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Greycroft closes $175 million third fund

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Greycroft Partners, which made a pretty penny on exits such as Huffington Post and Buddy Media, announced it has completed its third fund, which closed at $175 million. The New York-based venture capital firm (see disclosure below) with offices in Los Angeles, said the fund was oversubscribed but it held...
Greycroft closes $175 million third fund

The Right Geeks To Fill The GOP's Tech Void

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To bridge the tech talent gap, 2016 GOP hopefuls might want to pay attention to these Republican tech heavyweights. Silicon Valley has long had a reputation as a Democrat's haven, and it's got the percentage points to prove it. In Nate Silver's recent FiveThirtyEight breakdown of the numbers, President...
The Right Geeks To Fill The GOP's Tech Void
Beamit changes name to Remitly

This 28-Year-Old Professional Poker Player Now Has A Fantasy Sports Startup

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28-year-old Taylor Caby, a professional poker player who started playing poker at the age of 14, wants to make fantasy sports more like poker. He co-founded a startup called DraftDay, which lets users create new fantasy sports teams every day and bet on their performance. His company is backed...
This 28-Year-Old Professional Poker Player Now Has A Fantasy Sports Startup

Kleiner Perkins names the 12 college student participants of its inaugural Design Fellows program

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Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers announced today the 12 college students who have been admitted into its Design Fellows program. This is the first batch for this program and each individual has been paired with one of the firm’s portfolio companies where they’ll gain experience and relationships...
Kleiner Perkins names the 12 college student participants of its inaugural Design Fellows program

Facebook IPO Jackpot: What Everyone is Worth on Paper

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We can finally estimate how much Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow shareholders are worth. The social network set the stock-price range for its IPO at $28 to $35, meaning it’s shooting for a valuation as high as $94 billion. Here are the shareholders holding more than a $1...
Facebook IPO Jackpot: What Everyone is Worth on Paper
Meet 11 Startups That Beat Out 1,700 Others For Spots In New York's Hottest Accelerator Program, TechStars

Ignition-backed Cloudera scores whopping $65M round

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It’s been a good week for Ignition Partners, the Bellevue venture capital firm. On Wednesday, Citrix Systems announced its intentions to acquire Ignition portfolio company Zenprise in a deal that Fortune pegged at $355 million. Now, Cloudera, a four-year-old Hadoop based software startup led by ex-engineers from Facebook, Google and...
Ignition-backed Cloudera scores whopping $65M round
Is this the future of groceries? Blue Apron raises $3 million for subscription meal kits

E-Commerce Focused VC Forerunner Ventures Raises $40 Million For Its First Institutional Fund

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Warby Parker, Birchbox, HotelTonight, Threadflip, Dollar Shave Club. People who follow the booming e-commerce trend will certainly find those names familiar. But up until today, they may not have known one thread that ties them (and a handful of other similar companies all together: Forerunner Ventures. A San Francisco-based venture...
E-Commerce Focused VC Forerunner Ventures Raises $40 Million For Its First Institutional Fund

Greylock scientist DJ Patil: “Data is the new black”

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Dr. DJ Patil (not actually a DJ) is the data scientist in residence at Greylock Partners, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and in a talk at LeWeb London, he unleashes a mighty nerdgasm all about the power of big data. He tells the audience “the demand for...
Greylock scientist DJ Patil: “Data is the new black”

Investors Cool on Foursquare

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Some social media start-ups are finding investors a lot less friendly in the wake of Facebook Inc.’s messy initial public offering. A few months before Facebook went public in May, venture capital firm Spark Capital Partners LLC bought $30 million of Foursquare Labs Inc. stock from the start-up’s employees in...
Investors Cool on Foursquare

Andreessen Horowitz to give half their earnings to charity

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A different type of return on investment Venture capital firm makes a bold philanthropic pledge. FORTUNE -- The general partners of Andreessen Horowitz have pledged to donate at least half of their future venture capital earnings to philanthropic causes. And, to begin, they have sprinkled $1 million on Silicon Valley...
Andreessen Horowitz to give half their earnings to charity

Draper Fisher Juvertson invests in social bandwidth MVNO Karma

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Karma, a new virtual mobile operator that encourages customers to share their 4G connections, has a new investor: Draper Fisher Juvertson, the venture capital firm that invested in big in SpaceX, Tesla, Box, Yammer and several greentech firms. DFJ’s official Twitter account revealed the investment Monday morning, and when contacted,...
Draper Fisher Juvertson invests in social bandwidth MVNO Karma

4 Tech Trends That Will Make Colleges and Universities Better Teachers

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Guest author Troy Williams is president of Macmillan New Ventures, a venture capital firm.  These are dark days for many colleges and universities. Sharp decreases in government funding and private-giving have forced academic cutbacks. That, along with soaring tuition and disappointing postgraduate employment, has earned the United States the dubious...
4 Tech Trends That Will Make Colleges and Universities Better Teachers

