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Square explores IPO – WSJ

(Reuters) – Square Inc, the payment startup co-founded and headed by Twitter Inc‘s Jack Dorsey, is in discussions with banks about an initial public offering, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Square’s Jared Fliesler Joins Matrix Partners as General Partner

Matrix Partners, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based venture firm, has brought aboard a new general partner. Jared Fliesler joins the firm from the privately held payments company Square, where he served as VP of user acquisition and business operations. Prior to Square, Fliesler was an executive with Slide and is credited with helping to negotiate the company’s $200 million sale to Google in 2010.

Keith Rabois Joins Khosla Ventures’ Bench of “Venture Assistants”

Keith Rabois, a serial operating executive who most recently resigned as the chief operating officer of the payments company Square, has joined the venture firm Khosla Ventures as a partner. Before joining Square, Rabois spent numerous years at LinkedIn, first as a vice president, then as an executive VP of strategy and business development. Earlier in his career, Rabois, who has a law degree, was also an executive VP focused on public policy at PayPal. He also spent a year as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Clarium Capital, the hedge fund run by PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel.

Venture Investing Falls 11.6% in the Third Quarter

Venture capitalists remained cautious during the summer months of a presidential election year, reining in third quarter investments in the face of a slow economy and soft IPO market. Investments by U.S. firms came to $6.49 billion in the quarter down 11.6% from a year ago.

Branson Backs Square

(Reuters) – Square, the mobile payment start-up that counts former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers on its board of directors, has a new big-name backer: British billionaire Richard Branson. Branson has made a “multimillion” dollar investment in Square, according to a Square spokeswoman who declined to disclose the exact amount. Branson’s investment in Square follows […]

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