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NorthStar Secures $75M+ as Medical Radioisotope Competition Revs Up

U.S. technology startups continue to pull in heaps of cash to try and stave off shortages of a crucial medical radioisotope.NorthStar Medical Technologies said this week it closed a deal to receive up to $100 million in secured debt financing from funds managed by Oberland Capital Management. Beloit, WI-based NorthStar said it received $75 million up front, and the company has the option to draw $25 million more by the end of 2020.NorthStar said it will use the funding to expand its capacity fo...
Tags: National blog main, Wisconsin, Wisconsin blog main, Wisconsin top stories, Cleantech, Coquí Pharma, Deals, Deerfield, Deerfield Management, Diagnostics, FDA, Greg Piefer, Healthcare, Healthtech, Imaging, Isotope


You Might Not Hate Hearing Your Own Voice With This Discounted Blue Snowball Microphone

Whether you’re looking to start a podcast, or just want your Skype calls to sound better, the Blue Snowball is one of the most popular affordable USB microphones you can buy, and Amazon’s offering the murdered out black version for for $30 today, or about $10-20 less than usual.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Audio, Tech, Amazon deals, Skype, Blue Deals


CI Security Raises $9.6M to Help Customers Manage Cyber Threats

CI Security, a startup that provides its customers with cybersecurity software and expertise in detecting and responding to digital intrusions and threats, announced Monday it has raised $9.6 million in new funding. Seattle-based CI Security, which was previously known as Critical Informatics, says it plans to use some of the new cash to continue developing its products and services.The only investor CI Security named in a news release announcing the Series B round was East Seattle Partners, wh...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Startups, Internet Of Things, Microsoft, Government, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Vc, Hacking, Hacks, Healthcare, Aws, Manufacturing


6sense Raises $27M to Uncover Hidden Interests of B2B Buyers

Let’s say you’re wondering whether another software provider could do a better job for your business than the one you already use. You start a web search on its competitors. Suddenly, you get a friendly message from your current software provider, asking how things are going.Was it a sixth sense? Nope, as you can probably guess by now. It’s technology.Companies such as 6sense are using advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence software to help their customers find early signals of int...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Cisco, Web, It, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Fundraising


Seattle’s Outreach Joins Unicorn Ranks With $114M Funding Round

Another tech “unicorn”—privately controlled startups valued at $1 billion or more—has been minted following sales software company Outreach’s latest venture funding round, a $114 million deal.Seattle-based Outreach develops customer relationship management tools designed to improve communication between salespeople and their prospective clients. Launched in 2013, the startup says its most recent round of financing values Outreach at $1.1 billion and brings its total funding haul to $239 million...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Uber, Pinterest, Microsoft, Sales, Trends, Tech, IPOs, Outreach, Vc, Seattle, Unicorns, Drift, Dfj Growth, Meritech Capital partners


Show Me The Money: Seattle’s Showdigs Gets $3M for Real Estate Tools

Showdigs, a Seattle-based startup developing software to help prospective leasers schedule tours of apartments property managers have for rent, says it has raised $3 million in new funding to support its continued growth.A local investor, Bellevue, WA-based Trilogy Equity Partners, led the seed funding round, Showdigs says in a news release.Showdigs’ location-based tools allow apartment hunters to book showings on their own, which it says can lead to time savings for people who work in leasing ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Real Estate, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Seattle, Zillow, On-demand Economy, Gig Economy, Redfin, Real Estate Agents, National blog main, Seattle blog main, Seattle top stories


Lyft, Uber, and the Changing Disclosure Rules For Unicorn IPOs

When a much-watched tech company such as Lyft, Uber, or Pinterest files for an initial public stock offering, people eagerly scour the sudden trove of information that such a private business must finally disclose when it begins to offer shares to the general public, rather than only to sophisticated inside investors such as venture capital firms.For newly public company Lyft, (NASDAQ: LYFT) though, the IPO disclosure requirements were significantly lower than they would usually be for business...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Transportation, Mobile, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Pinterest, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Financial Crisis


Boston Tech Watch: Tufin, Facebook, RightHand, Diameter & Jebbit

A cybersecurity IPO could raise up to $124 million for an Israeli-based company with its US headquarters in Boston. Facebook’s Boston office wants to map the world’s population in high def, starting with Africa. More venture cash is flowing into Bay State startups. Read all this and much more in this week’s roundup of local tech news.—Tufin Software Technologies, a cybersecurity company based in Israel with its US headquarters in Boston, went public this week and is listed on the New York Stock...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Facebook, Boston, Softbank, Israel, US, Trends, Tech, Connecticut, Weather Forecast, New York Stock Exchange, Eric Schmidt, Video Game, Affectiva, Healthtech


