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ATP Capital Launching New $150 Million Mobile Fund, Changing Name

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The company behind the BlackBerry Partners Fund is re-branding itself, launching a new fund and expanding its presence in Silicon Valley. ATP Capital is announcing on Wednesday that it will henceforth be known as Relay Ventures. The firm is also detailing a new $150 million mobile fund, a successor to...
ATP Capital Launching New $150 Million Mobile Fund, Changing Name

U.S. Heathcare Data Warehousing Platform Health Catalyst Closes $33M Series B, Led By Norwest; Sequoia, Sorenson Also Backing

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U.S. healthcare data warehousing company Health Catalyst has closed a $33 million Series B investment, led by Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), with participation from Sequoia Capital (the lead investor in its Series A round) and Sorenson Capital. As part of the investment, Promod Haque, managing partner at NVP, will join the board of Health Catalyst, and Fraser...
U.S. Heathcare Data Warehousing Platform Health Catalyst Closes $33M Series B, Led By Norwest; Sequoia, Sorenson Also Backing
OnLive founder Steve Perlman is out, as investor Gary Lauder assumes control
Vobi Raises $1.5 Million For Online Collaboration That's Kicked Off By Phone Calls
Wahooly Leverages Your Social Rep For A Piece Of The Next Instagram

Dwolla’s payment ambitious grow with $5M round

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Des Moines, Iowa might seem like an unlikely place to build the next big thing in payments but start-up Dwolla shrugs off any suggestion that it can’t be done. The company has been grabbing attention for its next-generation payment system that bypasses credit card networks and connects directly into...
Dwolla’s payment ambitious grow with $5M round

Veteran Silicon Valley Developer Accuses Facebook of Bully Tactics

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Talent and product deals have been heating up for Facebook over the past six months. But now things are getting really interesting. Dalton Caldwell, a Silicon Valley veteran whose past experience includes co-founding iMeem and PicPlz, has posted an accusatory account of his recent negotiations with top Facebook executives: Caldwell...
Veteran Silicon Valley Developer Accuses Facebook of Bully Tactics

Finally: AngelList and SecondMarket team up for legal, controlled look-alike to crowdfunding

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In perhaps the worst kept secret in venture history, SecondMarket and AngelList have teamed up to allow accredited investors to legally invest purely online on AngelList for the first time. Basically, it’s getting a head start on the JOBS Act while we wait for it to become law. It’s a...
Finally: AngelList and SecondMarket team up for legal, controlled look-alike to crowdfunding

Identity Platform About.me Buys Wefollow To Boost "Interest" Search

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Startups of a feather flock together. Wefollow, a company that was spun out of Digg, has been acquired by About.me, a company that was spun out of Aol. And get this, there’s more: Lead About.me investor Kevin Rose was also a co-founder of Wefollow, and About.me co-founder Tony Conrad...
Identity Platform About.me Buys Wefollow To Boost "Interest" Search

Exclusive: BetterWorks Cuts Staff, exploring options

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BetterWorks, one of the most well known startups to emerge from the Los Angeles seems to have hit an air pocket. The company which was started by super angel, Paige Craig (along with Zao Yang and  George Ishii) is said to have laid off close to thirty people, a very...
Exclusive: BetterWorks Cuts Staff, exploring options

Sophia Search lands $3.7m to promote its smart content analysis products in the US and UK

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Sophia Search, a specialist in analyzing text, improving ad placement and automatically finding weblinks for related online content, has announced the closure of a $3.7 million Series A funding round today. The investment was led by growth equity fund Atlantic Bridge and will be used to ramp up the company’s...
Sophia Search lands $3.7m to promote its smart content analysis products in the US and UK

Bill Gates on how better technology will help eradicate Polio

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A few months ago, Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg announced that they would be teaming up to put an end to polio. Via this op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, the pair discussed the importance of applying the rules of a successful business to the world of philanthropy. They said that...
Bill Gates on how better technology will help eradicate Polio

After Pinterest, Japan's Rakuten Makes Another U.S. E-Commerce Investment -- This Time in Daily Grommet

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Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant which recently made a $50 million investment in Pinterest, is making another online retail bet on Daily Grommet. Rakuten will be the lead investor in Series B round for the Lexington, Mass.-based online marketplace whose motto is “fresh finds, true stories.” The site features...
After Pinterest, Japan's Rakuten Makes Another U.S. E-Commerce Investment -- This Time in Daily Grommet

YouTube's Nickelodeon Killer: AwesomenessTV Launches With A-List Talent and Investors

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Yesterday, upstart teen- and tween-focused YouTube channel AwesomenessTV announced its $3.5 million in Series A financing with little fanfare. I was able to catch up with the channel’s founder and its lead investor to learn the real story of how this young network is actually poised to be the next...
YouTube's Nickelodeon Killer: AwesomenessTV Launches With A-List Talent and Investors

Charles River Ventures Raises $375 Million For Its 15th Fund

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Veteran VC firm Charles River Ventures is announcing its 15th fund today, increasing its fund size from $325 million in its last raise to $375 million in its latest “heavily oversubscribed” round. Charles River Ventures partner George Zachary tells me that the firm, which has 42 years of investment behind...
Charles River Ventures Raises $375 Million For Its 15th Fund
BlueStacks Partners With AMD, Bringing 500,000 Android Apps To Windows PCs

