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#NYCTech - With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space.  We keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in NYC Tech this week including the fundings,...
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#NYCTech - With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space.  This column will keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in NYC Tech this week. CLICK HERE TO...
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AlleyTalk - If you're looking for signs of a tech bubble, you don't have to do much searching these days. From start-up valuations and real estate prices to fancy perks and outlandish parties, practically everything in Silicon Valley is headed up...
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Advice - Give your product away for free, pay your employee’s modest wages and whatever you do, do NOT go public. That's how Palantir Technologies, a semi-secret data analytics firm, became one of the hottest tech companies in Silicon...
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Advice - Following up on Lesson #145, Issues to Consider Before Selling to Big Companies, I wanted to drill down deeper on earnouts and potential pitfalls to avoid, as earnouts rarely payout as expected. First of all, what is an...
Anatomy of an IPO
Advice - On Jan. 31, 2014, the 16 year-old dot-com darling Coupons.com filed for an IPO. To put this event in perspective, PayPal was founded in the same year. While PayPal filed for their $70 million IPO in 2002 and received an acquisition...
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AlleyTalk - These days, the Zuck seems to be doling out cash and making it rain even better than the most eccentric Russian millionaires. But Facebook’s monstrous buyout of WhatsApp also proves a few things: Zuckerberg is swimming in...
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AlleyTalk - Tech start-ups may be attracting more money than ever, but that doesn't mean a billion dollar payday is easy to come by. Of all start-ups that were sold or went public in 2013, only about 1 percent garnered a billion dollars or more,...
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AlleyTalk - Sprinklr, the leading provider of native, fully integrated Social Relationship Infrastructure, announced that it has acquired Austin, Texas-based Dachis Group, the leader in social and brand analytics, creating the world’s largest...
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AlleyTalk - Facebook made the largest purchase ever of a venture-capital-backed startup when it announced that it would be buying WhatsApp, a popular messaging service. The $19 billion purchase (yes, that's billion with a 'B') dwarfs Facebook's...
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AlleyTalk - The duo behind WhatsApp were once rejected by Facebook for jobs. Reed Albergotti has more inside details on the $19 billion deal. Video not...
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Advice - I was recently asked by an entrepreneur, “What happens to the leftover option pool after an acquisition?” In short, the shares get a disappearing act. Not so fast, though! Where those shares magically disappear to is the key...
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Exits - Many entrepreneurs still dream of “going public,” making billions of dollars, and playing with the big boys. They don’t realize that this option would likely be their worst nightmare since it costs millions for the road show,...
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AlleyTalk - OK, I get it - Snapchat is popular. Apparently people loving sending others self- aggrandizing pictures of themselves. It’s hard to doubt the success of an app that caters to the generation of trendy, short attention span 20...
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AlleyTalk - After the debacle that ensued when Facebook first went public, the NYSE took every precaution to ensure that the Twitter (TWTR) IPO went smoothly. That may well be where the similarities end. Twitter enjoyed a rather spectacular first...
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Advice - “Participating” preferred stock increases the returns to investors on a sale of the company. If the liquidation preference is non-participating, it means that it is capped at the “up front” amount, so the investors holding...

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