Funding Daily: Goodie Goodie Gumdrops

Some good souls raised money in funding land today. Ticketfly raised a third round to help people’s assaulted ears listen to better music, and Meteor brought in money to support stressed web developers everywhere. GiveForward received investment for its platform helps people crowdfund medical expenses, and EcoScraps took money for a composting scheme that cuts down on waste and greenhouse emissions. And let’s not forget GoodData, which is mainly good because it has the word in its name.

Obama hopes Silicon Valley investment will pay off

President Obama’s busy trip to Silicon Valley included a private fundraiser at the home of billionaire Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, and a town hall meeting with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg at the Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters of the social networking firm. I felt his impact by getting stuck in the “Obama jam,” as the accompany traffic snarl in San Francisco was called.

Startup Fundraising 101

Back in 1998 during our first startup, ViewPlus, my co-founder (and close friend) Jimmy Kim and I went through the usual hardships of begging for money from friends and family, digging into our piggy banks and signing up for credit cards like they were lotto tickets.