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Snapchat close to raising as much as $100 million at a jaw-dropping valuation

"Unable to Find Friends" on Instagram? Twitter just revoked the app's API access

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Twitter has apparently shut off pieces of its API access to Instagram, blocking Instagrammers from the Twitter section of “Find Friends” inside of the app. As TechCrunch notes, it’s a worrisome situation given that Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is an Instagram investor, and Benchmark Capital has both of the companies in...
"Unable to Find Friends" on Instagram? Twitter just revoked the app's API access

Venture capital lets Journey developer go multiplatform

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Art can be interpreted many ways. For instance, that orange pillar could represent the PlayStation 3, and the flying figures could represent thatgamecompany. thatgamecompany / Sony At this point, the only valid excuse for not immersing yourself in thatgamecompany's (TGC) abstract, artistic, heart-rendingly beautiful games like Flower and Journey is...
Venture capital lets Journey developer go multiplatform

It's raining cash in Rain City: More than $140M invested in Seattle startups in 30 days

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It’s shaping up to be a very good holiday season for Seattle area startups. At a time when many are preparing to carve the turkey, several Seattle area companies have stuffed their bellies with substantial rounds of cash. Consider this: In the past 30 days, $142 million has flowed into...
It's raining cash in Rain City: More than $140M invested in Seattle startups in 30 days

Have Arrington and Conway screwed up big time with their investment in Highlight?

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Tonight I’m getting message after message that friend after friend has joined Highlight (the photo above is of Paul Davison showing it off to some of its first users back in December on the day it launched into a closed beta). What is Highlight? Well, two weeks ago, in...
Have Arrington and Conway screwed up big time with their investment in Highlight?

Real-world analytics firm Euclid secures $17.3 million Series B funding to expand its customer base

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Real-world shopping analytics firm, Euclid, has secured $17.3 million Series B funding to serve its growing customer base. The round was led by Benchmark Capital with participation from NEA, Harrison Metal and Novel TMT Ventures. Along with the cash injection, Bruce Dunlevie, general partner at Benchmark Capital is joining Euclid’s...
Real-world analytics firm Euclid secures $17.3 million Series B funding to expand its customer base

Twitter, Yelp Board Member Peter Fenton On How Enterprise Is Learning From The Consumer Internet

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Peter Fenton joined Benchmark Capital in 2006, after spending seven years as a partner at Accel. Not yet 40, Fenton already sits on the board of directors at companies like New Relic, Polyvore, Twitter, Yelp, and Zendesk. Starting at Accel in his late twenties, the young investor focused his attention...
Twitter, Yelp Board Member Peter Fenton On How Enterprise Is Learning From The Consumer Internet

Former Greylock EIR And LinkedIn Product VP Adam Nash Joins Financial Planning Startup Wealthfront As COO

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Disruptive financial planning startup Wealthfront has scored a big talent win today with the addition of Greylock EIR and former LinkedIn and eBay Product exec Adam Nash as COO. For background, Wealthfront brings the quality investment theories of a fund manager online, at a much lower fee, essentially democratizing private...
Former Greylock EIR And LinkedIn Product VP Adam Nash Joins Financial Planning Startup Wealthfront As COO

A Facebook Executive's Wedding Was The Tech Networking Event Of The Year

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Paperless Post cofounder Alexa Hirschfeld told Cosmo she got some helpful hints on using Facebook to boost her startup's online invite service after running into CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a wedding. We're not positive, since Hirschfeld didn't give details and hasn't responded to an inquiry, but we think we've pieced...
A Facebook Executive's Wedding Was The Tech Networking Event Of The Year

DogVacay Fetches $6 Million from Benchmark Capital

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DogVacay has raised $6 million in capital to build out a local marketplace providing in-home boarding services, a category being referred to as “Airbnb for dogs.” Benchmark Capital contributed to the company’s first round, and previous investors include First Round Capital and Science, the L.A.-based incubator. DogVacay is live in the U.S. and...
DogVacay Fetches $6 Million from Benchmark Capital

MySQL’s Marten Mickos becomes CEO of hybrid cloud startup Eucalyptus Systems

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Marten Mickos, former chief executive of open source database company MySQL, is moving to cloud computing startup Eucalyptus Systems, where he will serve as CEO. Mickos built MySQL into what seemed like the open source world’s biggest successes, with a $1 billion acquisition by Sun Microsystems in 2008. But he...
MySQL’s Marten Mickos becomes CEO of hybrid cloud startup Eucalyptus Systems
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Laurene Powell Jobs, Widow Of Steve Jobs, Is Joining Stanford University's Board Of Trustees

