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Thiel, Zuck, Conway To Select $100K TechFellow Awards Winners

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The TechFellow Awards is the Oscars of high-tech entrepreneurship. As selection committee member Sean Parker puts it “We’re shining a spotlight on individuals who are on the cusp of bringing us something revolutionary.” On February 22nd at the SFMOMA, 20 innovators will be presented with $100,000 grants to invest in startups of...
Thiel, Zuck, Conway To Select $100K TechFellow Awards Winners

Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs Awards $350K Each To Six Ambitious Biotech Startups

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While most of us are still reeling in shock last week’s one billion Instagram buy,  Peter Thiel — through both Founders Fund and the Thiel Foundation is almost single-handedly leading the charge into a future where humans don’t age or suffer from Cancer, among other things. Call it crazy or...
Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs Awards $350K Each To Six Ambitious Biotech Startups

Leap Motion Raises $12.75 Million, Wants To Change “The Future Of Human/Computer Interaction”

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Last year, stealth startup OcuSpec raised $1.3 million from Andressen Horowitz, Founders Fund, SOSventures International and a number of angel investors. Today, the company is announcing that is has raised a $12.75 million Series A round led by Highland Capital Partners with participation from its existing investors. This brings Leap...
Leap Motion Raises $12.75 Million, Wants To Change “The Future Of Human/Computer Interaction”
Facebook's First President Sean Parker's Next Big Thing Is Chatroulette For Facebook

Practice Fusion Pulls In $34M Series C Led By Artis To Crush The Other Electronic Medical Record Startups

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Practice Fusion is the frontrunner in the fevered race to become the electronic medical record platform, and today it finished raising a $34 million Series C led by hedge fund Artis Ventures to make sure it wins and lead it towards an IPO. Startups trying to compete? “We’re squashing them” founder and...
Practice Fusion Pulls In $34M Series C Led By Artis To Crush The Other Electronic Medical Record Startups

Yammer possibly seeking a new $50M investment

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Rumors are circulating that enterprise-focused social network Yammer is raising a new mega funding round of over $50 million, which would push the startup’s valuation near $1 billion. Yammer provides companies with their own social network that allows employees to quickly communicate and update their activity throughout the day. A...
Yammer possibly seeking a new $50M investment

Life-sharing app maker Path raises $40 million at $250 million valuation

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Path, the startup behind the eponymous app that lets users share photos, videos, their whereabouts and whatnot with people they’re close with, is poised to announce a significant funding round tomorrow, reports AllThingsD’s Liz Gannes. Silicon Valley VC firm Redpoint Ventures is reportedly leading a $40 million financing round that...
Life-sharing app maker Path raises $40 million at $250 million valuation

Website creation software maker Jimdo claims it declined an 8-digit investment offer

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Here’s an interesting update from the founders of simple website creation and management tool Jimdo: they’ve not raised funding. The entrepreneurs published an interesting blog post explaining why they turned down an 8-figure investment offer from a top-tier venture capitalist. The term sheet was ready, all they had to do...
Website creation software maker Jimdo claims it declined an 8-digit investment offer
An $800M Buddy Media Acquisition Would Be Worth 8X Its Current Revenue

Little Monsters, big backers: social media startup Backplane raises funding, ‘buys’ Cortex

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Backplane, the startup behind Lady Gaga’s social network (LittleMonsters.com, currently in private beta), this morning announced that it has closed its Series A funding round, with a slew of high-profile investors participating. According to the Wall Street Journal, Backplane has already raised $6.3 million since its founding in 2011. Investors...
Little Monsters, big backers: social media startup Backplane raises funding, ‘buys’ Cortex

Shasta Ventures, Founders Fund Put $4.5 Million In The Uber For Carwashes, Cherry

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Cherry, a recently launched startup that brings on-demand carwashes to you and your car, has raised $4.5 million in new funding from Shasta Ventures, Founders Fund, Shervin Pishevar and Bill Lee. Shasta managing partner Tod Francis will join Cherry’s Board. The startup previously raised $750,000 in seed funding from a...
Shasta Ventures, Founders Fund Put $4.5 Million In The Uber For Carwashes, Cherry

Founders Fund Holds (Free) Conference For People Who Want To Invent The Future

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What do you do if you’ve got $625 million lying around and the ambitious goal of propelling the world faster towards the future? Founders Fund, which has invested in world-tilting companies like Facebook and Palantir, is putting some of its most recent raise towards an especially unorthodox sort of conference. Partners Peter...
Founders Fund Holds (Free) Conference For People Who Want To Invent The Future
Ashton Kutcher, Founders Fund Go In For $775K On ‘OpenTable For Stylists’ StyleSeat
F50: A Different Kind Of Tech Conference

Ringadoc Virtually Connects You With A Doctor Anytime, Raises $750K Seed From Founders Fund’s FF Angel

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Ringadoc lets you pay a flat fee to instantly talk to a real doctor at any hour of the day, and its big vision to be “the frontline of primary care” has landed it a $750,000 seed round led by FF Angel. So if its 2am and you’ve got some weird rash, you...
Ringadoc Virtually Connects You With A Doctor Anytime, Raises $750K Seed From Founders Fund’s FF Angel

