finance

  • Host Analytics Raises $25M And Says Next Step Is IPO

    Host Analytics Raises $25M And Says Next Step Is IPO

    Host Analytics, a company that provides cloud-based financial analytics tools, announced $25M in Series E funding today, and suggested the next logical step for the company is going public. Today’s funding brings their total to date to $77M. The round was led by Centerview Capital Technology. Also participating were previous investors Advanced Technology Ventures, Next World… Read More

  • The MBAs Are Fleeing, Should SF Be Worried?

    The MBAs Are Fleeing, Should SF Be Worried?

    Bubble, bubble, bubble. Are we in one, are we already done with one, are we getting closer to one? These questions have the dual benefit of being completely impossible to answer while having a high enough salience to tech readers to ensure that the almighty advertising machine gets stoked for another cycle. Let’s throw some more coal into the fire. We already had our massive discussion… Read More

  • When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

    When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

    Hold tight. Wait till the party’s over
    Hold tight. We’re in for nasty weather
    ~Talking Heads, Burning Down The House One law of economic physics always holds true: what goes up must come down. Last week, my pal Alex Wilhelm pointed out that winter’s coming to Silicon Valley, not in the form of snow of course, but metaphorically. He was reacting to Bill Gurley’s… Read More

  • Forest Brings You A Safer Way To Invest

    Forest Brings You A Safer Way To Invest

    Many people don’t invest even when they have the cash, citing confusion and the time it takes to weigh all the risks and benefits. Read More

  • YC-Backed Zen99 Makes Life Easier For Freelancers With Finance And Insurance Tools

    YC-Backed Zen99 Makes Life Easier For Freelancers With Finance And Insurance Tools

    Freelancers and contractors are a rapidly growing part of the workforce. Without benefits, however, many struggle with issues like figuring out how much of their earnings to withhold for taxes and finding insurance providers. A new startup called Zen99 wants to help contractors with a free service. Backed by Y Combinator, Zen99 lets users sign up for health insurance, track earnings and… Read More

  • Credit Karma Rolls Out Free Weekly Credit Reports (Yes Really)

    Credit Karma Rolls Out Free Weekly Credit Reports (Yes Really)

    Online credit monitoring startup Credit Karma is rolling out free credit reports. And no, it’s not a scam. Over the years, consumers have been burned by websites offering “free” credit reports which had more than a few strings attached. After signing up for their free report, these misleading sites would then begin billing the unsuspecting users on a monthly basis… Read More

  • Kabbage Gets $270M More To Lend To Small Online Merchants

    Kabbage Gets $270M More To Lend To Small Online Merchants

    Kabbage, a platform for online merchants to borrow working capital, is picking up some cabbage of its own: the startup has closed a $270 million credit facility from Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners. Atlanta, Georgia-based Kabbage will use the funds to build out its financing business both in the U.S. and beyond. This is one of… Read More

  • Financial Firms Looking To Linux, Windows 7 As XP Support Dries Up

    Financial Firms Looking To Linux, Windows 7 As XP Support Dries Up

    In an unsurprising move, ATM operators and other financial organizations are beginning to look to Linux as a replacement for their outdated Windows XP installations. That these organizations are deciding to move from XP only now is a testament to the staying power of the OS and a certain conservatism in financial circles. Read More

  • Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin Is Not A Currency

    Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin Is Not A Currency

    Goldman Sachs thinks that bitcoin believers need to take a cold shower, drink some coffee, and sober up. In the wake of Mt. Gox’s collapse, the supposed outing of Bitcoin’s creator, and some high profile arrests the financial services firm has put together an exhaustive survey of “Bitcoin” and “bitcoin” and ultimately finds the technology promising but… Read More

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