Why Silicon Valley Loves Failures

Inc Startups

These are Silicon Valley's clich darlings. In the mid-'90s, Kamran Elahian, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, famously engraved his Ferrari F355's license plate with Momenta, the name of a company he founded in 1989. "Embrace failure." It's best to "fail fast."

Startup Outlook from Silicon Valley Bank

Growthink Blog

On Friday Silicon Valley Bank released a survey of 375 executives at startup technology companies in the 4 core venture capital investment sectors – Software/Internet, Hardware, Life Science, and Cleantech. Here is what they found: Tech. Execs. Are Bullish. Two of three of them say that business conditions are better than they were last year, and three out of four expect things to get even better in the next 12 months.

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Secrets of Silicon Valley's Biggest Investors

Inc Startups

In Silicon Valley, people say that the investor-entrepreneur relationship is like a marriage, only more important. If you're raising VC funds, there's a lot you don't know. Trust me: I'm a serial entrepreneur who's been investing for a decade.

7 Signs of the Silicon Valley Apocalypse

Inc Startups

It's coming to Silicon Valley, home of so many entrepreneurs, VCs, and tech firms. One of Silicon Valley's top investors announces he's getting out. And it's coming to Silicon Valley, home of so many technology companies and venture capital firms.

LinkedIn Names Silicon Valley's Most In-Demand Start-Ups

Inc Startups

A LinkedIn survey reveals the Valley''s top 10 start-ups, based on their interactions with developers and engineers. In Silicon Valley, start-ups and tech giants are as ubiquituous as the software engineers who come to work for them. Looking to hire?

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The Internet Might Kill Us All

Steve Blank

Their firm, Andreessen/Horowtiz , has been prescient enough to invest in social networks, consumer and mobile applications and the cloud long before others. And it appears that at least in Silicon Valley, a larger percentage of money made in the last tech bubble is recirculated back into investments into the next generation of tech startups. and corporate infrastructure (Cloud storage and apps); 4) for our banking and financial systems.

So You Want to Move to Silicon Valley…

Inc Startups

Moving your tech start-up to Silicon Valley makes sense on so many levels. What are the downsides to living and working in the Valley? It can help clarify whether moving to the Valley makes sense or not. The Valley has a burn rate like no other.

Ecosystem for success: the key ingredients to attract an early-stage investor

The Startup Magazine

Environment: When you think of an optimized environment for a startup, Silicon Valley comes to mind. Among other things, Silicon Valley delivers a trifecta of governmental and regulatory support, a rich field of academia and an engaged private sector.

Where's the next Silicon Valley? Anywhere and everywhere:

Inc Startups

These communities are embracing online resources--including collaboration tools like Skype, cloud-computing platforms like Amazon Web Services, and project hosting services like GitHub--and taking advantage of improved access to talent via online workplaces. Silicon Planet Through my work at oDesk, I have witnessed regional "Silicon Valleys" across the globe gaining prominence and catalyzing their own networks of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors.

This Startup Just Raised $14 Million for an Idea Investors Once Called 'Insane' and 'Stupid'

Inc Startups

Silicon Valley disagrees. Wisdom of the CloudSapho's founders think that large corporations still want to buy on-premise software for security reasons.

Skill cloud: Why companies should kill the job title

The Next Web

His latest e-book “Madison Valley” focuses on building digital products and how Madison Avenue can be more like Silicon Valley. Leif Abraham is a Partner at Prehype, a venture development firm in New York City.

Amsterdam-based Rockstart Accelerator’s first graduates head to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

If you’re going to the Demo Day in Silicon Valley, these are the startups you’ll be hearing from: Peerby : Peerby enables people to rent goods in their neighborhood and just won over 100,000 euros at the Green Challenge.

An End to Silicon Valley? Not Even Close

Inc Startups

One month after Microsoft acquired his company Yammer, David Sacks declares Silicon Valley near its deathbed. It didn't take long for Yammer founder David Sacks to give up on the start-up culture of Silicon Valley.

