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11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company

Like most VCs, we often review dozens of deals each week. We have developed a funnel that enables us to quickly eliminate those that do not fit our general investment criteria (e.g. industry, stage, model). The deals that survive this initial culling process are subjected to much greater scrutiny and ...

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Taking Sphero’s BB-8 Force Band for a spin

Sphero’s BB-8 was arguably the compelling bit of merchandizing, which is, naturally, saying a lot. The latest Star Wars film was, as anticipated, a merch juggernaut, but there was no better bit of serendipity than a startup smartphone-controlled toy maker and the movie’s scene stealing droid. How does one go ...

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Apple zero-days mark a new era of mobile hacking

Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, Ivan Krstic, told a rapt audience at the Black Hat security conference earlier this month that his notoriously secretive company was ready to open up its vulnerability reporting process to researchers. Krstic announced that Apple was launching a bug bounty program, offering $50,000 ...

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Blendle clocks up 1M signups for its pay-per-article journalism platform

Pay-per-article journalism startup Blendle, which aggregates the written work of different publishers onto a single, ad-free platform where readers can pick and choose which stories to consume, paying a few cents per article, is touting passing one million registered users. It’s taken Blendle just over two years to amass this many sign ups. The journalism ...

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Breaking news: Bill Maris is leaving GV

Bill Maris, who cofounded GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) in 2009, is leaving the unit at the end of this week, according to a new report from Recode. Maris, a neuroscience student at Middlebury who cofounded an early web hosting company before joining Google, is reportedly being replaced by David Krane. ...

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