• Highlight Raises $4 Million From DFJ, Releases Version 2.0 Of Its Location-Based Social Networking App

    Highlight Raises $4 Million From DFJ, Releases Version 2.0 Of Its Location-Based Social Networking App

    Location-based social startup Highlight has just released a new version of its app, aimed at being smarter about the connections it shows, while also giving users more context about what those connections have been up to. The company also has raised $4 million in new funding led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Read More

  • WaterSmart Raises $900,000 To Help Utilities Promote Efficiency

    WaterSmart Software, a green tech startup that’s frequently compared to the energy management startup OPower has closed a $900,000 round of seed financing led by Menlo Incubator and joined by Sand Hill Angels, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Physic Ventures. The company’s co-founder Peter Yolles explained the concept of the technology in an interview with TechCrunch ahead of the… Read More

  • Cleantech Investor Raj Alturu Moves From DFJ To Silver Lake Kraftwerk

    On Thursday, Raj Atluru announced that he was stepping down as a managing director with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where he served as a key cleantech investor since 2001. He will join a private equity group that invests in later-stage clean energy companies, Silver Lake Kraftwerk, which was formed earlier in 2011 by Silver Lake Partners and Soros Fund Management, led by Adam Grosser. Atluru… Read More

  • SolarCity Wins $21.5 Million Funding Round from Mayfield

    SolarCity today announced that it is taking a $21.5 million round of funding led by Mayfield Fund, and the company’s previous investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, DBL Investors and Generation Capital. The company’s prior funding totaled approximately $134 million, and included investors First Solar, JP Morgan and Elon Musk. SolarCity helps businesses, home owners and government… Read More

  • Power Assure Gets $11.25 million Jolt of Funding

    Power Assure, a Santa Clara green IT company, today announced that it scored $11.25 million in series B funding. The round was led by energy efficiency-focused investors Good Energies, and joined by Point Judith Capital and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Power Assure’s chief technology officer Clemens Pfeiffer said the company will use this capital to take its technology to a broader market. Read More

  • DFJ-Backed Clixtr Marries Photos With Location, Launches Website

    Clixtr, a startup that first presented itself to a wide audience at this year’s TechCrunch50 Conference (our take), kicked off things with a relatively limited offering – a paid iPhone app – but is now upping its game with the launch of an accompanying location-aware photo sharing website. It’s also dropping the price of its iPhone application to zero, so if you and… Read More