4 of 6 Hottest Silicon Valley Startups are VentureLoop Clients

August 20th, 2009

cropped-ventureloop_smtag3.jpgReuters recently announced its Silicon Valley Six, who are considered the hottest startups in Silicon Valley.  The selection is described as follows:

“The Silicon Valley Six, made up of the hottest privately held companies with annual revenue of more than $100 million, were chosen based on informal polling by Reuters of venture capitalists and others.”

Here are the 4 hot startups, along with their hot startup jobs, on VentureLoop:

  1. LinkedIn
  2. Zynga
  3. Silver Spring
  4. LiveOps

Index Ventures relaunches VentureCareers on new website

August 7th, 2009

indexIndex Ventures, one of the most successful venture firms in Europe, has relaunched VentureCareers on their slick new website.  Jobs are located in both Europe and the US.  Check them out.

Index Ventures Career Site

Washington vs. Silicon Valley

August 7th, 2009

This a is a great WSJ article about the threat of regulation on the venture capital industry.  The VC industry had nothing to do with the financial meltdown, yet they are being caught up in a massive regulation fiesta in Washington DC.  This could have some very negative long-term consequences on the industry.

Read the article here

Signs of life in the venture-backed job market?

August 6th, 2009

We made an interesting observation late Wednesday night.  As our monthly metrics reports began streaming to our venture capital clients, we noticed that for the first time in several months more than half of our VC firm’s portfolio companies added more jobs than they removed for the month.  As venture-backed startups have cut back in these tough economic times, they have been pulling job openings from their career sites.  While new jobs are still added each month, the number of jobs eliminated has been significantly higher.  So while a newly funded startup might list 5 new job openings, 3 other venture-backed firms might eliminate 10 previously posted jobs.  But not in July.  Is this s sign of hope in the job market?

Historically startups and early stage companies tend to begin hiring sooner than the bigger public companies as economic times improve.  They have more flexibility and can commit to headcount without the market pressures that publicly traded companies feel.  Could this be a sign of better things to come?  We don’t know, but it was at least a refreshing observation.  We’ll keep you posted on any other positive signs and check in next month to determine if this was an anomoly or the beginning of a trend.

Altos Ventures Launches VentureCareers!

July 31st, 2009

altosventuresCheck out the new career page for Altos Ventures.  Altos is a premier venture capital firm in Menlo Park  investing in Software, Digital Media, Services and Infrastructure companies.  They have almost 50 jobs so far with more being added.

Twitter tells business how to use Twitter

July 24th, 2009

twitter_logoWhen people working in the Empire State Building twittered that they were craving ice cream delivery, New York local chain Tasti D Lite was there to listen and meet their need. When electronics buyers look for good deals, the Dell Outlet Twitter account helps them save money with exclusive coupons. When Houston’s coffee drinkers decide where to get their daily dose, many choose Coffee Groundz, which lets them order via Twitter. Read on to learn what Twitter is and to get detailed examples of how companies are using it. On these pages, we’ll also reveal how Twitter can help your business right now.

Jobs at Twitter

Google’s Ronny Conway Joins Andreessen Horowitz

July 23rd, 2009

Ronny Conway, an Associate at Google Ventures, has resigned from Google and joined the newly formed Andreessen Horowitz, we’ve confirmed. Conway, the son of prominent angel investor Ron Conway, has worked at Google for the last six years in a variety of business development, sales and venture roles.

SlideRocket surges ahead with $5M for presentation collaboration

July 21st, 2009

sliderocketSlideRocket, maker of an application that allows multiple individuals to collaborate on media-rich presentations, has brought in $5 million in a second round of funding to continue developing the platform and to expand its headcount.

Sliderocket Jobs

Open source consultant Acquia nets $8M financing round

July 20th, 2009

acquiaAcquia Inc. has picked up an $8 million second round of equity financing from existing investors, according to regulatory documents posted Friday by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The round brings Acquia’s total funding to at least $15 million.

Acquia Jobs

Sharing on Facebook Now More Popular than Sharing by Email

July 20th, 2009

FaceBookFHow do you know which social sites are most popular? Aside from looking at the raw traffic numbers, a good indicator is data about which sites are seeing the most content shared on them.

Facebook Jobs