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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  • Early Stage Investor Artiman Ventures Raises $350 Million

    Early Stage Investor Artiman Ventures Raises $350 Million

    Artiman Ventures, the early stage investment firm focused on what it calls “white space” investments, which create or challenge billion-dollar industries, has raised $350 million in two funds, TechCrunch has learned. The firm’s latest haul from limited partners is divided into its main early stage fund (now on the firm’s fourth), which raised $200 million, and a… Read More

  • Leap.it Wants To Open A New Front In The Battle For Search

    Leap.it Wants To Open A New Front In The Battle For Search

    For the nearly the last ten years, Mike Farmer has been trying to unseat Google from its perch as the king of search. Now, four years in to his second search startup, Farmer thinks he may have found the next leap forward. From its base in Kansas City, Kan., Farmer’s Leap.it is looking to wrest the search crown from Menlo Park, Calif.’s dynamic duo with the help of an unlikely group… Read More

  • Russian Streaming Music Service Zvooq Closes $20 Million Series A

    Russian Streaming Music Service Zvooq Closes $20 Million Series A

    Russia’s online music businesses march to the beat of their own drum. But they’re about to get one well-financed leader to call the tune as music streaming service Zvooq closes on $20 million in new funding. One of the critical problems for music in Russia is online piracy. Indeed, last week, a group of record labels including Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner… Read More

  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Raising Money At A Valuation Approaching $10B

    Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Raising Money At A Valuation Approaching $10B

    Space Exploration Technologies, the commercial space transportation startup founded by Elon Musk with ambitions to land people on Mars, is raising investment that values the company somewhere south of $10 billion, TechCrunch has learned. Read More

  • BitAccess Launches To Make Bitcoin ATMs Ubiquitous

    BitAccess Launches To Make Bitcoin ATMs Ubiquitous

    Trying to make access to the world’s largest cryptocurrency automatic for the people, BitAccess is looking to build a network of automated Bitcoin banking machines available worldwide. The concept of a Bitcoin ATM isn’t new, with companies like Robocoin Technologies, GenesisCoin, Lamassu Bitcoin Ventures, and BitXatm all launching variations on bitcoin transaction hardware, but… Read More

  • iCracked Goes Global With Its iPhone Trade-In And Repair Services

    iCracked Goes Global With Its iPhone Trade-In And Repair Services

    Four years after its launch, iCracked is taking its wildly successful iPhone trade-in and services business worldwide with plans to open offices in London and Berlin in the next few months. The company has been on a tear since AJ Forsythe launched the business with his high school friend, Anthony Martin, and Leslee Lambert in 2010. We’ve written about iCracked, when the company first… Read More

  • Brazil’s Movile Raises $55 Million To Bring Universal Delivery Services To Latin America

    Brazil’s Movile Raises $55 Million To Bring Universal Delivery Services To Latin America

    The experiment with e-commerce and delivery services that’s taking hold in the U.S. actually may see more traction in emerging markets, where big retailers had struggled because of infrastructure and logistics issues. Latin American and Asian e-commerce players are angling to become the dominant players in retail with same-day delivery for goods and services that were traditionally sold… Read More

  • Following Its May Financing, Teachers Pay Teachers Names Former Etsy Exec As CEO

    Following Its May Financing, Teachers Pay Teachers Names Former Etsy Exec As CEO

    On the heels of a rumored-to-be-massive May round of financing, Teachers Pay Teachers, the online marketplace for teaching tools created by educators, has named former Etsy Chief Operating Officer and Googler Adam Freed as its new chief executive. The New York-based company gives educators a platform to sell anything from lesson plans to classroom supplies to class projects, and has a… Read More

  • White Label Video Streaming Service Vidmind Raises $30 Million From Russian Retail Tycoon

    White Label Video Streaming Service Vidmind Raises $30 Million From Russian Retail Tycoon

    Selling on-demand video streaming services has netted the Israeli startup Vidmind $30 million in financing from Russia’s answer to Walmart Stores, Trellas. Trellas acquired a majority stake in Vidmind with its $30 million investment as the company prepares to launch its pay TV service TVzor. Through TVzor, Trellas will sell a set top box and over the top contnet with free-to-air… Read More

  • Rapt Media Raises $3.1 Million For Interactive Video Advertising Platform

    Rapt Media Raises $3.1 Million For Interactive Video Advertising Platform

    Rapt Media, a developer of interactive digital video technologies and services, has raised $3.1 million in new financing as it looks to expand its geographical presence. The Boulder, Colo.-based company will use money from the round led by Boulder Ventures to open offices in the media centers of New York and Los Angeles. As video advertising continues to grow online, Rapt Media is hoping that… Read More

  • Metanautix Emerges From Stealth With Sequoia Backing

    Metanautix Emerges From Stealth With Sequoia Backing

    In 2012 a team of two top data scientists from Google and Facebook left their perches at the internet giants to begin working on a technology to make it easier for data scientists and analysts to collect, aggregate, deliver and analyze the massive sets of data that map, display, and define our digital lives. Two years later the team has unveiled the fruits of their labor with the launch of… Read More

  • Registration Begins For Million-Dollar Genesis Generation Challenge

    Registration Begins For Million-Dollar Genesis Generation Challenge

    The Genesis Generation Challenge, a $1 million competition, is now accepting applicants to vie for its pot with their ideas for nonprofits or businesses that will solve some global ills. Unfortunately, it’s a terrible time for the Jerusalem-based organization to kick off its latest round of outreach. The million-dollar pot is meant to encourage teams worldwide to develop solutions… Read More

  • 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