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When its time to step down as CEO

Ben Horowitz is a founder and partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs become successful CEOs and build important and enduring companies. Andreessen Horowitz provides seed, venture and growth-stage funding to the best new technology companies, and the firm currently has $2.5 billion under management across two funds.

Among its investments are Airbnb, Facebook, Foursquare, Jawbone, Coinbase, Pinterest, and Zulily. Ben was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007 for $1.6 billion, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP.

Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line.

Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation. Ben has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA. He serves on the board of many companies including Foursquare, Jawbone, Okta, Magnet, Nicira and Tidemark. Ben also pens his own blog, Ben’s Blog (www.bhorowitz.com), where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company. You can also find him on Twitter at @bhorowitz.

The Cycle of Venture Capital Returns

Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), speaks with Nina Xiang about the history of DFJ’s investment activities in China, where he is focused on funding the next big tech companies, his big misses in China, and his views on the next tech bubble that he thinks is coming right now.

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The Future according to Fred

Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1986 and is undoubtedly one of the most well known VCs in the tech space.  He is the managing partner at both Union Square Ventures and Flatiron Partners. Having seen many ups and downs in the tech economy throughout his career, we will hear Fred’s unique view on the next 10 years.

Silicon Valley VC’s Take on Successful Space Startups

Steve Jurvetson is a leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist and a board member of rocket maker and launch services company, SpaceX. He shares what it takes to launch a successful start-up in the high-stakes space industry.

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Boris Johnson Announces £100M Fund for Middle East Startups

Mayor of London Boris Johnson joins Jennifer Arcuri of Innotech Summit on the Tea & Tech Google+ Hangout On Air set, live from the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum held in London. Johnson announces a £100 Million Fund for Startups in the Middle East and reaches out to connect tech clusters and encourage collaboration.

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Is your accounting software beautiful? New Zealand-based Xero thinks it should be

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel along with other investors have recently injected $150 million into Xero’s streamlined accounting platform. The company hopes to target the North American market, along with others, as the results of an eight-year project to move into the mainstream. See what all the fuss is about.

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How AngelList’s Naval Ravikant Risked It All to Pull the Veil Back on VC

AngelList co-founder and CEO, Naval Ravikant, has accomplished a seemingly impossible mission that was inspired by being on the other side of a bad deal. He and co-founder Babak Nivi have tipped the scales back in the favor of the entrepreneur by pulling the veil back on the VC process on their breakthrough platform.

"I didn’t like how this system, and how these private markets are very inefficient and how entrepreneurs were at an information disadvantage." From doing battle in the boardrooms Silicon Valley to lobbying in the halls of Washington D.C, Ravikant has earned both the reputation of a dark horse and the respect of entrepreneurs.

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