More Details Emerge on Domo's $60 Million Series B

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A few more details have started to come to light about the $60 million Series B round of venture capital funding announced yesterday by the business intelligence startup Domo led by GGV Capital, Greylock Partners, Bezos Expeditions, among others. Domo, based in Lindon, Utah, and founded by former Omniture CEO...
More Details Emerge on Domo's $60 Million Series B

SailThru, A Personalized Content And Analytics Platform, Is Raising A ~$20 Million Series B Round Of Financing

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Sailthru, an analytics startup that helps companies deliver personalized content to every unique user, is raising a fresh $20-25 million Series B round, multiple sources say. The round is still underway and the lead investor is yet to be determined. We've heard there's interest from both Khosla Ventures and IVP....
SailThru, A Personalized Content And Analytics Platform, Is Raising A ~$20 Million Series B Round Of Financing

SoloPower looking more and more like Solyndra

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It’s an easy comparison to make. Solar startup SoloPower is developing a solar material similar to the now defunct infamous Solyndra, and like Solyndra its also got federal and state incentives as well as venture capital funding. But now SoloPower is beginning to struggle like Solyndra, too, and according to...
SoloPower looking more and more like Solyndra

Edgy Location-Sharing App Maker Highlight Raises Seed Funding

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Highlight, a buzzy iPhone app that takes location-sharing to the next level, has raised funding. It’s just a seed round, but a significant one — the company isn’t disclosing the amount, but it should tell you something that the lead investor is Benchmark Capital, which doesn’t usually do seed investments,...
Edgy Location-Sharing App Maker Highlight Raises Seed Funding

Newspaper Companies Invest Another $9M In Local Deal Startup Wanderful Media

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Wanderful Media has raised another $9 million from the long list of newspaper and media companies that were already backing the startup and its local deal service Find&Save. The announcement comes after the relaunch of Find&Save last month. The service allows readers to browse deals aggregated from newspaper circulars, retailers,...
Newspaper Companies Invest Another $9M In Local Deal Startup Wanderful Media

People Behind Uber Want to Do the Same Thing for Private Planes With BlackJet

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BlackJet launches today a way to book seats on other people’s private jets. If it sounds like the black car service Uber for planes, that’s exactly what it is. The company comes from Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, who is leading product development and is the lead investor in a funding...
People Behind Uber Want to Do the Same Thing for Private Planes With BlackJet
Founder Steve Perlman Is Leaving OnLive

Fresh from its $3m funding round, Soundrop gives its social Spotify app a major lick of paint

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Back in June, we reported that Northzone, the lead investor in digital music companies such as Spotify and X5 Music, had pumped $3m into Oslo-based Soundrop. And it seems the Norwegian startup has been putting its new-found capital to good use, as it’s rolling out a brand new version of...
Fresh from its $3m funding round, Soundrop gives its social Spotify app a major lick of paint

Four VC Firms Battle For Foursquare, Valuation Goes Stratospheric

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What do Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Redpoint Ventures have in common? Besides being tier one venture capitalists, at least one thing: They are all fighting furiously to be the lead investor in Foursquare’s next venture round. All that competition is driving the valuation massively upwards, too. A...
Four VC Firms Battle For Foursquare, Valuation Goes Stratospheric

Strategic Sharing: Zipcar Leads $13.7M Investment In Campus Car-Sharing Startup Wheelz

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Well, you have to hand it to the strategy team over at Zipcar. Arguably the largest on-demand car-sharing network, Zipcar went public last year and not long after found its market cap cross $1 billion. It’s since fallen back, but Zipcar has gone on to forge a partnership with Ford...
Strategic Sharing: Zipcar Leads $13.7M Investment In Campus Car-Sharing Startup Wheelz

1 million+ downloads later, Contacts+ lands a $1 million seed round

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Today Contacts+, a company based in Palo Alto, announced that it has raised a $1 million, self-described seed round of funding. The company did not list a lead investor, but the round was participated in by TriplePoint Ventures, TMT, Tencent, and several angel investors. The company’s two founders are graduates of UpWest...
1 million+ downloads later, Contacts+ lands a $1 million seed round
Retail: With $37 million, Warby Parker Sets Its Sights on More Than Just Eyeglasses

Are Party Rounds Turning the Tech Business Into a Lamer Studio 54?

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Swap Ryan Phillippe for @aplusk, of course. (Photo: Wikipedia) Let’s face it: There’s a reason clubs will pay reality stars just to come hang out. People are more intrigued by a famous face. Silicon Valley might think itself above crass fame-whoring, but that doesn’t mean tech folk are immune to the...
Are Party Rounds Turning the Tech Business Into a Lamer Studio 54?

Facebook And Microsoft Check-In With Foursquare. Will Crowley Sell?

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There is a lot of action surrounding Foursquare right now. And CEO and co-founder Dennis Crowley has a tough decision to make. It’s already been widely reported that Yahoo is seriously pursuing a Foursquare acquisition, but now we’re hearing that at least two other companies are in talks or have...
Facebook And Microsoft Check-In With Foursquare. Will Crowley Sell?
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