Wayne Gibbins

468 Flips | 1 Magazine | 19 Likes | 2 Following | 37 Followers | @waynegibbins | Vice President at Notion Capital. Investing in EU B2B SaaS, Seed & Series A. Passionate about tech, startups, food, travel & photogrpahy

Trustpilot Raises $73.5 Million for Credible Reviews of Businesses Online

Trustpilot Inc. has raised $73.5 million in Series D funding to become the world’s dominant source of user-generated reviews of businesses online.

Dow Jones

Google reportedly acquired the most European tech companies in 2014

In a new report examining startup exits, Tech.eu found that Google acquired the most European companies in 2014, a shopping spree that comes amid mounting regulatory scrutiny of the Silicon Valley giant.<p>According to the analysis by the European technology blog released today, Google acquired eight …

Mergers & Acquisitions

Uber Bids for Nokia Maps Service to Lessen Google Reliance

Uber is ready to spend big to avoid becoming dependent on Google’s mapping technology as it spreads beyond taxi rides.<p>The ridesharing company has submitted a bid to acquire Nokia’s location services unit, Here, said a person familiar with the matter. It is competing against Germany’s three leading …

Dow Jones

‘Unicorn’ Startups Say High Valuations Justified, Citing Big Growth Ahead

Even as the herd of startups with valuations of $1 billion or more grows fatter, some investors are skeptical that this “unicorn” status is a proper scorecard.<p>Founders of three such companies, grocery delivery service Instacart, fast-fashion site JustFab and alternative lending service Prosper …

Venture Capital

Only Half of Online Video Ads Are Viewable, Google Says

The online ad industry is facing some push-back. Marketers are increasingly insisting they should only pay for ads that actually appear on users’ screens, as opposed to parts of Web pages people never see. They want their ads to be “viewable” — a not unreasonable request.<p>That demand is perhaps most …

Mobile Devices

Tracxn, Which Aspires To Be The “Gartner Of Startup Data,” Grabs $3.5M Series A

Tracxn, an analytics firm co-founded by Sequoia and Accel alumni to track data from startups, has raised a $3.5 million series A round from SAIF Ventures.<p>The company, which describes itself as “Gartner for startups information,” was launched in 2013 by Neha Singh, who was previously an investment …

Slack Opens European HQ in Dublin

The company is one of many U.S. tech firms that have planted their flag in Dublin, including Apple, Facebook and Airbnb. Recently, Twitter and Dropbox said they would consider Ireland their regulatory home.

Dow Jones

500 Startups Accelerator Announces Its Thirteenth Batch Of Companies

With their twelfth batch of companies set to demo to investors and the press next week, 500 Startups is announcing the thirteenth batch of companies to go through its accelerator.<p>The firm is adding 30 more startups to its 1,000-company portfolio, and there are a few clear trends among the batch: …

Startups

Storm Ventures Locks Down $180M For Its New Fund

Storm Ventures has joined nearly every other startup capital entity in raising a new, larger fund. Storm’s fifth fund is a $180 million vehicle that the firm has stapled a new venture partner to.<p>As a group, Storm is known for its work with SaaS-focused companies. Its own Jason Lemkin, the other …

Venture Capital

DocuSign Raises $233M Series F At $3B Valuation

DocuSign, a company best known for its work with secure identity and authentication, has raised a $233 million Series F round of capital, at what a source said was a roughly $3 billion valuation.<p>The dollar amount — the company has now raised over $440 million — may seem staggering, but not to …

Venture Capital

In Big Media Push, Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4B [Memo From AOL CEO Tim Armstrong]

So this just happened. AOL, owner of TechCrunch, is getting acquired: U.S. carrier Verizon said in a statement that it is buying the company for $4.4 billion, or $50 per share. We’ve just been sent an internal memo about the deal that we are embedding below.<p>AOL will become a subsidiary of Verizon …

AdTech

$474M Fund Will Support Oxford University Spinouts

A new £300 million U.K. fund has been set up to support high tech startups looking to spin out of the University of Oxford. The fund is being raised by Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), a newly formed company that is working in partnership with Oxford University and its commercialization arm, Isis …

Oxford University

Cloud-Based Sales Software Pipedrive Closes $9 Million Series A

Pipedrive, which offers Software-as-a-Service designed to help small companies manage and increase sales, has closed another deal of its own. The Estonia/U.S.-based startup and AngelPad alumni has raised a $9 million Series A round led by Bessemer Venture Partners, money it will use to accelerate …

Venture Capital

Jérémie Berrebi Leaves Kima Ventures

After five very active years, Jérémie Berrebi has announced he is leaving Kima Ventures, the Paris-headquartered VC fund he co-founded with French telco and media entrepreneur Xavier Niel in 2010.<p>The fund, which invests in technology startups from around the world at the seed and early-stage, has …

Buyapowa Secures $3M In Series A Funding To Expand Internationally

Buyapowa, which works with retailers to turn its fans into shopper advocates in a viral manner, has raised $3 million in Series A funding. The financing was led by Juno Capital with participation from Bright Station Ventures and several other European investors, under the UK’s Enterprise Investment …

