You'd have a tough time coming up with a more Silicon Valley institution than Y Combinator. The technology business incubator is based in Mountain View, California — about a 25-minute bike ride from Google's headquarters — where hundreds of entrepreneurs apply to get help developing their websites, apps and gadgets. The speakers list looks like a selection of Crunchies award nominees: Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Benioff, Marissa Mayer.
There’s more at stake in Twitter Inc.’s initial public offering than just shares held by employees and investors. The performance will influence how Silicon Valley’s dealmakers value emerging Web startups.
U.S. life insurers are “very proud” of the retained-asset accounts that allow companies to hold death benefits and earn interest on the funds because the practice gives bereaved beneficiaries time to decide what to do with the money, an industry group said today.
A few years ago, Daniel Gross was on his way to a party in his native Israel when he pulled out his smartphone to look up the address. The invitation could have been buried in his e-mail, on Facebook, or within some other app. The prolonged phone fumbling that followed led him to an idea: What if there were a simple way to search it all? “I’m putting more and more stuff online,” says Gross, 20. “There should be a product that can just give me one search box for it.”
People bring their instruments to work at Etsy. Even the chief executive officer has a guitar in his office, which he started strumming at 8:30 a.m. on a recent morning and was soon joined by several others, making an impromptu band.