Investors are waking up to the emotional struggle of startup founders – TechCrunch

Mahendra Ramsinghani Contributor Mahendra Ramsinghani is the founder of Secure Octane, a Silicon Valley-based cybersecurity seed fund. More posts by this contributor Lessons from cybersecurity exits Is Symantec getting ready to buy Splunk? As the Gartner Hype Curve goes, from the peak of inflated expectations to the trough of disillusionment, so goes the founder’s emotional…

At Sounding Board, an executive coaching startup, the coaches get coaching, too – TechCrunch

Everyone could use an executive coach — even executive coaches. Such is the thinking of Christine Tao and Lori Mazan, cofounders of Sounding Board, a two-year-old, San Francisco-based startup focused around leadership coaching that has so far raised $1 million in seed funding led by Bloomberg Beta, with participation from Precursor Ventures and numerous angel…

Intel acquires NetSpeed Systems to boost its system-on-a-chip business – TechCrunch

Intel today is announcing another acquisition as it continues to pick up talent and IP to bolster its next generation of computing chips beyond legacy PCs. The company has acquired NetSpeed Systems, a startup that makes system-on-chip (SoC) design tools and interconnect fabric intellectual property (IP). The company will be joining Intel’s Silicon Engineering Group, and…

Stellar acquires blockchain startup backed by Visa and Nasdaq

A long-speculated acquisition has finally come to fruition. Stellar’s for-profit arm Lightyear has acquired San Fransisco-based blockchain startup Chain, Reuters reported today. The two companies will now retire their individual brands and form a single entity called “Interstellar.” The new company will move Chain’s existing users onto the Stellar XLM blockchain platform, and enable organizations to…