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AlleyTalk - Like most VCs, I get carpet bombed with pitches almost non-stop. They can range from the benign and harmless pitches all the way to the ones that were clearly written by someone who had just discovered bath salts. Most pitches are...
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Op-ED - In his self-published online book, called “How I Lost $170 Million: My time as #30 at Facebook,” Noah Kagan says two oft-repeated slogans at the...
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Op-ED - Sky-high valuations of brand-new companies. Ridiculous real estate prices. Fights over neighborhood gentrification. Acquisitions with huge price tags. People in their 20s becoming overnight millionaires. Signs that another...
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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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Bitcoin - Bitcoin and The New World Order is Bitcoin part of a global conspiracy involving the richest and most powerful people in the world?
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Cool Tech - Facebook's $2 billion deal to acquire Oculus recently marked the biggest bet yet on the resurgence of virtual reality. While any price tag that hefty for an unfinished, unproven technology is bound to spark investor...
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Op-ED - A few months ago, we wrote about something we've received quite a few questions about – whether Pinterest or Instagram is better for businesses. And while that debate still stands (short answer: it depends), it looks like Pinterest...
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Big Data - Obamacare provides healthcare insurance coverage for all - but is it also collating data on every American citizen?
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Advice - Fear of failure is often cited as a reason for not starting a business, and it appears to be well-founded. A quarter of all new businesses in the U.S. fail in their first year, and 44 percent have called it a day by the end of the...
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Advice - In 2011, I went from working at a restaurant making $2.17/hour (plus tips…) to launching one…then two…then THREE successful, profitable businesses with literally no startup capital. How did I do it? Did I come up with the next...
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Business - In my view, entrepreneurship has always been the ultimate embodiment of capitalism and quite synonymous with free enterprise. Yet I find that more and more young entrepreneurs are uncomfortable with the term “capitalism,” somehow...
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Advertising - Over the last few weeks, we heard that Facebook organic reach is approaching zero while their paid ad business is booming. On April 23, Facebook reported revenue of $2.5 billion for the first quarter of 2014, up 72% over the previous...
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AlleyTalk - The American public's attitude toward government, especially toward the federal government, recalls a classic scene in Monty Python's "Life of Brian." "What have they ever given us in return?" fulminates John Cleese, playing a...
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Advice - The difference between a startup and a small business is more than mere semantics.  A startup is about launching a new business model, whereas a small business has a business model.  Startups are focused on hyper-growth, whereas...
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AlleyTalk -   Companies' venture funds poured more money into venture-backed start-ups in the last quarter than they have since the dot-com era. While in other circumstances that might be a worrisome sign, now it might actually be a positive...
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AlleyTalk - Ed. Note: The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the contributor do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of this publication.   The breadth of the AlleyWatch contributor network is a key strength...

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