Polaris Partners promotes Kinsel to venture partner

Polaris Partners has promoted Pat Kinsel to venture partner. Kinsel, who is based in Boston, will focus on tech investing. Kinsel joined Polaris in 2013 as an entrepreneur-in-residence after his Polaris-backed firm Spindle was bought by Twitter.

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In Second Opinion, the Galaxy S5, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, costs about $256 to build, Yahoo Q1 earnings beat estimates and Amazon is finally close to unveiling the first of several own-brand smartphones.

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Venture’s social media superstars: VCJ

Which venture capitalists have the most followers on Twitter, the highest Klout scores, more tweets than anyone else? Refinements in both the sites and how we use social media are increasingly turning it into a targeted marketing tool for communicating with entrepreneurs, building relationships, creating personal brands and improving portfolio company visibility.

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Catch up on the latest private equity news after the weekend including TDR Capital’s fund close, CalPERS clearing data doubts and some dos and don’ts for PE professionals.

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Split raises seed funds

Split, a company dedicated to helping people avoid awkward encounters, has raised a $1 million seed investment from high-profile private investors, including entrepreneur, investor, and real estate and fashion mogul, Christopher Burch; Warner Music Group director and PERFORM board member, Jorg Mohaupt; international designer, actress and fashion icon, Dodo Bar Or; CEO and co-founder of acclaimed advertising and branding agency Zarmon Goldman DDB, Hadar Goldman; private venture capitalist and board member of several internet businesses, Alex Zubillaga; and PERFORM joint CEO and board member, Oliver Slipper. The Split apps work by gathering a person’s existing contact and social information (as they permit) as well as public social network data from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare.

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First Read starts your Friday with news about the inevitable disfunction of ‘flat’ organizations, Turkey’s embarrassing effort to ban Twitter and Mt. Gox has found some bitcoins.

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In Second Opinion, study finds that good-looking male entrepreneurs have the best chance of getting venture funding, more people work for Alibaba than Yahoo and Facebook combined. Plus Flappy Bird is returning!

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Today in Second Opinion, there’s news that talks to sell J. Crew have broken down, which coffee shops dominate the U.S., NYSE leads the race to get the Alibaba IPO and Amazon will begin shipping its video-sharing device in April.

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