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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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Lyft, which offers ride sharing in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago, helps arrange more than 30,000 rides per week.

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Lyft, which offers ride sharing in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago, helps arrange more than 30,000 rides per week.

Andreessen Backs Lyft Ride Sharing With $60M Investment

Lyft Inc., a service for connecting drivers to ride-seekers via smartphone software, has raised $60 million from venture firms led by Andreessen Horowitz LLC as it seeks to almost double its staff and take on rivals. Lyft, which competes with Side.Cr LLC and...

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Nicole Carty, 23, speaks during a meeting for participants of Zuccotti Park's Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York.

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Nicole Carty, 23, speaks during a meeting for participants of Zuccotti Park's Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York.

Campaign to Buy Los Angeles Times Hopes to Crowdfund $660 Million

Want to buy the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and six other daily newspapers? No, I don’t mean at the newsstand. The Other 98%, a nonprofit organization, has setup a crowdfunding campaign to buy Tribune Co.’s newspaper business....

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Dwolla plans to keep its headquarters in Iowa, a state known more for its pork than for tech startups.

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Dwolla plans to keep its headquarters in Iowa, a state known more for its pork than for tech startups.

Silicon Prairie’s Dwolla Strikes Out West to Find $16.5 Million

In 2010, Ben Milne made a journey across the Silicon Prairie for his first taste from the big tech trough. Then a twenty-something founder of a two-person startup in Iowa, Milne arrived in San Francisco with no business connections but a burning...

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Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley is hoping to use a new round of cash to prove that his mobile app can be a viable business.

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Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley is hoping to use a new round of cash to prove that his mobile app can be a viable business.

Checking Into What’s Behind Foursquare’s $41 Million Infusion

Foursquare, the New York-based company that makes an application for checking into locations and discovering places to go, just got a big cash infusion. This comes after months of doom and gloom talk about the company’s future, Bloomberg Businessweek reported today. The round, structured...

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Matt Mickiewicz left 99designs to start DeveloperAuction, an online marketplace that matches engineers and employers.

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Matt Mickiewicz left 99designs to start DeveloperAuction, an online marketplace that matches engineers and employers.

How Donuts Gave Rise to Site Where Employers Can Bid on Engineers

As co-founder of web startup 99designs, Matt Mickiewicz relied on 30 recruiters to find engineering talent for his company in the hyper-competitive market of San Francisco. Results were so poor that when one finally got a prospect hired, the recruiter...

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Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia has raised more money just seven months after his company's last round of financing.

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Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia has raised more money just seven months after his company's last round of financing.

Early Facebook, LinkedIn Backer Bets Big on Nextdoor With $15M

David Sze, a 13-year veteran of venture-capital firm Greylock Partners, has gained acclaim for his lucrative bets on Facebook, LinkedIn and Pandora. But he’s never written a check as big as the one he just gave to Nextdoor.com, a social-networking...

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