Can a new governor, an oligarch from the region, restore calm in the face of a depressed economy, corruption, and a pro-Russian political establishment?
Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, and Porsche are all popular among the filthy rich
The U.S. provides hope that much of the world could eventually avoid both malnutrition and excess nutrition
Microsoft's Xbox One sales need a big boost from exclusive game Titanfall
Comcast might please shareholders by spinning off some 3 million subscribers. How long could the new cable company survive independently?
Groups representing professional photographers prefer to develop ways to pay image creators in place of Getty's tolerance for Web embedding
DIsney's MyMagic+ technology may make a trip to Disney World more magical—or creep customers out
European MBA programs compete with top-tier U.S. schools for the best students at home and abroad
Research suggests that women may turn to entrepreneurship after 50 to support themselves in retirement
Co-founder, XG Ventures
Formerly corporate controller and finance director, Google
Investments (a sampling): Tapulous, Plusmo, Posterous, Aardvark
Because he was an early Google employee, Pietro Dova, now a co-founder at XG Ventures, says the philosophies that drove Google’s growth still resonate with him. "Maybe I have more of an affiliation with those things than the person who comes in as the 20,000th employee," he says. Those philosophies mean focusing on the user and doing just one thing well rather than trying to become a jack-of-all-trades. If a company has a mission statement, it had better be clear. Companies that make the cut at XG will typically be getting a $25,000 to $100,000 angel investment and will be looking to raise $1 million to $5 million total. As for XG’s own growth, the firm has not solicited outside investors, known as limited partners. "There will be plenty of opportunity down the road to expand," Dova says. "We want to prove ourselves first." In other words, he wants to do one thing, and do it well.