New group-buying company Offermatic came out of stealth mode today. The venture describes itself as a “Groupon/Mint.com/Blippy hybrid” that doesn’t share your info publicly.
Mikkel Svane, CEO of help desk ticketing provider Zendesk, said that his company’s most recent round of funding worth $19 million might be its last.
Intelius, a company that runs background checks on people via everything from iPhone apps to screening phone calls, today launched TrueRep, a new subscription service designed to help consumers track and control their online identity and reputation.
AdMob was one of the big success stories in mobile advertising, at least from a venture capital perspective. Now a team of former AdMob and Google employees are launching a new mobile ad startup called MoPub, and they’ve raised seed funding from AdMob investor Accel Partners.
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Juniper Networks, a provider of computer networking technology, announced today that it has acquired network security specialist Altor Networks for $95 million.
Taulia, which gives companies discounts when they pay suppliers early, announced today that it has raised $3.2 million in its first round of funding.
Monetate, a provider of website testing and ad targeting services, announced today that it has raised $5.1 million in its first round of funding.
AOL, at one time a leading Internet service provider, is looking to spin-off its dial-up operations and merge the remainder of the company with Yahoo, according to a report by Reuters.
Guest Post Google announced yesterday that it’s purchased Widevine, a video digital rights management company mostly known as the technology behind Netflix’s video protection. Widevine gives video sites the tools to license, encrypt, and distribute videos to a variety of device platforms.
It’s official: Groupon makes a ridiculous amount of money. In fact, it makes more than enough to reject Google’s offer, worth somewhere between $5 billion and $6 billion, to buy the daily-deal company.
Roger Ehrenberg, a former Wall Street investor, launched IA Ventures earlier this year to invest in startups that leverage “big data”. Now that big data is attracting big cash from limited partners as the fund has raised $50M, Dan Primack of Fortune reports.
Famed startup investor John Doerr recently said that turning down a chance to put money in Twitter, the fast-growing, San Francisco-based microblogging company, was one of his biggest mistakes.
Today’s funding announcements include new online communities for images, ideas and local traffic announcements:
Google’s not the only one getting into the increasingly lucrative online group buying business. LivingSocial has just scored a $175 million investment from Amazon.com, a deal whose possibility was first reported by VentureBeat last month.
Video-conferencing service Mingleverse announced today that it has raised $1.4 million in a seed funding round to help expand its social network version on Facebook.
10gen, developer of the open-source software for databases called MongoDB, announced today that it has raised $6.5 million in its third round of funding from Sequoia Capital.
Media titan Barry Diller said he is stepping down as CEO of media conglomerate InterActive Corp today.
E-commerce giant eBay is close to announcing it has purchased local shopping search engine Milo for $75 million, according to a report by Business Insider.
Online investing service Betterment announced today that it has raised $3 million in a first round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners.
As speculation mounts about an imminent buyout of daily-deals company Groupon by Google for a rumored price tag of $6 billion, one salient fact is being ignored: The two companies are already in bed with each other.
Online retailers racked up a cool $1 billion in sales on Cyber Monday — traditionally the heaviest online holiday shopping day of the year — and sales were up 16 percent from a year ago, according to data from comScore.
FindTheBest, the website filled with hundreds of charts comparing things like private schools and smartphones, has just raised funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ new sFund.
Today’s funding announcements include new performance marketing models and flash sales exploring new niches:
Various reports in the past couple of weeks have suggested that Twitter is in the process of raising a new round of money that is akin to a hot-and-heavy speed dating session. A couple of weeks ago, the rumor of the day put the company’s valuation in the $3 billion range.
Startup FitnessKeeper, the parent company of the RunKeeper smartphone app, has raised $1.11 million and will use the money to build out its nine-person operation and dive into the highly competitive world of now-fashionable mobile fitness applications.
Enterprise cloud management software company Abiquo has raised around $10 million in a second round of funding. The company is ramping up its global sales and marketing in a bid to compete in an increasingly crowded “private” cloud marketplace.
Yammer, which develops and distributes an enterprise-focused social network similar to Facebook, announced today it has raised an additional $25 million in funding to help expand globally and triple its engineering team.
Hatsize, a service that helps companies demo and test new technology, announced today that it has raised $5 million in its first round of funding to execute its plans for aggressive global expansion.
New financial regulations proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will fall most heavily on super angels, a lawyer who specializes in the industry told VentureBeat this week.
Today’s fundings show the continued trend to social and mobile experiences — with one entrepreneur bragging he took money he didn’t need:
Google-backed Internet satellite company O3b Networks has raised $1.2 billion in what is says is its final funding round before it launches its “constellation” of fiber-quality satellites to bring the developing world online.
CloudBees, which offers cloud services for Java developers, just announced $4 million in Series A financing led by Matrix Partners with participation from individual investors, including JBoss founder Marc Fleury and JBoss/HP/Bluestone veteran Bob Bickel. CloudBees was founded by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey in August this year.
Rumors of a Google/Groupon deal have been swirling for weeks, and now Google has apparently bought the daily deal company for $2.5 billion, an anonymous source tells the news site Vator News.
Kurani Interactive, developer of the Opinionaided iPhone application, announced today that it has secured $275,000 in funding from crowdsourcing angel investor Chuck Chesler and Al Angrisani, a former CEO of market research companies.
Joshua Schachter, the founder of social bookmarking startup Delicious, is working on a stealthy startup called Tasty Labs, and the company just raised $3 million in funding from two big-name firms — Union Square Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.
Socialwise announced today that it has raised $3.4 million in new funding to market its pre-paid credit cards geared towards teen spenders.
Some companies might call it a victory when they ship 14.1 million phones. Apple apparently takes it as a sign that it needs to barge into another company’s market space.
Zappli, the San Francisco-based maker of iPhone shopping application myShopanion, has raised a $500,000 seed round to fund its plans to take the lead against a horde of social shopping competitors.