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Nordic VC Creandum Closes Its New €135M Fund Targeting 25-30 Seed To Series A Investments

Andreessen Horowitz's $100 million bet on developers

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Silicon Valley's masters of sexy tech investments are betting on something less glitzy -- but just as vital. FORTUNE -- Andreessen Horowitz has invested in hot social media companies like Facebook (FB), Airbnb, Pinterest and Twitter. But the venture capital firm's newest and largest best is on a far less...
Andreessen Horowitz's $100 million bet on developers

Ask A VC: Menlo Ventures' Shawn Carolan On Sourcing Siri, How He Wants To Solve Email Overload And More

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[tc_5min code="517684721"] Menlo Ventures Managing Director Shawn Carolan stopped by the studio for our Ask A VC series. Carolan, who focuses on consumer tech investments for Menlo Ventures, chatted about how he sourced the firm’s investment in Siri, which was acquired by Apple and is the underlying technology behind the company’s...
Ask A VC: Menlo Ventures' Shawn Carolan On Sourcing Siri, How He Wants To Solve Email Overload And More

Google launching new fund for later-stage tech investments

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Google is launching a new fund through which it will make later-stage investments in technology companies, a Google executive said Wednesday.The fund, to be called Google Capital, will be announced this summer but has already made three investments to date, said Mike Pearson, a general partner at Google Capital,...
Google launching new fund for later-stage tech investments

Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital expanding to Silicon Valley

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Paul Allen Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s investment arm, Vulcan Capital, plans to open a new office in Silicon Valley, expanding its presence and looking for new investments. Paul Ghaffari, Vulcan Capital’s chief investment officer, tells the Reuters news service that the new office in Palo Alto, Calif., is part of...
Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital expanding to Silicon Valley
African accelerator weaves loose strands of local startup scene together

What you missed this week on GigaOM Pro

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It’s definitely September – despite the shortened workweek, we’ve already seen some major product releases from Amazon and Nokia, big news on the $69 million e-book settlement case, and, of course, the Democratic National Convention. Over on GigaOM Pro, our analysts and curators are looking at the long-term prospects for...
What you missed this week on GigaOM Pro

NEA, the huge low-profile VC firm, is raising $2.3 billion for its fourteenth fund

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New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the largest and most successful investment firms on the planet, has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicating its intent to raise a major fourteenth fund. NEA is apparently looking to raise $2.3 billion for the fund, which is in line...
NEA, the huge low-profile VC firm, is raising $2.3 billion for its fourteenth fund
What you need to know about the new fuel efficiency standard

Apptio Lands $45 Million Series E From Janus Capital

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Apptio, a company focused on helping CIOs get a deep understanding of their technology investments, has just scored a significant investment of its own. The company announced a short while ago that it had landed a $45 million Series E round of financing led by Janus Capital; the Hillman Company,...
Apptio Lands $45 Million Series E From Janus Capital
Startup Health launches AngelList-like platform for health and wellness

Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With Mayfield Fund's Navin Chaddha

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This week on TechCrunch TV’s Ask A VC show, we have Mayfield Fund’s Managing Director Navin Chaddha in the studio. As you may remember, you can submit questions for our guests either in the comments or here and we’ll ask them during the show. Chaddha is a serial Entrepreneur turned...
Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With Mayfield Fund's Navin Chaddha

Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla bankroll energy storage startup LightSail

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Bill Gates LightSail Energy, a Berkeley, California-based company that’s designing systems to store energy generated by wind and solar power, has landed $37.3 million in financing from a group of investors that includes Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. The company is led...
Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla bankroll energy storage startup LightSail

GeekWire Radio: Windows 8, Apple, BuddyTV and a new era in the digital living room

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BuddyTV's Andy Liu in the KIRO studios. (Erynn Rose photo) This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast, we chat with BuddyTV CEO Andy Liu about all the changes happening in the digital living room — as exemplified by BuddyTV’s apps and Liu’s own elaborate living-room setup. We also...
GeekWire Radio: Windows 8, Apple, BuddyTV and a new era in the digital living room

Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With Menlo Ventures' Shawn Carolan And Kleiner Perkins' Matt Murphy

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We have two guests joining us in the TechCrunch TV studio in the coming week for our Ask A VC series, where you put VCs in the hot seat. First up we have Menlo Ventures Managing Director, Shawn Carolan. Later in the week, we’ll be joined by Kleiner Perkins’ partner...
Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With Menlo Ventures' Shawn Carolan And Kleiner Perkins' Matt Murphy
NASA tech chief takes to Reddit for a spacey Ask Me Anything session

Li Ka-shing's Horizon Ventures Bets on Mobile Search Start-Up Everything.me

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Everything.me, a mobile search provider, has taken $3.5 million in add-on funding from Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures, known for tech investments like Facebook and Spotify. Mobile search is somewhat up for grabs, though Apple’s Siri and Google’s general dominance will make it harder for a start-up to...
Li Ka-shing's Horizon Ventures Bets on Mobile Search Start-Up Everything.me

Hailo closes $30.6m Series B round from Union Square Ventures, Richard Branson, KDDI and others

