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To start your week, First Read has the political evolution of Sean Parker, big mutual funds becoming venture capital investors and seven limits Congress should impose on a Comcast/Time Warner merger.


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First Read is pleased to bring you news that Marissa Mayer is facing her toughest test yet at Yahoo, U.S. Airways committed the social media gaffe of the year and the Silicon Valley-backed startup that wants to fix a broken political system.

Sam Hamadeh

Is This Guy, Sam Hamadeh, for Real?

Sam Hamadeh, head of private company research firm PrivCo, has a history of making bold and bearish statements about hot social media companies, including his recent comment that Facebook’s Zuckerberg is “in over his hoodie” as CEO. Is he just trying to get attention?

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Why Great Entrepreneurs Take Big Risks And Sometimes Get Fired

I never met a great entrepreneur who was afraid of failure. Or who didn’t take over-sized risks to win big. This is why many get fired. I spent the first 10 years of my career at A.T. Kearney, a long way from the risk taking that is Silicon Valley. Kearney, at 85, is one of […]

Week’s Top 10 Hub Posts Focus on IRRs for Cal Regents, More Groupon Troubles and Partying Like It’s 1999

It’s Friday! Time to catch up on your reading. Here are the 10 most popular posts among peHUB’s regular readers for Sept. 26 to Sept. 30.

ONE: Bottled Up Liquidity: Ten Cal Regents Funds with High Portfolio Values and Often Low Liquidity (slideshow)by Mark Boslet
TWO: Slideshow: Top-Performing PE/VC Funds For State of Florida (subscribers only) – by David Toll
THREE: Analyst: Groupon Now Risks ‘Self-Reinforcing Path to Insolvency’by Connie Loizos
FOUR: After F8, a Dot-Com Boom Scaled Partyby Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters
FIVE: Harvard and Stanford Nearly Make Up Financial Crisis Lossesby Gregory Roth
SIX: As Groupon’s Fortunes Shift, Chicago Sticks By Itby Connie Loizos
SEVEN: Carlyle’s Sarkozy: The Financial Crisis of 2008 Never Endedby Luisa Beltran
EIGHT: Andreessen’s Jeff Jordan On Valuations, IPOs And Young Founders (subscribers only) – by Mark Boslet
NINE: CapitalSource Revs Up Lending in Middle Marketby Steve Bills
TEN: Reuters: Groupon Restates Revenue, Loses COOby Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters

Social Scene: Tilton Battles Forbes, Redlitz Gets His Hands Dirty, Parker Proposes, Birthday Wishes, More

In this week’s Social Scene, Diva of Distressed Lynn Tilton goes to war with Forbes, Ethernet inventor/VC Bob Metcalfe settles into his fifth career, new NVCA Chairman Paul Maeder explains “bublet,” Founders Fund’s Sean Parker takes himself off the market, Garage Technology Ventures’ Bill Reichert is three days away from his birthday, and lots more.


Venture capitalists turned out in full force for this year’s annual meeting of the National Venture Capital Association in Boston. My colleague Joanna Glasner was there and shared some of her observations — including the significance of the line for the women’s bathroom — yesterday. Here are more of Joanna’s musings:

Happy Birthday to Venture (and Bob Metcalfe)… Bob Metcalfe turned 65 yesterday -– and he wasn’t afraid afraid to tell everyone. The Ethernet inventor, 3Com founder, Polaris Venture Partners partner and, most recently professor of innovation at the University of Texas at Austin, announced the milestone to a mostly-VC audience of several hundred.

Top 10 peHUB Posts This Week

Want to catch up on what your colleagues found most interesting on peHUB over the past seven days? Here are our posts with the most pageviews from Feb. 4 to Feb 11.

Oh, and forgive us if we pat our own Alastair Goldfisher on the back for predicting Pandora’s IPO filing a week before the company filed. See post No. 4.

1. Tony Conrad: If You Sell Your Startup, Don’t Be a Punk About it Afterward – by Connie Loizos, posted on Feb. 4.

2. Why Is Patricof Smiling? Greycroft Sees 6x Return on HuffPo Sale – by Lawrence Aragon, posted on Feb. 7.

3. Pop Quiz: Which Firms Have Two Funds Among The Top-10 Worst? – by Bernard Vaughan, posted on Feb. 10.

4. After Maxing Out A Dozen Credit Cards, Is Pandora Headed For An IPO? – by Alastair Goldfisher, posted on Feb. 4.

5. No Respect for “Most Respected VCs” List – by Lawrence Aragon, posted on Feb. 3

6. Universities Regain Mojo; PE Allocations Rise – by Gregory Roth, posted on Feb. 4.

7. The House that Sean Parker’s Facebook Money Just Bought – by Connie Loizos, posted on Jan. 31

8. GTCR’s 10th Fund Coming in at $3.5B – by Luisa Beltran, posted on Feb.4

9. With Ex-Conexant CEO On Staff, Golden Gate Makes Play For, Well, Conexant – by Luisa Beltran, posted on Feb. 8.

10. David Stockman Rails Against “Grotesque,” “Incompetent,” “Rogue” Lawyers – by Bernard Vaughan, posted on Feb. 3

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