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Modern Meadow Raises $10 Million To Make Bioprinted Leather

In the future your sexy black biker jacket may be bioprinted. The New York-based Modern Meadow was originally known for its work in producing bioprinted meat – meat that is cultured in a vat and not grown on a cow – but just raised a $10 million Series A to begin printing cultured leather, a …

Shopping App Wish Raises $50 Million

Wish, a social shopping site and mobile application, raised $50 million in new funding in a round led by Founders Fund, with participation from existing investors Formation 8, GGV Capital, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Legend Capital and others. In April, the company announced $19 million in funding …

People Go Bananas Over MonkeyParking

It was inevitable. In a place where you could pay for almost anything to come to you via mobile, to have empty parking spots eventually come to you via mobile. That is the premise behind Italian app MonkeyParking, which allows you to “sell” your parking spot (or rather, the inside information about …

Adform Raises $5.5M To Expand Its Rich Media Ad Business In The US

European ad-tech company Adform is announcing that it has raised $5.5 million in Series B funding.<p>The company was founded more than a decade ago, in 2002. Chief Marketing Officer Martin Stockfleth Larsen told me it sells its technology to both advertisers and publishers, with products including a …

A Tour Through Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop, The Fabrication Facility Where Out-There Ideas Turn Into Reality

Autodesk is known primarily for enterprise software. It’s a great company in a lucrative market, but not exactly who you might expect to have an especially fun office space.<p>But for months now, people have been telling me that Autodesk’s new “workshop” that opened this past fall on Pier 9 on the San …

Gearing Up To Raise More Capital, TrackVia Is On Pace For 100% Revenue Growth In 2014

After booking 50% revenue growth in 2013, TrackVia is looking to grow its top line 100% in 2014. The company is on track to meet that benchmark, it told TechCrunch.<p>TrackVia is an interesting company, selling a product that lets companies quickly build mobile applications for their employees to use. …

Visible Measures Launches Fabric, A Self-Serve Ad-Buying Platform For Content Marketers

Ad company Visible Measures is launching a new ad-buying platform called Fabric, which it says is “the first of its kind to focus on native experiences” and other ads that consumers “opt in” to.<p>Fabric is a demand-side platform, which basically means that it allows advertisers to manage their data …

Five Hard Things That Great VCs Do

Michael Driscoll Contributor<p>Mike Driscoll is the CEO of Metamarkets.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Engineering management may be the most unnatural act of all<p>In Ben Horowitz’s <i>The Hard Thing About Hard Things</i>, he recalls a conversation in 1999 where one of his investors asked coldly: “When are you …

A Different Approach To Tech M&A

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Tomio Geron is head of content at startup</i> <i>Exitround</i><i>. This is part of a series on the tech M&A market.</i><p>Many top Silicon Valley buyers like Google, Facebook and Twitter have a standard process for how they manage acquisitions.<p>One main part of that is the technical interview. In this …

Google Analytics Now Lets You Track Web And App Data In A Single View

Here is a small but important update to Google Analytics: Developers can now create a single reporting view that includes both web and app data. Google says this will help businesses that have multiple digital touchpoints for their users (web, mobile apps, other devices) to better understand …

Real Estate Crowdfunding Startup Realty Mogul Raises $9M

Realty Mogul, a site that allows accredited investors to collectively back real estate projects, is announcing that it has raised a $9 million Series A led by Canaan Partners.<p>The startup launched a year ago, and in its first year it says 6,000 members invested $14.6 million in real estate projects …

Mobile Is The Future Of Digital Advertising — Here's What You Need To Know

Ad networks, ad exchanges, real-time bidding platforms, and many other self-styled mobile ad "solutions," seem to offer everything to everyone, including the best data, the best and most varied targeting technologies, and access to the most premium sites and apps.<p>In a <b>recent report</b> from <b>BI</b> …

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LinkedIn Expands Advertising Product to Mobile

If you're a LinkedIn member, you might start seeing more ads from the professional social network. Continuing its push to get more revenue from …

Yahoo Partners With Yelp To Bring Local Data To Its Search Tools

Today Yahoo announced that it has partnered with Yelp to bring local data into its search experience, both mobile and desktop. The deal will see traditional Yelp information, such as ratings and user photos piped into Yahoo. Put another way, Yahoo’s search is now flavored with more third-party data …

As Flipkart Hits $1B GMV Milestone, Indian E-Commerce Becomes The Next Frontier For Amazon, eBay

Flipkart, India’s biggest e-commerce company, has just hit the billion dollar milestone in annual GMV (Gross Merchandise Value), a goal the founders had forecast to achieve only by 2015.<p>In an internal note sent to employees, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, the former Amazon employees who founded …

