Startups

  • Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City

    Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City

    When you think of Kansas City a few things come to mind: barbecue, blues, and Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, the first Frenchman to settle the area and his excellent treatise “Exact Description of Louisiana, of Its Harbors, Lands and Rivers, and Names of the Indian Tribes That Occupy It, and the Commerce and Advantages to Be Derived Therefrom for the Establishment of a… Read More

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    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    During today’s YC Demo Day, there was a notable block among the startups presenting that didn’t give off the vibe we’re used to seeing at this kind of event in Silicon Valley: companies that are addressing real issues with big, bold solutions. We’re not talking about minor problems we all have — like burritos being too hard to get quickly — but issues that… Read More

  • YC-Backed Neptune.io Wants To Help Network Admins Sleep By Fixing Common Issues Automatically

    YC-Backed Neptune.io Wants To Help Network Admins Sleep By Fixing Common Issues Automatically

    Nearly every network administrator has been on night duty when their pager buzzes or they get a smartphone alert of a network issue, one they’ve fixed a hundred times before, yet still forcing them to get out of bed to deal with it. YC backed startup, Neptune.io wants to change that by providing automated fixes for common networking problems, allowing those on-call admins to sleep just… Read More

  • 500 Startups | Incubated

    500 Startups Accelerator Announces Its Tenth Batch Of Companies

    Hot on the heels of its demo day last week, 500 Startups is already announcing its tenth batch of startups. In order to get more companies through its program, 500 Startups has been alternating between hosting batches in San Francisco and Mountain View, California. The accelerator’s tenth batch will be the second based in San Francisco. Read More

  • Introducing The Startups From Accelerator DreamIt New York’s Fourth Class

    Introducing The Startups From Accelerator DreamIt New York’s Fourth Class

    Twelve new companies just hit the NY tech scene during today’s DreamIt Demo Day in midtown Manhattan. Ranging from a location-based messaging app, a cloud-based hotel management system and a service that makes pins on Pinterest shoppable, these companies took part in startup accelerator DreamIt’s three-month program, which provides resources such as access to investor networks… Read More

  • Europe’s Bauer Media Sets Up Fund To Invest $134M In Startups Over 10 Years

    Europe’s Bauer Media Sets Up Fund To Invest $134M In Startups Over 10 Years

    It’s only a few weeks since Google Ventures announced it’s setting up shop in London, as a hub for investing $100 million all over Europe. Now another big fund has been unboxed by local German media firm, Bauer Media. Read More

  • MxHero Grabs $500K To Close Seed Round

    MxHero Grabs $500K To Close Seed Round

    Email has always been a poor file manager and startup MxHero wants to change the way we manage email attachments. To that end, it announced it closed its seed round today with a $500K contribution. Funders include lead investor White Star Capital along with contributors GW Holdings, Esther Dyson, Ari Kushner, Actinic Ventures and a strategic Miami-based investor group they chose not to… Read More

  • Voyat Launches With $1.8M In Seed Funding For Social CRM Tool Aimed At Hotels

    Voyat Launches With $1.8M In Seed Funding For Social CRM Tool Aimed At Hotels

    Voyat, a social CRM tool aimed at the hotel industry, came out of stealth today and announced $1.8M in seed funding from Metamorphic Ventures, Eniac Ventures, BoxGroup and several angel investors, including Brett Crosby, who was co-founder of Google Analytics. Metamorpic Ventures is led by David Hirsch, who worked out of Google’s New York office for 8 years. These Google connections… Read More

  • The Most Important Factor Of Startup Success

    The Most Important Factor Of Startup Success

    Whenever you think of startups, you very likely think of young people brimming with ideas sitting in garages and dorm rooms and solving problems with technology. We are conditioned in a way to consider the idea even over the person who came up with it, but after listening to entrepreneurs, I’ve come to learn, it’s not about the quality of the product idea or even the founders… Read More

  • Databricks Snags $33M In Series B And Debuts Cloud Platform For Processing Big Data

    Databricks Snags $33M In Series B And Debuts Cloud Platform For Processing Big Data

    Databricks, the commercial entity created by the developers of the open source Apache Spark project, announced $33M in Series B funding today and the launch of a new cloud product, their first one as a company. There is little doubt that big data is a big deal these days and companies are popping up to help customers process the data. Databricks hopes to simplify the entire matter by moving it… Read More

