Keeping up with First Round Capital: 11/27/09

I'm not sure if First Round actually originated the "office hours" thing, but it sounds like its becoming a big deal, judging from this Boston Globe column. Are any other Philly area VC's doing anything like this?

A lot of continuing buzz about recent First Round investment Hot Potato, the realtime event-oriented social networking service. At last word, its iPhone app is ready to go but still waiting approval from the App Store (what else is new?). Peter Kafka of All Things Digital interviews founder Justin Shaffer about the Brooklyn-based firm. (video).

First Round Partner Rob Hayes wrote an article in November's Fast Company, When Is the Right Time to Start a Business? Now.

The New York Time"Bits" blog writes on the unveiling of First Round portfolio company BigDeal's online auction site.

Another First Round company, On Deck Capital, has teamed with the National Urban League to bring On Deck's proprietary small business lending solutions to NUL's local affiliates through their Entrepreneurship Centers around the nation, starting with Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Also, TechCrunch reports on Xobni's new Salesforce extension and UI enhancements.


Vivendi Should Seize Moment to Sell NBC Stake, Union Says (Bloomberg)

A new kind of company, a new challenge for feds
If Comcast, NBC merge, would one firm control too much of the media?
(Washington Post)

Goodbye Chris: Thanks For Making A Difference (The Bulletin)
Marc Kramer on Constantine “Chris” Pavlides.

Another letter in USA Technologies proxy battle (Philadelphia Business Journal: Technology Blog)

Business Services discussed on Comcast Local Edition (Comcast Voices)

3G wireless still holds promise (CNN Tech)