As one VC recently told me, “You can’t walk down the block without someone talking about mobile payments these days.” With new entrants (Square, Groupon, Dwolla) in this space, as well as incumbents (Paypal, ISIS, Google) increasing their payment offerings, there’s no doubt that the sector is ready to take off. Ultimately, each provider is… Continue reading MR = MC (or, The @Dwolla Approach)
I’ve always flattered myself to believe that I was somehow unique in my background as a banker interested in tech startups. This is a screenshot of our internal “craiglist” of sorts, and apparently, others have starting paying attention as well.
I hope that everyone’s recovered a little from last week’s Facebook S-1 tizzy. I thought about writing a blog post about the filing, but realized that everyone and their mom has already done that for us. As John Battelle said, Not since Google’s 2004 filing have so many journalists sped-read one document at the same… Continue reading Facebook S-1 Round-up
Today marked the closing Demos for DevFest 2012, the annual program for hacking and entrepreneurship events hosted by ADI. While the demos are meant to showcase the efforts of the student hackathon that kicked off last Saturday, participants were also encouraged to show off projects that they had been working on before DevFest began. This event… Continue reading Columbia’s DevFest 2012
You’ll hear a lot of startup ideas. Good ones, bad ones, copycat ones. But everyone has an idea. Everyone has come here to reinvent themselves, and if you want to do it, this is as good of a place to do it than anywhere else. Patrick Neeman, Director of User Experience at Jobvite, on the… Continue reading
Is Google Search broken? These two images indicate that it just might be. (Background: The Spreading Santorum website/meme began in 2003, when sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage re-defined Santorum’s name as a protest against the then-Senator’s anti-gay agenda. Ironically, Savage has stated on his podcast that he and Santorum used to be college roommates… Continue reading
For many startups, hiring is the bottleneck to growth. Not only is the hiring process taxing for a small team, the problem of talent dilution has emerged in all kinds of roles, including developers and designers. When we first got to the Valley, there were a handful of good companies that were able to attract… Continue reading Rise of the Acqui-hires