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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  • “Instagram For Doctors” App Figure 1 Updates With New Features

    “Instagram For Doctors” App Figure 1 Updates With New Features

    Figure 1, the photo and information sharing service for the medical profession, is taking the next step in its evolution to become an image-based social network for physicians. Yesterday the company quietly launched a new version of its photo and information sharing service, which gives users the ability to create more robust profiles of themselves and create groups around institutions or… Read More

  • Warburg Pincus Buys Compensation Software Service PayScale For Up To $100 Million

    Warburg Pincus Buys Compensation Software Service PayScale For Up To $100 Million

    Making its fourth acquisition of a technology company in fewer than three weeks, private equity investment firm Warburg Pincus is announcing that it has bought compensation software services vendor PayScale in a deal worth up to $100 million. In the 14 years since its launch in 2000, PayScale has developed a massive database of individual compensation profiles, containing salary information on… Read More

  • Fixit Site Fixya Launches Services For Small Businesses And Companies

    Fixit Site Fixya Launches Services For Small Businesses And Companies

    Fixya, the site that gives do-it-yourselfers tips for fixing broken stuff, is launching a new service aimed at connecting local repair shops and service providers with people in need of assistance. “We created this program as more of a funnel. So here’s a way for a small business to generate traffic for themselves and get traction in their local areas,” says Fixya chief… Read More

  • Building A Software Toolkit For Financial Services Nets Tradier $3.1 Million

    Building A Software Toolkit For Financial Services Nets Tradier $3.1 Million

    Tradier‘s chief executive Dan Raju has spent the past few years pursuing a singular vision — giving developers a toolkit to build trading platforms and financial services apps that easily integrate with brokerages and stock markets. Now, with $3.1 million in Series A financing from Devonshire Investors, an investment arm of Fidelity Investments, Raju says he has the firepower he… Read More

  • Virtuix Steps Into $3 Million For Its Virtual Reality-Linked, Omni-Directional Treadmill

    Virtuix Steps Into $3 Million For Its Virtual Reality-Linked, Omni-Directional Treadmill

    Expanding the experience of virtual reality gaming has landed the omni-directional treadmill manufacturer Virtuix $3 million in its first institutional financing. Banking on the company’s premise that it can make the experience of virtual reality gaming more immersive, new investors including Mark Cuban, Scentan Ventures, Maveron, Scout Ventures, Partech Ventures, StartCaps Ventures… Read More

  • ShopKeep’s Point Of Sale Software Rings Up $25 Million

    ShopKeep’s Point Of Sale Software Rings Up $25 Million

    With its latest $25 million financing, ShopKeep POS has come a long way from being the cobbled together point of sale software service for a single wine shop in Brooklyn’s leafy Ft. Greene neighborhood. The company’s history began six years ago with Jason Richelson’s frustration over finding a good enough point of sales software to run his expanding empire of wine shops… Read More

  • Synack Raises $7.5 Million Putting Bounties On IT Security Threats

    Synack Raises $7.5 Million Putting Bounties On IT Security Threats

    Security company Synack has a proposition for the hackers of the world. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company is putting a bounty out on the network and data security threats a business could face and will pay the best hackers to uncover them. It’s a new approach to the omnipresent issue of how businesses can best secure their data and networks, and one that has netted the company… Read More

  • Parchment Launches College Recommendation Engine So Applicants Can Hedge Their Bets

    Parchment Launches College Recommendation Engine So Applicants Can Hedge Their Bets

    Hello, high school juniors. Stressed about graduation next year? Nervous about getting into college? Well Matthew Pittinsky, co-founder of the online education giant Blackboard and current chief executive at Parchment, has some advice for you: Treat your college applications like you would a stock portfolio and hedge your bets. And you can even use a new tool from Parchment to do so. Read More

  • Codecademy Moves To Be A One-Stop-Shop For Programming Education

    Codecademy Moves To Be A One-Stop-Shop For Programming Education

    Since its launch two years ago Codecademy has become synonymous with online education for basic computer programming. In that time, the company says it’s learned a few things itself and today launched a newly redesigned website with an enhanced framework for teaching more than just the nuts and bolts of programming. In some ways it’s the company’s attempt to transform itself… Read More

  • New Details On Tactus’ Funding

    New Details On Tactus’ Funding

    On the heels of its announcement with Wistron last week, Tactus chief executive Craig Ciesla stopped by TechCrunch to talk about its future plans. Ciesla said that the company raised $13.5 million in its Series B round, with Thomvest Ventures as the lead investor, with Ryoyo, Wistron and other undisclosed strategic and financial investors participating. Ciesla says that the company is using… Read More

