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InfluxData closes $16 million Series B led by Battery Ventures to organize IOT data

TechCrunch--Imagine for a moment that you’re riding in one of John Zimmer’s proposed autonomous sleeper cars and you’re fast asleep on a road trip across the state. All of the sensors on the vehicle are collecting data so that standard components like the engine and steering systems don’t kill you.

KeyMe locks down $15M to unlock the future of key duplication

TechCrunch--The last time you had a key cut, you probably experienced a retro service, which included speaking to a real human (ugh!). KeyMe puts the kibosh on the old-fashioned key copying user experience with a series of new kiosks and just landed a $15 million Series C round to fund aggressive expansion.

Oracle and others want to crush this unicorn’s social media empire

CNBC--It's tough when mammoth corporations rush in to copy a disruptor's success formula and grab market share. The entrepreneurial venture can only hope its first-to-market advantage will continue to give it an edge.

What You Should Know About the IPO From This Oracle and SAP Rival

Fortune--Coupa Software, a specialist in software for managing corporate spending on everything from travel to office supplies, has officially filed plans to raise $75 million in an initial public offering.

A startup worth over $1 billion had $83 million in revenue last year — and it just filed to go public

Business Insider--Coupa, a financial software company last valued at over $1 billion, has just filed to go public.

Facebook co-founder fights Amazon culture and wins praise

CNBC--During last year's imbroglio over's hard-charging culture, Asana co-founder Dustin Moskovitz wrote a blog post titled "Work Hard, Live Well," promoting a very different kind of tech environment.

Want to Work for a Cloud Company? Here’s the Cream of the Crop

Fortune--What do Asana, Greenhouse Software, WalkMe, Chef Software, and Sprout Social have in common? They’ve been deemed the very best privately held “cloud” companies to work for, according to new rankings compiled by Glassdoor and venture capital firm Battery Ventures.

Press Release: Glassdoor Partners With Cloud Investor Battery Ventures to Reveal the 50 Highest-Rated Private Cloud Computing Companies To Work For

MarketWired--Battery Ventures, a global investment firm that backs cloud companies, and Glassdoor*, the world's most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, have partnered to reveal the 50 Highest Rated Private Cloud Computing Companies To Work For.

Press Release: ClearCare Announces $60 Million Investment Led by Battery Ventures to Fuel Growth

MarketWired--ClearCare, a leading software platform for home care agencies, today announced a $60 million growth-equity investment led by global investment firm Battery Ventures.

How HotelTonight Went From Burning Millions to Planning an IPO

Bloomberg--Last summer, Sam Shank set out to raise a new round of funding for his last-minute hotel booking startup, HotelTonight.

More Philanthropists Should Think Like Venture Capitalists

Forbes--In the private sector, no one thinks that great investments are easy to find. A 2010 study found that the median private equity or venture capital fund requires more than three investment team members reviewing 80 companies for a year to close a single transaction.

Jet’s $3 Billion Exit Could Renew Hope for E-Commerce Startups

Fortune--Jet’s acquisition could be good news for others in e-commerce. Unless you are Amazon, things have been somewhat bleak for e-commerce startups of late.

The Best Enterprise Software Startups To Work For In 2016 Based Crunchbase & Glassdoor

Forbes--Employees are most recommending aPriori Technologies, Gainsight, Kaminario, Tanium, nCino, Taulia, Okta,Revinate, Zenoss and Elementum to their friends interested in joining an enterprise software.

How to tell if your small company needs to expand through acquisitions

TechCrunch--The market for mergers and acquisitions, particularly in software, is red-hot: Big private-equity firms, flush with cash, did 170 software deals worth $27.22 billion in the first half of 2016 alone.

In-app marketing startup Insert raises $10M

TechCrunch--Insert is the new startup from the team behind app development company Worklight (which was acquired by IBM for $70 million). Today it’s announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding.

Press Release: Battery Ventures Acquires Bluepoint Solutions, Merges Company With Alogent

EIN News--Battery Ventures, a global investment firm, has reached an agreement to acquire Bluepoint Solutions, a privately-owned, financial technology company based in Henderson, NV.

Oracle’s Latest Purchase Opens the Door for More Pricey Tech Deals

Fortune--The Oracle-NetSuite deal may mean the sky’s the limit for more big tech mergers.

Talend IPO tests market’s appetite for Bay Area tech

The San Francisco Chronicle--For the Bay Area’s technology sector, initial public offerings are more than a financial event. They’re a rite of passage for young companies, a vote of confidence in the bets placed by Sand Hill Road’s venture capitalists, and a payday for employees and investors that feeds the economy.

New diversity report highlights progress in VC industry

The Mercury News--While women and minority venture capitalists are still few and far between, the industry is making some progress -- particularly by admitting that diversity is an issue -- according to the National Venture Capital Association's first report on the subject.

Silicon Valley Security Exec Named in WikiLeaks Post on DNC Hack

NBC--The hacking of Democratic National Committee emails, which were then sent out to the world via WikiLeaks, is embarrassing for the party - and potentially dangerous, according to one Silicon Valley data security expert who was actually named in the Wikileaks post.

Improve Employee Morale and Save Money by Going Green

Entrepreneur--“Going green” is by no means a modern movement, but technology has certainly modernized our approach to sustainability.

Here’s the ‘Right’ Way for Every CEO to Fail

Fortune--Building a business is challenging, and mistakes are inevitable. Sometimes those mistakes are catastrophic, and your entire business model gets scrapped.

Workday Buys Big Data Specialist Platfora to Strengthen Cloud Financial Apps

Fortune--Cloud HR software pioneer Workday, which has been aggressively pitching its financial management applications, is buying big data analysis startup Platfora to lend more credibility to that message.

Number26 is now a true bank as it now has a full banking license

TechCrunch--Berlin-based startup Number26 is trying to reinvent the bank. This might sound crazy, and that’s why the startup has processed step by step.

Press Release: Club-Management Software Company Clubessential Receives Significant Growth Investment From Battery Ventures

MarketWired--Battery Ventures, a global investment firm, has made a significant growth-equity investment in Clubessential LLC, a fast-growing provider of Web-based software for golf, city, yacht and other private clubs.

Social Startup Sprinklr Is Now Valued At $1.8 Billion After $105 Million Raise

Forbes--Managing the social media of the world’s biggest brands is a valuable business. Sprinklr announced on Wednesday that it has raised an additional $105 million from Singapore investment firm Temasek and global investor Wellington, valuing the company at $1.8 billion.

Israeli cyber security startup GuardiCore raises $20 million Series B

GeekTime--Tel Aviv-based GuardiCore announced today the close of their Series B funding round, bringing in $20 million in new financing.

Why ‘innovation tourism’ is killing big companies

VentureBeat--Big companies can too easily become victims of what I call “innovation tourism”: They partner with startups and VCs in an effort to innovate, but they wind up merely sampling new technologies and practices and failing to drive innovation and change throughout their organizations.

Teen sisters from Redwood City win international mobile app competition

The Mercury News--Beating out hundreds of teams from around the world, two teenage girls from Redwood City have won $10,000 in seed funding to develop their mobile app.

Sisense-Amazon Echo integration lets you ask Alexa questions about your business data

TechCrunch--Sisense, a company which helps customers link multiple data sources and summarize them in a single dashboard view, has been working on ways to understand the data outside of the context of a computer.