Venture Capital

  • 10 most unlikely startup investments made by NBA legends

    As the tech industry has heated up in recent years, athletes with an interest in startups have been jumping on deals. Most have stuck to what they know and supported sports-tech companies like CoachUp and The Players’ Tribune. But for some athletes, even that wasn’t enough. Here’s 10 of the most unlikely startup investments made by NBA legends. Read More

  • Top tech investors turned into emoji

    What do Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway and Naval Ravikant look like as emojis? For the launch of emoji marketplace MojiLaLa, the startup made a set inspired by tech’s best-known venture capitalists. The list could have included more of the great female and minority VCs like Mary Meeker, Charles Hudson and Aileen Lee. But here’s a look at caricatures of the 20 they chose. If… Read More

  • Peek.com raises $10 million, strikes partnership to bring tour and activity booking to Yelp

    Peek.com raises $10 million, strikes partnership to bring tour and activity booking to Yelp

    Peek.com has raised $10 million in equity funding to become what it calls an “OpenTable for the $100 billion activities market,” according to CEO and co-founder Ruzwana Bashir. Based in San Francisco, with additional offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, Peek.com lets travelers, and locals, find and book activities such as tours, tastings and lessons, online or via mobile. The Peek.com… Read More

  • Good Eggs raises $15 million to expand across the U.S.

    Good Eggs raises $15 million to expand across the U.S.

    A San Francisco startup that many people assumed was toast, Good Eggs, has raised $15 million in a new round of venture funding led by Index Ventures to expand its online, organic grocery business first in the San Francisco Bay Area, and later across the U.S. In recent years, Good Eggs tried to ramp up its eco- and farm-friendly grocery business only to face logistics problems, high costs… Read More

  • Prospera raises $7 million to put computer vision and AI to work on the farm

    Prospera raises $7 million to put computer vision and AI to work on the farm

    A Tel Aviv-based startup called Propsera has raised $7 million in new venture funding to build out systems that will monitor and help farmers improve the health of their crops, and optimize their operations. Bessemer Venture Partners led the Series A round. Prospera CEO and co-founder Daniel Koppel said agriculture professionals have plenty of tech at their disposal today from soil and… Read More

  • Acalvio emerges from stealth with $17M to bring its deception-based cybersecurity system to market

    Acalvio emerges from stealth with $17M to bring its deception-based cybersecurity system to market

    Acalvio Technologies, a new start-up made up of cybersecurity veterans, is emerging from some two years of stealth with $17 million in combined series A and B funding and a security product which the team claims leapfrogs existing solutions. The founders believe, and indeed the company is built around the idea, that cybersecurity needs a bit of a reboot. Read More

  • CrunchFund has a new partner: Susan Hobbs

    CrunchFund has a new partner: Susan Hobbs

    CrunchFund has a new partner, and it didn’t need to look far for her, either. Last week, Susan Hobbs joined the five-year-old, seed-stage outfit from Y Combinator, where she spent the last 15 months as Y Combinator’s director of programming and events. But as readers may recall, Hobbs had spent the previous four years as director of global programming right here at TechCrunch… Read More

  • Don’t make founders’ equity even Crunch Network

    Don’t make founders’ equity even

    Sometimes I think about replacing the table in my office with a sofa and a box of tissues. I’m a lawyer, but sometimes I feel like a therapist. When startup founders sit down with me to hash out equity splits and trust and commitment issues, their tempers sometimes flare. Uncomfortable silences ensue. Feelings get hurt, and tears sometimes fall. Read More

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