capital scored again after Intuit agreed to buy e-mail marketer Demandforce.

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Benchmark Capital scored again after Intuit agreed to buy e-mail marketer Demandforce.

Benchmark Capital Scores With Instagram, Demandforce and IPOs

The hits keep coming for Benchmark Capital. Following Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram earlier this month, the venture firm scored again today after Intuit agreed to buy e-mail marketer Demandforce for $423.5 million. Benchmark, the Silicon Valley firm that...

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Ben Horowitz said the idea to donate half of profits was partly inspired by other venture capitalists who pledged half of their personal income to charity.

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Ben Horowitz said the idea to donate half of profits was partly inspired by other venture capitalists who pledged half of their personal income to charity.

Andreessen’s Venture Firm Pledges Half Its Profits to Charity

Andreessen Horowitz, the venture-capital firm that has backed technology startups including Facebook, Groupon, Zynga and Skype, announced plans today to donate half of the profits made from investments. The firm, co-founded by Web pioneer Marc Andreessen, will give the money...

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It's been a good quarter for Hercules Technology, which had four portfolio companies go public and another two get acquired.

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It's been a good quarter for Hercules Technology, which had four portfolio companies go public and another two get acquired.

Here’s One Way to Track and Play the Mini-Boom in IPOs

The IPO mini-boom that’s sweeping Silicon Valley means big bucks for the venture capital firms that made early bets on billion-dollar companies. How much money each firm is making is guesswork, because as private partnerships, the only people who see...

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Tango's video calling service has grown to 45 million users since launching in 2010.

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Tango's video calling service has grown to 45 million users since launching in 2010.

Tango Raises $40 Million to Vie With Skype in Video Calling

Tango, a startup that offers mobile video calling, has raised $40 million from investors including Qualcomm Ventures and Access Industries, the company said today in a release. The service, which lets users make video calls across Apple, Android and Windows...

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Pebble's new watch is supposed to display messages from your smartphone.

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Pebble's new watch is supposed to display messages from your smartphone.

Rejected By VCs, Pebble Watch Raises $3.8M on Kickstarter

When it comes to the road to success in Silicon Valley, Eric Migicovsky was definitely on the right path. His idea for creating a watch that can display messages from your smartphone was embraced by Y Combinator, the prestigious business...

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