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  • Lily Flying Camera Closes $14M In Funding, Delays Shipping Until Summer 2016

    Lily Flying Camera Closes $14M In Funding, Delays Shipping Until Summer 2016

    Lily, a drone that is meant to satisfy all your selfie needs, has today announced the close of a $14 million Series A round of funding, with investors including Spark Capital, SV Angel, Stanford-StartX Fund, Steve Aoki and Joe Montana. That said, the company also announced it would be postponing its ship date until Summer 2016. Lily originally put their flying camera up for pre-sale (via… Read More

  • Megan Quinn Heads To Spark Capital As GP To Focus On Growth Stage Investing

    Megan Quinn Heads To Spark Capital As GP To Focus On Growth Stage Investing

    Today, investor Megan Quinn shared that she’d be joining Spark Capital as a general partner for its growth stage fund (its first), which we covered last year. Quinn stepped down from KPCB this year after nearly three years with the firm. Read More

  • Hivemapper, The Waze For Drones, Lands $3M Seed Led By Spark Capital

    Hivemapper, The Waze For Drones, Lands $3M Seed Led By Spark Capital

    Flying a drone is kind of like driving a car that only has a windshield. You can only look in one direction at a time, and when the drone gets out of visual range, the user is left with a single view through the lens of a camera. Hivemapper, a company that just raised a $3 million Series A led by Spark Capital, is looking to make that a bit safer. You can think of Hivemapper as a Waze for… Read More

  • Fundbox Secures $50 Million More To Power Small Businesses

    Fundbox Secures $50 Million More To Power Small Businesses

    Less than six months after announcing a $40 million Series B investment, alternative lending startup Fundbox has closed on another $50 million in funding to provide small businesses with the immediate cash they need to stay afloat. Spark Capital Growth led the round, which brings Fundbox’s venture funding total to $108 million in just under a year and a half. Bezos Expeditions… Read More

  • Therapy-By-Text Startup Talkspace Raises $9.5M Led By Spark Capital

    Therapy-By-Text Startup Talkspace Raises $9.5M Led By Spark Capital

    Therapy startup Talkspace has spent the past year seeking to help users connect with mental health professionals through the company’s web and mobile apps. To continue growing its business, the company has raised a $9.5 million Series A round led by Spark Capital, with participation from SoftBank. Read More

  • Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Disrupt NY is just a few days away, and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak throughout the three-day-long conference. You can still buy general admission tickets for Disrupt NY here. You can find full details about the event here. These are the speakers we are proud to announce and when you can expect to see them take… Read More

  • With Water Running Out, Freight Farms Launches 2015 Farm-In-A-Box

    With Water Running Out, Freight Farms Launches 2015 Farm-In-A-Box

    Climate change is real, and it is getting uglier. Global temperatures are continuing to rise, placing enormous strain on water and food supplies throughout the world. Many areas have been hit hard by the climate disruption, but none more prominently than California, where the state has entered its fourth year of drought with massively diminishing water supplies and hectares of fallow… Read More

  • Did Socratic.org Raise $6 Million?

    Did Socratic.org Raise $6 Million?

    What is integrity? How do you find a missing gas valve in a system? How do you find instantaneous rate of change? Don’t ask me, ask Socratic. The e-learning company just raised a $6 million Series A from Shasta Ventures, Spark Capital, and the Omidyar Network and they are asking “What is the meaning of all this money?” Founded two years ago by tech veterans Chris Pedregal… Read More

  • Splash Soaks Up $6M To Make Promo Events Seem Cool

    Splash Soaks Up $6M To Make Promo Events Seem Cool

    Eventbrite looks like it was designed in a basement circa 2005. It works great, but gives a boring first impression. Splash, meanwhile, wants you to feel like you’re at the party from the moment you’re invited. That’s made it the new darling of event marketing teams at Nike, Anheuser-Busch, the NBA, Google and Spotify. While I’m used to a SXSW flood of Eventbrites… Read More