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By Robert Scoble | News about and for startups and their founders kept by Robert Scoble, futurist at Rackspace, Mike McCue, Flipboard's cofounder, and Hillel Fuld, journalist in Israel's tech scene. Updated in 2015.

Food delivery app Deliveroo raises $100m to expand beyond Europe

The premium food delivery app has closed its third funding round this year, bringing its total raised in 2015 to $195m

Deliveroo has raised $100m (£66m) from a group of venture capital funds including Facebook investors Accel and DST Global to fuel the London-based food delivery start-up's …


The Real Reason On-Demand Startups Are Reclassifying Workers

Over the past several months, a handful of on-demand startups reclassified their independent contractors as employees. Others have publicly acknowledged they’re considering the same move, and have been hailed as the “next generation” of the sharing economy: one that takes care of its …


The $4T disruption: Why startup investing is up for a big change


In five years, we will no longer talk about crowdfunding versus traditional funding — it will all just be “funding.” Crowdfunding will be treated as a regular part of the private capital markets because it will co-exist with angel, VC, and private equity funding; it will also incorporate some …


Nuzzel Revamps Its Social News App And Raises $1.7M

Social news aggregator Nuzzel is unveiling version 2.0 of its website and app — a version that CEO Jonathan Abrams described as “Nuzzel for Everyone.”

Nuzzel previously worked by creating a feed of the most-shared stories from the people you follow on Twitter. You can still create that personalized …

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Cleanify Raises $1.8M To Connect Customers With Independent Cleaning Services

Cleaning startup Cleanify has raised $1.8 million in seed funding. That might not seem like much money when compared to the $50 million round that Handy just raised, or the nearly $40 million that Homejoy raised before shutting down. However, the Cleanify model is a bit different.

Instead of …


Digg Raises $4M Series A From Betaworks Backer Digital Garage

More interesting developments for Digg, the Internet curation site founded way back in 2004 that was acquired and relaunched by Betaworks in 2012. The site has announced a “Series A” of $4 million, and it has named its COO Gary Liu as new CEO, effective immediately.

This is essentially Digg’s second …


Influencer Marketing Startup Mavrck Raises $5M

Mavrck, a startup that helps marketers recruit customers to create promotional content, has raised $5 million in Series A funding.

There are plenty of other companies working on influencer marketing, but Mavrck co-founder and CEO Lyle Stevens said they usually identify influencers without helping …


Product Hunt Redesigns The Homepage To Aid Discovery Beyond Tech

It’s been two years since the launch of Product Hunt as a listicle for discovering tech products. Today the site gets a brand new design to reflect the addition of games, podcasts, books, collections and live categories since that time.

Product Hunt added the games category earlier this year and has …

Product Hunt

Fiverr raises $60M to help lure freelancers online — and removes $5 minimum charge

Fiverr, a microtask marketplace for people to buy and sell just about any type of digital service, has raised $60 million in funding to “aggressively attract the vast majority of freelancers who still operate offline,” the company said.

Today’s news takes Fiverr’s total funding past the $110 million …

Web Design

Confirmed: ClassPass Raises $30 Million Series C From Google Ventures

ClassPass, the fitness startup that lets you pay $125 for unlimited fitness classes from dozens of gyms and boutiques, has just confirmed to TechCrunch that it raised $30 million in Series C funding led by Google Ventures.

Existing investors, including General Catalyst and Thrive, also participated …


VR Live Streaming Platform NextVR Raises $30.5M Series A

NextVR, a startup that promises to give consumers rich VR experiences for live events has raised a $30.5 million Series A led by Formation 8 the WSJ reports.

Notably the raise was also participated in by Comcast Ventures and Time Warner Investments, suggesting that NextVR’s proposition of allowing …

Virtual Reality

EventBoard, A Smart Conference Room Booking Startup, Raises $6.5M

EventBoard, a company that provides software to make conference rooms more efficient, may be based in Salt Lake City, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t found its way into the guts of Silicon Valley.

“We’re right downtown, we have a lot of presence in Silicon Valley and San Francisco specifically, but …


CircleUp Raises $30M For Its Consumer Brand Crowdfunding Platform

CircleUp, an AngelList-style crowdfunding platform that consumer retail businesses like food companies use to raise money from outside investors, is announcing some funding of its own today. The company has raised a Series C round of $30 million — growth money it intends to use to build out its …

Venture Capital

Eyefluence raises $14M for eye-popping eye-tracking technology for VR

Eyefluence has an eye-popping technology straight out of science fiction. The Silicon Valley company is announcing it has raised $14 million for its eye-tracking technology that lets you use the gaze of your eyes to control augmented reality and virtual reality devices.

