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In Second Opinion, Google’s first quarter revenue misses, a young VC thinks Fred Wilson is wrong about young VCs, Kim Dotcom may get his assets back and a study finds that a person’s Facebook profile is a significant predictor of job performance.

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VC Fred Wilson On the Dangers of Valuation Creep

Too much money in the hands of too few firms. When people talk about the challenges facing venture capital, their criticisms often boil down to this reality. Concentration limits competition and risk taking. It also was at the heart of the critique Union Square Ventures Managing Partner Fred Wilson offered on Thursday.

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When Startups Need Marriage Counselors

It’s no surprise to anyone who follows the industry that founders are often elbowed aside. Sometimes, they’re ousted because a startup isn’t performing. Sometimes, investors think a new CEO could do better. Lesser known is that CEOs are sometimes shown the door because a startup’s senior managers threaten to hightail it otherwise.

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peHUB Second Opinion 4.22

The hot new scheme to avoid corporate taxes, a foiled terror plot in Canada, the latest from Fred Wilson, Reese Witherspoon is super sorry, Anthony Weiner is tweeting again, and why you need to fact check press releases.

Could New York’s Startup Scene Hit the Wall in 2013?

In recent years, buttoned-down New York City has become an epicenter of open-collared consumer Web startups, with one hot brand after another drawing in users and venture capital in tandem. But the city that doesn’t sleep may have to work through the night reinventing itself if investors’ growing infatuation with all things enterprise goes unabated.

Union Square Closes on $116M for Third Early Stage Fund, Has Commitments for Rest

Union Square Ventures has closed on more than half of a new, $200 million early stage fund, raising $116.5 million of fresh capital, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Rumors of the close began to spread last week, with two sources close to the company confirming the commitments. The SEC filing says another $83.5 million of the firm’s third early stage fund remains to be spoken for, though one source said it too has been sold. Sources say Union Square drew its capital from existing LPs with few if any new investors invited.

The apparent ease of the fundraising isn’t surprising given the success of Union Square’s first two early stage funds. Those funds invested in a number of notable Internet companies, including Twitter …

Union Square’s Fred Wilson and Spark’s Bijan Sabet Leave Twitter’s Board

(Reuters) – Two of Twitter’s earliest investors have left the company’s board of directors, the latest change to the fast-growing social media company’s leadership.

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital are no longer on Twitter’s board, the company said on Friday.

The departures were first reported on the technology blog AllThingsD.com.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the change.

Twitter does not plan to appoint new directors to replace Wilson and Sabet, a source familiar with the matter said.

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