Venture Capital

5 Places to Launch Your Startup

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Looking for a place to launch your startup? Follow the money – literally. Most company founders dream of taking their company public or, at a minimum, getting a fabulous offer from someone who wants to buy their baby. That’s a key thing to consider when you’re evaluating the best place to launch your company. However, startups on a razor-thin budget may need to operate in an affordable area while providing employees with a decent lifestyle. Sometimes those two factors synch… continue…

Why VCs Prefer Silicon Valley Investments

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When you’re looking for investors, where you’re working can have an awful lot to do with your success. One reason: More tech companies in Silicon Valley pay off for VCs than in any other region of the country. According to researcher CB Insights, tech companies in Silicon Valley made up 52 percent of the value from the 50 largest venture-backed exits so far this year. If you include Facebook’s IPO, the number rises to 86 percent. Digging In While Silicon… continue…

Online Platforms Connect Tech Firms & Angel Investors

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Tech companies are of particular interest to accredited angel investors who tap into investment crowdfunding platforms like AngelList, Crowdfunder, Gust and MicroVentures. While most people are familiar with Kickstarter and Indiegogo, campaigns on those sites include everything from singers pushing records to companies developing new projects. In lieu of equity, backers get the eventual product and other rewards. But portals that cater to accredited investors generally take a more sophisticated approach – they’re about pairing investors with companies who’ll trade… continue…

Tech Leads Oregon Recovery

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The tech industry is leading Oregon out of the recession by adding jobs faster than the overall economy, and paying more than twice the state average, according to a new report from the state’s Employment Department. Tech salaries in the state average $94,000 a year and grew by 3.9 percent between 2011 and 2012. That compares with Oregon’s overall average salary of $44,300, which rose only 2.8 percent during the same period. Meanwhile, tech employment hit 60,100 in July, the… continue…

Funding Hints at New Jobs in These 3 Areas

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Generally speaking, venture capital investing is a good leading indicator of tech’s growth patterns. While seed money often gets attention, acquisition news can offer even better hints of coming trends – as well as the resulting bump in jobs. Case in point: Gaming. As the industry has hit rough water, investments in the sector have slowed. “Last year, the U.S. couldn’t mint game developers fast enough to keep up with the tech recruiting demand for online, mobile, social and console… continue…

Accel Investing $100 Million in Big Data Startups

The venture-capital firm wants to invest its money in data-analytics startups that focus on end-user experience. continue…

Entrepreneurs Band Together to Launch Multiple Startups

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The idea of one entrepreneurial company having its hand in a number of startups at once is making a comeback. The approach, which gained traction during the Internet boom of the 90s, but deflated along with the bubble, is coming back into vogue, says the New York Times. Behind the movement are serial entrepreneurs who are banding together to invest in promising tech ideas rather than putting all of their eggs into one company’s basket, or taking the hands-off approach… continue…

How ‘Zombie’ Startups Can Bring Themselves Back to Life

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These aren’t the best of times for consumer and e-commerce startups. After years of seemingly unbridled access to venture capital, many have seen funding slow to a trickle. For some, investors are wary of their slow growth. For others, investors are wary of pretty much everything, and so won’t put in any money at all. Either way, investors’ caution is threatening a number of these companies, “zombies,” in Silicon Valley parlance. It’s unclear how many of these startups are in… continue…

Tech Venture Funding Rises 10 Percent

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The trends in venture funding last year were much like those in the job market: While overall numbers were down, those in tech were up. Overall venture funding in the U.S. fell 10 percent during 2012, to $26.5 billion. That’s the first decline in three years. On the other hand, the software industry — historically the largest investment segment for venture capital — posted a 10 percent increase over 2011 to $8.3 billion. A total of 1,266 software deals were… continue…

For Google’s VC Business, Money Is No Object

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If you’ve got a great startup idea and all you need to get going is $1.5 billion, now you’ve got a place to go. In an announcement that attracted quite a bit of interest in normally jaded Silicon Valley, Google Ventures, the independently run venture capital arm of Google, announced that for at least the next five years it will boost its annual funding to $300 million from $200 million , or to $1.5 billion over five years. I don’t blame Google… continue…