Media & Mobile Shine at LAUNCH Silicon Valley Event


Earlier this week I had the opportunity to help judge a session on Media & Mobility at the LAUNCH Silicon Valley Conference in Mountain View. Wiz Communications which describes itself as a “disruptive cloud-based over the top push mobile messaging exchange”. Five companies presented: AppSmyth which provides a mobile loyalty platform for retailers and brands. KlickEx , a currency exchange service that helps consumers in markets around the world avoid paying banking fees.


Episode 5: Alex Blumberg, Business Credit, and Cloud-Based Subscription Services

Up and Running

Cloud-based Subscription Services (with Levi King) – (21:30). If I was Travis Kalanick, I would have been on my 4th venture and I would have been doing the Silicon Valley thing for many, many years now. It’s obviously, you install it but it’s also cloud based.

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Report: Silicon Valley VC Confidence Rises

Inc Startups

The disappointment of Facebook, Groupon, and Zynga on Wall Street still lingers but Silicon Valley VCs are becoming more optimistic. The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index recorded a 3.53

Venture Capital Survey Silicon Valley Second Quarter 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 117 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the second quarter of 2011. billion of such amount, or 36%, was invested in Silicon Valley-based companies. The Silicon Valley Venture Capital Confidence Index produced by Professor Mark Cannice at the University of San Francisco reported that the confidence level of Silicon Valley venture capitalists was 3.66

AppDirect Is Hiring After Closing a $50 Million Financing

Feld Thoughts

Headquartered in San Francisco, AppDirect makes it easy for businesses to find, buy, manage, and monitor cloud services from a central location. They also give providers and developers an easy way to distribute, sell, and market cloud services. Many of our portfolio companies are those types of cloud services and the ecosystems that AppDirect powers can help them get to market faster, reach more users, and drive more revenue. Investments appdirect Jobs standing cloud

Some IPO speculation

Startup Lessons Learned

His posts are born of tremendous research into the secret history of Silicon Valley , and if you haven’t read those essays, you should. His posts are born of tremendous research into the secret history of Silicon Valley , and if you haven’t read those essays, you should.

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Opera Shifts Focus to Silicon Valley


Meanwhile as the tech scene is picking up in Norway, thanks to new coworking spaces and investors, Oslo-based Opera Software is building a bigger presence in Silicon Valley by tripling office space and doubling its workforce.

Lessons Learned: Where did Silicon Valley come from?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Where did Silicon Valley come from? I think the absolute best reading on this subject is a book called Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 by AnnaLee Saxenian. You might be wondering: who were those brilliant people who made the key decisions to mold Silicon Valley? Silicon Valley is nearly 100 years old.

In Silicon Valley, Founders Fight for Control


Theres a power struggle underway in Silicon Valley. But Andreessens approach is also exposing a rift in Silicon Valley, where a group of young and relatively untested entrepreneurs have maintained control over their rapidly growing companies. Facebook. Twitter.

When It Comes to Television Content, Affiliate Fees Make the World Go ‘Round


“The clock on the wall’s moving slower My heart it sinks to the ground And the storm that I thought would blow over Clouds the light of the love that I found” – Fool in the Rain, Led Zeppelin More often than not, we here in Silicon Valley are prone to idealism.

Christine: LOST: Notes from Silicon Valley Summit


« Silicon Valley Summit Skews Low on Women | Main | Is Page Views/Employee the New Performance Benchmark? » LOST: Notes from Silicon Valley Summit A lament for lost writing: When, oh when, will I ever learn? Christine (.net)

How to Set Up a Corporate Innovation Outpost That Works

Steve Blank

Read part one on the Evolution of Corporate R&D , part two on Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley , and part three The 6 Decisions to Make Before Setting up an Innovation Outpost. Silicon Valley, Boston).

Christine: Silicon Valley Summit Skews Low on Women


« New Technologies Driving Mobile Media Services | Main | LOST: Notes from Silicon Valley Summit » Silicon Valley Summit Skews Low on Women Environment: The Deal and Tech Confidentials 2006 Silicon Valley Summit. Christine (.net)

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

However, four critical advances over the past decade (cloud, accelerators, Lean, and Angels) not only changed the math for tech investing but made regional tech clusters possible. The cloud , open-source development tools and web 2.0 Why Valley Rules Don’t Work in Regional Economies.

