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Kleiner Perkins Debuts First Engineering Fellows Class

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Last year, venture firm Kleiner Perkins debuted its plans for a summer internship program to place top engineering talent from colleges at the firm’s portfolio companies. The benefit is two-fold: students get to work at the startup level, are mentored (and have the prestige of Kleiner Perkins on their resume)...
Kleiner Perkins Debuts First Engineering Fellows Class

Customer Loyalty And Rewards Platform For Local Businesses Belly Raises $10M From Andreessen Horowitz

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Chicago-based Belly, a startup that is a fast-growing contender in the local business customer loyalty and rewards space, has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Andreessen Horowitz. The company also announced that Andreessen Horowitz partner Jeff Jordan, former chairman and CEO of OpenTable and former president of PayPal,...
Customer Loyalty And Rewards Platform For Local Businesses Belly Raises $10M From Andreessen Horowitz

Art discovery service Artfinder draws new funding

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Artfinder, the service that helps art lovers discover and share works online, has raised a second round of funding, I’m hearing. The London-based company has quietly closed a fresh injection of funding from Scandinavian VC Northzone, pan-European venture firm Wellington and Silicon Valley’s Greylock Partners — all with an eye...
Art discovery service Artfinder draws new funding

Early Twitter Product Head Anamitra Banerji Becomes An EIR At Foundation Capital

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When Twitter shook up its product leadership in July, it let loose four Silicon Valley veterans into a talent-starved job market. While the three others have become a VC, a cofounder, and an engineering head, the last one left unaccounted for now has a new home. Anamitra Banerji has just...
Early Twitter Product Head Anamitra Banerji Becomes An EIR At Foundation Capital

How Notion will spend $100m on Euro cloud startups

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Good news for European cloud startups, as U.K.-based Notion Capital announced a $100 million fund for investing in software as a service companies across the continent. Started by Brits Stephen Chandler and Jos White, who sold their messaging security company Messagelabs to Symantec for around $700 million in 2008, Notion...
How Notion will spend $100m on Euro cloud startups

Exclusive: Japan's Rakuten Wins the Heart of Pinterest in $120M Funding Race With $1.5B Valuation

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Rakuten, the largest e-commerce site in Japan, is expected to be the lead investor in the much-contested next round of funding for Silicon Valley’s hottest start-up, Pinterest. The funding is expected to be announced tomorrow morning. The Tokyo-based Internet giant will invest upwards of $50 million in a $120...
Exclusive: Japan's Rakuten Wins the Heart of Pinterest in $120M Funding Race With $1.5B Valuation

How Does Y Combinator Scale Y Combinator?

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The startups that presented at Y Combinator’s Demo Day last week were remarkable in their own right, but perhaps the most striking thing was the sheer number of them. With 66 companies and 180 founders in this season’s batch, the auditorium at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum was practically bursting...
How Does Y Combinator Scale Y Combinator?
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MarkaVIP Secures $10 million As The Middle East Takes Off

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Online private sales burst onto the scene a few years ago in the shape of Vente Privee in Europe and, later, Gilt in the US. It’s a model we all know and love – and it’s rapidly proving a model with which emerging economies are, well, rather obsessed. I was...
MarkaVIP Secures $10 million As The Middle East Takes Off
Braemar closes $300M fund for energy tech

Facebook Billionaire Peter Thiel Raises New Venture Fund To Invest In His "Utopia"

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Peter Thiel raised a $32 million fund to invest in startups in... New Zealand, reports the WSJ.  The reports say he "set up" or "opened a fund", but this is not technically true. As we reported more than a year ago, Thiel has been actively investing in New Zealand...
Facebook Billionaire Peter Thiel Raises New Venture Fund To Invest In His "Utopia"

Fred Wilson: Don't Be Silly, Facebook's IPO Was Not A Disaster For Startups (FB)

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Two of tech's most prominent early-stage investors look at the Facebook IPO in two different ways. Paul Graham, who runs Y-Combinator, the most important startup incubator, thinks the Facebook IPO mess will trickle back to the early stage of investment and cause all sorts of problems for startups looking for...
Fred Wilson: Don't Be Silly, Facebook's IPO Was Not A Disaster For Startups (FB)

Google Ventures-Backed Location-Sharing Service EchoEcho Raises $750k From Bullpen, PROfounders

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EchoEcho is one of the more useful location-based applications on the market today. Instead of focusing on check-ins and deals, the application simply makes it easy for you to find out where your friends are and lets you set up a meeting with them. Last September, EchoEcho raised $750,000 from...
Google Ventures-Backed Location-Sharing Service EchoEcho Raises $750k From Bullpen, PROfounders

