Investor interview: Alexander Fries, Ecosystem Ventures


Alexander Fries is a seasoned businessman and venture capitalist. Having moved from his native Switzerland to Silicon Valley over a decade ago, Fries began helping other Europeans cross the Atlantic and become successes Stateside. Now he runs Ecosystem Ventures, a fund dedicated to just that - as well as being chief marketing officer for Mixed … [Read more...]

FarmLink secures $40 million in Series B financing – Investment Round Up


Series A OrderUp, a vertically integrated mobile food ordering and delivery service, has secured $7 million in Series A funding from Revolution Ventures and former LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy. OrderUp aspires to do for rural America what GrubHub has done for major metropolitan areas, contracting with locals who are interested in doing food … [Read more...]

Tech investors could lose out as Kremlin counter-sanctions E.U., U.S.


Tech businesses face setbacks due to a round of sanctions imposed by the Russian government on the U.S. and European Union. The bans, which come amid heightened political tension in war-torn Ukraine, thus far affect a large number of food exports for one year. The Kremlin has also publicly mulled barring all European and American flights from … [Read more...]

Amazon’s new ventures worry investors further


So far 2014 has been a tough year for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. In recent weeks, his net worth reportedly shrank by up to $1 billion thanks to a 16% drop in Amazon's share price since the start of the year. The immediate cause of this decline was a worse-than-expected $126 million loss for the second quarter of 2014, but many value investors will … [Read more...]

Desire2Learn closes $85m financing round – Investment Round Up


Series A Greenhouse, a recruitment platform, has raised a Series A round worth $7.5 million led by Social+Capital Partnership. Resolute Ventures and Felicis Ventures also participated. Greenhouse, founded in 2012, has raised $11.2 million in total. The company will use the latest investment for product, customer and sales growth. “Greenhouse has … [Read more...]

Altitude Digital raises $7m as ad tech market continues to attract investment

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Altitude Digital, a video and display advertising technology startup, recently announced a $7 million credit facility from Silicon Valley Bank. The funding is the latest milestone in the company’s rapid growth, and reflects a strong investment environment in the ad tech sector. Denver, Colorado-based Altitude Digital previously raised equity … [Read more...]

Buzzfeed raises $50 million funding round – Investment Round Up


Series A Plated, a meal-kit provider, has raised $15 million in Series A funding in a round led by Greycroft Partners. Formation 8, ff Venture Capital, Lerer Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Kite Ventures and Slow Ventures all participated. New York-based Plated delivers recipes and ingredients to consumers to allow them to cook their own … [Read more...]

Social media giants enjoy encouraging quarter


The last quarter saw strong results nearly across the board in the social media sector. Even Snapchat, neither public nor two years old, was able to latch on to the positive momentum, with rumors circulating that its latest investment round would be led by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba at a $10 billion valuation. For the likes of Facebook … [Read more...]

Social Tables secures $8m funding round – Investment Round Up


Seed funding Two Tap, an in-app e-commerce platform, has raised $2.7 million in seed funding. Digital Garage, Green Visor Capital, Initialized Capital, Khosla Ventures, SV Angel and Transmedia Capital all took part in the round. The company, founded in 2013, will use the new funds for product development, marketing and recruiting.  “Consumers want … [Read more...]

Doctor on Demand raises $21m – Investment Round Up


Series A Doctor on Demand, a virtual doctor service, has raised $21 million in a Series A round led by Venrock. Shasta Ventures and angel investor Sir Richard Branson also participated. The company, which allows doctors to conduct video visits with their patients, will use the new funds for growth and hiring new staff. Doctor on Demand also … [Read more...]