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Hailo has scooped a whopping $30.6m Series B funding round led by Union Square Ventures (USV), with participation from a slew of high-profile investors including Richard Branson and Japanese telco KDDI. USV has a strong track record in big-name tech investments, and was among the first institutional investors in Twitter,...
Hailo closes $30.6m Series B round from Union Square Ventures, Richard Branson, KDDI and others

Viadeo Raises $32M To Expand Its Professional Social Network In China, Russia And Beyond

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Paris-based business social networking site Viadeo may have put a planned IPO into a holding pattern last year, but it is not having any trouble raising capital elsewhere as it forges ahead with its international expansion. Today, it has announced that it has picked up funding worth $32 million — one...
Viadeo Raises $32M To Expand Its Professional Social Network In China, Russia And Beyond

U2's Bono and the Edge invest in Dropbox

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Stars follow $270m Facebook stake with backing for internet storage serviceAfter making profits of about $1bn (£620m) from their Facebook investment, U2 stars Bono and the Edge appear to have a thirst for web technology and have given personal backing to internet storage service Dropbox.The U2 pair were announced as...
U2's Bono and the Edge invest in Dropbox

Nipendo lands $8m from Horizons and others for its plug-and-play B2B trading platform

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Nipendo, which offers a cloud-based B2B integration platform that enables companies to connect and transact with their trading partners, has secured $8 million in Series B funding. The capital injection comes from Horizons Ventures, which manages the private tech investments of billionaire business magnate Li Ka-shing, and prior backer Magma...
Nipendo lands $8m from Horizons and others for its plug-and-play B2B trading platform

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will soon open a Silicon Valley office for his Vulcan venture fund

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Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder turned billionaire investor and philanthropist, is close to opening a Silicon Valley office for his Vulcan Capital investment group, Reuters reports. Vulcan is gearing up to open the new office in Palo Alto within a matter of weeks. The company’s Chief Investment Officer told Reuters...
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will soon open a Silicon Valley office for his Vulcan venture fund

This 21-Year-Old Just Sold A Stake In His Mobile Ad Startup To Ad Giant Interpublic (IPG)

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The Interpublic Group, which owns venerable ad agencies such as DraftFCB, Deutsch, McCann and R/GA, has taken a stake in Kiip, the mobile game ad network founded by 21-year-old Brian Wong. The move is validation of the simple but brilliant insight that Wong had about the best way to advertise...
This 21-Year-Old Just Sold A Stake In His Mobile Ad Startup To Ad Giant Interpublic (IPG)
Life Sciences and IT Investing: More Like Nuts and Gum than Peanut Butter and Chocolate

One Kings Lane raises $50M to dominate home decor

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The past few months have been very good to e-commerce companies concentrated on specific verticals.  In September, eyeglasses startup Warby Parker said it raised $36.8 million; last month, Zulily, the deals site for moms, babies and kids, announced that it had raised $85 million; and, on Tuesday, home decor site...
One Kings Lane raises $50M to dominate home decor

Make Way For More Tech Investment: Index Raises Another €350M Fund

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The economic signals coming from Europe are leading some to predict a big drop in startup investments up ahead, but that’s not the message coming from one of the region’s biggest VC firms. Index Ventures has just announced a new fund of €350 million ($442 million), which it intends to...
Make Way For More Tech Investment: Index Raises Another €350M Fund

Celebrity Startups Are So Hot, This Tech-Focused PE Firm Just Bought Part Of A Talent Agency

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What startup wouldn't want a big name celeb like Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah, or Jude Law to invest in the company and then become a spokesperson? That's the kind of celebrity/tech matching clout that private equity firm Silver Lake bought for itself. Silver Lake just grabbed a stake in one...
Celebrity Startups Are So Hot, This Tech-Focused PE Firm Just Bought Part Of A Talent Agency

Marissa Mayer's First Acquisition Means an Exit for Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun, Ellen, and Ryan Seacrest

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This is about as close as Marissa Mayer has come to being featured in an episode of Entourage. Today, word leaked that the new Yahoo CEO made her first acquisition–or acqui-hire, depending on who you ask. Ms. Mayer has purchased Stamped, a New York City-based recommendations app cofounded by two...
Marissa Mayer's First Acquisition Means an Exit for Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun, Ellen, and Ryan Seacrest

CrunchBase: Social, Mobile And Deals Categories Led 2011 Private Tech Investments

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In case it wasn’t already clear to you that later-stage social, mobile and deal-oriented companies led venture fundraising last year, here’s some analysis of CrunchBase data that drives the point home, courtesy of Alexey Tolkachiov at BuzzSparks.org. 421 Companies with the “social” tag in CrunchBase raised a total of $5.2...
CrunchBase: Social, Mobile And Deals Categories Led 2011 Private Tech Investments

Google buys 10 years of renewable energy to power its Finnish data center with Swedish wind

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You can say a lot about Google, but not that it doesn’t genuinely care about the environment. Sure, striving to use 100% renewable energy across all its operations is good for the company’s bottom line, too, but Google has certainly gone to great lengths making its data centers as energy-efficient...
Google buys 10 years of renewable energy to power its Finnish data center with Swedish wind
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