Lower The Wall, Lift The Market

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: Sandy Miller is a general partner at Institutional Venture Partners. He co-founded investment bank Thomas Weisel Partners and served as a senior partner at Montgomery Securities.  

The tech IPO market is booming, but only when you compare it to the lean years of the past decade. If we look back a little further, to the healthy days that preceded the dot-com bubble, the 51 tech startups that went public last year appear paltry in comparison.

A key difference is that Wall Street is fixated today on the biggest names (Facebook, Alibaba, GoPro) to the detriment of hundreds of smaller startups that don’t get the attention they deserve. The universe of venture-backed tech startups was much smaller when I ran technology investment banking at Montgomery Securities in the 1990s.

And yet, more than 150 tech startups went public in 1996, precisely because the market appreciated quality, regardless of…

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Originally posted on 9to5Google:

An extremely reliable source has confirmed to us that Google is in the process of building stand-alone retail stores in the U.S. and hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas.

The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome, and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective customers. Google feels right now that many potential customers need to get hands-on experience with its products before they are willing to purchase. Google competitors Apple and Microsoft both have retail outlets where customers can try before they buy. Google’s retail move won’t be an entirely new area, however.


Google Chrome pop-up stores

Google currently has Chrome Store-within-a-store models in hundreds of Best Buys in the U.S. and 50 PCWorld/Dixon’s in the U.K. These stores have Google trained employees who demonstrate the value of Chromebooks and can answer…

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

The brand spanking new version of Apple’s iTunes desktop software has just been released. iTunes 11 can be downloaded from Apple’s website or upgraded within current versions of iTunes. Its arrival is a month later than originally planned — a recent report from the Wall Street Journalsaid that there were “engineering issues that required parts to be rebuilt” before it could be released to the public.

But the tweaks to the service are going to be very welcome to many. iTunes 11 gets a bit of a makeover on its surface and under the covers to make it look more like the mobile version of iTunes that sits on your iPhone and allow content to better integrate with other Apple devices.

The user interface is revamped with more focus on album cover art and contextual information like the upcoming songs in your queue. The iTunes Store will have personal recommendations for…

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Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

Rihanna is sending quite the message to her fans via Twitter and we wonder if this has anything to do about her on-and-off boyfriend Chris Brown! Do you think she’s feeling sad about their relationship?

Rihanna has a simple message for all of her 26 million Twitter followers when it comes to love. The 24-year-old posted a simple quote that has everyone buzzing.

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