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SoFi gets an additional $41M to keep students from falling into debt

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A San Francisco-based startup known as SoFi is building technology to help college and grad students avoid falling into crippling debt. It’s an ambitious goal, but SoFi is growing and raising money at a rapid rate. After raising a huge $77 million fund in September 2012, SoFi today received an...
SoFi gets an additional $41M to keep students from falling into debt

Off The Schneid

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The almost two year long slump is over. I've led a new venture investment for USV, which closed a few weeks ago and was announced last night. The company is Coinbase and my blog post announcing the investment is on the USV blog. This hiatus, which I've blogged about a...
Off The Schneid
Field service software provider ServiceMax pulls in $27M, plots global expansion

How a Minor Change by Facebook Resulted in a $92 Million Acquisition

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Can't beat them? Join them. One of the biggest newspaper companies in the world may be trying to get into the Facebook advertising game. Gannett Co., publisher of USA Today and scores of regional and local newspapers, is reportedly close to announcing a $92 million acquisition of BLINQ Media, which specializes...
How a Minor Change by Facebook Resulted in a $92 Million Acquisition

Apple buys 'indoor GPS' company WifiSLAM for $20M

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Apple recently closed a deal worth about $20 million to acquire WifiSLAM, a Silicon Valley firm focused on building technology that affords users positioning data while indoors....
Apple buys 'indoor GPS' company WifiSLAM for $20M

Accelerate Your Database: MemSQL Launches With $5M From Ashton Kutcher, Max Levchin & More

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Last year, we introduced you to MemSQL, a plucky young Y Combinator alum that was building technology that would let developers give their databases a Nitrous boost, while simplifying application development and maintenance. Founded by ex-Facebookers Eric Frenkiel and Nikita Shamgunov, MemSQL raised $2.1 million in seed funding last July...
Accelerate Your Database: MemSQL Launches With $5M From Ashton Kutcher, Max Levchin & More

FRED WILSON: Here's Why I'm Investing In Bitcoin

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Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson announced this morning that he's investing in Coinbase, a startup that makes transactions through the web with Bitcoin possible. This is big news for a number of reasons. Wilson is a New York-based venture capitalist who wisely saw the rise of "social" on the Internet....
FRED WILSON: Here's Why I'm Investing In Bitcoin
Philadelphia Sets Sights On Becoming America's Next Big Tech Town

More Outrage For Uber Than Immigrants: Tech Policy Is Still Local

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When Washington D.C. threatened to raise the price of an Uber cab by a few dollars, the online community staged a full-fledged panic attack. Yet it barely whispered a peep of discontent when Congress introduced a bill to alleviate the high-skilled immigrant crunch for tech companies. Yesterday’s defeat of the...
More Outrage For Uber Than Immigrants: Tech Policy Is Still Local

Hey, startups, users aren’t free

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Photo via Ken Hawkins “Seattle’s great at building technology, but we don’t understand marketing. San Francisco’s great at marketing. That’s why great B-to-C companies come out of San Francisco and not Seattle.” A managing partner at a VC firm said this to me several months ago. It solidified, in my...
Hey, startups, users aren’t free
Apple May Be Hiring in Texas, But It's Not As Big a Deal as Rick Perry Thinks

What is SignalFuse and why should we care?

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Silicon Valley is chockfull of stealthy startups — some more interesting than others. SignalFuse, based on its pedigree, is one of the more intriguing of these mysterious companies. SignalFuse co-founder Karthik Rau is saying nothing about its plans, but a Silicon Valley source said the San Mateo, Calif. company is building...
What is SignalFuse and why should we care?
Samsung Has Acquired Multiscreen Mobile And TV App Maker MOVL

Union Square Ventures, Other Investors Pump $5M Into Bitcoin Startup Coinbase

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"Vires in Numeris" lol (Photo: Flickr/Zach Copley) Fred Wilson has just broken his two-year, no-investment streak. The Wall Street Journal reports Union Square Ventures is leading a $5 million round in Y Combinator-backed Coinbase, which allows you to buy, store and pay with Bitcoin. Also participating: Ribbit Capital, SV Angel and Funders Club. These being the...
Union Square Ventures, Other Investors Pump $5M Into Bitcoin Startup Coinbase
Software | National Day of Civic Hacking Tackles ... Backyard Chicken Farms
NewsCred Raised $15 Million And Signed The New York Times To Change How We Use Media
Evolv pulls in $15M to prevent the 'wrong person ending up in the wrong job'