The company hopes to position …


PeerSpace Raises $5 Million Series A, Expands To New York City

PeerSpace, a short-term meeting space reservations marketplace, has announced a $5 million Series A round of financing led by Foundation Capital to propel growth. Existing investor Structure Capital also participated in the round.

The startup is a bit like Airbnb but for empty meeting spaces. The …

New York City

Long-Haul Trucking Startup Transfix Lands $12 Million Series A

It’s hard to believe, but freight truck operators logged a stunning 54 billion miles in the U.S. last year without carrying any inventory, according to industry data. The reason: they were trying to get to their next gig.

That’s alarming news, considering how bad trucking is for the environment. …


CB Insights Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding

CB Insights, a nearly six-year-old, New York-based research outfit whose private company data and analysis has become oft-cited in media reports about the startup industry, has raised $10 million in Series A funding from the low-flying, bi-coastal growth stage investment firm RSTP.

According to CEO …

Venture Capital

Yahoo ex-CIO Mike Kail’s new cyber-security startup Cybric raises $1.3M

Six months after his departure from Yahoo, Mike Kail has reemerged as the cofounder and CIO of a security startup called Cybric. His new company, cofounded by Ernesto DiGiambattista, Andrew Gilman, and Sean Walter, is launching today with $1.3 million in seed funding behind it.

Kail left Yahoo …


Google Acquires Fly Labs To Join Its Google Photos Team

Today, Google acquired Fly Labs to join its Google Photos team. The company aimed to help people edit videos and photos and it sported 3 million downloads over the past 18 months. Their suite of apps (Tempo, Fly and Crop) will be made available for the next three months. You’ll still be able to use …


10 best alternatives to FaceTime on Android

One of the more difficult tasks when moving from iOS to Android is finding a replacement for the ubiquitous FaceTime. What makes it tough is that …


ByeBuy Raises €1M To Make It Easier To Switch Gadgets

German startup ByeBuy, which offers a pay-as-you-go and on-demand alternative to gadget ownership, has raised a €1 million seed round. Backers include Commerzbank subsidiary Main Incubator, in addition to Rocket Internet’s venture arm Global Founders Capital, Hannover Innovation Fund, KRW Schindler …

Rocket Internet

VISR Raises A Million For An App That Helps Parents Spot Online Bullying, Mental Health Concerns On Kids’ Accounts

Parents today can be overwhelmed when trying to keep up with their child’s online activity, and often fail to spot troubling behavior like bullying, threats, sexting, and even possible mental health issues. A new app called VISR, which launched publicly just in time for back-to-school, has now …

Internet Safety

SnapApp Raises $12M To Help Marketers Build Interactive Content

Content marketing startup SnapApp has raised $12 million in Series A funding.

The Boston-based company offers online tools for building calculators, quizzes, infographics, interactive videos and other types of interactive content. Marketers, particularly marketers trying to sell to other business, …

Business Intelligence

Uniplaces Raises $24M In Series A Funding From Atomico And Angels

Last year Uniplaces, startup founded back in 2012 which runs an online booking platform focused on student accommodation, pulled in £2.2 million ($3.5 million) in Series A funding led by Octopus Investments.

Today it’s announced that it has raised a $24 million Series A funding led by Atomico.

The …


what3words Gets $3.5M Led by Intel Capital To Simplify Location Sharing

Location-pinpointing platform what3words has closed a $3.5 million Series A funding round led by Intel Capital, with Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures and several of w3w’s original angel investors also participating. It brings the total raised by the U.K. startup, which was only founded back in July …


LeafLink Raises $750K To Become Salesforce For The Cannabis Industry

LeafLink, an NY-based wholesale management platform for the cannabis industry, has closed a $750k seed round led by group of NY angel investors.

The software platform is designed to support participants in a B2B supply chain, providing basic tools designed to save money for retailers and allow …


Sprinklr Acquires Booshaka For Smarter Audience Targeting

Social media company Sprinklr has acquired Booshaka, a company aiming to give businesses a better understanding of their audience.

Specifically, Booshaka has built “one-click connectors” to pull customer data from services like Marketo, Shopify and Stripe, then use that data to build audience …


Connectifier Raises $6M More For Its AI-Based Recruitment Search

A couple of weeks ago, LinkedIn announced a new version of its recruitment product, giving HR teams the ability to look for new hires that most closely match the profiles of employees they already know and like. But LinkedIn was not the first to use search technology, machine learning and so-called …