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Ross Levinsohn Takes Charge At Yahoo

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A familiar face in Southern California's technology industry reappeared in a high profile position this weekend: Ross Levinsohn , the former head of Fox Interactive Media and venture capitalist at Fuse Capital, has taken the reins at troubled Internet portal Yahoo , after the company decided to replace CEO Scott Thompson. READ MORE>>.

Yahoo Confirms Ross Levinsohn Hire

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Internet portal Yahoo confirmed Wednesday afternoon that it has hired Ross Levinsohn , former head of Fox Interactive Media, and current venture capitalist at Fuse Capital, as its new Executive Vice President of Americas. Tags: yahoo ross levinsohn executive media content News of the hiring was first reported by AllThingsD.

Yahoo Taps Former Broadcom CFO For Board, As It Mulls Sale

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Yahoo! Yahoo said that it added both Brandt and Catherine J. Friedman spent over 23 years at Morgan Stanley, and also sits on the boards of XenoPort, EnteroMedics, GSV Capital, Innoviva, and Radius Health. yahoo broadcom executive board morgan stanley eric brandt catherine friedmanREAD MORE>>.

First Round Capital Launches Dorm Room Fund | $500,000 Pilot Investment Fund For Students

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Less Capital is Capital Still. Infonautics Corporation went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. For Students By Students.

Yahoo Planning Big Investment In Snapchat, Says Report

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Yahoo is planning a big investment in Venice-based Snapchat , in a deal that values Snapchat at $10 billion, according to a report over the weekend. The WSJ reports that Yahoo is investing around $20M in Snapchat at the lofty valuation, using money it cashed out of the IPO of Alibaba. READ MORE>>.

It's Official: Ross Levinsohn Out At Yahoo

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Ross Levinsohn , who has been heading up Yahoo as Interim CEO, is officially leaving the firm tomorrow, according to a regulatory filing by Yahoo.

Ross Levinsohn Officially Starts At Yahoo

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Ross Levinsohn , the former head of Fox Interactive Media, has officially started at Yahoo heading up its Americas Region, according to the company.

AdventureLink Snags CEO From Yahoo

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Dossett was most recently at Yahoo!, AdventureLink is venture funded by Anthem Venture Partners, The Mailroom Fund, and Allegis Capital.

MarketShare Bolsters Advisory Board With Levinsohn, Others

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Levinsohn is the best known of the three, having most recently been interim CEO at Yahoo!, in addition to serving at Fuse Capital and Fox Interactive Media. marketshare executive advisory board analytics software marketing markets yahoo levinsohn ross READ MORE>>.

Report: Levinsohn May Head Up Yahoo North America

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Ross Levinsohn , the former head of Fox Interactive Media, is possibly the top candidate to head of Yahoo 's North American operations, according to a report from AllThingsD. It's unclear where that would leave Levinsohn's venture firm, Fuse Capital , as well as a new digital media fund the firm recently established with Best Buy.

Launch Media's David Goldberg Passes Away

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Goldberg had also served as President of Yahoo Music in Los Angeles. david dave goldberg launch media facebook surveymonkey death obit yahoo

CapLinked Raise $1.6m Series A Round & Appoint Adam Sroka As VP Technology

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million, brings the company’s aggregate amount of capital raised to $2.5 According to CEO Eric M. Now $2.5 million Raised. and Schlumberger.

Gradient X Snags Exec From OpenX

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He was at Overture before it was acquired by Yahoo. READ MORE>>. gradient openx executive advertising bidding mobile marketing

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Topline Games Raises $25M

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The funding came from Cantor Ventures, the venture capital arm of New York investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Topline Game Labs is led by David Geller, the prior Global Head of Fantasy Sports at Yahoo! topline games fantasy sports marketplace venture capital content yahoo Sports. READ MORE>>.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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GoTo.com went on to ink huge distribution deals with Microsoft, AOL & Yahoo! Overture was sold to Yahoo! Overture (Goto.com). Heresy.

DataPop Raises $7M

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The funding was led by MK Capital, and also included prior investors Rincon Ventures, IA Ventures, Momentum Ventures, and Accelerator Ventures. Lehmbeck, as well as a significant number of employees at DataPop, were at Overture Services/Yahoo. datapop venture capital advertising technology targeting overtureREAD MORE>>.

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The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires

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And to keep up with the Jones’s it seems that Yahoo! Almost certainly the startup would have raised some capital. Does Yahoo!

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This Week in Venture Capital with Jason Calacanis

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I was on This Week in Venture Capital today with Jason Calacanis talking about the big VC deals at the moment and talking about the VC industry.

Do Not Obsess On Names – Obsess On Delivering Awesome Customer Value

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Yahoo – Merriam-Webster defines “Yahoo” as “a boorish, crass, or stupid person.” Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo’s Founders, chose the name, as they considered themselves to be “Yahoos.” Legend asserts that the name change from Cadabra was prompted by Yahoo’s alphabetized listing of search results. Really?

Metacloud VC On Cisco Acquisition: "Epic Exit"

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According to one of Pasadena-based Metacloud ''s venture capital backers, the acquisition of the cloud services provider by Cisco on Wednesday was an "epic exit". Vice President of Technology Operations at Ticketmaster Entertainment and Steve Curry, the former head of Yahoo''s global storage operations. READ MORE>>.

