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We compare five content-saving services to figure out which reigns supreme in the quest to keep your stuff organized.
The green technology investing boom has slowed. But if you ask investors, greentech isn’t disappearing, it’s just changing.
The cold and foggy weather in San Francisco didn’t put a damper on funding news today; check out who raised impressive investments below. Also, a certain billionaire splurged on a slightly insane purchase (the photo above is a hint).
Public safety company AtHoc has developed an emergency alert system for government agencies, military organizations, and businesses. The company announced Thursday that it has raised $5.6 million from Intel’s investment arm, Intel Capital.
James Proud is only 20 and he’s already sold his first company. Proud is part of the 2011 class for the Peter Thiel Fellowship – the one that encourages college students to drop out for $100,000 and the shot at developing a business — and he just sold his company Giglocator in a six-figure deal.
Paper résumés are slowly dying off, replaced by personal websites, LinkedIn profiles, and awesome digital portfolios. Instead of a flat, boring text résumé, startup Pathbrite wants you to express your professional and personal achievements in an interactive portfolio, full of pictures of when you climbed Machu Picchu or wrote an extensive research paper.
Fashion-forward types seem infatuated with photographing their outfits. You can scoff at the practice all you want, but the overwhelming number of fashion blogs tells us that sharing outfits is popular, especially in a world with Instagram. Cloth, an iOS app available since last December, goes a step further and catalogs your entire closet based on outfit pictures. Today, it adds weather-tracking features and photo filters to its app.
Hoopla, a gamification startup for salespeople, has raised $2.8 million in its first round of funding.
Check out today’s funding news; there’s a lot of it. A high-brow Airbnb clone snagged $12 million, and 3-D printing received a $6.2 million boost. Take a look at the other companies that VCs are throwing money at today:
Near Infinity, a software development and big data company the caters to the U.S. government, has raised $17 million in a new round of funding.
After 3-D printing more than one million objects, Shapeways announced the close of a $6.2 million second round of funding, reports the New York Times. Keeping up with the growing interest in three-dimensional printing, the company helps you design and print nearly any object of your dreams.
Cloud storage company Panzura has closed a $15 million third round of funding. The San Jose, Calif.- based company provides Web-connected cloud storage that is faster than storage devices attached directly to locally hosted servers.
The funding is flowing this mid-June Monday. A big round went to wireless speaker company Sonos today, and a few cloud companies picked up some cash. Check out who else scooped up funding below.
The Swedes are the first to get their hands on the new HDTVs from Swedish furniture store Ikea. The Uppleva TV, an all-in-one TV/cabinet/audio system is now on sale at the company’s Stockholm store for roughly $1,000, and will trickle into other European locations in the next few weeks.
London-based investment management service Nutmeg has raised $5.3 million. Still in private beta, Nutmeg promises to help you reach your financial goals with personalized investments and long-term savings advice.
Video platform Ooyala has raised a $35 million fifth round of funding from Telstra Applications and Ventures Group. Its platform powers videos on sites such as ESPN, Rolling Stone, and Victoria’s Secret.
U.S. and European venture capital firm Index Ventures announced a €350 million fund for primarily early-stage European investments late Sunday. The firm said it’s impressed by the innovation it’s seeing in Europe despite economics issues that have plagued the area for several years. Some of the fund will go towards U.S.-based startups as well.
Apple knows the art of seduction. By positioning MacBook screens to perfect viewing angle in its stores, the company is subtly seducing you into laying down a couple thousand dollars to take that sleek gadget home.
I’m a multi-tasking, tab-switching, compulsive email-checker and apparently this behavior could indicate that I’m depressed, according to researchers from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Climate Corporation, the company helping businesses adapt to climate change, has raised a $50 million funding round.
A month after Kleiner Perkins partner Ellen Pao filed a lawsuit for gender discrimination and retaliation related to sexual harassment claims, the big-time venture capital firm is responding. KPCB is denying “each and every material allegation” of Pao’s allegations including that Pao raised any concerns over sexual harassment and discrimination anytime before late 2011, when she came out fighting with a legal team.
It was a bit quiet on the funding front today, but several companies managed to raise capital. China’s largest wiki and a data monitoring company were among those raking in the cash. Check them out below.
Openet, a mobile network transaction software company, announced a fourth round of funding, for $21 million, Wednesday. Openet manages network engagement, insights, and control of a mobile network. AT&T, Verizon, and Vodafone use its software to keep tabs on their networks.
Referred to as China’s Wikipedia, Hudong.com is a Chinese-language online encyclopedia. The company is reportedly raising a $50 million third round of funding, sources told Fortune.
They can’t buy a celebratory bottle of champagne, but they’re hoping to start a new business. Meet the new class of under 20 would-be college kids dropping out of college to work on their entrepreneurial dreams under the watchful eye of investor Peter Thiel.
It’s a windfall of funding news today, with 12 companies reporting funding. Check out who raised some cash below.
Apple’s Ping, that social music service in iTunes that most people didn’t use, is finally kicking the bucket. In the next version of iTunes, Ping will be gone, sources told All Things D.
Graffiti has made its way into the digital age. Android and iOS app Stiktu can scan physical objects and add virtual artwork, words, and custom content to them. The brainchild of augmented reality company Layar, the app makes its worldwide début today.
In the past, losing your wallet was a nightmare. The fear that someone would go on a spending spree with your money often caused frantic calls to banks and credit card companies to cancel the cards in your lost wallet. Digital receipt startup Lemon seeks to do away with the drama with its mobile app that backs up everything in your wallet, receipts and all. The company announced Tuesday it raised a $8 million funding round.
Hope it’s summery and warm where you are, funding news readers. The weather in San Francisco is lovely, if you ignore the dark wall of fog creeping slowly towards the VentureBeat office. The outlook is definitely sunny for these companies! Check out who got funded today, and don’t forget to click the links in each paragraph for more details.
Editor's Pick Gals, rejoice — we’ve got a new way to buy shoes. Shoes of Prey lets you customize your shoe from the sole up with leather, sequins, suede, glitter, silk, or cotton. If you’re feeling more exotic, you can slap some genuine fish or snake skin on your new pumps. And the company just received $3 million in funding to boot (ha).
A major hurdle in the job market these days isn’t the lack of jobs, but the lack of talented people to fill the vacant spots. Recruitment platform WillbeHired launches today with a $1 million seed round of funding to help fill these jobs with qualified, talented people.
My phone is full of pictures of the dishes I try at new restaurants, and now these tasty shots have a place to go beyond my SD card. Previously available on the iPhone, Evernote Food launches Thursday for Android devices. Use the app to document your meals in pictures and words. It will then back up that info to Evernote’s main note-keeping service.
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Sports-centered e-commerce site Fanatics, owned by Kynetic, grabbed the attention of Silicon Valley venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Insight Venture Partners to raise a $150 million round of funding at a $1.5 billion.