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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  • Salesforce Buys Big Data Startup RelateIQ For Up To $390M

    Salesforce Buys Big Data Startup RelateIQ For Up To $390M

    The motto at Salesforce.com seems to be if you can’t beat them, buy them. This time the exact target of Salesforce.com’s $390 million desires is the scrappy startup RelateIQ, which uses searches of unstructured data from email, social networks, and calendars to automate large portions of the sales process. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company raised a significant $40 million… Read More

  • Normal Makes Headphones 3D-Printed To Your Ear

    Normal Makes Headphones 3D-Printed To Your Ear

    Hello, world. Meet Normal, the customized, high-end earphone manufacturer that’s looking to bring 3D printing to the mass market. From its offices and manufacturing facility in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, Normal is looking to sell $199 customized ear buds made to the shape of an individual’s ear. Read More

  • RetailNext Raises Another $30 Million To Track In-Store Data

    RetailNext Raises Another $30 Million To Track In-Store Data

    Rockwell was right, these days somebody is always watching. But now, simply watching isn’t enough, so startups are raising increasing amounts of money to develop and sell technologies that allow companies to make sense of all the data they’re collecting and things they’re seeing. In the world of brick-and-mortar retailing, few companies have been as successful at… Read More

  • [Updated] Cloudian Raises $24 Million Because Not Everything Needs To Live In “The Cloud”

    [Updated] Cloudian Raises $24 Million Because Not Everything Needs To Live In “The Cloud”

    As the cloud storage provider Box continues to slouch toward its public offering (staggering under the weight of new invested capital), a number of startups continue to raise cash on the premise that sometimes sensitive data needs to remain grounded. Read More

  • Seeing Opportunities In The US, itBit Relocates To NYC, Names New CEO

    Seeing Opportunities In The US, itBit Relocates To NYC, Names New CEO

    As the local governments across the U.S. begin taking the first steps to embrace Bitcoin and bitcoin, startups like itBit are working feverishly to stake their claims. The company, which raised $3.25 million last November to launch a bitcoin exchange for institutional investors, is relocating from its current base in Singapore to New York in a move to get in on the ground floor of one of… Read More

  • Virtual Reality Gets A Real Content Studio With Launch Of Alchemy VR

    Virtual Reality Gets A Real Content Studio With Launch Of Alchemy VR

    In the wake of the Facebook acquisition of Oculus VR, and the launch of Sony’s Project Morpheus a week earlier, virtual reality has quickly moved beyond its gaming roots and has seized the imagination of a generation of designers, entrepreneurs and technologists. Now you can add award-winning storytellers to the list, with the launch of a new entertainment studio from London called… Read More

  • Cleantech’s Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

    Cleantech’s Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

    After years of largesse where billions of dollars were spent on startup clean technology companies, the venture investors active in the industry seem to be embracing a new model of capital efficiency when it comes to financing. Companies that would have once been the targets of bidding wars and copycat businesses developing similar technologies are finding a more chastened investment climate… Read More

  • FuturePerfect Ventures Is A Small Fund Launched To Back Applications For Big Data

    FuturePerfect Ventures Is A Small Fund Launched To Back Applications For Big Data

    Looking to harness the flood of data streaming from every networked and sensor-enabled smart device, computer, and machine that circumscribe our modern world, FuturePerfect Ventures has launched a small venture fund to focus on the bedeviling problem of big data. Read More

  • HomeAway Mulls Venture Fund As It Hits A Milestone

    HomeAway Mulls Venture Fund As It Hits A Milestone

    The vacation rental marketplace HomeAway is pondering a move into backing startup companies. As it passes a recent milestone of breaking more than 1 million listings on its service, one of the first online marketplaces to challenge the hotel industry may begin making minority investments in companies that would add value to its service. Read More

  • After Closing $49 Million In Funding, TeleSign Pushing Authentication Services

    After Closing $49 Million In Funding, TeleSign Pushing Authentication Services

    In the age of email spoofing, identity theft, and the myriad sorts of virtual chicanery and flim-flammery, having a service that can verify a person’s identity is vital. As demand for identity verification and and authentication grows, TeleSign is looking to capitalize on its latest round of funding, shopping for technology acquisitions and new markets for growth. Read More