  • Open Platforms Fuel Startup Ecosystems

    Open Platforms Fuel Startup Ecosystems

    Companies face an inherent tension between being open or proprietary, but we’ve seen, again and again, that open systems can act as catalysts for entirely new businesses built on top of a popular platform. Earlier this month, we encountered examples of each approach, as Tesla Motors opened up its patents and Netflix decided to shut down, or at least severely limit access to its API. (To… Read More

  • TechStars London Demo Day 2014: Meet The 11 Startups (And Our Picks)

    TechStars London Demo Day 2014: Meet The 11 Startups (And Our Picks)

    Today in an old music-hall-turned-arthouse-movie-theatre in the East End of London, TechStars presented its London DemoDay, three months after the group was announced. The startups presenting ran the gamut from B2B to consumer, education to e-commerce and social networking. Only three of the companies presenting were from the UK, with the rest coming from Europe, U.S. and Asia. This is… Read More

  • Okta Scores $75M In Final Round Of Funding; Hopes To Go Public In A Couple Of Years

    Okta Scores $75M In Final Round Of Funding; Hopes To Go Public In A Couple Of Years

    Today, Okta, a company that offers Identity as a Service that works across on-premises applications and cloud services, announced $75M in Series E funding. CEO Todd McKinnon told me he expects this to be the final round of funding prior to going public within a couple of years. The round is being lead by Sequoia Capital. Secondary investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners… Read More

  • Mesosphere Grabs $10M In Series A Funding To Transform Server Management

    Mesosphere Grabs $10M In Series A Funding To Transform Server Management

    Mesosphere, a Silicon Valley startup based on the open source Apache Mesos project, announced $10.5M in Series A funding today. The funding round is led by Andreessen Horowitz with help from Data Collective and Fuel Capital. This follows seed funding a year ago of $2.25M  from Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, Foundation Capital and SV Angel. The company wants to change how companies… Read More

  • ElasticSearch Scores $70M In Series C To Fund Growth Spurt

    ElasticSearch Scores $70M In Series C To Fund Growth Spurt

    ElasticSearch announced $70M in Series C funding today just 18 months after forming the company. Company executives say they will use the money to continue to drive their phenomenal growth. This round is being led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Additional funders include Benchmark Capital and Index Ventures. It brings total funding to date to $104M. It’s said when a child… Read More

  • Hong Kong Incubator NEST Launches An Equity Crowdfunding Platform For Startups

    Hong Kong Incubator NEST Launches An Equity Crowdfunding Platform For Startups

    Ask Hong Kong startup founders about the challenges facing their ecosystem and you are likely to hear one answer over and over again: the lack of funding opportunities. Because Hong Kong’s startup industry is so new, companies are still seen as risky investments and many high-worth individuals turn to the property and banking sectors instead. But there is an increasing amount of interest… Read More

  • Tamr Gets $16M From Google Ventures, NEA To Connect Enterprise Data Sources

    Tamr Gets $16M From Google Ventures, NEA To Connect Enterprise Data Sources

    Tamr, a Cambridge-based startup emerged from stealth today with a coming-out party at the DataBeat conference in San Francisco. Tamr also announced $16 million in funding from Google Ventures and New Enterprise Associates. Tamr is a new product that sits on top of a company’s database collection and, using machine intelligence, explores all of a company’s databases providing a… Read More

  • Matt Kaufman Is Building the Crunchbase Mothership

    [Updated] Hey Boss, Let Me Know If CrunchBase Is Getting Sold?

    If there’s one thing to take away from the conversation CrunchBase co-founders Mike Arrington and current President Matt Kaufman had on stage, it’s that if venture investors want to make a bid for the company — they should feel free. Read More

  • India’s Snapdeal Now Gets Over Half Its Sales Through Mobile As M-Commerce Goes Mainstream

    India’s Snapdeal Now Gets Over Half Its Sales Through Mobile As M-Commerce Goes Mainstream

    India’s largest e-commerce marketplace, Snapdeal, now gets over half of its sales from mobile-based transactions, up from just 5% from the same platform nearly a year ago. In a statement, Snapdeal said that 45% of the transactions seen on mobile now come through the native applications while the remaining 55% come through the mobile site. Also,  the average ticket size of orders… Read More

  • Aviso Aims To Take Guesswork Out Of Earnings Forecasts

    Aviso Aims To Take Guesswork Out Of Earnings Forecasts

    Aviso came out of stealth mode today with the goal of helping companies provide more accurate earnings forecasts. K.V. Rao, co-founder and CEO at Aviso explained that the company has been working on the problem for two years and they hope to make earnings forecasting, which when wrong can cost companies millions in market cap, less about gut and instinct and more about data-driven… Read More