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BCC Fail By 10 Downing St. Accidentally Creates Brand New Startup Groups

Over the last few days there has been a LOT of chatter in the London tech scene about an upcoming event that more or less appeared our of nowhere: Pitch10.<p>This was billed as an event for startups to pitch at the highest level: 10 Downing Street, the residence of the Prime Minister of the UK. This …

Duetto Raises $21M Led By Accel To Equip Hotels With Big Data Surge Pricing

Hotels can double their profitability by successfully marking up rooms just 10 percent. That’s why Accel Partners is betting hotels will pay for Duetto, a price optimization SaaS that uses big data to dynamically surge or discount rates for rooms. Duetto can help hotels drop prices if no one is …

Index Leads $7M Round In Banking Benchmark Startup, Credit Benchmark

London has chalked up another fintech investment today: Index Ventures has led a $7 million Series A round in Credit Benchmark, a startup that’s looking to improve financial market benchmarks by aggregating anonymized credit risk data from multiple banks.<p>The aim is to improve industry transparency …

Busbud Bags $9M For Its Coach Travel Booking Platform

Global coach travel-booking platform Busbud has closed a $9 million Series A funding round co-led by Omers Ventures and Revolution Ventures. iNovia Capital and Real Ventures also participated — having co-led Busbud’s prior round of $1.2 million back in May 2013.<p>At the time of that seed round we …

137 Ventures Raises $137M Second Fund To Offer Early Liquidity To Startup Execs

Secondary investment firm 137 Ventures is announcing that it has raised a $137 million new fund. (That number has to be intentional, right?)<p>When the firm was founded in 2010, it was pitched as an alternative to selling stock on the secondary markets. Instead, it offered to make loans to founders …

David Tisch’s Stealthy Mobile Commerce Product, Spring, Closes $7.5M Series A

David Tisch has been quietly working on a project called Jello Labs for over a year. He hasn’t said much about what the product will be, other than that it involves mobile commerce. However, today we can shed a bit more light on the super stealth project.<p>For one, the product is actually called …

AdhereTech Raises $1.75 Million In Series A

Smart pill bottle company AdhereTech today announced the close of its first Series A. Undisclosed investors in the healthcare industry funded the company with $1.75 million in financing.<p>The company will use the new funding to further scale its healthcare services, as well as to develop a second …

DigitalOcean Closes $10M Equipment Lease From CapX Partners

DigitalOcean today announced that it has secured $10 million in equipment financing from CapX Partners. CapX previously invested in DigitalOcean’s $3.2 million seed round in 2013. The announcement comes on the heels of its huge $37.2 million funding round earlier this year led by Andreessen …

Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

Microsoft today announced a raft of new Office 365 plans for smaller businesses that will eventually supplant its extant offerings.<p>The company is lowering the price of its most expensive smaller business offering — from $15 per seat per month to $12.50 — and raising the employee cap in some cases …