Jonathan Shieber

Jonathan Shieber
Jonathan is a Senior Editor at CrunchBase. Previously he worked as a senior reporter for Dow Jones & Co., covering venture capital and private equity investment from New York and Shanghai. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Geek Wars Loom As Geekatoo Raises $1.7 Million To Once Again Battle The Geek Squad

    Geek Wars Loom As Geekatoo Raises $1.7 Million To Once Again Battle The Geek Squad

    There’s a battle brewing again in the land of the geeks. Ever since 1994, when Robert Stephens launched his Geek Squad service in Minneapolis with $200 and a bicycle, his on demand IT department for consumers bestrode the consumer tech services landscape like a colossus with a pocket protector and Scotch-Taped glasses. But like all wonders of the ancient world, the Geek Squad faces a… Read More

  • Ex-Zynga Developers Land $2.5 Million For New Studio JuiceBox Games

    Ex-Zynga Developers Land $2.5 Million For New Studio JuiceBox Games

    Three former Zynga developers have raised $2.5 million to build out their new gaming studio, JuiceBox Games, on the back of the release of their first gaming title HonorBound. With 3 million downloads and counting, JuiceBox’s first game is already generating revenue for the company. The game is ranked 94 on the list of top-grossing apps with a daily revenue estimate of $14,726 and… Read More

  • Giant Pixel Launches Nama, A Project Management Tool That’s The First Company From Its Venture Studio

    Giant Pixel Launches Nama, A Project Management Tool That’s The First Company From Its Venture Studio

    San Francisco-based venture studio The Giant Pixel is officially launching the first of three projects that it’s been cooking in its SoMA offices with the unveiling of the new startup Nama. Named for the Japanese word for “fresh” Nama is a project management application that the startup lab is hoping can take on companies like Podio and Atlassian. Nama began as an… Read More

  • Exchange Corp. Launches Cardless Payment Service With $3.3 Million Series A

    Exchange Corp. Launches Cardless Payment Service With $3.3 Million Series A

    The Japanese startup Exchange Corp. has launched a new up-front payment service for online retailers called Paidy as it closes on $3.3 million in new financing. Launched by Russell Cummer, a former trader with Goldman Sachs in Japan, Exchange Corp. began as a peer-to-peer lending service in Tokyo, but is expanding to offer up-front payments as the market for those services begins to blossom… Read More

  • Cutting Energy Costs For Businesses, Green Charge Networks Raises $56 Million

    Cutting Energy Costs For Businesses, Green Charge Networks Raises $56 Million

    Armed with nifty energy management software, thousands of Samsung lithium-ion batteries, and $56 million in outside financing, Green Charge Networks is looking to change the way companies pay for power. If the issue sounds a little boring (yawn, utility bills), think about this: businesses spend billions of dollars on power — in some cases many millions more than they could —… Read More

  • Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion

    Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion

    After years of backing headline-grabbing consumer internet deals, it seems that venture capitalists are paying more attention (and more money) to the seemingly staid and stodgy enterprise technology companies (the businesses that sell technology to make businesses work better). Their mission: to explore new ways of organizing data, to seek out new models for efficiency and security for… Read More

  • Kuli Kuli Sprouts Its Own Seed Round Pitching A New Superfood

    Kuli Kuli Sprouts Its Own Seed Round Pitching A New Superfood

    Watch out, kale, quinoa, and collards, there’s a new green coming to the market that’s looking to take the superfood crown, thanks to the efforts of Kuli Kuli, a new startup that’s making a play in the $38 billion U.S. health and organic food market. Selling a West African crop known as moringa as both a powder supplement and as a health food bar, the company is already… Read More

  • Essence Group Holdings Raises $71 Million For Population Health Management Services

    Essence Group Holdings Raises $71 Million For Population Health Management Services

    Essence Group Holdings Corp., the parent company of health management services provider Lumeris, has raised $71 million in a round of financing announced today. In all, the company has raised some $141 million as it seeks to sell services to health care organizations still struggling with the regulatory shifts wrought by the Affordable Care Act. Chiefly, the government has forced insurance… Read More

  • Designed For A Different Runner, Tracksmith Launches  With $1.6 Million

    Designed For A Different Runner, Tracksmith Launches With $1.6 Million

    Tracksmith, a new running apparel company, has raised $1.6 million in its first round of institutional funding to bring modern technology and classic styling to running gear. The company’s mission, envisioned by Matt Taylor and Luke Scheybeler, is to re-connect the sport to its storied past while looking forward to what the sport could be in the future. Taylor, an avid runner who… Read More

