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Healy Jones, an associate at Atlas Venture, says that he’s leaving the world of VC to enter the Boston tech scene. Jones joined Atlas in 2007, having previously worked as an associate at Summit Partners. He explains his decision to leave at length in his blog, which he has been sharing with tech entrepreneur Prasad […]
Quietly this morning, Ryan McIntyre, managing director of the Foundry Group, announced that the firm invested in Cloud Engines, maker of the Pogoplug network-attached storage adpater. Details of the financing are scant, but McIntyre confirmed that Foundry is the sole investor in the company's Series A round. The funding amount is undisclosed. Prior to Foundry jumping in, Cloud Engines was angel-backed, he said. Announced at the CES in January, Pogoplug connects a USB hard drive or flash stick to your home computer, allowing you to retrieve files from home while you're on the road. McIntyre talks more about the company in his blog post.
Last month, when Nielsen Online research analyst David Martin reported that a majority of people who sign up for Twitter abandon the site after a month, the Twitter universe got its dander up. After all, Twitter, they say, thrives due to its third-party sites—such as TweetDeck, TwitPic, Twitstat, Hootsuite, EasyTweets, Tumblr, etc. Because of that, the […]
Last month, when Brad Feld, managing director and co-founder of the the Foundry Group said he was going to cook and serve fries at the Spud Bros eatery in Boulder, Colo., I asked if he was kidding. He said it was definitely NOT a joke. Sure enough, Feld worked behind the counter of Spud Bros, which claims to make "Quite Possibly the World's Greatest French Fries," and served up tasty potatoes for two hours. Having Feld as a guest chef raised $500 for a local nonprofit called the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. This weekend, Spud Bros (with the help of the marketing agency Metzger Associates) posted a video of Feld's culinary techniques. You can see it after the jump, including a reference to Twitter that would make Feld's VC pal Fred Wilson grin.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how Highway 12 Ventures in Boise, Idaho, joined the information superhighway and launched a blog on its website. At the time, Highway 12 GP Mark Solon credited Entrepreneur-in-Residence Tac Anderson (shown in the picturesque photo) for pushing the firm to start blogging. Anderson has led social media activities at Hewlett-Packard, and he is the founder of TechBoise, a website devoted to tracking the tech life in the capital city of the Gem State.
Every now and then I come across a funding announcement for a VC-backed company that reminds me of the late 1990s, when dot-coms all over the place were getting greased up with venture bucks and grinning with the promise of giving power to the people. Associated Content, which some might call a citizen journalism company, […]
The Wolverine State is not normally a powerhouse for venture capital, unlike the top-ranked Golden State of California. But things are lousy in Michigan, and not just because the Detroit Lions haven’t won a game since 2007. VC investments in the state plunged in the first quarter about 70% from the same quarter a year ago, according this month’s MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on Thomson Reuters data. In Michigan in Q1, 10 venture capital deals occurred in the first quarter, the same number as in the year-ago period. However, the total dollars invested fell from $28.2 million to $8.4 million.
Today is Earth Day, so it seems more than apt to take a look at the latest cleantech investments. hankfully, Rob Day has already done the dirty work for me (the guy doesn’t know how to properly take a vacation). The Q1 cleantech numbers are posted here. In line with overall investment activity, cleantech investing is down. In Q1, investment in cleantech dropped 84% drop from Q4, according to the MoneyTree Report released over the weekend from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters. The MoneyTree reported that cleantech deals dropped from $974 million in Q4 to $154 million last quarter, as deals as fell from 67 to 33.
Mark Solon, a general partner at Highway 12 Ventures in Boise, Idaho, sums up his firm’s social networking strategy in one sentence. “If you’re not on Facebook, Twitter and all the other social networking sites, communicating with your investors and entrepreneurs, then you’re going to be left behind,” he says. Such was the reason why on April 5, Highway 12 launched a blog on its website for Solon and his fellow GPs to regularly post their musings. Solon partly attributes the firm’s start of a blog to the hiring last year of Tac Anderson as an EIR. Anderson previously led social media activities at Hewlett-Packard. Solon also says
Earlier this week, Burnaby, B.C.-based Teradici Corp. announced it raised a $17 million Series C round from TELUS Ventures (the venture arm of TELUS), Alloy Ventures, GrowthWorks Capital, Skypoint Capital, BDC Venture Capital and Alta Berkeley Venture Partners. The company, which says it has now raised $51 million over three rounds of funding, develops chips to deliver a PC-like experience over a network, or what it calls PC-over-IP (PCoIP). The company has seen an uptick with the cloud computing trend. Samsung integrated Teradici's desktop portal processor directly into their PCoIP display earlier this year, and Teradici recently announced a partnership with VMware to develop a software implementation of PCoIP. One other fun fact I learned from the PR gal is that Alloy Ventures uses the technology in their offices and "thinks it's terrific." I emailed CEO Dan Cordingley to ask him a few questions about raising a big up round in this environment. Cordingley, a former general manager at Intel Corp., co-founded Teradici in 2004 with Dave Hobbs. Here’s the edited version of our conversation:

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