• Benchmark Backs Real-Time Data-Processing Startup Confluent

    Benchmark Backs Real-Time Data-Processing Startup Confluent

    Companies nowadays are creating huge amounts of data, but harnessing it and making it useful still remains a problem for many businesses. A new company called Confluent, which was founded by members of LinkedIn’s data infrastructure team, hopes to solve that problem by building commercial tools around some open source software they developed. Read More

  • Just In Time For The Car-Less Generation, Bus And Train Ticket Aggregator Wanderu Raises $5.6M Series A

    Just In Time For The Car-Less Generation, Bus And Train Ticket Aggregator Wanderu Raises $5.6M Series A

    Boston-based travel startup Wanderu, which aims to become something of a Kayak.com for booking bus and train tickets — a market that doesn’t yet have a leading aggregation site — has now raised $5.6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Metamorphic Ventures, and was said to be over-subscribed. Also participating were Alta Ventures, Craig Lentzsch (former… Read More

  • Lisbon’s Codacy Wins The Web Summit Pitch Competition

    Lisbon’s Codacy Wins The Web Summit Pitch Competition

    Dublin’s Web Summit has accelerated into SXSW territory this year, scaling to over 22,000 attendees. Unlike other tech conferences, which put the startups centre stage, Web Summit has gone for scale, with side stages where 200 companies pitched over the three days of the conference. Portuguese company Codacy won the ‘BETA award’ for its platform, which automatically… Read More

  • Amazon Echo Is A $199 Connected Speaker Packing An Always-On Siri-Style Assistant

    Amazon Echo Is A $199 Connected Speaker Packing An Always-On Siri-Style Assistant

    Amazon has a new product that doesn’t really have any current equivalent form any other tech company – a connected speaker called Echo that’s always-on, listening for commands that its virtual assistant can then respond to with information or by triggering a task. The cylindrical device has room-filling sound, and seven microphones on top, which use beam-forming tech to… Read More

  • Mobile Social Network Parenthoods Raises $1.32 Million

    Mobile Social Network Parenthoods Raises $1.32 Million

    A San Francisco-based social network called Parenthoods has raised a $1.32 million seed round for its modern mobile platform designed to connect millennial parents who are used to apps like Instagram and Snapchat with others locally. In the Parenthoods iOS app, moms and dads chat with fellow parents in order to swap advice, offer support, arrange playdates, and more. The company, which… Read More

  • Randstad’s VC Fund Has $60M To Invest In HR Tech Startups Showing Early Traction

    Randstad’s VC Fund Has $60M To Invest In HR Tech Startups Showing Early Traction

    A strategic corporate VC fund set up this April by global HR services giant Randstad is looking to invest in startups working on the hard problem of matching people to jobs, and jobs to people, as well as coming up with more effective ways for employers to communicate with and motivate their existing workforce. Read More

  • Please And Carrots Debuts Subscription-Based Toys, Expert Advice For New Parents

    Please And Carrots Debuts Subscription-Based Toys, Expert Advice For New Parents

    Busy parents who don’t have the time to shop for the best developmentally-appropriate and educationally-focused toys for their little ones now have a new option. A company called Please and Carrots is today launching a subscription-based toy company that sends a quarterly box of toys to parents of children from 0 to 3 years old, which includes only those items that have been curated… Read More

  • Working With A Chinese Factory, Hardware Entrepreneur Edition

    Working With A Chinese Factory, Hardware Entrepreneur Edition

    I have to admit, before I decided to fly to Southern China this past week and dig deeper into the hardware ecosystem, I knew very little about anything to do with manufacturing. Sure, I looked at hardware-related investments, as every investor does these days, and tried to apply concepts of unit economics to the products, but I could not assess very intelligently whether the… Read More

  • Lytro Hits Up The Enterprise With The Introduction Of The Lytro Platform And Dev Kit

    Lytro Hits Up The Enterprise With The Introduction Of The Lytro Platform And Dev Kit

    Lytro has been around for three years building a brand new type of camera with light field technology, and while the tech itself is quite incredible, transforming that into a viable business has proven difficult. Until now, the company has been selling special cameras, the original Lytro and the newer, photographer-friendly Illum. It’s a difficult business that is in fast flux, given… Read More

  • Mobile Fashion App Strut Is Like Tinder For Discovering And Sharing New Outfits

    Mobile Fashion App Strut Is Like Tinder For Discovering And Sharing New Outfits

    Back in August I wrote a little story about a Thiel Fellow named Mark Daniel who had raised $1.5 million to create a mobile fashion app called Strut. Well after a few months the app is now available for download on the Apple App Store and ready to help users socially discover new fashions and create outfits together. Read More

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