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  • For the ambitious ed tech company AltSchool, it’s time for phase two

    For the ambitious ed tech company AltSchool, it’s time for phase two

    Much has been written about the ambitions of AltSchool, a San Francisco-based startup that’s aiming to change the way that school children learn. Its big idea, broadly, is that personalized learning is far more effective than the standardized education that most students are stuck with today. As important, personalized learning is scalable, believes AltSchool, which operates seven… Read More

  • Homee raises $5M from Founders Fund and Tinder CEO to help you furnish your place

    Homee raises $5M from Founders Fund and Tinder CEO to help you furnish your place

    Let’s face it, you’re never going to win the HGTV Dream Home. My family has entered the maximum number of times for the last decade and has nothing to show for it. At some point every millennial has to take responsibility for the fact that their bedroom looks like a government records building. Homee is jumping into the conversational commerce trend to keep the design process… Read More

  • Why a Palantir IPO might not be far off

    Why a Palantir IPO might not be far off

    Earlier this week, BuzzFeed got its hands on a stock purchase offer arranged by Palantir for its employees, one that asked current and former employees to agree to a host of stipulations. Among them, the 12-year-old, data analytics outfit asked former employees to renew their non-disclosure agreements, agree not to solicit Palantir employees for 12 months, and promise not to sue the company or… Read More

  • Seaboard RISE maker ROLI raises $27 million in Series B led by Foundry Group

    Seaboard RISE maker ROLI raises $27 million in Series B led by Foundry Group

    I first saw the ROLI Seaboard GRAND backstage at a show during SXSW 2013. Someone had tipped me that some startup was showing off a strange new piano that let the player bend its keys like a guitar string. It was strange and rubbery and fascinating — a silicone piano that made it possible to manipulate keys beyond the standard press. The company has grown a fair deal in the… Read More

  • The next new thing: Women VCs

    The next new thing: Women VCs

    Few — though not most — see what’s coming next, too, and that’s women VCs, taking their place alongside men, in equal, or nearly equal, numbers. In fact, we’d argue that the shift will represent the biggest opportunity over the next decade. It may be hard to believe, given the wealth of attention paid to the low numbers of women in the industry and the… Read More

  • Affirm secures $100M in Series D funding to expand beyond loans

    Affirm secures $100M in Series D funding to expand beyond loans

    Affirm, the alternative lending site started by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, has raised a $100M Series D led by fellow PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund. The all equity round, which was confirmed to TechCrunch by the company, also included participation from existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Khosla Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz… Read More

  • U.S. venture capital firms just gathered up the most money they’ve raised in a decade

    U.S. venture capital firms just gathered up the most money they’ve raised in a decade

    Many in Silicon Valley may be worrying more and more about how to transform their startup stakes into cold, hard cash. But that’s not stopping institutional investors from writing out some very big checks to venture capital firms. Somewhat astonishingly, U.S. firms just closed on more capital commitments than they have since the second quarter of 2006, according to new data from the… Read More

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