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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

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

Zoba fetches $3 mln seed

Zoba, a spatial analytics company, has raised $3 million in seed funding, according to a Medium blog post. CRV led the round with participation from Founder Collective, Kaggle’s Anthony Goldbloom, Matt Brezina and Mark Cuban.
Tags: Trends, CRV, Kaggle, VC Deals, Zoba, Anthony Goldbloom Matt Brezina

Zoba raises $3 million to help mobility companies predict demand

Scooter-share, bike-share and ride-hailing are quickly becoming staple commodities in cities all over the world. As companies in those respective spaces try to improve their economics, Zoba is aiming to contribute to those goals by predicting demand for scooters, bikes and, eventually, rides in particular areas. To support Zoba’s mission, the company has raised $3 million seed round led by CRV with participation from Founder Collective, Mark Cuban and others. Using spatial analytics, Zoba aim...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Mobility, Brennan, CRV, Izhar Armony, Dan Brennan, Zoba, CRV General Partner

The founding story of Patreon

It’s May 7, 2013 and Jack Conte is, in his own words, “totally exhausted, slash, totally wired, in that really weird in-between zone.” He has spent 18 hours per day for the last 50 days building a replica of the Millennium Falcon set from “Star Wars” and shooting a music video in it. When Conte has a vision for something he wants to create, he becomes obsessive. In fact, he maxed out his credit cards to see his vision through on this one. But this is the moment. He uploads his video to YouTub...
Tags: Google, TC, Youtube, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, Palo Alto, Kickstarter, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Jack Conte, Pomplamoose, Kevin Systrom, Sam, Mike Krieger, Patreon

A Bird investor explains why he thinks today's e-scooter rentals are like the original Ford Model T

The investment firm CRV invested in a later round of Bird than it usually does with startups.  But partner Saar Gur, who oversaw the investment, says it was worth paying a little more to avoid missing the boat. Gur says today's scooters will be akin to the Ford Model T when we look back in the future.  When CRV, a Massachusetts-based venture capital firm, invested in the scooter startup Bird, it was wildly different than many of its other investments. For one, Bird wasn't like anything else i...
Tags: New York, Massachusetts, US, Los Angeles, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, United States, Chrysler, Bird, Lime, Times Square, Ford Model T, CRV, Gur, Saar Gur

What to Expect in 2019: Retail Trends

By Rieva Lesonsky Most of us small business owners start the new year with mixed emotions. We’re hopeful and optimistic about growing our businesses, yet with anxious about all the challenges we know we’ll face. To find out what lies ahead, I’ve collected a number of tips, predictions and advice from people in the know. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribu...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Business, Instagram, Youtube, Disney, US, Billie, Sales & Marketing, Walmart, Customers, United States, Victoria, Ibotta, Right Now, Justine

OneLogin pulls in $100 mln

San Francisco-based OneLogin, a provider of unified access management solutions, has secured $100 million in growth financing. Greenspring Associates and Silver Lake Waterman led the round with participation from other investors that included CRV and Scale Venture Partners. Source: Press Release
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, CRV, VC Deals, Greenspring Associates and Silver Lake Waterman, Scale Venture Partners Source

OneLogin snares $100M investment to expand identity solution into new markets

OneLogin is not a young startup by any means. The identity access management company was founded in 2009 and has watched while companies like Ping Identity, Duo Security and Okta had tidy exits. But as CEOs are fond of pointing out, the total addressable market is large and where investors see a chance, they take it. Today, the company announced a $100 million investment. The latest round was led by new investors Greenspring Associates and Silver Lake Waterman, the late-stage investing arm of Si...
Tags: Cloud, Asia, Europe, Enterprise, Microsoft, Okta, Ipo, Funding, US, Tech, Onelogin, Brooks, Scale Venture Partners, Greenspring Associates, Silver Lake Waterman, CRV

Reading List: Podcasting

I argued in my recent post What’s Next for Podcasting? that we’re at a pivot point where podcasting is becoming a mainstream content format for all types of shows and creators as Hollywood enters the fray. There’s a surge of interest by both creatives and businesspeople in podcasts right now, so I’ve compiled a reading guide to help newcomers get up to speed on the state of the podcasting market. Follow these links for thoughtful analysis by operators, investors, and journalists in the space and...
Tags: Apple, TC, Spotify, Hollywood, Sweden, Podcasts, Australia, China, US, Tech, Harvard University, Rolling Stone, Alexa, Lightspeed, Iab, SVP

