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Visa Issues Scuttle Topix’s Acquisition Of Taploid, Gossip App Will Now Shut Down Amid Funding Crunch

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Business Angels, Business Apps, Crowdfunding, Facebook, Finance, Google+, LinkedIn, Running a business, Social Media, Startup, Startup Business Plan, Startup Companies, Startup Ideas, Startup Programs, Technology, Twitter, Venture Capital, YouTube | Comments Off on Visa Issues Scuttle Topix’s Acquisition Of Taploid, Gossip App Will Now Shut Down Amid Funding Crunch

Taploid Feature Done FInsihedIt’s a tough day for The Taploid and its plucky founder Redg Snodgrass. H1-B visa issues for the startup’s UK team soured a buyout by city forum site Topix, and investors have pulled out forcing the tabloid app to shut down and the team to scatter into consulting jobs. It’s a sobering moment that illustrates why the U.S. needs to fix its startup visa situation, and that the funding crunch is real.

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Morgan Stanley Fined $5M Over Facebook Research And Handling Of IPO By Massachusetts (UPDATED)

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Business Angels, Business Apps, Crowdfunding, Facebook, Finance, Google+, LinkedIn, Running a business, Social Media, Startup, Startup Business Plan, Startup Companies, Startup Ideas, Startup Programs, Technology, Twitter, Venture Capital, YouTube | Comments Off on Morgan Stanley Fined $5M Over Facebook Research And Handling Of IPO By Massachusetts (UPDATED)

8018111847_1b2aaf9f03_zAccording to CNBC, Morgan Stanley has been fined $5M over its Facebook research practices. This is the second huge fine for Morgan Stanley, the first being over “noncompetitive trades” in June. Facebook’s stock jumped out of the gates and dipped dramatically, and Morgan Stanley filed a report based on its research afterwards, including why it was priced at $38: Our base case scenario assumes that Facebook’s revenue growth moderates as it takes a measured approach to increasing mobile ad load while engagement increasingly shifts to mobile devices. Facebook enters an investment cycle characterized by compressed adjusted operating margins in C2012/13E. Facebook grows total revenue at a +28% CAGR from C2013-16E, while advertising revenue (+31%) grows substantially faster than payments revenue (+17%) due to casual games being played increasingly through mobile devices. We forecast C2013E adjusted EBITDA margin of 60% in this scenario. The state of Massachusetts also fined Citigroup $2M for its involvement in the Facebook IPO. At the time, it was said to be over “violating state securities law when it released confidential information about Facebook Inc.” When the fine was levied, Citgroup’s Sophia Stewart had this to say: We are pleased to have this matter resolved. We take our internal policies and procedures very seriously and have taken the appropriate actions. We have reached out to Morgan Stanley for comment. There has been discussion about Facebook’s eventual $5B IPO for some time, and after the fact, people have been saying that something wasn’t quite on the up and up. For a company that makes $25B in revenue yearly, the $5M fine could be a drop in the bucket financially, but a huge ugly mark on the company’s reputation. The company did make out quite nicely on the Facebook IPO, even though others did not. Update: We have received a statement from a Morgan Stanley spokesperson on the matter: We are pleased to have reached a settlement with Secretary Galvin and the Massachusetts Securities Division and to have put this matter behind us. Morgan Stanley is committed to robust compliance with both the letter and the spirit of all applicable regulations and laws. [Photo credit: Flickr]

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E-business Article for E-commerce business

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Finance, Startup, Startup Business Plan | 0 comments

Most of our readers are interested in setting up an E-Commerce businesses. The last few weeks we received several e-mails of people who had...

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Sales Leads and a Higher Conversion Rate

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in Finance, Social Media, Startup, Startup Business Plan | 0 comments

It is not a secret that using the proper words, designs, and layouts can either break or make your web shop. We found a very useful...

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DIY Animation Platform PowToon Grabs $600K For Its Video Creation Software

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Business Angels, Business Apps, Crowdfunding, Facebook, Finance, Google+, LinkedIn, Running a business, Social Media, Startup, Startup Business Plan, Startup Companies, Startup Ideas, Startup Programs, Technology, Twitter, Venture Capital, YouTube | Comments Off on DIY Animation Platform PowToon Grabs $600K For Its Video Creation Software

powtoonvectorlogoPowToon, an animation platform that lets anyone build marketing videos on the fly, is announcing it has raised $600,000 in outside funding. The investment doesn’t come from traditional VC backing, but rather from Startup Minds, a newer L.A.-based accelerator with a non-traditional strategy where investments can range anywhere from $25,000 up to $600,000. The accelerator also doesn’t have time limits, and the amount of outside involvement is up to the company funded.

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Kleiner-Backed Stipple Lands $3M To Help Brands Turn Tweeted Photos Into Micro-Storefronts

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Business Angels, Business Apps, Crowdfunding, Facebook, Finance, Google+, LinkedIn, Running a business, Social Media, Startup, Startup Business Plan, Startup Companies, Startup Ideas, Startup Programs, Technology, Twitter, Venture Capital, YouTube | Comments Off on Kleiner-Backed Stipple Lands $3M To Help Brands Turn Tweeted Photos Into Micro-Storefronts

Screen shot 2012-12-13 at 8.16.57 AMStipple, the startup that helps publishers and marketers monetize their images, announced this morning that it has raised $3 million in follow-on funding from Sands Capital. This bridge round follows the $5 million series A the company raised in May from Floodgate and Relevance and the $2 million in seed it nabbed in 2010. All told, Stipple now has $10 million in the bank from a laundry list of recognizable names as investors, including Sands, Mike Maples’ Floodgate, Relevance, Kleiner Perkins, Justin Timberlake, Matt Mullenweg and Naval Ravikant — to name a few.

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