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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

Abstract, a versioning platform that helps designers work like developers, raises $30M

Design and engineering are two sides of the same coin when it comes to building software and hardware, and yet — unlike engineers, who can use services like GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab or many others to help manage their development process — it’s traditionally been slim pickings for designers when it comes to tools to manage the iterations and collaborations that are a part of their workflow. Now, we are seeing a rising wave of startups responding to that vacuum in the market. In the latest devel...
Tags: TC, Design, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, Workflow, Collaboration, Smith, TCUK, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sdk, Invision, Lightspeed, Abstract, Kevin Smith

Iterable lands $50M Series C investment to expand cross-channel marketing platform

Iterable, a startup that helps companies build complex marketing campaigns across channels to reduce churn and increase usage, announced a $50 million Series C round today. Investors include Blue Cloud Ventures, CRV, Harmony Partners, Index Ventures and Stereo Capital. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $80 million. Company co-founder and CEO Justin Zhu says the Iterable platform captures a constant stream of data from consumers from a variety of sources to give marketers the abili...
Tags: Startups, Asia, Europe, Enterprise, Funding, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Zillow, Denver, Digital Marketing, Zhu, Iterable, Justin Zhu, CRV Harmony Partners Index Ventures, Box DoorDash

Movius raises $45M for its business communications service

Atlanta-based Movius, a company that allows companies to assign a separate business number for voice calls and texting to any phone, today announced that it has raised a $45 million Series D round led by JPMorgan Chase, with participation from existing investors PointGuard Ventures, New Enterprise Associates and Anschutz Investment company. With this, the company has now raised a total of $100 million. In addition to the new funding, Movius also today announced that it has brought on former Adob...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Atlanta, Banking, Earth, Financial Services, Telefonica, New Enterprise Associates, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, JPMorgan Chase, Sanjay Jain, series D, Movius

New Accelerator Aims For Social Change With AR, VR, Gaming Startups

Games for Change, a non-profit that promotes the use of games and immersive technology for social good, is taking applications from startup teams for a new accelerator program it’s launching in New York City.New York-based Games for Change already encourages game and XR developers, by a variety of means, to build societal benefits into their designs. The organization, founded in 2004, holds an annual festival with demos, workshops, and training sessions, and also operates awards programs and st...
Tags: Startups, Games, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc, Software, Innovation, Venture Capital, Virtual Reality, Berkshire Hathaway

Blameless emerges from stealth with $20M investment to help companies transition to SRE

Sight Reliable Engineering (SRE) is an extension of DevOps designed for more complex environments. The problem is that this type of approach is difficult to implement and has usually only been in reach of large companies, requiring custom software. Blameless, a Bay Area startup, wants to put it reach of everyone. It emerged from stealth today with an SRE platform for the masses and around $20 million in funding. For starters, the company announced two rounds of funding with $3.6 million in se...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, Devops, Containerization, Digitalocean, Bay Area, SRE, Blameless, Rizqi, Micro Services, Accel Lightspeed Venture Partners, Ashar Rizqi, COO Lyon Wong

Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO

Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declines to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services in its key international markets including the United States and Japan, which are the company’s second and third-largest...
Tags: Gadgets, Asia, Japan, Hardware, Instagram, China, Funding, Tech, Smartphone, Companies, Camera, United States, Computing, Tencent, Virtual Reality, Gopro

Glossier triples valuation, enters unicorn club with $100M round

Glossier, known for its flagship line of barely there beauty products, has landed a $100 million Series D led by Sequoia Capital. The round values Emily Weiss’ business at a whopping $1.2 billion, fully cementing the company as a startup “unicorn” and tripling the valuation it garnered with a $52 million Series C in 2018. News of the round was first reported by The Wall Street Journal and later confirmed by Glossier. “We are building an entirely new kind of beauty company: one that owns the dist...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Instagram, Funding, Tech, Dropbox, Venture Capital, Estee Lauder, Quinn, Sequoia Capital, Thrive Capital, Wall Street Journal, IVP, WSJ, Tiger Global Management

