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Zenefits' Leader Is Rattling an Industry, So Why Is He Stressed Out?

nytimes.com – Farhad Manjoo – Sep 21 – Parker Conrad's start-up, Zenefits, is thought to be one of the fastest-growing companies in recent Silicon Valley history, and his investors and associates describe him as an uncommonly talented software visionary. But lately, Mr. Conrad often…
gil penchina Zenefits' Leader Is Rattling an Industry, So Why Is He Stressed Out? t.co/7ombXvqHz9 via @nuzzel thanks @adamnash
Nat Turner RT @Venrock: NYT on how @Zenefits is doing to health brokers what happened to travel agents in the 90s. t.co/lOISYgOwQD
Ross Mayfield Behind the precarious rise of Zenefits, which makes software to simplify HR and employee benefits (Farhad Manjoo/New t.co/TKNucIbrQh
Harjeet RT @eladgil: The biggest innovator in the SMB market since Intuit - @zenefits t.co/VxGOcxQ7BL
Paul Singh 'It doesn't feel like we're successful. It feels like we're bouncing from 1 terrifying near-catastrophe to the next.' t.co/SdwfTsYSSn
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Announcing Mosaic Ventures

Medium – Mosaic Ventures – Sep 21, 4:17 PM – We are excited to announce our new early stage venture firm, based in London. Mosaic Ventures is investing its $140 million first fund in European founding teams. Our three partners are Mike Chalfen, Simon Levene and Toby Coppel. We have over 30…
Evan Nisselson RT @brisbourne: Great to see a new $140m European venture fund! Congrats @chalfs @slevene @tcoppel on launching @mosaic_ventures t.co/gsiMGhefwv
Nic Brisbourne Great to see a new $140m European venture fund! Congrats @chalfs @slevene @tcoppel on launching @mosaic_ventures t.co/gsiMGhefwv
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The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

TechCrunch – Christian Hernandez – Sep 20 – A lot has been written in the last few years on the evolution of the technology ecosystem in Europe, including Christian's own bullish stance on Europe, Stephen's piece on the explosion of seed funds in the region, and articles touting London and…
Mike Butcher The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years t.co/BBxb8o8H98 by @christianhern & @stephenpiron
Allan Martinson The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years t.co/TwxSZfaPa6
hussein kanji Bottom line. Europe is a shitty (but improving) place to be if you're a tech startup as difficult to get money. t.co/ediBuH8xV7
Sunil Gunderia Great Analysis by @christianhern The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years t.co/aiupMls13M via @techcrunch
Sherry Coutu Recommend reading on state of VC in Europe - well argued and evidenced :/) t.co/CoqiVYImHD via @techcrunch
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Entrepreneurs anonymous

Economist – Sep 19 – Click this to add articles to your Timekeeper reading list. Learn more - SEVEN years ago Joe Jones (not his real name) left his job with a big NASDAQ-listed company to strike out on his own. He was sick of corporate life and he wanted to test his…
Jonathan Abrams True??? 'VCs often use personality tests to distinguish between the merely over-optimistic & completely delusional.' t.co/9k8P6DIlw2
Jonathan Abrams 'a disproportionate number of entrepreneurs may suffer from hypomania' t.co/9k8P6DIlw2
Jonathan Abrams 'three-quarters of startups backed by venture capital failed to return the capital invested in them' t.co/9k8P6DIlw2
Jonathan Abrams 'first-time founders have the job security of contract workers, money worries of gamblers, social life of hermits' t.co/9k8P6DIlw2
Jonathan Abrams 'Instead of romanticising entrepreneurs people should understand how hard their lives can be' t.co/9k8P6DIlw2
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Mosaic Ventures Launches In Europe With $140M Fund Aimed At Series A

TechCrunch Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) – Sep 22 – “We need density in the cluster!” as an entrepreneur raising a Series A round in London said to me only last week. Her frustration was born of the fact that while many VCs have headed towards seed investing, and some have raised…
Jay Adelson RT @tcoppel: Mosaic Ventures Launches In Europe With $140M Fund Aimed At Series A t.co/C5QBZn7KTl
jason Europe needs big minds taking risks! "@tcoppel: Mosaic Ventures Launches In Europe With $140M Fund Aimed At Series A t.co/mZYfHT5aj2"
Josh Felser Congrats to "renegades" @tcoppel @slevene & @chalfs on founding @Mosaic_VC. Good for entrepreneurs everywhere t.co/oZEtqSLvpy
Christoph Janz Mosaic Ventures Launches In Europe With $140M Fund Aimed At Series A t.co/RNwvFwgBwG via @techcrunch
Matthew Ocko Congrats to @chalfs & co-founders @Mosaic_VC t.co/ozBHcurX4p Really smart (and nice) guys. Looking forward to working together more!
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Hearst Corporation Forms New Silicon Valley Digital Product Development Group

