Funding Daily: No reservations

Investments on the funding map all had a distinctive local flavor today. VC firms invested in regional companies and they money didn’t travel too far from home.

Funding Daily: Shout it from the mountaintops

It all started from the concept of a slippery slope. Combine the snowball effect online shopping can have on susceptible consumers (present company included), a company founded in the Swiss Alps, and an iPad app vaguely reminiscent of snow, and my Funding Daily horizon was filled with mountainous peaks. Let’s see which companies set off on the trails of venture capital.

Funding Daily: Soup’s on!

The water is coming to a slow boil this Monday, as investors add their money into startup pots and hope that the end result will be something delicious, and more importantly, lucrative. Let’s see what’s cooking today.

Funding Daily: Calm winds and quiet seas

Over the past couple days, funding news has been coming in at a leisurely pace, a summertime pace, if you will. Just a handful of companies made investment announcements, so I have taken the liberty of wrapping them all up in one nice, little package. I hope you are reading it on a lounge chair at a beach with a cocktail in hand. It is August, after all: Don’t people usually go on vacations around this time? Venture capitalists certainly seem to.

Funding Daily: A big dose of the warm and fuzzies

Today’s investment news is filled with good vibes. Anyone who claims that the world of technology is cold, hard, and emotionless should take a look at the stories below. We’ve got companies promoting family values, technology that puts people in touch with their feelings, and all sorts of other avenues for personal expression. You may want to read this Funding Daily on a couch with a box of tissues and The Interpretation of Dreams nearby.

Funding Daily: sugar magnolia, funding blooming

Yesterday, I masqueraded as a sci-fi nerd. Today, I’m letting my true [tie-dye] colors fly as I raise my hippie flag and incorporate social responsibility, sunshine, rainbows, and yes, even a hint of marijuana into the funding news.

Funding Daily: Batman forsakes Gotham City for Silicon Valley

After seeing the Dark Knight Rises last night, I felt compelled to test a theory that everything can somehow be framed within the Batman context. One way or another, I managed to find a Batman angle for all of today’s funding news. It wasn’t that hard, considering Bruce Wayne would probably be an angel investor if he spent less time saving the world from destruction and gave less money to orphans. And that mouthpiece Bane wears looks suspiciously like a piece of hardware I saw on Kickstarter. To the Bat Cave!

Vive le web! European consumer tech startups fuel VC growth

With all the doom and gloom about the European debt crisis, it’s easy to underestimate the impact of early-stage tech companies, sprouting up in hubs like London and Berlin. These startups have fueled a 14 percent increase in venture capital investment in Europe, compared to the same period last year.