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The Importance of Partnership Agreements, NDAs, and Security: Lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley”

Up and Running

Most NDA violations don’t end with a company acquisition, but they can be costly nonetheless. Poor physical security. Image via HBO.

Cloudera Strengthens Hadoop Security with Acquisition of Gazzang

Austin Startup

Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop™, today announced that it has acquired Gazzang, the big data security experts, to dramatically strengthen its security offerings, building on the roadmap laid out last year when Cloudera first delivered Sentry. Enterprise cloudera gazzang

Small Business Acquisition Financing on the Rise: Tips for Buyers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Securing the necessary capital and financing is a key part of buying a small business. As the business-for-sale market heats up, there are increasing options prospective buyers can research to see which is the right fit for them

Apple Buys Fingerprint Security Company

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A $356 million purchase could mean enhanced security features for Apple laptops and iOS products.

The “I-just-got-bought-by-a-big-company” survival guide

Scott Weiss

It took almost six months for my former company IronPort’s acquisition by Cisco to close and it seemed like forever. Seriously and specifically, after six months in, I strongly advocated to be put in charge of all Security products at Cisco — a business that was three times larger than IronPort. Most acquisitions fail.

How To Choose An M&A Advisor When You’re Selling Your ‘Baby’


Professionalisms exit strategy Larry Fontillas M&A mergers & acquisitions selling your businesshistory of (relevant) success.

Six Ways To Keep Trade Secrets And Sensitive Company Info Offline


Meanwhile, they may be working on collaborative projects, examining acquisition possibilities, receiving development proposals, and more.

6 Tips To Help Entrepreneurs Win And Grow A Strong Customer Base


Statements like these act as a security blanket because rejection hurts. by John Vrionis, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Search: Not Provided: What Remains, Keyword Data Options, the Future

Occam's Razor

In late 2011, Google announced an effort to make search behavior more secure. In this post I want to share four angles on secure search: 1.

French President Hollande Leads Delegation to Meet Israeli Startups

VC Cafe

Also the subject of rumors this week of an impending acquisition by Apple for $345 million.

Convertible Note Seed Financings: Founders Beware!

Scott Edward Walker

Does a Startup Have to Comply with Any Securities Laws in Connection with the Issuance of Convertible Notes? This is another tricky issue. 

Smarter Data Analysis of Google's https (not provided) change: 5 Steps

Occam's Razor

Let's go… In an effort to make search more secure, on Oct. It is astonishingly common that we are asked to analyze the impossible.

A Summary of Current Trends in Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions - 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

With keen international interest in Canada's resource sector, the return of financial buyers, strategic investors looking to pursue acquisitions as a means of increasing earnings, and the recent uptick in Canadian "mega-deal" activity, there is no better time to discuss the M&A trends unfolding in 2011. cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Is Spotify finding its identity after $100 Million EchoNest acquisition?


Should Spotify be a full-featured social platform or should it just be and API and library for others to develop off of?

Some insight into how Instagram secured a $1bn valuation

The Equity Kicker

It is now two and a half weeks since Facebook announced its $1bn acquisition of Instagram yet people are still talking about how and why such a young startup with no revenues achieved such a high valuation. If the gossip and rumours are to be believed Instagram employed two pretty standard tactics to maximise their valuation on exit.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Making the World a Safer Place

Steve Blank

All while we’re still writing a Request for a Proposal from within the US Government procurement and acquisition channels. Why? . al-Qaeda.

30 Israeli Startups Compete to Win IBM SmartCamp [List]

VC Cafe

Indeni – the only off-the-shelf solution offering true automation and proactive monitoring and remediation for network security devices.

Rackspace Entertains Buyout Offers


Rackspace Hosting may be sold. San Antonio Cloud cloud services Graham Weston hosting Morgan Stanley Rackspace Rackspace Hosting

Navajo Systems SaaS Encryption Sold to SalesForce

VC Cafe

Following the acquisition, SalesForce will open its first R&D center in Israel. Navajo systems cached homepage.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

Over half the student teams have decided to continue working on national security projects after this class. Turn off your audio. Aqualink.

