Series A Round

Facebook Launches A Platform To Train Women Business Owners In The Middle East. Should It Do More?

Remember when Nike launched that ad for a Pro Hijab, aimed at serious women athletes who wear a hijab?<p>The ad was called controversial, but in truth it was a big win for the brand on both the liberal side of the aisle (check out this NPR piece, which talks about a question Arab women know “all too …

Women's News

Recruiting A Board Member

April 29, 2017<p>Working with many seed-stage companies, a large component of my decision-making and work revolves around being helpful as the company …

Startups

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week - Tech.eu

Happy Friday!<p>This week, Tech.eu tracked 10 technology M&A transactions and 72 tech funding deals totalling €821.9 million in Europe, Turkey and …

Startups

UiPath raises $30M to build ‘software robots’ for internal business tasks

The world is awash with bots these days — applications the run either partly or entirely using natural language processing, machine learning, computer vision and other artificial intelligence technologies to help consumers ask and answer questions, buy things and get other stuff done. In the …

Startups

VC Cash Infusion Helping Security Vendors Bolster Efforts

The security sector remains hot, and venture capitalists are looking to profit by investing in various areas of the market. This slide show looks at …

Startups

Chicago’s Origin Ventures just raised $80 million for its fourth fund

Origin Ventures, an early-stage, 18-year-old venture firm based in Chicago, has closed its fourth fund with $80 million in commitments.<p>The fund is twice as big as the firm’s third fund, which closed in 2013. The sum is even more meaningful when compared to the outfit’s first two funds. One of those …

Venture Capital

How to build a startup inside a big company without getting swallowed up, from someone who did it

Building a startup inside a big traditional company can be a nightmare. There can be a way-things-are-done attitude that will kill experimentation and cause a fledgling effort to fail.<p>But there are ways to succeed as Gabe Vehovsky has learned.<p>Vehovsky first built his media startup Curiosity inside …

Startups

SeedPlus closes $18M early-stage fund backed by Cisco, Eight Roads and others

SeedPlus, the early-stage investment firm backed by Singapore’s Jungle Ventures, has closed its debut fund at a total of SG$25 million, or approximately $18 million.<p>The firm also announced that Cisco and Eight Roads Ventures, the investment arm of Fidelity, have joined IFC and Indian business …

Startups

HR startup hibob raised $17.5 million to expand its operations globally

British HR software startup hibob announced on Tuesday that it has raised $17.5 million (£13.6 million) in funding from the US-based venture capital firm Battery Ventures, Fidelity's investment arm Eight Roads Ventures, Arbor Ventures, and Bessemer Venture Partners.<p>This Series A round brings the …

Capitalism

A startup that connects people to experts from all over the world just raised $4m

Lynk CEO Peggy Choi (second from right) and co-founder and director of compliance Jennifer Li (second from left) join Cyberport CEO Herman Lam, …

Startups

The Robots Are Coming For Your Wardrobe

The husband and wife duo behind Chennai-born AI startup Mad Street Den are determined to change the way you shop for clothes.<p>Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing just about every industry, with billions being poured into algorithms for everything from self-driving cars to detecting cancer to …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple hires two former Google executives involved with satellite projects

Joining Apple are John Fenwick, who led Google’s spacecraft operations, and Michael Trela, head of satellite engineering.<p>Fenwick was one of the …

Space Exploration

Machine learning data management startup SafeGraph raises $16M

San Francisco-based machine learning data management startup SafeGraph Inc. has raised $16 million Series A in a round led by IDG Ventures USA that …

Machine Learning

Plastc goes belly up after swiping $9M from backers

Plastc, the card we all wanted in our wallet, is going out of business. The reprogrammable card featured an e-ink display, and stored data from up to 20 other credit cards in an attempt to simplify our cluttered wallets. It was sleek, stylish, and highly-sought after, attracting more than $9 …

Technology

Fintech startup Assembly Payments to double headcount and open new global HQ in Melbourne

Melbourne fintech startup Assembly Payments has announced today the city will serve as its global headquarters as it gears up to hire more than 60 …

Startups

Developer tools startup Wercker has been acquired by Oracle

Back in 2012 Wercker, a Dutch startup which helps developers test and deploy code at a rapid pace, appeared. It fitted into the space of emerging new platforms that help developers build apps such as CloudBees, CircleCi and newcomers like CloudMunch. After raising a seed round it raised a $4.5 …

Startups

Chengwei Capital Leads Series B Round In Chinese Bike Sharing Start-up Hellobike

The cut-throat competition within the Chinese bike sharing market shows no signs of cooling down, even as these start-ups may face more regulatory …

Startups

The Chowbotics Robot Will Make You a Salad

When you walk into a restaurant, you expect to see chefs, line cooks, and maybe a waiter or two contributing to the creation your meal. But what …

Startups

Fashwire raises cash for fashion app that gives designers real-time consumer feedback

New Seattle startup Fashwire is taking a new approach to software for the fashion industry.<p>“Most fashion apps are consumer solutions masquerading as …

Startups

Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about US $900), Musio is now sold online through SoftBank’s marketplace and Amazon Japan, and through a handful of …

Robots

PopCap cofounder's VR startup, Pluto VR, nets $13.9M in funding

Pluto VR, the VR communications startup that PopCap Games cofounder John Vechey helped launch in Seattle in 2015 after leaving Electronic Arts, has …

Sansoro Health raises $5.2M Series A round to support interoperability in healthcare

Sansoro Health is one of several health IT startups that wants to significantly improve interoperability in healthcare. As Sansoro Cofounder and CEO …

Capitalism

ASX-listed iCandy acquires Singaporean gaming studio

Gerald Tock, CEO of Inzen Studio (L), and investor Masahiko Honma, at Pixel Studios.Mobile games company iCandy Interactive, listed on the Australian …

Startups

Teamable raises $5 million Series A led by True Ventures

Teamable wants to know your social network. Well, its software does. The reason: it might find someone suited to fill an opening at your company who — no offense to your intelligence — might not necessarily spring to mind.<p>How does it work? By churning through your contact lists (think Gmail, …

Startups

First Circle raises $1.3M for its SME lending service in the Philippines

First Circle, a fintech startup enabling SME lending in the Philippines, has raised $1.3 million.<p>The capital was provided by Accion Venture Lab, which is attached to finance-focused non-profit Accion, and Deep Blue Ventures. First Circle raised $1.2 million last year, and it counts 500 Startups, …

FinTech

Atlassian co-founder and Blackbird back nanosatellite startup Fleet in AU$5m round

Fleet has raised AU$5 million to help support the development and launch of its nanosatellites in Australia.<p>Fleet has raised AU$5 million in a Series …

Startups

Space startup Fleet raises $5 million Series A to build network of nanosatellites

South Australian space startup Fleet has raised $5 million in a Series A round led by Blackbird Ventures, with participation from Earth Space …

Startups

LAUNCH Festival 2017 Recap

Last week was big. The type of big that can only come from months of focused work towards one goal. The type of big that is experienced when the …

Venture Capital

Looks like DC is getting its own edition of this women-only coworking space

Fresh off a $8 million Series A round, NYC-born “work and community space” <b>The Wing</b> has its sights set on expansion. Among the three new locations …

Washington D.C.