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Delhi-based Playcez is first GSF India grad to land funding, closes 6-figure dollar seed round

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Earlier this week we published an interview with Rajesh Sawhney – the man behind GSF India and its new accelerator program – in which he voiced his expectation that “nine or ten” of the inaugural class of 15 startups will close funding in the coming months. That first step has been taken after Delhi-based event...
Delhi-based Playcez is first GSF India grad to land funding, closes 6-figure dollar seed round
The wisdom of Tom Huseby: Advice and zingers from Seattle's most quotable VC

London startups and investors get a new co-working space, and TechStars London is calling it home

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Early-stage startups in London already have a number of choices when it comes to co-working with their peers and another one has now emerged. Warner Yard (website not yet live at the time of writing) is particularly notable because it will be attracting investors as well as startups to work from...
London startups and investors get a new co-working space, and TechStars London is calling it home

Why I'm skeptical that the Moneyball strategy will work in VC

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This is a guest post by venture capitalist Jon Soberg Venture capitalists picking up the Moneyball strategy. It’s a fascinating idea, and I know plenty of my peers are working on algorithmic approaches to better their craft and gain an edge. As I see innumerable pitches that leverage “big...
Why I'm skeptical that the Moneyball strategy will work in VC

"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

Influential Silicon Valley Investor Explains Why He's Investing In Bitcoin Startups

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Bitcoins have become all the rage lately as its value has skyrocketed this year.  Bitcoins are a form of decentralized, digital currency. Today, Bitcoin is trading around $118. At its peak, it reached $266. In January, it was trading at $15. Chris Dixon, a partner at Silicon Valley firm Andreessen Horowitz, is making...
Influential Silicon Valley Investor Explains Why He's Investing In Bitcoin Startups

Umbrella People wins Startup Weekend Women's edition in London

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After 54 hours of working, planning, networking, meeting new people and generally having a good but exhausting time, Umbrella People has won the Startup Weekend Women’s Edition. Startup Weekend surges on as a good way for people to explore their ideas as entrepreneurs. It’s a neat platform also to encourage...
Umbrella People wins Startup Weekend Women's edition in London

Marissa Mayer's Husband Just Launched A Fund To Invest In Big Data

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Data Collective is a brand new venture firm worth watching for a lot of reasons, including the fact that it's run by Zack Bogue. Bogue is married to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Another reason to watch: The collective experience of the people participating is astounding. In addition to Bogue, the...
Marissa Mayer's Husband Just Launched A Fund To Invest In Big Data

There's Another Major Industry That's Booming In Hollywood

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There's something brewing in Los Angeles. Suddenly, Hollywood has becoming a startup hotbed. Incubators and accelerators are popping up everywhere. Venture capitalists are becoming frequent fliers at LAX. Celebrities are stamping their names on new companies. And TV industry executives are quitting their jobs to become entrepreneurs. In many ways,...
There's Another Major Industry That's Booming In Hollywood

Wow, An Investor Asked A Founder For Complete Access To Emails During Due Diligence

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Before VCs invest in companies, they often conduct due diligence. They hunt for major red flags before pouring in lots of money, which makes sense. But where's the line between due diligence and invasion of privacy?One entrepreneur wrote about an investor's aggressive due diligence request on Quora. "I've just been...
Wow, An Investor Asked A Founder For Complete Access To Emails During Due Diligence

Hiring? Try the crowd navigation method

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(Editor’s note: Brad Feld is an early stage investor and co-founder of Foundry Group. This story originally appeared on his blog.) There are no simple ways to determine if you’re hiring the right person for a job and, in my experience, complex approaches to hiring fail almost as frequently as...
Hiring? Try the crowd navigation method

Freespee Raises A Further €3.3 Million For Its Mobile Click-To-Call Advertising And Analytics Service

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Freespee, the European mobile click-to-call advertising and analytics startup, has raised a new round of funding: €3.3 million (approx. $4.3m) led by pan-European early-stage investor Sunstone Capital. This brings the total raised by the company to €5.2 million. Freespee says it plans to use the new capital to continue building...
Freespee Raises A Further €3.3 Million For Its Mobile Click-To-Call Advertising And Analytics Service