Airtable, maker of a coding platform for non-techies, raises $100M at a $1.1B valuation

If data is the new oil, you might think of apps are the cars that need it to move. Now, a startup that has built a platform to let everyone — not just those with technical expertise — make and drive their own “cars” has raised a significant round of funding to grow its business. Airtable — which uses a simple interface built on spreadsheets and other tools familiar to knowledge workers as a frontend to produce apps and other web-based experiences — has raised $100 million in funding to expand it...
Tags: TC, Apps, Europe, Enterprise, Microsoft, Developer, Tech, Coding, Thrive Capital, Cto, Caffeinated Capital, Liu, Philippe, CRV, Peter Fenton, Josh Kushner

Automox raises $9.3 mln

Automox said Nov. 13 that it raised $9.3 million in a Series A round led by TechOperators. Also participating in the round were CRV, BlueNote Ventures and Tom Noonan as well as other prior investors. Automox, of Boulder, Colorado, provides cloud-based patching and configuration management solutions. PRESS RELEASE Boulder, Colo. , Nov. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Automox, a global provider of cloud-based patching and configuration management solutions, today announced it closed a $9.3 million inv...
Tags: Trends, Cisco, Ibm, Jay, Cto, Noonan, Boulder Colorado, Tenable Network Security, Tom Noonan, Boulder Colo, Carbon Black, CRV, VC Deals, Devdutt Yellurkar, Internet Security Systems, Art Coviello

The disappearing Form D

We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the authors: Danny at [email protected] or Arman at [email protected] if you like or hate something here. Ignoring the midterm hysteria, we continue our obsession with SoftBank today by looking at the group’s IPO of its telecom unit, but first, some thoughts about Form Ds. Recently, I was looking up the investment history of Patreon (note: I ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Japan, Finance, China, Ipo, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Tech, Bank Of America, Bloomberg, Atlantic, United States, Venture Capital, Deutsche Bank

CRV boosts its team with new partner, venture investor

Bi-coastal venture firm CRV, which raised $600 million for its 17th fund earlier this year, announced Matt Heiman has joined the firm as a partner and Erica Van wads named venture investor. Heiman, most recently at Greylock Partners, joins the San Francisco office of CRV, focusing on consumer investments and helping shape the firm’s growth investments. He’ll be working closely with Saar Gur. Van, formerly at Presidio Partners and J.P. Morgan before that, joins the enterprise team in Boston as a ...
Tags: New York, Boston, San Francisco, Trends, People, Greylock Partners, Matt Heiman, CRV, Heiman, Izhar Armony, Erica Van, Saar Gur Van, Presidio Partners

A Silicon Valley startup is growing 'mini brains' to create new drugs for schizophrenia and autism — and big pharma is investing millions

Silicon Valley startup System1 is a new biotech company growing "mini brains" to create new drugs for psychiatric diseases including autism, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. By growing the organoids from the stem cells of patients with the diseases, they hope to illuminate new hallmarks of the illnesses and then make treatments that target those hallmarks. Backed by the venture arm of drug giant Pfizer and several of Silicon Valley's leading venture capital firms, System1 has raised $25 million. ...
Tags: London, Okta, Stanford, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Columbia University, Pfizer, Baltimore, University Of California, Johnson Johnson, CRV, Kato, George Zachary, Escola, Longevity Fund

A Silicon Valley startup is growing 'mini brains' to come up with drugs for schizophrenia and autism —and big pharma is investing millions

Silicon Valley startup System1 is a new biotech company growing "mini brains" to create new drugs for psychiatric diseases including autism, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. By growing the organoids from the stem cells of patients with the diseases, they hope to illuminate new hallmarks of the illnesses and then make treatments that target those hallmarks. Backed by the venture arm of drug giant Pfizer and several of Silicon Valley's leading venture capital firms, System1 has raised $25 million. ...
Tags: London, Okta, Stanford, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Columbia University, Pfizer, Baltimore, University Of California, Johnson Johnson, CRV, Kato, George Zachary, Escola, Longevity Fund

