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Inside Bonobos’ New Palo Alto Digs

10.15.2012 - TechCrunch

Bonobos, the men’s clothing company, has gained lots of ground since it was founded in 2007 for its presence on the web as a mostly pure e-commerce play. But in recent months, the company, which is headquartered in New York City, has started to make more and more investments in the physical world of brick-and-mortar with “Guideshops,” appointment-only showrooms where customers can try on Bonobos’ wares in person.

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Lightspeed’s Vrionis Makes Name by Sticking to Business

10.15.2012 - Private Equity Analyst

Though he started his career at a time when other venture capitalists had turned their attention to finding the next Facebook Inc ., John Vrionis of Lightspeed Venture Partners set his sights on tracking the biggest changes in business technologies.

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The big data revolution is in its early innings, and it is about to get even more exciting. Ravi Mhatre, managing director at Lightspeed Venture Partners, discusses the disruptive innovations that are helping make data fast, intuitive and easy to analyze.

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Sacha and John have a proven record of identifying good opportunities early and both are now behind CloudBees, a software firm looking to disrupt the middleware market. I asked each how they recognized a good opportunity early and got surprisingly similar answers. They pointed to three factors you should consider, which might give you the insight you need to prioritize the right project.

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Crosby is the Co–founder and CTO at Bromium, a new startup focused on information and infrastructure protection using what they describe as a revolutionary approach that isolates running processes within the Windows OS.

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SideCar is announcing this morning that it’s raised a Series A round of $10 million led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Google Ventures. Like other peer-to-peer marketplaces for ride-sharing, SideCar has a platform for connecting drivers with passengers looking to get around. It’s released mobile apps for iOS and Android that lets users virtually flag down one of these drivers, and alerts drivers when there are potential passengers in their area.

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One of the fundamental principles of good business is that if you treat your customer well, they’ll keep coming back for more. And those loyal customers are much more profitable over the long run than if you have to keep bringing in new ones to replace the dis-satisfied ones who fired you.

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Why Apple’s Maps Failure Is A Big Data Problem

10.05.2012 - Business Insider

John Vrionis explains that the recent chatter about how Apple Maps pale in comparison to Google Maps – ignited by all the iOS 6 users who are now forced to use the Apple product is a perfect example of “data …

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The New York Times takes a look at Nest, the company founded by the former Apple designer Tony Fadell, which has a new version of its self-learning thermostat.

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Sacha Labourey wasn’t interested in cloud computing when he resigned as co-general manager of the JBoss division at open source software giant Red Hat in 2009. But within a year, he had a complete change of heart — so much so that he co-founded CloudBees, a cloud service for building Java applications.

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