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Softbank and Saudi Arabia’s PIF planning $100BN tech fund

Softbank has announced it is creating a new global tech investment fund, seeded with $25 billion of its own money. The fund, which will be London, UK based — with a working title of the ‘Softbank Vision Fund’ — is also set to be bolstered with up to $45BN from the public investment fund of Saudi …

Venture Capital

App platform Kinetise aims to bring app building to the enterprise

Kinetise, an app building platform and Disrupt hackathon favorite, aims to democratize the the the process of creating native mobile apps for iOS and Android in the enterprise. Using a drag-and-drop interface, the system essentially lets you build and deploy native apps, visually. In this way, …

Apps

Snowden docs link NSA to Equation Group hackers

A group calling itself the ShadowBrokers dumped data online last weekend that it claimed to have stolen from a hacking team widely believed to be linked to the NSA. The data contained vulnerabilities affecting major firewall products and ignited speculation that the NSA had been hacked.<p>Expert …

Surveillance

Luma’s home WiFi boosting system goes up for sale, will hit Best Buy stores in July

Been a long time coming, but Luma’s finally ready to start shipping units to eager early adopters of the hardware startup’s home WiFi system. The routers, which have been up for pre-order since last year, offer what the company calls “surround WiFi,” a mesh network that promises to get rid of …

Tablo launches its live TV and DVR app for Apple TV

Looking to cut the cord and have a new Apple TV? A new app from Tablo can help. Launching shortly for Apple TV 4th generation devices — the new models that include access to the Apple TV App Store — the app allows you to both stream live television and watch recorded programs. The app works in …

Smart TV

Confident Cannabis is the stock exchange of weed

Step 1: Build software for pot labs. Step 2: Find out who has the strongest herb. Step 3: Create a marijuana marketplace connecting dispensaries with the best growers.<p>That’s the plan that scored $3 million in <i>seed</i> funding led by Slow Ventures for Confident Cannabis. Right now it’s on Step 2, having …

Cannabis

Let’s Fix Startup Board Meetings

I spend a lot of time in board meetings. Specifically, private company startup board meetings. Rooms filled with some of the most talented, bold, daring and dedicated people on the planet, devising solutions to some of the economy’s toughest problems.<p>More often than not, however, most of these …

Leadership

PR Software Maker PressFriendly Isn’t Just Focused On Startups Anymore

PressFriendly launched last year to help startups do a better job of pitching tech reporters and editors. And the company still offers startup-focused services, but it’s also launching a set of tools for PR agencies, which CEO Joel Andren pitched as “Salesforce for PR.”<p>Andren said that when …

Startups

Cloud Security Platform Zscaler Raises A $100M Series B Round Led By TPG, Now Valued At Over $1B

Security platform Zscaler today announced that it has raised a $100 million Series B funding round led by late-stage investor TPG. The company, which offers a wide range of web, mobile and cloud security services for enterprises, has now raised a total of $138 million and says that its valuation in …

Venture Capital

Back to the basics: 10 expert tips for your startup's website

A website is a startup's opportunity to distinguish itself from its competitors while also promoting its value and offerings to current and potential …

Ask HN: Examples of startups that failed due to moving slowly?

Conventional startup advice is to 'move fast' and 'pump out features.' Are there any startups that created a great new thing that was growing and …

Startups

Did Microsoft just give up on Windows Phone?

Microsoft’s future of mobile is less about phones<p>Windows Phone is in trouble. Despite spending around $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia’s phone business, Microsoft isn’t making any money out of Windows Phones and has decided to write off most of its Nokia deal to the tune of $7.6 billion today. …

The Man Who Taught Mutual Funds How to Invest in Startups

By the age of 6, Henry Ellenbogen knew he wanted to be an investor. Not the kind he is today at T. Rowe Price Group Inc., where he manages $18.7 …

Six Months After Acquisition, Caviar Has Tripled Order Volume And More Than Doubled Headcount

Last August, payments startup Square acquired San Francisco-based food delivery startup Caviar for a reported $90 million. Since then, the company has been growing fast, both in terms of order volume and the size of the internal team.<p>For Square, the acquisition follows a trend of diversifying the …

Startups

With $1.2M In Funding, MightySignal Brings Some Technology To B2B Sales Teams

If you’re an enterprise SaaS salesperson, a new company called MightySignal wants to help you find better leads based on information they can find by crawling the web.<p>The company was founded by Jason Lew and Shane Wey who have been friends since sixth grade. Lew previously worked at Apple on the …

Paul Allen

OrderWithMe Raises Another $28M To Help Small Businesses Procure Like Big Ones

OrderWithMe, a startup based out of Las Vegas that has built a platform for small businesses to come together to effectively act like big ones to source, order and pay for supplies and components — has raised another $28 million in funding.<p>The company says the money will be used to build out its …

Sharetribe Lets You Create Your Own Peer-To-Peer Marketplace

In a sense, the concept of a peer-to-peer online marketplace is nothing new. Perhaps eBay offers the best early example by enabling people to sell goods directly to one another. But, more recently, companies such as Airbnb and Etsy have popularised the peer-to-peer marketplace idea further, with …

Investors Say Logistics Companies Are In For The Long Haul

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Christine Magee is an analyst for CrunchBase.</i><p>In a world where consumers are increasingly expecting frictionless, tech-enabled services, snail mail is just not cutting it.<p>Just about anything can be ordered from a smartphone, but shipping it across the country takes days and often costs …

Building Code To Break Poverty In Bangladesh

Teaching people in the third world how to code seems to be a growing trend that may just help to break the world-wide poverty cycle. Danish-based microfinancing operation CodersTrust is starting to do just that with a test group of 100 Bangladeshis.<p>“Nine out of 10 coders on sites like oDesk suck,” …

Circle Emerges From Stealth To Bring Bitcoin To The Masses

Circle, the bitcoin-based financial services company, is emerging from stealth with a suite of products and services aimed to take bitcoin’s blockchain to mainstream consumers.<p>Since its launch in 2013, Boston-based Circle has been very quiet about its planned offerings based on bitcoin’s exchange …

Contract Live Raises $1.4 Million, Because Signing Contracts Sucks

French startup Contract Live raised $1.4 million from Ingenico founders, Jean-Marc Tassetto, Arnaud Vaissié, Bruno Deschamps and more. Contract Live lets you manage and sign your contracts in a webmail interface. Instead of having to fight with paperwork, it feels like using Gmail and sending …

Super.cc Launches To Bring Calendaring Into Your Email Inbox

You know how you spend multiple emails trying to set up a meeting time, and a meeting place, and once it’s all done you then have to leave your email and head into your calendar and add an entry and it’s a big first-world problem?<p>Well, now you don’t have to, thanks to the beauty of Super.cc.<p>The …