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  • GE and the Mayo Clinic back software to bring cancer-fighting gene therapies to market

    GE and the Mayo Clinic back software to bring cancer-fighting gene therapies to market

    While $5.7 billion was invested in companies developing cellular and genetic therapies, and with 800 clinical trials initiated worldwide and the first two CAR-T cell therapies expected to launch into market later this year, businesses still say the ability to get these treatments to patients is limited by paperwork, supply chain management, and last mile delivery. Read More

  • Mythic launches a chip to enable computer vision and voice control on any device

    Mythic launches a chip to enable computer vision and voice control on any device

    Hardware that responds to voice commands is already out there and probably in your hand or house right now. Whether it’s a smartphone, smart speaker or wearable, it has to connect to the cloud to deliver answers. Now, a startup called Mythic (formerly known as Isocline) is launching a chip and software that will change all that, putting voice control, computer vision and other kinds of… Read More

  • LaunchDarkly gets $8.7M to get access to the right features in front of right users

    LaunchDarkly gets $8.7M to get access to the right features in front of right users

    LaunchDarkly originally launched to nail a big pain point for developers that has been a luxury at larger companies for a while — soft-launching features and new code for a small set of users seamlessly and being able to quickly roll them back. But since the company launched and last raised $2.6 million in June, CEO Edith Harbaugh and the team have found a new audience for that: the… Read More

  • Periscope Data pulls in $25 million in Series B

    Periscope Data pulls in $25 million in Series B

    Periscope Data, the company that lets data scientists quickly build customized, highly detailed visualizations of their data, has signed the term sheet on a ~$25 million funding round, according to sources close to the matter. Sources told TechCrunch that the pre-funding valuation was at $100 million, and the round was led by existing Periscope Data investor DFJ*. DFJ also led Periscope… Read More

  • Elation Health receives $15M to take another crack at electronic health records

    Elation Health receives $15M to take another crack at electronic health records

    Kyna and Conan Fong were at dinner trying to convince their father, who ran a medical practice, to try something different than just keeping paper records. There’s a good reason for that — they’re slow, they’re hard to transfer and share (often requiring paper delivery or faxes), and there’s a lot of information that can be lost along the way. But despite that being… Read More

  • A Q&A with DFJ Partner, Bill Bryant, on “unicorn” valuations and startup investing Crunch Network

    A Q&A with DFJ Partner, Bill Bryant, on “unicorn” valuations and startup investing

    Pundits are painting a picture of doom and gloom for startups, saying it will be harder to raise money. What do you think? I think the next several months and possibly years will be challenging for raising capital. There has definitely been a reset. The market was over extended in an unhealthy way and we are seeing the impact across the board. The catalyst for this reset has been the collapse… Read More

  • Tim Draper has raised $190 million for his newest venture fund

    Tim Draper has raised $190 million for his newest venture fund

    In late 2013, Tim Draper left the decades-old firm he’d co-founded, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, but he suggested he might be back some day. Specifically, he told this reporter, “I am not leaving DFJ. Ever. I am just skipping a fund to do some work building Draper University” — which is Draper’s boarding school for aspiring entrepreneurs — “and… Read More

  • Visionary VR grabs $6M to power virtual story creation

    Visionary VR grabs $6M to power virtual story creation

    When it comes to producing beautiful, immersive content for VR on a PC, everything can be a bit confusing. Visionary VR, an LA based story creation software company, is looking to create a more intuitive manner for content creators to build and simultaneously experience their stories without leaving their headsets. The company is hoping to take advantage of the massive influx of developers… Read More

  • Heidi Roizen On How To Choose Your VC

    Heidi Roizen On How To Choose Your VC

    On Thursday night, this editor hosted nearly 200 investors and entrepreneurs who came together in San Francisco to hear several guest speakers, including Heidi Roizen, a former entrepreneur, a longtime VC, and a Stanford alum who has taught entrepreneurship at the university for more than a decade. Roizen thinks the boom-boom tech economy we’ve been living through in recent years… Read More