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Rising Star: True Grit Helps Battery’s Chelsea Stoner Land Deals Far From Silicon Valley

Private Equity Analyst--The pioneer spirit runs in Chelsea Stoner's blood. The first female partner at Battery Ventures credits her career success partly to traits passed down through her family, starting with her great-grandparents. The pair first settled in Montana as homesteaders in the early 1900s.

Have A Hot Technology Start-up Today? Thank Comrade Gorbachev — And Liberty

Forbes-- It has now been 25 years since Mikhail Gorbachev, with his Soviet Union crumbling, decided to open the emigration gates and allow 1.6 million Jews to leave for Israel, Germany and the United States.

Don’t Just Ask Investors For Money, Ask For Advice: Lessons From 5 Top Fintech VCs

Forbes--There were more than 12,000 financial technology startups worldwide at the end of 2014, according toMcKinsey & Co., and the sector is still booming.

‘Container’ Software Is at Center of DockerCon

The Wall Street Journal--The hottest technology in Silicon Valley isn’t from Uber Technologies Inc. or Instagram. It is from a startup called Docker Inc. that is charming the coders behind the world’s websites and apps.

Three FinTech Startups You Should Know

Forbes--Here are three FinTech startups that are already making their mark in 2015 and are worth keeping track of in the upcoming future.

Survey asks: How are people actually using the Apple Watch?

The San Francisco Chronicle--Apple Watch owners use their devices most frequently for the same old things their smartphones and Fitbits can do: fitness tracking and e-mail, according to a survey commissioned by Battery Ventures.

Protections for Late Investors Can Inflate Start-Up Valuations

The New York Times--Warning: Some unicorns may be smaller than they appear.

Docker Is Changing the Way Big Companies Develop Apps, CEO Says

The Wall Street Journal--Docker, one of the fastest-growing open-software projects ever, has swept through enterprise IT during the last 18 months, making an impact on the way many companies develop applications.

Tech Investors Need to Pick Their Spots Amid Rising Valuations

The Wall Street Journal-- As technology deal valuations continue to rise, private equity investors must pick their targets carefully and seek to be useful agents of change for the businesses they back to avoid shocks when the market turns.

Palo Alto startup HomeSuite aims to overhaul rental market

San Jose Mercury News--Tucked away in a warehouse here is a startup working to overhaul one area of the housing market not already shaken up by Airbnb and Zillow.

Battery’s Roger Lee Talks HP Split on CNBC

CNBC Squawk Alley--Shares of Hewlett-Packard topped analyst estimates, saying it expects lower expenses after the split. Roger Lee, Battery Ventures partner, thinks a split makes sense for the company's operations.

Battery’s Roger Lee Talks Potential Uber IPO on CNBC

CNBC Squawk Alley--According to a report by the WSJ, Uber is seeking a $1 billion credit line from banks. Roger Lee, Battery Ventures partner, discusses a potential IPO.

Meet the 2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 companies

CNBC--In the third annual Disruptor 50 list, CNBC features private companies in 16 industries—from aerospace to financial services to cybersecurity to retail—whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. These forward-thinking upstarts have identified unexploited niches in the marketplace that have the potential to become billion-dollar businesses, and they rushed to fill them.

Credifi Scores $8 Million to Mine Commercial Real-Estate Data

Wall Street Journal--Credifi Corp. has aggregated data and analytics on more than 10 billion square feet of commercial real estate across the U.S.  

How women VCs are working to make the tech industry more diverse

CNET--Battery Ventures General Partner Chelsea Stoner: "The forced-mentor relationship doesn't work. You have to seek folks with whom you have some commonality ... even if they're not from one of your portfolio companies."

How fear and self-preservation are driving a cyber arms race

CNET--When a man was fired from his job in Minneapolis, Minn., last May, he inadvertently touched off a boom in Silicon Valley.

Amazon to Offer Window Into Web Services Business

The Wall Street Journal--When Inc. reports its quarterly earnings Thursday, it will, for the first time, provide financial information on an important division: Amazon Web Services.

How Amazon Swooped in to Own Cloud Services

Bloomberg--In 2004, Sun Microsystems revealed a radical plan to shake up the computing industry. It would build a series of large data centers and sell access to the computers inside them for $1 per hour.

On-Demand Food Delivery Service Sprig Has Raised $45 Million

TechCrunch--Sprig, a food delivery service that specializes in healthy on-demand meals in San Francisco, has raised $45 million in a funding round led by Social+Capital and Greylock Partners.

PrimeRevenue rings up $80M in funding, plans to add 100 jobs

Atlanta Business Journal--Atlanta-based PrimeRevenue Inc. has raised $80 million in a financing round led by private equity firm BBH Capital Partners. The supply chain finance firm plans to add about 100 jobs in the next several months.

Facebook Makes Messaging Quirky With Video Apps, Plays To Young Users

Forbes--At F8 last month, Facebook rolled out new features aimed at giving friends more reasons to chat. With Messenger Platform, developers can now build apps for the service, in turn, giving users more ways to share media without leaving their chat screens. Facebook featured about 40 apps in the Messenger launch, including two from video startup Joya: FlipLip and Cleo.

With $23m investment, FirstFuel eyes European expansion for its energy efficiency software

BetaBoston--The last big wave of venture investment in clean-tech startups has long since crashed and rolled back. But if you’re making software instead of something produced by a factory, private investors are still willing to open up the checkbook.

Veradocs, Renamed Vera, Wants To Protect All Data

TechCrunch--Veradocs came out of stealth today, renaming itself Vera to reflect the fact it doesn’t just protect documents on the move, but other types of data as well.

Sprinklr raises $46 million to become latest billion-dollar unicorn

Fortune--Sprinklr, a New York-based marketing startup, has raised $46 million in new funding from existing investors Intel Capital, Battery Ventures and Iconiq Capital. The round, which brings Sprinklr’s total funding to $123.5 million, values the 700-person company at $1.17 billion.

Entelo Wants To Help Companies Hire Diverse Employees As They Scale Up

TechCrunch--In the past year, we saw a string of companies release diversity reports that exposed the numbers behind the underrepresentation of women and minorities in tech roles. Along with those reports came commitments to do better.

More On Midas: Analyzing VC Winners Over Time in Terms of Background, Diversity And Geography

Forbes--Forbes Magazine’s annual Midas List ranking of top VC dealmakerswill be out next week—and Forbes writers, as well as a few ambitious quants, will undoubtedly slice and dice the data to analyze every possible angle.

Enterprise Software Values Drop on Public Markets, But Not in VC

The Wall Street Journal--Fast-growing business software companies are as hot as ever in venture capital. Public market investors, by contrast, cooled considerably to such businesses over the past year, a recent research report from Barclays BCS -0.25% shows.

Aussies know rugby, Uggs and Shiraz. But tech?

CNBC--We all have Australia to thank for a number of delights: The Great Barrier Reef, Vegemite, "Crocodile Dundee" and Ugg boots come to mind. A surprise edition to that list of exports has emerged of late—in the form of software.

Visa Announces Acquisition Of TrialPay To Expand Its Offers Platform

TechCrunch--Visa announced today that it’s planning to acquire Mountain View-based TrialPay, an e-commerce payment platform which sits in between payments and advertising, providing consumers with an alternative way to pay for items by agreeing to take advantage of another merchant’s offer.

6sense’s predictive powers for sales and marketing help it land $20 million

VentureBeat--If you had your own predictive analytics platform, you might already know what this story will be about. You’d know, for instance, that less than a year after it launched its B2B predictive intelligence platform for marketing and sales, San Francisco-based 6sense is announcing today a new investment of $20 million.