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A VC Who's Been An Investor For 11 Years Says Startup Pitches Have Never Been So Terrible

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Bryce Roberts, the cofounder of O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, says startup pitches have never been worse than they are right now. "In all of my 11 years as a VC, I'd argue we're at the low watermark for startup pitches," he writes in a post titled "The Sad State of the...
A VC Who's Been An Investor For 11 Years Says Startup Pitches Have Never Been So Terrible

Foursquare Keen To Sell Data For Targeted Ads On Other Platforms

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Foursquare is building a new advertising product that will leverage users’ check-in data and sell it to other businesses to help create targeted ads on external platforms, according to a report by Ad Age. The article refers to “executives familiar with the situation,” but warns that the new platform is...
Foursquare Keen To Sell Data For Targeted Ads On Other Platforms

OpenSignal raises $1.3M to map mobile network quality

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Crowdsourced mobile network measurement startup OpenSignal has raised a $1.3 million seed round from Qualcomm Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Passion Capital, which it will use to build up its database of mobile network performance metrics. OpenSignal has an Android app that allows you to track the towers your phone...
OpenSignal raises $1.3M to map mobile network quality
Sounds Boring, Actually Awesome. Sherpaa Raises $1.8M To Find Your Business Cheap Health Insurance

Foursquare's New Series D Round Of $41M Helps It Delay Tricky Questions About Its Valuation

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Foursquare, the social, location-based check-in app that has been pivoting into becoming a more of platform for local search, has finally closed its Series D round of funding. Foursquare tells TechCrunch that it is $41 million, led by Silver Lake Partners in the form of a multi-year loan from the...
Foursquare's New Series D Round Of $41M Helps It Delay Tricky Questions About Its Valuation

"In The Studio," OATV's Renee DiResta Reflects On Her Transition From Trading To Investing

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Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is a contributor to TechCrunch. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. “In the Studio” opens up February by hosting a former Wall Street derivatives trader turned early-stage venture investor in San Francisco. Renee DiResta, an Associate with O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), is relatively new...
"In The Studio," OATV's Renee DiResta Reflects On Her Transition From Trading To Investing

littleBits raises $3.65M to become the Legos of a new era

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A bunch of hot new startups want to teach people how to build software, but littleBits wants people to get even more hands on with technology – by letting them have the chance to build hardware. Launched last September, the New York-based startup has developed a system of tiny, electronic...
littleBits raises $3.65M to become the Legos of a new era
PeerJ Raises $950K from Tim O’Reilly’s Ventures To Make Biomedical Research Accessible to All

Cover Raises $1.5M From OATV And Others To Bring Uber-Like Payments To Restaurants

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New York City-based startup Cover wants to make paying for your meal at a restaurant ultra-easy, like so easy that you don’t even have to look at the check. So the company has raised $1.5 million from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures to make that happen. So the idea is this: Ever...
Cover Raises $1.5M From OATV And Others To Bring Uber-Like Payments To Restaurants
Bitly raises a big $15M chunk of funding to grow larger

littleBits Raises $3.65 Million To Go Global With Its Lego-Like Electronic Toys

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littleBits, a New York startup that makes smart, Lego-like electronic toys, has raised a $3.65 million Series A round of financing. The round was led by True Ventures; Khosla Ventures, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Lerer Ventures also participated. Last year, littleBits raised seed round from Joi Ito, Nicholas Negroponte and...
littleBits Raises $3.65 Million To Go Global With Its Lego-Like Electronic Toys

Social discovery service bitly raises $15M round led by Khosla Ventures

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Known to most for its link shortening service, bitly has raised another $15 million aimed at changing that perception. Bitly, a betaworks company, wants to be the “primary online service for sharing and discovering interesting content.” The new round, led by Khosla Ventures’ Vinod Khosla, was announced Tuesday with existing...
Social discovery service bitly raises $15M round led by Khosla Ventures

Existing Investors Put Another $1.5 Million Into bit.ly

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Bit.ly, the biggest link shortening service around, just raised another modest $1.5 in convertible debt from all of its existing investors, including betaworks, Jeff Clavier’s SoftTech, Ron Conway, Micth Kapor, Chris Sacca, Howard Lindzon, and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. The funding amount appeared in a new SEC filing and I...
Existing Investors Put Another $1.5 Million Into bit.ly

Science Exchange Raises $2 Million to Help Outsource Experiments

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If the Internet can let you rent someone’s futon, car or cooking skills, it certainly out to help you can get your hands on some spare scientists or lab time. Right? Right. That’s the premise behind Science Exchange, a Palo Alto-based startup that lets researchers buy or sell access to...
Science Exchange Raises $2 Million to Help Outsource Experiments

Foursquare's Next Move: A Big Funding Round

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Startup of the moment Foursquare has lots of buzz, a rapidly growing user base, and a triumphant tour of South by Southwest under its belt. Next task: Raising a pile of money. Sources tell me that the mobile social network, which lets you tell your friends where you are, is...
Foursquare's Next Move: A Big Funding Round

Foursquare's Dennis Crowley To Join Us At Disrupt NY

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Only three days left to scoop up TechCrunch Disrupt NY tickets! You can get them here. And view our amazing speaker lineup here.  Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley has had a helluva April. The company just closed a $41 million debt round from Silver Lake Partners and Spark Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, O’Reilly...
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley To Join Us At Disrupt NY

