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Originally posted on Gigaom:

There’s a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about a bubble in VC investing right now, with the $1 billion purchase of Instagram by Facebook(s fb) for some people being emblematic of high valuations for social apps without a clear revenue stream or inherently altruistic purpose. So many are wondering: could the tech industry shift toward more investment in startups that cure cancer or find solutions for clean energy? The answer depends on whom you ask.

A panel of investors and startup founders speaking at Venture Shift on Thursday debated whether there really is a bubble in venture capital right now, and whether the talent and money in the startup area is directed at solving the most important problems.

Marcus Ogawa, a managing partner at Quest, said Instagram’s sale will absolutely inspire a proliferation of photo and video-sharing apps, perhaps more than most customers really need.

“It’s a complete and…

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About Mark Blackwell

Early-stage energy innovation and clean technology venture capitalist looking for the next disruptive technology in the space.

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