Honest Buildings raises first venture round for green building data

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Honest Buildings, a startup that aggregates information about buildings’ energy use and green characteristics, has raised its first round of venture funding led by RockPort Capital and Mohr Davidow Ventures. Previously the startup, which is about a year old, had raised an angel round from Spring Ventures, Jason Scott, Managing...
Honest Buildings raises first venture round for green building data

Cities as Gadgets: 8 Features This Brand-New City Has That Yours Doesn't

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Just guessing: When you go to take out the trash, you don't drop it into a pneumatic tube, which sucks it to a central processing facility, right? Then you're not living in the future. In Songdo, South Korea, planners and developers are building a $35 billion city from scratch. See:...
Cities as Gadgets: 8 Features This Brand-New City Has That Yours Doesn't

As Zynga’s stock lockup ends, Game Closure steals a mobile game expert

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Zynga’s lockup on the ability for employees to sell stock in the aftermath of its initial public offering expires today. That may explain why a smaller company, Game Closure, has been able to recruit a prominent mobile gaming expert from Zynga. Game Closure is announcing today that it has hired...
As Zynga’s stock lockup ends, Game Closure steals a mobile game expert
Mom knows best: Why health technology need a woman's touch

TechStars grad Leanplum raises cash, looks to help game developers test apps

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Leanplum, a TechStars Seattle grad which is building technology to test features within gaming apps, has raised  $825,000 in angel financing from Kima Ventures, VoiVoda Ventures, Seattle angel investor Andrew Wright and others. The company, led by former Google employees, relocated to San Francisco after graduating from the TechStars program last...
TechStars grad Leanplum raises cash, looks to help game developers test apps

Facebook's John Yi on the state of the Preferred Marketing Developer program

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It’s been just over six months since Facebook created the Preferred Marketing Developer program, which certifies developers with badges in up to four areas: ads, apps, pages and insights. In that time, Facebook has introduced a host of new ad types and page products — mobile app install ads, custom...
Facebook's John Yi on the state of the Preferred Marketing Developer program
Los Angeles startup Yekra nets $3M for its digital movie distribution platform

Disrupting Media: ‘Where Do We Go Now That We’ve Won?’ With Henry Blodget, Jonah Peretti And Gabe Rivera

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In a world where Instagram is worth more than the New York Times, old media is no longer dying, it’s dead. Instead, in its wake, we’ve got the Wild West: A chaotic morass of never-ending slideshows, puny WordPress blogs breaking big time news (and selling for tens of millions) and...
Disrupting Media: ‘Where Do We Go Now That We’ve Won?’ With Henry Blodget, Jonah Peretti And Gabe Rivera
Andreessen, Schroepfer, Others Rally For More Women In CS At She++ Conference

Managing multiple drones is harder than it sounds, and DroneDeploy wants to change that

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Not many software startups can claim to be running in the cloud in more ways than one. Startup DroneDeploy can, in the sense that it promises to let one person manage the navigation of a bunch of commercial unmanned aircraft systems. The San Francisco company is finalizing its business model...
Managing multiple drones is harder than it sounds, and DroneDeploy wants to change that
Why I can't work at Google

Special Report: Starting up in Singapore

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Beyond Good for Business The city-state of Singapore probably isn’t the first place you’d think of building technology startups. But consider this: In the past 2 years, 26 technology start-ups from around the world, for example, Wikinvest and mig33 from the US, and Snap Group from Europe, have come...
Special Report: Starting up in Singapore

Former Zynga, Storm8 execs raise $1m for mobile marketing startup Grow Mobile

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San Francisco-based startup Grow Mobile, which is still in stealth mode but is billed as a mobile marketing and ROI data management company, has raised $1 million in equity and debt funding according to a regulatory filing. On its sparse website, Grow Mobile says it aims to ‘simplify mobile marketing’:...
Former Zynga, Storm8 execs raise $1m for mobile marketing startup Grow Mobile
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