Benchmark Capital

  1. Business Matters: U2's Bono, the Edge Invest in Dropbox

    April 02, 2012 7:58 PM EDT U2's Bono, the Edge Invest in Dropbox -- U2's Bono and the Edge are investors in file-hosting service Dropbox, the company announced via Twitter. A picture included with the tweet shows the two musicians with Dropbox co-founders Drew Hou ...

  2. YouTube Set to Announce TV Initiative With 100 Niche Channels

    October 28, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In a low-budget early effort to compete with satellite and cable TV providers, YouTube is set to announce Friday that it has partnered with several entities to roll out television-style channels with professionally produced shows that will strike ...

  3. Business Matters: Is it Curtains for HP's Planned Music Service?

    August 19, 2011 5:56 PM EDT Is it Curtains for HP's Planned Music Service? -- Hewlett-Packard's new transformation plan puts a big question mark over its planned music service. As Billboard.biz reported back on June 10, Hewlitt-Packard had been in negotiations with ...

  4. Business Matters: Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day

    July 27, 2011 6:21 PM EDT Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day -- There was a halfway interesting quote in an otherwise throwaway post at online music site Metronome. An unnamed senior executive at an unnamed company reportedly said of Warner, "the company ...

  5. Twitter Remakes Website, Adds New Features

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microblogging sensation Twitter, which is now signing up 370,000 new users daily on average, is redesigning its website to make it easier for its millions of users to navigate the service and discover new information. The four-year-old company, wh ...

  6. Twitter Gets New Round Of Funding, New Backers

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Twitter has received $100 million in funding, valuing the company at $1 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter, as investors bet that the Web company's explosive growth will yield actual revenue or a lucrative deal. Investors ...

  7. Facebook Buys Social Media Start-up FriendFeed

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Facebook, the world's largest social networking site, said it will buy FriendFeed, netting a group of prized ex-Google engineers in the fast-growing Internet business. FriendFeed, an up-and-coming social media startup, lets people share conte ...

  8. Music & Money: VC Firms May Pull Back On Music Investments

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST With digital service providers having a hard time making money and new start-ups still having difficulty affording licensing, venture capital firms may be on the verge of pulling back from investing in the music space. That was one of the conclusi ...

  9. VC Dollars Grow In Entertainment Space

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Where there are people on the Internet, chances are there will soon be money. Social networking and user-generated content sites, online advertising optimizers, casual video games, and virtual worlds are not only attracting growing numbers of cons ...

  10. Ringo Goes DRM-Free With 7Digital Deal

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital media delivery company 7digital has followed last week's deal with EMI for its Rolling Stones catalog with another pact, this time featuring former Beatle Ringo Starr's solo material. Apple/Capitol's new "Very Best of R ...

  11. Popkomm Searches For Online Music Innovators

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm is seeking out the "MySpaces of tomorrow" to enter its fourth annual Innovation In Music And Entertainment Award (IMEA), taking place on the opening day of the Sept. 19-21 music trade conference in Berlin. Jurors for this year� ...

  12. U.K. Firm 7digital Enters New Phase

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service 7digital has relaunched its offering with a string of new features, and is boldly setting its sights on the market dominance of iTunes. The enhanced, format-agnostic U.K. store goes live today with EMI's complete DRM and ...

  13. Gizmoz Inks Pacts With Clarkson, 50 Cent

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Gizmoz, a digital avatar service with offices in Menlo Park, Calif., and Herzliya, Israel, makes its commercial bow this week with $6.3 million in venture capital funding, and deals with a number of recording artists including Kelly Clarkson and 5 ...

  14. Goldberg Joins VC Firm

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Yahoo VP/Yahoo Music GM Dave Goldberg is joining Benchmark Capital, a Menlo Park, Ca.-based venture capital firm, as an entrepreneur in residence. In his new role, Goldberg will evaluate potential Benchmark investments in music, video, and ...

  15. Ex-Fox Kids Europe CEO Joins VC Firm

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Fox Kids Europe CEO Ynon Kreiz has joined global venture firm Benchmark Capital to head its new European media business. LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Former Fox Kids Europe CEO Ynon Kreiz has joined global venture firm Benchmark Capit ...