Optimization company Marketing Evolution raises $26.1M

Marketing Evolution is announcing that it has raised $26.1 million in growth funding. The New York City-headquartered company says it can measure marketing across different channels, delivering the data while the campaign is still running, to a dashboard full of recommendations on how to make the campaign more effective. It recently introduced what it calls an automated data pipeline, with an “extensive process” for verifying that the data being used is timely and relevant. “What is holding back...
Tags: Advertising Tech, Funding, New York City, Tech, Ibm, Insight Venture Partners, Radio City Rockettes, Luger, Zetta Venture Partners, Energy Impact Partners, Lindsay Luger

Y Combinator bets on the booming podcast industry

Podcasts are exploding in popularity and Y Combinator, the startup accelerator known for its long list of unicorn graduates, is throwing its support behind a business tackling the podcast monetization problem. Among its latest and largest-ever cohort is Brew, a subscription-based app complete with original content. Though Brew’s founders, Jijo Sunny, Madhavan Ramakrishnan, Aleesha John and Joseph Sunny, call Brew the “Netflix for podcasts,” the app differs from Luminary, which made headlin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Podcasts, Entertainment, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Netflix, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Trevor Noah, Himalaya, Justine, Kerala India

AmplifAI Raises $3.9M, Its First Outside Funding, For Call Center AI

Dallas—AmplifAI Solutions, which makes artificial intelligence-enabled software for call center operations, has raised $3.9 million.Investors in the funding round were Naya Ventures, LiveOak Venture Partners, and Capital Factory, all based in Austin.AmplifAI has developed software that uses machine learning algorithms to analyze behaviors of top-performing employees in order to create training programs for employees across the payroll. Now, the company plans to use the funding to further develo...
Tags: Startups, Home Depot, Texas, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, Data, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin, AT&T, Innovation, Venture Capital

Successful launch propels OneWeb to $1.25B in new funding

Following the successful launch and deployment of the first six satellites in a planned constellation of hundreds, OneWeb has raised $1.25 billion in funding to kickstart mass production. It’s a powerful endorsement of and ambitious plan to create an entirely new layer of global connectivity. To blanket the world in internet, OneWeb means to send up about 650 satellites at first, with a few hundred more later to expand and reinforce coverage. The original schedule has slipped considerably, as...
Tags: Space, Fcc, Softbank, Funding, Africa, Tech, Satellites, Airbus, Mars, ITU, Talia, SATCOM, OneWeb, StarLink, Adrian Steckel, Ubiquitilink

Decade in review: Trends in seed- and early-stage funding

We’ve decided to step back from the breaking news for a minute to conduct a review of seed and early-stage funding trends over the last decade for U.S.-based companies. I’m fairly certain we can all agree that the environment for startups has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, specifically in two major ways: The development of seed funding as its own class and; The expansion of growth stage investing. What we’ve also seen are recent concerns raised about the decline in seed stage fundi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Funding, Tech, Upfront Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Fred Wilson, Crunchbase, Mark Suster, U S, Suster, Seed Stage, Luckily Crunchbase

Startups Weekly: Uber’s headline-grabbing week and sextech at SXSW

I spent the week at SXSW, Austin’s really, really huge technology, music, comedy and film festival. It’s my first year making the trek down here for the event, which I did to interview sextech entrepreneur Lora DiCarlo founder Lora Haddock, whose robotics innovation reward was infamously revoked at this year’s CES. “I brush my teeth and I masturbate. It’s all normal,” she said, addressing the stigma surrounding female-focused pleasure tech. Haddock, during our chat, also announced the first-ever...
Tags: Startups, Uber, Y Combinator, Money, Finance, India, Funding, US, Tech, Austin, United States, Venture Capital, Aws, Sam Altman, Airbnb, Tiger Global

CesiumAstro, MAP Health, StoryFit, Hatch Pitch & More Texas Tech

[ Updated 3/14/19, 1:53 pm CT. See below. ]  Another South By Southwest festival comes to a close in Austin. Let’s catch up with the highlights from the tech portion this year and other innovation news in Texas.—CesiumAstro, an Austin-based maker of antennas and communications systems for satellites, said it has raised $12.4 million in a Series A funding round. Airbus Ventures, the venture arm of plane-maker Airbus, led the round, according to a press release. Other investors were Kleiner Pe...
Tags: Apps, Publishing, Texas, Entertainment, China, Cancer, Funding, Los Angeles, Trends, Startup, Insurance, Tech, Investment, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence

ProdPerfect gets $2.6 million to automate QA testing for web apps

ProdPerfect, a New York-based startup focused on automating QA testing for web apps, has announced the close of a $2.6 million Seed round co-led by Eniac Ventures and Fika Ventures, with participation from Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator. ProdPerfect started when cofounder and CEO Dan Wilding was VP of engineering at WeSpire, where he saw firsthand the pain points associated with web application QA testing. Whereas there were all kinds of product analytics tools for product engineers, the s...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Eniac Ventures, Fogg, Erik Fogg, Fika Ventures, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator ProdPerfect, Dan Wilding, Fogg Growing

Alchemie Snags NSF Grant to Develop AR Tools for Teaching Chemistry

Alchemie, a Troy, MI-based educational technology startup, has won another round of funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop 3D and augmented reality (AR) learning tools for teaching general chemistry.The funding, announced this week, is a $140,000 Technology Enhancement through Commercialization Partnerships extension to a Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant focused on building game-based learning modules and assessment technology for organic chemistry...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Chemistry, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, University Of Michigan, Georgia Tech, National Science Foundation, University of Washington, NSF

Uber reportedly raising $1B in deal that values self-driving car unit at up to $10B

Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit. The deal would value the business at between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to a Tuesday report from The Wall Street Journal. Uber declined to comment. The news comes shortly after TechCrunch’s Mark Harris revealed the ridehailing firm was burning through $20 million a month on developing self-driving technologies, which means, acc...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Softbank, Funding, Economy, AV, United States, Transport, Venture Capital, Toyota, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ

Uber said to be raising $1B at a $10B valuation for its self-driving car unit

Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit. The deal would value the business at between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to a Tuesday report from The Wall Street Journal. Uber declined to comment. The news comes shortly after TechCrunch’s Mark Harris revealed the ridehailing firm was burning through $20 million a month on developing self-driving technologies, which means, acc...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Economy, AV, United States, Transport, Venture Capital, Toyota, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ

Newsela raises $50M to expand a content repository for K-12 learning that replaces traditional textbooks

As schools continue to look for new ways to cut costs while at the same time reboot their curriculum to better tap new innovations and improve understandings of how children learn, e-learning startups are attracting attention, both from educators and the VCs that fund them to fuel growth. In the latest development, Newsela — which has created a platform that packages together different third-party content like primary-source documents, news articles and more to help teachers and students learn a...
Tags: Google, TC, New York, Education, Microsoft, Gross, India, Funding, US, Tech, Netflix, Tencent, General Atlantic, Pearson, Kleiner Perkins, E-learning

Determined AI nabs $11M Series A to democratize AI development

Deep learning involves a highly iterative process where data scientists build models and test them on GPU-powered systems until they get something they can work with. It can be expensive and time-consuming, often taking weeks to fashion the right model. Determined AI, a new startup wants to change that by making the process faster, cheaper and more efficient. It emerged from stealth today with $11 million in Series A funding. The round was led by GV (formerly Google Ventures) with help from A...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Microsoft, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, University Of California Berkeley, Google Ventures, Gpu, Sv Angel, GV, Facebook Google Apple, Determined AI, Hardware Acceleration

Automation Hero picks up $14.5 million led by Atomico

Automation Hero, formerly SalesHero, has secured $14.5 million in new funding led by Atomico, with participation by Baidu Ventures and Cherry Ventures. As part of the deal, Atomico principal Ben Blume will join the company’s board of directors. The automation startup launched in 2017 as SalesHero, giving sales orgs a simple way to automate back-office processes like filing an expense report or updating the CRM. It does this through an AI assistant called Robin — “Batman and Robin, it worked w...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Batman, Kpcb, Atomico, Robin, Cherry Ventures, Baidu Ventures, Ben Blume, SalesHero, Stefan Groschupf

Drivezy, India’s vehicle sharing startup, is raising $100M+ at a $400M valuation, eyes US expansion

Drivezy — the startup out of India that wants to turn private car usage on its head through a car-sharing network where people lend their cars and two-wheeled vehicles but also have options to use vehicles from a fleet managed by Drivezy — said it is raising more money as it gears up for the next stage of its expansion, including a launch in the US in coming weeks. The company is in the process of raising $100 million in equity funding, plus another $400 million in asset financing, with the l...
Tags: Google, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, India, Funding, Cars, US, Tech, Automotive, Silicon Valley