Brian Coryat, ValueClick Founder And Internet Pioneer: Startups Should Wing It

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Talking To Yahoo''s Jerry Yang. He quickly realized the power of the Internet when he came across a relatively obscure site, called Yahoo!

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HipGeo Raises $500K

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The funding comes from Morado Venture Partners, a seed stage fund run by ex-Yahoo executives Ash Patel and Michael Marquez. hipgeo venture capital funding geolocation smart phone locationLos Angeles-based HipGeo has raised $500,000 in an initial round of funding, the firm is announcing this week. READ MORE>>.

Scopely Raises $8.5M

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scopely venture capital social videogame video game content elbaz buddiesIt looks like all that bacon paid off. Scopely said it is developing mobile and social applications, including the Buddies franchise of multiplayer games. READ MORE>>.

TYLT Labs' New Seed Fund And The Promise Of Silicon Beach

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Plus, there are companies like Yahoo, Google, and others who have set up shop here. Tell us a little bit about your investments and firm?

Vicente Capital Partners Raises $150M Fund

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Los Angeles-based Vicente Capital Partners said Wednesday that the investment fund has raised $150M for the firm's Growth Equity Fund. The firm said its new fund will invest between $5M and $15M in equity in expansion capital or buyout deals, to companies who have $2M to $25M in revenues and up to $5M in EBITDA.

MetaCloud Raises $10M For Private Cloud Service

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Lynch and Curry are technology veterans, having managed cloud deployments for Yahoo and Ticketmaster. metacloud venture capital cloud computing private openstack rackspace deployment management software The round was led by Canaan Partners, and also included Storm Ventures and AME Cloud. READ MORE>>.

Insights and Opinions: Angel and Venture Capital Shareholder Liquidity

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It has been a long 10 year drought of no IPOs and sub par M&A activity that has stifled the startup, venture capital and angel investment community throughout the US. Read the rest of Jeff's post on on angel and venture capital shareholder liquidity. However (More.).

Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA

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which became Softbank Marketing, selling ads for Yahoo before Yahoo had its own salesforce. What is Upstart.la? Bruce Brown: Exactly.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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This is part of my ongoing series of posts and I need to file this one under both Raising Venture Capital and Startup Advice. craze.  wares. 

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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Further to the south are the legendary companies of Cisco, Apple, Intel, eBay, Yahoo!, In fact, so many DID NOT that companies like Google & Yahoo! Spark Capital, Flybridge, Founder Collective, NextView Ventures … all in Boston or Cambridge not west of the city. Palo Also is about 35 miles south of San Francisco.

VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round

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Without insights into the Northern California startup ecosystem, our thesis was, "Why are these guys seeking capital in SoCal? Unicornless.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Respected More Than Loved

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But if you level up , raise capital and grow customers, revenue and staff – life changes. Contrast that with years of decay at Yahoo! One of the vivid memories I have from being a startup CEO is the feeling that most people in your company have a look in their eyes that like they can do your job as well as you. You set direction.

Washio Adds $10.5M For Laundry Pickup and Delivery Via Smartphone

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The funding came from Canaan Partners, and also included A Grade Investments, Pejman Mar Ventures, Sherpa Ventures, and Jerry Yang (Yahoo). washio venture capital laundry pickup smartphone mobile launder service uber The company--think "Uber for laundry"--let users request that their dirty laundry be picked up and washed. READ MORE>>.

Passenger Expands Board

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The firm said Studenmund also has served as PayMyBills.com and First Interstate Bank, in addition to her time at Overture Services and Yahoo. Passenger is venture backed by Shelter Capital Partners, StarVest Partners and Steamboat Ventures. Tags: passenger brand community online software executive overture yahoo READ MORE>>.

Anthem, DFJ Frontier Back Janrain

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Two Los Angeles area venture capital firms have re-upped their investments in a provider of identity management software. JanRain said it has raised $15.5M in its new round of funding, which was led by Emergence Capital Partners. openid software management identity frontier capital venture ventures anthem janrainREAD MORE>>.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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Given how efficient markets are when a large market like LA starts to blossom it attracts capital pretty quickly. Yahoo! Booed. Lasting.

Some Career Advice for Aspiring Tech CEOs

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”  It was meant both as a call to those writing angel checks into other people’s companies that they ought to think about putting that capital toward themselves either by becoming a startup founder or (and this was my real point) by taking an under-market salary in a company where they can learn the right skills to do it in the future.

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Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer

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Google and Yahoo aren''t going to buy them, AOL has already made its bet, and your only real path to an exit is an IPO for any kind of liquidity.

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Interview: Jason Lehmbeck, Co-Founder and CEO of DataPop

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Messenger : Jason Lehmbeck , Co-Founder and CEO of DataPop , former VP of Emerging Ad Products at Overture Services and Yahoo! ows are lower.

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The Guy Who Took on Google (and now LinkedIn): Mike Yavonditte

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Instead, they tried to use their search position to offer a portal like Excite and Yahoo! Contest details here : This Week in Venture Capital