While our intrepid CES team braved the amoebic Las Vegas masses – ask Jolie O’Dell about it — a couple of fundings caught our attention.
View soaks up $100M to make your windows smarter — and more environmentally friendly
Silicon Valley-based View (formerly Soladigm), which today announced a $100 million funding round led by Madrone Capital Partners, makes “dynamic glass” that reacts intelligently to outside conditions, automatically tinting to reduce glare and energy usage from interior lighting and air conditioning. Occupants of buildings outfitted with View’s windows can also manually adjust the glass settings with mobile apps or wall switches. According to View CEO Rao Mulpuri, the company’s dynamic glass eliminates the need for blinds or shades — and more importantly, it reduces annual HVAC and lighting energy consumption by around 20 percent in a typical commercial installation. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Aereo TV-anywhere startup gets $34M despite litigious fight with broadcasters
Your startup’s whole premiss hangs in the balance of a court decision. Everything you’ve worked for may soon go in the gutter. What’s your next move? Well, if you’re TV-streaming startup Aereo, evidently you raise $34 million. The company creates a little device that grabs the signals from free, over-the-air stations such as NBC, ABC, and Fox, and then makes them available on user’s desktop computers. Aereo’s third round of funding comes from IAC, Himalaya Capital Management, and media investor Gordon Crawford. Highland Capital Partners, FirstMark Capital, and other participated in the round. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Omicia hopes to boil down genomic big data into more useful information, raises $6.8M
As we collect more and more genetic data, somebody’s got to do something with all that information. Omicia has a system for analyzing human genome sequences, and that might be just what the doctor ordered. Apparently investors agree: Omicia has picked up a $6.8 million series A led by Artis Ventures. Other investors include Buchanan Investments and Bay City Capital, which will be adding partners to Omicia’s board, as well as Acadia Woods Partners and Casdin Capital. Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Plated delivers ingredients and prep instructions to your door
Plated has created the un-grocery-shopping-trip. The company received $5 million in its first round of funding today. While there are plenty of companies that will deliver groceries to your door, and plenty more companies that will deliver fully-cooked healthy meals to your door, Plated delivers the ingredients and directions on how to do it for yourself. The funding was led by ff Venture Capital with participation from Lerer Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Founder Collective, and angels. Plated is headquartered in New York and is says it delivers to “80 percent of the continental U.S.” Read the full story on VentureBeat.
Digedu secures $2.5M to bring tech to the classroom
Chicago-based Digedu today announced the close of a $2.5 million funding round led by 7wire Ventures. The startup’s “Learning Engine” attempts to engage tech-savvy students — and eliminate textbooks — with interactive lessons that are available across myriad devices, at any time. Schools in 12 states currently utilize the platform. Read the full story here.