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Kickstarter hit $3 billion in pledges—here are 5 of its big wins and 2 fails
Thanks to Kickstarter's hallmark all-or-nothing clause for campaign creators — you hit your goal or return the money — of the $3 billion, $2.62 billion has gone to creators and $43 million is currently...
Five things you should never, ever say to a woman in tech
If I told you about a sub-30-year-old guy who raised more than $270,000 on Kickstarter during college, personally sold a product they invented into 1,500 retail stores, built a company into seven-figure...
7 Security Startups That Raised Venture Capital in January
There should be no question that IT security is a top concern across all industries and market sectors in 2017. Simply put, no company wants to be a victim of a data breach or other cyber-attack. So corporate...
Silicon Valley Lukewarm on Presidential Candidates
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are raising less money in the tech sector nationwide than President Barack Obama four years ago. In Silicon Valley, a hub for technology and innovation, the candidates'...
Kleiner Perkins raises $1.4 billion in 2 funds
With more startups and venture firms working harder to raise capital, there has been talk of a Silicon Valley slowdown. Venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers disclosed in a filing last week with...
A start-up bank backed by Peter Thiel, Li Ka-shing, raises $40 million
Number26 is not the only challenger bank around. A number from the U.K. have managed to raise money and launch. Mondo raised £6 million in the early part of the year, Atom Bankpulled in £45 million from...
HPE CEO Meg Whitman: Computer Sciences deal 'unlocks value'
The shares of both companies skyrocketed Wednesday, with HPE gaining 10 percent and CSC surging 34 percent. At least five analyst firms raised their price targets on HPE, including Atlantic Equities....
‘Is there anything I can do to help?’
Trinity Beach woman Debbi Cliff suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder, and relies on her pet poodle Bella as a service dog. Picture: Brendan Radke SEARCHING GoFundMe is...
Passport raises $8 million to help cities offer pay-by-mobile parking, transit
Passport Inc. raised $8 million in a Series B round of funding to help cities make parking and transportation systems easier for people to use, and harder for them to abuse. MK Capital led the investment...
Designer Fund, which backs startups founded by designers, has raised $20 million
Designer Fund, a San Francisco outfit that looks to invest in seed-stage startups that feature designers on their founding teams, has raised $20 million in funding from unnamed individual investors,...
Mayfield has raised $525 million across two new funds
Mayfield, the 46-year-old Sand Hill Road firm, has raised $525 million across two new funds, including a $400 million early-stage firm and a $125 million fund that will be used to support those of its...
World View lands $15 million Series B to bring new stratosphere-flying platform to life
World View, the advanced high altitude balloon company, has raised a $15 million Series B led by Canaan Partners. The round also included investments from Northwest Venture Partners, Tencent, Moment...
Europe’s Tado raises another $23M to grow smart thermostat and AC control business
Munich-based Tado, maker of smart thermostat and AC control products, has raised another $23 million for further international expansion. The new investment is led by Inven Capital, the venture capital...
Medium raises another $50M
Medium, the online publishing platform led by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, just announced that it has raised $50 million in Series C funding. It’s been less than a year since Medium raised...
3 reasons New York City is the best place to start a tech company
In terms of venture capital dollars, it’s still hard to beat Silicon Valley. The latest figures have Bay Area companies gobbling up about 15 percent of the world’s venture capital. Factor...
Adtile raises $2M to rethink mobile ads
Mobile ad startup Adtile is announcing that it has raised an additional $2 million in funding. That’s an extension of the $4.5 million Series A that Adtile raised back in 2014, and it comes...
Customer communication startup Intercom raises $50M
Intercom, a startup helping businesses talk to their customers, has raised an additional $50 million in funding. Intercom’s products cover everything from website chat to marketing to customer...
AP Source: Spotify adds $1 bln to war chest on way to IPO
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Music streaming leader Spotify has raised $1 billion in debt as it looks to buy companies that could accelerate its growth before listing shares on the public market within the next...
CockroachDB just raised $20 million from Benchmark, Index, and GV
CockroachDB, a 1.5-year-old, New York-based open-database company that aims to keep the applications of its enterprise customers up and running, even when their data centers and cloud infrastructure...
Polarsteps automates your travel blogging
Travel is fun and glamorous and all, but we all know what packing your backpack and heading for the amazon is really about: Making your friends and family a deep shade of jealous green. Amsterdam-based...
Super hot Korea gets a new startup fund
Korea is sizzling, and the fact isn’t lost on Altos Ventures or its backers. The early-stage venture firm, with an office on Sand Hill Road and in Seoul, has just raised an oversubscribed $110...
