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June 21, 2019

Slack and Zoom are flying high; they’re also being chased already by upstarts

Two of the highest-flying now-public enterprise companies of the year — Slack and Zoom — are different in many ways, besides the fact that one is focused on workplace messaging, while the other is centered around video conferencing.

Slack began life as a very different startup; Zoom founder Eric Yuan knew from the outset that he wanted to take on his former employer, Webex. Slack raised a lot of money from many sources before hitting the public market — roughly $1.4 billion over ten rounds; Zoom raised $160 million across five rounds, including a $100 million Series D round funded entirely by Sequoia. The two also approached their public offerings [...]

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June 18, 2019

The best multi-effects pedal for new guitarists

When I first started playing guitar way back in 1995 (or maybe it was 1994?) the idea of a digital multi-effects pedal was still pretty new. The Zoom 505 was the biggest game in town, if you wanted a pile of effects in a compact package for a reasona…
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June 14, 2019

How to negotiate term sheets with strategic investors

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Alex Gold is co-founder of Myia, an intelligent health platform employing novel biometric data to predict and prevent costly medical events. Previously, Alex was Venture Partner at BCG Digital Ventures and a co-founder of Traction, a marketplace of digital marketing experts.

Three years ago, I met with a founder who had raised a massive seed round at a valuation that was at least five times the market rate. I asked what firm made the investment.

She said it was not a traditional venture firm, but rather a strategic investor that not only had no ties to her space but [...]

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June 11, 2019

Dropbox gets a makeover with updated desktop app, new Slack and Zoom integration

If you happen to prefer Dropbox as your (or your employer’s) cloud storage solution of choice, you might’ve had fleeting thoughts about how difficult it’s been to navigate through its user interface — whether it’s on mobile or on your desktop or laptop. Now, the company has decided that far from its service being just a box in the sky, it has created new macOS and Windows apps to act as a hub for communications, file sharing, and crafting with a clean and adaptive design.

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Dropbox gets a makeover with updated desktop app, new Slack and Zoom integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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