Marketwired – Sep 19 – NEW YORK, NY and SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 19, 2014) - Hearst Corporation today announced the formation of a new Silicon Valley digital product development group to accelerate its high-growth, multi-screen digital media offerings. The…
Ross Mayfield '@rmarini: After 4 years of blood, sweat and tears, I am thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Hearst. t.co/c46w6TJqVU'
Marc Andreessen RT @rmarini: After 4 years of blood, sweat and tears, I am thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Hearst. I will... t.co/kDZHwT5VDj
Arjun Dev Arora RT @rmarini: After 4 years of blood, sweat and tears, I am thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Hearst. I will... t.co/kDZHwT5VDj
Peter Pham Congrats!"@rmarini: 4 years of blood, sweat & tears, I am thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Hearst t.co/QJL3yY7XlD"
Rick Marini After 4 years of blood, sweat and tears, I am thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Hearst. I will... t.co/kDZHwT5VDj
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Stripe Lands Apple in Quest for $720 Billion in Payments

Bloomberg – Olga Kharif – Apple Inc. (AAPL) 's list of partners for its new Apple Pay service reads like a Who's Who of the payments world, including Visa Inc. and First Data Corp. Getting included on Apple's list was a coup for the five-year-old startup, which will enable…
Dave McClure RT @Techmeme: Stripe's integration with Apple Pay marks another big win for the 5-year-old startup t.co/tdWZo50E2w t.co/6ltBR0UGQx
Satish Dharmaraj RT @redpointvc: Congrats @stripe "Stripe Lands Apple in Quest for $720 Billion in Payments" t.co/qc0EvnXul5
Ross Mayfield Stripe's integration with Apple Pay marks another big win for the 5-year-old startup (Bloomberg) t.co/8hGK7tV4zK
Ryan Sarver Boom! Love seeing @redpointvc companies kicking ass "Stripe Lands Apple in Quest for $720 Billion in Payments" t.co/UeY4Z9r32m
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Now You Can Quickly Share The Best Parts Of Your GoPro Videos With BrightSky Labs' App '10'

TechCrunch Ryan Lawler (@ryanlawler) – Sep 22 – A few months ago, we told you about BrightSky Labs, a startup that hoped to unlock videos recorded on GoPro cameras and other wearable devices and make them ultra-easy to edit and share. Today, the company is releasing the first version of its…
Ross Mayfield Now You Can Quickly Share The Best Parts Of Your GoPro Videos With App '10' t.co/Dp24GQzfDq by @ryanlawler
Bilal Zuberi FB friends beware, here comes the footage :) Quick edited videos using @get10app. My fav feature: voice annotation! t.co/2ITvCRgAnv
Josh Elman RT @seanwhite: Now You Can Quickly Share The Best Parts Of Your GoPro Videos With BrightSky Labs' App '10' t.co/QG6greSFZc
John Lilly RT @seanwhite: Now You Can Quickly Share The Best Parts Of Your GoPro Videos With BrightSky Labs' App '10' t.co/vxMmzUGxNH via @techcrunch
John Lilly RT @seanwhite: Now You Can Quickly Share The Best Parts Of Your GoPro Videos With BrightSky Labs' App '10' t.co/QG6greSFZc
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Apply to the Techstars New York City 2015 Class!

Techstars – Alex Iskold – We are delighted to open the applications for our next Techstars class in New York City. The application deadline is October 19th, and the class will kick-off mid January, finishing off with Demo Day in April. To date, we've done five programs in…
Jason L. Baptiste Techstars Winter 2015 Applications are open. Best decision I made as a founder was to do TS. You should apply t.co/q8h2xS2WxO
nihal mehta RT @Hadley: I'm a big fan of @techstars NYC! Applications for the next class are now open! t.co/UnjByrGGQw @alexiskold @eniacvc
Hadley Harris I'm a big fan of @techstars NYC! Applications for the next class are now open! t.co/UnjByrGGQw @alexiskold @eniacvc
john frankel RT @alexiskold: Only 28 days left to apply to next @techstars NYC batch. Learn more: t.co/FYSyRdz1yu Apply: t.co/iIM2tjJeJC
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If SaaS Products Sell Themselves, Why Do We Need Sales?

Andreessen Horowitz – May 30 – One of the myths of SaaS is that the products are so good, so easy to use, so quick to deploy … that the product sells itself. Given the popularity of try-before-you-buy and freemium-to-premium models for software as a service, it's easy to…
Chris DeVore Too many early-stage #SaaS teams don't get this: "winner-take-all market" + "'land-and-expand' sales strategy" t.co/gvdBXs7RGc
Marc Andreessen RT @zaid: Excellent post on SaaS sales from the one and only Mike Cranney(@bhorowitz's VP of Sales from Opsware) t.co/pPlBAfYl7s
Barney Pell RT @newsycombinator: If SaaS Products Sell Themselves, Why Do We Need Sales? t.co/c4jkqiZOMB
Adam Nash RT @newsycombinator: If SaaS Products Sell Themselves, Why Do We Need Sales? t.co/c4jkqiZOMB
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