The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) came out with its quarterly report today, which found that by number of funds, the third quarter ranks as the strongest quarter for venture capital fundraising in the past twelve months.
Guest Post Silicon Valley investors are relatively more concept-focused than revenue- and profit-focused, while the opposite is true in Silicon Beach.
Why is there this regional investor difference?
Media cloud startup Loom opened its service to the public today after a few months in private beta testing.
HootSuite is putting some of its recently raised cash to work. The enterprise social media management company turned in a massive $165 million funding round for international expansion, and it’s wasting no time using that money.
“The benefit of being part of LinkedIn is very clear. The benefit of being part of Facebook is very, very clear. The benefit of being on Twitter is … not so obvious.”
Online database company MongoDB is now the top dog among New York City startups.
EyeQuant, a spin-off from the University of Osnabrück, predicts where users will look in the first three seconds of a website visit. All that’s needed is a URL or uploaded image.
Runa Capital’s Ilya Zubarev believes that Rocketbank can success on a global scale. “We are confident that RocketBank has the potential to gain recognition among millions of clients around the world,” he stated.
Update: This version of the story corrects an earlier reference to Peter Fenton’s holdings of Twitter shares.
What do funding and s’mores have to do with each other? Hint: they’re very tangentially related.
Twitter publicly filed its initial public offering documentation today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The short-form social media news company plans to sell 472,613,753 shares and raise at least $1 billion.
Companies are rapidly adopting external cloud applications to get work done, but they’re not always sanctioned by chief technology officers. Netskope tracks the use (and misuse) of these myriad apps, providing IT departments with enough information to keep companies efficient and safe.
Jemstep has raised $4.5 million for its online portfolio manager that looks at your existing investment portfolio, and uses data analytics to recommend how to best invest your 401K savings.
What started out as an intriguing startup notion a few years ago — a mobile search engine that can find apps using natural language — has now raised a total of more than $74 million.
Zoom offers a neighborhood-based, membership-only car rental service by hour or by day.
The Y Combinator-backed company helps small businesses and their employees get instant, customized quotes, make comparisons, and complete the application process online.
Digital comic book startup Madefire has just closed a new $5.2 million round of funding, the company told VentureBeat today.
The company provides software-as-a-service that helps large organizations manage and optimize their vehicle fleets. It has been profitable for years, but doesn’t want to miss the “window for accelerating growth.”
The Climate Corporation applies data analytics to weather to help farmers adapt to climate change. Monsanto aims to build out its data science offerings to help farmers grow more Franken-crops than ever before.
The company has closed $25 million from Sequoia for its “talent interaction platform,” which leverages video technology to make each stage of the recruiting process more personal.
Office supply retailer Staples has purchased e-commerce personalization startup Runa, the company announced today. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Accelerator program and investment group 500 Startups has just announced a new $44.1 million seed fund today, the second the group has raised since launching.
SAP Ventures has raised $1 billion in the past year to invest in enterprise startups and entrepreneurs. This latest raise brings its total capital under management to a massive $1.4 billion.
German media giant Axel Springer is now the majority shareholder in fitness app maker Runtastic, following a eight-digit euro investment deal with the young Austrian company.
Government employees are not getting paid today, but the private sector is booming with 8 major funding announcements.
Leaf manufactures customized tablet POS systems for brick and mortar businesses. Its LeafPresenter tablet comes with a magnetic stripe card reader, near field communication (NFC), Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV), front and rear-facing cameras, and can also accept gift cards, PayPal, and mobile wallets.
Cover launched a mobile payments app today that lets you enjoy your meal without having to wait for or worry about the check. It also announced it has closed a $1.5 million seed round of funding.
Vulture capitalist Carl Icahn wants Apple to buy back a massive $150 billion of its own stock. He told CEO Tim Cook that last night and plans to meet with the Apple CEO again in three weeks.
Wrike, a startup that produces project management software, has secured a new $10 million round of funding to help grow the business, the company announced today.
Cigital bills itself as the world’s largest consulting firm specializing in software security. The Dulles, VA- based company works with government agencies and large corporations to design, build, and maintain secure software.
Big data startup Logentries, which just announced a $10 million funding round, wants to help you find the needles in your digital haystack.
Without further ado or spoilers, here’s the conclusion to an epic September’s investment activity.
Searching for an apartment lies somewhere between falling down the stairs at a party and getting a root canal on the “suckiness” spectrum. RentalRoost uses 20 lifestyle search criteria and social media data to make it easier.
Editor’s Pick “Miley Cyrus could be the next big tech investor,” Ferriss told me. “Therein lies the promise … and the risk.”
Power management company Varentec has raised another $8 million — with a little help from Bill Gates.
HelloFresh, a Berlin, Germany-based company that aims to make tasty, healthy meals at home as effortless as possible, has nabbed another $7.5 million to boost its market share in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Twitter indicated two weeks ago that it had filed for an IPO, but now it plans to make its filing public….
AngelList, a site that helps angel investors invest in technology startups by providing screening information about the companies, last week announced AngelList Syndicates.
A New Zealand company funded by the U.S. intelligence community’s venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel, has built a smartphone technology called Spike that lets anyone take precise measurements of — and make 3D models of — anything in the outside world.
This “search-as-a-service” startup has closed $7.5 million, just six weeks after announcing a $1.7 million seed round.