Why The Rumored Microsoft Deal for Yammer Rings True

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Rumors have been in the water for awhile now that Microsoft was interested in buying out the social enterprise software company Yammer. A report in Bloomberg News, plus a Tweet about a conversation overheard at a Silicon Valley ice cream shop has raised them to a fever pitch. No one...
Why The Rumored Microsoft Deal for Yammer Rings True
The Winners Of This Year’s $100,000 TechFellow Awards Are…

Two years after acquisition, CityDeal co-founders leave Groupon

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A little over two years after Germany’s CityDeal was acquired by social buying site Groupon in a push into Europe, its co-founders Daniel P. Glasner and Philipp Magin are leaving the company, reports Deutsche Startups (in German). If you’re interested, this is probably why they’re leaving now. The news comes...
Two years after acquisition, CityDeal co-founders leave Groupon

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Long-Time COO, Becomes First Woman On Its Board Of Directors

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Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s four-year chief operating officer, has a new role — board member. She will have her own vote in all company matters, Facebook confirms, so she won’t be voting to represent chief executive Mark Zuckerberg or other voting stock shareholders. Sandberg has visibly earned the position during...
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Long-Time COO, Becomes First Woman On Its Board Of Directors
Exclusive: Prior Knowledge wants to be your data oracle
Peter Thiel Launches Mithril: A New $402 Million Late-Stage Fund

How 137 Ventures hacked the stock option tax code

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Three Silicon Valley insiders created an investment fund to solve the ultimate tech-boom problem: owning too much startup stock. 137 Ventures founders (from left) Justin Fishner-Wolfson, Kathy Chan, and Alex Jacobson in San Francisco FORTUNE — In 2010, after three years as a communications manager at Facebook, Kathy Chan left....
How 137 Ventures hacked the stock option tax code

Enterprise Social Networking Platform Yammer Raises $85M From DFJ Growth, Khosla, And Others

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Enterprise social network and communications platform Yammer has finally closed that big round we heard about earlier this year. The company has raised $85 million in new funding, bringing the total investment in Yammer to a whopping $142 million. DFJ growth and Social+Capital Partnership (who led Yammer’s last round) led...
Enterprise Social Networking Platform Yammer Raises $85M From DFJ Growth, Khosla, And Others

Peter Thiel Launches A New Venture Capital Firm For Growth-Stage Companies

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Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist and early Facebook investor, is turning his attention to late-stage startups. Thiel is the cofounder of a new venture capital firm called Mithril Capital Management based in San Francisco. The firm has raised $402 million, which will be invested in growth-stage tech companies that...
Peter Thiel Launches A New Venture Capital Firm For Growth-Stage Companies
HipSwap wants to be a Craigslist for the Pinterest set

Brit Morin Engages $1.25M From Marissa Mayer, Founders Fund And More To Launch Her First App, Weduary

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Brit Morin, the Martha Stewart of tech, is today announcing a $1.25 million seed round for her technology and content company Brit. The list of investors is actually pretty sympatico with “the next generation of lifestyle” branding of Brit & Co, with fashion-heavy Index Ventures, tech fashionista Marissa Mayer,...
Brit Morin Engages $1.25M From Marissa Mayer, Founders Fund And More To Launch Her First App, Weduary

Britney Spears Joins Path, Which Is Raising Up To $30M At A $250M Valuation

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So rumor (and Twitter) has it that singer Britney Spears was at Path yesterday, hanging with founder Dave Morin and rockstars Danny Trinh and Matt Van Horn in their spacious offices — and actually sitting at their boardroom table. The popular popstar has created a Path account, which is sort...
Britney Spears Joins Path, Which Is Raising Up To $30M At A $250M Valuation

Cherry, the Uber for car washes, scores $4.5 million from Shasta Ventures

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Before we break into Cherry, and why we’re covering a car wash service on TNW, here are the funding essentials: the company has landed a series A round totaling $4.5 million led by Shasta Ventures, in which the Founders Fund participated. Also, previous angel investors Bill Lee and Shervin Pishevar took part. The company’s...
Cherry, the Uber for car washes, scores $4.5 million from Shasta Ventures

Practice Fusion, Emerging Power in Health Records, Lands $34 Million

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Health care reform at least in the way that President Obama and Congressional Democrats envisioned it may be under attack — as I write these words the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act is less than an hour away — but one piece of health care reform is...
Practice Fusion, Emerging Power in Health Records, Lands $34 Million

Lady Gaga Launches Pinterest for Little Monsters

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(ladygaga.tumblr.com) Lady Gaga's social network, LittleMonsters.com, is in beta, though we're not sure why. The Gaga-themed Pinterest-like site, in production for more than a year, is black and white and red all over. Users become "fans" of each other and bookmark posts as "inspired." It's so Pinterest-y that some bloggers...
Lady Gaga Launches Pinterest for Little Monsters
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