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First Round Capital shares secrets of success: One is backing female founders

by Cromwell Schubarth First Round Capital co-founder Josh Kopelman

First Round Capital — whose portfolio includes Uber, One Kings Lane and Warby Parker — this week revealed the secrets to the most successful deals of its first 10 years.

Young teams that included at least one woman founder, some Ivy Leaguers and some alumni from previous tech successes performed best from about 300 deals that the San Francisco venture firm did in its first decade.

"When  ...

9 hours ago
Loot - Silicon Nation: Seattle

CEO: It's not a question of if legal advice upstart Avvo will go public, but when

by Emily Parkhurst Mark Britton Seattle Avvo Inc.

Mark Britton took a company public when he was 32 years old and he wants to do it again.

"I don’t look at the public markets as something frightening we should avoid," Britton said.

Britton, who oversaw Expedia's (Nasdaq: EXPE) initial public offering in 1999 as the company's chief counsel, is now founder and CEO of fast-growing legal advice company Avvo.

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10 hours ago

Why ZinePak's co-founder really, really loved WeWork

by Young Entrepreneur Council WeWork coworking space Doherty ubj

When my co-founder and I launched ZinePak in January 2011, we made the decision to keep the company self-funded for as long as possible.

It was (and still is!) important for us to maintain control of our own destinies, and the destinies of our employees. We’ve always been frugal, and we spent the first two years of ZinePak working from our living rooms. It wasn’t until we started hiring  ...

11 hours ago

This VP quit his job to do his own thing, and got his old company to invest in his startup

by Carrie Ghose Ardina Young Shaun

Shaun Young spent two decades in huge corporations: Drug-maker Eli Lilly & Co., the retail health division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and most recently as vice president of consumer health care at Cardinal Health Inc., responsible for helping independent pharmacies increase retail revenue from all the products besides prescription drugs.

At the end of last year, he quit, deciding he had finally  ...

11 hours ago
Technology - Silicon Nation: Boston

Check out these Boston-born 'unicorns'

by Sara Castellanos

With $300 million in venture capital funding secured this week, online fantasy sports startup DraftKings became the most recent private tech firm headquartered in the Boston area to earn "unicorn" status — that is, venture-backed companies whose valuations are at least $1 billion.

In the photo gallery to the right, we take a look back at five other unicorns born in Boston during the years 2015  ...

13 hours ago

4 ways to keep you original startup mission in sight

by Young Entrepreneur Council startup ideas

Julia Haines’ article “ The Ritual of Lean” recently got me thinking about how all the buzzwords, rituals and competition surrounding startups (or perceived competition among startups as a sector) contribute to a loss of the entrepreneurs’ initial intent as the company grows.

I was the CEO/co-founder of a startup, so I know from personal experience all the demands that come with growing a  ...

14 hours ago
Loot - Silicon Nation: Denver

3D sensor, manufacturing startups raise venture capital investment

by Greg Avery Occipital

In two days this week, the Boulder area saw a pair of interesting venture capital investment in emerging manufacturing and sensor technologies with local connections.

On Wednesday, 3D scanning and modeling company Occipital announced it raised $13 million in a Series B from investors including Foundry Group and Intel Capital.

The day before, Boulder’s TechStars VC fund announced it led a $2  ...

15 hours ago
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