Senior Twitter and Juniper Executives Join VC Firm Sutter Hill As Managing Directors

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Sutter Hill Ventures has added two new directors from Twitter and Juniper Networks — a move that speaks to the next big focus in investment — enterprise IT and its integration with consumer technologies. Stefan Dyckerhoff joins Sutter from Juniper Network Systems where he worked as executive vice president of...
Senior Twitter and Juniper Executives Join VC Firm Sutter Hill As Managing Directors

Facebook Can Blame Google For Its China Problems

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Google has to bear some responsibility for Facebook’s inability to build a presence in China, according to a leading market analyst. I introduced Shaun Rein here on PandoDaily a couple of days ago. He’s the founder of the China Market Research Group and a veteran watcher of the country’s tech...
Facebook Can Blame Google For Its China Problems

Formation 8, The Hottest Venture-Capital Firm You've Never Heard Of, Just Came Out Of Hiding

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Formation 8, a highly anticipated new venture-capital firm, just unveiled its website, revealing a host of previously hidden information. The firm's been drawing a lot of head-scratching in Silicon Valley, as it hasn't previously said much about itself. Its most notable partner: Joe Lonsdale, the cofounder of Palantir, a secretive,...
Formation 8, The Hottest Venture-Capital Firm You've Never Heard Of, Just Came Out Of Hiding

Nextdoor, Social Network for Neighborhoods, Gets Facebook, LinkedIn Backer

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Nextdoor, a San Francisco-based Web site for connecting neighbors, has something else in common with Facebook and LinkedIn, its far bigger and better known peers in the social networking trade: the same early investor. Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm that made investments years ago in LinkedIn and Facebook, has...
Nextdoor, Social Network for Neighborhoods, Gets Facebook, LinkedIn Backer

Actually, The Hottest Thing About Sweden Is Its Tech Scene

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Spotify, Mojang and Wrapp, respectively music, games and gift services winning online markets worldwide, are among tech start-ups that have made Sweden Europe's hottest spot for investors hunting the next big thing. Attracting more venture capital relative to the size of its economy than any of its...
Actually, The Hottest Thing About Sweden Is Its Tech Scene

Dismissive VCs Drive Hardware Startups Straight to Kickstarter

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Ms. Hu (lark.com) Imagine that you invented this really cool wristband alarm clock, and you think it could be a real 'disruptive' technology. You spend months mocking up a presentation to give to investors at TechCrunch Disrupt, but on the morning of your demo, rich assholes incapable of summoning empathy...
Dismissive VCs Drive Hardware Startups Straight to Kickstarter

Lightspeed Ventures Positions For The New Age of Data With Investments in Storage Space

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Lightspeed Venture Partners has had a phenomenal run in the next generation storage market. In the past 12 to 14 months, four of its portfolio companies have been acquired and one has gone to IPO. Here they are: XtremIO sold in May to EMC for an estimated $430 million. In June, SK...
Lightspeed Ventures Positions For The New Age of Data With Investments in Storage Space

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

Spark Capital Raises $450 Million For Its 4th Fund To See Its Startups All The Way Through To Exit

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Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm, has raised $450 million for its its fourth and largest fund to date. The fund is about $100 million larger than Spark's last. General Partner Todd Dagres says that's because Spark has "figured out its sweet spot." It wants to ramp up its...
Spark Capital Raises $450 Million For Its 4th Fund To See Its Startups All The Way Through To Exit

Cloud-consultant Cloud Sherpas raises $20M, merges with GlobalOne

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Salesforce partner GlobalOne and Google enterprise partner Cloud Sherpas are merging together to form a new cloud consulting firm. GlobalOne will take Cloud Sherpas’ name in this marriage, and the newly merged company will offer the same services for both cloud platforms. Cloud Sherpas also announced a new round of funding...
Cloud-consultant Cloud Sherpas raises $20M, merges with GlobalOne

Kenneth And Ben Lerer Talk Good Design, Strong Politics, And Mixing Work And Family [TCTV]

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For some of us, hanging out with our parents is something best relegated to off-work hours and holidays. But Kenneth Lerer and Ben Lerer have had some big successes working together at Lerer Ventures, the New York City venture capital firm whose portfolio includes BuzzFeed, Warby Parker, Everlane, FancyHands,...
Kenneth And Ben Lerer Talk Good Design, Strong Politics, And Mixing Work And Family [TCTV]
An Investor Who Backed eBay Says Now Is A Great Time To Do Consumer Internet Startups
Pinterest Is Now A $2.5 Billion Company
Funding daily: beer, real estate, data optimization, payments, and health

Recruiting developers: Perspectives from the startup front lines

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Photo: Brenda Gottsabend Recruiting developers to a startup is hard. The market is tight. That’s compounded by the fact that it takes a special type of developer to work at a startup — someone who is comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity, and digs the culture. I spend a lot of...
Recruiting developers: Perspectives from the startup front lines
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