Startups

  • Rocana Lands $15M To Bring Big Data Analysis To IT Ops

    Rocana Lands $15M To Bring Big Data Analysis To IT Ops

    Rocana (formerly ScalingData) announced $15 million in Series B funding led by Google Ventures with General Catalyst Partners, Toba Capital and Paul Sagan (former chairman at Akamai and current executive in residence at General Catalyst) also contributing. This round brings the total raised to $19.4 million. Rocana aims to simplify and speed up how companies running large data center… Read More

  • We Are All Venture Capitalists Now

    We Are All Venture Capitalists Now

    “I would again draw an analogy to venture capital,” observes Ben Thompson, in a typically incisive Stratechery post eviscerating the new streaming service Tidal. “The importance–and amount–of venture capital has never been greater. The truth is that because so many folks can now get started it is that much harder–and more expensive–to cut through… Read More

  • With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    Technology tends to run in cycles, and as it evolves some early failed attempts might be worth another look in the context of more modern infrastructure. In several instances lately, whether streaming video or meal delivery, everything old has become new again. Streaming Video? Been There, Done That Let’s start with video streaming darlings Meerkat and Periscope as a prime example… Read More

  • London’s Startups Hit A High Of $682M In VC Funding In Q1 2015

    London’s Startups Hit A High Of $682M In VC Funding In Q1 2015

    Startups in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech world, and the U.S. overall have seen an unprecedented amount of investment as consumers and businesses buy into more online services, and investors flock to fund the next big thing. But the ripples of that trend are being felt elsewhere, too. A new report says that London chalked up a record $682.5 million of investment in the first… Read More

  • The 8 Largest Weed Startup Funding Rounds

    The industry for legal marijuana is developing quickly – and VC funding is there to back up the cannabis startups that show the most promise. Read More

  • After Funding, Watch Burn Rates And Beware The Tyranny Of Incrementalism

    After Funding, Watch Burn Rates And Beware The Tyranny Of Incrementalism

    Every dollar the founders take out of the company sets the tone for the entire business going forward. Every dollar spent is a dollar of dilution, as it costs equity. Every unnecessary dollar spent on the founders sets the tone that cash should be more important than equity to everyone involved in the business. Read More

  • This Entrepreneur Quit His Day Job To Make A Little Rubber Thing For Your Headphones

    This Entrepreneur Quit His Day Job To Make A Little Rubber Thing For Your Headphones

    A cursory search under “headphone management” will bring up virtually hundreds of products. Spoolee’s novel contribution to the category is a twig adrift in an ocean of competition. This seems like a small and unusual product for us to cover but there are three things that make this product stand out and that are worth mentioning: Read More

  • How To Speak Startup

    How To Speak Startup

    Hang with startup kids long enough, and you’ll notice that they have their own language. No, bro, it’s a SaaS play in the on-demand food space. Think of it as the Uber for gluten-free Whole Foods delivery, ok? It never ends: We’re actively raising, but really want to make sure that we hit investor-board fit before product-market sync, you know? Read More

  • Shyp Launches In Miami, Prepares For Los Angeles In Early 2015

    Shyp Launches In Miami, Prepares For Los Angeles In Early 2015

    Today, on-demand shipping startup Shyp is officially launching in Miami, making it the second best thing in the state of Florida after the Disney theme parks. As promised, the service has arrived in time for Art Basel, the annual art show that draws 70,000 visitors to Miami and Miami Beach each year. Read More

  • Coca-Cola Hopes Its Startup Incubator Is The Real Thing

    Coca-Cola Hopes Its Startup Incubator Is The Real Thing

    Suddenly major brands are looking to get into the startup funding game, whether we’re talking GE, Yammer or even non-tech brands like McDonald’s. Coca-Cola is another consumer brand looking for an edge by funding new startups. Coke isn’t doing it for pure investment purposes necessarily, but because they believe lean startups can give them the creativity, agility and speed… Read More

  • An Interview With Alex Blumberg, Public Radio Journalist Turned Entrepreneur

    An Interview With Alex Blumberg, Public Radio Journalist Turned Entrepreneur

    If you’ve listened to public radio at all in the past decade you’ll recognize the voice of Alex Blumberg. Part of the adenoidal-voice-amazing-stories class of broadcasters, Blumberg worked on This American Life and the amazing Planet Money where he explained complex topics in succinct ways. Now he’s an entrepreneur trying to build his own podcasting empire by changing the… Read More

  • 7 Celebrity-Backed Startups That Totally Nailed It

    TechCrunch highlighted a number of startups and products that were founded or heavily backed by the glitterati, and failed. The list was surprisingly long. This time around, we’re flipping the script, and showing off some companies that have taken celebrity buzz and cash, and used them to their massive advantage. Is it a good, or a bad idea to take famous dollars? That’s your… Read More

  • Wayfair and HubSpot IPOs Could Be Just The Beginning For Boston Startup Scene

    Wayfair and HubSpot IPOs Could Be Just The Beginning For Boston Startup Scene

    While Silicon Valley firms hold back on their IPOs and there’s hand-wringing over burn rates, two Boston-based startups had highly successful IPOs less than a week apart. Just over a week ago, furniture shopping service Wayfair went public and raised over $300M in its IPO, then HubSpot had a successful IPO of its own a week later. I think it’s safe to say the Boston startup scene… Read More

  • Ron Conway’s Advice For Young Founders At YC’s Startup School

    Ron Conway’s Advice For Young Founders At YC’s Startup School

    The first panel of today’s Startup School: Silicon Valley at the Flint Center for the Performance Arts consisted on Paul Graham interviewing SV Angel’s Ron Conway. Given the audience — which based on some chatting before the event, consisted of many Stanford students and high schoolers in the South Bay Area — Graham’s line of question primarily had to do with… Read More

  • Google Launches Mini-Marketing Lessons For Startups With New Mobile App, Google Primer

    Google Launches Mini-Marketing Lessons For Startups With New Mobile App, Google Primer

    Google has rolled out a new iPhone app called Primer, aimed at teaching startups the fundamentals of marketing – with a Google spin, of course. The new app, available only on iOS for now, but coming soon to Android, complements the Google Primer website which further explains how the mini-marketing lessons Google provides overlaps with the company’s larger agenda. “We… Read More

  • StackEngine Emerges From Stealth, Adds Operational Layer To Docker

    StackEngine Emerges From Stealth, Adds Operational Layer To Docker

    StackEngine, a startup out of Austin, TX, emerged from stealth today with $1M in seed funding and a product that gives operations and IT staff a way to manage Docker containers, providing the operations side of the house some control over Docker instances. Docker’s rapidly growing popularity didn’t escape the attention of company founders Bob Quillin and Eric Anderson, both of… Read More

  • When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

    When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

    Hold tight. Wait till the party’s over
    Hold tight. We’re in for nasty weather
    ~Talking Heads, Burning Down The House One law of economic physics always holds true: what goes up must come down. Last week, my pal Alex Wilhelm pointed out that winter’s coming to Silicon Valley, not in the form of snow of course, but metaphorically. He was reacting to Bill Gurley’s… Read More

  • Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    That’s the gist of a recent interview that venture capitalist Bill Gurley gave. His words matter because they cut to the simple fact that too many companies are burning too much money. Making money is better than losing money, but losing money — burn — can be the prudent and responsible thing to do. Under certain circumstances, it’s great to burn: If you are quickly… Read More

  • 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

  • Bio
    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

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