OpenSignal lands $1.3m from Qualcomm, others for crowd-sourced mobile coverage maps

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OpenSignal (formerly known as OpenSignalMaps) is today announcing that it has raised $1.3 million in seed funding from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Passion Capital and Qualcomm Ventures. OpenSignal basically wants to bring transparency to mobile coverage maps by crowd-sourcing carrier signal strength worldwide via a custom Android app (with an iPhone...
OpenSignal lands $1.3m from Qualcomm, others for crowd-sourced mobile coverage maps

LittleBits Raises a $3.65M. Series A to Build Toys That Aren't Cheap Trash

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Too cute. (Via: Littlebits.com) Local maker-minded startup LittleBits just announced a $3.65 million Series A, led by True Ventures. Also participating were Khosla Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Lerer Ventures. Founder (and MIT Media Lab alum, and TED speaker) Ayah Bdeir told Betabeat that the round would help the company to–pardon the expression–kick...
LittleBits Raises a $3.65M. Series A to Build Toys That Aren't Cheap Trash

LittleBits Secures $3.65M in Funding, Plans Product Expansion

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LittleBits, which creates little hardware parts akin to electrically-charged Legos, has secured funding that will help the fledgling start-up meet demand and make new products. The New York-based, module-making company has raised $3.65 million in a Series A round lead by True Ventures, with Khosla Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and...
LittleBits Secures $3.65M in Funding, Plans Product Expansion

OpenSignal Opens Up Its API For Crowdsourcing Mobile Signal Strength Maps

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We’re clearly entering a time when ‘big data’ is increasingly crowd-sourced information. There are few better examples of this than what OpenSignal (formerly known as OpenSignalMaps) is doing. Via it’s Android app which runs in the background and ‘sniffs’ for signal strength, it’s bringing transparency to those maps the mobile...
OpenSignal Opens Up Its API For Crowdsourcing Mobile Signal Strength Maps
Hardware hacker startup grabs $3.65M for computer/Lego hybrid toy

Foursquare Nabs $41m Ahead of Ads Push

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Foursquare has reeled in a whopping $41m from private equity fund Silver Lake Partners, as well as venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures – all of whom participated in a $20m Series B round back in 2010 – and Spark Capital, which joined the aforementioned...
Foursquare Nabs $41m Ahead of Ads Push

Making the web a faster place: Fastly raises $10M Series B

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When it comes to the web, the name of the game is speed. According to Google’s research, a 400ms delay in search speed leads to a 0.44% drop in search volume. Another study says that if a page fails to load within 3 seconds, 57% of online consumers will abandon the site. Even...
Making the web a faster place: Fastly raises $10M Series B

Toys Grow Up: LittleBits Picks Up $3.65M, PCH Deal To Build Out Its Open-Source Hardware Vision

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LittleBits, an “open source hardware” startup that makes electronic building blocks to design objects for work and play, has today announced the addition of two significant building blocks of its own: it has picked up $3.65 million in funding; and has signed a manufacturing deal with PCH International to scale...
Toys Grow Up: LittleBits Picks Up $3.65M, PCH Deal To Build Out Its Open-Source Hardware Vision

Meet Zach And Ryan — They're Barely Legal Drinking Age And They're Teaching The World To Code

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Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski met while working for Columbia's college's newspaper. Then a freshman and sophomore respectively, the two became fast friends. A few years later they began discussing business ideas and launched a learning network to connect students with other student teachers. Sims and Bubinski took their...
Meet Zach And Ryan — They're Barely Legal Drinking Age And They're Teaching The World To Code

TripIt Raises $7M for Travel Logistics

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TripIt, the handy travel tool, has raised $7 million in a third round of funding led by Azure Capital Partners and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. “We were on a track to get profitable with that [previous] round but we’re just increasingly feeling like we’re scratching the service of the opportunity here,”...
TripIt Raises $7M for Travel Logistics

Startups, VCs Call For “Fresh Perspective” On Piracy Legislation

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In the aftermath of the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, a long list of organizations have sent a letter to Congress asking members to “take a breath” before they trying to push through new piracy legislation. The letter argues that the “wide variety of...
Startups, VCs Call For “Fresh Perspective” On Piracy Legislation

Behind the rise of the 3D printing revolution

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Want to turn your creative thinking about objects into a reality? Of course you do. What if you could just magic up a new button for the one that fell off your favourite shirt? What if you could invent a new way for carrying hot items in the kitchen? What...
Behind the rise of the 3D printing revolution

Seed Stage VC Firm O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures Raises $85M New Fund

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Venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures has announced its third fund, raising $85 million (you can see the SEC filing here). The firm, which makes seed stage investments, says that OATV Fund III is the largest fund to date. O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, which was founded by Bryce Roberts, Tim O’Reilly and...
Seed Stage VC Firm O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures Raises $85M New Fund

Foursquare Borrows A Massive Amount Of Money To Survive

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Foursquare is borrowing $41 million from private equity firm Silver Lake and venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, and Spark Capital. Silver Lake is leading the debt round. The money from the VC firms is convertible debt. Bloomberg BusinessWeek's Sarah Frier broke the news this morning....
Foursquare Borrows A Massive Amount Of Money To Survive
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