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Startups - Pittsburgh Business Times

Predicting success in big-data space

by Patty Tascarella Hannah, Andy New

PITTSBURGH—Plextronics Inc. CEO Andrew Hannah has embarked on a new direction with his startup, OThot LLC. Green Tree-based OThot is a cloud-based predictive analytics company. Initially targeting higher education, its first product predicts the likelihood that a prospect will turn into a customer. OThot landed a strategic investment from Silicon Valley-based Opus Global on Jan. 6, and plans to  ...

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Hot Shots - Silicon Valley Business Journal

The new face of philanthropy: Silicon Valley reinvents giving back

by Jody Meacham RocketshipDiscoveryPrep 1 011116

SILICON VALLEY—Silicon Valley and the greater tech world have enjoyed and profited from disrupting almost every aspect of modern life, from the workplace to watching TV to driving a car.

In December, when Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan announced they would give away 99 percent of their Facebook wealth, it revealed tech’s disruption of yet another human sphere: Philanthropy.

It  ...

18 hours ago
Startups - Philadelphia Business Journal

Behind the rise & fall of Artisan Mobile

by Dan Norton Scott Wasserman

PHILADELPHIA—At the heart of Artisan Mobile’s turbulent rise, subsequent death spiral and permanent disappearance from Philadelphia, are two very different men.

These men were the clearest indicators of Artisan’s untapped greatness. Scott Wasserman founded the company under the name appRenaissance in 2010 — a tribute to his success developing apps since the release of Apple’s first  ...

21 hours ago
Loot - Portland Business Journal

Meet the VC that will Elevate tech diversity

by Malia Spencer Elevate Capital group

PORTLAND—Elevate Capital, Portland’s newest investment fund, aims to not only fund the next great Portland startup but to shine a spotlight on the region’s minority entrepreneurs.

The new venture capital firm led by Managing Director Nitin Rai is raising a $10 million Pacific Northwest regional fund. On top of that, the Portland Development Commission this week selected Elevate to lead a  ...

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News Wire - IPO watch

New attorneys getting frozen out by chill in IPO market

by Riley McDermid Lawyer generic

SAN FRANCISCO— A new report from legal services provider UpCounsel has found that attorney growth in San Francisco has slowed to its lowest rate in a decade, fed by slower business growth and a chilling of the IPO market.

Mason Blake, the co-Founder and CTO of UpCounsel, told the Business Times that as large deals in the IPO markets have slowed – or even stopped – attorneys in San Francisco  ...

February 12, 2016 | 5:00pm EST
Advice - Guest Contributor

Early-stage companies: Advice for CEOs, board members and investors

by Stan Silverman Entrepreneur

PHILADELPHIA—Over the years, I have been involved in early-stage companies as an informal advisor, board member and investor. I would like to share some observations and important lessons I have learned, many of which are also applicable to more established firms.

Founders and CEOs

Founders and CEOs, surround yourself with people more experienced and with expertise who can give you advice  ...

February 12, 2016 | 4:15pm EST
Startups - Silicon Nation: Columbus

How this city's establishment's embracing startups

by Carrie Ghose kvamme mark SOCIAL

COLUMBUS—The Columbus Chamber of Commerce emphatically is rejecting the idea of a divide between the startup community and the old guard, country club types at a “chamber.”

The business group demonstrated its renewed commitment to entrepreneurial spirit at Thursday’s annual meeting by featuring venture capitalist Mark Kvamme as the keynote speaker. But the more lasting change was passing  ...

February 12, 2016 | 3:30pm EST
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