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.

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  • TrackMaven Raises $14 Million For Its Marketing Monitoring Service

    TrackMaven Raises $14 Million For Its Marketing Monitoring Service

    Online, everyone can watch you click… and startup TrackMaven has raised $14 million in equity and debt for its service to help marketers make sense of all that clicking. The Washington-based company raised $8 million in new financing from investors from returning investors New Enterprise Associates and Bowery Capital and $6 million in debt from Silicon Valley Bank. TrackMaven… Read More

  • Fintech Collective Leverages Investor Network To Back Investment Networking Firm Openfolio

    Fintech Collective Leverages Investor Network To Back Investment Networking Firm Openfolio

    For the New York-based financial technology investment firm Fintech Collective, investments are always better with a little help from friends. Social investment networking and data analysis startup Openfolio’s $1.8 million seed financing had help from the firm’s syndicate of limited partners and contacts. Read More

  • As Public Markets Beckon, Lending Startups Raise Over $1 Billion In 2014

    As Public Markets Beckon, Lending Startups Raise Over $1 Billion In 2014

    If investors continue to funnel money into online lending companies at their current pace, 2014 may be the year that startup lenders finally break the bank — or at least banking’s hold on the lending market. The imminent public offerings of LendingClub and OnDeck Capital show that markets have embraced the non-bank lending business, and private investors have taken notice… Read More

  • Bitreserve Brings Bitcoin To The Gold Standard

    Bitreserve Brings Bitcoin To The Gold Standard

    The bitcoin-based financial services company Bitreserve is merging one of the newest innovations in currency with the world’s oldest. Through the institutional precious metals trading house Gold Bullion International, Bitreserve has created a new gold standard, linking its bitcoin currency exchange and payment services with gold. Now, using Bitreserve, customers can hold gold in… Read More

  • Pathgather Raises Looks To Bring Social Networking To Learning Management

    Pathgather Raises Looks To Bring Social Networking To Learning Management

    Companies feeling they aren’t getting enough out of their learning management systems now have a new tool that may help with the recent financing and launch of Pathgather. In the learning management space roughly 61% of companies that use services are looking to change them, according to Eric Duffy, Pathgather’s chief executive officer. “I got started on this on the… Read More

  • Crowdfund Your Next Lawsuit With LexShares

    Crowdfund Your Next Lawsuit With LexShares

    There’s a new service in New York that’s angling to let litigants in certain types of cases crowdfund their lawsuits against bigger, better-funded competitors. Private equity financing of lawsuits in certain corporate cases has existed for several years, although the idea of funding a legal campaign for a return on investment is still in its infancy. The founders of LexShares… Read More

  • Bipsync Has A Research Management Tool For Hedge Funders

    Bipsync Has A Research Management Tool For Hedge Funders

    Danny Donado spent years working for a hedge fund bemoaning the lack of a good document and research management tool that he could use to organize and share the copious notes he was making on potential deals, so finally he built one. Donado launched Bipsync so other hedge funders wouldn’t have to. The former Miura Global employee initially used Evernote, Dropbox, and Salesforce to manage… Read More

  • Cognical Provides Online Payment Options For The Underbanked

    Cognical Provides Online Payment Options For The Underbanked

    Just in time for the holidays, a service called Zibby is launching to give the underbanked and thin-file or underwater credit applicants a way to buy white goods online. Cognical, the company behind the Zibby payment option is the brain-child of 37-year-old Brandon Wright and his wunderkind chief technology officer, the 23-year-old Chinedu Eleanya, is angling to make it easier for consumers… Read More

  • NYC Launches Free Gigabit Speed Wi-Fi Network

    NYC Launches Free Gigabit Speed Wi-Fi Network

    NYC is rolling out a free, super-fast Wi-fi offering gigabit speed connectivity over an encrypted network and set to go online in 2015. Read More

  • CryptoLabs Launches With Bitcoin Storage Hardware

    CryptoLabs Launches With Bitcoin Storage Hardware

    CryptoLabs, a new bitcoin technology development startup, is launching with their first device, a bitcoin hardware wallet that allows users to store buy, send, sell and receive the digital currency. Melanie Shapiro, a serial entrepreneur whose last company — Digbsy — was sold for a tidy sum, founded and financed CryptoLabs using her own money. According to Shapiro, the hardware… Read More

