Dropbox signs superstars Bono, The Edge — as investors

U2 superstars Bono and the Edge pony up some cash in Dropbox’s most recent funding round. But the cloud storage company shouldn’t get too cocky: Bono’s track record in tech investments hasn’t exactly set the world on fire.

Who knew? Data center segment is hot, hot, hot!

People think of data centers as a big, clunky category, but in the cloud computing era it shouldn’t be a surprise that the sector has been hot, with more hotness to come. As more cloud services come online, demand for webscale data centers will keep growing.

Cleantech apocalypse? No, but it’s cyclical

The cries declaring a cleantech armageddon are coming keep on getting louder. But I don’t think cleantech is headed for a sharp crash. It’s been going through consolidation for some time now, and the cleantech sector is inherently cyclical and is heading into a down cycle.

Silicon Valley should wake up to clawback culture

There’s been a storm over Skype’s private equity investors and their treatment of stock options, but is that storm a remnant of Silicon Valley’s cash-rich, founder-happy culture? Evidence from elsewhere would suggest that entrepreneurs just don’t know how good they’ve been getting it.

All in the family: A new kind of billion-dollar cleantech fund

Cleantech investing may not have produced many big exits and returns so far, yet it keeps attracting investors who believe they can do better. Here comes the Cleantech Syndicate, a group of 11 families that plan to invest $1.4 billion over the next five years.

Why Microsoft Is Buying Skype for $8.5 Billion

Microsoft is close to finalizing a deal to buy Skype for $8.5 billion. The Wall Street Journal confirmed the news after we had first reported the news yesterday. The deal is especially good for Microsoft’s partners including Nokia and Facebook.