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5 San Francisco Companies Disrupting Entire Industries

Inc.--I don't buy hotel rooms in advance anymore. I don't drive my own car. There's just no need. Technology has disrupted those industries and more is on the way.

Weekend Read: Merge the Yankees and Red Sox (in Tech, That Is)

Wall Street Journal--What is it that makes people so quick to pit New York against Boston — in sports, politics and, lately, technology?

Battery Ventures taps software veteran for private-equity business

Reuters--Boston-based Battery Ventures said it hired software executive Russell Fleischer as a partner for its private-equity business amid a buyout environment that offers rich returns but hard-to-find deals.

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.

Making Event Data The Language Of Business Intelligence, Interana Emerges From Stealth

TechCrunch--Interana, the stealthy startup founded by a who’s-who of programmers behind the new architecture of today’s brightest tech businesses, is taking the covers off its technology to turn event data into the lingua franca of business intelligence.

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.

In Silicon Valley, Awe, Dread and Hope for Alibaba

Wall Street Journal--Silicon Valley, the center of the U.S. tech industry, watched the Alibaba IPO with a mix of anticipation, awe and dread.

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.    

Israeli Cyber Startup LightCyber in $10 Million Funding Round

Wall Street Journal--Light Cyber Ltd., an Israeli based cyber-security start-up, has raised $10 million in a new funding round led by Battery Ventures.

No One Tweets Like the Japanese, and That Was a Huge Problem for Twitter

Wired--Twitter engineer Mazdak Hashemi says the Japanese tweet like no one else on earth.

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.

For Billion-Dollar Companies, Venture Deals Outstrip Going Public

Wall Street Journal--Venture investors and the public markets are increasingly out of sync.  

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.

Yes, I’m Direct. But you Should be, Too.

New York Times--An interview with Phil Fernandez, chief executive of Marketo, a maker of marketing automation software, conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.  

Adrian Cockcroft on Microservices and DevOpps

InfoQ--Video interview with Battery Ventures Technology Fellow Adrian Cockcroft.

Duetto Raises $21M Led by Accel to Equip Hotels with Big Data Surge Pricing

TechCrunch--Hotels can double their profitability by successfully marking up rooms just 10 percent. That’s why Accel Partners is betting hotels will pay for Duetto, a price optimization SaaS that uses big data to dynamically surge or discount rates for rooms. 

BlockScore Lands $2M in Funding for Making I.D. Verification Easier

TechCrunch--In 2012, about 7 percent of all people aged 16 or older in the U.S. experienced identity theft, with their financial losses totaling $24.7 billion. Christopher Morton is familiar with the crime because in 2007, he had his identity stolen. With co-founders John Backus and Alain Meier, Morton created BlockScore, an identity-verification startup and member of Y Combinator’s latest batch that is launching today with $2 million in funding from Battery Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Atlantic Ventures, Boost VC, Y Combinator, and several angels.

WebPT Announces Significant Investment from Battery Ventures to Fuel Growth

VentureBeat--WebPT, the leading web-based electronic medical record (EMR) solution for rehabilitation therapists, today announced it has received a significant investment from Battery Ventures. WebPT intends to use the new capital to accelerate growth.

Cloud soothsayer predicts OpenStack fragmentation, Azure catchup in public cloud

GigaOm--When Adrian Cockcroft talks cloud, people listen. Or they should. He's the former cloud guru at Netflix and drove that company's use of Amazon Web Services. Since he left Netflix in January to join Battery Ventures as a technology fellow he's been traveling the world, talking to IT buyers about their tech plans. He will reveal what he learned at the Cloud Trends session at Structure Thursday.

Moving Data from Cloud to Cloud, Zerto Raises $26 Million

TechCrunch--With a new $26 million late-stage financing for disaster recovery and data management, software provider Zerto can now help businesses join the meta-cloud.

The Perfect Drug

Newsweek--Evan Rose's cancer should have killed him. He now breathes through a hole in his neck, a stoma, and when he speaks he sounds as if he has a nasty case of laryngitis. Rose describes the doctor's initial response to the outlook for his cancer--a type so rare that there are only 200 cases worldwide--as grim. "They didn't want to do anything dramatic if I wasn't going to live that long," he recalls.    

HackerRank Solves Tech Hiring Crisis by Finding Programmers Where They Live

Forbes--It is no secret that Silicon Valley has a virtually inexhaustible demand for programming talent. It is also no secret that the most important tech companies in the Bay Area recruit primarily from a very small group of prestigious U.S. universities, namely Stanford, MIT, Berkeley and CalTech. These schools do indeed produce great engineers who go on to start up and staff the companies that produce the software that is eating the world. But not only are there not enough of them to satisfy the ravenous tech behemoth—but they may not even be the best hackers these companies can find.

SiSense Raises $30M More to Bring Big Data Analytics to Businesspeople

TechCrunch--SiSense, a business intelligence startup that is among those making big data analytics accessible to ordinary business users (and not just data scientists) is today announcing more funding: a $30 million Series C round led by DFJ Growth — the VC’s arm dedicated to later-stage investments that recently announced a new fund we understand to be totalling over $500 million (in May, its size was ‘only’ $470 million).

Is Hybrid Cloudy with a Chance of Failure?

InformationWeek--Netflix's former cloud architect Adrian Cockcroft and other cloud experts weigh in on the realities of hybrid cloud.