Venture Capital: Sand Hill Road Rules the Valley
Bloomberg Businessweek--Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, Calif., is synonymous with venture capital in the way Washington’s K Street is with the lobbying industry. Since Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers became the first to hang its shingle in 1972, more than 20 other VC firms have set up headquarters there. Almost every prominent Silicon Valley company has received early-stage backing from one or more VCs on Sand Hill Road.
Woz Rejoins Flash-Memory Pioneers at New Startup
Wall Street Journal--The founders of Fusion-io, one of the first companies to bring flash memory chips to the data center, have a new company called Primary Data — and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has jumped aboard.
Ad Optimization Startup Boost Media Raises $19M More
TechCrunch--Boost Media announced earlier today that it has raised $19 million in Series C funding.
The company allows advertisers to find the best version of their search ad — it tests variants created by a network of freelance copywriters and designers, identifies the versions with the most clicks or highest conversion rates, then promotes them in a broader campaign.
Veradocs Will Make Cloud Files Vanish if They Fall Into the Wrong Hands
Wall Street Journal--Cloud apps like Box and Dropbox make it easy for anyone to store and share documents. But they create worries for corporate IT departments, whose job is to prevent sensitive information from being leaked. Veradocs Inc. emerged Tuesday with $14 million in funding and a way to tackle the data leakage problem without forcing customers to shut cloud apps down.
Lost Key? Copies From the Cloud
New York Times--When Greg Marsh moved to New York three years ago, he discovered that his girlfriend often lost her keys and he had to spend hundreds of dollars changing the locks on their apartment. So Mr. Marsh founded KeyMe, a service that lets customers store digital copies of their keys, order them from a computer or iPhone and have them sent to their home or office.
6 questions with the most active VC in marketing tech
Chief Marketing Technologist Blog--Why is this man smiling? Well, if your firm had invested in Omniture, ExactTarget, Marketo, BlueKai, Tealium, Sprinklr, Neolane, Optimizely, Bazaarvoice, BrightEdge, and a stack of other successful marketing technology companies, you’d be smiling too.
Nitro Gets $15 Million In Series B From Battery Ventures
TechCrunch--Cloud document editing company Nitro just got $15 million from Battery Ventures. Nitro previously raised two undisclosed rounds from Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures, bringing the total up to $21.6 million now.
Businesses remain on Apple Pay sidelines
Los Angeles Times--For years, the big question facing mobile payment systems was whether enough shoppers would use them. Turns out, they will. IPhone 6 users rushed to register more than 1 million credit cards on Apple Pay in the first 72 hours last week, making it the most widely used contactless payment system available.
HubSpot’s shares soar on first trading day
Boston Herald--Shares of Cambridge-based software company HubSpot shot up on their first day of trading yesterday, marking the third successful initial public offering for a Boston tech company in the past three weeks.
Battery Ventures buys 142 year-old testing equipment maker
Fortune--Battery Ventures is best-known for backing early-stage tech startups, but the bi-coastal firm also has a vibrant buyout practice that focuses on more established companies. But perhaps none quite so mature as James Heal, a 142 year-old UK company that designs and manufactures test instrumentation and test equipment for the textile and garment industry.
Fastly Raises $40M to Make the Web Go Woosh
Forbes--Speed. When it comes to the Internet, we have an insatiable desire for it. The number of people who claim that they're happy with the speed of their Internet and don't want faster pipes is pretty much zero.
What bubble? Legacy tech gets shut out
CNBC.com--Lost in all the chatter about the inflating tech bubble is an important detail: Most of technology's most notable names aren't participating. For the incumbents selling into the enterprise, the picture is downright bleak.
Inter-City Travel App GoEuro Raises $27 Million Funding Round
Wall Street Journal--GoEuro Corp., a Berlin-based online travel start-up, has closed a $27 million investment round. GoEuro’s platform lets users plan and compare travel routes between European cities by bus, train, or plane. Each option comes with trip details and costs, including transit times to and from airports.
GuardiCore Raises $11M to Protect Data Centers from Within
VentureBeat--We all know that blocking attacks from accessing data centers is not effective. Just think of the snooping government agencies have been able to do. Now companies have to acknowledge that activity and find better ways to deal with threats.
Germ-Zapping Robot on ‘Power Lunch’
CNBC--Xenex Disinfection Services hopes to fight the war against Ebola. Its CEO Morris Miller shares a demonstration of the company's disinfection robot Sara, which he claims can destroy a deadly virus in 5-10 minutes.
Boston’s Battery Ventures Promotes Three Investors
Boston Business Journal--Boston-based venture capital firm Battery Ventures has announced three new promotions. Principals Alex Benik and Brian Lieber are now partners at the firm, and Morad Elhafed, formerly vice president for the venture firm, is now a princpal.
Meet The Bay Area’s Top Female Venture Capitalists
7x7--According to a Fortune Magazine analysis from February 2014, just 4 percent of senior partners at venture capital firms are women; and only 12 percent of women, based on a study led by The National Venture Capital Association, are generally employed in the tech business. The Bay Area is still one of the most dynamic tech ecosystems where people are looking for more diversity: the quantity of VC firms that is starting to include women on their staff is increasing.
AppDynamics Nabs $120M to Join $1 Billion Club
Bloomberg BusinessWeek--AppDynamics, a startup that develops software for companies to monitor applications, has become the newest member of the $1 billion-plus valuation club.
Hexagon Acquires Vero Software
MarketWatch--Hexagon AB (sto:HEXAB), a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies, announced today the acquisition of Vero Software, a world leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software.