Venture Capital

  • Understanding debt Crunch Network

    Understanding debt

    Without leverage, the private equity sector as we know it wouldn’t exist. While some tech execs and VCs recoil at the thought of using leverage, the truth is that the Innovation Economy has accessed debt for more than 35 years. Given that, debt is worth spending the time to understand. Read More

  • Newly proposed rules for foreign entrepreneurs will help some, but not all, found U.S. startups

    Newly proposed rules for foreign entrepreneurs will help some, but not all, found U.S. startups

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an office under the Department of Homeland Security, put forward a proposal today that would allow the U.S. Government to offer parole (temporary permission to be in the country) to foreign entrepreneurs starting their businesses in the United States. The proposal specifies that a founder can qualify if they started a company in the U.S. in… Read More

  • Symphony Commerce raises $11 million to help brands offer faster shipping

    Symphony Commerce raises $11 million to help brands offer faster shipping

    Symphony Commerce, a provider of cloud technology for e-commerce platforms, is raising $11 million to grow its fulfillment business. Charles River Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and FirstMark Capital invested in the round. Symphony, which helps companies like Gatorade and Hershey’s manage their web business, is doubling down on its logistics services, by helping… Read More

  • DroneDeploy raises $20 million to help any business put drones to work

    DroneDeploy raises $20 million to help any business put drones to work

    A San Francisco-based startup called DroneDeploy has raised $20 million in Series B funding to grow their drone data management platform. The drone tech startup closed its Series B deal just before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is scheduled to implement new rules governing commercial and industrial drone use. The Part 107 rules, announced by the FAA in June this year, will take… Read More

  • The pitfalls of venture funding Crunch Network

    The pitfalls of venture funding

    As the venture funding landscape continues to flourish, entrepreneurs who want to build a sustainable business should proceed with caution before heading down the VC path. As a veteran in the startup space, I’ve done and seen a lot. As a result, I’ve become educated about the pros and cons of venture funding, along with the keys to understanding when it’s the right time to… Read More

  • All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

    All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

    Farm drones, autonomous security guards and next-generation tampons were among the products presented at today’s Y Combinator startup accelerator Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. You can check out write-ups of all 44 below. And here are TechCrunch’s picks for “The top 7 startups from YC Demo Day 1”, plus writeups of the 48 startups that launched on Demo Day… Read More

  • Proxy raises $1.6 million to kill the card key, and make the internet of things more accessible

    Proxy raises $1.6 million to kill the card key, and make the internet of things more accessible

    A startup called Proxy has raised $1.6 million in seed funding to help people use internet-enabled devices of every kind without all the annoying login processes and standalone apps for each separate device. Proxy’s cofounders Denis Mars and Simon Ratner said they were inspired to create their technology, in part, by the overwhelming number of IoT devices seen in recent years at… Read More

  • Media.net acquired for $900M in mega ad-tech deal

    Media.net acquired for $900M in mega ad-tech deal

    The flow of Chinese capital into foreign ad-tech companies increased this morning with the acquisition of Media.net for $900 million USD. A consortium will be paying cash for the startup with key operation centers in New York City and Dubai. Eventually the company is set to be acquired from the consortium by Miteno Communication Technology, a Chinese tech conglomerate. The transaction is… Read More

  • John Maeda leaves KPCB, joins Automattic as design head

    John Maeda leaves KPCB, joins Automattic as design head

    John Maeda is leaving VC firm KPCB where he was a design partner to join Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and a bunch of other things. Maeda will have a long, elaborate title at Automattic — he’s the company’s new Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion. Before KPCB, Maeda was a research faculty member at the MIT Media Lab in the 1990s. “I wanted to… Read More

  • NextHealth raises $8.5M from Norwest to drive down medical costs

    NextHealth raises $8.5M from Norwest to drive down medical costs

    One of the few remaining universal truths is that healthcare costs are too high. Insurance companies are bucking under the pressure from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and they are willing to try almost anything if it means reducing costs. With a shiny $8.5 million Series A from Norwest Venture Partners, NextHealth will be making that exact promise of reducing healthcare costs to U.S. Read More

  • ZeroCater raises $4.1 million to keep office workers well-fed in the U.S.