DragonPlay secures $14 million to expand mobile gaming portfolio

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DragonPlay has locked in a massive $14 million series A funding round from Accel Partners, a venture firm that was a very early investor in Facebook. Born in 2010, DragonPlay is a young company, but one that has made its mark on the mobile gaming space. It’s very popular Live Holdem Poker...
DragonPlay secures $14 million to expand mobile gaming portfolio

Enterprise Software Startups Make a Comeback

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After funding a boom in sketchy startups targeting heavily hyped consumer categories such as social media and mobile, smart venture capitalists are returning to their senses and investing in companies that emphasize solid fundamentals, like paying customers and profits. That’s why enterprise software companies are finally getting the attention -...
Enterprise Software Startups Make a Comeback

Should (And Will) Kleiner Perkins Settle Its Gender Discrimination Fight?

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High-profile venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers faces off in San Francisco court later today against its partner Ellen Pao in what will be the first public face-off in one of the most closely watched stories of the past months in Silicon Valley. What to expect in court tomorrow...
Should (And Will) Kleiner Perkins Settle Its Gender Discrimination Fight?
Peter Thiel Launches Mithril: A New $402 Million Late-Stage Fund

Tech Companies Rejoice! IVP's New Jumbo Fund Totals $1 Billion.

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Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) could be considered an old-timer in the world of venture investing, especially by today’s youthful Silicon Valley standards. At 32 years old, the venture firm has backed more than 300 companies and has witnessed 90 companies go public. Some of its better-known deals include comScore, Dropbox, HomeAway, Kayak, LivingSocial, Netflix,...
Tech Companies Rejoice! IVP's New Jumbo Fund Totals $1 Billion.

Exclusive: Code Advisors Takes a $25 Million Investment From J.P. Morgan

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Code Advisors is getting a $25 million investment from financial services giant JPMorgan Chase for a minority stake in the Silicon Valley-based boutique investment bank and advisory firm. The influx of cash will allow Code to grow quicker, said Quincy Smith, one of the firm’s founders, which also include...
Exclusive: Code Advisors Takes a $25 Million Investment From J.P. Morgan
Exclusive: Sequoia Capital raising new funds

VC Victor Hwang: How To Create The Next Silicon Valley

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As Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley venture firm that helps build “innovation ecosystems” around the globe, Victor Hwang knows quite a lot about what it takes to create an environment where high-tech startups can grow and thrive. In fact, it’s the subject of his new...
VC Victor Hwang: How To Create The Next Silicon Valley

Currency Cloud gets $3.1m to disrupt foreign exchange

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Little more than a week after announcing a partnership with foreign exchange service Transferwise, London financial startup The Currency Cloud has landed a £2 million ($3.1 million) round of funding to help it go global. The money comes from Notion, a new venture firm started by MessageLabs founders Jos White...
Currency Cloud gets $3.1m to disrupt foreign exchange
Ignite’s Brady Forrest to set sail for San Francisco with new job at Khosla Ventures
Open Source Darling GitHub Takes $100m In From VC King

Vyclone, A Startup 2 Years In The Making, Launches With $2.7 Million From Ashton Kutcher, Live Nation And DreamWorks

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Two years ago, British musician Joe Sumner approached his relative David King Lassman with an idea. He noticed on tour that a lot of fans took mobile videos during concerts. There'd be hundreds of videos on YouTube from a single event, but there was no way to connect them all....
Vyclone, A Startup 2 Years In The Making, Launches With $2.7 Million From Ashton Kutcher, Live Nation And DreamWorks
Valley clean energy innovation can prosper, it just takes awhile

Venture Capitalist Mike Moritz Says He’s Stepping Back From Sequoia Capital Because of Illness

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In very sad news, Mike Moritz, who has led top-tier venture firm Sequoia Capital through the very beginnings of the web until now, is stepping back because of an incurable disease. His firm has backed many of the homeruns of the last two decades including Google, Paypal and LinkedIn. Attached...
Venture Capitalist Mike Moritz Says He’s Stepping Back From Sequoia Capital Because of Illness
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Tealium lands a $10.5 million Series B to grow its enterprise tagging products

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Today, enterprise-focused Tealium announced that it has raised a $10.5 million Series B round of funding from Battery Ventures. Battery’s Neeraj Agrawal will be joining its board of directions as part of the deal. Interestingly, Tealium raised its Series A round recently, in January of this year. That funding was a total of $1.1 million,...
Tealium lands a $10.5 million Series B to grow its enterprise tagging products
Kleiner Perkins sued by female partner for sexual harassment and discrimination
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