  • Yik Yak Is Close To Closing On Roughly $75 Million

    Yik Yak Is Close To Closing On Roughly $75 Million

    Thank the kids in America for turning Yik Yak into the newest technology craze that’s a parental nightmare and an anonymous messaging juggernaut. Only a year after its launch, the app is now close to closing on roughly $75 million in new financing, according to several sources with knowledge of the company. With a focus on local and anonymous messaging for college students, Yik Yak… Read More

  • If You’re Asking, You’re Not Getting In The League’s New Dating App

    If You’re Asking, You’re Not Getting In The League’s New Dating App

    Today marks the soft launch of the The League, a Tinder-esque dating app that adds a layer of class-awareness (or at least job status) for those looking for true affection in their mobile dating experience. The pitch from The League’s founder and chief executive, Amanda Bradford, is that by adding LinkedIn and geolocation data about what someone does and roughly where they live to… Read More

  • Calling All Angels, Executives, VCs And Everyone Else To Write Guest Columns For TechCrunch

    Calling All Angels, Executives, VCs And Everyone Else To Write Guest Columns For TechCrunch

    The heart of any website or blog is its community of readers, contributors and commenters. At TechCrunch, part of that has been the guest columns that we publish each week. We have provided space for contributors to enlighten the tech community with their industry insights. And now, things are changing. Read More

  • Quirky, GE Unveil Their Vision For The Connected Home

    Quirky, GE Unveil Their Vision For The Connected Home

    At their headquarters in Chelsea, crowdsourced invention engine Quirky and its manufacturing juggernaut of a partner General Electric threw back the curtains on their play for the connected home. They re-launched their spinout, Wink, announced seven new gadgets for the connected home, and the development of something the company is calling a “microfactory” in San Francisco that… Read More

  • Samsung And SAP Partner On Mobile Devices For Business

    Samsung And SAP Partner On Mobile Devices For Business

    Taking another page from the Apple playbook, Samsung is announcing a massive partnership with the enterprise software giant SAP to battle Apple’s collaboration with IBM in the enterprise. Read More

  • AOL Drops ALEC, The State Lobbying Group ‘Lying’ About Climate Change

    AOL Drops ALEC, The State Lobbying Group ‘Lying’ About Climate Change

    Sometimes, some days, I get to be proud of the company that pays my checks. Today is one of those days, as AOL joins the ranks of the sane and drops its support for the American Legislative Exchange Council, an industry lobbying group that has been the subject of much scorn these days. (Although that good-will is leavened by a , healthy dose of WTF.) Read More

  • Coding Education Programs Expand In U.S. As IT Jobs Market Flourishes

    Coding Education Programs Expand In U.S. As IT Jobs Market Flourishes

    Unemployment in the U.S. is declining, as demand for new jobs picks up across the country, and nowhere is the need more acutely felt than in tech industry. With its heady mix of Horatio Alger rags-to-riches success stories, its emphasis on individualism and privileging hard work and education, no industry is a better poster child for post-industrial American capitalism than the startup world… Read More

  • 14 Years In The Making, [24]7 Buys IntelliResponse For Its Customer Service Suite

    14 Years In The Making, [24]7 Buys IntelliResponse For Its Customer Service Suite

    Fourteen years after the dot-com bubble burst, there are still some private companies who lived through it which are very much alive and kicking. In the wild world of automated customer response, no company has been less wild than [24]7 — the Sequoia-backed, Mike Moritz-directed provider of automated customer service tools, which survived the 2000’s tech crash. The company has… Read More

  • Springleap Brings A New Model For Creative Design To Madison Avenue And Beyond

    Springleap Brings A New Model For Creative Design To Madison Avenue And Beyond

    Springleap has traveled from its offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, to Brooklyn to set up its global headquarters and bring a new model for crowdsourced design to the “Mad Men” of Madison Avenue. The company started as a design competition website, allowing brands to post competitions and offer prizes to the best designers for various campaigns. “That in… Read More

  • Olapic Turns Social Media Pins Into Store Portals On Pinterest

    Olapic Turns Social Media Pins Into Store Portals On Pinterest

    Olapic, the social media aggregation and curation service for brands and stores, has launched a new service to turn images shared on platforms like Facebook or Instagram into store portals on Pinterest. Using Olapic, brands can share linked photos on Pinterest that will bring a user back to a product page for the store, rather than the social media service from which the original image was… Read More

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