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This Week’s Best Reading
Do Start-Ups Even Matter?
Justin Fox of Bloomberg pits Peter Thiel's start-up skepticism against Steve Blank's optimism and tries to get to the bottom of it all in this entertaining post.
Where Have All the Angel Investors Gone?
Apparently, they're starting funds. Although 2014 saw a decline in funding by individual angels, overall round sizes have mushroomed – probably because angels are pooling their resources. Read more here.
Boost Your Odds of Finding a Unicorn
Angel investor Jason Calacanis knows from experience that investments returning 500x don't come along every day. But he shares some tricks that any start-up investor can use to go from Lottery Ticket Land to Completely Possibleville.
Why This Won't Be the Year for Wearables
“Wearable” technologies are getting plenty of attention – big banks and consulting firms are releasing research papers and industry reviews, and VC firms are making a lot of bets – but here's why we aren’t going to see big, clear winners in 2015.
The Hot Markets (and the Duds) for 2015
Which markets will produce the most IPOs and M&A activity this year? And which ones are false alarms? Serial entrepreneur Elad Gil gives his take here.
The State of Bitcoin
Fred Wilson shares his assertion that we are well into a painful transition in bitcoin's life cycle. Read more here.
Is This Meal for Real?
Top-notch venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz just led a $20 million funding round for this start-up, so it must be legit. But did the start-up really name their meal replacement paste "Soylent?"