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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  • Tiger Global Checks In To Brazil’s Hotel Urbano With $50M Round

    Tiger Global Checks In To Brazil’s Hotel Urbano With $50M Round

    The Brazilian online travel agency Hotel Urbano has gotten a 120 million Reais ($50 million) reservation from the powerhouse hedge fund investor Tiger Global Management and previous backer Insight Venture Partners. Read More

  • On The Road To An IPO, Wayfair Picks Up $157M

    On The Road To An IPO, Wayfair Picks Up $157M

    On the way to an initial public offering later this year, the home furnishing online retail juggernaut Wayfair has picked up $157 million in a new round of funding. The online retailer is mum about who’s doing what with whom as far the plans for a public offering are concerned, but The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Allen & Co. and Bank of America are… Read More

  • New York VC Investments Top $1B In The First Quarter

    New York VC Investments Top $1B In The First Quarter

    For New York City’s startup community, the future venture capitalists have hoped for may be taking place right now. Over the past two days New York startups have announced nearly $200 million in funding, so the question may not be “When will New York be a venture hub in its own right?” but instead “How soon is now?” The city is already on pace for the best… Read More

  • Trusper Raises $6.17M For Tips Based Social Networking App

    Trusper Raises $6.17M For Tips Based Social Networking App

    New mobile app developer Trusper has just launched with $6.17 million to bring the knitting circle and the farmers almanac into the age of the iPhone. The Los Gatos based company is the brainchild of Jack Jia, a serial entrepreneur and investor with ties to GSR Ventures, and the Sino-U.S. accelerator InnoSpring. For the $6.17 million Series A, Jia turned to DCM, another venture investor with… Read More

  • The Wearables Market Is Wear It’s At

    The Wearables Market Is Wear It’s At

    Basis Science may not have two turnables and a microphone, but the company may have a deep-pocketed new owner in Intel (should the deal go through). On the heels of its market merry-go-round and possible sale we thought it might be nice to take a quick look at some of the big winners, losers and in-betweeners in wearables. So far this year GoPro, which has a fancy portable (some would say… Read More

  • The New Age Of The Security Startup

    The New Age Of The Security Startup

    Last month Apple disclosed and fixed a massive bug in its operating system that left users’ information exposed to theft; faith in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin is eroding; and revenues at the retailing giant Target fell 46% on a quarterly basis over the Christmas season last year, all because of security breaches. There is no doubt that the profusion of technology designed to make… Read More

  • Credit Karma In The Market For At Least $60 Million

    Credit Karma In The Market For At Least $60 Million

    Riding a wave of investor interest in new consumer-facing banking, trading, credit, and lending services, the online credit marketplace Credit Karma is looking to raise at least $60 million in its latest round of funding, according to several people familiar with the company’s plans. The company is one of a new breed of consumer facing financial applications and services that have… Read More

  • Icahn Vs. Andreessen: Battle Royale

    Icahn Vs. Andreessen: Battle Royale

    Why can’t Carl Icahn and Marc Andreessen get along? Icahn, the billionaire activist investor, has been pushing eBay to spin out its PayPal division, while Andreessen — acting in his capacity as a director on eBay’s board — is siding with the eBay chief executive against the PayPal spinout. So Icahn has been attacking Andreessen and fellow board member Scott Cook… Read More

  • RainDance Technologies Closes On $16.5M More For Liquid Biopsy Tech

    RainDance Technologies Closes On $16.5M More For Liquid Biopsy Tech

    The life sciences technology development company RainDance Technologies has raised $16.5 million from new investors GE Ventures and Northgate Capital as it looks to make its liquid biopsy technology available commercially. To date, RainDance has raised well over $100 million in equity and debt to back its vision and develop its technology, which is currently being used as a research tool… Read More

  • Black Tux Raises $2.6M So You Can Rent That Suit And Tie

    Black Tux Raises $2.6M So You Can Rent That Suit And Tie

    Looking to take on the rental tux market with a higher-quality, lower-priced suit and tie, Black Tux has raised $2.6 million in its first institutional round of funding. It’s the latest brand to come to market with funding led by Lerer Ventures, which has backed everything from health and beauty retailers and eyeglass makers to a company that wants to take everyone to the… Read More

