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Dorm Room Fund has built a CRM for founders raising a seed round

First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund just released VCWiz, a tool to help founders find investors and raise money from them. The platform is one part VC directory and one part CRM tool, essential

Distributed applications, teams, genes and geographies will shape the future of VC in 2018

As the New Year dawns, new opportunities are emerging for savvy venture capitalists in a number of different fields. From new companies building businesses based on the genome, to businesses built on

Hayley Barna just became the first female GP in First Round’s history

Founder turned investor Hayley Barna is now a general partner with the early-stage venture firm First Round Capital. The appointment comes roughly one-and-a-half years after Barna — who cofounde

Workday acquires the team behind Pattern, a young startup founded by ex-Googlers

The team behind Pattern, a two-year-old, Redwood City, Calif.- based startup, has been quietly acquired by Workday, the financial management and HR software vendor that went public in 2012 and now bo

Yammer co-founder Adam Pisoni just raised $7.5 million in Series A funding for his new company, Abl

Abl Schools, a nearly two-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes time and resource management software for middle schools and high schools, has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. Abl w

Kalanick is out, but Uber’s VCs royally screwed up, too, say industry watchers

Travis Kalanick, who resigned from his post as CEO of Uber, has taken the blame for the company's long list of problems, from allowing a culture of sexual harassment, to skirting the law with its Grey

Pointing the way to the power grid of the future, Drift launches a low cost utility in New York

Turning the users that were renting the power system into owners of the power system.

Confide CEO Jon Brod on the White House, bad press and what’s next for his secure messaging app

At a recent StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, I sat down with Confide co-founder and president Jon Brod to talk with him about his decidedly topsy-turvy 2017. Though his three-year-old messaging app grabs $12 million to fix how colleges provide financial aid, a service that gives colleges and universities (including my alma mater, Oberlin) an ability to award "micro-scholarships" for academic and extracurricular achievements throughout high schoo

Accel leads HotelTonight’s $37M Series E

Last minute hotel booking app HotelTonight has closed a $37 million Series E round of funding -- having last raised in early 2014.

FundersClub experiments with the full-service online VC model at scale

Slowly disproving stereotypes, the online VC has established itself as a viable tool for tech finance. But while the model has made money for investors, the industry still faces perceptions of selling

Inside Forward, ex-Googler Adrian Aoun’s idea for the doctor’s office of the future

Forward, a new type of futuristic doctors office launched its first location in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district at the beginning of this year. Some in the health industry have h

Forward, a $149 per month medical startup, aims to be the Apple Store of doctor’s offices

It was cold and pouring outside as the Uber pulled up at 180 Sutter Street in downtown San Francisco. Inside, a man dressed all in black offered to take my jacket and umbrella as he ushered me throug

Crunch Report | Cyclists Don’t Like Uber’s Self-Driving Cars

The U.S. Navy deploys a few drone boats, First Round's annual holiday video gets released, 7-Eleven and Flirtey get us closer to drone delivery and cyclists don't like Uber's self-driving cars. All th

First Round pushes the holiday video meme to the max

First Round Capital has become known for many things in its 12-year-history, like the high marks it receives from founders; the smart content it produces; and the newer annual, “state of startu

Entrepreneurs sense power shift back to VCs in annual First Round Capital survey

First Round Capital just published its second-ever State of Startups report, and it’s chock full of interesting sentiments from a survey of more than 700 founders — some of whom have ti

Apply now for Include Office Hours with First Round Capital!

TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening this October 10th! Phin Barnes and Bill Trenchard from First Round Capital in San Francisco will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback

VC Charlie O’Donnell on building up community on the cheap

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, a nearly four-year-old, seed-stage venture firm that’s solely run by founder and general partner, Charlie O’Donnell, just closed its second fund with $15 million,

Ex-­Googlers raise $2.5 million for Pattern, a friendly “workspace” for salespeople

Pattern, a year-old, Redwood City, Ca.- based startup, wants to become a kind of external brain that lightens the load of managing customer relationships for salespeople. Felicis Ventures, SoftTech

LPs are feeling the pressure of startups not finding exits

All the energy for venture funds flows from LPs — the money goes from LPs to partners at funds, which in turn invest in startups. But since the number of IPOs and exits has started to dry up, the
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