The venture capital firms that are best at spotting unicorns

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Quartz looked at early-stage investments—seed and series A rounds—in startups that ultimately became billion-dollar companies, using Pitchbook’s US data from 2000 to June 10, 2015.

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This post has been updated.

Last month, Quartz went hunting for the biggest “unicorn makers” in the venture capital world. By analyzing data from research firm Pitchbook, the goal was to find out which firms participated in rounds that directly pushed a startup’s valuation to $1 billion or more.

Accel Partners and Insight Venture Partners came out on top, each with seven deals that helped propel a startup to “unicorn” status. But since the scope was late-stage deals, some readers noted, rightly so, that these firms were simply riding the wave, investing in fast-growing-yet-established startups, such as Slack. For investors with deep enough pockets, it’s easy to go “logo shopping” and invest in hot startups, solely to be associated with them. (The data, however, did include follow-on deals, or subsequent investments in startups the firms already had a stake in.)

But getting in early is often where the biggest returns are. Making those types of investments also requires guts and foresight since they’re bets…

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USC Football To Host Rice In 2022

The teams last met in 1971.

The USC football team will host Rice in a non-conference home game in 2022, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden announced today (July 21).

The Trojans will meet the Owls of Conference USA on Sept. 3, 2022, in the Coliseum. It will be the teams’ first meeting since 1971.

USC holds a 2-0-1 lead in the series. After a 7-7 tie in the Coliseum in 1947, the Trojans posted a 7-0 win at home in 1948 and then a 24-0 victory in Houston in 1971. .

The Trojans play 3 non-conference games annually, including their long-standing yearly series against Notre Dame that in 2013 was extended through 2023. USC’s previously announced upcoming non-league games include a 2016 season opener against Alabama in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., a home-and-home series against Texas in 2017 (in Los Angeles) and 2018 (Austin) and a 3-game series with BYU in 2019 (away), 2021 (home) and 2023 (home), plus home games versus Utah State (2016), Western Michigan (2017), UNLV (2019) and New Mexico (2020).

USC opens this season by hosting non-conference foes Arkansas State on Sept. 5 and then Idaho on Sept. 12.

In the past 16 years, Troy also has played Ohio State, Auburn, Nebraska, Penn State, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Syracuse, Boston College, Hawaii, Minnesota, Virginia and Fresno State on its regular season non-conference slate.

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Stolen Data’s Speed threatens Merchants while it Fatigues Consumers

If you’re reading my posts, I’m sure you think and read about data compromise continuously.  Nevertheless, an article in today’s PaymentsSource raised my consciousness around the concept of  “Data Beach Fatigue” facing many consumers.

As consumers, are we becoming numb to the news of data breaches, and simply tuning-out and ignoring when the latest data breach announcement is made?  How can we keep consumers vigilant about protecting their data in the face of compromise from so many directions without instilling a level of paranoia that motivates them to turn to the barbarian ways of the past (paying with cash and stuffing their mattress with greenbacks)?

Read more:  Stolen Data’s Speed Threatens Unaware Merchants

Google’s new courses help teachers seeking to integrate its services into the classroom

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The new platform is called Google for Education Training Center and builds upon a recent survey by the American Federation of Teachers which found that 71% of educators and administrators surveyed cited “adoption of new initiatives without proper training or professional development” as a primary source of stress in their work lives.

Chase Bank: More U.S. Consumers Bank On The Go with Mobile

Consumers increasingly handle finances everywhere and anywhere, Chase survey shows.

Digital banking technology keeps making it much easier for U.S. consumers to manage their finances on the go. So easy, in fact, that a third of them bank on their phone and online more than a year ago — and many are doing it at work, at the store or even while on a date.

“They love the ease of handling their routine banking online, on their phone and at an ATM.”

The Chase survey found:

  • More than half (54%) use their mobile banking app at work. One in 10 checked it during a client meeting.
  • Many use it at a restaurant (39%), in a check-out line at a store (38%) and during a date (17%) – likely to ensure there’s enough to avoid an embarrassing situation.
  • They’re also checking it during coffee or smoking breaks (37%), commuting (28%) and waiting to pick up a child from school (24%).