Jibo’s Last Dance, and the Social Robot’s Hope for the Afterlife

Last summer, dozens of former Jibo employees returned to the defunct company’s Boston offices for a long weekend of pizza, beer, and brainstorming. The task: How do you teach the company’s “social robot” to say goodbye?Rich Sadowsky, Jibo’s former head of security and privacy, had helped organize the volunteer group over a Jibo alumni Slack channel he set up shortly after the struggling business laid off most of its staff, he said in a recent interview.Some of the send-off ideas were inspiring—...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Boston, Funding, Trends, Tech, Mit, Robots, Ai, Robotics, Financing, Voice Recognition, Slack, Hackathon, Jibo

PayPal to invest $750M, and Dragoneer $100M into MercadoLibre, Argentina’s e-commerce powerhouse

It’s not only SoftBank that’s eyeing up the opportunity to tap into the quickly expanding market for e-commerce in Latin America. MercadoLibre, a marketplace and financial services powerhouse based out of Argentina and serving 18 countries across the region, has announced that PayPal is investing $750 million, and VC Dragoneer another $100 million, as part of a $1.8 billion equity offering to grow its business — specifically to expand the functionality of its e-commerce platform; improve its log...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Marketplace, Finance, India, Softbank, Funding, US, Tech, Paypal, Alibaba, Argentina, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Instacart

Bottomless has a solution for lazy coffee addicts

If you’re like me, you let out a heavy sigh every month or so when you reach out and unexpectedly find an empty bag of coffee. Bottomless, one of the 200-plus startups in Y Combinator’s latest batch, has a solution for us caffeine addicts. For a $36 annual membership fee, a cost which co-founder Michael Mayer says isn’t set in stone, plus $11.29 per order depending on the blend, Bottomless will automatically restock your coffee supply before you run out. How? The startup sends its members an int...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Coffee, Food, Drinks, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Nike, Portland, Food And Drink, Seattle

UK military veteran launches crowd-funding for Pixie app to revive local stores

What if, instead of sitting on your phone on the sofa ordering stuff from Amazon, you could buy the same things locally from local stores that ultimately enliven and enrich your local neighborhood? What if by doing that, you wouldn’t be walking through deserted main streets, past boarded-up shops, dark alleys and graffiti? What if someone created a marketplace for independent businesses, local events and experiences that kept the money in the local economy rather than being siphoned off into glo...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Europe, UK, Crowdfunding, Australia, Funding, Tech, Paypal, Afghanistan, Payments, Crowdcube, Baghdad

TX Tech: ForeFlight to Boeing, Osano Debut, Saranas’ FDA Nod & More

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Boeing (NYSE: BE) has acquired Houston-based ForeFlight, a mobile and web-based maker of aviation software, according to a press release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ForeFlight had already been partnering with the Chicago-based aeronautical company for the past two years through Boeing’s subsidiary Jeppesen by using the latter’s data and charts in ForeFlight’s mobile platform. “This acquisition also expands Boeing’s rapidly grow...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Texas, Privacy, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, Data, Analytics, People, Cybersecurity, Vc

Digital publisher Serial Box raises $4.5M

Serial Box, a startup bringing back the tradition of serialized fiction, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. The company actually disclosed the funding last week, when announcing a partnership to produce stories about Marvel characters, but it’s sharing more details about the round — namely, the fact that it was led by Boat Rocker Media, with participation from Forerunner Ventures, 2929 Entertainment co-founder Todd Wagner and Japanese business intelligence and media firm Uzabase. “We caref...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Apps, Media, Entertainment, Funding, Tech, Netflix, Forerunner Ventures, Becky Chambers, Todd Wagner, Serial Box, Molly Barton, Uzabase, Serialized Fiction, Gwenda Bond Yoon Ha Lee Max Gladstone

Steering Lyft’s IPO: What Investors Will Weigh During the Roadshow

Much has been said about Lyft’s early lead over Uber in the “horserace” to become the first ride-hailing app company to go public. But now that San Francisco-based Lyft has filed its 276-page IPO prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, potential investors can focus on much more detailed considerations as they decide whether to make bets on the smaller of the two U.S. ride-hailing leaders. Lyft’s IPO roadshow, during which it will make pitches to stock market investors and a...
Tags: Google, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Entrepreneurship, Wall Street, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Regulations, IPOs, Vc, Software

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