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Plastiq, the Buy-Side Square, Raises $10m – Investment Round Up

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Series A The Palo Alto, Calif.-based Internet Exchange solutions providerIIX, Inc. has secured $10.4 million in Series A funding from New Enterprise Associates, bringing total funding to over $15 million. IIX provides a platform that allows customers to connect to leading Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) through a single connection from anywhere … [Read more...]

Secret secures $25m Series B – Investment Round Up


Series B Anonymous sharing app Secret has raised $25 million in Series B funding. Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Gary Tan and Alexis Ohanian, SV Angel, Fuel Capital and Ceyuan Ventures all participated in the round. The San Francisco-based company has already raised over $36 million since it was founded last year. Secret also announced new … [Read more...]

Rap Genius raises $40m, changes name to Genius – Investment Round Up

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Series A Rocketrip, a travel management company, has raised $3 million in a Series A round led by Canaan Partners and Genacast Ventures. CrunchFund and Paul Bucheit also participated. Rocketrip was founded last year and has raised $6.2 million to date. The company’s search and booking platform targets enterprise users. Series B Rap Genius … [Read more...]

IPO Watch: Box, TubeMogul, Yodlee


Keep an Eye On Anticipation for the Box IPO will continue to mount, after it was announced this week that the company has instead raised $150 million from private investors TPG and Coatue Management. The latest round of funding values the company at around $2.4 billion, up from the $2 billion valuation it received when it closed its Series F in … [Read more...]

Video conferencing platform Vidyo raises $20m – Investment Round Up


Seed Button, a New York-based customer acquisition and engagement startup, has raised a $2.25 million seed round led by Atlas Ventures. DCM, Greycroft Partners, MESA+ and VaynerRSE all participated, as did a number of angel investors. The company’s platform is currently in private beta and will use the funds to hire new staff and continue … [Read more...]

Online residential real estate company Opendoor raises $10 Million – Investment Round-Up

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Series A Eric Wu, the ex-head of Geoat Trulia, and Keith Rabois, a member of the “PayPal Mafia,” announced that their new company, Opendoor, has raised nearly $10 million in Series A funding. Joining Khosla Ventures and SV Angel in the round are a host of noteworthy angel investors, including Max Levchin (PayPal co-founder), Sam Altman (Y … [Read more...]

Startups face age-old battle to enforce change in established industries


In 19th century England, during the Industrial Revolution, a group of textile artisans labelled Luddites protested against new technology in their industry by smashing the new machines to pieces. This led to bloodshed, economic and social unrest and rioting, all because technology threatened to take away the livelihoods of a large part of the … [Read more...]

Bonobos raises $55m in Series D round – Investment Round Up

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Series A In the modern digital age, increasing numbers of people are concerned about their web persona. Savvy internet users are wary of the long-term effects of their web activity, and worry that one off-color post or embarrassing photo may tarnish their image. Enter Traity, a Madrid-based reputation startup that looks to manage users’ web … [Read more...]

MapR Technologies secures $110m in mix of equity and debt financing — Investment Round-Up


Seed A data platform for venture investing, Mattermark, has secured $2 million in seed funding from returning investor Andreessen Horowitz, among others. Launched in 2013, Mattermark aggregates data from Twitter, LinkedIn, SEC filings, Angel List, CrunchBase, news sites, and the company’s own proprietary Startup Index to allow customers to track … [Read more...]

IPO Watch: GoPro, Box, Alibaba


Keep an Eye On After delaying its IPO, Box Inc. might be looking elsewhere for a cash infusion. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the week that the Los Altos, CA-based online storage company is in discussions with TPG Capital to raise as much as $100 million, around what it raised in its last round of venture funding. Box is not yet … [Read more...]