Christine Magee

Christine Magee

Editor @ CrunchBase, based in New York.

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  • Indiegogo Leads Investors To Hardware Gold

    Indiegogo Leads Investors To Hardware Gold

    The venture world is hunting for the next batch of billion dollar unicorns in the hardware market, and investors are turning to the crowd to source their deals. VCs have already committed $516 million in funding for hardware companies this year, according to CrunchBase data — a significant jump from the $398 million captured in Q1 of 2014. Projects that win over consumers on… Read More

  • Alcohol Startups Are Brewing Up VC Cash

    Alcohol Startups Are Brewing Up VC Cash

    A new startup movement brewing in the booze biz has VCs backing liquor delivery services, robotic bartenders, and smartphone breathalyzers — and they’re showing no sign of turning off the tap. Read More

  • The Next Generation Of Home Robots Will Be So Much More Than Vacuums

    The Next Generation Of Home Robots Will Be So Much More Than Vacuums

    If Hollywood’s depiction of artificial intelligence were accurate, we would be falling in love with operating systems, sharing our homes with Stepford wives, and fending off cyborg attacks by now. While movies like Ex Machina and Her stoke the fears and desires of our imaginations, new innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence are bringing our visions of tomorrow closer to today. Read More

  • Fundbox Raises $40 Million To Pay Invoices On Demand

    Fundbox Raises $40 Million To Pay Invoices On Demand

    Fundbox, a company that loans businesses money for outstanding invoice payments, has raised $40 million to grow its own business in the trillion-dollar alternative lending market. The Series B round was led by General Catalyst with participation from NyCa Investment Partners and help from existing backers Khosla Ventures, Shlomo Kramer and Blumberg Capital. If a small business owner… Read More

  • Classkick Raises $1.7 Million To Tackle The Student Achievement Gap

    Classkick Raises $1.7 Million To Tackle The Student Achievement Gap

    Classkick, an edtech startup out of Chicago, has raised $1.7 million to help teachers narrow the achievement gap with its student learning app. The seed round came from Kapor Capital, Mitch and Freada Kapor’s social impact fund, Lightbank, Yammer founder Adam Pisoni, and Great Oaks Venture Capital. Kapor has backed a number of edtech startups working to level the playing field… Read More

  • Looking Toward The Future Of Health, Startups Are Hacking The Genetic Code

    Looking Toward The Future Of Health, Startups Are Hacking The Genetic Code

    Silicon Valley may have coined the ‘big data’ buzzword, but genomic scientists have been working with massive datasets for decades. Due to recent breakthroughs in DNA sequencing technology, genetics is moving from the laboratory into the market, and just about everyone is taking a keen interest. Read More

  • Trillion-Dollar Alternative Lending Industry Is A VC Gold Mine

    Trillion-Dollar Alternative Lending Industry Is A VC Gold Mine

    In a recovering economy where big banks are restricted by complex regulations, startups and venture investors are gearing up for the next gold rush in the trillion-dollar marketplace lending industry. That’s trillion. With a T. Read More

  • Atlanta’s Southern Hospitality Is Winning Venture Investors

    Atlanta’s Southern Hospitality Is Winning Venture Investors

    Atlanta is home to the world’s largest drive-in, some of rap music’s greatest minds, and 71 streets named Peachtree. It’s also the center of a thriving startup scene, as we saw at last night’s Meetup + Pitch-Off. Read More

  • Underwear Startups Have Investors Hot And Bothered

    Underwear Startups Have Investors Hot And Bothered

    After taking the runway at New York Fashion Week, fashion tech is making a play for the bedroom. A new collection of underthings and intimates startups are getting down to basics — and venture investors are seeing 50 shades of green. Read More

  • VCs Stop, Collaborate And Listen To Teamwork Tech

    VCs Stop, Collaborate And Listen To Teamwork Tech

    While we struggle to set up a group Skype chat and create Google Sheets to organize our list of Google Docs, a new generation of venture-backed startups are building new tools to change the way we collaborate. Read More

  • Venture Investors Put $2 Billion Into The Blackboard Jungle

    Venture Investors Put $2 Billion Into The Blackboard Jungle

    Venture capitalists really hit the books in 2014, investing nearly $2 billion in EdTech companies. That’s a 50% jump from the previous year. For millions of children in the American education system, more venture money doesn’t necessarily translate to a better education. Read More

  • Bitcoin Blazes New Trail In Emerging Markets

    Bitcoin Blazes New Trail In Emerging Markets

    While the tech world is busy speculating about bitcoin’s volatile value, cryptocurrency is making arguably its biggest impact in countries where the current price of 1 bitcoin exceeds the average salary earned in a week. Kenya, Uruguay and Panama are just a few of the countries playing host to a growing group of venture-backed bitcoin companies that are using blockchain technology to… Read More

  • VCs Battle For A Spot In The Parking Market

    VCs Battle For A Spot In The Parking Market

    As Uber continues on its quest to corner the global ride-hailing marketplace, venture investors in search of the next billion dollar mobility unicorn have found a new place to park capital — literally. Read More

  • Clean Tech Stages A Comeback In The Smart Building Space

    Clean Tech Stages A Comeback In The Smart Building Space

    After the clean tech boom went bust, the industry seemed to disappear from the tech world’s focus as quickly as the billions of dollars that had been invested. But one sector — energy efficiency — has made a quick comeback with a little help from the Internet of Things. And the same investors that got burned before are rushing back to try their hand in a new version of the… Read More

  • Female Founders Fare Much Better In 2014

    Female Founders Fare Much Better In 2014

    In a place where having a penis is referred to as the sine qua non of the startup founder, it’s easy to jump on the pessimism bandwagon and overlook any gradual momentum for women in tech. But the data tells a different story. Read More

  • Ask A VC: Rock Health’s Halle Tecco

    Ask A VC: Rock Health’s Halle Tecco

    Halle Tecco is the founder and managing director of Rock Health, a digital health-focused seed fund. Rock Health has backed over 80 healthcare tech startups in the past four years including Omada Health, Ginger.io and Augmedix. Read More

  • Start-Up Chile Launches Follow-On Fund To Boost Local Growth

    Start-Up Chile Launches Follow-On Fund To Boost Local Growth

    Shortly after launching Start-Up Chile, the state-backed accelerator program designed to spur the development of a startup ecosystem in Chile, the Chilean government realized they had a problem on their hands. The program was running smoothly, but a dearth of local investors was driving a good portion of its graduates to a premature death. Read More

  • Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups

    Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups

    As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, “potrepreneurs” are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to the cannabis community. Not surprisingly, venture capitalists had taken a (puff puff) pass on investments in cannabis startups – until now. Recently, all signs point to a revolution budding in the cannabis tech industry. Read More

  • Another Data Breach, Another Dollar For Identity Management Startups

    Another Data Breach, Another Dollar For Identity Management Startups

    As security breaches are reported for one major corporation after another, venture investors are writing bigger checks than ever in an attempt to buy some peace of mind. From Target’s data breach that put a damper on last year’s holiday season to Bebe’s payment card data breach reported last week, we’ve seen countless examples of access management gone wrong. Read More

  • Carmelo Anthony Makes His First VC Plays

    Carmelo Anthony Makes His First VC Plays

    Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is making a bid for a legacy off the court — with a big assist from CrunchBase. The power forward-turned-venture capitalist launched Melo7 Tech Partners earlier this year with partner Stuart Goldfarb and has since closed 10 deals ranging from a seed for smart kitchenware startup The Orange Chef to Lyft’s latest $250 million cash bonanza. Read More