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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  • YouTube’s Marketing And Content Platform Nets Startups Millions

    YouTube’s Marketing And Content Platform Nets Startups Millions

    The rise of YouTube and its attendant online celebrity millionaires has created opportunities for venture investors to launch new marketing and advertising platforms, like the new startup FameBit, catering to brands wishing for these virtual stars to hawk their wares. YouTube ad revenue for 2013 totaled $5.6 billion for 2013, according to eMarketer, or roughly 13% of the $42.8 billion spent… Read More

  • Venture Investors Begin To Drill In To Oil Deals

    Venture Investors Begin To Drill In To Oil Deals

    The oil and gas business is technologically challenging, data-heavy, and traditionally ignored by venture capitalists. But a few firms are looking to change that with a new concentration on software and services that would help improve economics and bring visibility to an industry that technology investors have long overlooked. During the “clean technology” investment boom… Read More

  • Moving Data From Cloud To Cloud, Zerto Raises $26 Million

    Moving Data From Cloud To Cloud, Zerto Raises $26 Million

    With the new $26 million late-stage financing for disaster recovery and data management software provider, Zerto, businesses can now join the meta-cloud. Zerto sells a virtualization service that businesses can use to port their data and work between private and public virtualized infrastructure. Developing its technology since 2009, the Herzliya, Israel-based startup has now raised more than… Read More

  • Bain Capital Ventures Raises $850 Million In Two New Funds

    Bain Capital Ventures Raises $850 Million In Two New Funds

    Bain Capital Ventures only needed two months to raise $850 million for its latest two funds. The firm began fundraising for its $650 million BCV 2014 investment vehicle and a $200 million coinvestment fund on April 2 and had wrapped up financing for the two funds by June 6, according to document shown to TechCrunch. Read More

  • Polaris Partners Grows Out West, Adding Ex-oDesk Chief Gary Swart

    Polaris Partners Grows Out West, Adding Ex-oDesk Chief Gary Swart

    Polaris Partners, the eighteen year old venture capital firm headquartered in Boston, has added former oDesk chief executive Gary Swart as its first venture partner focused on technology on the West Coast. Already an active angel investor, Swart has an existing portfolio of ten companies which he will continue to work with after his move to the Polaris team. “As the CEO of oDesk I had… Read More

  • Virtualizing Wide Area Networks, VeloCloud Rings Up $21 Million

    Virtualizing Wide Area Networks, VeloCloud Rings Up $21 Million

    Add networking to the list of technologies that are moving to the cloud. Long the purview of networking giants like Cisco and Juniper, wide area networks can now be delivered as a service thanks to companies like VeloCloud Networks, which has launched from stealth mode with $21 million in financing from some of the venture capital industry’s heaviest hitters. Read More

  • Job Hunting Bags Millennials New HR Apps

    Job Hunting Bags Millennials New HR Apps

    With an overwhelming number of millennials still out of work despite a slowly recovering U.S. economy, venture capital firms are rushing in to back new recruiting and human resources tools to make the job hunt a bit easier. The unemployment rate in the U.S. is hovering around 6.3 percent, according to a June 6 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but for the millennial generation… Read More

  • Dolby Family Launches Institutional Venture Fund

    Dolby Family Launches Institutional Venture Fund

    The family behind Dolby Laboratories, which has had a big hand in developing the technologies behind the images and sound used in films, is launching a new institutional venture fund. Formed by Dolby family scion David Dolby roughly a year after his father died, Dolby Family Ventures is the continuation of the family’s long tradition of working with technology and cultivating young… Read More

  • Family Location App Life360 Adds CTO To Fend Off Apple And Other Rivals

    Family Location App Life360 Adds CTO To Fend Off Apple And Other Rivals

    Nearly one month after collecting the first tranche of a $50 million round in the form of a strategic investment from home security company ADT, Life360 has named a chief technology officer, and expanded its platform as new competitors encroach. The San Francisco-based company named former Klout chief technology officer Virendra Vase as its new CTO. Vase previously worked at Salesforce and Yahoo! Read More

  • Chinese Startup Crowdfunding Site CTQuan Raises $4 Million, Launches Overseas Investment Fund

    Chinese Startup Crowdfunding Site CTQuan Raises $4 Million, Launches Overseas Investment Fund

    CTQuan, the Chinese equity crowdfunding site for startup companies, has raised roughly $4 million in a new round of financing, TechCrunch has learned. The Beijing-based company (and CrunchBase content partner) is similar to AngelList in its offering of investment information and a directory of Chinese startup companies, syndicated investment vehicles (which the company calls dynamic funds)… Read More