WI Watchlist: DotCom Therapy, Nordic, UWM, Epic

It’s time to catch up on recent happenings in Wisconsin’s innovation community:—Madison-based telemedicine startup DotCom Therapy named Sanaz Cordes as its chief executive and said it raised an undisclosed amount of funding from HealthX Ventures, a local venture firm that backs healthtech companies. Cordes is a physician and former chief operations officer of another Madison-based healthtech startup, Healthfinch.DotCom Therapy develops software to connect patients with remotely located therapis...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Education, Trends, Tech, Web, Development, It, Vc, Software, Healthcare, Coding, Wisconsin, Ey


Cashierless Amazon Go stores are planning to accept cash

Amazon Go convenience stores will begin to accept cash, according to a report this morning from CNBC, which Amazon confirmed. The retailer didn’t say when cash would be added to existing stores as a payment option, however, only that it was planned. The issue with the cashierless, automated Amazon Go stores is that they require customers to use a stored bank or credit card associated with their Amazon account to make a purchase. This can be discriminatory towards the un-banked and under-banke...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Shopping, Tech, Cash, E-commerce, New Jersey, Retail, Stores, Philadelphia, Payments, Cnbc, New York San Francisco, Cashier, Steve Kessel, Specifically Amazon


Walmart to expand in-store tech, including Pickup Towers for online orders and robots

Walmart is doubling down on its technology innovations in its brick-and-mortar stores in an effort to better compete with Amazon. The retailer today announced the expanded rollout of several technologies – ranging from in-store Pickup Towers to help customers quickly grab their online orders to floor scrubbing robots. These jobs were, in many cases, previously handled by people instead of machines. The retailer says it will add 1,500 new autonomous floor cleaners, 300 more shelf scanners, 1,200 ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Shopping, California, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Retail, Retailers, Robotics, Robot, Online Grocery, Pickup Towers, Bossa Nova Robotics, Brain Corp Walmart


Sobriety Pays: DynamiCare Gamifies Staying Clean for Recovering Addicts

Eric Gastfriend was looking for his next tech startup idea after leaving his video game startup Happy Cloud and finishing an MBA at Harvard Business School when the inspiration came from a source close to home.A relative was entering rehab for alcohol abuse for the second time, he says. Gastfriend asked his father—David Gastfriend, director of addiction research at Massachusetts General Hospital—why treatments sometimes don’t seem to stick and people with substance disorders relapse.“My dad sai...
Tags: Deals, Boston, Alcohol, Trends, Tech, App, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Health Tech, VCs, Massachusetts General Hospital, Akili Interactive, Harvard Business School, National blog main, Boston blog main, National top stories


Dote raises $12M and introduces live-streamed Shopping Parties

Mobile shopping startup Dote is announcing $12 million in new funding, as well as a new feature called Shopping Party. Founder and CEO Lauren Farleigh said her initial goal was to create “a truly native mobile experience” that made it “easy to check out across a lot of different stores.” Over time, recommendations from social media influencers have become a big part of the app. With Shopping Party, they’re taking center stage — the feature allows them to share live video while browsing different...
Tags: Apple, Social, Startups, Mobile, Ecommerce, Shopping, Funding, Tech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Influencer Marketing, Fiji, Goodwater Capital, Eric Kim, Pocket Gems, Lauren Farleigh, Farleigh


Dote raises $12M and introduces livestreamed Shopping Parties

Mobile shopping startup Dote is announcing $12 million in new funding, as well as a new feature called Shopping Party. Founder and CEO Lauren Farleigh said her initial goal was to create “a truly native mobile experience” that made it “easy to check out across a lot of different stores.” Over time, recommendations from social media influencers have become a big part of the app. With Shopping Party, they’re taking center stage — the feature allows them to share live video while browsing different...
Tags: Apple, Social, Startups, Mobile, Ecommerce, Shopping, Funding, Tech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Influencer Marketing, Fiji, Goodwater Capital, Eric Kim, Lauren Farleigh, Farleigh, Dote


VC Trends in 2019: More Money, Fewer Deals But Women Still Get Less

If you’ve been following venture capital trends, what you expected to happen in the first quarter of 2019 did: More money is being invested in fewer deals, and women founders still are getting less of it than men.Venture firms sent $32.6 billion into startups nationally during the first three months of 2019, the second largest amount for any quarter since at least 2006, according to data released overnight by PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association. But that large sum came from o...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Softbank, Funding, Women, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Physics, Pwc, Venture Capital


