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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  • 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

  • Investors Build New Marketing Tools For The Visual Web

    Investors Build New Marketing Tools For The Visual Web

    Navigating the web these days is increasingly a case of what you see is what you get. Sites like Pinterest and Tumblr, and apps like Instagram, Vine, and Snapchat are replacing text updates with images and video as the primary mode of communication — and marketers and investors are taking notice. Read More

  • Emergence Backs SteelBrick’s Technology For The New, Mobile Salesforce

    Emergence Backs SteelBrick’s Technology For The New, Mobile Salesforce

    Just a few months after acquiring the pricing and quote-check software developer SteelBrick in a $5 million transaction, Godard Abel, the serial entrepreneur behind BigMachines and G2 Crowd, has brought in $6.5 million in new financing from Emergence Capital Partners for his latest venture. Read More

  • Trifacta Raises $25 Million For Its Data Transformation Software

    Trifacta Raises $25 Million For Its Data Transformation Software

    While companies spend trillions of dollars on big data technologies to compile, store, and deliver the volumes of data they’re collecting and the software and services that they have to make sense of that data once it’s collected, there’s a divide that separates the two parts of the process. San Francisco, Calif.-based Trifacta is selling a software that purports to bridge… Read More

  • Uncovering Data For Credit Worthiness Earns DemystData $5 Million

    Uncovering Data For Credit Worthiness Earns DemystData $5 Million

    In the modern, credit-rating-dominated world having little or no credit history — what the financial services industry calls a “thin file” — makes life much, much harder. It creates a vicious cycle, where lenders are less likely to lend to a borrower, because there’s no credit history. Now DemystData has raised $5 million in financing to solve the problem for… Read More

  • Sequoia Backs Coupang, South Korea’s Answer To Amazon, With $100 Million

    Sequoia Backs Coupang, South Korea’s Answer To Amazon, With $100 Million

    Coupang, South Korea’s answer to Amazon, has raised $100 million in a round of financing led by Sequoia Capital. The investment led by Sequoia chairman Mike Moritz adds one of Asia’s fastest-growing and most valuable startups to Sequoia Capital’s already impressive roster of Asian deals. According to one person with knowledge of the deal, the new investment values Coupang at… Read More

  • Despite Exits, Aerospace Deals Are Crashing To Earth

    Despite Exits, Aerospace Deals Are Crashing To Earth

    With Google and Facebook both interested in drone and satellite companies, perhaps other investors are taking the time to look to the skies. Last week we reported that Google was in advanced discussions to acquire the satellite company Skybox Imaging in a deal that could easily top $1 billion. It follows the search giant’s acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a drone manufacturer which had… Read More

  • Aver Informatics Raises $8.5 Million To Tackle Healthcare Payments

    Aver Informatics Raises $8.5 Million To Tackle Healthcare Payments

    If you’ve ever been to a doctor in the U.S., you know the befuddling bundle of bills that awaits at the end of the road for your treatment. The ugly truth is that those bills aren’t just confusing to you. Even most hospitals don’t know how much a given procedure is supposed to cost, according to a 2013 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association. It’s… Read More

  • [Confirmed] Intuit Adds Check To Its Finance Stable In $360M Deal

    [Confirmed] Intuit Adds Check To Its Finance Stable In $360M Deal

    [Update: Intuit has announced its acquisition of the mobile payment and bill management services company, Check, in a $360 million deal.] We had reported earlier Tuesday that the deal would be around $350 million, according to people with knowledge of the transaction. A report from The Wall Street Journal published yesterday placed the deal at $360 million. And the WSJ had reported… Read More

  • Activehours Raises Seed Financing To End Payday Lending

    Activehours Raises Seed Financing To End Payday Lending

    Cash-strapped borrowers can use a new service from the startup Activehours, which launches today, as an alternative to the glorified loan sharks in the payday lending business. Read More

  • Wealth Management Startup FutureAdvisor Raises $15.5 Million

    Wealth Management Startup FutureAdvisor Raises $15.5 Million

    Looking to bring top-flight wealth management services to the middle class, FutureAdvisor has raised $15.5 million in fresh capital. The round was led by new investor Canvas with participation from the company’s previous investors including Sequoia Capital. Y Combinator, one of the country’s top accelerators, provided the initial boost for the company’s launch into the… Read More

  • Career Sushi Launches A Monster.com For Millennials

    Career Sushi Launches A Monster.com For Millennials

    Taking the next step in its own professional development, the millennial-focused intern placement site Intern Sushi has launched a new professional job placement and career planning site — Career Sushi. It’s one of several startups trying to make the job-seeking process a little easier for a new generation of would-be employees and their potential bosses with their attempts to create… Read More

  • Data Discovery Technology Nets DataPad $1.7 Million

    Data Discovery Technology Nets DataPad $1.7 Million

    Take a guy who literally wrote the book on Python programming tools and add some of venture capital’s top investors and you have the recipe for DataPad, a new data discovery technology vendor that just raised $1.7 million. DataPad was founded in 2013 by Wes McKinney, who wrote “Python for Data Analysis” (believe me, it’s apparently a big deal among Python programmers)… Read More