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 […]

Kabbage Raises $17M From Mohr Davidow, BlueRun, Others

Kabbage, Inc. said it secured $17 million of Series B funding in a deal led by Mohr Davidow Ventures. Existing investors BlueRun Ventures; David Bonderman, founder of TPG Capital; Warren Stephens, chief executive of Stephens Inc.; and the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund participated in the round. Also part of the round were several individuals, including […]

Mobile Is Going Viral. So Why Are Sequoia And Kleiner Crowing?

Mobile is finally coming into its own. Mobile startups are reaching scale, with revenue of sometimes $100 million or more. Facebook and Zynga, once tethered to the wired Internet, are seeing massive mobile traffic. And Internet radio service Pandora Media now gets more users from mobile devices than desktop computers, a reversal of the past […]

Twitter Founders Relaunch Obvious

(Reuters) – Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams plan to revive Obvious, the company they conceived years ago as a technology project incubator that eventually spawned Twitter.

Stone and Williams will continue to advise Twitter on strategic matters, but devote the lions’ share of their time to The Obvious Corporation, Stone told the Aspen Ideas Conference at the ski resort on Tuesday.

The pair, along with others such as Jack Dorsey, who now runs payments service Square, created the four-year-old website that allows users to send 140-character messages across the Internet. It has grown into a microblogging phenomenon used by celebrities and heads of state alike, hailed at times as a crucial tool in promoting

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Ex-Treasury Boss Summers to Square Board

SAN FRANCISCO, June 22 (Reuters) – Square, a start-up company seeking to change the way people pay for goods, has enlisted a board member who knows a thing or two about money. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers has joined the two-year-old San Francisco company’s board of directors, Square said on Wednesday. The move represents […]

Khosla Joins Board at Dorsey’s Square

(Reuters) – Renowned venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is joining the board of Square, a company headed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey that allows consumers to pay for goods using their mobile phones. Menlo Park, California-based Khosla Ventures led Square’s initial $10 million venture round in 2009 and participated in its second $27.5 million round this […]

Keith Rabois Joins Square

Keith Rabois has joined payment startup Square as general manager. He is an active angel investor in Silicon Valley, and previously held executive positions at Slide, LinkedIn and PayPal. Square is backed by investors like Khosla Ventures. www.squareup.com

Square Launches, Raises $10 Million

Square, a payment service start-up, has launched with $10 million in venture backing from Khosla Ventures and a team of angel investors, Techcrunch reported. The company is already valued at $40 million.

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