Marc Andreessen joins board of Dialpad, the desk phone killer

dialpad Silicon Valley’s most talkative investor will bring his enterprise experience and connections to the makers of UberConference. Office cloud communications startup Dialpad today announced that Marc Andreessen is joining its board of directors. “The company’s hit its stride” Andreessen tells TechCrunch. He calls DialPad “A complete cloud, mobile business… Read More

Andreessen: “I feel 50 pounds lighter” without Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Entrepreneur Marc Andreessen speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 at Pier 48 on September 13, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch) Speaking at a Strictly VC event in Palo Alto, noted venture capital investor Marc Andreessen talked about why he abruptly quit Twitter this week. “I feel 50 pounds lighter” without it, he quipped. “I feel free as a bird,” Andreessen added, seemingly referencing Twitter’s logo. His departure came as a surprise to some because for a time, he was extremely active on… Read More

Marc Andreessen suddenly deletes all his tweets, goes on Twitter break

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Entrepreneur Marc Andreessen speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 at Pier 48 on September 13, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch) The Twittersphere was just a little bit quieter this morning after Marc Andreessen, father of the Tweetstorm, vacated the platform last night. While there’s no clear answer from him or others as to why he decided to take a break, Andreessen is not the first popular Silicon Valley figure to abruptly leave the service. Earlier this summer, Sam Altman, President of the Y Combinator… Read More

Tech’s top 20 investors turned into emoji

VC Emoji What do Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway and Naval Ravikant look like as emojis? For the launch of MovieLaLa‘s emoji marketplace MojiLaLa, the startup made a set inspired by tech’s best-known venture capitalists. The list could have included more of the great female and minority VCs like Mary Meeker, Charles Hudson and Aileen Lee. But here’s a look at caricatures of the 20 they chose. Read More

The Tech Alimentary Canal Is Full

Interesting thoughts from Marc Andreessen and Steve Case. Of course, a cynic would say they are talking their book since they make money when companies exit or IPO. However, I see some things happening that might bear out their opinion.
  1. Government regulation has come down on corporate America like a ton of bricks. Budgets, resources, and people are being redeployed to fend of, implement and understand the regulatory state. This has made it almost impossible for corporate America to innovate from within.
  2. Corporate balance sheets are in pretty darn good shape. They have taken advantage of low interest rates and they are flush with cash. They can buy innovation, and they are starting to do it.

If you listen to the video, you hear questions like, “Which way will it go?”, or “We have 163 Unicorns, what will happen?”. Truth be told, nobody knows. Instead, I Continue reading "The Tech Alimentary Canal Is Full"

The Daily Startup: Investor Stakes in Education Tech Boom in 2015

The education technology sector chalked up $1.42 billion in investments last year, the most amount of dollars booked since 2000, the peak of the dot-com boom, according to industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource. Education technology Investments jumped 69.9% in 2015 from the $836.4 million dispensed in 2014, according to the data. By far the largest amount of investment dollars went to companies developing educational training and media services aimed at corporations. Investors put $1.3 billion into these companies working on corporate training and lifelong learning programs, about double from the $643.3 million invested in 2014. ALSO IN TODAY’S VENTUREWIRE (subscription required): DataRobot Inc., which is automating the analysis of big data that is often done manually or with lower-order tools by data scientists Continue reading "The Daily Startup: Investor Stakes in Education Tech Boom in 2015"

The Daily Startup: Big Bets Continue in Venture Despite Exit Concerns

Investors piled 19.05 billion into U.S.-based venture-backed companies in the third quarter amid growing concerns over valuations and exit markets, Scott Martin reports for The Wall Street Journal. U.S. venture investments soared to $54.6 billion for the first nine months of the year, on pace to blow past the $55.5 billion for 2014. The numbers are still likely to be below the record $94.17 billion invested in 2000 at the height of the dot-com boom.
The increased investment amount comes amid a dearth of initial public offerings as well as mergers and acquisitions for venture-backed companies. It also comes in a year that has seen an uptick in the number of private companies that are valued at $1 billion or more. ALSO IN TODAY’S VENTUREWIRE (subscription required): Decibel Therapeutics has launched with $52 million in venture funding and a goal of providing people with severe Continue reading "The Daily Startup: Big Bets Continue in Venture Despite Exit Concerns"