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John Vrionis: A Positive Trend

08.22.2013 - Wall Street Journal

GUEST MENTOR John Vrionis, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners: In recent years there seems to have been an exponential rise in the number of accelerator programs offered for aspiring entrepreneurs. The increase in the number of programs, and the amount of dollars being invested in them is a very positive development in my view for three reasons.

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Start-ups based in San Francisco Bay area are offering novel perks—massages, body analytics, subsidized rents, trips to Tahoe and even helicopter rides—in hopes they will beat competitors to top talent.

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Jay Chaudhry Can’t Lose

08.12.2013 - NBC - Press:Here

Chaudhry’s first company turned dozens of employees into millionaires. His latest company – Zscaler- is worth a cool billion.

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‘Sharing economy’ moves mainstream

08.07.2013 - San Jose Mercury News

What's often known as the "sharing economy" -- represented by startups like Airbnb, Sidecar and TaskRabbit that match buyers with goods and services ranging from rooms to rides to running errands -- has long operated on the margins of legitimacy.

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After recently raising $20 million in new financing, startup PernixData is publicly releasing its software that virtualizes server-side flash memory.

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What I’ve found is a group of seemingly very different new mobile applications that help people express themselves more authentically. Whether through nostalgia, automation, anonymity or ephemerality, they start to peel away from the social media performance. I think it’s quite possible that the next generation of sharing apps could bring a bit more authenticity than the last.

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Tintri — a virtualized storage company whose name means lightning in Gaelic — added 110% to its revenues in the last year — taking market share from NetApp and EMC — which grew at 1.6% and 8.5% respectively.

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On this week’s Ask a VC show, Lightspeed Ventures’ Partner Bipul Sinha joined us in the studio to field reader questions and talk about enterprise investing.

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DataStax Readies For IPO, Raises $45M

07.23.2013 - TechCrunch

DataStax has raised $45 million for its scalable, high-performance database platform. The Series D round was led by Scale Venture Partners with participation from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Next World Capital and previous investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners.

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From Apple to Nest Labs, Always a Designer

07.22.2013 - New York Times

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