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Best Tech Events This Week (Social Media Week, Funding the Best in Global Innovation, Queens Tech Meetup, Assembled E-Commerce, DreamIt Happy Hour, Running Away with the Band)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com. Last week...
Best Tech Events This Week (Social Media Week, Funding the Best in Global Innovation, Queens Tech Meetup, Assembled E-Commerce, DreamIt Happy Hour, Running Away with the Band)

Boundless Learning raises $8 million to disrupt the textbook industry with free online course books

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As college tuition costs increase, the cost of buying a semester’s worth of textbooks poses an added burden to university students. That coupled with the physical weight of textbooks, and the fact that many science and technology books are likely to be outdated within a few years, paints a picture...
Boundless Learning raises $8 million to disrupt the textbook industry with free online course books

Happier Launches To Help You Share Your Daily Happy Moments

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iOS app Happier is launching today with the ambitions of, well, making you a happier person. The app is inspired by research that shows that focusing on the positive and sharing good things that happen to you with the people you care about makes you happier. Happier is debuting its...
Happier Launches To Help You Share Your Daily Happy Moments

You're Launching a Digital Music Startup? In 2012? Really?

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Question to the people putting money into streaming music startups* in 2012: What are you thinking? Yes, public investors value Pandora at something like $1.4 billion. And private investors think Spotify is worth at least $3 billion. So presumably you’re chasing something like that. But even those guys are in...
You're Launching a Digital Music Startup? In 2012? Really?

Real-time Ad Bidding Platform AppNexus Raises $75M In Series D Funding

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Advertising technology companies are not exactly the most well-known names to the average web user, but they can certainly garner serious attention from those inside the industry — particularly investors. Case in point: AppNexus, the New York City-based company that runs a real-time bidding platform for ad networks, said today...
Real-time Ad Bidding Platform AppNexus Raises $75M In Series D Funding

AppNexus Raises $75 Million (MSFT, YHOO, GOOG)

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Programmatic ad-buying exchange AppNexus just raised $75 million from TCV. That's a lot of money!  It also makes AppNexus that much less likely to be acquired by Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, or Google any time soon. It's may be too pricey now. IPO or bust? Here's the release: AppNexus today announced...
AppNexus Raises $75 Million (MSFT, YHOO, GOOG)
Hollywood talent agency searches for the next big thing, in startups

Mobile app security startup Appthority raises $6.25m from Venrock, USVP

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With smartphone penetration rising worldwide, resulting in the unstoppable increase in downloads and available distribution channels for available mobile apps, businesses can no longer afford to not think about riding the mobile wave. But there is a certain degree of risk involved with using mobile applications in an enterprise environment,...
Mobile app security startup Appthority raises $6.25m from Venrock, USVP
Castlight Lands A Whopping $100M D Round To Bring Transparency To Healthcare Costs

For the First Time, Brooklyn’s Hipster Northside Festival Will Devote Two Days to Startups

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via Northside Festival Since 2009, brothers Scott and Daniel Stedman have been hosting the Northside Festival in Williamsburg and Greenpoint as a cultural showcase for emerging indie bands, filmmakers, and other artistic aspirants of the McCarren Park Kickball Guild. In fact, the Stedman brothers have staked their careers on the...
For the First Time, Brooklyn’s Hipster Northside Festival Will Devote Two Days to Startups

Cisco, Benchmark And Venrock Back Cloud Storage Company CTERA Networks

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CTERA Networks, a company that provides managed cloud-based storage and data protection for SMBs, has raised an undisclosed round of funding led by Venrock, with a strategic investment from Cisco Systems and participation of existing investor Benchmark Capital. Venrock partner Ray Rothrock will join CTERA’s board of directors. CTERA Networks...
Cisco, Benchmark And Venrock Back Cloud Storage Company CTERA Networks

Get Ready To See More Decks In Your Face: LinkedIn Acquires SlideShare for $119 M.

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On the heels of a stronger-than-expected performance in the first quarter, LinkedIn just announced that it purchased SlideShare, the company that lets users upload, share, and embed PDFs, Word documents, but primarily PowerPoint presentations. The deal, which will close next quarter, was split between about 45 percent cash and roughly...
Get Ready To See More Decks In Your Face: LinkedIn Acquires SlideShare for $119 M.
Don't mess with AppNexus: Ad tech company puts $75M in its holster
Shape Security gets $20M second round while still not revealing its products
ConsultingMD Lands $10M From Venrock To Bring Speedy Referrals And Second Opinions Online
Funding Daily: Dream the dream

Meet The Three Most Fund-able Health Companies From The DC To VC Showcase

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Today, Morgenthaler Ventures and Health 2.0 concluded its “DC to VC” startup showcase, a nationwide contest that aims to find the most promising and “fund-able” young businesses in health IT looking for funding. From hundreds of applicants, twelve finalists were chosen to pitch their ideas on stage at the Health...
Meet The Three Most Fund-able Health Companies From The DC To VC Showcase

