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“Old World” Cab Company Crowdfunding To Stay Alive Vs. Uber

The last worker-owned “old world” taxi cab company in San Francisco is fighting for its economic life by crowdfunding on the charity site GoFundMe. Buffeted by Uber and Lyft, the original “green” cab company with a social mission of lowering … Continue reading

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No Startup Above The Law

The Los Angeles District Attorney slapped unicorn Uber with a $10 million fine for its misleading advertising and failure to pay airport fees. In its press release the DA’s office warns businesses and “… startups in particular, that in the … Continue reading

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Best Time Ever For Startup Capital ?

Is it the best time ever to raise startup capital? Over $47 billion of seed capital was raised in 2014. But, as the Wall Street Journal notes there are issues: the funds are not evenly distributed; most went to late … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley Gets Even More Exclusive – You’re Not Invited

Silicon Valley has gotten clubbier in the last year. Now, instead of pitching to various firms on Sand Hill Road, high valued tech companies are looking to “special purpose vehicles” for growth dollars. These SPVs are put together, sometimes in … Continue reading

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Venture Capital Is Better Than Crowd Funding

CNBC interviewed Thomas Glocer, founder and managing partner of Angelic Ventures, and former CEO of Thomson Reuters, who said that crowdfunding is not “plug and play” compatible with venture capital financing. He thinks that crowdfunding is useful “at the margins,” … Continue reading

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Invest In Us, Not Them

Bare knuckles capital raising comes to Silicon Valley as Uber starts telling its investors where they can put their money. Confidentiality provisions are standard, but requiring offerees not to invest in competitors is pretty rare. Uber has asked its investors … Continue reading

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Early Stage Crowdfunders May Gain Over VCs Chasing Bubble

The Wall Street Journal reports today that venture capital firms raised $33 billion in 2014, a 62% increase over 2013 and the largest amount since 2007. With the stock market providing liquidity for 105 venture backed companies last year, more … Continue reading

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