Spotify Is Raising At A Stunning $3.5 Billion Valuation, Multiple VCs Say

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All-you-can eat music service Spotify is raising another big round of funding, and it is asking investors to value the company somewhere around $3.5 billion, multiple Silicon Valley investors tell us. These sources asked not to be named because they don't want Spotify to know they are giggling at...
Spotify Is Raising At A Stunning $3.5 Billion Valuation, Multiple VCs Say
Six Weeks From Launch, "Mint For Student Loans" Contender Tuition.io Hits $250M Under Management, Lands $1M In Seed
LA billionaire launches an evergreen early stage fund to make hometown investments
“In the Studio,” Javelin’s Noah Doyle Unfolds an Intricate Mobile Mapping Ecosystem

The Next 'Megatrend' In Startups

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Social commerce and wearable tech are just a couple areas where entrepreneurs have been innovating. Now another big trend is emerging in tech. SV Angel, an early stage investor in hundreds of startups, says it's going to start investing  heavily in a "Health Informatics," the intersection of biology and software....
The Next 'Megatrend' In Startups

Want to teach someone to code? Codecademy’s got an app for that

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Codecademy, the white-hot startup that teaches even total novices how to code, has launched a new tool: Creators lets anyone create a course on Codecademy and teach technology to over a million budding developers. “We’re going from being a content company (creating courses) to becoming a platform for others to...
Want to teach someone to code? Codecademy’s got an app for that

Sacca: StyleSeat is likely to become my third or fourth best investment

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Here’s a fun fact. On stage tonight at PandoMonthly, Chris Sacca was asked by a member of the audience if he ever invested in female-owned companies. His answer — that he did — was less interesting than the company he cited as his favourite example. StyleSeat. In a nutshell, the...
Sacca: StyleSeat is likely to become my third or fourth best investment

This business startups act is a hucksters' charter | Dan Gillmor

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It should be easier for innovators to issue shares, but in its haste to look pro-enterprise, Congress has not done due diligenceBarring some last minute complications, Congress will soon give its final approval to legislation that backers say will aid the American economy by giving a big boost to entrepreneurship....
This business startups act is a hucksters' charter | Dan Gillmor

Big Data Startup GoodData Lands $25 Million Series C Led By Tenaya Capital

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There are an awful lot of startups who claim to want to help companies find useful meaning in the deluge of data they are producing, and an awful lot of money going to those startups. One that has gotten a a fair amount of a attention, in no small part...
Big Data Startup GoodData Lands $25 Million Series C Led By Tenaya Capital
Raise more venture capital by asking for less

More mobile leaders to join in at the VB Mobile Summit

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This story is part of a series exploring the themes of our upcoming, invitation-only Mobile Summit, April 1-2 in Sausalito, Calif. Explore more stories in the Mobile Summit Debate series. We’re only a few weeks away from our next Mobile Summit, and it’s shaping up to be a memorable...
More mobile leaders to join in at the VB Mobile Summit

Givit Aims to Be A Rare "Blue Lobster" Among Otherwise Commonplace Social Video Apps

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An estimated one in two million lobsters off the shores of America are blue. The odds of finding one are about as good as picking the “social video app” that’s going to be the next big thing among a sea of immitators. Stereotypes aren’t right 100 percent of the time,...
Givit Aims to Be A Rare "Blue Lobster" Among Otherwise Commonplace Social Video Apps

The Facebook IPO Players Club: Reid Hoffman

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They were doing just fine before, but the biggest of minority owners of Facebook are about to be catapulted into a far more elite bracket. As we ponder what they'll do with with new millions (nearly half a billion dollars for Reid Hoffman?), here's a look at what got them...
The Facebook IPO Players Club: Reid Hoffman
Fashion-Focused Blog Aggregator Bloglovin Raises $1M From Betaworks And Others
Duedil Raises Another Financing Round For Its Free Company Data Platform
The Four Categories of Apps, and Why Three of Them are Terrible Places to Invest

Freespee Answers Performance Marketing Network Tradedoubler's Click-To-Call

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As online advertising transitions from desktop to mobile — research firm Gartner predicts that the global mobile ad market will grow 400% by 2016 to be worth $24.5 billion — it stands that startups operating in the wider mobile ad ecosystem are well-placed to benefit. To that end, click-to-call startup...
Freespee Answers Performance Marketing Network Tradedoubler's Click-To-Call

Box Links Up With Seedcamp To Become Europe's Latest Early-Stage Investor

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Box has set its sights on Europe both to pick up new business, and as a place to hunt for the next important technology that might give it an edge over other players in the cloud-based enterprise space. Today, the company announced a new partnership with Seedcamp, the European startup...
Box Links Up With Seedcamp To Become Europe's Latest Early-Stage Investor
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