Robert Scoble

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This startup just got another $30 million to take on Salesforce

Scrappy six-year-old sales software startup Base makes no secret of its ambition to win over accounts unhappy with Salesforce.com’s well-established …

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These 10 up-and-coming startups are on Goldman Sachs' radar

Which startups are on the radar of one of the biggest investment firms in the world?<p>You might be surprised.<p>In a research report this week, Goldman Sachs interviewed executives from ten startups from around the world that they're interested in.<p>These startups aren't billion-dollar companies — they're …

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Voxelus launches code-free, user generated VR content creation platform

Voxelus, a new VR startup, has launched a content creation platform that lets anyone design their own 3D worlds and populate them with customizable shapes and animated characters.<p>Designed as an easy, user-generated platform to create virtual reality games, experiences and virtual spaces, it caters …

Virtual Reality

Waze cofounder tells us how his company's $1 billion sale to Google really went down

In the weeks that preceded Google's $1.15 billion purchase of the Israeli map app Waze in 2013, there was a constant stream of leaks about the deal, and about a bidding war between Google, Facebook, and Apple.<p>The sale was a milestone for Israel's young but huge startup community: The first Israeli …

Venture Capital

Rental startup RentMethod shuts down, Airbnb snaps up founders

<b>Correction:</b> This is not a formal acquisition. RentMethod is shutting down and two of its founders have joined Airbnb.<p>The founders of apartment rental company RentMethod have joined Airbnb and will be shuttering their company on August 31. Customers who used RentMethod are being encouraged to port …

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On-Demand Massage Startup Soothe Unwinds With $10.6M In New Funding

Soothe, which sends massage therapists to clients’ homes, is smoothing its expansion with $10.6 million in new funding. The startup’s new round was led by The Riverside Company and will be used to hire key employees, improve its platform’s technology, and acquire new users with the goal of turning …

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New Company Helps SaaS Applications Work Behind Firewall

Replicated, a company that wants to help SaaS vendors ship an on-premises version of their applications more easily, made a series of announcements today including a $1.5M seed round and several Beta customers.<p>The company is taking advantage of Docker containerization technology to build a solution …

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A startup that sells $1 razors is now worth $615 million thanks to campaigns like, 'Our blades are f---ing great!'

Dollar Shave Club, with its slogan "Our Blades Are F---ing Great," just got valued at $615 million.<p>The Los Angeles-based startup launched three years ago with an idea to steal market share from razor powerhouse, Gillette. CEO Michael Dubin promised a better price point: for $1 a month, Dollar Shave …

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API-Based Money Mover Currency Cloud Taps Sapphire Ventures And Rakuten For $18M

Startups that help people send money to each other or pay for goods and services online have been growing like weeds, fuelled by consumer demand, increasingly ubiquitous connected devices to make and receive the funds, and VCs eager to profit from their growth. Now a startup that has built …

FinTech

Why Ford is partnering with a hot 3D printing startup

The next time you take your car out for a spin, imagine how much more comfortable it would be if your steering wheel perfectly conformed to the shape …

Startups

These 25 Successful Startups Were Built With Outsourced Development

Starting a venture and developing your product or service requires working quickly and efficiently. You need to ensure your startup offers value in terms of innovation, quality and convenience, even though you have limited resources and may be racing against the competition to be first to …

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After raising $1 million, the super-thin CST-01 watch won't make it to Kickstarter backers

Production issues made the project more expensive than expected<p>Nearly two years after "the world's thinnest watch" was supposed to arrive to Kickstarter backers, the project has announced that it's pretty much done for. It's a disappointing update in the long saga of the $1 million campaign for …

Crowd Funding

Y Combinator grad SigOpt scores $2M from Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective to optimize everything

SigOpt, a Y Combinator grad, has raised a $2M seed round from Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective to provide world-class data science and optimization as a service. SigOpt’s promise is to optimize everything and anything — from digital ads, to shaving cream, to synthetic biotech products — …

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Get your 3D printers ready: Sketchfab raises $7 million to be the world’s 3D file hub

Sketchfab, a web service that lets users upload, download, and share 3D content, announced a $7 million series A round led by FirstMark Capital, and the collaboration of past investors Balderton, Partech, Borealis, and TechStars’s new venture fund. FirstMark’s managing director, Matt Turck, will be …

3D

WayBlazer, the travel cognitive computing startup, lands $5M

IBM is a lead investor in a $5 million Series A funding round for WayBlazer, a travel search and discovery company that licenses Watson cognitive …

