Funding Daily: investment news best served with a glass of wine

Now that we have survived the bad luck of Friday the 13th, the fireworks and wine-saturated festivities of Bastille Day, and the ides of July, it is time to dive back into the world of venture capital. There was quite a bit of funding news today, although most of it was rather dry. If you need a little something to sweeten these deals, open a bottle of Bordeaux and remember the French motto that wine makes everything better. Or was it Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity?

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10 tips for hosting killer online sales demos

You’ve got exactly what a prospective client needs to grow their business: the right service, the right software, or the right product. But how are you going to…

Alt12 raises $1.26M for a parent social network

Software company Alt12 has raised $1.26 million in new funding from Aydin Senkut’s Felicis Ventures. The company has three apps; one health-focused, one for expecting parents, and a new social network for kids and parents called Kidfolio, which it launched Tuesday. Alt12 is based in San Francisco, Calif. The full press release is below.

Guidewire Software

Guidewire Software seeks $115M IPO, debuts tomorrow

Insurance software company Guidewire will begin trading publicly on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) tomorrow. It has raised $115 million in the initial public offering by selling 8.85 million shares at $13 apiece. That’s well above the 7.5 million shares at $10 to $12 that the company had planned.

Dylan’s Desk: Software is not eating the world

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, I’m writing a column on business and technology called Dylan’s Desk, while Dean Takahashi is writing a column on video games called The DeanBeat. They are available to newsletter subscribers a whole day before they appear on the VentureBeat website.

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Hands on with Office 365: a smart option for small businesses

If you’re a small business or startup, Microsoft Office 365 should be on your technology shortlist. It’s a cloud-based suite based on the world’s most popular office software that launched in late June. It will likely get small businesses and enterprises to start considering cloud software solutions if they haven’t already. Microsoft also hopes this offering can edge into the space Google Apps has had to itself for several years.

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Apple delaying MacBook Air refresh to wait for Lion OS?

Apple plans to wait until its new Lion operating system is out in July before releasing new MacBook Air models loaded with refreshed hardware, according to a report by AppleInsider. Just a week ago, reports were circulating that Apple would likely release refreshed Airs in June.

Evernote reaches more than 10M users

Multi-platform note-taking program Evernote on Monday announced it had reached more than 10 million registered users.

Apple: Mac App Store beats out Best Buy as top PC software vendor

It looks like Apple’s Mac App Store is a smashing success. The company announced today during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote that the App Store is now the number one channel for PC software sales, beating out big retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Office Depot.

Skype’s newest feature: ugly ads

As if Skype’s interface needed more clutter, the Internet voice and video chat company announced today that it’s bringing advertising to its service.

Google’s Chrome OS netbook coming Dec. 7th

It’s been a long stretch, but Google is nearing the finish line with its Chrome OS netbook operating system. The company sent out invitations today to a Chrome event on Tuesday, December 7th, where it will launch the netbook, sources tell Engadget.

Are enterprise sales headed for a free-fall this holiday season?

Somewhere in the stock market’s noise today, there’s a very clear signal: enterprise hardware sales are in trouble. Despite upbeat forecasts from Intel and Nvidia for the fourth quarter this year, a forecast from enterprise giant Cisco for this holiday season paints a terrifying picture that could signal the end of the business-tech comeback.

IBM acquires marketing automation firm Unica for $480M

Following a string of recent acquisitions, IBM has announced that it will purchase marketing automation software maker Unica for about $480 million — at a price of $21 a share.

What’s better: A trial version or a “lite” version?

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