Anker Upgraded Our Readers' Favorite Bluetooth Earbuds, and They're Just $22 Today

Our readers voted Anker’s SoundBuds Slims as their favorite affordable Bluetooth headphones, but we may need a recount, as Anker recently released the upgraded SoundBuds Slim+, on sale for just $22 today with promo code AKSLPLUS.Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Audio, Tech, Headphones, Anker, SoundBuds Slims


RiskLens Raises $20M for Software That Quantifies Cyber Risk

RiskLens, a developer of software for assessing, communicating, and managing cyber risk, announced Monday it has raised more than $20 million from investors.Spokane, WA-based RiskLens says it plans to use some of the proceeds from the Series B funding round to expand its sales, marketing, engineering, and professional services teams. They’ll work to try to capture a larger portion of the global market for cyber security products and services, which is expected to be worth more than $180 billion...
Tags: Deals, Security, Startups, Sutter Health, Trends, Insurance, Tech, Cybersecurity, Vc, Hacks, Seattle, Maersk, Fedex, Doordash, Data Breaches, MassMutual


Anker's Upgraded SoundCore Pro+ Is a 25W Powerhouse, and It's $18 Off Today

Anker’s best known for its small and portable SoundCore Bluetooth speakers, but the larger and louder SoundCore Pro+ is great for backyard barbecues and parties.Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Bluetooth Speakers, Audio, Tech, Anker


Lear to Acquire Seattle Connected Vehicle Tech Firm Xevo For $320M

Lear Corp., a Southfield, MI-based manufacturer of car seats, automotive electrical systems, and other products, announced Tuesday it has agreed to acquire Xevo, a Seattle-based developer of connected vehicle software, for $320 million.Lear (NYSE: LEA) has been in business for over a century, and says its products are used by nearly every major automaker. The company’s sales were $21.1 billion last year. Lear says it has about 169,000 employees across 257 locations in 39 countries.Xevo, in turn...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Cars, Trends, Tech, Software, M&a, Autos, Lea, Seattle, Connected Vehicles, Acquisitions, Southfield, Lear, Lear Corp, John Absmeier


Seattle Venture Capital Watch: Crelate, Cyemptive, Blue Canoe & More

Businesses developing software to assist recruiters, corporate IT departments, and people learning to speak English are among the Seattle-area companies that have in recent weeks raised new funding from investors. Let’s catch up on some of the Emerald City Deals action.—Crelate Talent, which is developing recruiting software used by staffing agencies, executive search firms, and other organizations, raised more than $5.3 million in equity funding from 22 investors, according to an SEC filing. O...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Startups, Apps, Nsa, Trends, Tech, Recruiting, It, HR, Cybersecurity, Vc, Software, Language, SEC, Seattle


Reddit's Recommendations for Geeky Essentials Under $50

Every geek worth their (Taco Bell) salt has a stash of tech gear they can’t live without. And it’s not just a pile of expensive stuff: old-school gaming consoles, a stack of hard drives, or a forgotten drawer of old smartphones. There are plenty of essentials that are worth packing into your toolbelt, fanny pack, or…Read more...
Tags: Budget, Shopping, Tech, Geek, Gifts, Reddit, Lifehacks, Guide, Taco Bell


Amazon again slashes Whole Foods prices, doubles Prime member weekly deals

Amazon-owned Whole Foods announced a third round of price cuts that will see the grocer discounting hundreds of items, offering an average savings of 20 percent. Produce is an area of specific focus in this wave of price cuts, with lowered prices on seasonal items including greens, tomatoes, tropical fruits, and more. In addition, Amazon will expand its Prime benefits offered to Whole Foods shoppers with a larger selection of weekly deals, the company says. Lowering prices at Whole Foods was one...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Shopping, Whole Foods, Tech, Walmart, Amazon.com, E-commerce, Retailers, Prime, Grocery, Prime Now, WSJ, Alexa


EzCater Celebrates “Unicorn” Status After $150M Funding Round

Stefania Mallett was sitting at her kitchen table when she wrapped up the details behind her catering technology startup ezCater’s latest funding round, a $150 million investment.Mallett shared the details to her husband before the size of the occasion sank in.“I’m busy, already onto the next thing. He said, ‘Wait, that is a big number.’ I looked at him and it dawned on me: ‘That is a big number,'” Mallett recalled.That figure is the software company’s latest valuation by its investors: $1.25 b...
Tags: Deals, Boston, Restaurants, Singapore, CA, Trends, Tech, Vc, Paris, Vancouver, Tiger Global, Denver, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Iconiq Capital, Unicorn, Insight Venture Partners


