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Ne-Yo wants to make Silicon Valley more diverse, one investment at a time

Ne-Yo made his first investment in the coding academy Holberton School about a year ago. This month, he visited the campus for its grand opening and spoke to TechCrunch about his Silicon Valley ambiti

With a $10 million round, Nigeria’s Paga plans global expansion

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Xiaomi backs Indian consumer lending startup ZestMoney in $13.4M deal

Xiaomi has continued its investment in India after it led a $13.4 million round for fintech startup ZestMoney. The newly-public Chinese firm previously said it would invest up to $1 billion in India

The Ken raises $1.5M to grow its subscription journalism business in India

The Ken, a subscription news startup from India, is moving through the gears after it raised $1.5 million in fresh funding to build out its media business. We first profiled the company in March 2017

Q1 2018 global diversity investment report: Investing trends in female founders

In this report, we look at venture and seed investment trends in female-founded startups over the last five quarters.

Amid Brazil’s persistent economic crisis, fintech startup GuiaBolso raises $39 million

Despite a continuing economic crisis, Brazil's technology startups are continuing to attract cash and financing, with the mobile personal financial service GuiaBolso raising $39 million in fresh fundi

Founder’s Corner: Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff on growing a business

Omidyar Network’s Emerging Tech team has launched the second season of its podcast, Founder’s Corner, with lessons from today’s premier founders and CEOs. We will be speaking with some of the t

Funding for real estate challenger Spruce shows New York’s startup scene is thriving

Spruce, a new startup looking to speed up the mortgage-closing process, has raised $4.5 million in its Series A financing from Bessemer Venture Partners, Omidyar Network and Third Prime Capital, along

Omidyar Network and the Anti-Defamation League are launching a center to combat cyberhate

With hate crimes reportedly on the rise across the country and online, the Anti-Defamation League is setting up a new outpost in Silicon Valley, backed by the Omidyar Network, to look at ways to use t

Backed with $2.8 million Anchor’s digital radio revolution gets new tools

Anchor FM, the audio social network, has just raised $2.8 million and launched some new tools as it looks to make recording and transmitting interactive audio content even easier. Accel Partners, one

Omidyar, Hoffman create $27M research fund for AI in the public interest

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman are among the backers of a new $27 million fund, announced today, that's aiming to promote research into artificial intelligence in the

Google.org, Omidyar Network backing Fast Forward, the accelerator for tech nonprofits

An accelerator that helps tech nonprofits develop their products and raise grant money, Fast Forward, has attracted $1.25 million in philanthropic funding of its own. Backers include big names in vent

Skillshare books $12 million to take its education platform international

Edtech startup Skillshare Inc. has raised a $12 million round of venture funding to grow its marketplace of “bite-sized, self-paced courses for creators,” according to founder and CEO Michael Karn

Indus OS Raises $5M To Make Android Work For First-Time Smartphone Users In India

If you want proof that Android is the operating system of emerging markets, look no further than Indus OS. The company, formerly known as Firstouch, is tweaking the Google-run operating system to the

The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative May Be More Important Than Facebook

The first millennial CEO is leading the end of “two-pocket thinking”

Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally

Silicon Valley’s influence is undeniable but its global impact has always been a passive byproduct of success at home. To make a lasting, material difference, there needs to be a concerted effort to

Did Socratic.org Raise $6 Million?

What is integrity? How do you find a missing gas valve in a system? How do you find instantaneous rate of change? Don’t ask me, ask Socratic. The e-learning company just raised a $6 million Seri

Indian News App NewsHunt Lands $40M To Evolve Into A Digital Content Marketplace

India-based mobile news aggregation service NewsHunt has raised $40 million to continue its evolution into a digital content platform.

Tim Berners-Lee’s Open Data Institute Gets Its First Outside Investment, $750K From The Omidyar Network To Top Up UK’s $16M

The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theodi.org/">Open Data Institute</a>, a UK-based incubator and promoter of open-data businesses that was first conceived by Tim Berners-Lee and artificial inte

CouchSurfing Raises $7.6 M; Will Users Cry “Sell Out”?

<a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/company/couchsurfing-international">CouchSurfing International</a> is one of those rare Web companies-- like Mozilla or Craigslist-- that has eschewed the normal Sil
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