TEC Weekend Reading 2011-09-09


Why Mindcraft is so Popular


In depth analysis of un-expected massive success of game created by single person...

(and shame-less advertisement of my son first techno blog ;-)

Why the Fax Machine Refuses to Die


Startup Funding

Venture Funding Report  for 2011Q2 published by Venture Deal (http://www.venturedeal.com ). Bottom line : bio/pharma/mediacal - significant increase from previous quarter, all other domains see [mostly ] decrease of venture funding...
- Biotechnology · Pharmaceutical · Medical Devices http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2BioTechnologyReport.pdf
- Alternative Energy · Clean Tech · Energy · Environmental http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2CleanTechReport.pdf

- Internet · Digital Media · eCommerce · Software http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2InternetReport.pdf
- Telecom · Wireless · Mobile · Communications http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2CommunicationsReport.pdf

FREE Term Sheets for Startups


Very helpful collection of free documents every emerging startup needs.....


OAuth : The Big Picture


(video recording and slides of nice presentation made by ApiGee)

Check “Bad idea” section at the near end!

Don't let these disasters happen to you: The top five engineering hints you'll rarely hear


Modern Microprocessors: A 90 Minute Guide



Foundry Group Premiers Documentary Film About Secret Lives of Venture Capitalists


***** No entrepreneurs were harmed in the making of this film.*****

Survival Of The Stupidest


Absolutely enlightening!!! Include mathematical proof that “In an environment infested by stupidity 'being the smartest' does not equate to 'being the fittest'. “

What They Say About Us

"The wonderful thing about entrepreneurs is that their passion for starting new companies transcends languages and geographic boundaries."

Ron Conway, Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, early stage investor in Google and PayPal

"Networking is very important for start-ups. The challenge for them is often not money: it is mentoring and finding people who can give good advice from experience."

Esther Dyson, Founder, EDventure Holdings

"This conference is clearly a labor of love for a group of dedicated professionals who care deeply about the Eastern European entrepreneurs. From the value-packed educational panels, to the star-studded key note speakers' line up, to an amazing quantity of venture capitalists – this is a not to be missed event for any high tech entrepreneur,"

Richard Guha, President of the Marketing Executives Network and Managing Partner at MaxBrandEquity

"As Stanford MBA students, we were exposed to a lot of VC firms both from the Valley and abroad. It is at Stanford that we met Anna Dvornikova, an absolutely amazing business leader and (by our big luck) our friend, who was the center of the Russian Silicon Valley professional community, and was doing a huge work to connect Russia and the Valley. Anna helped us a lot with kick-starting Wikimart, put us to our first-ever conference, introduced us to most of Russian VCs. And all that happened in a very short time span! It was the beginning of a six-month journey that despite the particularly tough times resulted in an extraordinarily group of investors backing our start-up."

Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakayev,
co-CEOs, Wikimart