    ZeroCater raises $4.1 million to keep office workers well-fed in the U.S.

    While it seems like a new food delivery business launches or gets funded every season in the U.S., several have scaled back, like Sprig, or shut down entirely like Spoonrocket. Among those that have survived, however, are smart sites and apps serving the office-catering corner of the industry, a $20 billion market in the U.S. alone according to research from Technomic. Now, one of the… Read More

  • Several key Rothenberg Ventures employees have left the firm

    Several key Rothenberg Ventures employees have left the firm

    Several high-level employees at the early-stage venture firm Rothenberg Ventures have recently left, TechCrunch has learned. Among them is Tommy Leep, a partner and the head of Rothenberg’s San Francisco office, who left last month after spending two-and-a-half years with the firm. (A former product manager at Intuit, Leep spent the previous two years as “chief connector” at… Read More

  • ApolloShield’s new system detects and sends unwanted drones home

    ApolloShield’s new system detects and sends unwanted drones home

    ApolloShield, which was originally incorporated as Airfence Inc., has launched an anti-drone system that detects drones flying where they’re not authorized or wanted, and forces them to fly home. The startup intends to sell its technology to owners or managers of venues that have intense security needs such as oil refineries, nuclear facilities, airports, prisons, stadiums or hotels… Read More

  • Simbi raises $1.2 million to make bartering services easy online

    Simbi raises $1.2 million to make bartering services easy online

    A startup called Simbi has raised $1.2 million in seed funding to popularize its marketplace where people can barter skills and services online. Greylock Discovery fund, Crunchfund and Ranch Ventures invested in the round along with Y Combinator. The company is part of Y Combinator’s current batch. Founder and CEO Kjerstin “KJ” Erickson said her five-person team intends to… Read More

  • CareSkore gets $4.3M to bring machine learning to preventive care

    CareSkore gets $4.3M to bring machine learning to preventive care

    Among other things, CareSkore wants to use machine learning to anticipate mortality. However, the newly endowed platform is more than just a Facebook poll that tells you how you’ll meet your end this Christmas by being squashed by a falling piano. Storm ventures, Cota Capital, Rising Tide Fund and Liquid 2 Ventures are rallying behind the Y Combinator graduate with today’s… Read More

  • Abundant Robotics spins out of SRI to bring apple-picking robots to the farm

    Abundant Robotics spins out of SRI to bring apple-picking robots to the farm

    Apples are the second most commonly consumed fruit in the U.S., according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but the way apples are harvested in the orchard hasn’t changed much in the past two centuries. It’s still a manual process, by and large. Now, SRI Ventures, a kind of startup incubator within the Menlo Park research and development firm SRI International… Read More

  • Farmers Business Network raises $20 million to help farmers avoid spending on what they don’t need

    Farmers Business Network raises $20 million to help farmers avoid spending on what they don’t need

    A startup called Farmers Business Network has raised $20 million in new venture funding to support the growth of its professional social network and data-sharing platform for agronomists. FBN co-founder and Vice President of Product Charles Baron said the company’s platform helps farmers do what they’ve always done offline at community meetings, old-fashioned barn raisings or in… Read More

  • Airbnb raising a reported $850M at a $30B valuation

    Airbnb raising a reported $850M at a $30B valuation

    Tech unicorn and sharing economy darling Airbnb has informed the State of Delaware that it’s raising another heap of cash. TechCrunch independently verified that Airbnb indicated in a 28 page filing on July 28th that it has plans to bring in additional late-stage capital. Almost a year after its last raise of $1.6 billion, the company is said to be adding $850 million to its… Read More

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