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New numbers illustrate how fast fundraising has changed for young startups

Fundraising is never easy, but it’s even harder when the goal posts are being moved around. Such is the challenge facing today’s youngest startups, which are looking at very different fundraising metrics than new startups did just six or seven years ago.<p>We explored the issue yesterday with Peter …

Venture Capital

Vacation rental management service Guesty raises $19.75M

As the vacation rental sector heats up — with Airbnb making even more moves to expand its portfolio of services to include multiple tiers of rentals — there’s going to be more and more of a need for people who manage a large number of properties.<p>Guesty is one service that aims to do that, and today …

Hospitality

Three Natural Ways to Improve Blood Circulation

By Jerry Del Priore<p>As we age, our circulation is hampered by several factors: sedentary lifestyles, poor diet, and accompanying medical conditions …

Dinghy picks up backing from Balderton for its flexible freelancer insurance

Insurtech was one of the big VC bets of 2017, and that looks set to continue into the new year as startups spot gaps in the insurance market.<p>This has already seen new types of products launch, such as Zego’s gig economy insurance play or pay-as-you-drive insurance from Cuvva, which address changes …

Mark Zuckerberg is right to explore the potential of the blockchain for Facebook

In what is Mark Zuckerberg’s now-traditional New Year speech, the Facebook supremo pledged to fix the social network’s many problems which bubbled up in 2017. Perhaps understandably, that admission hogged the headlines but Zuckerberg also said he plans to study encryption and the blockchain “see …

Distributed applications, teams, genes and geographies will shape the future of VC in 2018

Lisa Marrone Contributor<p>Lisa Marrone, a principal at August Capital who joined in 2017, previously worked in the Obama administration and at the biotechnology startup Lyndra after a three year stint at Bain & Co.<p>As the New Year dawns, new opportunities are emerging for savvy venture capitalists in …

A look back at the year that the Sub-Saharan African startup scene found its stride

African tech in 2017 was about the normalization of market events mostly absent even a decade ago. There were acquisitions, multiple investment rounds, lots of expansion, big strategic partnerships and some surprise failures.<p>Africa is fast becoming home to a dynamic tech sector. Here’s a snapshot …

Chinese game streaming platform Chushou raises Series D, adds Google as investor

Google has added Chinese mobile game live streaming platform Chushou to its list of investments in Asia. The Beijing-based startup announced today that it has closed a Series D round, which Google joined as a new investor, that brings its total funding so far to over $120 million. Chushou’s …

Venture Capital

Quartet raises $40M Series C to help healthcare providers collaborate on patient care

Healthcare in America is a mess with no quick solutions and many people aren’t getting the help they need. Created to bridge mental and physical healthcare, New York City-based Quartet Health wants to make life better for patients with a platform that allows providers to collaborate on treatment …

Digital Health

Wealthfront raises $75 million to help millennials invest

Millennials take a different approach to investing than previous generations. Only one in three are buying stocks. And some are turning to software, rather than humans, for advice on financial planning.<p>For the past 10 years, Wealthfront has been building out a platform that it hopes will appeal to …

TrendKite raises another $11M for its PR analytics platform

TrendKite is closing out 2017 with the announcement that it’s raised an additional $11 million in funding.<p>The Austin-based startup says it’s currently analyzing 4.2 million articles every day, and using that analysis to help both brands and agencies to measure the impact of their PR efforts. So, it …

Public Relations

Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business

Imagine attending a business meeting with an Amazon Echo (or any voice-driven device) sitting on the conference table. A question arises about the month’s sales numbers in the Southeast region. Instead of opening a laptop, opening a program like Excel and finding the numbers, you simply ask the …

The “Instagram for doctors” just raised a fresh $10 million

Figure 1 isn’t for the squeamish, but investors apparently love it. The company, a kind of social network where more than a million healthcare professionals can view rare conditions, learn about novel treatments and even teach cases, has just raised $10 million in Series B funding.<p>Kensington …

Venture Capital

Here are some companies Google’s new AI investment arm might be interested in

The focus will be early-stage startups.<p>Google is launching a new investment arm aimed at artificial intelligence, according to a report in Axios. A source familiar with Google’s plans says the new program will focus on early-stage startups.<p>Where the new investment seems to differ most from Google’s …

Backed by Chinese gov, Silk Ventures is a new $500M fund to invest in European and U.S. ‘scale-ups’

European and U.S.-based tech ‘scale-ups’ with Asia ambitions, rejoice. Outing today is a new $500 million VC fund from Silk Ventures, and backed in part by the Chinese government.<p>It plans to invest across all stages from Series-A upwards, and says that, although it will remain open to tech startups …

