Duck Duck Go – Union Square Ventures: A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing

Duck Duck Go – Union Square Ventures: A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing

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 from Union Square Ventures:

When I first got into the venture capital business in the early 90s, it seemed to me that half of the deals I brought to the partnership were dismissed with the line “sure it’s cool but what the heck do they do if Microsoft decides to enter this business.” Today the role of the dominant player is played by Google (and increasingly Facebook). So as an investor, one has to consider how a potential portfolio company can thrive in the shadow of Google. No where is this more true than in Search.

So, as you can imagine, we had a lot of interesting conversations in the process of evaluating our latest investment in Gabriel Weinberg’s alternative search engine,DuckDuckGo. Our confidence in Gabriel and DuckDuckGo is informed by having watched the decline of Microsoft’s hegemony in the 90’s.

European Startups Need To Get A Valley Education, And Fast | TechCrunch

European Startups Need To Get A Valley Education, And Fast | TechCrunch

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This is guest post by Julia Szopa , program director at the blackbox.vc incubator in Silicon Valley which specialises in moving European startups into the US. It is not uncommon for European entrepreneurs to come to the Silicon Valley to learn how to launch globally. However, they often play “the startup game” by the wrong rules. With scarce venture resources in Europe, founders learn to compromise way too much and accept what’s typically unacceptable by those who build great, successful companies with global potential.

New #devsummer this year?

It’s 1:15 AM and I’m listening to the “Feel Good July” mix on @8tracks. It just makes me think about last year’s #devsummer which was an amazing event. During #devsummer we’d built some pretty awesome stuff for Cif2.net and had a great time doing it.

 

Like a spinning wheel almost a year has gone by. Even though the wheel advanced (very much), it’s interesting to feel like #devsummer comes our way again.

 

I think that over the next few weeks I’ll keep posting some nice Educational articles and courses on Finance, Lean Startups, Sales, etc.

 

Almost 10,000 users for Cif2.net makes me optimistic. Can’t wait for the new stuff.

Steve Jobs spoof of IBM – Blue Busters (1984)

There was a time when IBM was bigger, powerful and ruthless than Apple and  co-founder SteveJobs was just a small man with a big vision to define tech industry. It turns out he was not only technology enthusiast also a fine actor, In 1984, Jobs played the part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a short film. Wise and Wicked!

In the new video, Apple co-founder (AAPL)  Steve Jobs  parodies the comedy film, Ghostbusters. Jobs, with an Apple computer strapped to his back, is a member of the “Blue Busters,” which is a reference to the “Big Blue” nickname given to IBM. Titled ’1944,’ it was shot entirely in black and white and depicts Apple and IBM as enemies in World War II.