Massachusetts May Try To Tax the Cloud
CowboyRobot writes "A proposed tax in Massachusetts may affect software services and Web design and hosting. If approved, the state estimates the tax may bring in a quarter billion dollars in 2014 by expanding its tax on 'canned software' to include some elements of cloud computing. The tax would cover custom-designed software and services based in the cloud. "Custom" software includes the design of Web sites, so the cost to local businesses of a new Web site would increase by 4.5% on contracts to design the site, write Java, PHP or other custom code. The cost of site hosting and bandwidth would also be taxed."
Study: More Than 1,000 Seed-Funded Startups Are Destined To Be ‘Orphaned’ At The Series A Stage
There is a lot of buzz about an ongoing “Series A crunch” for tech startups, but it’s ideal to have real data to accompany all the anecdotal stories. So we were glad to see that today, venture capital analysis firm CB Insights released a new seed financing report that digs into some real numbers about the situation. The good news? The level of Series A funding is actually holding steady, not declining, according to the research. The “crunch” is perceived because of the boom in seed funding, which has brought a greater quantity of startups to the table looking for Series A funding than there had ever been before. Essentially, it’s a supply and demand issue — the supply of Series A money has not fallen by any means, but the demand for it from seed-funded startups is just incredibly large right now. The bad news? This still means that a lot of startups that are around today will be abandoned by the investment community at the Series A stage. CB Insights projects that between 1,000 ...