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The $2.4 billion GSI Commerce deal is everywhere. Mike Armstrong wonders how First Round Capital’s Josh Kopelman might have impacted the deal, considering he joined GSI’s board in February and sold his own company, Half.com, to the auction giant. Law firm Morgan, Lewis and Bockius worked on the deal locally, along with a handful of other local advisers. ABCNews reports that GSI is doing well on the market, up almost $10 to $29.16 after Monday’s announcement. The Wall Street Journal ran a piece about eBay’s poor bets on deal-making, including acquisitions of StumbleUpon, Shopping.com and Bill Me Later. Reuters reports that two of GSI’s merchandise businesses, Rue La La and ShopRunner, won’t be important to eBay’s long term strategy.
Startup Leaders is gearing up for Entrepreneur Expo tomorrow. Forty folks will be showing off their startups. The group also posted a link to its Philly Tech Week event Tech Talent Found, which hopes to pair startups with talented developers. The site was down this morning, but tickets are available here.
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Viddler was representing at SXSW earlier this month, and the company was using its new video contest manager, which lets clients customize and manage video campaigns used in user-submission video contests. One word on the prizes: Thuggies.
The Inky’s Mike Armstrong reports that startup job creation slowed starting long before the recession, back in 2007, to a tune worst in 30 years, new census data says. Oof.
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