  • MakersKit Raises $1.5 Million In Seed Funding To Launch A DIY Empire

    MakersKit Raises $1.5 Million In Seed Funding To Launch A DIY Empire

    Looking to build a 21st century DIY media empire? The rags-to-not-yet-riches story of Jawn McQuade and Mike Stone, the co-founders of MakersKit may have written the instruction manual. Launched in February last year, the company has already raised $1.5 million in seed financing, inked distribution agreements with Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters, and published a book through Amazon. Read More

  • Anonymous Social Messaging Discovers That Location Matters

    Anonymous Social Messaging Discovers That Location Matters

    Apparently secrets are better if you share them with those closest to you — geographically. As anonymous social networks proliferate, they’re increasingly turning to location-based features as a way to keep users coming back. For example, location-based private messaging app Yik Yak has raised $10 million on the back of its geographically targeted anonymous sharing service, even… Read More

  • Globo Buys Sourcebits In Push For U.S. Mobile App Development Market

    Globo Buys Sourcebits In Push For U.S. Mobile App Development Market

    Globo, an enterprise mobile messaging and device management and application development software developer traded on the London Stock Exchange’s small-cap AIM Market, has bought the mobile application development service Sourcebits. Founded in 1997 as a content management company, Globo went public on the AIM in 2008 as it transitioned from content management into mobile device and… Read More

  • Yo! Hackathon Attempts To Show How Yo Can Grow

    Yo! Hackathon Attempts To Show How Yo Can Grow

    The something-like-a-phenomenon app of the moment, Yo, held a hackathon today in San Francisco in an attempt to prove that there can be more to Yo than just the Yo, yo. One hack that’s already climbed the charts to the number one spot on Product Hunt is YoServerIsDown — created by programmers Jarryd Lee and Hayden Lee. The app, which will send a yo to notify a subscriber when a… Read More

  • Aereo Shutters Its TV Streaming Service… For Now

    Aereo Shutters Its TV Streaming Service… For Now

    In less than an hour the streaming TV service Aereo will “pause” its operations. In an email sent at 9 AM Eastern Saturday, Chet Kanojia informed customers that because of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this week , the company would temporarily halt its operations at 11:30 Eastern as it consults with the court to plan its next steps. The New York based company is… Read More

  • Prescription Auditing Service Truveris Raises $12.75 Million

    Prescription Auditing Service Truveris Raises $12.75 Million

    Bringing clarity to the $300 billion prescription drug payment system in the U.S., Truveris has raised $12.75 million in a new round of funding led by Canaan Partners. Read More

  • Couchbase Adds $60 Million As Big Data Demands Loom

    Couchbase Adds $60 Million As Big Data Demands Loom

    As the need for new computing infrastructure tools accelerates, thanks to the demands of distributed computing and the proliferation of mobile devices, startups focused on new data management and data processing technologies are raising big rounds to propel the next generation of computing. Couchbase, which has raised $60 million in new financing from new investors WestSummit and Accel… Read More

  • Investments Decline As Education Technology Grows Up

    Investments Decline As Education Technology Grows Up

    School may be out for summer, but the nation’s education-focused technology startups are still hitting the books, drumming up new business and new investments to capitalize on overwhelming demand for innovation from primary and secondary schools and colleges. New government initiatives are underway nationally — where education spending is expected to top $1 trillion — and… Read More

  • RelateIQ Snags Ex-Twitter VP Of Search

    RelateIQ Snags Ex-Twitter VP Of Search

    Ruslan Belkin, the former vice president of search and content engineering at Twitter — who left the company in April  and became an advisor —  will take a job at relationship management software developer, RelateIQ. Belkin, who will officially join the team as Vice President of Engineering on August 4, previously worked as Twitter’s Senior Director of Engineering, Search… Read More

  • Software Development Toolkit Integration Service Nets TaskTop $11 Million

    Software Development Toolkit Integration Service Nets TaskTop $11 Million

    TaskTop has raised $11 million to expand sales and marketing for its software development toolkit integration technology. The company, with offices in Vancouver, B.C. and Austin, was bootstrapped for its first seven-and-a-half years before taking on this first round of outside capital co-led by the Texas-based Austin Ventures and Canadian investment firm Yaletown Venture… Read More