Contract management platform Concord snags $25 mln Series B

Concord, a contract management platform, has secured $25 million in Series B funding. Tenaya Capital led the round with participation from return backers CRV and Alven. In addition to the funding, Paul Drews, a partner at Tenaya Capital, will join the Concord board. Source: Press Release
Tags: Trends, Tenaya Capital, Concord, CRV, VC Deals, Alven, Paul Drews

Concord raises $25 million for its contract management platform

Concord is raising a new $25 million funding round led by Tenaya Capital, with existing investors CRV and Alven also participating. The company is building a platform that makes it easier to manage your contracts all the way from writing them to signing them. Even if you used a service like DocuSign to sign a contract in the past, chances are you or the sender used Microsoft Word to write the contract. It’s fine if you’re the only one working on this contract. But it can quickly become a mess as...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Microsoft, San Francisco, Paris, France Newsletter, Tenaya Capital, Concord, CRV, Alven, Travis Bickham

What’s next for podcasting?

The podcast market will discover the answer to a foundational question about its future in the next few years. Will it continue along the path of music streaming, where all podcasts are available everywhere on free, ad-supported tiers?  Or, will it follow the path of streaming TV into paid subscription services with exclusive content? Today, effectively all of the industry’s revenue is from advertising — at least in the United States. However, we’re seeing the first steps being taken towar...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spotify, Hbo, Hollywood, China, Amy Schumer, US, Tech, Netflix, Pandora, West, United States, House Of Cards, Npr

Mabl announces $20 million Series B to bring automated QA to enterprise customers

Mabl, a Boston-based startup from the folks who brought you Stackdriver, wants to change software testing using machine learning, and today it announced a $20 million Series B investment led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). Existing investors CRV and Amplify Partners also participated. As part of the deal, Karim Faris, general partner at GV will be joining the Mabl board. Today’s investment comes on top of a $10 million Series A announced in February. While it was at it, the company also announ...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Cloud, Developer, Boston, Funding, Tech, Machine Learning, Software Testing, Google Ventures Existing, CRV, Amplify Partners, Stackdriver, Dan Belcher, Boston startups

Google Leads Mabl’s $20M Series B as Software Testing Deals Heat Up

Dan Belcher and Izzy Azeri sold their last startup, Stackdriver, to Google. Now, Google’s venture capital arm has backed the entrepreneurial duo’s latest company, Mabl.Boston-based Mabl said Tuesday it has pulled in $20 million in a Series B funding round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). CRV and Amplify Partners also contributed to the round; those two firms invested in Mabl’s Series A deal, which was announced in February.They’re all betting that Belcher and Azeri (pictured above) are bui...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Enterprise, Microsoft, Boston, Trends, Tech, It, Software, Automation, Machine Learning, Google Ventures, Github, Devops, Atlassian

Silicon Valley's top biotech VCs share the biggest mistakes startups make when they pitch

Biotech is one of the hottest sectors for venture-capital funds right now, but pitching a science-heavy startup to investors isn't always easy. We asked the top investors in the space to tell us what startup leaders do wrong when they try to attract venture funding — and what they can do to avoid these pitfalls. Their answers contain some key lessons for biotech startups. Biotech is one of the buzziest sectors for venture-capital funds right now. Across the globe, VC investments in biotech st...
Tags: Obama, US, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Don, Morris, Nash, Frazier, ESTES, Walmsley, Frazier Healthcare Partners, CRV, Versant, Versant Ventures, Dylan Morris

Silicon Valley’s top biotech investors reveal what the crash and burn of blood-testing startup Theranos taught them

Theranos, a blood-testing startup that claimed it would revolutionize healthcare by doing away with "big bad needles," crashed and burned after it was revealed that it lacked concrete science. But biotech startups remain hot in Silicon Valley, with nearly a third of the companies from startup hub Y Combinator's latest class falling into the category. So we asked the top investors in the space to tell us what can be done to avoid the pitfalls of Theranos. Their answers contain some key lessons....
Tags: Steve Jobs, Stanford, Trends, Capital, Silicon Valley, Grant, Wall Street Journal, Theranos, Venrock, Elizabeth Holmes, Walgreen, Morris, Holmes, Canaan, Bracken, Tseng

