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Structure Capital backs Equidate

Equidate has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding. The investors included Structure Capital and Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever. Also, the company has named John-Paul Teutonico as its head of strategic operations. Teutonico is the former chief administrative officer at SecondMarket. Equidate is a marketplace for startup shares.

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In Second Opinion, Aafederal jury convicts five Bernie Madoff employees of fraud, Apple is in talks with Comcast for a streaming-television service, about 36% of all Web traffic is considered fake. Plus, guess who is Business Insider’s’ new political columnist. Just guess.

The New Peer Pressure: At Stanford, “If You Haven’t Started Company by Age 20, You’re a Failure”

Recently, New York magazine featured Feross Aboukhadijeh  in a piece titled “Bubble Boys.” Aboukhadijeh is a Sacramento-born, 20-year-old computer science student at Stanford who has been characterized as among the school’s most heavily recruited students by a course adviser. The piece suggested he may ultimately be among those geeks to succeed the Mark Zuckerbergs of the […]

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Quora Underscores The Power of “AngelList”

For a brief period on Friday afternoon, Quora, the Benchmark-backed question-and-answer site, went down, and the digerati lit up with Twittersphere with questions about when the service would be reinstated. The answer, it turned out, was quickly.

Still, given Silicon Valley’s love of Quora, it’s unsurprising that one of its most popular question-and-answer threads in recent weeks has centered on: What do people think of AngelList?

Turns out the list, created by the “advice site” for entrepreneurs, VentureHacks, is considered indispensable, according to the 55 people who’d responded to the question as of this afternoon, many of them well-known investors like Dave McClure and Jon Callaghan of True Ventures.

It’s not surprising, given that the directory of more than 100 angels includes many of their likes, dislikes, and how best to reach out to them — information the investors provide in return for exclusive information about startups that have been vetted by VentureHacks itself. The feedback is worth reading all the same.

Because it’s so extensive, I’m publishing just the first five answers from respondents, but take a look at the original thread if you have time.

Quora Raises Series A from Benchmark Capital

(Reuters) – As Wall Street eagerly awaits signs that Internet sensation Facebook will offer shares to the public, the venture capitalists that prowl California’s Silicon Valley are keeping close tabs on another hot commodity: the employees leaving Facebook. A handful of start-up companies founded by Facebook alumni are attracting attention and generating a good amount […]

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