series B

  • Skillshare books $12 million to take its education platform international

    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 Karnjanaprakorn. Amasia and Omidyar Network co-led the Series B investment in Skillshare joined by Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. The funding brings the company’s total… Read More

  • ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

    ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

    ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects educators to students’ parents, and helps them communicate consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development at school. Communicating throughout the year, and even throughout the school day, means parents are apprised of what their kids are experiencing and how… Read More

  • Riding The Funding Wave Crunch Network

    Riding The Funding Wave

    When we observed an increase in Series A fundings in the first quarter of 2015, we had two theories as to what was happening. First, people are attracted to the Series A figures more than Series B or beyond. This is similar to how people bid on mid-market houses in San Francisco, overbidding on houses around $2 million, but the $5 million houses see much less competition. Second, we might see… Read More

  • Series A Is The New Series B Crunch Network

    Series A Is The New Series B

    When I moved to Silicon Valley over a decade ago, I thought “venture” meant looking for smart people with great ideas. I’ve learned that’s not true; they’re looking for smart people, with great ideas, who are “killing it.” That last bit is a fundamental change and has made modern-day Series A effectively the Series B of the past. Read More

  • Enecsys Closes £25 million ($41 million) To Sell Solar Microinverters, Stateside

    A Cambridge, England cleantech company, Enecsys, closed a £25 million ($41 million) series B round which the company plans to use to take its solar microinverter technology to more international markets including Canada and the U.S. Solar microinverters convert the DC power that’s produced by solar panels into AC power, that can be either be used on-site, or sent back to the… Read More

  • Agilyx Raises $22 Million To Turn Plastics (Back) Into Oil

    A Portland area startup selling patented systems that turn plastic trash into synthetic crude oil, Agilyx, closed a $22 million series B round, the company revealed on Thursday. The systems (image below) look like the kind of equipment you’d see in a brewery. Here’s how they work, according to the company website: Plastic feedstock, a mix of everything from grocery bags to… Read More

  • Ciris Energy Raises $23.9 Million To Convert Coal To Natural Gas

    Ciris Energy, Inc., a Centennial, Colorado energy startup, raised a series B investment of $23.9 million a recent SEC-filing revealed. Khosla Ventures led the round with earlier Ciris backers Braemar Energy Ventures, Rho Ventures and GE Energy Financial Services, the companies announced Monday. Ciris Energy aims to produce natural gas from coal in a way that is more environmentally responsible… Read More

  • Racktivity Racks Up $8 Million To Cut Data Center Energy Costs And Emissions

    Racktivity— a provider of hardware and software-as-a-service that manages power consumption within data centers— closed an $8 million series B investment, the company announced today. The round was led by Partech International and joined by the startup’s seed investors Big Bang, along with a group of angels based in Europe. The company was founded in Belgium, and recently… Read More