Silicon Valley Frontlines: Two Tales of "Working For Equity"


Silicon Valley Frontlines. Someone in my network forwarded an email to me from a recruiting firm that is quite active in the Valley. Cloud Computing. Life in the Valley. Silicon Alley Insider Henry Blodget, Nick Carlson and others musings on the state of digital media, financial, technology and other sectors. In-the-Trenches Consulting to Startup and Emerging-Growth Companies. Archives. Subscribe. « Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs! Main. |

Storm Clouds

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We are also seeing a massive talent war for software engineers going on in Silicon Valley and it is spilling over into other regions. We have enjoyed an amazing run in the web startup and investing space over the past five or six years. In this sector of startupland, company creation is up, investment is up, there are plenty of success stories, and not all of them are based on quick flips and takeouts.

The Next Bubble – Don’t Get Fooled Again

Steve Blank

Hiring technology talent in Silicon Valley is getting difficult, and the time it takes to drive across Palo Alto has tripled—all signs of the impending apocalypse. In the case of this bubble, it was social networks, consumer and mobile applications, and the cloud.

What Is Going To Happen

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Eventually, this market will be realized as the personal mesh/personal cloud, but the focus on wearables will be a bit of a headfake and take up a lot of time, energy, and money in 2015 with not a lot of results. 7/ The Republicans and Democrats will start jockeying for position in silicon valley for the next presidential election and tech issues will loom large. Yesterday I wrote a post summing up what happened in 2014. In it I promised a post on what is going to happen.

Cornerstone OnDemand CEO Adam Miller shares how he built a $2 billion cloud startup from LA

The Next Web

When cloud services company Cornerstone OnDemand got its start in Los Angeles in 1999, the odds were against it. Improbably, founder and CEO Adam Miller and his partners soldiered on to eventually build a $2 billion+ cloud company.

In Tech, You Never Miss Out

Mark Birch

Commenting on the atmosphere of Silicon Valley in the mid-90’s, he stated: Technology in the U.S. is dead…I came out here in ’94, and Silicon Valley was in hibernation. Tech cloud computing innovation Internet mobile progress tech trends

How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

Both Sides of the Table

Let me take you back just 10 years ago to 2005 in Silicon Valley where I returned after 11 years of living in Europe.

Building a new startup hub

Startup Lessons Learned

Its easy to take Silicon Valley for granted. Ive written a little bit about the origins of Silicon Valley because I think its important for us to understand how we got here in order to make sure we preserve what is best about our community. If you talk to early-stage entrepreneurs who randomly landed in Silicon Valley, youll hear just how hard it is to break into the scene here.

Why You Might Want to Rethink Cloud Services

Inc Startups

Growing tech sart-ups are moving out of the cloud as costs outweigh benefits. “The public cloud is phenomenal if you really need its elasticity,” MemSQL CEO Eric Frenkiel told Wired.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 43: Dakin Sloss and Ajeet Singh

Steve Blank

Prior to Aster, Ajeet worked at Oracle where he was part of the team that first launched Oracle Database to the Amazon EC2 cloud. We tried to sell inside Silicon Valley, so these were all tech companies. As we tried to sell outside the Valley, it is a very different world. We struggled with our messaging, how we positioned our product to companies that were in the Valley versus outside.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 43: Dakin Sloss and Ajeet Singh

Steve Blank

Prior to Aster, Ajeet worked at Oracle where he was part of the team that first launched Oracle Database to the Amazon EC2 cloud. We tried to sell inside Silicon Valley, so these were all tech companies. As we tried to sell outside the Valley, it is a very different world. We struggled with our messaging, how we positioned our product to companies that were in the Valley versus outside.

5 Steps To Finding A Partnership For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

The new paradigm, driven by disruptive technologies, cloud-served supercomputing, and the new generation of young adults with global empathy, is partnering and giving something now for a competitive advantage in the future.

10 Practices That Lead To The Demise Of Any Business

Startup Professionals Musings

It seems to be part of the “ fail fast, fail often ” mantra often heard in Silicon Valley. Perhaps it is because entrepreneurs tend to let their egos cloud their judgment, they don’t like to be told what to do, or because there is no single blueprint for business success.