  • Corporate Investors Move Into The Accelerator Market

    Corporate Investors Move Into The Accelerator Market

    Big banks do it, big phone companies do it, and even the biggest entertainment companies do it: After years of neglect, the world’s biggest companies are throwing their weight (and a few dollars) behind new technology startups. It wasn’t always this way. Read More

  • U.S. Investments Surge For African Tech Entrepreneurs

    U.S. Investments Surge For African Tech Entrepreneurs

    From the largest technology companies to early stage investors, American high tech companies and venture capitalists are increasingly supporting startups across the African continent. Whether it’s the 16 mobile apps in Botswana that Jim Goetz mentioned in his take on Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp; the launch of IBM’s new innovation centers in Lagos and Casablanca… Read More

  • [Updated] Apple Fixed A Bug In iOS 7. It’s A Doozy

    [Updated] Apple Fixed A Bug In iOS 7. It’s A Doozy

    On Friday Apple announced a fix to a security bug in its iOS 7 system. Saturday  Web security experts have parsed the patch to figure out what exactly the problem was… And apparently it’s a doozy. Wired has all of the gory details: “[The] terse description in Apple’s announcement yesterday had some of the internet’s top crypto experts wondering aloud about… Read More

  • Goldman Sachs Takes On Bitcoin

    Goldman Sachs Takes On Bitcoin

    The eye of big finance is finally turning towards cryptocurrency. Responding to requests from clients, Goldman Sachs has put out an early assessment of Bitcoin that says little about the bank’s official position on BTC investment. So far, the financial services firm is neutral regarding the currency and is not actively recommending it to clients in its broad assessment of the currency… Read More

  • Ionic Security Raises $25.5 Million For Its Encryption-Based Security Tech

    Ionic Security Raises $25.5 Million For Its Encryption-Based Security Tech

    Google Ventures and Jafco Ventures have co-led a $25.5 million investment in Ionic Security, which is developing a distributed data security platform based on encryption technologies. Security is once again moving to the forefront of business concerns thanks to the billions that companies are spending on new resource planning, customer relationship management, and accounting tools that are… Read More

  • Strevus Raises $ 5.6 Million For Financial Compliance Software

    Strevus Raises $ 5.6 Million For Financial Compliance Software

    With new compliance requirements looming for already jumpy banks, startup software developer Strevus has raised $5.6 million for its risk and compliance service. The company raised its first institutional round from lead investor Blumberg Capital and U.S. Venture Partners after picking up seed investments from a who’s who of the technology community, including BlackBerry CEO John… Read More

  • Stealthy Security Company Apprity Raises $8 Million

    Stealthy Security Company Apprity Raises $8 Million

    The stealthy business security company Apprity, launched by two former Oracle employees, has raised $8 million in its first institutional financing. For its first venture round, Apprity turned to seasoned security technology investors Promod Haque, a senior managing partner at Norwest Venture Partners, and Gaurav Garg, a founding partner of Wing Ventures. The last time these two investors… Read More

  • Atlanta’s Got The Fever For Early-Stage Deals

    Atlanta’s Got The Fever For Early-Stage Deals

    Atlanta’s investment community thinks early-stage deals in the region are just peachy. As the TechCrunch Express rolls into town this evening, folks can expect to see an investment scene that’s been holding steady since 2010. Read More

  • Intacct Raises $45M To Bring Bean Counters To The Cloud

    Intacct Raises $45M To Bring Bean Counters To The Cloud

    Fifteen years and one popped Internet bubble after it was first launched, the accounting software company Intacct is still alive-and-kicking… and raising new venture dollars. The company, which was founded in 1999, has just raised $45 million in new equity and debt funding. This very late stage round was led by Battery Ventures and included a $15 million debt facility from Silicon… Read More

  • CircleUp Lands Virgin America Partnership

    CircleUp Lands Virgin America Partnership

    CircleUp, a crowdfunding service for startup consumer goods companies, has landed Virgin America as a partner for the food and beverage companies it backs. It’s the latest example of how corporations increasingly are embracing the wisdom of crowdfunding. Read More