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VIDEO: Cloud biz lifts Microsoft stock

CNBC--Neeraj Agrawal, Battery Ventures general partner, and Keith Weiss, Morgan Stanley analyst, discuss the effect of Microsoft's cloud business on its earnings and stock price.

Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2016

Forbes--Startups are the spark that lights the engine of the U.S. economy. The most successful of them, companies like Airbnb, Uber, and Snapchat, change the way we live, travel and communicate.

WebPT names health-tech veteran as new CEO

Phoenix Business Journal--Phoenix-based rehab therapy software company WebPT Inc. named a veteran healthcare technology executive as its new CEO today.

The 23 best big cloud companies to work for, according to employees

Business Insider--Cloud computing has taken the IT industry by storm and given rise to a number of public companies. One big investor in the trend is Battery General partner Neeraj Agrawal.

Press Release: Glassdoor, Battery Ventures Reveal the 25 Highest-Rated Public 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 25 Highest Rated Public Cloud Computing Companies To Work For.

These Are The Top-Rated Public Cloud Companies To Work For According To Glassdoor

Forbes--Which cloud companies have the happiest employees? By one reckoning, the leader is far from Silicon Valley. Just inland of Fort Lauderdale, you’ll find Ultimate Software in Weston, Florida.

New York Property Moguls Get Creative as Big Banks Curb Lending

Bloomberg--It’s tougher out there for New York City’s commercial real estate developers seeking cash for their latest projects.

The Rise of the Super (Smart) Merchandiser

Forbes--Most big technology companies are embracing artificial intelligence these days. Last week, Oracle opened its user conference in San Francisco with a product called “Oracle A.I.”; Salesforce announced an AI initiative earlier the same day.

Travel site GoEuro raises $70 million from Kleiner and Silverlake in bid to be Europe’s next startup star

VentureBeat--Berlin-based GoEuro is proving that a European-focused company can still draw top investors from Silicon Valley.

Nutanix’s Largest Investor Lightspeed Turned An Initial $10 Million Check Into $1 Billion At IPO

Forbes--It’s the type of investment that returns an entire fund and can make a career. When venture capitalist Ravi Mhatre met enterprise cloud company Nutanix in 2011, he felt strongly enough about the category to write founders Dheeraj Pandey and Mohit Aron a $10 million check.

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.