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Booting Up: Marissa Mayer’s First Year at Yahoo!, Gowalla Cofounder Exits Facebook

Eeeeesh. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

It’s been one year since Marissa Mayer was installed as Yahoo!’s CEO but aside from a reversal in stock (that’s up 70 percent), critics charge that there hasn’t been much of a turnaround. [Wall Street Journal]

Gowalla cofounder Josh Williams is soon leaving Facebook to work on a new startup. [AllThingsD]

Apple is supposedly creating some elaborate ad-skipping television technology that would compensate media companies. [Jessica Lessin]

Shipments of Google Chromebooks could spike in the latter half of the year because of “weak demand” for Windows-powered machines. [CNET]

Hackers can tap into Verizon cellphones for $300. [NPR]

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What Obligation do Startup Founders Owe Their Investors?

What did you sign?

This is a guest post from Eric Wiesen, a general partner at RRE. It originally appeared on his blog.

The recent acquisition of Gowalla by Facebook is just the latest incidence of the potential tension between investors and founders when a company is acquired primarily for the team rather than for the technology, product or business that they’ve built. People around the web will take the opportunity to observe that in situations where a company is acquired in this way, the founders typically get a package of equity to motivate them to join (and remain at) the acquiring company, while investors usually get anywherefrom zero to a small return on invested capital. Look around and you’ll find people willing to condemn the founders for unethically “selling out” their investors and you’ll find people who say the exact opposite, that such a company didn’t have saleable assets anyway, and so investors are owed nothing because the business failed. Read More