links for 2011-03-25

  • It's apparently that time again — the Valley has gone on tilt. Consider the following top ten signs: 10. Conferences are selling out 9. Venture capitalists are launching blogs 8. Everyone you know has a startup 7. Harvard MBAs are trekking to "hot" events 6. Harvard MBAs are fundable as CEOs 5. Private valuations are approaching public valuations 4. Business TV is fawning over the Valley 3. Hot upcoming tech IPOs are headlines 2. Hot VC-backed companies showing up in Wall Street Journal lists And the number one sign the Valley is on tilt again … 1. Journalists are quitting journalism for startups.
  • It feels like we’re in a Golden Age of the web, led by consumer internet services and e-commerce.  Just consider these stats: Facebook—over 600 million users.  Twitter—25 billion tweets last year. Tumblr—1 billion page views a week.  Zynga—100 million users on Cityville in just 6 weeks.  We’re witnessing a generation of consumer web companies growing at an unprecedented rate in terms of both user adoption and revenue. But here’s a little secret that’s gone unnoticed by most.  It’s women.  Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest growing, and most valuable consumer internet and e-commerce companies.  Especially when it comes to social and shopping, women rule the Internet.

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