Palantir

  • Palantir Acquires App-Making Startup Propeller

    Palantir Acquires App-Making Startup Propeller

    In its second announced deal this week, Palantir has acquired Propeller, a startup offering tools for building native mobile apps. Two acquisitions in one week seems pretty ambitious for any company, but as noted in Fortune, it’s particularly unusual for Palantir, a data analysis company that has only made one other acquisition, email startup VoiceGem (or at least, that’s the… Read More

  • Palantir Acquires Social Polling Startup Poptip

    Palantir Acquires Social Polling Startup Poptip

    Poptip, a startup that helps companies conduct social media surveys and analyze online conversations, just announced its team will be joining Palantir starting on August 1. I’ve emailed Palantir for confirmation and comment, and I’ll update if I hear back. Read More

  • Spire Raises $8M In Series A To Help Customers Manage Talent, Prevent Employee Fraud

    Spire Raises $8M In Series A To Help Customers Manage Talent, Prevent Employee Fraud

    Spire Technologies, a big data startup based in Bangalore that helps customers manage current and future talent requirements using a contextual search engine, has raised $8 million in Series A funding from an unnamed institutional investor. Saurabh Jain, the founder of Spire, said that this investor has requested two-months embargo before his name can be made public. The financing will be used… Read More

  • Palantir’s Latest Round Valuing It At $9B Swells To $107.8M In New Funding

    Palantir’s Latest Round Valuing It At $9B Swells To $107.8M In New Funding

    Palantir, the big data company that started off with clients like the FBI and CIA before building up a large private-sector roster of customers, just added more funding to its coffers. Last week, the company filed that it was raising $57 million with the SEC. Now that round is coming in at $107.5 million, according to a new amended filing today. Sources close to the company told us that… Read More

  • Big Data Company Palantir Is Raising $58M At A Hefty $9B Valuation

    Big Data Company Palantir Is Raising $58M At A Hefty $9B Valuation

    Palantir, the big data company that secured clients like the NSA, the FBI and the CIA early on, is topping up its recent September funding round with a 50 percent bump in valuation. The company is now valued at $9 billion, according to sources familiar with the deal. An SEC filing released today showed that they are raising an additional $57.5 million on top of a $196.5 million round three… Read More

  • 6 Experts on Speeding Up Data

    6 Experts on Speeding Up Data

    Speed. That’s what it’s all about these days. The problem: it’s still more effective to use FedEx than trying to squeeze a data load across a network. It’s an absurd reality when it requires a plane to move data from one place to another. It’s not necessary to move terabytes of data all day, all night. Moving hard drives across the continent for a feature film… Read More

  • Palantir Acqhires Team Behind YC Voice Email Startup Voicegem

    Palantir Acqhires Team Behind YC Voice Email Startup Voicegem

    Palantir just scooped up some fresh minds to aid its mission of analyzing the world’s information. Today Y Combinator Summer 2012 startup Voicegem announced its team is joining Palantir, and it will shut down its voice email service in mid-March. Voicegem had delivered over one million seconds of voice recordings, but now its makers are moving to a team that’s “truly changing… Read More

  • The Silicon Valley Elite Need A Culture Of Duty

    The Silicon Valley Elite Need A Culture Of Duty

    Editor’s note: Joe Lonsdale is a General Partner at Formation 8, an early-growth technology fund. He is co-founder of Palantir and Addepar and is proud to be behind other successful mission-driven technology companies. When we saw a huge gap in the government’s technology response to 9/11 and founded Palantir in 2004, Silicon Valley venture capitalists refused to invest. They… Read More

  • Palantir Technologies Raises $70 Million At $2.5 Billion Valuation

    Palantir Technologies Raises $70 Million At $2.5 Billion Valuation

    Palantir Technologies has raised $70 million in Series F funding, we’ve confirmed with the company. This brings Palantir’s total funding to nearly $200 million. While the company declined to reveal the valuation in the round, we’ve learned from sources that it is around $2.5 billion. Two unnamed New York-based hedge funds anchored the round, and multiple early investors… Read More

  • The Math of TechCrunch, Part 2: Does It Play Favorites?

    Editor’s note:  Previously, in “The Math of TechCrunch, Part I: Is TechCrunch Still About Startups?” guest author Mark Goldenson analyzed more than 20,000 TechCrunch stories to find out how much we actually cover startups versus big companies.  In this post, he drills down by investors, authors, and market segments.  Goldenson is CEO of Breakthrough.com, a startup… Read More

  • Palantir: The Next Billion-Dollar Company Raises $90 Million

    Palantir: The Next Billion-Dollar Company Raises $90 Million

    When Alex Karp needed funding for a young start up named Palantir in 2005, dozens of investors said “No.” He was trying to sell them on the idea of a high-powered analysis platform that could scan multiple databases simultaneously— a tool that government officials and corporations could use to tackle complex problems. “Enterprise is a dirty word and that’s the… Read More