Manila-Based Altitude Games Raises $275,000 To Develop Midcore Titles

Altitude Games, a Manila-based mobile game studio, has raised $275,000 in seed funding from investors Nix Nolledo, Level Up! Games co-founder Philip Cahiwat, an undisclosed angel investor, and members of its founding team. The startup will use the capital to “jumpstart its creation of original …

Mobile Movies Is A Novel Way Of Collecting Data In Off-The-Grid Areas

In the late 1960s, the British Ministry of Technology turned Bedford SB buses into mobile cinemas that toured the country and screened films promoting modern production techniques. Half a century later, a Singapore-based startup called Next Billion is reviving the concept to reach rural communities …

Study Shows Why It’s Worth Your Employer’s Money To Buy Everyone Walking Desks

Desk jobs are slowly killing us. Perhaps even worse than dying early, our office-potato lives are making us more susceptible to joint pain, fatigue, and illness. To fight off these modern diseases, I use a treadmill desk, which keeps me in motion all day long. Unfortunately, treadmill desks are …

Reelio Raises “Seven-Figure” Seed Funding To Connect Advertisers And Creators On YouTube

Reelio, a startup that describes itself as “the Match.com of brands and creators on YouTube,” is announcing that it has raised a “significant seven-figure” seed round (so, more than $1 million).<p>As the description implies, Reelio’s goal is to help brands find creators YouTube who can post videos …

General Assembly Raises $35M Led By New Investor IVP To Add More Tech Courses, New Campuses

General Assembly, the New York-based educational startup that offers tech courses in campuses across different cities, today announced that it has raised a Series C round of $35 million. The funding was led by new investor Institutional Venture Partners — a recent backer of consumer powerhouses …

Stripe Debuts A New Checkout Experience With One-Click Payments For Mobile And Web

Stripe is debuting a new seamless checkout experience on mobile and web today, which enables one click-payments for the first time on the payments platform. The new version of Checkout allows for an embeddable payment form for desktop, tablet, and mobile that doesn’t take customers outside of a …

TVSmiles Closes $7M Series A To Take Its Second-Screen TV Ad Loyalty Program Beyond Germany

Berlin-based startup TVSmiles, which has built a second-screen app-based loyalty program to encourage people to watch TV ads, has closed a $7 million Series A funding round, from prior investors Ventech. The new funding brings its total capital raised to $8M.<p>Other investors participating in the …

Led By Ex-Google Play Marketing Chief, Unspoken Tales Aims To Bring Hardcore, Story-Driven Games To Tablets

A team of gaming veterans, including founder Patrick Mork, former global marketing director for Google Play, are coming together to form a new company called Unspoken Tales, which aims to bring story-driven, action role-playing games for the hardcore gamer to tablet computers. To be clear, these …

A Guide To Post Seed Financing Options

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Paul Martino is a co-founder and GP of Bullpen Capital, an early-stage VC firm. He is formerly the founder and CEO of Aggregate Knowledge. Follow him on Twitter.</i><p>Seed capital availability exploded at the same time the traditional Series A ecosystem began consolidating to fewer and …

Comcast Is Acquiring Video Ad Company FreeWheel For $320 Million

Over the years, FreeWheel has become the go-to ad-serving platform for many TV networks that stream their content online. And it’s about to become part of one of the biggest distributors of content online and off.<p>That’s because FreeWheel is about to be acquired by Comcast, our sources say. The …

Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of the recently released book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup.</i><p>Building stuff does not …

As India User Base Nears 100M, Facebook Hopes To Earn Big Revenue From SMBs

India is set to become Facebook’s biggest market in terms of number of users later this year, but don’t expect that to translate into ad dollars for the Palo Alto company anytime soon. India’s online advertising market maxes out at around $360 million, making it difficult for the company to …

Awesome Netflix/Fitbit Hack Detects When You’ve Fallen Asleep, Auto-Pauses Your Movie

Done right, internal hackathons are awesome. They encourage company developers to build all the crazy stuff that they’d normally never dabble with, be it for lack of time, fear that their co-workers/bosses would think they’re nuts, or because their ideas are just too far from “the company vision” …

Gaming Veterans Start Midverse To Bolster App Marketing, Engagement on Android

Riz Virk and Mitch Liu have been through pretty much every wave of the shift to free-to-play mobile and social gaming.<p>They had an early mobile gaming hit called Tap Fish (which even had its own silly moment on The Daily Show). They sold their company Gameview Studios to Japanese gaming giant DeNA. …