Uppercase raises $3.5M to help e-tailers open brick-and-mortar stores

People like to say that brick-and-mortar retail is dead, but direct-to-consumer businesses continue to dabble with physical stores all the same. Why? Because brick-and-mortar retail provides businesses with benefits an online shopping platform can’t, namely  consumer experiences that create and sustain shopper’s relationships with brands.  To help the next generation of digitally native stores expand into the physical world, Uppercase, formerly known as thisopenspace, is launching out o...
Tags: Startups, TC, Funding, New York City, Marketing, Toronto, Los Angeles, Tech, E-commerce, Economy, Online Shopping, Canada, Retail, Warby Parker, Indochino, Merchandising

Drift Snaps Up Siftrock to Power E-mail Marketing Tools

Software firm Drift has acquired a startup called Siftrock to help expand its marketing and sales automation offerings. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed in a Tuesday press release announcing the deal.Drift touted the acquisition of the Seattle-based startup during its annual “Hypergrowth” event in Boston, where Drift is headquartered. The company also announced partnerships with Marketo, Demandbase, and Outreach, and the launch of new products, including “Drift Assistant,” a virtual assistan...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Boston, Marketing, Sales, Trends, Tech, E-mail, It, Outreach, Software, Automation, M&a, Seattle, Sequoia Capital, Drift

Boston-area startups are on pace to overtake NYC venture totals

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor Home run exits happen stealthily for biotech While tech waffles on going public, biotech IPOs boom Boston has regained its longstanding place as the second-largest U.S. startup funding hub. After years of trailing New York City in total annual venture investment, Massachusetts is taking the lead in 2018. Venture investment in the Boston metro area hit $5.2 billion so far this year, ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Column, England, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, San Francisco, Mit, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Cargurus, New England, PillPack, HubSpot

Boston Tech Watch: SessionM, Salesforce, Facebook, Squadle & More

It’s time to catch up on a flurry of recent Boston-area tech headlines:—SessionM, a seller of marketing automation and customer loyalty software, said it grabbed $23.8 million in venture funding from previous backers. The round was led by Salesforce Ventures, with contributions from Causeway Media Partners, CRV, General Atlantic, Highland Capital Partners, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. SessionM has raised at least $97.3 million from investors, including a $35 million funding round annou...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Boston, Marketing, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Vc, Formation 8, Ibm, Watson, Andreessen Horowitz, Cleantech, General Atlantic, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Salesforce Ventures

Online bra startup Harper Wilde fetches $2 mln seed

Online bra startup Harper Wilde has secured $2 million in seed funding, according to a source familiar with the transaction. CRV led the round.
Tags: Trends, CRV, VC Deals, Harper Wilde

Bird has officially raised a whopping $300M as the scooter wars heat up

And there we have it: Bird, one of the emerging massively hyped Scooter startups, has roped in its next pile of funding by picking up another $300 million in a round led by Sequoia Capital. The company announced the long-anticipated round this morning, with Sequoia’s Roelof Botha joining the company’s board of directors. This is the second round of funding that Bird has raised over the span of a few months, sending it from a reported $1 billion valuation in May to a $2 billion valuation by th...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Mobile, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Xiaomi, Bird, Silicon Valley, Sequoia Capital, Sequoia, Roelof Botha, Electric Scooters

Amazon Acquiring Online Pharmacy PillPack, Eyes Prescription Drug Market

It’s Amazon, not Walmart, that’s buying online pharmacy PillPack. The companies announced the deal Thursday morning but didn’t disclose any financial terms. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2018. Back in April, Walmart was in serious talks to acquire PillPack. Those talks apparently broke down, and it’s no surprise that Amazon swooped in. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) have been competing fiercely in both e-commerce and healthcare. The acquisition ...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Startups, Boston, Trends, Walmart, It, Walgreens, Vc, Healthcare, Venture Capital, M&a, Mergers, TechStars, PillPack, Accel Partners