Venture Capital

Ledger grabs $7 million for its cryptocurrency hardware wallets

Things are going incredibly well for Ledger these days. People find bitcoins, ethers and other cryptocurrencies exciting again. And the French startup just raised a $7 million Series A round to make hardware security devices ubiquitous.<p>MAIF Avenir, XAnge, Wicklow Capital, GDTRE, Libertus Capital, …

Digital Currency

SpyBiotech, which makes a ‘superglue’ for vaccines, raises £4M from GV and Oxford

The startup bug has hit the world of biotechnology, and the latest victim is a business that is building a “super glue,” coincidentally, for bug-combating vaccines. SpyBiotech — a startup spun out of Oxford University that has developed a way to bond antigens to viruses and other particles to make …

Enterprise data firm Alteryx set to raise $126 million from NYSE IPO

The wheels on America’s tech IPO train continue to turn. Enterprise data analytics firm Alteryx, the next tech firm in line to go public, has priced its shares at $14 ahead of its listing on the New York Stock Exchange Friday.<p>That pricing — which comes in at the top of the firm’s range — will see …

Venture Capital

How Trump will impact venture capital: The future of QSBS

Patrick Wallen Contributor<p>Patrick Wallen is a licensed attorney, a Fellow with Rubicon Venture Capital and a startup and VC professional.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Profiting socially on nickels and dimes<p>When we speak of disruption in the startup industry, it would not be uncommon to invoke an …

Athens gets a new venture fund

Raising money for a venture fund is almost never easy, but it’s a whole lot harder in certain places that are struggling economically, like Greece.<p>Thankfully for the country, a new seed-stage firm has formed, called Marathon VC, that’s currently investing $8.6 million and expects to close its debut …

The News Lens raises Series B to challenge Asia’s traditional media companies

The News Lens, an online journalism startup that aims to be the voice of reason in Asia’s raucous media landscape, will focus on creating more original video content after landing a Series B round. The startup hasn’t disclosed the exact amount, but says it is in the range of $2 million to $3 …

32 Ways to Make the Most of Artichoke Season

Peak artichoke season is March through May and you’re going to want to take advantage of it. Smooth, buttery artichokes are versatile and delicious …

Cooking

MuleSoft soars 46% on first day of trading

It’s the first enterprise tech IPO of the year and it’s off to the races.<p>MuleSoft, which helps businesses like Netflix and Spotify with their APIs, closed at $24.75, a 46 percent premium to its IPO price of $17. This was after pricing above the expected range of $14 to $16.<p>The company was able to …

Bill Maris’s next gig after GV is a $100 million health and biotech fund

It was happening, then it wasn’t — but now it seems Bill Maris’s venture fund might actually be more than vaporware. Maris, founder of Google Ventures, now called GV, is raising money again for a new healthcare, biotech and tech-focused venture capital fund, according to sources familiar with the …

Rental platform Goodlord raises £7.2M from Rocket Internet’s GFC, LocalGlobe and Ribbit Capital

Goodlord, a U.K. startup that has built a platform to handle transactions and the “paperwork” normally associated with renting a home, has raised £7.2 million in Series A funding. Rocket Internet’s GFC led the round, with participation from existing backer LocalGlobe and new investor Ribbit Capital.<p>…

Job Today inks $35M media-for-equity deal with European broadcasters

Job finder app Job Today has inked a new media-for-equity deal worth $35 million.<p>The Luxembourg-based startup is one of several European players seeking to switch CV-style recruitment for blue-collar jobs to a faster, app-based interface that returns results based on location and lets potential …

South-east Asia

Astro raises an $8 million Series A for its AI-powered email solution for teams

On the surface, Astro, launching its public beta today, is a nifty but not completely necessary email client that combines machine intelligence and a bot interface to improve workflows and increase the signal to noise ratio of mail for power users. But the real story is that the startup, backed …

Justin Kan launches his own startup incubator program called Zero-F

Serial entrepreneur Justin Kan, best known for co-founding Twitch, Justin.tv and Socialcam, has left his position as a partner at Y Combinator to start his own startup incubator program.<p>The venture is called Zero-F — think ‘zero to funding’ — and the idea, Kan told TechCrunch, is to take a very …

Startups

Gaming company Kabam’s roller coaster ride to an $800 million exit

The Game Developers Conference kicked off in downtown San Francisco yesterday, and consolidation is a central theme for this year’s attendees.<p>Late last week, we talked with Kevin Chou, co-founder and CEO of the gaming company Kabam, about his own both stressful and euphoric experience in running a …

Greylock hires a growth advisor in residence to help goose its portfolio companies

Greylock Partners, the Silicon Valley venture firm, has hired a “growth advisor in residence” to help goose growth at its portfolio companies. Casey Winters — who spent nearly three years at Pinterest, and nearly three years at GrubHub before that — will be working with Greylock exclusively for the …