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Top 10 HUB Posts Focus on Silicon Valley Uniforms, Macho PE Fundraisers and Secrets to Tweaking Your IRR

It’s Friday. Time to catch up on stories you might have missed during a busy week. Following are the peHUB posts that garnered the most unique pageviews from our regular readers between Nov. 28 and Dec. 2.

ONE: The Uniforms of Silicon Valley, a Slideshowby Connie Loizos
TWO: Quien Es Mas Macho? A Slideshow of the Top 5 U.S. PE Funds this Yearby Luisa Beltran
THREE: Four Ways to Finesse Your Way into the Top Quartileby Joanna Glasner
FOUR: Most Active VC firms in October: Slideshowby Alastair Goldfisher
FIVE: Slideshow: Maine Reveals Bite Taken By Fees, Expensesby David Toll
SIX: Venture Backed IPOs Feel The Pain, But Some Stay Above Waterby Mark Boslet
SEVEN: Court Backs Subpoenas Of Castle Harlan Over Quick Flipby Bernard Vaughan
EIGHT: Slideshow: European PE Performance First Half 2011 – by Angela Sormani
NINE: Parish Capital Hands Keys to StepStoneby Gregory Roth
TEN: When the Majority Is Wrongby Larry Cheng


The Uniforms of Silicon Valley, a Slideshow

Black Friday, Cyber Monday: the U.S. has once again kicked its consumption into high gear. But if Silicon Valley’s elite spends lavishly on clothing, you can bet it bet it will be understated. It’s the Silicon Valley way. And why? Because fashion takes time and effort, people, and no one wants to be accused of […]


Halsey Minor: What Steve Jobs Taught Me

In 1998 I was asked to speak at Mac World. It marked the first time Steve Jobs had returned to his company and would speak at the famous Mac World event.

What I didn’t know when invited was that I was scheduled to speak immediately after Mr. Jobs. I, like everyone else in the audience, sat mesmerized as he stepped comfortably back into his old shoes and articulated a simple plan for reforming Apple Computer. Things were so bad at the company at that moment Michael Dell famously quipped ‘Steve should shut down the company and give the money back to stock holders.’ Michael later regretted the statement when Apple’s market value sky rocketed past his own company’s.

Nobody really believed Apple could be saved, and even though I was speaking at Mac World I was not so sure myself.


Why We’re Preoccupied with Steve Jobs–CORRECTED

Steve Jobs’ death last Wednesday has spurred an astonishing outpouring of emotion. Beyond the countless makeshift memorials to him, a coming authorized biography of Jobs now sits atop Amazon’s best-seller list. More than 8,500 tributes to the Apple co-founder have been published by major media companies alone. Even the unsurprising details of Jobs’ death certificate became headline news when released to the public earlier this week.

Yet the question of why we’re so preoccupied with Jobs’ passing is as complicated as was Jobs himself.

Certainly, timing is a factor. At 56, Jobs died at the height of his powers, with his company now among the most valuable in the world.

“Like Marilyn Monroe or Kurt Cobain, we’ll never see

Week’s Top 10 Posts Focus on Steve Jobs, Returns at UTIMCO and Euro FoFs Entering U.S.

Time to catch up on your reading. Here are the 10 most popular posts among peHUB’s regular readers for Oct. 3 to Oct. 7.

One: Slideshow: UTIMCO in 17 Active Funds with IRRs > 25%by Lawrence Aragon
Two: Union Square, Other Early Stage Tech VCs Kick Ass for UTIMCO (slideshow)by Lawrence Aragon
Three: Slideshow: European Fund-of-Funds Build Up U.S. Officesby Angela Sormani
Four: Slideshow: PE-Backed M&A Jumps in Q3 and Here’s the Top 5 Dealsby Luisa Beltran
Five: Slideshow: More LBO Targets in the CRO Marketby Bernard Vaughan
Six: Promising Portfolios: Asset Values Top Contributed Capital In Recent Cal Regents Venture Funds (Slideshow)by Mark Boslet
Seven: Infographic: PE vs. VC in Battle of Compensationby David Toll
Eight: How Will You Remember Steve Jobs?by Lawrence Aragon
Nine: Comvest Group Lands $580M Fundby staff
Ten: A Pension Fund Does Away with the Middleman: the VCby Connie Loizos

Itzik Parnafes: Farewell, Capitan

Steve Jobs is gone. The media will be talking for days and weeks about the premature loss of a one-of-a-kind genius, one who had a magic-like insight into what people wanted even before they themselves knew it, to spur passion into dull pieces of electronics, to redefine fashion and style. For us here at Battery […]


How Will You Remember Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs was one of very few people who could be called a legend in his own time. The college dropout co-founded Apple in 1976 and grew it into the most valuable company in the world, inspiring countless entrepreneurs along the way.

There are sure to be a litany of obituaries and stories about Jobs in the coming days, but we want to know what Jobs meant to you. Please share your thoughts and memories below.

Tech Icon Steve Jobs Passes Away at 56

(Reuters) Apple Inc. co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues.

Jobs’ death was announced by Apple in a statement late on Wednesday.

The Silicon Valley icon who gave the world the iPod and the iPhone resigned as CEO of the world’s largest technology corporation in August, handing the reins to current chief executive Tim Cook.

Jobs, who fought a rare form of pancreatic cancer, was deemed the heart and soul of a company that rivals Exxon Mobil as the most valuable in America.

Bill Campbell on Steve Jobs: He Couldn’t Do It His Way Anymore

Apple will continue to feel the presence of Steve Jobs even with the iconic leader no longer its CEO, board member Bill Campbell says. Campbell (pictured) spoke briefly about Jobs during an on-stage interview at the Demo conference this week. He shied away from details, but offered insight into the Jobs’ decision to forsake his […]

Looking Back at Our Favorite Apple Knockoffs

It’s often said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and nowhere has the old adage been proven more abundantly than through the many companies to counterfeit Apple’s innovative and elegant designs over the years. Apple clones have shown a unique brand of determination, considering that the company has almost always moved swiftly and […]

Silicon Valley Reacts to Jobs’ News: ‘Visionary Founders Matter Most’

“Funny how much emotion you can feel about a stranger. And yet every phone call I make, every time I’m on my computer, he’s part of it.” The words belong to writer Susan Orlean, writing yesterday about famed entrepreneur Steve Jobs. But one imagines that millions of people experienced the same, queer feeling, following the […]

Steve Jobs Resigns, Tim Cook Takes Over as CEO of Apple

In news that is sure to devastate Apple fans and shareholders alike, Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple, communicated to Apple’s board and employees that he has resigned as CEO. The company has named  Tim Cook — the company’s longtime COO and an employee of Apple since 1998 — its new chief executive. From […]

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