  • LittleBits Goes Brick And Mortar As It Joins The Internet Of Things

    LittleBits Goes Brick And Mortar As It Joins The Internet Of Things

    The electronics kit manufacturer littleBits is taking its next steps to make everyone into an engineer and designer — now with the Internet of Things. The company has begun selling its cloudBit and Cloud Starter Bundle for making any littleBits device web-enabled and is announcing a partnership with RadioShack, which becomes the company’s first brick-and-mortar… Read More

  • Restaurant Tablet Provider E La Carte Opens Up To Outside Developers

    Restaurant Tablet Provider E La Carte Opens Up To Outside Developers

    Already providing an interactive tablet for every table to give Applebee’s diners an alternative way to order, pay for food, and amuse themselves with social games, the electronic restaurant management and gaming hardware and software developer, E la Carte, is now opening up its platform to outside developers. The company wants to enable any app developer or company to be able to… Read More

  • Security Software Service Firm EdgeWave Raises $11M

    Security Software Service Firm EdgeWave Raises $11M

    EdgeWave, which sells infsecurity software and services, has raised $11 million in equity and debt financing to boost sales and marketing efforts for its technology. The company, originally financed through a special purpose acquisition company called Sandhill IT, initially focused on content monitoring and management. With the 2010 acquisition of a company called Red Condor, EdgeWave began… Read More

  • Tackling Food Safety And Supply Chain Issues, ICix Raises $25 Million

    Tackling Food Safety And Supply Chain Issues, ICix Raises $25 Million

    Tainted peanut butter, rotten eggs, bacteria-ridden fruits and vegetables, and chemically compromised merchandise are literally the spoils of the globalization of industry, and the bane of the big businesses that sell most people the food they eat and products they buy. For years, companies promised to manage and monitor the process of provisioning for global retailers with tools that would… Read More

  • Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Venture Firm

    Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Venture Firm

    After scoring a new contract worth over $122 million with the N.Y. Knicks, NBA star Carmelo Anthony is looking to take a different kind of shot — starting a venture capital firm. Anthony and longtime NBC and Bertelsmann executive Stuart Goldfarb are launching their new investment firm, M7 Tech Partners, with an inaugural investment in the children’s media company Hullabalu… Read More

  • The Brandery Accelerator Launches Its Latest Class

    The Brandery Accelerator Launches Its Latest Class

    The Brandery, one of the top ten accelerator programs in the U.S., has accepted its latest clutch of startups, and they’re pretty interesting. The class included companies developing products ranging from a location-based iPhone app that’s looking to make Yelp hyperlocal on mobile devices, a company making a wearable device programming toolkit, to a water use sensor and mobile app… Read More

  • UserTesting Launches Peek, A Free Service For Basic User Testing

    UserTesting Launches Peek, A Free Service For Basic User Testing

    UserTesting, a provider of user testing services for web and mobile apps, has launched a free version of basic user testing services called Peek. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company, which is backed by investors including Kern Whelan Capital, has brought the Peek service out of beta to give developers, designers and marketers a way to see real people using their website, mobile app, or… Read More

  • Investors Cash Out Of Payment Technology Startups

    Investors Cash Out Of Payment Technology Startups

    Even as a clutch of new payment technology companies including Zooz Mobile and Plastiq announce new financing rounds today, it seems like investors are no longer paying out for payment companies. Over the past three quarters, the number of venture-backed payments companies has declined, tumbling from 59 startups in the third quarter of 2013 to just 41 companies in the second quarter of 2014. Read More

  • Conversocial Adds $5 Million For Its Social Media Customer Service Toolkit

    Conversocial Adds $5 Million For Its Social Media Customer Service Toolkit

    A large volume of customer service transactions is happening through social media these days, with roughly 10% of customer service requests coming through various platforms like Facebook or Twitter, according to the hosted customer service social media toolkit provider, Conversocial. Indeed, managing these hundreds of thousands of tweets and posts coming through social media has earned… Read More

  • Harnessing Big Data For Social Good, YC-Backed Nonprofit Bayes Impact Launches

    Harnessing Big Data For Social Good, YC-Backed Nonprofit Bayes Impact Launches

    Andrew Jiang, Paul Duan and Eric Liu, the three founders of Y Combinator’s latest nonprofit, Bayes Impact, aren’t your typical entrepreneurs. The three data scientists had previously worked on some of the toughest problems facing all technology companies in the Internet era — how to get more people to click on more stuff. But in recent years they’d turned their… Read More

  • Captricity Raises $10 Million To End The Paper Chase

    Captricity Raises $10 Million To End The Paper Chase

    The road to Captricity’s latest $10 million financing from Atlas Ventures began nearly 10,000 miles away in the AIDS clinics of Tanzania. Read More