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Here's How The Wealthiest People In Tech Will Spend Their Summers

But "vacation" means something a little different when you're a tech millionaire or billionaire.<p>From massive island retreats to private superyachts, these tech executives have come a long way from summer camp.

Drizly, the app that delivers booze to your doorstep, just launched in L.A.

So you're sitting at home, longing for a Negroni, only to discover you're out of Aviator gin and/or Campari and vermouth.<p>You could hop in the car, or pull out your skateboard, but hey, it's hot out there. And who's to say whether the closest liquor store will have your preferred brand of gin or any …

Series A Is The New Series B

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ben Narasin is a long-time entrepreneur, president of TriplePoint Ventures, the seed equity practice of TriplePoint Capital, and a freelance writer.</i><p>When I moved to Silicon Valley over a decade ago, I thought “venture” meant looking for smart people with great ideas. I’ve learned …

InVenture Provides Personal Finance Help And Credit Scores To Underbanked Individuals

There are more than 2.5 billion people without a credit score in the world today, which means that there’s no way for them to find banking help when they need it. A new startup called InVenture is looking to solve that problem, with personal finance tools that not only help the underbanked keep …

With $500K In The Bank, Credible Launches A Kayak-Style Marketplace To Simplify Student Loan Refinancing

With outstanding student debt now over $1 trillion in the U.S., it’s clear that college grads are struggling mightily to make payments and refinance their debt. Meanwhile, thanks to decades of plummeting borrowing costs, millions upon millions of consumers have been able to refinance mortgages and …

A Year From Launch, Skillshare Lands $6M From USV, Spark To Double Down On Its Project-Based, Online Classes

Skillshare launched in 2011 to give those interested in continuing to learn outside the classroom a place to get real-world skills from both online and offline classes. Over the past year, the New York-based startup has moved towards the massive, open online course approach, connecting subject …

NuoDB Raises $14.2M Round Led By Dassault Systèmes For Its Distributed Database Management System

NuoDB, a Cambridge, Mass.-based database company that specializes in distributed database management, today announced that it has raised a $14.2 million funding round led by Europe’s second-largest software company Dassault Systèmes. Previous investors Morgenthaler Ventures, Hummer Winblad Venture …

Tradeshift Secures $75M To Expand Its Invoicing Platform Globally

Tradeshift, the SF-based enterprise invoicing startup that originally emerged from Copenhagen, has now closed $75 million in Series C growth funding from Singapore’s Scentan Ventures. The company will use the new funds for global expansion, including developing and growing a new partnership with …

ClearSlide Raises $50M From The Social+Capital Partnership, Greylock To Help Make Sales Presentations More Effective

ClearSlide, a SaaS company that helps make sales representatives more productive, has raised $50 million in Series C funding led by The Social+Capital Partnership with all current venture investors, including Greylock Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Felicis Ventures participating in the …

Bridesmaid Dress Rental Service Little Borrowed Dress Raises $1.25M From Index Ventures, A16Z

Little Borrowed Dress, an online bridesmaid-dress rental company, has raised $1.25 million in seed funding from Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Launch Capital, Neu Venture Capital, NYC Seed, Charles Smith, David Tisch (BoxGroup), Rett Wallace and Joanne Wilson.<p>The startup rents a line of …

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Foreign leaders visiting the United States can fill their itineraries from a long list of fabulous destinations to conduct international diplomacy. Scenic mountains, balmy beaches, and a certain city that never sleeps would seem like top contenders. But instead, presidents and prime ministers from …

London Gets Another Fintech Accelerator, As Startupbootcamp Partners With MasterCard, Lloyds & Rabobank

Last week it was a new European Edtech accelerator pitching for startups. Today a new fintech incubator has been announced, by pan-European accelerator Startupbootcamp, which will be based in London, a stone’s throw from the City’s Square Mile financial district.<p>The three-month programme — which is …

Crowdfunder Raises Another Million Ahead Of International Expansions

Crowdfunder, the Venice-based crowdfunding platform which helps to connect entrepreneurs and investors, particularly in the area of local investment, has raised an additional million in seed funding, the company is announcing today. The funds will help the company further expand its activities …

Carl Icahn 2.0: an icon of '80s greed is back to shake up Silicon Valley

The wild success and massive cash hoards of today's technology firms are perfect targets for this activist investor<p>For techies scanning the headlines over the past few months, one name has become an increasingly common occurrence: Carl Icahn, the legendary "vulture capitalist," who first made a …