Startups

Big data search startup Maana launches with $14.2M

Meet Maana: an enterprise search startup with impressive technical chops that has already gotten business from some big companies. If its founders are right, Maana could wind up becoming a sort of Palantir — selling software that’s easy to set up, for a wide variety of customers.<p>Today Maana is …

Big Data

Croatian Startup Oradian Raises Seed Funding For Its Microfinance Platform

Oradian, another European startup offering cloud-based software for micro finance institutions (MFIs) in developing markets, has picked up financing of its own.<p>The Croatian company, whose current customers are micro finance providers mainly in Nigeria, has raised an undisclosed seed round to …

Microfinance

Booze On-Demand Service Drizly Lands $13 Million to Expand

Getting booze delivered from your smartphone has never been easier.<p>A half-dozen startups have built apps allowing users in certain cities nationwide to order alcohol and get it delivered in as little as 20 minutes. The largest of the lot, Boston-based Drizly Inc., is about to get bigger, having …

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Secretive bitcoin startup 21 finally unveils its plans to mine bitcoin using your smartphone

The super-secretive bitcoin startup 21 finally has a product plan to announce, and it may change your phone forever.<p>21 announced today that it is working on an embeddable chip for your phone or other consumer devices that would allow you to "mine" bitcoin in the background.<p>Mining is the process …

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Bd4travel Raises $4.2M To Let Online Travel Industry Use Big Data To Personally Target Visitors

Bd4travel, a German startup that offers a “predictive analytics platform” for the online travel industry to help target site visitors in a more personal way, has raised a $4.2 million Series A round led by London-based Hoxton Ventures. Talis Capital, and Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group also …

Big Data

Our 150M+ Fund II for Enterprise Tech and Industrial Startups in US and Japan

We are excited to announce our second fund, Draper Nexus II, for early and select growth stage startups.<p>We were fortunate to have a few success …

Stock Markets

Our Four Favorite Companies At The 500 Startups Batch 12 Demo Day

Oh look, it’s already that time of the year again — we’re down in Mountain View for another demo day from the 500 Startups accelerator.<p>Thirty companies pitched their products and business models to investors and the press today, and they all had impressive stats for revenue, addressable markets, …

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This Startup's Side Project Scans Every Periscope Video To Help You Find The Best Streams

Dextro side project Stream is using its algorithms to categorize Periscope videos in real time.<p>Does this video contain a cat?<p>Is the cat inside, or on the beach?<p>Is it night or day?<p>These are the kinds of questions SoHo-based startup Dextro can answer in real time about hundreds of public videos …

Social Media

The Daily Startup: Biofuels Company Joule Pulls In $40 Million

Art by Mike Lucas<p>In this morning’s Web roundup, a look at the Joule funding in context with investment in the biofuels sector. Uber is looking to raise $2 billion in new funding. And Ellen Pao challenges the costs she is being asked to pay Kleiner Perkins.

U.K. Mattress Startup Eve Picks Up Backing From Octopus Investments

What is it about e-commerce mattress startups of late? In the U.S., Casper made headlines last year after raising $13.1 million in Series A funding led by New Enterprise Associates. The company wants to “reinvent the way mattresses are made and sold” by selling its own high quality brand directly …

Startups

Education start-up Edrolo raises $2.65m from Aussie VC funds

by Rose Powell<p>An education technology start-up has raised $2.65 million from some of Australia’s leading technology investment funds.<p>Edrolo, which …

PayPal founder just invested $25 million in this Mumbai tech startup

Indian payment market is the most happening platform right now. First it was Alibaba tying up with Indian bornPaytmand now it'sPaypalfounderPeter …

Heathcare Booking Platform Zesty Gets $7.2M To Expand In Europe

U.K.-based healthcare appointment booking platform startup Zesty* has closed a $7.2 million Series A funding round to expand in the U.K. and into additional European markets. VC firm Innovation Capital led the round, with Qualcomm Ventures and Maya Capital also participating. Existing investors …

Startups

Rackspace-backed startup seeks to boost security across clouds

Many companies that are using cloud computing services use more than one cloud. And that’s a problem for folks worried about protecting the security …

Startups

Meet the startup that is obsessed with tracking every other startup in the world

At their previous jobs at venture capital firms, Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners, respectively, Neha Singh and Abhishek Goyal often had to help identify prospective startups and make investment decisions.<p>But it wasn’t always easy.<p>Startups usually don’t disclose information about themselves, …

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