Posted in: avvo, thefunded, venture capital

TheFunded and Avvo – Calling Plays from the Same Playbook

After reading about the class action lawsuit against Avvo, the lawyer rating site, and Matt Marshall’s post on TheFunded earlier today, it feels to me like both of these companies are calling plays from the same playbook by creating review properties focused on service providers in industries where reputation is paramount in generating new opportunities. […]

Posted in: avvo, Beta, Business, metaweb, powerset, venture capital, vertical search, web20

The Return of the Large Pre-Launch Consumer Web Financing

I’ve been clipping stories about companies who have raised fairly large (as in greater than $10 million) amounts of venture capital for consumer web services prior to launch. I am not sure that three data points constitutes a trend, but I noticed that Avvo in Seattle (link here), Powerset here in the Valley (link here), […]

Posted in: Business, private equity, venture capital

Private Equity Returns – Past Performance is a Good Guide

Lately I have been getting really interesting data and research papers sent to me by friends and colleagues. Here is another one for all of you data junkies out there. I found this one on the Private Equity Spotlight website. The article on page 5 talks about how past performance can be an indicator of […]