silicon valley

Why Foursquare Is Beating Gowalla: Location

Check-in phenom Foursquare just passed 3 million users, a milestone that cements its growing lead in mobile social networking. But how did it outrace competitor Gowalla, which was born at the same time and with arguably better technology? By having the right real world social networks, of course.

Angels, Not VCs, Are Giving Tech Startups Wings

Web startups are now so cheap to build out and can fail so quickly that very early stage funding, when angel investors tend to participate, has risen in prominence. Venture capital, which usually enters at a later stage, is playing a shrinking role.

Economy Could Cast a Shadow on Solar Energy

President Obama's $2 billion booster shot for solar is surely good news for the sector. But it may not be enough to counter the drag of a global economic stall that many see coming. When other energy prices fall, solar investment tends to dry up.

Should the U.S. Tax Firms for Shipping Jobs Overseas?

Intel co-founder Andy Grove has an interesting proposal to induce U.S. firms to rebuild the nation's manufacturing base and boost our employment: Tax companies for every job they offshore, and reinvest the funds in companies that create jobs here.

Can Russia Bring Silicon Valley to Moscow?

Russian President Dimitry Medvedev visited California this week in an attempt to establish economic ties with the U.S. -- and to entice Russian entrepreneurs to set up shop back home.

The Tesla Effect: What's Charging Up This Electric Car

Tesla Motors IPO announcement has attracted many skeptics. But take a look at how Tesla's sleek sports car has fired up the imagination of Silicon Valley's wealthy. This excitement bodes very well for the electric-car maker's success.

Is Digital Sky Creating a Bubble in the Valley?

The hottest venture investor in Silicon Valley comes from Russia: Yuri Milner of Digital Sky Technologies. Milner's huge bets on Facebook, Groupon, Zynga and others have the Valley abuzz -- and somewhat concerned.

Is a Foreign Brain Drain Drying Up Silicon Valley?

Well regarded tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa warns a talent fleeing the U.S. for India and China is threatening innovation here. But at a popular Valley eatery, you can see -- and hear -- a very different picture of the global talent sustaining the area's companies.

As Silicon Valley Falters, China Tech IPOs on the Rise

For the last few decades, the American economy has been fueled by technology start-ups. But with Silicon Valley venture investing down 37% in the last year, that trend seems to have lost some of its vigor. You have to hand it to American investment bankers, though. For the last few years, Wall Street has gone to China in search of companies to take public on U.S. exchanges. Since 2005, Chinese companies have raised $210 billion in global IPOs, 14% more than U.S. companies. China leads the way in U.S. IPOs -- in 2009, 11 of the 14 foreign IPOs on United States exchanges were of mainland Chinese companies.