Textbook replacement service Boundless raises $8M

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Boundless, a service that curates free online content for college students, announced today it has raised $8 million in funding. The service works with Open Educational Resources (OER) to make free content available to students. Instead of offering textbooks, the company wants to make them obsolete by offering study guides...
Textbook replacement service Boundless raises $8M

The Boundless Open Textbook Initiative Has Evolved But Its Future Is Marred By Lawsuits

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Our education system is broken, from lower-level public schools all the way up to higher learning. EdTech startups are coming at the numerous problems from every angle. Boundless, a startup out of Boston, is aiming to offer an open alternative to the college textbook. But major publishers like Pearson Education,...
The Boundless Open Textbook Initiative Has Evolved But Its Future Is Marred By Lawsuits

AppNexus CEO Brian O'Kelley on his $70 million round, the IPO market, and life after realtime bidding

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Since I started covering adtech in New York, no company in the sector has been more surrounded by rumor than AppNexus. Not in a bad way — it just happens to be one of New York’s largest companies, with 400 employees, and it also happens to act as an intermediary...
AppNexus CEO Brian O'Kelley on his $70 million round, the IPO market, and life after realtime bidding

$9.8M richer, Dollar Shave Club may have survived the subscription commerce reckoning

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Like any business model trend, subscription commerce companies appeared to grow on trees for the better part of the last 18 months. Many have rightly called the model a fad (we preferred “smokescreen”). As consumer and investor appetite waned, a few winners have risen to the top, while the majority...
$9.8M richer, Dollar Shave Club may have survived the subscription commerce reckoning

Expensive Textbooks Now Free, Thanks to Boundless Learning’s Hacked Replacements. The Publishing Industry is Not So Pleased.

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Let me get this out of the way: Boundless Learning, a Boston-based startup, just raised $8 million from Venrock, bringing the company’s total funding to just under $10 million. Prior investors include SV Angel, Founder Collective, Nextview Ventures and Kepha Partners. Ok. Onto the juicy stuff. In our earliest days,...
Expensive Textbooks Now Free, Thanks to Boundless Learning’s Hacked Replacements. The Publishing Industry is Not So Pleased.

With $1.9M From Venrock And Others, Trumaker Wants To Bring Made-To-Measure To The Masses

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[tc_5min code="517817578"] When most men go out to buy a casual shirt, they think of sizing in terms of small, medium, or large. But a new startup called Trumaker wants men to start expecting more from the fit of their day to day shirts, by bringing personalized made-to-measure fitting to...
With $1.9M From Venrock And Others, Trumaker Wants To Bring Made-To-Measure To The Masses
Shape Security raises $20M for a project so secret, if it told you, it would have to kill you

With new partner, VC firm Aberdare goes all in on digital health

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Venture capital firm Aberdare is evolving with the times. In response to technology, policy and demographic trends that are reshaping the healthcare industry, the group on Tuesday said it is refining its investment thesis. To support its growing emphasis on “transformational health investing,” the firm also said it had hired...
With new partner, VC firm Aberdare goes all in on digital health
To boost faster Wi-Fi, STMicroelectronics licenses Quantenna's technology

LinkedIn Buys SlideShare for $119M While Beating Earnings Expectations

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Business networking service LinkedIn had good news to deliver to investors today: it is expanding its move into productivity tools with the acquisition of presentation hosting service SlideShare for $119 million, and it had $5 million in net income from revenue of $188.5, for earnings of $0.05 per share, ahead...
LinkedIn Buys SlideShare for $119M While Beating Earnings Expectations

The Dollar Shave Club Gets $9.8 Million From Investors (AAPL)

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In March, every man at Business Insider lit up with news that a new startup was selling razors for $1 per month. Dollar Shave Club emerged from Los Angeles incubator Science Inc. with $1 million from investors such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz. Now it has...
The Dollar Shave Club Gets $9.8 Million From Investors (AAPL)

For Your Mobile App, the Secret to Success

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When it comes to mobile applications, user experience is key to their success. As an investor, I get to see several new apps a week and I can’t tell you how many of their UIs are cluttered and fail to make clear the crux of their value fast enough. Meanwhile,...
For Your Mobile App, the Secret to Success

Dollar Shave Club Carves Off Another $9.8M to Take Business International

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The Dollar Shave Club aims to disrupt the Gillette’s and Bic’s of the world by offering razors sent to your door for as low as $1 a month plus shipping. The razor blade model has come to mean something in business: Selling something at a loss in order to lock-in future...
Dollar Shave Club Carves Off Another $9.8M to Take Business International
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