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Investment in Education

The PEs and VCs are wanting to invest in teh education sector but only if it is big. I wonder how the garage cos like Microsoft and Google cd hv become so big without starting with a csle up model?

Pity some of our ideas are suffering for want of finacial back up as we see our ideas are getting translated by others… hmm

It is less abt money and more abt seeing our ideas taking shape

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Seeking Investors for The Next Big Thing BPAYNET! Trends and Technology Driving The Future of Innovation!

Seeking Investors for The Next Big Thing BPAYNET! Trends and Technology Driving The Future of Innovation!

Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

Seeking Investors for Maiden IPO offer from Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

 

Equity Capital Proposed: Total Deal Size $ 750 M

Working Capital: $ 300 M

Minimum Investment: $ 30 M

Deal: Immediate with a clear exit strategy

Location: Head Quartered in Gold Coast, Australia

We now open or Investment offer and…

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Funded III | The Percolate Content Marketing Blog

What a marketer needs now is a system of technology that manages the creation and distribution of all this content with centralized oversight. The marketer moves from someone that once only moved content to audiences, to someone that needs to move content through the whole organization. In this new world the marketer has the ability to touch sales, HR and almost any department that puts social and mobile at the center of their activities. 

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What's common to video game addicts and gym superstars?

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Random bits I found interesting Wednesday through Saturday:
  • Twitter Bootstrap library - http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/. Awesome CSS and HTML toolkit to create pretty grids, modals, buttons and more. The Twitter style
  • Quora was initially populated by questions from the Quora founders. Then they would spend 2-3 hours researching the topic, distilling different ideas and writing a high-quality answer. Sometimes unscalable things can make things scalable!
  • The part of the screening process at Sequoia Capital is the question: ‘Which of the 7 deadly sins does your startup address?’
  • ‘Interactive Itinerary Planning’ - cool paper from Google Research on the problem we tried to tackle on hackNY, as well as Facebook Hackathon.
  • There is a great deal correlation between the video game addicts and the gym/workout superstars. Both are about the singular focus. The web startup ‘Fitocracy’ is occupying this niche: http://www.fitocracy.com/
Seeking Investors for Next Big Thing BPAYNET! Creativity, Driving The Future of Innovation!

Seeking Investors for Next Big Thing BPAYNET! Creativity, Driving The Future of Innovation!

Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

 

Seeking Investors for Maiden IPO offer from Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

 

Equity Capital Proposed: Total Deal Size $ 750 M

 

Working Capital: $ 300 M

Minimum Investment: $ 30 M

 

Deal: Immediate with a clear exit strategy

 

Location: Head Quartered in Gold Coast, Australia

 

We now open or Investment…

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Funding Bubble? Yes.

Months ago I had been using Whatsapp and thought it was good but not great. One key thing missing was knowing whether the person saw your message or not, like it does on BBM. Soon Kik launched and had the promise of blowing Whatsapp out of the water. Shoot, it was founded by key guys from the BBM team, good sign right?

Well, I tried the Kik after it launched with that heavy, and I mean very heavy, press coverage. What happened? Kik didn’t work that great, especially with the initial load on their system, so I decided to go back to Whatsapp. Simply put, it lost the bake off.

Bear with me as this story continues. While Whatsapp was missing the “read” message feature that Kik launched with, I decide to write in Whatsapp and tell them they won the bake off against Kik (congrats!) but was curious when they might update their app with the “read” feature that Kik had. I happened to get a response from Whatsapp hours later.

Their response: “What’s Kik?”. I figured…hmm, can’t be good if you don’t know you have a new competitor with heavy backing and coverage and huge initial growth but okay. Maybe it’s asking too much but I’d at least expect them to know about it but Whatsapp wasn’t funded by anyone and seemed to be just humming along.

Well not anymore. Whatsapp recently raised $8 million in funding from Sequoia among others. 8 million! And they didn’t even know who Kik was! Am I expecting too much from a startup or is it kinda worrisome that their response to my question was so…blank?

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The Jive difference. Tony Zingale, Bill Lynch, Matt Tucker and Jive’s customers weigh in on what makes this social business software special.

Seeking Investors for The Next Big Thing EAZYBILLPAY! Creativity, Driving The Future of Innovation!

Seeking Investors for The Next Big Thing EAZYBILLPAY! Creativity, Driving The Future of Innovation!

Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

Seeking Investors for Maiden IPO offer from Training8m Corporate Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia

 

Equity Capital Proposed: Total Deal Size $ 750 M

 

Working Capital: $ 300 M

 

Minimum Investment: $ 30 M

 

Deal: Immediate with a clear exit strategy

 

Location: Head Quartered in Gold Coast, Australia

 

We now open or Investment…

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Cisco acquires Meraki: how 3 guys from MIT transformed the networking industry

Quick: when was the last time you plugged in an Ethernet cable? If you have trouble answering that question, you’re one of the reasons why Cisco has agreed to acquire Meraki.

Six years ago Sanjit, John and Hans saw our Wi-Fi world before many others. Meraki offered smaller wireless ISPs a complete package to roll-out wireless networks without a lot of time, money or expertise. It gave upstart ISPs a way to enter new markets and disrupt existing ones. The benefits were obvious: the ability to scale without wires, low cost of entry, ease of use, and network analysis tools to help operators maximize revenue from their small networks.

I’ll always remember meeting the guys for the first time. We were introduced by Rajeev Motwani, Larry & Sergey’s thesis advisor at Stanford. They were a bunch of MIT PhDs who had built a very proprietary solution as part of their own thesis called RoofNet. They were clearly world-class, super smart and personable. I bought their product to test it out.  It was so easy to use, I set up a wireless network myself in minutes. You just plugged in the box and it worked. That’s all we needed to see. Chris Sacca, who was at Google at the time, was equally enthusiastic. Google bought 1,000 routers and invested as well.

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“Betting on players” or “betting on tracks”: the 50 investment cases of IDG and Sequoia Capital

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In the venture capital industry, we have heard of two sayings: “betting on players” and “betting on tracks”. Two of the most brisk companies in China are IDG and Sequoia Capital, who have accomplished about 300 and 200 investments. This article looks into 50 cases of all the investments and draws some conclusions.

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Fireside chat between Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital) and Michael Arrington at TC Disrupt in NYC, May 2011

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