Before companies can do anything about reducing their impact on the environment, they need to measure the damage they are doing. Energy management startup Hara helps them track their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
The company announced a new $25 million C round of funding today. Investors included Energy Technology Ventures, Focus Ventures and Navitas Capital, with existing investors… → Read More
Editor’s Note: This is part two in an in-depth series exploring the ramifications of the explosion of late stage capital being raised by the Valley’s elite venture firms. For part one, go here.
In the mid-2000s when nearly every top venture capital firm was expanding to India and China, Benchmark Capital did not share its peers’ worldly ambitions. In fact, while the firm retained its Israel fund… → Read More
Harvest Power, a producer of renewable energy from organic waste, attained $51.7 million series B financing, in a round led by Generation Investment Management, the companies announced today.
The London-based fund was started by Nobel prize winner Al Gore and the former CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, David Blood. DAG Ventures and Keating Capital also invested alongside Harvest Power’s… → Read More
In case you missed it, being a super angel is officially passe. The new hotness is having a late-stage growth cash. Sequoia Capital is doing it. Andreessen Horowitz is doing it. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is doing it. Accel is doing it. Hell, even Chris Sacca is somehow doing it.
Greylock is the latest to officially join the club, with news today of an expansion to its current fund… → Read More
But for Klout, the funding round was pretty significant. In raising a surprisingly large $8.5 million, the company was singling its decision not to take a flip and to try to build a big company out of measuring influence online. For Klout founder and CEO Joe… → Read More
The smoke has cleared and the Twitter bidding wars have finally ended, AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher reports that microblogging service Twitter has added another $200 million to its coffers and a $3.7 billion dollar valuation in a funding round led by Kleiner Perkins, as we also previously reported.
Along with more money Twitter has added two new members to its board, Flipboard’s Mike McCue and… → Read More
In the peak of the Internet bubble, a company’s valuation– and press attention– would soar simply by whispering the words “John Doerr is an investor.” But in early Web 2.0 days, the once-everywhere venture capitalist seemed to fall off of the tech press’s radar, at least when it came to Internet investing.
But boy, has Doerr made up for lost time this year: Keynoting both of our Disrupt… → Read More
Venture capital mega-firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has announced that Mary Meeker is joining the firm as a partner, in another sign that the firm is focusing more on this mobile-meets-social-meets-local-meets-global wave of Web disruption. “Our number one goal is to help the Mark Pincuses of the world build their businesses into Internet treasures, and there has been no greater finder… → Read More
Mary Meeker joined Morgan Stanley in 1991 as the Firm’s PC Software/Hardware & New Media analyst. At the investment bank, she served as a Managing Director, and led the Global Technology Research Team that… → Read More
If you are a entrepreneur– especially a first time entrepreneur or an entrepreneur outside of Silicon Valley– you need to stop what you are doing and watch this video. Yes, it is 45 minutes long. But it’s worth it.
It’s hard to find a man more bullish on social than Bing Gordon.
The Kleiner Perkins partner will be spearheading the firm’s new sFund and, like John Doerr, fully believes that the era of social is just beginning. Just how much will social balloon in the short term? Gordon sees exponential-like growth, expecting the social space to grow 10 to 25x in the next five years.
Sounds like KPCB— and… → Read More
InMobi, the largest mobile ad network that hasn’t been acquired, has raised another $8 million in funding. The round was led by existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures and brings their total raised capital to $15.6 million.
We’ve estimated that the company did around $35 million in revenue in 2009, and may hit $75 million for all of 2010.
We’ve covered this… → Read More
Over the past several years, there’s been no shortage of talk about alternative energy, and its potential to change the world. The problem is that most of it is just that — talk. But tonight, a report that aired on 60 Minutes showed one alternative that is not only real, it’s already being tested by companies such as Google and eBay. You simply have to watch this.
One Kings Lane, an e-commerce startup that operates a private sales website dedicated to home furnishings, decor, and related products, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, with First Round Capital and angel investor Reid Hoffman participating.
One Kings Lane was started by Susan Feldman and Alison Gelb Pincus, who took notice of the… → Read More
In the third quarter of 2009, we saw a slight rebound in venture funding from earlier in the year. But which venture capital firms were the most active in the quarter? One of my favorite new tables in our latest TechCrunch Trends report, which is based on company data we collect in CrunchBase, is the ranking of the most active venture capital firms.
We’ve reproduced that ranking below in two… → Read More
More and more companies these days are trying to measure their environmental impact, and that is good business for startups like Hara, which provides Web-based environmental impact and energy monitoring software. Hara raised $14 million in a Series B funding today. The round was led by Jafco Ventures, with Nth Power and Kleiner participating.
Hara was founded a year ago with a $6 million… → Read More
On Friday, during a Congressional hearing on the Obama Administration’s proposal for a cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse gases, Al Gore had to defend his honor. Marsha Blackburn, the Republican Congresswoman from Gore’s home state of Tennessee, questioned his motivations behind supporting the proposal because of his investments in green startups through his role at Kleiner Perkins, where he… → Read More
Silicon Valley’s most venerable venture capital firm has raised $1.2 billion in two new funds. Kleiner Perkins announced the formation of its thirteenth fund, KPCB XIII, which will invest $700 million in “greentech, information technology and life sciences ventures.” It raised $600 million for its twelfth fund just two years ago, and $100 million of that was earmarked for green… → Read More