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Yik Yak shuts down after Square paid $1 million for its engineers

Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington published a farewell note to users on Friday, announcing they would shut down their once-popular anonymous social network this week. The app allow

Arable raises $4.25 million to demystify farming with sensors and data

Believe it or not, farmers in the U.S. have faced a labor shortage for years. U.S. citizens aren’t drawn to agriculture the way they were in previous generations. The labor trend has pushed farmers

DeepScale raises $3 million for perception AI to make self-driving cars safe

Automakers are scrambling to develop cars with advanced driver-assistance systems that are so good they’re “crash-proof,” or fully autonomous vehicles, each safer than the next. But automakers a

An eBay for grain trading, FarmLead, raises $6.5 million Series A

Farmers work to feed the world. Yet somehow, corn, wheat and rice sales are still happening at a local level through antiquated paperwork and phone negotiations. Now, an Ottawa-based startup called Fa

Makeblock raises $30 million for robot-building kits for kids

Evolv raises $18 million for body scanners that don’t cause long lines at security

The only places where one used to worry about the possibility of mass casualties were “high-value targets,” like airports -- places that have scanners, inspections and guards. But attackers now st

NFL’s Drew Brees backs Waitr to make takeout easy in anytown USA

Food delivery startups abound in the U.S., but few of them deliver to customers in “second cities” and smaller towns. From early pioneers like Grubhub to newer services like DoorDash, food

Chowbotics raises $5 million for salad-making robots named Sally, of course

Chowbotics Inc. has landed $5 million in a Series A round of venture funding to develop what it’s calling food service robots. These are machines designed to prepare food in restaurants, cafet

Blumberg Capital closes $200 million fund

Blumberg Capital is announcing the close of its fourth fund. The team will be managing $200 million, an increase from the $150 million in the prior fund. Blumberg plans to use the money to invest

Instacart raises $400 million at a $3.4 billion valuation to deliver groceries on demand

Grocery delivery startup Instacart has raised $400 million in a new round of financing at a valuation of $3.4 billion, according to sources familiar with the deal. Axios broke news that Instacart was

Farmer’s Business Network cultivates $40 million to help farmers buy seeds at favorable prices

GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) and DBL Partners co-led a $40 million investment in Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., the company announced on Tuesday. FBN started as something of a profes

Hubble raises $16.5 million to deliver affordable daily contact lenses

A subscription commerce startup that sells its own brand of daily disposable contact lenses, Hubble, has raised $16.5 million in a new round of venture funding just five months after having launched i

HowGood raises $4.2 million to guide shoppers to products that match their values

Millennial consumers care about the sustainability of what they buy more than any other generation that came before them. This point is illustrated in studies from Pew Research, Clemson University and

Investors pour $2 million more into booze marketplace Drizly

Boston-based Drizly used to be known as the on-demand delivery app for alcohol. More recently, the company evolved into a marketplace that helps brick-and-mortar liquor stores to connect with and sell

The Warby Parker of hair color, Madison Reed, scores new funding and a CMO

Hair color startup Madison Reed is on a tear. Over the past year, the San Francisco-based company quietly raised $13 million in new venture funding, landed its products on the television shopping netw

EquipmentShare, the Airbnb of construction, raises $26 million

It hasn’t even been a year since EquipmentShare raised a Series A round of funding, but the “Airbnb of construction rentals,” has closed a $26 million Series B round. The Columbia, Missouri-base

Yoshi raises $2.1 million to fill up your car, or wash it, anywhere

A startup that refuels your car wherever it’s parked, Yoshi Inc. has raised $2.1 million in a new round of venture funding to expand its gas delivery service into new towns, and to add different 

Dedrone racks up 5 new investors, including CEOs of Aruba Networks and Meraki

It’s hard to build a drone that’s high performance and affordable enough to compete with DJI’s popular and pervasive models. That’s something drone companies who built their ow

Glu Mobile acquires QuizUp in deal valued at $7.5 million

The developers of popular celeb-themed games including Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and Nicki Minaj: The Empire, Glu Mobile, acquired Plain Vanilla Corp., and its mobile social trivia game QuizUp this

eSUB Construction Software raises $5 million to help subcontractors track jobs and get paid

A San Diego startup called eSUB Construction Software has raised $5 million in a Series A round led by Revolution Ventures according to President and CEO Wendy Rogers. The company’s cloud-based
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