Agile 101

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

Putting lean principles into NGA’s acquisition practices. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a great example. Lessons Learned.

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Finding the Best Hires in Tech: 3 Things You should be doing NOW!

Active Garage

The state of the global economy notwithstanding, companies everywhere seem to be experiencing the some of the best growth seen in recent years.

Negative Customer Acquisition Costs - Creative Startup Marketing Ideas - Eric David Greenspan


Our new customer acquisition has grown and our costs have plummeted. We are actually getting paid now to obtain customers, so our customer acquisition costs are now negative. negative customer acquisition cost! I’m going to be using that as an example for a long time! great opportunity for more visible networking. Great stuff!

Strategic Tech Buyers

Historically, digital acquisitions were dominated by four core companies: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Aol. acquisition startupcto

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Hacking for Defense & Hacking for Diplomacy – Educator/Sponsor Class

Steve Blank

So I was astonished how ready and eager students were for a class that combines the toughest problems in national security, with learning Lean Innovation methods. Over half the student teams have decided to continue working on national security projects. There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo.

8 Steps to Exit Your Startup With Pride And Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

The best sale or acquisition is a gradual one, where the acquirer gets to know you through formal and informal relationships. Marty Zwilling.

Here is Why Non-Obvious Startup Ideas Can Yield the Largest Results

Both Sides of the Table

We photograph your items from an aerial view and provide you with a beautiful app that securely shows you your goods itemized by bin. Amazon.

Synopsys acquires Oulu's Codenomicon


Now Synopsys announced they''ve acquired Codenomicon, plugging in the security firm into the world''s 15th largest software company.

Outsource things you don’t care about

Chris Dixon

Unless you are starting a company where one of those activities can give you a competitive advantage, e.g. a securities trading startup would need to have in-house legal). A lot of startups over-outsource. A few years ago, you’d sometimes hear tech startups say they were going to outsource software development. startups

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McAfee To Acquire Finnish Stonesoft For €297 Million


In a big acquisition for Finland, McAfee has announced the acquisition of Helsinki-based Stonesoft for a nice €297 million in cash.

What Just Happened?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

their place is secure. 2/ messaging is the new social media. facebook’s acquisition of whatsapp in february of this year was the transaction that defined this trend. 3/ the “sharing economy” was outed as the “rental economy.” I’m not much for the rear view mirror. like to look forward, not back.

Filings show Harris-Teeter had been in acquisition talks since 2011

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Matthews-based Harris Teeter was in talks with other companies about a merger or acquisition as early as April 2011, according to securities filings late Friday, and more than a dozen potential suitor

8 Keys to Dispersed Teams With Maximum Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

These tools may range from secure phone lines to compatible messaging software for everyone. willingness to share responsibility for success.

6 Challenges In Going Public Through The Backdoor

Startup Professionals Musings

There just aren’t enough Angel investors and VCs to go around. It takes real money to get into the game. Being a public company isn’t cheap or easy.

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How to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

One of our clients, a traditional security provider, wanted to expand into an emerging, sophisticated security market at the enterprise-level.

The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)

Steve Blank

Hacking for Defense is a battle-tested problem-solving methodology that runs at Silicon Valley speed. It was a good three days. Train the Trainers.

Distil Networks Acquires Swedish Security Firm ScrapeSentry


With the acquisition, Distil’s 24/7 managed security service will be available to mid-market and enterprise customers.

Don't Grow Your Business Into Failure

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Understand your customer acquisition costs. Secure funding options early. Growth is good, right? Here''s how to avoid that peril.

8 Things You Need to Know Today

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Security Alert 1 If you''re still using Internet Explorer, stop--right away. A roundup of the day''s news--curated by the Inc. Mashable 4.

Is A Reverse Merger The Way To Fund Your Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

There just aren’t enough Angel investors and VCs to go around. It takes real money to get into the game. Being a public company isn’t cheap or easy.