• Venrock’s Bryan Roberts On What To Expect In 2016

    Venrock’s Bryan Roberts On What To Expect In 2016

    Bryan Roberts has seen plenty of market swings in his 18 years as a venture capitalist with Venrock, the venture firm that started as the venture arm of the Rockefeller family and has historically invested in early-stage technology and — Roberts’s specialty — health care start-ups. Roberts also has a thorough understanding of what’s happening on the U.S. public markets… Read More

  • Amino Raises $6.5M To Build Mobile Communities

    Amino Raises $6.5M To Build Mobile Communities

    Amino, a startup that’s built 41 different mobile community apps (so far), is announcing that it has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. I first wrote about the company a little more than a year ago, when it raised a $1.65 million seed round. Co-founder and CEO Ben Anderson told me that the idea was to reinvent the traditional online forum with a smartphone-optimized experience… Read More

  • Grand Rounds Raises $40 Million To Ensure The Best Doctor Will See You Now

    Grand Rounds Raises $40 Million To Ensure The Best Doctor Will See You Now

    Building a consulting network of the best physicians in the U.S. from the nation’s best hospitals has brought the health care startup Grand Rounds $40 million in new financing. The San Francisco-based company, which previously operated as ConsultingMD, sells companies a service that gives employees access to healthcare advice and treatment from specialists across the U.S. It’s… Read More

  • Born Out Of A Cisco Consulting Gig, Predictive Sales Tool 6Sense Raises $12M

    Born Out Of A Cisco Consulting Gig, Predictive Sales Tool 6Sense Raises $12M

    Of the many ways that big data analytics is impacting how enterprises do business, one of the most interesting has been in the area of predictive intelligence — the idea that by looking at all of the data being created in and around your organisation, you can help figure out what to do in the future. In the latest development in this space, 6Sense — a startup that was created… Read More

  • Big Money For Cheap Razors: Dollar Shave Club Raises $9.8M, Launches In Canada

    Big Money For Cheap Razors: Dollar Shave Club Raises $9.8M, Launches In Canada

    Dollar Shave Club, the startup offering a subscription razor service that costs as little as $1 per month (plus shipping), has raised $9.8 million in Series A funding. Co-founder and CEO Michael Dubin said the new round, which was led by Venrock, will allow the company to develop “the next iteration of Dollar Shave Club” and “to really grow into the lifestyle service”… Read More

  • Mobile Security Provider Appthority Raises $6.25 Million From Venrock and US Venture Partners

    Mobile Security Provider Appthority Raises $6.25 Million From Venrock and US Venture Partners

    Earlier this morning, San Francisco-based mobile app security provider Appthority announced  that it has raised $6.25 million in a Series A financing round led by Venrock and US Venture Partners. Gunderson Dettmer also participated in this round. Venrock’s Ray Rothrock and US Venture Partners’ Steve Krausz will join the Appthority board. The company’s product helps… Read More

  • Phononic Devices Raises $10 Million To Turn Heat Waste Into Energy

    A Raleigh, North Carolina-based maker of thermoelectric coolers and generators, Phononic Devices, closed a $10 million series B investment from Venrock and Oak Investment Partners, the companies revealed today. Often explained as “solid-state heat pumps,” thermoelectric technology (a.k.a. thermoelectrics) can capture wasted heat, and convert it into power. They can also displace… Read More

  • Future of Streaming and the Many Reasons Jeff Bewkes Is Wrong (TCTV)

    “It’s a little bit like, is the Albanian army going to take over the world? I don’t think so.” TimeWarner CEO Jeff Bewkes haughty dismissal of Netflix is still reverberating through the tech world, dominating Holiday party chatter and jokes around the metaphorical water cooler. (At least the nerdy parties I go to.) This would be Netflix, the company that already makes… Read More

  • AppNexus Raises A Meaty $50 Million Series C For Realtime Ad Bidding Platform

    Realtime ad bidding network AppNexus today announced that it raised $50 million in a Series C financing. Investors include Microsoft, Venrock, Kodiak Venture Partners and First Round Capital. The round brings the total capital raised by AppNexus since its founding to $65.5 million. The company first raised an angel round in 2007 from Ron Conway, Marc Andreesen, Ben Horowitz, Khosla… Read More

  • Security Software Startup, SocialShield, Raises $10 Million To Keep Kids Safe Online

    SocialShield, a startup that helps parents monitor their kids’ online behavior without violating kids’ privacy, raised a $10 million series A investment, the company announced today. Venrock and U.S. Venture Partners led the investement. SocialShield gives parents high level visibility into what kids are doing, and who they’re interacting with online and via mobile phone. Read More

  • HARMAN Buys Aha Mobile To Keep You Informed AND Safe While On The Road

    Audio and infotainment group Harman International Industries (aka HARMAN) has picked up Aha Mobile, a Palo Alto-based provider of on-demand mobile and location-based Internet content services, the company announced this morning. The terms are not being disclosed, but the startup is merely 2 years old and just raised $3 million from Venrock in May 2009, so we’re assuming this is a good… Read More

  • PayPal-Backed BillFloat Launches, Secures $4.5 Million Series A Round (Exclusive)

    BillFloat, a San Francisco-based startup incubated by PayPal and Venrock, has raised $4.5 million in a Series A round led by First Round Capital, with renewed participation of PayPal and Venrock and joined by early-stage funds and angel investors such as Jeff Clavier’s SoftTech VC, Ron Conway’s SV Angel and board member Mark Goines. The company soft-launched last week with… Read More

  • Traducción Necesita? Smartling Raises $4 Million To Do It For You.

    70% of users on the web do not speak English. Considering how many web sites and services are done entirely in English, obviously, this is a problem. Smartling thinks it has the solution. And now they have $4 million in funding to prove it. The realtime website translation tool has raised the Series A round led by Venrock. Also participating are U.S. Venture Partners, First Round Capital… Read More

  • PayPal, Venrock Incubate BillFloat To Develop Innovative Payment Services

    We got a tip recently about a startup called BillFloat, which sports a rather limited website with nothing but a logo and a call for fresh engineers. The intriguing thing about BillFloat, however, was this sentence on the placeholder website: “We are a PayPal and Venrock backed startup re-defining a $100 billion market and are looking for Rails engineers.” Since PayPal… Read More