Accel’s Breyer Leads Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors Again, While Kleiner’s Doerr Leads in Media Scrutiny

It’s hard being — and staying — king of the VCs.

Accel Partners’ Jim Breyer Won’t Return to Dell’s Board

His third resignation from a high-profile board in recent days.

Accel Partners’ Jim Breyer to Leave Facebook Board in June

A longtime Facebook director won’t seek reelection to the board come this summer.

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Prismatic Banks $15 Million in Venture Capital

Social news reading app Prismatic announced a new Series A round of venture funding on Wednesday, banking another $15 million. Participating in the round were Accel Partners, Jim Breyer and Yuri Milner. The Prismatic app is something of a hybrid between Zite, Flipboard and other news apps, using your social channels to personalize the type of news that appears in your feed.

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Google’s Marissa Mayer Headed to Walmart Board

Google’s Marissa Mayer is about to get a board seat with the world’s biggest retailer. Mayer, Google’s vice president of local and maps, has been nominated to join Walmart’s board of directors. Assuming her nomination goes through, it will be her first board seat at a major corporation. Walmart already has a Silicon Valley power player on its board — Accel’s Jim Breyer has been there since 2001.

Sean Parker and Jim Breyer Slam Silicon Valley Funding Glut

Early Facebook exec Parker and Accel partner Breyer claim that freely available money spreads talent too thinly among too many Internet start-ups, lessening the impact of each company.
Sean Parker and Jim Breyer with Techonomy host David Kirkpatrick

Let’s Play Word Association With Tech Moguls!

Earlier this year, I moderated a panel of tech leaders from the U.S. and Europe, at the opening of the DLD conference in Munich. To get things going, I used that old trick of word association — asking for lightning observations on Facebook, Google, Steve Jobs, Nokia, Rupert Murdoch and smartphones. Results, well, varied.

Exclusive: Wal-Mart Paid $300 Million-Plus for Kosmix

According to sources close to the situation, retail giant Wal-mart paid just over $300 million in cash for Kosmix, an acquisition announced earlier today. That’s a big price for the six-year-old Mountain View, Calif.-based company, which has built a social media platform that organizes content by topic and had raised $55 million from a large group of Silicon Valley venture firms.

Why Is Facebook Investor Accel Investing In Hollywood? Because It's a Facebook Investor

Silicon Valley comes to Hollywood. What is Accel’s Jim Breyer thinking?

Bill Gross's UberMedia Raises $17.5 Million From Accel, Index and Steve Case

UberMedia, which just bought TweetDeck for $30 million in equity last week, has raised $17.5 million in a round led by Accel Partners. The valuation for the Pasadena, Calif., start-up founded by well-known entrepreneur Bill Gross–which was actually struck some month ago–is $40 million.

Andreessen to Facebook Board?

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