True Ventures

  • Tend.ai raises $2M for robot arms that operate multiple 3D printers and workshop machines

    Tend.ai raises $2M for robot arms that operate multiple 3D printers and workshop machines

    Back in June, Tend.ai came out of stealth with its versatile system allowing a robot arm to tend to a dozen or more printers, laser cutters and other modern workshop tools. Now the company has raised $2 million to continue its work, courtesy of True Ventures. Read More

  • Talking self-driving cars, IPOs and what’s next, with True Ventures

    Talking self-driving cars, IPOs and what’s next, with True Ventures

    A few weeks ago, True Ventures closed its newest, early-stage fund with $310 million, which is just a slight step up from its last, $295 million fund, despite some enormous wins like Fitbit, whose first check came from True. (As you likely recall, the wearable device maker staged a highly successful public offering last year.) We weren’t able to catch up with firm co-founders Phil… Read More

  • True Ventures just led a $12 million investment in still-stealth Brava

    True Ventures just led a $12 million investment in still-stealth Brava

    If you’re curious to learn about the latest investment out of San Francisco-based True Ventures, you’ll have to be patient. Though the firm is disclosing that it has led a whopping $12 million Series A round in new startup Brava, details about the startup are scarce. What we do know: Brava is a new IoT company that plans to create a suite of domestic hardware and software… Read More

  • True Ventures just closed its fifth fund with $310 million

    True Ventures just closed its fifth fund with $310 million

    The 11-year-old, early-stage firm True Ventures, with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, has closed its fifth fund with $310 million, slightly more than the $290 million that the firm raised for its fourth fund, which closed in 2014. Presumably, it could have raised much more. True was the first investor in WordPress parent Automattic, a “unicorn” whose eventual public… Read More

  • Glowforge raises $22 million to popularize its 3-D laser printers, catalog of materials

    Glowforge raises $22 million to popularize its 3-D laser printers, catalog of materials

    Of all the ways to make a 3-dimensional object, 3D printing is still the freshest, whether what’s involved is plastic extrusion, milling away wood or metal, or the spinning of cells into functional living tissues. Now, a company that makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, Glowforge, has raised $22 million to start mass production of its devices. The startup… 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

  • Chameleon raises $1.9M for smarter product tutorials

    Chameleon raises $1.9M for smarter product tutorials

    Chameleon is a startup that wants to help other startups and online businesses do a better job of explaining their products to users. It announced today that it has raised $1.9 million in seed funding led by True Ventures. Co-founder and CEO Pulkit Agrawal said that for many companies “user on-boarding is really painful” — they can work really hard and spend lots of… Read More

  • NewCo raises new funding led by True Ventures

    NewCo raises new funding led by True Ventures

    NewCo, a San Francisco-based company that produces city-like festivals that acquaint attendees with local businesses, has raised roughly $4.3 million in fresh funding, shows a new SEC filing that states the outfit has raised just north of $6 million to date. Cofounder and CEO John Battelle tells us larger number includes an earlier convertible note that’s been turned into equity. Read More

  • Gradle Grabs $4.2 Million To Expand Commercial Company Around Open Source Build System

    Gradle Grabs $4.2 Million To Expand Commercial Company Around Open Source Build System

    Surely by now we know that every company is a software company, and as more companies focus on software development, it is increasingly difficult for them to manage the complexity around coordinating builds and creating executables. That’s where the open source Gradle tool comes in — and it got $4.2 million today to continue to expand the commercial company behind the open… Read More

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