  • Trusper Adds Music, Movies, And Books As It Partners With Focus Features

    Trusper Adds Music, Movies, And Books As It Partners With Focus Features

    The tip-sharing social networking mobile app Trusper has rolled out a music, movies, and books category and a feature that lets users purchase suggested content in-app, as it begins to experiment with paid, brand-related tips on its service. Trusper is working with Focus Features to promote “Wish I Was Here“, the latest film from former “Scrubs” and “Garden… Read More

  • Wearable Maker Chrono Raises $32 Million So Smokers Can Kick The Habit

    Wearable Maker Chrono Raises $32 Million So Smokers Can Kick The Habit

    Smoking-related illnesses kill more than 400,000 Americans each year, including a relative of Guy DiPierro, the founder of Chrono Therapeutics, a startup that raised $32 million to develop a wearable drug delivery and treatment technology to help smokers quit. The technology, based on research acquired out of laboratories in Geneva, has been in development for several years and has attracted… Read More

  • Venture Capital Keeps Austin Startups Flush

    Venture Capital Keeps Austin Startups Flush

    Austin investors may not be keeping the city weird, but they’re sure keeping its startup scene humming. Like the rest of the country, venture capitalists in the Capital City are riding a wave of exits to big new numbers in startups financed and capital committed over the past few quarters. With the TechCrunch Meetup circus in town, there’s no better time to take a look at how… Read More

  • Food Startups Are Riding A VC Gravy Train

    Food Startups Are Riding A VC Gravy Train

    Investments in food-related startups, from delivery services to new restaurant chains to new types of foods and additives, have raised unprecedented amounts of cash in the most recent quarter, as investors dug in to the food business. Food companies raised $89 million in the second quarter of this year alone and have raised nearly $350 million since the second quarter of 2013, the… Read More

  • Exabeam Raises $10 Million For Network-Tracking Security Software

    Exabeam Raises $10 Million For Network-Tracking Security Software

    Security software developer Exabeam has raised $10 million in a Series A round of financing to protect businesses from the latest kinds of hack attacks. These days, businesses are being targeted by a more savvy kind of attacker, according to Exabeam chief executive Nir Polak. Rather than simply try to penetrate a network using brute force, today’s secret data espionage warriors mimic… Read More

  • Combining Big Data And Human Resources Nets Visier $25.5 Million

    Combining Big Data And Human Resources Nets Visier $25.5 Million

    Continuing the growth of its software business applying big data analytics technologies to the human resources market, Visier has managed to attract $25.5 million in new financing. The new round will help the company expand into new verticals and consolidate its position in the human resources category, according to investors and the company’s chief executive John Schwartz. Read More

  • BlueOak Raises $35 Million For Its Factory That Mines Electronics

    BlueOak Raises $35 Million For Its Factory That Mines Electronics

    BlueOak Resources, a startup company backed by some of the biggest names in U.S. venture capital has raised $35 million in project financing to mine precious metals in Arkansas. BlueOak won’t be strip-mining, open-pit mining, or moving mountains to get at precious metals. Instead the company intends to build mini-refineries that will extract the wealth of gold, silver, copper, and… Read More

  • VCs Say “Ni Hao” To Chinese Startups

    VCs Say “Ni Hao” To Chinese Startups

    Venture capital investment in Chinese startup companies is surging again. After several years of a moribund market, investment in Chinese technology startups is en vogue again thanks in part to the soaring stock price of established players like Tencent, and the imminent listing of what could be the largest public offering in U.S. history when shares of Alibaba finally start trading. Last… Read More

  • Mixify Launches Clubcast To Bring Daft Punk To Your House

    Mixify Launches Clubcast To Bring Daft Punk To Your House

    Daft Punk may not actually be playing at your house, but startup company Mixify has launched a new service, called Clubcast, and raised initial capital to bring DJs from around the world to your club or event. Mixify began as a live streaming service for electronic dance music in late 2012. The company developed relationships with 15,000 different electronic DJs to stream their sets through… Read More

  • BTCJam Brings Its Bitcoin-Based Lending Service To Emerging Markets

    BTCJam Brings Its Bitcoin-Based Lending Service To Emerging Markets

    Celso Cardoso Pitta Jr., the founder of the bitcoin-based peer-to-peer lending service BTCJam, has spent over a decade thinking about how to make it easier for borrowers to get loans in emerging markets. What emerged was San Francisco-based BTCJam, a startup that aims to connect wealthy lenders with borrowers in places like Brazil. It’s one of the first companies to apply… Read More