google ventures

  • Google Ventures Unleashes Its Investment Strategy For Europe

    Google Ventures Unleashes Its Investment Strategy For Europe

    To start off our annual European conference, we brought the new Google Ventures Europe partners onstage at Disrupt Europe in London. The panel was mostly focused on explaining Google Ventures’ investment strategy for its European arm. In particular, Google Ventures will employ the same operational strategy as in the U.S., and will be looking for co-investors for most of its deals. Read More

  • Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North

    Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North

    Serial entrepreneur, investor, and overall Internet good guy Kevin Rose is stepping down from his role of general partner at Google Ventures. The Digg and Revision3 founder will be moving into a part-time role at the firm, and will be using all his spare time to embark on a whole new adventure building a mobile startup called North. Read More

  • Hire Someone Already! Google Ventures Mulls Its European Moves

    Hire Someone Already! Google Ventures Mulls Its European Moves

    As the cream of Europe’s entrepreneurs filed into the beautifully lit room at a European tech conference late in 2012, picking up their champagne as they went, a VC leaned over to Welsey Chan of Google Ventures and asked: “Why on earth are you guys sponsoring these drinks? You don’t have any investments in Europe, do you?”. Turning to his interrogator, Chan replied… Read More

  • YouTube Co-Founders Split As Hurley Spins Out MixBit And Chen Joins Google Ventures

    YouTube Co-Founders Split As Hurley Spins Out MixBit And Chen Joins Google Ventures

    Consider this the end of an era. After 15 years of working together, first at PayPal and then at YouTube and most recently at incubator Avos Systems, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are headed in different directions. Avos is pivoting, in a sense, and transforming from an incubator into a single company working on a single product: MixBit. MixBit has been Hurley’s baby… Read More

  • So Long TC, And Hello GV

    So Long TC, And Hello GV

    I thought hard about this post, but time didn’t make it any easier to write. After five-and-a-half years at TechCrunch, I’ll be joining Google Ventures as an operating partner. I am ready for a new challenge. When people ask me about what I love most about my job, I have the same response: “I am so lucky to be able to tell the stories of founders.” It’s this… Read More

  • Google Ventures Leads $130M Series B In Cancer Data Startup Flatiron Health

    Google Ventures Leads $130M Series B In Cancer Data Startup Flatiron Health

    Flatiron Health, a startup that organizes real-time oncology data to help cancer patients and doctors, has raised $130 million in Series B funding led by Google Ventures, with participation from First Round Capital, Laboratory Corporation of America, and angel investors. Part of the capital will be used to acquire Altos Solutions, an electronic medical records company. Read More

  • Synack Raises $7.5 Million Putting Bounties On IT Security Threats

    Synack Raises $7.5 Million Putting Bounties On IT Security Threats

    Security company Synack has a proposition for the hackers of the world. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company is putting a bounty out on the network and data security threats a business could face and will pay the best hackers to uncover them. It’s a new approach to the omnipresent issue of how businesses can best secure their data and networks, and one that has netted the company… Read More

  • APX Labs Gets $10M From NEA For Enterprise-Friendly Wearables

    APX Labs Gets $10M From NEA For Enterprise-Friendly Wearables

    Bringing optical wearables from military applications into the enterprise market, APX Labs has raised $10 million from NEA in its first institutional round of funding. From the 1963 memo dashed off by the head of the Pentagon’s Information Processing Techniques Office, which set the Advanced Research Projects Agency on the road to create the Internet, through today’s latest… Read More

  • Sequoia Backs Simplisafe In A Play For The Home Security Market

    Sequoia Backs Simplisafe In A Play For The Home Security Market

    Sequoia Capital has made a minority investment in the do-it-yourself home security company Simplisafe in a play on the home security and automation market, TechCrunch has learned. The investment from Sequoia came on the heels of Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs, which showed just how lucrative the home market can be. That deal netted a healthy return for investors… Read More

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