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The Muse Raises $10M From Aspect Ventures To Scale A Career Site For Millennials

It was only a few years ago that I met Kathryn Minshew, Alexandra Cavoulacos, and Melissa McCreery through Y Combinator. They were three women who set out to make a career site for other young women like them with rich, photo-intensive profiles of employers featuring interviews with their …

A Product Roadmap For Up-And-Coming VCs

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Indy Guha is a partner at Bain Capital Ventures who invests in early- and growth-stage cloud application/SaaS companies.</i><p>Earlier this year, I had the good fortune of becoming the youngest partner at Bain Capital Ventures. (BCV). There’s a lot of work ahead to make sure I make the most …

The State Of Enterprise Tech In NYC

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonathan Lehr</i> <i>is venture director at</i> <i>Work-Bench</i> <i>where he focuses on early-stage enterprise technology investments. He is also the founder of the</i> <i>NY Enterprise Technology Meetup</i><i>.</i><p>It’s often touted that NYC is home to major industries, including financial services, media, advertising, …

Venture Investors Put $2 Billion Into The Blackboard Jungle

<b>Editor’s Note</b>: <i>Christine Magee is an editor for CrunchBase.</i><p>Venture capitalists really hit the books in 2014. Edtech companies stockpiled nearly $2 billion in venture funding — a 50 percent jump from 2013.<p>For millions of children in the American education system, more venture money doesn’t …

20 podcasts you need to hear in 2015

“Did you listen to this week’s <i>Serial</i>?” That’s been the question on everyone’s lips the past three months. The podcast, which reexamined the 1999 …

Chinese Mobile Development Giant NetDragon Raises $52.5M For Its Online Education Business

NetDragon, one of China’s leading mobile and games development companies, has raised $52.5 million in Series A funding for its online education business from investors including IDG Capital, Vertex Venture, and Alpha Animation, an animation studio based in Shenzhen. The round values NetDragon’s …

Glassdoor Closes $70M Funding Round Led By Google Capital And Tiger Global

Glassdoor, the site that lets employees rate their companies’ work environment and anonymously disclose their salary information, today announced that it has raised a $70 million funding round led by Google Capital, the search engine’s late-stage growth equity fund, and Tiger Global. Other …

Are SaaS Companies Just Misunderstood?

Depending on whom you ask, companies that sell their products on a subscription basis are either companies that are veritable giants of growth, or firms that hide their business models’ inherent weakness in the form of short-term losses that are dismissed under the guise of investment.<p>Regardless of …

How To Tell If You’re Burning Money Too Fast

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Joe Floyd is a venture investor at Emergence Capital. Emergence focuses on enterprise cloud applications and has invested in market leaders including Yammer, Box, Veeva Systems and Salesforce.</i><p>Questions about cash burn have blazed through Twitter like wildfire. Entrepreneurs are asking …

Technology will hurt the banks, not kill them

Technology has its eyes on banking. Apple is expected this week to launch Apple Pay, its touchless payment system for iPhones; venture capital funds …

How Tech Companies Can Help Their Coders

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Gregg Pollack is CEO and founder of Code School, an online learning destination for existing and aspiring developers that teaches through entertaining content.</i><p>Any time I ask software developers what they do to become better at their craft, I get a mix of responses — from taking on …

Return Of The M&A

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Andreas Penna is managing director and founder of Penna & Company, an M&A and investment advisory firm. He is also an angel investor.</i><p>2014 has seen an unprecedented number of M&A transactions globally, especially within the tech sector. Global tech M&A was up 55 percent over last year, …

Campus Job Connects Companies With Students For Part-Time Work

College students are constantly battling between two goals: getting good grades and proving they’re ready for the real world. Combining those two goals, however, can be really difficult for the student with a demanding schedule. That’s where Campus Job comes in.<p>Campus Job is a platform built by Liz …

How Many Times A Day Do You Check Your Phone? Checky Will Tell You.

In today’s hyper-connected world, meditation and relaxation-focused resource Calm gives you a much-needed mental break during the day, and can help you quiet the spinning wheels in your head when it’s time to sleep at night. Now the company is rolling out a second application called Checky, …

Bridging The STEM Talent Gap Is Not About Degrees, But Skill Sets

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tony Portela is co-founder and managing director of onTop Technology Corporation, an IT services company .</i><p>In 2013, there were 2.5 times as many entry-level, STEM-related job postings as there were STEM graduates, according to a study by Burning Glass Technologies. The new U.S. …

FishBrain, A Social Network For Anglers, Nets $2.4M

FishBrain, a made-in-Sweden mobile app and social network for anglers founded back in 2010, has closed a $2.4 million pre-Series A round of funding, led by Northzone and Active Venture Partners.<p>Also biting in this round are GP Bullhound and Edastra Venture Capital, as well as existing investors …

Christensen Vs. Lepore: A Matter Of Fact

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Thomas Thurston is a Partner at WR Hambrecht + Co, a San Francisco-based investment bank and venture capital firm. He is also Fund Manager at Ironstone, a San Francisco-based private equity firm that uses algorithms to identify disruptive startups, CEO of Growth Science, a data</i> …

Innovation

Sand Hill Road’s Consiglieres: August Capital

In his best-selling book “Give and Take,” Adam Grant argues that the fourth ingredient to success — aside from hard work, luck and talent — is the ability to connect with people.<p>After 10 years of research, he chose Sand Hill Road’s David Hornik as a prime example to prove his case that good guys …

Frank Underwood invades Westeros in 'House of Thrones'

If there's one man who could whip all those schemers and whiners in "Game of Thrones" into shape, it's Frank Underwood. A new video shows just how the "House of Cards" antihero would go about it.<p>Backstabbing. Lying. Murdering. Cheating. Politics. What TV show does that bring to mind for you?<p>If you …

KnCMiner Sells $2 Million Worth Of Scrypt Mining Machines In Four Hours

KnCMiner, one of the few cryptocurrency miner companies that tend to ship product, has announced that they sold $2 million worth of their scrypt mining Titan rigs in four hours, a new record for the company.<p>The rig, which costs $9,995, is rated at 100MH/s and is aimed at mining alternative coins …