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Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 11:16:58 -0700 Raises $32M Series C

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 11:16:58 -0700

TechCrunch reports on portfolio company's recent funding. Munjal's timing was exquisite and the company is now very well-positioned to not just survive, but thrive, in a tough climate.

A Must-Read Blog for Entrepreneurs

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:32:35 -0700

My friend Eric Ries, co-founder/CTO of IMVU, has a great blog that's a must-read for entrepreneurs: here's the feedburner link: Subscribe now! This will save you time, money, headaches and ulcers ...

Those Who Live by the Sword ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 09:02:30 -0700

Cuil, a much-hyped search engine, launched yesterday. The blogosphere, after eager anticipation, has not been kind to Cuil. Web 2.0 is all about throwing things out there and seeing what works, but if you're going to drum up hype, you...

Is Google's Dominance of Search Self-perpetuating?

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 14:12:53 -0700

Mashable's Stan Schroeder expounds an interesting theory: that Google's current (and expanding) dominance in web search, at least in the English-speaking world, has trained websites to do all they can to show up high on Google - to such an...

Is the Online Display Ad Market Being Overhyped?

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 13:22:05 -0700

Back in April, I'd written about the really slow movement of brand ad dollars online. Advertising Age just ran an article diving into some of the points I'd raised, and they're worth exploring again. There are a few choice quotes...

Marten Mickos of MySQL on building Open Source Software businesses

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 17:28:08 -0700

I had the privilege of attending an informal presentation by Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL, last week at SAP Labs. Marten was his usual candid self, and spoke frankly about the challenges of making money in Open Source, why MySQL...

Fred Wilson on how he made it as a VC

Mon, 02 Jun 2008 16:28:35 -0700

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures just wrote a very informative and articulate post on how he made it as a VC. Here's what Fred thinks you should do (as opposed to what he did): The way you do that...

Judging at Under The Radar Social Media and Entertainment Summit

Tue, 27 May 2008 13:05:18 -0700

I'll be a judge at the Games track at the Under The Radar Social Media and Entertainment Summit June 3rd in Mountain View. Good mix of companies and I'm looking forward to it!

The Landscape of Cloud Computing

Tue, 13 May 2008 20:17:29 -0700

It's pretty well known that Amazon Web Services' EC2 and S3 initiatives have taken off and are gaining users not just in startup land but in Corporate America as well. Amazon provides a compute and storage cloud, and the rush...

Discounted admission to UTR Social Media and Entertainment

Thu, 01 May 2008 09:27:02 -0700

Dealmaker Media is offering readers $100 off the Under the Radar Social Media and Entertainment event on June 3rd in Mountain View, CA. Click here or on the image below to register with the discount. Here's the conference description (I'm...