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  • BodyMedia Raises $12 Million Funding Round Led By Comcast Ventures

    BodyMedia Raises $12 Million Funding Round Led By Comcast Ventures

    BodyMedia, one of the growing number of companies that offers wearable body sensors, just announced that it has raised a $12 million funding round led by Comcast Ventures. The company’s products, including its BodyMedia FIT on-body monitoring system, currently focuses on tracking users’ activity level, but the company plans to use the money raised in this round to focus on… Read More

  • Empty Walls Got You Down? TurningArt Nabs $1.5M For Its Netflix-Style Art Rental Service

    Empty Walls Got You Down? TurningArt Nabs $1.5M For Its Netflix-Style Art Rental Service

    Paddle8, Artsy, Zazzle, and Art.com are all part of a growing contingent of startups that are on a mission to democratize the purchase, discovery, and enjoyment of art by bringing it online. In August 2010, Boston-based TurningArt joined this cadre of art industry disruptors, launching its own unique spin on the democratization of art commerce with a Netflix-esque model that allows any and all… Read More

  • Mobile Security Provider Appthority Raises $6.25 Million From Venrock and US Venture Partners

    Mobile Security Provider Appthority Raises $6.25 Million From Venrock and US Venture Partners

    Earlier this morning, San Francisco-based mobile app security provider Appthority announced  that it has raised $6.25 million in a Series A financing round led by Venrock and US Venture Partners. Gunderson Dettmer also participated in this round. Venrock’s Ray Rothrock and US Venture Partners’ Steve Krausz will join the Appthority board. The company’s product helps… Read More

  • 42Floors’ PDA: The War For Talent Among Startups Needs A New Approach. Here’s Why

    42Floors’ PDA: The War For Talent Among Startups Needs A New Approach. Here’s Why

    Startups do the darndest things. As you may or may not have seen, Y Combinator startup 42Floors made a bold and fairly unprecedented move today — as hiring goes, in any case. 42Floors Co-founder Jason Freedman had been following the work of UPenn sophomore Dan Shipper on Hacker News. The two had chatted a few times by phone and on Twitter, and Freedman was so impressed by the quality… Read More

  • Panels Are A Waste Of Time, But They Don’t Have To Be

    Panels Are A Waste Of Time, But They Don’t Have To Be

    Two years ago, when I first co-founded Earbits, I started frequenting various startup events like so many other first-time founders. Some of them were mixers, others were pitch competitions, and many were topic-focused panels and discussions meant to provide sage advice to budding entrepreneurs. I had reasonable experience on the ground floor of various startups but raising capital was a… Read More

  • Rick Marini on Branchout's New Round of Funding

    BranchOut Hits 25 Million Users, Nabs $25M In Series C Funding

    BranchOut is officially going for the big time. The company, which makes a professional social network that runs on top of Facebook, is announcing today it has closed on $25 million in new funding, bringing its total venture capital investment to $49 million. This latest batch of money, which serves as BranchOut’s Series C round, was led by the Mayfield Fund with the participation of… Read More

  • Flower Subscription Service H.Bloom Raises $10 Million

    Flower Subscription Service H.Bloom Raises $10 Million

    Subscription flower delivery Service H.Bloom, which once described itself as the ‘Netflix of Flowers,’ raised a $10 million Series B funding round today. The investment was lead by Shasta Ventures with the participation of a number of existing VC funds and angel investors, including Battery Ventures, Thomas Lehrman of Gerson Lerhman Group, and ShoeDazzle’s Brian Lee. Read More

  • [Excerpt] Fundraising: From $1,000 To $1,000,000

    [Excerpt] Fundraising: From $1,000 To $1,000,000

    Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Onswipe CEO Jason L. Baptiste’s new book The Ultralight Startup: Launching a Business Without Clout or Capital. If you pay attention to the headlines about startups getting millions of dollars of funding from investors, venture capitalists, or partnerships, you might think the fund-raising process happens overnight. It all sounds so… Read More

  • SEO Service BrightEdge Raises $12.6M

    SEO Service BrightEdge Raises $12.6M

    BrightEdge, a startup that offers tools for large companies to manage their search engine rankings, has raised $12.6 million in a Series C round of funding. The round was led by new investor Intel Capital, with participation from existing backers Battery Ventures, Altos Ventures, and Illuminate Ventures. CEO Jim Yu says that brings BrightEdge’s total funding to a little more than $21… Read More

  • No Filter Required: Instagram Reportedly Raising $40M At $500M Valuation

    No Filter Required: Instagram Reportedly Raising $40M At $500M Valuation

    Instagram, the photo touch-up and sharing app, doesn’t make a penny in revenue from consumers, but it’s picking up users faster than you can click on a point-and-shoot camera, and the app is, well, just kind of great. Now, Instagram is poised to pick up another round of funding worth about $40 million, which will value the startup at $500 million, according to reports. According to… Read More

