Private Equity

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2014
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    November 13, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Christy Svanemyr, Mother Run Over By City Truck, Used Kindness to Help Thousands

    Christine Svanemyr, the Daly City mother who was killed Thursday afternoon when she was run over by a maintenance vehicle while sunbathing at Holly Park on Bernal Hill, was a spiritual person. The 35-year-old was a Zen priest who worked as a counselor to help people gain strength and confidence t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Bang with Friends Attracts Investors, Yet It's Still Easier to Text Someone for a Booty Call

    Bang With Friends, the prurient web application that allows you to click on Facebook friends and invite them for a roll in the hay, has evidently raised $1 million in its first round of venture funding. Yep, you read that right -- $1 million for an app that was created by three (probably) drunk tech ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2013
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    January 29, 2013

    Troubled Music Biz Draws More Venture Money

    One in every 43 venture-capital dollars in 2012 was invested in music-oriented startups, according to Digital Music News. "Is this a simple case of dumb money," the site asks, "or the beginnings of a totally new industry?" Why can't it be both?

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    SF MusicTech Summit: Big Predictions, Blanket Dismissals, and Lots of Bad Words

    Prediction: In 10 years, no one's going to care about owning music as long as they have access to it. Prediction: No one except for .1 percent of music listeners and Neil Young will pay for Neil Young's high-quality digital audio service. Prediction: In 3030, mashups will finally be legal. So i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    For Sale: 24 Hour Fitness

    A time traveler from, say, the Renaissance era or the Hellenistic period, would immediately find two things strange about our beloved present. First (in no particular order): Michele Bachmann. Second: "Wait, people are paying money to run in place and lift heavy things?"Everything else would sort of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Live Review, 6/7/12: Twin Shadow and Tanlines Somehow Don't Get the Techies Dancing at Rdio's Private Party

    Twin Shadow Tanlines Dirty Ghosts Thursday, June 7, 2012 The Independent Better than: A Facebook party featuring anyone. Tanlines percussionist Jesse Cohen's been slinging Internet-based one-liners all night. He introduces new music as "not even on Rdio, what they call a 'net exclusive.'" He under ... More >>

  • News

    April 18, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    TechCrunch's Michael Arrington Leaves Journalism, Enters Investment World

    Joi via FlickrWhat conflict?​It's the kind of story whose twists and turns make you realize why Twitter can be useful. TechCrunch's founder and coeditor, Michael Arrington, announced Thursday night that he'll be joining the investment world: He's starting a venture capital fund to invest in start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Airbnb Raises $112 Million from Investors, Is Now Valued at $1.3 Billion

    Lichtenstein: Available to rent​It's a simple idea: Set up a clearinghouse for people to informally "rent" out their homes, or rooms in their homes, to travelers. But it wasn't until 2009 that a group of San Francisco entrepreneurs tried to base a business on this idea, launching a website, Airbnb ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Proof Baking Encourages Stuffing Face With Bread for Charity

    Michael Shwe and his son get ready to give out bread.​Maybe you've seen Michael Shwe around? He's the dude handing out delicious free bread on Fridays at Philz Coffee on 4th St. at Berry. Of course, if you're not a terrible person, you're most likely leaving a donation for the bread, and those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    The Summit Unlocks Doors of Ambition

    Doug ZimmermanThe Summit (left) shares space with tech start-up incubator I/O Ventures.​We checked out yesterday's grand opening of the Summit well into an ambitious 18-hour day (it's open seven days a week, but from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday). Right away, we found the space fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Who Wants Your Microlending Dollars? These Local Businesses Do

    ​A barbecue truck. A food documentary. An artisan cheese maker. These are all Bay Area food projects seeking startup funding online.A few weeks back, Chow's Roxanne Webber wrote a great piece about Kickstarter and Indiegogo, two websites that allow small businesses or artists to advertise for micr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Bay Area News Project Editor, CEO Introduce Themselves

    ​Out-of-work Bay Area journalists, start your resume engines. The Warren Hellman-bankrolled Bay Area News Project moments ago announced it has inked a CEO and Editor-In-Chief and is looking to hire "about 15 full-time journalists by the end of the year." According to newly installed EIC Jonathan W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Hold Fast: Did Twitter Pull Us Through the Recession?

    And by Twitter of course, we mean what is known as the realtime web (yes that's now one word). On the heels of the Techcrunch Realtime Crunchup we attended in S.F. last week and approaching the Parisian Le Web next week, a savvy observer might notice that automatically tacking the word realtime on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Zeppelin Hovering Over San Francisco Wants Your Spit

    Our future looms overhead ...​San Franciscans lucky enough to be enjoying our lunch outside today were interrupted by the less-than-appetizing sight of a gargantuan pair of chromosomes looming over our heads. This zeppelin, which belongs to Airship Ventures, currently features advertising from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    SF, NY Fight Over Woodstock Name

    Jim MarshallCountry Joe at Woodstock, 1969 Who owns the name Woodstock? That's the central issue in the brouhaha between the promoters of San Francisco's Free Woodstock 40th Anniversary concert and New York-based Woodstock Ventures. Today at 1 pm at John's Grill, a group of Summer of Love survivo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Hammer Speaks at Stanford Business School

    Still Can't Touch Dis: Hammer Nothing like celebrating St. Patrick's Day by learning how to make green, eh laddie? If you'd rather own a bar than hit the bars, spend tomorrow night at Stanford Business School soaking up game from none other than Hammer. The occasion is a panel discussion, sponsored ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2006

    Bluegrass Philanthropy

    Warren Hellman takes S.F.'s free roots music festival into its sixth year

  • News

    September 7, 2005

    Brugmann's Brain Vomit

    Cleaning up the latest drivel from San Francisco's leading bull-goose loony

  • News

    July 28, 2004

    Looking Inside INdTV

    Al Gore and ex-Stanford prof Joel Hyatt say their S.F.-based cable news channel for twentysomethings won't be ideological. But do the Democratic moneymen behind the venture know that?

  • News

    October 22, 2003

    Rolling in War Bucks

    How the state public employees' retirement system and the politically connected Carlyle Group profit from defense

  • News

    September 10, 2003

    Son of Super Swindler

    The unsettling link between a group of firms that sell financial planning services to elderly Californians and one of the most notorious con men in U.S. history

  • News

    October 9, 2002


    In S.F.'s political fight game, all the contestants are ignoring a national biotech debate that could put the local economy down for the count

  • News

    December 6, 2000

    Generation Excess

    A close look at, the teen Web site -- backed by Silicon Valley's elite -- that vaporized $15 million in a matter of months

  • Music

    June 30, 1999
  • News

    November 26, 1997
  • News

    November 19, 1997

    Wired Frays

    An editor is not hired; three key players flit away; layoffs begin

  • News

    September 10, 1997
  • Calendar

    December 4, 1996
  • News

    July 17, 1996
  • News

    July 10, 1996

    System Crashing

    Buying Wired magazine may align you with the digerati, but buying its stock might sink you into poverty

  • News

    April 10, 1996

    Fish Story

    Red Herring Editor Tony Perkins is a self-described maverick, a stylish fast-talker with a knack for making friends and influencing people in the high-tech world. Not bad traits for a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, but are they what it takes to publish a "m

  • Dining

    May 3, 1995
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