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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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Everyme CEO Oliver Cameron (left) with staff members Omid Mikhchi, Maurycy Wojtowicz and Cortland Klein.

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Everyme CEO Oliver Cameron (left) with staff members Omid Mikhchi, Maurycy Wojtowicz and Cortland Klein.

China’s Giant Tencent Placing Bets on Small Silicon Valley Startups

The allure of Silicon Valley has aroused China’s largest Internet company to begin investing in some of America’s smallest ones. Tencent Holdings has funded about a half dozen young startups, many of them from prestigious business incubator Y Combinator, hoping...

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Frank Quattrone (seen here at a conference in 2010) sparked a debate yesterday about who's to blame for the underwriting "duopoly."

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Frank Quattrone (seen here at a conference in 2010) sparked a debate yesterday about who's to blame for the underwriting "duopoly."

In IPO ‘Duopoly,’ VCs Blame the CEOs Who Blame the VCs

It’s no secret in Silicon Valley that Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs get the hottest IPOs. From LinkedIn, Groupon and Zynga last year to Yelp and Facebook this year, it’s been a two-horse race. The irony is that startups and...

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HireArt and Coderwall both aim to replace the run-of-the-mill resume with online applications that do a better job measuring an applicant’s skills.

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HireArt and Coderwall both aim to replace the run-of-the-mill resume with online applications that do a better job measuring an applicant’s skills.

McKinsey Alums Target Tech Talent War With Y Combinator Startups

The investors assembled at Y Combinator’s Demo Day in Mountain View are no strangers to the challenges of finding top engineering talent in Silicon Valley. So the crowd was especially attuned to pitches from HireArt and Coderwall, which are working to...

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The AirBnB of auto repair? Translation: Where customers can find the right mechanics in their neighborhood.

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The AirBnB of auto repair? Translation: Where customers can find the right mechanics in their neighborhood.

The Airbnb of Car Repair? Welcome to Y Combinator Demo Day

Internet startups are notorious for calling themselves the (insert hot company here) for (insert sector of your startup here). For example: the Facebook for students, the Groupon for travel, or the Twitter for businesses. But the companies presenting at Y...

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The feeding frenzy of investors at Y Combinator's event gave some startups the upper hand.

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The feeding frenzy of investors at Y Combinator's event gave some startups the upper hand.

Standing Room Only at Y Combinator Event Puts Startups in Driver’s Seat

It’s a reversal of roles in Silicon Valley’s startup scene: Investors are clamoring for face time with entrepreneurs. Hundreds of tech’s most prominent backers packed into an auditorium at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, today to hear two-minute...

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Steve Blank is teaching science entrepreneurs how to take their lab-created products into the market.

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Steve Blank is teaching science entrepreneurs how to take their lab-created products into the market.

Can Startup Guru Steve Blank Help Save the Sciences?

After eight technology startups, several books and a decade of teaching, some would say that Steve Blank has turned the art of creating a tech company into a science. Still, he never thought his skills would be desired by actual...

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ODesk has 300,000 businesses using its software to help find, hire and pay contracted workers in remote locations.

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ODesk has 300,000 businesses using its software to help find, hire and pay contracted workers in remote locations.

T. Rowe Price Deepens Startup Bet With Investment in ODesk

T. Rowe Price is bolstering its bet on technology startups, and no longer just the ones that get all the headlines. Following investments in Facebook, Twitter, Zynga and Angie’s List among others, the mutual fund company today led a $15...

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OpenView Venture Partners, left to right, George Roberts, Adam Marcus, Scott Maxwell and Brian Zimmerman.

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OpenView Venture Partners, left to right, George Roberts, Adam Marcus, Scott Maxwell and Brian Zimmerman.

OpenView Shows It’s Not All About Facebook and Groupon for VCs

For venture capital funds not focused on social networking, mobile apps or e-commerce, there’s still hope when it comes to fundraising. OpenView Venture Partners took less than three months to raise its latest $200 million fund, and all of that...

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