Jonathan Shieber

Jonathan Shieber

Jonathan is a Senior Editor at CrunchBase. Previously he worked as a senior reporter for Dow Jones & Co., covering venture capital and private equity investment from New York and Shanghai.

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  • 99Taxis Raises “Significant” New Cash From Tiger Global

    99Taxis Raises “Significant” New Cash From Tiger Global

    Brazilian mobile phone taxi hailing application developer 99Taxis has raised what investors and the company’s chief executive are calling a “significant” new round from the international investment management firm, Tiger Global Management. The Series A investment from Tiger Global is at least that firm’s fourth investment in mobile taxi booking applications… Read More

  • Accel Chooses “A” And “B” With UserTesting’s $45.5 Million Round

    Accel Chooses “A” And “B” With UserTesting’s $45.5 Million Round

    When rolling out a new product, or making changes to an old one, companies can spend thousands of dollars on testing to ensure that customers actually like the app, device, gizmo, gadget or service. It’s a multi-million dollar industry, and one that hasn’t taken full advantage of remote technologies. Well, UserTesting aims to change that and has raised $45.5 million in financing… Read More

  • New Loan Refinancing Tool And $17M Round Shows The Importance Of Earnest

    New Loan Refinancing Tool And $17M Round Shows The Importance Of Earnest

    Startup lender Earnest has launched a student loan refinancing service offering loans with annual payment rates as low as 1.9%. The flexible loans, with options to change the rates of repayment at automatically reduced rates can save college students roughly $12,500 on average. The technology has attracted attention from investors, with a new $17 million series A round of funding. Read More

  • UPDATE: TechStars Ventures Raises $150 Million As It Expands Into Series A Investments

    UPDATE: TechStars Ventures Raises $150 Million As It Expands Into Series A Investments

    Update: This post has been updated to reflect the scope of Techstars Ventures’ investments.  The fund will back not only graduates of its accelerator program, but also companies founded by mentors and former mentors. Techstars has raised $150 million for its latest vehicle, Techstars Ventures (formerly known as Bullet Time Ventures) as it expands from seed into Series A… Read More

  • Prosper Marketplace Buys American Healthcare Lending For $21 Million

    Prosper Marketplace Buys American Healthcare Lending For $21 Million

    Online lending company Prosper Marketplace has agreed to buy American Healthcare Lending in a $21 million deal to further diversify its lending platform. Salt Lake City-based American Healthcare is a network that gives doctors and other healthcare providers the ability to offer loans to patients for elective medical procedures at their offices. “This acquisition is an important part of… Read More

  • Colu Aims To Bring Blockchain Technology Everywhere

    Colu Aims To Bring Blockchain Technology Everywhere

    Since its inception, investors have looked at the blockchain technology that powers Bitcoin’s cryptocurrency as a new platform to bring a new level of trust to real world transactions. Now, Colu, a Tel Aviv-based startup has launched to develop a platform to make that vision a reality. Colu is developing technology to enable programmers to access colored coins and Bitcoin 2.0… Read More

  • Automating The RFP Process Nets Scout RFP $2.75 Million

    Automating The RFP Process Nets Scout RFP $2.75 Million

    Requesting, bidding, sorting and pitching new projects is a pain in the keister for most businesses. It’s a lengthy, time-consuming process still beset with reams of paperwork. At least, that’s the way the folks at Scout RFP look at it and at least some investors agree with them. The company has raised $2.75 million in seed financing from New Enterprise Associates, with… Read More

  • Roadie Launches As The Uber For Shipping And Delivery

    Roadie Launches As The Uber For Shipping And Delivery

    The story behind the $10 million investment that’s launching Roadie, which is unveiling its Uber-like marketplace for the shipping industry today, begins with a shipment of broken tiles. Serial entrepreneur Marc Gorlin was heading down from Atlanta to his place in Perdido Key, Fla. to oversee some work being done on the bathroom of his condo there, when he got the call from the guy… Read More

  • ROCKI Adds Spotify To Its List Of Integrated Music Services

    ROCKI Adds Spotify To Its List Of Integrated Music Services

    ROCKI, which makes a device that turns any speaker into a wireless speaker system, is partnering with Spotify so its users can stream the music service over their existing speaker systems. In its latest update, ROCKI devices will work with Spotify Connect. Premium subscribers to Spotify’s music service will find the device under Spotify’s Connect icon. This means users can… Read More

  • The Dawn Of Our Robot Overlords Inches Closer As iRobot Starts VC Shop

    The Dawn Of Our Robot Overlords Inches Closer As iRobot Starts VC Shop

    Robot domination may have just taken another step forward. Just as venture capital investments in robotics are beginning to take off, the granddaddy of consumer robotics companies, iRobot, is launching a venture capital firm. Read More

