What a Facebook IPO means for Silicon Valley

Get ready for a blockbuster -- and almost nuts -- year of technology in 2012. Why? Because Facebook is doing the mother of all initial public offerings. And like Netscape and Google before, the Facebook IPO is going to change not only the company but also Silicon Valley.…

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Financing the next generation of great cleantech ideas

Despite many challenges — from disappointing EV sales to the headaches in subsidizing solar — the cleantech sector survived 2011. Where is it headed next? It is clear that early-stage companies and ideas hold the keys to future growth, much like the first wave of Internet companies did for later companies like Twitter, Groupon and Square. But in a market where VC funding primarily goes toward later-stage companies, the question is, How will those early-stage players find adequate funding?…

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