yearly archives: 2014

Startup Calendar for December 23rd
Dec 23, 2014 by Julie Kim

Three events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar: CES 2015 Hacking Generation Y 8th Annual Crunchies Awards Other events: Baltimore TechBreakfast Steve Aldrich: Helping Small Business Win Online Educelerate Twin Cities: DEMO2 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 AdExchanger’s Industry Preview EmTech Singapore 2015 DesignCon 2015 Mobile+Web Devcon MCE 2015 As well as ten accelerator programs:…

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Indian Startups Raise Over $5B In 2014
Dec 22, 2014 by Christine Magee

Thanks to the recent bidding war over India’s e-commerce market, total venture funding for India-based startups has surpassed $5.4 billion in 2014. After Amazon launched its service in India in 2013, India’s leading online shopping platforms Flipkart and Snapdeal raised nearly $3 billion combined this year to keep up with the competition. Funding totals shot up…

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Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups
Dec 19, 2014 by Christine Magee

Editor’s Note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article by Christine Magee.  As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, “potrepreneurs” are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to the cannabis community. There’s Weedmaps, the Google Maps for tracking down dispensaries, Leafly, the Yelp-like rate and review platform for various strains of…

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The Barbelling of the Venture Industry
Dec 18, 2014 by Gené Teare

Much has been said recently about the shifts in the Venture Capital industry since 2009. Mark Suster focused the debate in his discussion of “The Changing Structure of the VC Industry.” I recently chatted with Nabeel Hyatt from Spark Capital about 2014, their new growth fund and how they view themselves given these substantial shifts. I met…

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Innovation And Investment In 3D Printing Surges
Dec 17, 2014 by Jon Shieber

Editor’s Note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article by Jon Shieber.  Although the technology hasn’t yet lived up to its hype as the harbinger of a new industrial revolution, investments in 3D printing technology have surged in 2014. Last year, spending on 3D printing and additive manufacturing hit $3.07 billion dollars, according to a report from…

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Startup Calendar for December 16th
Dec 16, 2014 by Julie Kim

Three events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar: The World’s Largest Startup Holiday Party Redefining Early Stage Investments DLD Other events: NYC TechBreakfast Civic Accelerator Fall 2014 Educelerate Chicago: K-12 Founders Stories Innovate New Albany Community Holiday Party and Open House Punta Tech Meetup Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living Pitch Days Startup Rounds Final Showcase…

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The Year Of The Monster Funding Round
Dec 16, 2014 by Christine Magee

Been noticing a lot of unusually large funding rounds lately? You’re spot on. The venture dollars are pouring in at an exceptionally rapid rate this week. From WeWork’s brand new $350 million, to SurveyMonkey’s $250 million cash influx announced yesterday, to Uber’s latest mega round reported this weekend, CrunchBase has captured over $1 billion in capital committed…

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In-Q-Tel Goes Dormant, But Its Startups Are Alive And Kicking
Dec 15, 2014 by Christine Magee

All has been quiet on the In-Q-Tel front for months now, but the startups it has backed continue to rake in millions in follow-on VC dollars. Palantir, Silicon Valley’s big data company that’s currently raising up to $400 million in new venture funding, was a seed investment of In-Q-Tel’s back in 2005. Nearly ten years later,…

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VCs Swipe Right For Dating Startups
Dec 12, 2014 by Christine Magee

With two months until Valentine’s Day, investors worldwide are singling out a variety of online dating and matchmaking startups that believe tech is the solution to improving our love lives. The $12M Series A announced yesterday for matchmaking app Hinge is the 4th largest round recorded to date for a dating-related startup, beat out only by rounds for Skout, Zoosk, and HowAboutWe. Hinge wasn’t…

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Stanford Sweeps Cal In The Battle For VC Cash
Dec 11, 2014 by Christine Magee

With its own top-notch accelerator program, classes like Sam Altman’s How To Start a Startup, and a list of notable alums including Peter Thiel and Marissa Mayer, it’s no secret Stanford is a breeding ground for successful startups. While Bay Area rival (and world’s top public university) Berkeley trumps Stanford in world reputation ranking, it’s pretty clear…

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