  • Wireless Memory Card Maker Eye-Fi Raises $20M Series D Led By NTT DOCOMO

    Wireless Memory Card Maker Eye-Fi Raises $20M Series D Led By NTT DOCOMO

    Eye-Fi, the maker of those nifty, wireless memory cards that automatically sync digital camera photos to your devices, as well as to cloud services like Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and YouTube, is today announcing it has raised $20 million in Series D funding. The round was led by NTT DOCOMO, the largest mobile operator in Japan, something which hints at the company’s plans towards… Read More

  • Startups: Durham Wants You In Their Smoffice

    Startups: Durham Wants You In Their Smoffice

    Durham (a city in North Carolina) is looking to vitalize their already burgeoning startup scene by giving away the “World’s Smallest Office,” a moniker I once reserved for my attic bathroom but can now be rendered unto a bit of space in the front of a Cafe in Durham’s beautiful Downtown. Although the office shown above appears to be more like a monkey cage than a… Read More

  • OpenLabel Exits Stealth, Raises $80K To Turn Barcodes Into Public Labels

    OpenLabel Exits Stealth, Raises $80K To Turn Barcodes Into Public Labels

    OpenLabel, a startup that wants to augment everyday products’ barcodes with crowd-sourced information that helps you decide whether to buy, has raised $80,000 in seed funding in a round led by Peter Kirwan, also an investor in IFTTT. Also participating in the round were Tim Drees and Doug Taylor. According to OpenLabel co-founder Scott Kennedy, this $80K is just the first part of a… Read More

  • Stealthy Startup timeRAZOR Raises $3.4M Pre-Launch, Partners With Major Household Brands

    Stealthy Startup timeRAZOR Raises $3.4M Pre-Launch, Partners With Major Household Brands

    Got FOMO? (That’s “fear of missing out” for those of you who don’t do slang.) There will soon be an app for that, or so says the $3.4 million in angel funding the stealthy D.C.-area startup called timeRAZOR has raised. In its pre-launch state, the curious company is already lining up brand partnerships with big names like Marriott and L’Oreal in preparation for… Read More

  • Lead Management Company Leads360 Raises $15 Million

    Lead Management Company Leads360 Raises $15 Million

    Leads360, a consumer sales automation and telephony platform, announced today it has completed a $15 million round of new funding. The round was led by Volition Capital and saw participation from existing Leads360 investor Rustic Canyon Partners. The company plans to use the funding to expand its product lineup, pursue strategic relationships and raise awareness about its platform. Read More

  • Conceptboard receives funding from HighTech Gruenderfonds, Seedfonds

    Conceptboard, a virtual whiteboard startup, which was in the news recently with their G+ Hangout feature, just announced that’ve raised “a 6-figure funding round” from two German investors. Details of the investment have not been shared publicly, but TechCrunch has learned that it was around 500.000 euros. It’s the startups series A round, and was led by… Read More

  • Cloud Computing Software Company Joyent Raises $85 Million To Pursue Global Growth

    Cloud Computing Software Company Joyent Raises $85 Million To Pursue Global Growth

    Cloud computing software and service provider Joyent has secured an $85 million round of new funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by European group Weather Investment II. It also included Telefónica Digital, the growth arm of global telecom giant Telefónica, which participated as a strategic investor. Read More

  • Trion Grabs $85 Million To Bring New Life To The “Deep End” Of Online Gaming

    Trion Grabs $85 Million To Bring New Life To The “Deep End” Of Online Gaming

    Trion Worlds, a lesser known game development company headquartered in Silicon Valley, yesterday gave even further evidence that the “deep end” of online gaming is alive and well, announcing that it has raised an $85 million round of strategic growth equity financing from Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments. The round adds to the $100 million… Read More

  • How To Create An Early-Stage Pitch Deck For Investors

    How To Create An Early-Stage Pitch Deck For Investors

    This is a guest post by Ryan Spoon (@ryanspoon), a principal at Polaris Ventures. Read more about Ryan on his blog at ryanspoon.com. When raising capital, a combination of your company’s product, vision, team and execution are what ultimately attract investment. And while the pitch deck is ultimately less important than vision and product, it exists to convey both elements and… Read More

  • Siri Sibling Trapit Raises $6.2 Million Series A From Horizons

    Siri Sibling Trapit Raises $6.2 Million Series A From Horizons

    Personalized web search tool Trapit, often called the sister to Apple’s Siri because both were built on the same artificial intelligence project from DARPA and SRI, has just raised $6.2 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Horizons Ventures, the Hong Kong-based venture fund that manages the investments for Facebook and Spotify investor Li Ka-shing. Horizons also… Read More

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