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Chicago

InContext Solutions Raises $15.2M to Expand VR for Retail

By | Oct 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Today, Chicago-based virtual reality software developer InContext Solutions has successfully closed their Series E round of $15.2 million. The round is led by Intel Capital and Beringea, and will be used in an effort to scale the company’s sales and marketing initiatives. Funding from…

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Cupertino

Workspot Raises $6.2M to Add Rocket Fuel to VDI Product Growth

By | Oct 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Today, Cupertino-based Workspot is announcing the successful close of a $6.2 million Series B round. The latest round is led by Presidio Ventures, with additional support from Follow[the]Seed, Helion, Translink, and WTI. According to a company spokeswoman, Workspot will primarily use the latest capital…

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Can Entrepreneurs Survive Life Without Using Credit Cards?

By | Oct 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm

As a young entrepreneur, you may be overwhelmed by the expenses involved in so many different business ventures. After taking out loans to sustain your business operations, you are considering the option of getting a credit card. However, you may not need to go…

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Funding and M&A Activity Across the Techstars Ecosystem

By | Oct 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm

The Techstars community is a complicated tapestry of worldwide influencers, intelligent investors, and most importantly, budding startups with some of the best ideas in the world. Because the Techstars ecosystem is so large, it can be hard to keep up with how each and…

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MEL Science Raises $2.5 Million Series A to Make Learning Fun

By | Oct 12, 2016 at 11:20 am

The key to learning effectively is having fun. Whether it’s in a math class or an english lesson, if students are entertained and engaged, they’re going to come away with some helpful knowledge. Now, MEL Science is offering a fun and educational way to get on…

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San Francisco

Everwise Raises $16M, Launches Employee Skill Development Platform

By | Oct 11, 2016 at 10:30 am

Today, San Francisco-based Everwise has announced the successful close of a $16 million Series B round. Their latest round is led by Sequoia Capital, with support from prior investors Canvas Ventures and Webb Investment Network. The company is said to use their latest injection…

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DC

Social Tables Raises $13M To Create Next Generation of Event Planning Software

By | Oct 4, 2016 at 10:12 am

Today Washington, D.C. based Social Tables has announced the successful close of a $13 million series B round. The round is led by Maryland based QuestMark Partners, and has continued participation by Bessemer Venture Partners, Thayer Capital, Fortify Ventures, and Middleland Capital. In a…

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Your First Round of Funding Should Focus on These 4 Things

By | Sep 13, 2016 at 11:00 am

Ah, funding. When you finally receive an injection of capital which signals that your startup has made it to the big time. After months (and even years) of funding with your personal savings and loans from family, you finally have cash to really move…

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Is This Is What the Funding Apocalypse Looks Like?

By | Sep 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Back in Q1, you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting someone advising startups that the world, as they knew it, was coming to an end. Venture dollars flowing to startups had decreased from $16B in Q3 ’15 to $12B in Q4 and VCs…

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San Francisco

Mobile-Carrier Billing Provider Boku Raises $13.75M

By | Sep 1, 2016 at 9:32 am

Today, San Francisco based mobile payments provider Boku is announcing the successful close of a new $13.75 million round. Boku’s offering enables merchants to accept mobile payments by charging their customers’ wireless bill, rather than through a debit/credit card or wire transfer. To date,…

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San Francisco

Grabr Raises $3.5M to Connect Every Product to Anyone on Earth

By | Aug 25, 2016 at 10:07 am

Today, San Francisco, CA-based Grabr is announcing the successful close of a $3.5 million seed round. The round is led by Alexey Repik of RBV Capital with participation from Konstantin Nikolaev of N-Trans Group.. The seed round builds on their initial angel round of $1 million in…

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Reminder for Startup Founders: VCs Are Not Demigods

By | Aug 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Responding to a recent tweet from Joe Fernandez, VC Fred Wilson has stepped up to offer an important reminder that any young entrepreneur needs to keep in the back of their mind: Venture capitalists aren’t superheroes. too many young entrepreneurs talk about vc's like they're…

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The Unicorn Hedge and What It Means for Tech

By | Aug 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Unilever acquired Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion. Walmart is grabbing Jet.com for $3 billion. GM bought Cruise for $1 billion. Why are all these unicorns and massive startups getting attention from legacy companies? One exuberant Medium article, the newest entry in the storied “startups…

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Frivolous Spending Could Sink This Silicon Valley VC Firm

By | Aug 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Having a loose wallet is part of being a venture capitalist. After all, you are in the investing business. But the key to being a skilled VC is knowing when to spend your money, and when to call it quits. As soon as you…

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These 3 Trends Are Changing How Startups Get Funding

By | Aug 19, 2016 at 9:11 am

Funding is the key to keeping your startup in the fight. Whether your Series A is floundering or your Series D is flourishing, a little bit of capital can go a long way in making your startup dreams a reality. But with the shifting…

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European VC Funding: Great, But Not at the Pre-Seed Stage

By | Aug 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Since 2003, 35 European startups have hit a billion-dollar unicorn valuation. The tech ecosystem in general is booming, according to an Atomico report last year that stated there has “never been a better time to be a European Entrepreneur.” But there’s one problem: Pre-seed…

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5 Things Potential Investors Are Thinking While You Deliver Your Pitch

By | Aug 18, 2016 at 9:00 am

You’re in the middle of an important pitch when you glance over at your investors. Maybe it’s your nerves, but all you see staring back is a sea of grim looking gazes. In times like these when part of you wishes that you could…