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First ever Philly Summer Tech Dinner

For several years us Philly folks have been saying, “we need to all meet-up sometime” as we pass each other on USAir or Amtrak. So finally this summer we made it happen. Bullpen and First Round hosted a great event. About 65 investors and CEOs in the Philly area showed up for an outstanding event […]

Bring Obama’s Tech Targeting to your Startup…

Grassroots Unwired was started 2 years ago by a veteran Democratic political insider named Russ Oster.  He was continually amazed to see that the state of the art technology for door-to-door canvassing was simply pencil and paper, with the occasional clip board. That’s when he decided to automate the process and build one of the […]

Return of the Series A Crunch

Today’s big VC brands were built by funding start-ups from birth to acquisition, IPO, or death; whichever came first. There were no Y-Combinators and other microVCs. But it isn’t true that “lean” investing strategies didn’t then exist. Electronic Arts, whose birth I have a blood relationship with, was “seeded” by Sequoia Capital, and two other […]

Apple being Apple: A Silicon Valley Fable

Apple swapping out Google Maps for its own inferior product makes it irresistible for me to present here an arcane bit of Silicon Valley history I often recall with a certain relish when enjoying a glass of wine with my young colleagues. In the early 1980’s I had the privilege of joining a little start […]

Venture Shift is TODAY starting at 4pm!

WE HAVE ALREADY SOLD ALMOST 400 TICKETS, DON’T MISS OUT. AGENDA IS BELOW! July 19, 2012 – 4pm to 10 pm – Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco 3:30 to 5:10 – Networking, open bar, snacks, and time to check out demo tables 5:10 to 5:20 – Opening remarks: Bambi Francisco from Vator and Paul Martino from BullPen 5:20 to 5:50  – Panel: Are we […]

Bullpen part of all-star investor roster in Betable

Betable today announced its new funding round. Bullpen was part of an all-star roster that includes Greylock , True Ventures, CrunchFund, StartFund, and Venture 51 . Several prominent individual angels like Dave Morin (CEO of Path) and Auren Hoffman (CEO of Rapleaf) also participated. Betable enables real money gaming to incorporated into any application. They […]

Venture Shift 2012 – July 19th in SF

Last year Vator and Bullpen hosted Venture Shift in both SF and NYC. Given the reception and the rapidally chaning dynamics of the venture business we have decide to do Venture Shift 2012. It’s truly amazing how much has changed during this past one year. Venture Shift Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 3:30 PM to […]