Posts filed under “Venture Capital”

The Air Car

Compressed Air Vehicles

Category: Energy, Technology, Venture Capital

Soon to be worthless: Nielsen Net Ratings and comScore Media Metrix

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Financial Press, Venture Capital, Web/Tech, Weblogs

R&D: The current state of affairs

Category: Corporate Management, Earnings, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

Old Stars Don’t Lead New Bulls

Category: Corporate Management, Earnings, Investing, Markets, Psychology, Venture Capital

Burst.com v. Microsoft

Category: Film, Finance, Music, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

MalWare Investors

Ben Edelman is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a student at the Harvard Law. He is more than annoyed at spyware.

Ben has been fairly active tracking the activities of spyware companies. While most of us merely whine about the pathetic weasels who put out this technogarbage (along with making an occasional anonymous death threat), he has actually done something productive about it.

His site is a rich resource for "Research, Testing, Legislation, and LawSuits". More recently,  Ben created a page that:

"lists major US companies in the spyware business as I define it (tracking and/or collecting sensitive information, either without notice and consent or without meaningful notice and informed consent), along with the investors who have provided these companies with, by my count, at least $139 million of venture funding."

In other words, a list of the VCs who gave money to Malware firms. I wonder how many partners know that they are investors who fund and support Spyware? Let’s hope they apply pressure to their general partners to stop them, and cut the funding off at the source. 

I like the idea a lot. Nothing like a little sunshine on bad corporate/VC activity to influence some behavioral modifications.

Source:
Investors Supporting Spyware
Ben Edelman
http://www.benedelman.org/spyware/investors/

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Category: Venture Capital