Hacker plans hedge fund launch to profit off corporate vulnerabilities

Hacker plans hedge fund launch to profit off corporate vulnerabilities

This recently freed hacker isn't wasting any time getting back to trolling companies he doesn't like. In spite of the very real chance that Andrew Auernheimer could soon be on trial again, he's planning to found a very different kind of hedge fund. Read more »

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How this inventor scored cash on Kickstarter

by Emily Parkhurst

Kickstarter campaigns are almost as ubiquitous as wet weather here in Seattle, so it can be difficult for even good campaigns to get noticed.

Despite that, Seattle entrepreneur Mina Yoo managed not only to get her invention the $20,000 in startup funding it needed to head to the manufacturer, she also met her Kickstarter goal in six days.

The inventor of a device that she describes at the "Swiss  ...

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Russian oligarch's son gains cleantech traction

by Ben Fischer

Good timing alone isn't enough to launch a company, but it sure counts for a lot. And in the past four months, everything has fallen into place at the right time for Connell McGill Jr. and Pavel Khodorkovskiy, cofounders of energy-use monitoring startup Enertiv.

More than four years after first developing their first prototype — a box that tracks circuit-level electricity use throughout large  ...

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Back 9 Links: Does Google read too much sci-fi?

by Alex Dalenberg

Upstarts, newsmakers and influencers who caught our attention on Wednesday, April 16.

  1. Google’s “science-fiction” thinking is actually a limitation.
  2. The strange odyssey of AOL Instant Messenger.
  3. Counterpoint: The Washington Post and The Guardian didn’t deserve their Pulitzer Prizes.
  4. How an IT guy tweeted his way into a job on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
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A big banker bets on upstart brewers

by Lauren Hepler

Craft beer might not immediately spring to mind at the mention of big banks, but a brewery boom has spurred plenty of business interest in the sector.

Bank of America, for instance, has a Southern California-based beverage industry group focused on wineries, breweries, distilleries, distributors and suppliers. Of late, senior vice president Brian Mulvaney has stayed busy with the $14.3 billion  ...

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How a VC firm shook up a college business plan competition

by Molly Ryan

There was a lot of money flying around at the 2014 Rice Business Plan Competition, held April 10-12. And Mercury Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Houston, was partly responsible.

Mercury Fund gave a $1 million investment prize to BetaGlide, an India-based technology platform that helps mobile app developers and marketers.

The second-largest prize at the competition was a  ...

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Strange bedfellows: Young Turk's Cenk Uygur teams with Republican Buddy Roemer to take on Cable TV

by Alex Dalenberg tytnetwork.com

As YouTube channels go, Cenk Uygur's The Young Turks is practically an institution (the progressive-leaning news show started on satellite radio in 2002 and joined YouTube in 2005).

More than a decade into its existence, Uygur just raised its first seed round since 2005, $4 million led by led by Buddy Roemer, a former Democratic congressman and Louisiana governor who switched parties and became a  ...

17 hours ago
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The Pipeline: Google sells out Glass, Marissa Mayer slows mergers, Tumblr stays in NYC

by Kent Bernhard Jr

A look the hottest deals, business moves and upstart entrepreneurs for April 16 from around the country, as reported by The Business Journals and other local business publications.

Deals and money plays

Silicon Valley…Marissa's merger slowdown: Marissa Mayer's appetite for buying companies may be sated. Yahoo acquisitions slowed down in the first quarter.

New York…Squarespace's ambitions:  ...

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