Truecaller raises $18.8M in Sequoia-led round, partners with Yelp to evolve caller ID

Truecaller is on a roll. The Swedish startup’s reverse-lookup phone directory is a big hit in emerging markets and the Middle East, and it’s seeing …

Google sponsors Code Club teacher training programme

Google is bankrolling a new initiative to train primary school teachers in coding<p>Google is investing £120,000 in a new initiative to help primary school teachers in the UK prepare for the government's new computing curriculum.<p>The programme will be led by Code Club, a network of over 1,875 …

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Next Silicon Valleys: How did California get it so right?

<b>From Hewlett-Packard to Google, from Apple to Intel - the many start-ups created in Silicon Valley have helped define the modern world.</b><p>The area - surrounding San Francisco Bay in northern California - has arguably been the world's supreme entrepreneurial hotspot, generating a seemingly endless …

Smoke-Testing your Apps 101: A Guide for the Non-Techie

<i>Denis Duvauchelle is CEO and co-founder of Twoodo, helping you organize everything and anything using #hashtags.</i><p>It’s doubtful that if our team collaboration startup had as many bugs as iOS7 did that the reaction would be to write a nice article on Lifehacker explaining how to solve the problems …

Why Startups Seeking Funding Should Use Content To Build Their Credibility

Today, venture capital (VC) is more democratic than ever. Investors are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and geography is no longer a constricting factor.<p>Lower barriers, however, create stricter filters. With so many startups jockeying for funding, the Internet also enables investors to make …

7 Startups to Watch from Seedcamp London February 2014

Update 11/02/2014:<p>Seedcamp has now announced the eight teams that will make it into the program for the next three months: Elliptic, Formisimo, GoWorkaBit, Interactio, Lodgify<p>The last time we caught up with Seedcamp, the organization made a record investment in 11 of the 18 teams presenting, the …

15 Best Beaches for 2014

Every traveler has a different fantasy about their ultimate beach vacation. Adventure-seekers want beaches that are both beautiful and close to exciting attractions, like exotic jungles or a historically important port city. Honeymooners, on the other hand, gravitate toward deserted islands with …

By the numbers: 'Threes' is your new iPhone addiction

From the creators of ‘Puzzlejuice’<p><i>Threes</i> is exceedingly simple. The game, which launches today on iOS for $1.99, blends the minimalist style of hits like <i>Letterpress</i> and <i>Spelltower</i> with the addictive number crunching of Sudoku. The result is a fantastically intuitive but surprisingly deep puzzle …

KnowRoaming's international sticker SIMs begin shipping to backers today

KnowRoaming, the company behind the roaming SIM "stickers" that popped up on Kickstarter last year, has begun shipping its device to the first 500 backers. The $35 pre-order kit, which includes a SIM sticker and a single-use applicator, enables international roaming at rates far lower than what …

Analyst: Apple’s iWatch could generate $17.5B in first year

Apple(s aapl) could be sitting on a potential goldmine, according to Morgan Stanley analysts. In a research note to investors on Tuesday, the firm …

Nutanix co-founder launches ThoughtSpot, an appliance for analytics

Ajeet Singh is sticking with what worked for him at Nutanix — the fast-growing enterprise compute-plus-storage company he co-founded in 2009 — with a …

Handcuffs For Hacker Schools? Why A “Code Of Conduct” For Coding Bootcamps Could Actually Be Good For The Ecosystem

The explosion in both online and offline programming platforms over the last year has made one thing clear: Learning to code is hot. (With two “t’s.”) Well, that and the fact that our traditional education system doesn’t seem to be pulling its weight as far as computer science education is …

Apartment List Raises Another $6 Million To Improve Your Apartment Hunt

Apartment List wants to build a better end-to-end experience for people looking to find apartments. That will come as a welcome departure from the current apartment hunt process, which involves Craigslist and filling out applications in front of a dozen other people also filling out applications …

Read Satya Nadella's first letter to employees as Microsoft's CEO

CEO calls for focus as he warns that "our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation."<p>It's official, Satya Nadella is Microsoft's next CEO, and on his first day on the job he's sent a letter to the whole staff. In the letter, Nadella speaks of what he thinks makes Microsoft a …

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