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The Daily Startup: Smart Lock Startup Latch Secures $10.5 Million Series A

blogs.wsj.com — Smart locker maker Latch has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding, Patience Haggin reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. While other companies are focusing on smart locks for the home, Latch, which is incorporated as Latchable Inc., is focusing on locks for commercial properties and apartment buildings.
Feb 10, 2016

The Daily Startup: Smart Lock Startup Latch Secures $10.5 Million Series A on.wsj.com/1PNzCUW via @WSJ

The Daily Startup: Market for App Store Analytics Enters New Era

blogs.wsj.com — Several startups are vying to be the Nielsen Corp. for mobile app user engagement, but as the industry becomes more competitive, newcomers have forced down prices on once-premium analytics products like download and revenue estimates, Patience Haggin reports for Dow Jones VentureWire.

The Daily Startup: General Catalyst Closes Pair of Funds at $845 Million

blogs.wsj.com — General Catalyst Partners announced Thursday that investors committed $845 million to its eighth set of funds, Russ Garland reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. The new funds are the largest pool the venture-capital firm has ever raised, according to VentureWire records.
Feb 05, 2016

RT @DJVentureWire: The Daily Startup: General Catalyst Closes Pair of Funds at $845 Million on.wsj.com/1R9L0eT

The Daily Startup: Agilent Sues Startup Twist Bioscience

blogs.wsj.com — Since 2013 Emily Leproust has raised $133 million in equity for Twist Bioscience Corp., a startup she formed to tap into rising demand for genes used to make biopharmaceuticals and other products. Now her former employer is suing her and Twist for allegedly stealing trade secrets. Twist didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Daily Startup: Pear Therapeutics Aims for Digital Substance-Abuse Treatment

blogs.wsj.com — Mental-health and neurological conditions are now treated with medications, when available, and face-to-face therapy. Some venture investors are betting that software, videogames and other digital treatments will provide another option. Pear Therapeutics Inc., whose software-based substance-abuse treatments are part of a growing movement toward digital therapies for neurological conditions, has now raised $20 million and plans to use the funding to seek U.S.
Feb 03, 2016

The Daily Startup: Pear Therapeutics Aims for Digital Substance-Abuse Treatment on.wsj.com/1KXcJbX via @WSJD

The Daily Startup: HI-FI Seeded for Interest-Based Social Network

blogs.wsj.com — HI-FI Inc., which bills itself as the mobile lifestyle network, has raised $3 million in seed funding for an interest-based social-media network, Patience Haggin reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. HI-FI users join micro-communities of users who share a particular interest, such as fly-fishing or scrapbooking.

The Daily Startup: KnowBe4 Catches $8 Million to Thwart Phishing Attacks

blogs.wsj.com — KnowBe4 LLC grabbed $8 million in funding to help small businesses protect themselves from vulnerabilities their own employees inadvertently expose them to, Cat Zakrzewskireports for Dow Jones VentureWire. The funding makes KnowBe4 the second portfolio company for Elephant Partners, a new venture-capital fund formed by Andy Hunt, co-founder of Warby Parker, and Jeremiah Daly, a former partner from Highland Capital Partners.

The Daily Startup: Food, Beverage Investment Soars to Record in 2015

blogs.wsj.com — Venture investors' appetite for food and beverage startups continued unabated in 2015, Lora Kolodny reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Food and beverage deals rose to $603 million across 48 deals in 2015, up from $377 million across 46 deals in 2014, representing a 60% increase and record annual amount invested in the sector since 1992, when Dow Jones VentureSource began tracking the data.

The Daily Startup: Naritiv Scores Funding for Disappearing Ads

blogs.wsj.com — Advertisers have been studying Snapchat for how to get exposure to its audience. Naritiv, a startup functioning as a digital agency, has figured out way to help brand advertisers create promotional snaps. The company has raised $3 million to create this branded content for Snapchat.

The Daily Startup: Snyk Nabs $3M to Help Make Open-Source Code Safer

blogs.wsj.com — Software security breaches often happen because attackers exploit known vulnerabilities in open-source code built into programs. That is why new startup Snyk Ltd. is releasing developer tools in hopes that programmers would write more secure software from the get-go, Yuliya Chernova reports for Dow Jones VentureWire.
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Feb 10, 2016

21st Century Fox Inc. discloses that it has written down 59% of its investment in DraftKings on.wsj.com/1nWNkKn via @WSJ

Feb 10, 2016

RT @patiencehaggin: For months venture capitalists have whispered, “IPOs are the new down round.” Now deals show they believe it. blogs.wsj.com/digits/2016/02…

Feb 09, 2016

RT @WSJ: Bernie Sanders out-raises Hillary Clinton in Silicon Valley on.wsj.com/1TbuJHq

Feb 09, 2016

RT @NWSSacramento: Dry spells during #ElNino winters are not uncommon. Most prior strong #Elnino have had long dry stretches! #cawx pic.twitter.com/q9LGB02pfM

Feb 09, 2016

RT @CBSSF: A decision could come today if Mavericks big wave competition will be held on Friday.wp.me/p11qnm-2iPY pic.twitter.com/GDsJmsLBj7

Feb 05, 2016

Zirx is shutting down its consumer on-demand parking service on.wsj.com/1PFxb6A via @WSJD @Cat_Zakrzewski

Feb 04, 2016

RT @the_inertia: Drone angle with a real-time view of the action at #Mavericks today. #video📽: @gobigsays #drone pic.twitter.com/garR8HDvD5

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