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CrediFi scores $13 million from Liberty Israel, Battery Ventures to compete with other real estate startups

Geektime--Israeli-American fintech startup CrediFi will have a very happy Valentine’s Day indeed after receiving a $13 million Series B financing round from new investors, the company announced Monday.

SumUp co-founders are back with bookkeeping AI startup Zeitgold

TechCrunch--The next time you go to your favorite restaurant or cocktail bar, talk with the manager about bookkeeping. Chances are that they’ll tell you that they waste a ton of time collecting and recording various documents. German startup Zeitgold wants to automate this pesky process so that you can spend more time on your actual business.

Press Release: Fungible Inc. Launches with $32.5 Million in Financing and a Plan to Revolutionize Cloud Data Centers

MarketWired--Fungible Inc., a company co-founded by Pradeep Sindhu, founder of Juniper Networks, and Bertrand Serlet, former Apple software engineering leader, today announced a $32.5 Million Series A financing to fulfill its mission of providing a full-stack solution for cloud data centers.

Juniper Networks Founder Embarks on Cloud-Style Chip Venture

The Wall Street Journal--The founder of network specialist Juniper Networks Inc. has teamed up with a former Apple software engineer in a bid to accelerate next-generation cloud computing.

Press Release: Battery Ventures Launches New “Network Effect” Index to Track Stock Performance of Consumer Web Companies

MarketWired--Battery Ventures, the global investment firm, launched a new index to track the stock performance of consumer marketplace companies and social networks, including large global brands like Facebook, Alibaba, Yelp, eBay and OpenTable.

Keys to ascending the consumer-internet throne

TechCrunch--“Category kings,” defined as market-share leaders in particular business sectors, often wind up creating the majority of the market value relative to their competition.

U.S. technology startups panic over immigration ban

Reuters--Silicon Valley venture capitalist Kate Mitchell said her startup companies have a message for their employees who are foreign nationals: Don't travel outside the country right now.

How real investors separate AI hype from reality

VentureBeat--Artificial intelligence has captured public imagination, dominated media coverage, and driven furious volumes of investment and acquisition activity. In the midst of this hype cycle, spotting the difference between phony wannabes and true investments can be a challenge.

Tech Executives Brace for Changes to Visa Programs

The Wall Street Journal--The prospect of change to the visa system for highly-skilled foreign workers has some executives in the technology industry on edge, though impact on the industry could vary widely depending on how any adjustment is made.

Build bridges instead of walls

TechCrunch--I watched our new administration’s immigration policy play out this weekend with a sense of dread (along with much of the rest of America).

What Cisco’s $3.7B Splurge For AppDynamics Means For Tech’s Other Unicorns

Forbes--AppDynamics' coming out party was supposed to be today. After raising price targets and with high demand for its app performance software during its investor roadshow, AppDynamics was expected to list on Nasdaq on Thursday as the first big tech IPO of 2017.

Collibra nabs $50M led by ICONIQ to fix companies’ data governance

TechCrunch--Data governance and management startup Collibra — originally founded in Belgium but now based out of New York to help businesses in sectors like finance and healthcare to manage and comply with data retention policies — has raised $50 million in its latest round of funding.

Radar sensor for the home which can ‘see’ through walls

BBC News--A large radar imaging system, previously used in breast cancer detection, has been shrunk and turned into technology which can be used in the home.

Forbes 30 under 30 Finance: Europe

Forbes--The members of this year’s 30 Under 30 Europe list are culled from over one thousand online nominations and research by a team of reporters at Forbes and across Europe.

Enterprise IT trends for 2017: ‘Fog’ computing, Internet sensors, the second coming of silicon …

VentureBeat--With Snap’s IPO reportedly imminent and the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas now wrapped up, many in the tech world have been focused on innovations in consumer technology lately.

30 Under 30 Venture Capital: Meet The Top Young Tech Investors For 2017

Forbes--Back the right company as a venture capitalist, and you can find yourself in the boardroom of tech's next big thing, working closely with entrepreneurs as they build the next Facebook, Uber or Airbnb and reaping rewards that have turned a select few into billionaires.

How startups outside the Bay Area can fundraise in a big way

TechCrunch--Raising venture capital is tough for any startup. But it can be a little more difficult when you’re located outside of Silicon Valley. More difficult, but definitely not impossible.

Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing

The New York Times--Jeff Bezos of Amazon, along with a couple of his rivals, may eventually control much of the $1 trillion global market for business computers and software.

Intuit opens up TurboTax service to developers, starting with online lender Earnest

VentureBeat--Intuit is making another effort to help people save money with a new offering that benefits third-party applications. Today, the financial service provider announced that it has opened up its platform, allowing developers to build connections with its popular TurboTax Online service. The first to partner with Intuit is the online lender Earnest.

38 enterprise startups that will boom in 2017, according to VC investors

Business Insider--2017 is almost here and it's once again time to predict which startups will take the tech industry by storm. Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch the industry, guide the startups, hear their pitches, and invest in them?

AWS shoots for total cloud domination

TechCrunch--AWS held its annual re:Invent customer conference this week — and as it revealed one new service after another, one thing became clear: the company with a marketshare lead that is by Gartner’s estimate 10 times bigger than its 14 closest competitors combined, has no plans to slow down or rest on its laurels.

3D Sensors To Make Your Home Smarter And Safer

Forbes--According to research firm Statista, revenue in the smart home sector accounts for $9.7 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $20.8 billion in 2020.

Why ‘Boring’ Can Be Beautiful In Tech Investing

Forbes--You’ve seen those Dos Equis beer ads starring “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” That’s not me. In fact, I might be The Most Boring Man in the World.

Press Release: Battery Ventures Acquires Michell Instruments Group, a Global Leader in Industrial-Production-Process Measurement & Analysis Technologies

Marketwired--Battery Ventures has reached an agreement to acquire Michell Instruments Group, a designer and manufacturer of sensors and instrumentation for the precise measurement and analysis of humidity, moisture, and oxygen throughout industrial processes. The company has more than 40 years of experience in the field.  

Venture Capitalists Get Radical and Invest in a…Bank

Wall Street Journal--Startups aiming to disrupt banks have been a decent bet for venture capitalists. But what do some think might be an even better bet? Banks.


NYSE--Battery Ventures has been making venture capital and private equity investments globally in emerging technologies for more than 30 years. General Partner Michael Brown discusses his continuing optimism about Europe after the Brexit vote, the implications of Blockchain, and why mobile workforce technology is part of Battery’s long-term investment strategy.

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.