Week in Review

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1) The guy who houses hundreds of startups: Plug and Play’s Saeed Amidi

Saeed Amidi owns the building where Google and Paypal got their starts. In his many locations around the world you’ll find hundreds of startups (in the Sunnyvale headquarters alone there are more than 200 startups). It’s rare that you get to spend more than an hour with a guy like this who has invested in, and advises, so many startups. He explains how Silicon Valley works and gives entrepreneurs many tips.

2) What makes startups succeed or fail? That’s what Startup Genome seeks to answer

Startup Genome is a project that studies startups and why they succeed or fail and tries to predict that before such an outcome is so certain. Here Bjoern Lasse Herrmann explains this project and how it studies 3,200 startups and tries to predict their outcomes.

3) Ask a VC: Izhar Armory Defends Patents, Answers Reader Questions (TCTV)

Izhar Armory of Charles River Ventures was my guest on Ask a VC this week and he answered a host of reader questions including whether Twitter should be making money from celebrity Tweets, whether MBSAs aspiring to be entrepreneurs should drop out of school, what role academia still plays in the startup economy and why entrepreneurs today aren’t starting more substantial, life-changing companies.

But the bulk of the conversation was around the controversial concept of patents, particularly the way companies like Intellectual Ventures use them. Armory is on the board of Intellectual Ventures and explains the “misunderstood company.”

4) Inflection: Life After A $100 Million Dollar Sale (It May Surprise You) – with Matthew Monahan

 
How does a family’s curiosity about its past lead to a site worth $100 million?

A 2008 life changing event led Matthew Monahan to co-found Archives.com, a site whose goal is to make researching family history simple and affordable. Four years later, he sold it to ancestry.com for $100 million.

Today, they continue to run Archive’s parent company, Inflection LLC, whose sites include peoplesmart.com, a search engine for people and public records, and identity.com, which will help people manage and protect their online identities.

5) Startups : Noah Shanok – Founder and CEO of Stitcher

Stitcher is the leader in Internet Radio for the world beyond music. We deliver the latest news, politics, sports, business and entertainment on-demand to listeners on their mobile phones. The Stitcher app has been downloaded over 5 million times and offers the best programming from thousands of content providers including NPR, Fox and CNN. Stitcher is available for iPhone, Android and iPad and is being integrated directly into new Ford and GM vehicles.