Venture firm Accel Partners just raised $2 billion from its investors
Accel Partners, the 33-year-old venture firm, has pulled off a bit of a hat trick. In an increasingly uncertain economy, it has raised $2 billion across two new U.S. funds. The Sand Hill Road outfit has...
NewCo raises new funding led by True Ventures
NewCo, a nearly four-year-old, San Francisco-based company that produces city-like festivals that acquaint attendees with local businesses, has raised roughly $4.3 million in fresh funding, shows...
Augment Raises Over $3 Million In Series A Funding From Salesforce Ventures
Augment, a Paris-based Augmented Reality (AR) startup announced this morning that they raised more than $3 million from Salesforce Ventures to further expand company operations and also specific...
Israel's Team8 raises another $23 million for cyber security firms
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Team8, an Israeli firm the creates cybersecurity companies, said on Tuesday it has raised $23 million from strategic partners, bringing the total amount raised so far to $40 million....
AngelList Raised $163M For Startups in 2015, Up 56% Year-Over-Year
AngelList, the online platform that had made itself indispensable to early-stage startups for fundraising and recruiting, said it closed out last year having raised $163 million online on behalf...
Revolut Gets More Funding For Its Mobile Foreign Exchange Service
British startup Revolut just closed its seed round. After announcing having raised $2.3 million this Summer, the company has added a couple of new investors. In total, the company has raised $4.8...
EU regulators to examine Google issues raised in SNP letter
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators said on Thursday they would scrutinize Google's tax deal with British tax authorities after a member of the Scottish National Party raised the issue...
Mobile App 5miles Raises $30M At A $300M+ Valuation To Rival Craigslist In Classifieds
Can a mobile classified app topple the behemoth that is Craigslist? We’ve asked the question before (more than once, in fact), and it looks like it may be in order again: 5miles, an app developed...
Video Analytics Startup Vidyard Raises $35M
Vidyard, a startup that says it can improve companies’ video marketing and sales, has raised $35 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Battery Ventures, with participation from...
Siemens shares jump on raised profit guidance
MUNICH (Reuters) - Shares in Siemens were indicated 3.6 percent higher ahead of the market open on Tuesday after Europe's biggest industrial group raised its full-year earnings forecast on strong first-quarter...
MariaDB Raises $9M More, Michael Howard Named New CEO, Monty Widenius CTO
Some more big news for the world of open source. MariaDB Corporation — the startup formerly known as SkySQL and building for-profit solutions on the SQL fork managed by the MariaDB foundation...
More Money For India’s On-Demand Economy: Swiggy Raises $35M For Food Delivery
India has a big appetite for on-demand startups at the moment, and today one of the hopefuls in the food category has raised some money to supersize its business. Swiggy, a restaurant delivery startup...
The 15 biggest equity crowdfunding rounds of 2015
This was also the year that saw the first equity crowdfunding exit, when E-Car Club, the electric car sharing business, which raised £100,000 from 63 investors in 2013, was sold to Europcar in August....
LoopMe Pivots From Mobile Ad-Inbox Towards AI-driven Video, Closes $7M
Way back in 2013 LoopMe attempted to solve the problem of intrusive ads on a mobile screen by consolidating them into an “ad inbox” that the user would access through a small button. They raised...
SketchDeck Raises $1.7 Million More in Seed Funding
SketchDeck, a two-year-old, on-demand design service for marketing and sales teams, has raised $1.7 million in new funding. The round comes 10 months after the startup raised $500,000 from investors....
Household Expenses App Splittable Raises $1.2M Funding
Splittable, the London-based startup that makes an app to help manage and share household expenses, has raised raised $1.2 million in new funding to further build out the software and increase marketing....
Kickstarter Just Broke Its Own Rules To Help Syrian Refugees
NEW YORK -- Kickstarter broke its own rules on Tuesday to raise money for Syrian refugees. The Brooklyn-based crowdfunding service, which normally only hosts creative projects, has launched a campaign...
Google now has a Raspberry Pi-like computer for Android
Want to run Android, but don't want to buy a smartphone, tablet or Android TV device? Then this may be the answer to your prayers: Google has teamed up with Huawei to deliver the HiKey 960, a Raspberry...
Google made 'thousands of calls' to prevent advertisers from boycotting YouTube
An uproar that began with hate speech on YouTube was quelled only after a major charm offensive by Google. The Internet giant was forced to make an all-out public relations push in recent weeks to reassure...
YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Google
YouTube’s inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google’s digital family into a problem child. Skittish advertisers have curtailed their spending...
Google-parent Alphabet shares fly more than 4% higher after earnings smash estimates
Alphabet, the public holding company of Google, makes most of its money from advertising in its core search function and on YouTube. Advertising revenues rose to $21.4 billion during the quarter, up from...
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