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Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of visionary Apple co-founder and CEO, the late Steve Jobs, is joining the board of trustees of Stanford University. She has been elected for a five-year term that will begin on October 1. The move continues her association with educational policy as well as Stanford — she...
Laurene Powell Jobs, Widow Of Steve Jobs, Is Joining Stanford University's Board Of Trustees

Here's A Socially Acceptable Way To Stalk People Around You

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Paul Davison built an iPhone app that knows if people in your social circle are near you.  The app is called Highlight and it launched a few weeks ago. The app allows you to see photos of people around you and see who you know in common -- before...
Here's A Socially Acceptable Way To Stalk People Around You

CouchSurfing raises $15M to build a human travel network

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Long before the recent crop of collaborative consumption startups found fame, there was CouchSurfing, originally a non-profit that helped connect travelers to hosts. The feel-good story, however, was threatened last year when it became a Class B corporation and raised $7.6 million, prompting user fears that CouchSurfing was selling out. But...
CouchSurfing raises $15M to build a human travel network

The "Facebook Mafia" Is On The Rise In Silicon Valley (FB)

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Ex-Facebook employees are building a whole new generation of social media tools -- complete with fantastic valuations and acquisitions. Today's $1 billion buyout of Instagram is just the beginning. The Silicon Valley startup scene is like its own social network. Ex PayPal execs became known as as the "PayPal...
The "Facebook Mafia" Is On The Rise In Silicon Valley (FB)
With $17.3M, Euclid brings power of data to real world retailers
Chris Dixon is not only joining Andreessen Horowitz; he's leaving New York

Why It Could Make Sense for Instagram to Take Sequoia Funding During Facebook Acquisition Talks

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Debate is already starting around Instagram's recently-announced acquisition by Facebook. e.g., Why the heck would Instagram sell a stake of its soon-to-be-acquired company to Sequoia (and Thrive, and Greylock, and Benchmark?) The reason is simple: playing chicken with a potential acquirer can drive a much higher valuation. And more importantly,...
Why It Could Make Sense for Instagram to Take Sequoia Funding During Facebook Acquisition Talks

Snapchat Now Boasts More Than 150 Million Photos Taken Daily

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Snapchat, the wildly popular messaging service which lets users send self-deleting photos to one another, has exploded in volume over the past few months, now moving upwards of 150 million photos through the service on a daily basis. That’s a 3x increase in just four months, founder Evan Spiegel said...
Snapchat Now Boasts More Than 150 Million Photos Taken Daily
Elasticsearch nabs $24M because search is hard, and big data makes it harder
This startup's new router sends bits at the speed of light

Twitter Poised to Name Media Mogul Peter Chernin to Board of Directors

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Twitter is poised to announce the appointment of Hollywood media exec Peter Chernin to the company’s board of directors, according to sources familiar with the situation. As AllThingsD has previously reported, the microblogging service has been interviewing a series of media executives, including Chernin, for a possible board position with...
Twitter Poised to Name Media Mogul Peter Chernin to Board of Directors
Indie studio Thatgamecompany raises $5.5M to create magical games for wider audiences

Zynga Loses Its CTO of Mobile as Shares Trade Lower

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Game Closure, which is building a platform to make it easy for games to be played across multiple devices, said it has hired Laurent Desegur, Zynga’s CTO of mobile. Desegur will join the Mountain View, Calif., start-up as a VP of Mobile Engineering, in charge of the company’s game engine...
Zynga Loses Its CTO of Mobile as Shares Trade Lower
Uber CEO Kalanick Denies Pitching Investors For Funding At A $1B Valuation
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Email sender Sailthru gets $19M to expand custom content offerings

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Even as social media firms get all the hype, email remains big business. The latest proof of this is a major new investment in Sailthru, a start-up that helps media and e-commerce firms offer personalized email to their subscribers. On Monday, New York-based Sailthru announced $19 million in Series B...
Email sender Sailthru gets $19M to expand custom content offerings

Bo.lt Drops Web Page Remixing For Web Page Saving

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Zeus. Thor. Odin. Lightning has long been feared and imagined as a force so powerful that the gods themselves used it as a weapon. Bo.lt’s first iteration, which allowed users to “break” Web pages and rebuild them to suit their fancy, embraced this destructive reputation. Conceptually, it was interesting....
Bo.lt Drops Web Page Remixing For Web Page Saving

Airbnb for Dogs DogVacay Adds $6M to Take a Bite Out of Sharing Economy

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The sharing economy trend continues with the “Airbnb for Dogs,” Santa Monica-based DogVacay, which helps dog owners to find a home for their pets while they’re away. The company announced today that it has secured $6 million in Series A funding from Benchmark Capital. BetaKit also covered the startup...
Airbnb for Dogs DogVacay Adds $6M to Take a Bite Out of Sharing Economy
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