How to Raise First Dollars in a Difficult Market: The Venture Perspective
Raising venture capital is rarely an easy lift for startups, but 2022 is turning out to be a more challenging year than we’ve seen for some time. As venture capital continues its slowdown after an a
Leanplum acquired by CleverTap as retention marketing platforms consolidate
CleverTap, a retention marketing platform which has raised $76.6 million to date, is to fully acquire Bulgarian-originated but San Francisco-based Leanplum, a customer engagement platform which has ra
Accern lands $20M for AI that analyzes financial documents on the web
Accern, which uses AI to analyze online conversations around particular companies, trends and industries, today announced that it raised $20 million in a Series B round co-led by Mighty Capital and Fu
Ascend.io lands $31M to automate data pipeline orchestration
Ascend.io, a company developing data automation products for enterprise customers, has raised $31 million in a Series B round led by Tiger Global with participation from Shasta Ventures and existing i
Data.World raises $50M to help enterprises organize and track their data
For all the talk about the criticality of data for businesses, enterprise data is commonly siloed, unreconciled and spread across disparate systems, making it challenging to use and analyze. According
CommerceIQ gets its horn as capital continues to flow into e-commerce infrastructure startups
CEO Guru Hariharan sees the $4.5 trillion retail industry at a massive inflection point.
Searchlight puts new capital to work with expanded talent intelligence tools
Users of Searchlight saw a 45% improvement in retention, 40% faster hire time and employees hired stayed on average 72% longer than when hired through other approaches.
Cequence adds $60M Series C to improve API security
When we last checked in with Cequence Security in February 2019, the company had just closed a $17 million Series B and was concentrating on security to protect business logic. While it still does th
Shabodi aims to make developing apps in 5G a piece of cake; takes in $3M
Like what Square did for payments, Shabodi aims to demystify 5G by providing APIs so developers can build Industry 4.0 applications without unexpected costs, complexity and domain disparity.
Bild takes in funding to share, collaborate on hardware designs in the cloud
Bild, which came out of private beta, is streamlining the design review process so that hardware product releases can be developed faster.
TrueFort snares $30M Series B to expand zero trust application security solution
As companies try to navigate an ever-changing security landscape, it can be challenging to protect everything. Security startup TrueFort has built a zero trust solution focusing on protecting enterpri
Facebook buys game studio BigBox VR
Facebook has bought several virtual reality game studios over the past couple of years, and they added one more to their portfolio Friday with the acquisition of Seattle-based BigBox VR. The studio
Literati raises $40M for its book club platform
Literati has raised a $40 million Series B to pursue an unusual startup opportunity — namely, book clubs. Founder and CEO Jessica Ewing (a former product manager at Google) explained that the Austin
5 consumer hardware VCs share their 2021 investment strategies
"Tesla is arguably the most interesting connected consumer hardware company since Apple exploded in scale with the success of the iPhone."
Investors, founders report hot market for API startups
Startups that deliver their service via an API are having a moment. Or perhaps a year. Speaking with founders and investors this year, it has become clear that the API model of delivering a product is
Macrometa, an edge computing service for app developers, lands $7 million seed round led by DNX
As people continue to work and study from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in edge computing has increased. Macrometa, a Palo Alto-based startup that provides edge computing infrastruct
Was Snowflake’s IPO mispriced or just misunderstood?
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Mustard raises $1.7M to improve athletic mechanics with AI
Athletic coaching is a massive, multi-billion-dollar industry. No surprise, really, given the massive revenue some top athletes are able to generate. Mustard is working to supplant — or at least aug
What’s next for space tech? 9 VCs look to the future
Space is a special category of VC investment in the best of times — and the COVID-19 pandemic is not the best of times. Still, investors focused on and familiar with space see a lot of opportunity i
9 top space tech VCs on the market’s opportunities and challenges
Space is a relatively niche area of tech investing in the best of times, but COVID-19 has redrawn the landscape. What do investors who are active in this sector think about what’s changed, what