  • Investors Join Dating App The League With $2.1 Million Seed Round

    Investors Join Dating App The League With $2.1 Million Seed Round

    Swiping right on the 4,500 users in San Francisco who are now using the mobile dating app The League in their quest for true love, venture investors have put $2.1 million in seed money behind the company. With the money, The League joins the ranks of venture- or angel-backed startups like Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble, Hinge, and the Holy Grail of hook-up and dating apps, Tinder, in answering… Read More

  • Health And Wellness Wearable GOQii Launches US Beta

    Health And Wellness Wearable GOQii Launches US Beta

     GOQii, a health and wellness services company combining a wearable device with a mobile app and coaching services, is launching a limited US beta today. Only open to 500 initial customers here in the US, selected applicants will receive 12 months of personal training through unlimited chat and monthly video calls over the company’s mobile app, along with a free wearable… Read More

  • Serial Entrepreneur Andrew Weinreich Launches Intensive Startup Bootcamp

    Serial Entrepreneur Andrew Weinreich Launches Intensive Startup Bootcamp

    New York-based serial entrepreneur and angel investor Andrew Weinreich’s next venture is to offer a free education for would-be founders. Weinreich is joining the ranks of business schools, serial entrepreneurs and even national foundations offering startup entrepreneurs a compressed education in how to succeed in (starting up) a business through Andrew’s Roadmaps. Rather than… Read More

  • Update: BlueVine Raises $18.5 Million For Invoice Financing

    Update: BlueVine Raises $18.5 Million For Invoice Financing

    Update: This post has been updated to reflect that BlueVine charges per week and that the company’s transaction volume is not $100 million, but that it process millions of transactions. Providing capital financing to small and medium sized businesses often at the mercy of lagging payments from larger vendors has netted BlueVine $18.5 million in funding. The company is part of a growing… Read More

  • TicketZen Partners With PayByPhone To Make Parking Ticket Payments Easier

    TicketZen Partners With PayByPhone To Make Parking Ticket Payments Easier

    Terrible Labs, the maker of parking ticket payment app TicketZen, is partnering with PayByPhone‘s municipal parking payment service to bring its technology to the 9 million registered users on the PayByPhone platform. TicketZen launched with the goal of making paying for tickets less of a pain, and now that the company is aligning itself with PayPoint’s flagship PayByPhone… Read More

  • The Black Tux Raises $10 Million For Its Deluxe Suit Rental Business

    The Black Tux Raises $10 Million For Its Deluxe Suit Rental Business

    It’s true. Everybody’s crazy about a sharp-dressed man. A little less than a year after raising $2.6 million in a seed round, the entrepreneurs behind the men’s formalwear rental business, The Black Tux have raised an additional $10 million from a group of its previous investors led by First Round Capital. As a result First Round’s Josh Kopelman is taking a seat on… Read More

  • Robotics Co. Jibo Says Domo Arigato To $25.3 Million In Cash

    Robotics Co. Jibo Says Domo Arigato To $25.3 Million In Cash

    Jibo, the company operating at the intersection of artificial intelligence and the automated home via its eponymous family-friendly robot, said it has raised a whopping $25.3 million in its latest round of financing. Jibo’s been touted as the family-friendly face of robotics since its launch last year with a massive media blitz and a hugely successful Indiegogo campaign. The… Read More

  • Battery Ventures Poaches Intel Capital’s Dharmesh Thakker

    Battery Ventures Poaches Intel Capital’s Dharmesh Thakker

    Battery Ventures continues its westward expansion with the addition of Dharmesh Thakker, a former Intel Capital managing director who focuses on enterprise software. Thakker, who will be a general partner at Battery Ventures, will be the third senior investment professional to work out of the firm’s Menlo Park, Calif. office. The move is another step to build out Battery’s… Read More

  • Pond5 Issues 80,000 Free Media Assets With The Launch Of Its Public Domain Project

    Pond5 Issues 80,000 Free Media Assets With The Launch Of Its Public Domain Project

    Bloggers, designers, illustrators, researchers, documentarians, historians, and media makers of all stripes now have a new online repository for nearly 100,000 free media assets with the launch of Pond5’s Public Domain Project. Read More

  • Stride Health Launches A New Mobile App For Its Healthcare Recommendation Service

    Stride Health Launches A New Mobile App For Its Healthcare Recommendation Service

    Stride Health has launched a new mobile-focused version of its healthcare recommendation engine targeting the beleaguered workers who comprise the nation’s 1099 laborers. Essentially Stride acts as a private competitor to the federally funded healthcare.gov. The company says its service provides a high-tech recommendation engine for healthcare coverage that’s tailored to suit… Read More