A new PrivCo report says Foursquare will fail by the end of 2013. According to PrivCo's sources, Foursquare is missing venture capitalist's projections, and even its own projections, quarter after quarter. PrivCo thinks investors will get tired of this and sell their shares by year-end for less money than they initially invested.
In a recent interview with Business Insider , Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures shared his thoughts on a wide range of topics, including “20-somethings starting funds straight out of school.” Among other points raised, Fred suggested that young VCs got their start thanks to family money, and don’t have the network or experience to be successful investors at this point in their careers.
You never knew what it was going to be."If you ask a few smart questions before accepting an offer, and after each meaningful round of new investments, you don't have to be surprised by the worth — or lack thereof — of your stock options when a startup exits.
Silicon Valley venture capital investors — the people who pour millions into tech startups in the hopes of selling them later for billions — are beginning to worry that low interest rates might be inflating a tech bubble.
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Enterprise startup Zendesk is moving full-speed ahead toward its IPO, even though investors have cooled towards cloud companies in recent weeks. Zendesk has not set a date for its first day of trading on the public markets, but it just priced its shares, according to documents filed with the SEC . It plans to sell over 11 million shares at $8 to $10 a share.
Lyft, the on-demand ride-sharing startup known for its pink mustaches and fist bumps, just raised a whopping $250 million Series D round.Existing investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund and Mayfield participated in this round. New investors Coatue, Third Point, and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba also joined the round.
Foursquare’s COO Evan Cohen and VP of Business Development Holger Luedort are leaving the company, Re/Code’s Mike Isaac reports. Cohen has spent more than four years at the company. He tells Isaac he’s “low on gas.” “I was running low on gas, frankly, and it made sense for me to hand the baton off to a fresh new executive,” he said. Cohen helped raise Foursquare's last round of financing.
The company formerly known as Enterproid - now as Divide - has been acquired by Google. Google Ventures previously invested in Divide, making this one in a line of companies that had investment cash from Google Ventures only to then be acquired by Google in its entirety. One does not always precede the other, but this situation is too plain to not explore.
Berlin boasts one of the fastest-growing start-up communities, as engineers and designers have flocked to the German capital in recent years, attracted by the underground music scene, cutting-edge art galleries, stylish bars and low rent.
It looks like Zuckerberg and Co. may be looking to make a big push forFacebook Places, and an on-going trial indicates that it could start withInstagram. The folks in Menlo Park are testing the social networks' own service for adding location info, but for now,Foursquareremains an option for sharing inside its popular filter-driven photo editor.
This move echoes a similar decision Google made with Google Maps in February 2012.Foursquare, the location-based social network that's recently been struggling to find its identity , announced today it will charge businesses for access to its data , the Wall Street Journal reports. The New York startup runs on users "checking in," or sharing their locations over the service.
Yahoo, who trail behind contemporaries like Google, have topped the list of large tech companies making acquisitions in 2013. According to a study by PrivCo, Yahoo acquired more companies and spent more money than anyone else. With an upcoming investment maturing, the spending may increase, but some are wondering what Yahoo is up to.
But, he warns, it's still a startup, and "it could also go down to zero," Bloomberg reports.Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado, on Tuesday, he said that he sees the long-term value of the company at "$200 billion or more ," according to a report in Bloomberg. As Bloomberg notes, that's around the same market value as Toyota.
Bernardo Hernandez and Jeff Pulver, an early investor in Twitter and Foursquare.The app curates a list of what's going on in your city, customizing the experience based on your interests and social connections. Once you find what you want to do, you can book it directly within the app.The idea for Fever all came about when Gómez moved to San Francisco as a teenager.
Twitter has acquired a payment startup called CardSpring. CardSpring helps developers write applications that accept credit card payments. Startups like Foursquare already use CardSpring. CardSpring raised $10 million from investors like SV Angel, Greylock Partners, Accel Partners, Felicis Ventures, and Data Collective. It was founded by Amit Kumar, Jeff Winner, Eckart Walther and Geraud Boyer.
Square, the San Francisco e-commerce start-up, plans to raise at least $100 million in a new round of venture capital funding, according to a person briefed on the investment.The new round of financing would value the San Francisco-based start-up at $6 billion, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks were private.