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Venture Capital Forced to Perform Triage
22 Jan 2009 | Wall Street Journal pg. C.1 | by Pui-Wing Tam.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Claremont Creek Ventures recently had to decide which of its young to forsake.

The venture-capital firm had inve...
culling  economic_downturn  Pui-Wing_Tam  start_ups  recessions  triage  vc  venture_capital 
29 days ago by jerryking
Venture Firms Take a New Tack
February 3, 2013 | WSJ | By PUI-WING TAM.

Venture-capital firms are taking stiff measures to survive a tough fundraising environment and lackluster returns, including gutting their partnerships, slashing their fund sizes and refocusing their investment areas....Many venture firms are responding to a higher bar from investors, who have been disenchanted with scant venture returns and are scrutinizing partnerships closely to pick out the stronger versus weaker venture capitalists in a firm.
venture_capital  vc  Pui-Wing_Tam 
february 2013 by jerryking
Carly Fiorina's Rough Ride -
November 30, 2004 | WSJ | By PUI-WING TAM |

Carly Fiorina's Rough Ride
H-P Chief Talks About Cuts, Compaq, Profit Miscues -- And Tech's Hard New Reality
Carly_Fiorina  Pui-Wing_Tam  HP  CEOs 
november 2012 by jerryking
Stanford Dean Saloner on Teaching Innovation -
May 16, 2012 | WSJ |By PUI-WING TAM

Stanford Dean on Teaching the Skill Set of Innovation
Stanford  innovation  Colleges_&_Universities  Pui-Wing_Tam  deanships  teaching 
may 2012 by jerryking
Venture Capital's New Adventure -
December 21, 2006 | WSJ | By PUI-WING TAM.

Usual Role of Nurturing Start-Ups Takes On a Private-Equity Twist; Mr. Lanza Becomes a Deal Maker...."I suddenly became aware that we were triggering a rollup in the sector and my phone was ringing off the hook," says Mr. Lanza, 50 years old. "It was very surreal. I'm used to wandering the halls of Stanford to fund companies founded by two guys and a dog."

Like Mr. Lanza, other venture capitalists have broadened their roles beyond investing in and nurturing start-up businesses. They more often find themselves handling spinouts -- or buying units of publicly traded companies -- as well as so-called rollups and buyouts, and generally engaging in more-complex financial transactions.

In other words, they have stepped into the realm of private equity, now one of the finance world's hottest arenas. The change could make investing in venture-capital funds more risky.
venture_capital  vc  private_equity  Intel  deal-making  spin-offs  spinups  roll_ups  buyouts  Pui-Wing_Tam  carve_outs 
april 2012 by jerryking
After Facebook, the Next Wave of Tech IPOs -
March 1, 2012 | WSJ | By PUI-WING TAM and BEN WORTHEN.

What's a Splunk? Part of the Next Wave of Start-Ups Going Public
Pui-Wing_Tam  Ben_Worthen  IPOs  Splunk  start_ups 
march 2012 by jerryking
What's This Pinterest Website? -
Pinterest's Rite of Web Passage—Huge Traffic, No Revenue.

What's Pinterest?

* It's a free online scrapbook that people use to find and share images on the Web.
* You organize your Pinterest page by creating "pin boards" and giving these labels like "my style" or "favorite places."
* In January, it had more than 11 million unique visitors.
* Pinterest is currently valued at around $200 million, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Pinterest  start_ups  Silicon_Valley  Pui-Wing_Tam  Sarah_E._Needleman  e-commerce  retailers 
february 2012 by jerryking
Web Revival at Kleiner -

Kleiner Plays Catch-Up
Venture Capitalists Who Jumped on First Internet Wave Get the Feeling

leading Kleiner partner John Doerr and Ms. Meeker have been making the
rounds of Silicon Valley Web start-ups and have personally negotiated
stakes in companies.

There's been an "advent of a perfect storm" of "social, local and
mobile" Web companies, and "so we're pursuing that," said Mr. Doerr in
an interview. "It's a new business for Kleiner Perkins, and so we're
getting up every day and fighting to get into the best investments."

Kleiner venture capitalist Bing Gordon spent an hour onstage espousing
his theory of "gamification"—that is, how start-ups can benefit from
using online gaming techniques—to the gathering.

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Kleiner_Perkins  venture_capital  VC  Mary_Meeker  Pui-Wing_Tam  games  John_Doerr  SMAC_stack  gamification 
august 2011 by jerryking
Web Start-Ups Buoy Public-Relations Firms -

Web Start-Ups Give Lift to Public-Relations Firms
public_relations  start_ups  Pui-Wing_Tam 
august 2011 by jerryking
Founders Gain Clout in Venture World -
* MARCH 10, 2011 Investors Desperate to Find Hits Drive Up Valuations and Attach Fewer Strings to Their Deals
start_ups  entrepreneurship  Pui-Wing_Tam  venture_capital  VC  valuations  founders 
march 2011 by jerryking
Andreessen Horowitz Adds Another Partner - Digits - WSJ
January 14, 2011, | | By Pui-Wing Tam. Andreessen Horowitz,
the Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture-capital firm led by Netscape
Communications co-founder Marc Andreessen and entrepreneur Ben Horowitz,
is adding a new partner who will work with start-ups on market

Mark Cranney, 46 years old, who worked with Messrs. Andreessen and
Horowitz at their previous company, enterprise technology firm Opsware,
will join Andreessen Horowitz as a partner on market development.
Andreessen_Horowitz  venture_capital  Pui-Wing_Tam  partnerships 
january 2011 by jerryking
Site Adopts Crowd-Sourcing -
OCT. 7, 2010 | WSJ | by Pui-Wing Tam. Site Adopts
Crowd-Sourcing to Link Start-Ups, Investors. Angel List, a website run
by start-up investors and entrepreneurs Naval Ravikant and Babak Nivi,
was launched late last year as a free site to help entrepreneurs garner
seed funding. Over the past 6 mths., Angel List has helped more than 50
young companies raise financing, says Mr. Ravikant, with two to five
companies funded on a weekly basis. More than 370 angel investors and
venture capitalists now use Angel List, he adds, up from 25 at the start
of the year. Angel List began as a matchmaker, where Messrs. Ravikant
and Nivi identified promising start-ups and put them in contact with
interested investors. But it has since been evolving toward a community
model: Start-ups send in a form to Angel List, and any of the site's
investors are able to evaluate applicants online and pick out companies
they want to meet with. Potential investors then rate the start-up.
Pui-Wing_Tam  crowdsourcing  funding  start_ups  angels  investing  investors 
december 2010 by jerryking
Web Start-Up Values Soar -
SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by PUI-WING TAM.
Investors Bid Up Internet Firms to Levels Reminiscent of the Last
Dot-Com Boom
start_ups  valuations  Pui-Wing_Tam  Web_2.0 
september 2010 by jerryking
Online Privacy Protection Wins Investor Backing -
JUNE 20, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By PUI-WING TAM And BEN WORTHEN. Funds Invest in Privacy Start-Ups
Companies With Ideas on How to Protect Personal Information Are a New Favorite of Venture Capitalists
privacy  venture_capital  Ben_Worthen  Pui-Wing_Tam  start_ups  tools 
june 2010 by jerryking

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