Boston Tech Watch: Tinkergarten, ezCater, Glasswing Ventures & More

Tech to get your kids out into nature raises some big bucks from some Hollywood tech giants, while restaurant software and automated payments also make big moves. Read on for more Boston tech news:—Outdoor child-education network Tinkergarten raised $21 million from the consumer technology fund WndrCo run by former Disney (NYSE: DIS) chairman and DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and other media and tech veterans. The Northampton, MA-based company says it aims to help families connect wi...
Tags: Deals, Hollywood, Boston, Israel, Disney, Trends, Startup, Tech, Data, Mit, Vc, Northampton, Cambridge, Dreamworks, Fantasy Sports, Private Equity


Lyft Raises $2.2B in IPO, Pegging Valuation at Over $24B

Investors eager to bet on the mobility industry’s future handed ride-hailing company Lyft $2.2 billion in new capital Thursday as the company completed an IPO that set its market capitalization at $24.3 billion, The New York Times reported.Lyft sold 30.8 million shares at $72 apiece, according to Renaissance Capital—the top of a new range that Lyft originally set at $62 to $68. The company was valued at $15.1 billion at the time of its last fundraising in mid-2018.Lyft’s pricey showing rivals A...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Marketplace, Pinterest, Entertainment, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tech


Xealth Gets $11M, Aims to Be Surescripts of Digital Health Services

Doctors prescribe all sorts of things for their patients, like drugs, medical procedures, and changes to diet and exercise regimen. Prescribing a software application—one that helps a patient manage diabetes, for example—may sound futuristic to some people. But to Mike McSherry, CEO of Xealth, a Seattle-based startup that announced $11 million in new funding Wednesday to help fuel its continued growth, prescribing digital products and services is where the healthcare industry is headed.“We let ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Medicine, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Diabetes, Epic, Healthcare, Health Records, Novartis, Philips, Seattle, Digital Health, Electronic Health Records


Boston Tech Watch: Notarize, Optimus Ride, LogRocket & More

The self-driving cars are coming (to a gated development near you). Board additions at a novel tech startup. Another big funding round for an industrial 3D printing startup. The Endeavor v. QinetiQ robot competition’s final chapter. Read on for more.—Online notary startup Notarize is adding senior LogMeIn and State Street executives to its board. The Boston-based tech company says Larry D’Angelo, LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM) chief sales officer, and Jack Klinck, former head of global strategy at Stat...
Tags: Boston, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, National blog main, 3D printing, Accomplice, Additive Manufacturing, Arlington, Army, Autonomous, Bae Systems, Battery Ventures, Ben Edelstein, Brex, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Burlington


Slowdown or not, China’s luxury goods still seeing high-end growth

Despite well-documented concerns over an economic slowdown in China, the country’s luxury goods market is still seeing opulent growth according to a new study. Behind secular and demographic tailwinds, the luxury sector is set to continue its torrid expansion in the face of volatility as it’s quickly becoming a defensive economic crown jewel. Using proprietary analysis, company data, primary source interviews, and third-party research, Bain & Company dug into the ongoing expansion of China’s hig...
Tags: Social, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Shopping, Advertising Tech, Government, China, Study, Tech, Research, Economy, Policy, Software, Report, Alibaba


New Funding for Workplace Software Firms Skedulo and Scope AR

Two young San Francisco companies on Wednesday announced fundraisings to bolster their online services aimed at improving workforce efficiency.—Skedulo, which helps managers schedule assignments for field service personnel, says it raised $28 million in a Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture arm. Joining in the round were previous investors Blackbird, a venture capital firm based near Sydney, Australia, and Palo Alto, CA-based Costanoa Ventures. M12 principal Priya S...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Microsoft, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Unilever, Web, It, Vc, Software


Instagram’s In-App Checkout Feature

Some 23 brands—including Nike, Adidas and Warby Parker—are testing a closed beta version of Instagram with an in-app point of sale. A big, blue “Checkout on Instagram” button will indicate when a product is available. Pre-stored payment information, done through Facebook, will then allow for much quicker purchasing. It’s the latest shopping feature rolling out from the app, and more developments are expected. Read more …
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Design, Instagram, Shopping, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Retail, Warby Parker, Linkaboutit, Nike Adidas



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