Dot-com

Ex-Skypers Launch Virtual Whiteboard Deekit

Although seriously long in the tooth and being disrupted by a plethora of startups, for many years Skype has existed as an almost ubiquitous app in any remote team’s toolkit.<p>So it seems apt that a new startup founded by a team of ex-Skype employees is set to tackle another aspect of online …

Automile Scores $5M To Connect Your Car To The Cloud

Automile, which offers a device and platform that connects your car to the cloud so you can track various kinds of data, has closed a $5 million Series A round. The investment was led by Dawn Capital and Point Nine Capital — money that will be used by the Swedish startup to expand globally and …

Series A Round

WeWork’s Adam Neumann On The Importance Of Community, Which Helped Build A $5 Billion Business

WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann said the word “community” at least a dozen times onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. It’s a mantra of the company that he kept hammering away over and over and over — and, unsurprisingly, that part of WeWork’s massive network of co-working spaces seems to be one of the …

WeWork

Dopay Banks $2M To Launch A Cloud Payroll Service For The Unbanked

Dopay, a London-headquartered startup that offers a payroll service for the unbanked, has closed a $2 million seed. Investors in the round of funding include global private-equity firm ACE & Company, plus a syndicate of angels from the banking, private-equity and hedge-fund industries.<p>Dopay went …

Hedge Funds

Berlin’s Jobspotting Gets Some Seed Love From Horizon Ventures

Berlin-based Jobspotting, a site and iOS app which aims to put a tailored search interface algorithm over third-party recruitment sites and your social connections, has raised an undisclosed round of seed funding from Horizon Ventures.<p>The Hong-Kong-based VC was founded by Li Ka-shing who is often …

Peter Thiel

UK Elections Get A Partisan Spin From The Startup World

“Startup businesses back the Conservatives,” screamed last week’s headline in The Guardian newspaper.<p>In a move that feels somewhat unprecedented for the U.K.’s startup scene, which isn’t especially known for ‘doing politics’, more than 90 tech entrepreneurs have signed a letter declaring their …

Conservative Party

After Exiting Markco Media, Mark Pearson Launches New London-Based VC Fund And Startup Studio

Aside from a bout of self-diagnosed “man flu” and being mildly irritated that the exit of one of his portfolio companies wouldn’t now close before the end of the tax year, Mark Pearson was in high spirits during our call a few weeks ago.<p>And perhaps he has every reason to be. After selling Markco …

Credo Ventures Closes New €34 Million Fund Targeting Central Europe

Credo Ventures, the Prague-based VC targeting the CEE region, has closed its second fund, Credo 2, which, at €34 million, is more than twice that of the firm’s original €18 million fund launched in 2010.<p>As a reminder, Credo 1 has made a total of 16 investments in Central Europe, two of which — …

Venture Capital

Bitcoin’s Q1: Record VC Investment, Falling Prices, And Slow Consumer Adoption

The bitcoin-watching news service CoinDesk recently released its first quarter look into the cryptocurrency’s performance during the opening months of 2015. Mostly the data is net positive, showing an increase in total wallets, and investment. However, there are a number of included data points …

Apigee Closes Its First Public Day Worth $16.68 Per Share, Down 1.9% From Its IPO Price

Apigee, a company that helps organizations build and manage API connectors, went public this morning at $17 per share, briefly jumping to $20 per share before closing at $16.68, down 1.88 percent in its first day of regular trading. After-hours, the company is flat.<p>The company sold 5,115,000 shares …

Customers

IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

Institutional Venture Partners, better known as IVP, has raised a $1.4 billion 15th fund. The company’s last fund was a smaller $1 billion capital pool.<p>I spoke to the firm’s Steve Harrick, a general partner, about the fund size, cadence, and investment strategy. According to Harrick, the fund was …

Venture Capital

Scalyr Raises $2.1M Seed Round For Its Log Monitoring And Analysis Service

Scalyr, a log-monitoring service that gives developers more insight into how their applications are performing (or why they aren’t), today announced that it has raised a $2.1 million seed round led by Susa Ventures. Other participants in this round include Bloomberg Beta, Google Ventures and …

Fliplet Secures Seed Funding For Its ‘Fast’ Enterprise Apps Building Platform

You’re a business that wants to create a mobile app, but faster than it would take a designer to build something bespoke. UK-based startup Fliplet says it has come up with a simple way to do this which is mainly used by companies to produce internal business apps, such as to support sales, …

Apps

ChatGrape, The Enterprise Messaging App Backed By Betaworks And Mark Pincus, Launches Publicly

After securing backing from Betaworks, and more quietly Zynga founder Mark Pincus, ChatGrape, the enterprise and team messaging app that pitches itself as a more ‘intelligent’ Slack or HipChat, is launching publicly today.<p>Previously, the service was running as a private beta while the Austrian …

Confirmed: BlackBerry Is Buying File Security And DRM Startup WatchDox for up to $150M

Canadian handset maker BlackBerry has been on a mission to turn around its beleaguered handset business by focusing more on software, and it looks like it has taken a significant step in that direction, specifically around file security and DRM. According to reports coming out of Israel, now …