What’s the #1 Thing Founders Should Avoid Doing in a Pitch?

Earlier this week LinkedIn launched 30 second videos for Influencers. One of the first questions put out there by LinkedIn was about what not to do in a pitch meeting. There were some very interesting and helpful answers for any…

Silicon Valley’s VC World Is Even Less Diverse Than the Non-Diverse Companies It Funds

There’s a striking lack of diversity in the tech world, and this is a well-documented fact. The biggest names in the business – Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. – have all put out diversity reports over the past few years that…

Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘I Had No Idea What I Was Getting Into’

Gwyneth Paltrow is learning the hard way what it takes to be the face of a company. She isn’t just the name and profile behind Goop. She sits in meetings with VC investors. She is involved in the running of…

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Launches Obvious Ventures

Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter and Blogger, is back with his third version of Obvious, the previous versions of which spawned Twitter, Medium, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s Jelly and Super. This one is called Obvious Ventures, and running the…

Twitch Raises $15 Million in VC Funding

Twitch, the leading online platform for streaming games and eSports events, announced this week that it has received a $15 million investment from venture capital firms during its latest funding round. Venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners provided the bulk…

Bitly Raises $20 Million

URL shortening platform bitly has just raised $20 million in a round of funding, roughly double it garnered last time around. Bitly had been the default URL shortener on Twitter since 2009, replacing TinyURL, until Twitter introduced its own shortener…

Pinterest Raises $100 Million at $1.5 Billion Valuation

Regardless of varying reports of Pinterest’s growth as of late, the social photo-sharing site was still able to raise $100 million in venture capital, with a valuation of $1.5 billion. Tokyo-based Rakuten, Inc., one of the world’s largest internet companies,…

Berlin-based EarlyBird Raises $100 Million

Berlin investment firm EarlyBird recently raised $100 million in its fourth round. EarlyBird was founded in 1997, and has since invested in more than 70 companies, and is presently focusing on European startups, especially those in Germany. Incidentally, LinkedIn co-founder…

SEOmoz Raises $18 Million in VC Funding

SEOmoz, a startup that develops Search Engine Optimization (SEO) software, today announced that the company has raised $18 million in venture capital funding. The announcement came on the company’s Daily SEO blog in a Google+Reader”>post by SEOmoz CEO Rand Fishkin.…

Viddy Seeks to Raise $30 Million

Viddy, a sort of Instagram for video, has just revealed that it’s going for $30 million in venture capitol during its series B funding, with a valuation of $370 million – while likely banking on its 10 million users. This…