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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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Sunil Paul: Why We Named Our Startup Sidecar

07.19.2013 - Wall Street Journal

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The shift to mobile is sucking the money out of e-commerce, but BloomReach thinks big data can save the day. Today it brings its big-data content optimization SaaS to the small screen to add smart product recommendations, predictive search, a trending section and cross-device personalization to the mobile presence of any business. BloomReach makes your app more relevant to boost sales with data science.

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Lightspeed VC Caldbeck: Why Airbnb works, why Uber faces disruption

07.08.2013 - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Lightspeed Venture Partner Justin Caldbeck is excited about the wave of startups that are finding ways to put people with assets – cars, homes or even spare time – together with people who need them.

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