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Gender Issues Arise at Dublin's Web Summit

betaboston.com — For many in the technology sector, it's become painstakingly obvious that the industry's gender gap is a big problem. Yet, at Web Summit this week, one of Europe's largest tech conferences, the issue was still up for debate.

Boston Microcosm Emerges at Dublin’s Web Summit

betaboston.com — A gaggle of technology entrepreneurs, students, and investors made their way from Boston to Dublin last week to take part in one of Europe's largest technology conferences, the Web Summit. Among 20,000 attendees and a roster of distinguished speakers, Boston's finest shined bright at the event, showcasing the vast breadth of expertise this city fosters.

Hot dating apps urging more VCs to swipe right

pehub.com — Fast-growing Tinder is helping to make "swipe right" part of the dating lexicon. But it's venture capitalists who are giving online dating apps their confirmation. Affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal analyzed the sector and found more than a dozenmobile apps and social sites, dedicated to helping people find a date, that have cropped up in recent years, having collectively raised about $70 million.

KPCB and Google Ventures leads $120 mln round for Slack

pehub.com — Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures have led a $120 million funding round for San Francisco-based messaging and search platform Slack. Other investors included Yammer founder and former PayPal COO David Sacks. According to Slack, this current capital infusion puts the company at a post-funding valuation of $1.12 billion.

peHUB First Read

pehub.com — Omega to buy Aviv in all-stock deal valued at $3 billion. World Bank pledges $100 million to send health workers to Ebola-hit countries. Apollo Global assets up 45.4% for year; income drops significantly. Hella raises $350 million ahead of IPO. German automotive supplier to list next month Big banks brace for penalties in probes.

SEC scrutiny of net IRR calculations spurs discussion

pehub.com — Earnings calls for two publicly listed private equity firms were spiced up this week by analyst questions about how the firms calculate net internal rates of return. The questions were spurred by a Reuters report earlier this week that the U.S.

Comic strip app Bitstrips scores $8 mln Series B

pehub.com — Toronto-based comic strip app Bitstrips has received $8 million in Series B funding, a spokesperson for the firm confirmed. The investors in this round were Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and return backer Hong Kong-based Horizons Ventures. The capital infusion will be used for personnel hiring and product development.

Sources say PitchBook is on block, CEO says ‘not for sale’

pehub.com — Two private equity executives told peHUB that PitchBook Data is on the block, but the CEO of the research company said it is not for sale. The two PE executives, who asked not to be named, said that PitchBook is being shopped around, but neither had any details, such as the asking price or whether it has hired a banker.

Autodesk unveils $100 mln fund for 3D printing

pehub.com — Autodesk said it has formed a $100 million 3D printing fund to support startups developing hardware, software, materials and market places critical to the 3D printing ecosystem, specifically its Spark software. The Spark Investment Fund will be "stage agnostic" and consider co-investments alongside venture and other strategic investors.
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