  • Everplans Raises $2.1 Million To Help Users Plan For Their Final Steps

    Everplans Raises $2.1 Million To Help Users Plan For Their Final Steps

    The internet ages with its users. As the first digital generation learned the language of computing and online networking it created tools for every conceivable life event. On the Web these days you can plan for everything from having a baby to buying a car to getting into college and even getting married (and divorced). Now, Beyondly, which does business as Everplans, is set to announce a… Read More

  • APX Labs Gets $10M From NEA For Enterprise-Friendly Wearables

    APX Labs Gets $10M From NEA For Enterprise-Friendly Wearables

    Bringing optical wearables from military applications into the enterprise market, APX Labs has raised $10 million from NEA in its first institutional round of funding. From the 1963 memo dashed off by the head of the Pentagon’s Information Processing Techniques Office, which set the Advanced Research Projects Agency on the road to create the Internet, through today’s latest… Read More

  • Sequoia Backs Simplisafe In A Play For The Home Security Market

    Sequoia Backs Simplisafe In A Play For The Home Security Market

    Sequoia Capital has made a minority investment in the do-it-yourself home security company Simplisafe in a play on the home security and automation market, TechCrunch has learned. The investment from Sequoia came on the heels of Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs, which showed just how lucrative the home market can be. That deal netted a healthy return for investors… Read More

  • Tuition.io Picks Up A New Investor, As It Manages Over $1 Billion In Student Loans

    Tuition.io Picks Up A New Investor, As It Manages Over $1 Billion In Student Loans

    In the year since its launch, Tuition.io, the company billing itself as the Mint.com for managing student loans, has grown to manage over $1 billion in loans. The company, which provides a monitoring and management service for student loan payments, has just picked up an investment from Raj Date, the former second-in-command at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Agency, through Fenway… Read More

  • Financial Management App Developer Qapital Launching To Challenge Mint.com

    Financial Management App Developer Qapital Launching To Challenge Mint.com

    Qapital, a new financial management app developer based in Europe, is preparing to launch in the U.S. and Sweden as it looks to challenge Mint.com’s dominance in personal financial management, TechCrunch has learned. The Stockholm-based company aims to help consumers “live large” by “saving small.” Read More

  • HP Finds Mobile Tax Apps Lacking On Security, Privacy

    HP Finds Mobile Tax Apps Lacking On Security, Privacy

    As the clock ticks toward midnight, putting an end to tax day 2014, Hewlett-Packard is warning consumers of mobile tax and finance apps that they may want to audit their own usage. According to the HP Audit, more than 90 percent of the applications the company tested, including TurboTax, TaxACT and TaxSlayer, contained at least one potential privacy violation. Read More

  • Seeking Growth, The Payments Industry Embraces New Technologies

    Seeking Growth, The Payments Industry Embraces New Technologies

    Now a victim of its own omnipresent success, the global electronic payments industry is increasingly turning to new technologies as it looks to expand its footprint and find new ways to make money by getting consumers to spend theirs. The pace of technological advancement in the payments market has even caused regulators to take notice, with innovations like cryptocurrencies continuing to… Read More

  • Betterment Raises $32 Million To Disrupt Money Management

    Betterment Raises $32 Million To Disrupt Money Management

    Betterment, the online financial services firm pitching better investments through technology, has raised $32 million in its latest round of funding. Consumer-focused financial services startups of all stripes have raised significant investments from venture capitalists in recent months, as companies try to tackle the morass of modern money management. The financial services industry… Read More

  • Entertainment Deals Take Center Stage In LA’s Burgeoning VC Scene

    Entertainment Deals Take Center Stage In LA’s Burgeoning VC Scene

    A string of big acquisitions, public offerings, and a pipeline of growing young startup companies has venture investors saying “I love L.A.” The recent acquisitions of Maker Studios and Oculus VR, as well as the planned public offering for TrueCar that’s finally going through, all point to a healthy investment ecosystem, but there’s still one industry that rules… Read More

  • Chubbies Raises $4 Million Giving Bros A Weekend Uniform

    Chubbies Raises $4 Million Giving Bros A Weekend Uniform

    Slangy marketing and a singular vision of weekend wear has netted Chubbies, a manufacturer and online retailer of men’s shorts, a $4 million round of funding from some of the biggest names in fashion and retail investing. Read More