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This Seattle-based VC firm raised $11 million for its plan to convince Amazon and Microsoft employees to take the plunge into entrepreneurship

THIS SEATTLE-BASED VC FIRM RAISED $11 MILLION FOR ITS PLAN TO CONVINCE AMAZON AND MICROSOFT EMPLOYEES TO TAKE THE PLUNGE INTO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

On Wednesday, Seattle-based startup studio Madrona Venture Labs announced it raised $11 million in funding to help build between 8...

 
 
 
This VC fund is betting $105 million on Texas tech startups as more talent leaves Silicon Valley for the Lone Star State

THIS VC FUND IS BETTING $105 MILLION ON TEXAS TECH STARTUPS AS MORE TALENT LEAVES SILICON VALLEY FOR THE LONE STAR STATE

LiveOak Venture Partners thinks there's a goldmine in the Texas tech scene. The investment firm has focused on Lone Star State startups...

 
 
 
How a curious VC found Uber before anyone else and helped net his firm a stake that's now worth $2.5 billion

HOW A CURIOUS VC FOUND UBER BEFORE ANYONE ELSE AND HELPED NET HIS FIRM A STAKE THAT'S NOW WORTH $2.5 BILLION

On July 4 2010, Rob Hayes' family was not happy with him. He spent too much of the holiday on his phone, trying to organize an investment...

 
 
 
 
 
 
Acquia Buys Open Source Marketing Automation Software Firm Mautic

ACQUIA BUYS OPEN SOURCE MARKETING AUTOMATION SOFTWARE FIRM MAUTIC

Open source website software company Acquia is buying marketing automation startup Mautic, the companies said. Terms of the deal were...

Flexe Gets $43M to Expand On-demand Warehousing and Fulfillment Tools

FLEXE GETS $43M TO EXPAND ON-DEMAND WAREHOUSING AND FULFILLMENT TOOLS

Flexe, a Seattle-based company that provides on-demand warehousing and fulfillment services, announced Tuesday it has raised $43 million...

 
 
 
TerraClear Seeks to Join Agtech Market with Rock Picker for Tractors

TERRACLEAR SEEKS TO JOIN AGTECH MARKET WITH ROCK PICKER FOR TRACTORS

Brent Frei, a serial entrepreneur who has helped launch and lead several successful early-stage businesses in the Seattle-area, is...

WE DID IT IN DETROIT, AND SO CAN YOU: FUNDRAISING LESSONS LEARNED

As the co-founder of Assembler Labs, a Detroit-based startup studio , I breathed a big sigh of relief after we closed our inaugural...

 
 
 
 
 
 
A newcomer VC firm founded by ex-Twitter CEO Ev Williams is one of the biggest winners in the Beyond Meat IPO

A NEWCOMER VC FIRM FOUNDED BY EX-TWITTER CEO EV WILLIAMS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST WINNERS IN THE BEYOND MEAT IPO

Obvious Ventures, founded by ex-Twitter CEO Ev Williams in 2014, is one of the largest shareholders in Beyond Meat, the creator of...

Activision Blizzard has five franchises lined up for its new Call of Duty esports league

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD HAS FIVE FRANCHISES LINED UP FOR ITS NEW CALL OF DUTY ESPORTS LEAGUE

Activision Blizzard said it has lined up five franchises for a new, city-based Call of Duty esports league. Atlanta, Dallas, New York,...

 
 
 
New VC Firm Blueprint Equity Puts $6M into Florida Software Company

NEW VC FIRM BLUEPRINT EQUITY PUTS $6M INTO FLORIDA SOFTWARE COMPANY

A new venture capital firm, which in November marked its launch by raising a $53 million-plus fund to invest in startups, has made...

Toyota launches second $100 million VC fund targeting autonomous mobility and robotics startups

TOYOTA LAUNCHES SECOND $100 MILLION VC FUND TARGETING AUTONOMOUS MOBILITY AND ROBOTICS STARTUPS

Toyota announced the launch of its second $100 million fund targeting startups in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

 
 
 
Africa Roundup: Jumia's IPO, DHL launches Africa e-Shop, Cathay's $168M VC fund, ConnectMed acquired

AFRICA ROUNDUP: JUMIA'S IPO, DHL LAUNCHES AFRICA E-SHOP, CATHAY'S $168M VC FUND, CONNECTMED ACQUIRED

The biggest news in a month of weighty African headlines was Jumia listing on the New York Stock Exchange. After filing SEC IPO docs...