PitchBook's Friday 5 - The Big Tweet, Women in VC & Scandalous Startups
September 13, 2013
Want to filter through private equity and venture capital news? Here are the top five takeaways through September 13th:
For techies that attended the Geekwire Summit in Seattle yesterday, it was a somewhat comical moment when Twitter published a tweet announcing that they had confidentially filed for an IPO. John Cook, Geekwire’s Co-Founder, had just finished grilling Bill Gurley of Benchmark about the timing of the social network’s IPO less than an hour before.
Benchmark, an early investor in Twitter, is poised to potentially win big from the IPO, and could have other successful exits on the horizon.
Rich Barton, Founder of Seattle-based Zillow and Expedia, cemented that mobile-focused B2C companies are currently his preference as an angel investor. / Photo by Eugene Hsu
TC Disrupt in San Francisco featured the good, the bad, and the ugly of tech conferences. Take-home moments included Zuckerberg admitting that he shouldn’t have been so scared to take Facebook public and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Partner John Doerr hinting at a portfolio company that has the potential to triple battery capacity.
Seattle’s Geekwire Summit hosted some of the brightest minds in tech, and conversations were largely focused on the growth of mobile, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and pondering the next Microsoft CEO (fitting, as many speakers were Microsoft alumni). There is likely a tie for highlight of the day: a fantastic discussion featuring ZillowFounder Rich Barton and Benchmark Partner Bill Gurley (above) is up against the CEO of Hointer comparing brick and mortar to doing the dirty.