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Job Recruiting, HR Startups Land Big Venture Investments in Third Quarter

blogs.wsj.com — Startups that are providing human-resources services to companies received large funding rounds in the third quarter, driving the total this year to a high that hasn't been seen since the dot-com boom. From July through September, venture firms invested $175.9 million in U.S.-based companies that are in the human resources and recruiting sectors, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

Sequoia-Backed The Melt Moves Beyond Grilled Cheese

blogs.wsj.com — The venture-backed restaurant chain that raised eyebrows when it launched in 2011 with a high-tech approach to making and delivering grilled cheese is now branching out into other American staples. Beginning today, Sequoia Capital-backed The Melt will unveil a new menu at its 15 California restaurants that features burger melts, chicken melts, mac and cheese, and french fries.

ChargePoint Looks to Accelerate Home Penetration With Solar Partnership

blogs.wsj.com — ChargePoint Inc., a company that makes charging stations and software for electric vehicles, has become one of the world's largest charging networks primarily through having chargers in public and commercial spaces. Now the venture-backed company is pushing into the home. It will soon launch a program in conjunction with a solar installer to help it gain traction in users' garages.

Behind the Tweets: The Secretive People Behind S.F.'s Fog, Seagulls, and Bridges

sfweekly.com — During an event at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco in early November, a presenter screened a short film about San Francisco's fog. After the show concluded, before the sold-out crowd could even finish filing out of the auditorium, several people in the audience took to Twitter to tell the fog that it was featured in the show.

Interactive Map: Where The Venture Capital Dollars Are Going

blogs.wsj.com — In the Boston-versus-New York rivalry, the Red Sox and the Yankees were also-rans this baseball season. Now, Massachusetts and New York are in another battle for the No. 2 spot: U.S. venture capital investment.

Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures on Staying Small for Bigger Returns

blogs.wsj.com — Entrepreneur-turned-investor Boris Wertz wants to focus on larger venture capital returns by staying smaller. Mr. Wertz runs Vancouver, British Columbia-based Version One Ventures, investing in software startups from an $18.7 million fund since January 2012. Version One Ventures is among the "micro-VC funds" that have grown in popularity in the last few years to identify and back early-stage startups.

Accela Continues Acquisitions for Civic-Engagement Services With Purchase of Government Outreach

pevc.dowjones.com — Accela Inc. has continued its acquisition of companies to expand its offerings of civic-engagement software and services.The San Ramon, Calif.-based company has acquired Government Outreach Inc., which enables two-way communication between government agencies and citizens on a number of devices, including smartphones....

Mark Cuban on Investing: Forget Unicorns and the Big-Exit Strategy

blogs.wsj.com — Mark Cuban is tied into the tech scene as an entrepreneur and investor, but he said staying away from Silicon Valley-based companies has worked best for him. Mr. Cuban, who works out of Dallas, said companies in Silicon Valley tend to be overvalued compared to the rest of the country.

The Daily Startup: Twitch Gives Y Combinator Its Biggest M&A Exit

blogs.wsj.com — Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator has big-name tech companies in its portfolio, including Dropbox and Airbnb, but the soaring valuations of some of those companies hasn't translated to huge exits, yet. On Monday that changed, with the news that Amazon.com is buying Twitch for $970 million.

Andreessen Horowitz’s BuzzFeed Deal is One of Firm’s Largest Solo Rounds

blogs.wsj.com — Andreessen Horowitz's solo investment in Buzzfeed Inc., in which it put up the entire $50 million amount for the viral content company, is a pretty rare deal for the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Andreessen Horowitz has been the sole investor in a round 23 times since the firm's inception in 2008, according to data from industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource.
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Nov 26, 2014

RT @WSJD: Like Facebook, Twitter will track the apps you have installed on your phone for ad targeting: on.wsj.com/1tjMnrw pic.twitter.com/tXucmwNMPj

Nov 26, 2014

RT @jacknicas: A @WSJ exclusive: GoPro is aiming to launch its own line of drones late next year, with a price tag b/w $500 & $1k: http://t…

Nov 25, 2014

An interesting story of why @zendrive was started to track drivers' information on.wsj.com/1v6LuWu via @WSJD @deborahgage

Nov 24, 2014

Human intelligence is withering as computers do more, but there’s a solution on.wsj.com/1F8XZTY via @WSJ

Nov 24, 2014

Artificial intelligence company Sentient emerges from stealth on.wsj.com/1zKV5DK via @WSJD

Nov 24, 2014

Voice-activated systems in cars often don’t work right, can add to driver distraction on.wsj.com/1FhuLUL via @WSJ

Nov 21, 2014

Would air travel be safer without pilots? Steve Jurvetson (@dfjsteve) thinks so on.wsj.com/1xL8kX6 via @WSJD @ZoranBasich

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