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The Daily Startup: Jounce Therapeutics Raises $56M as Immunotherapy Stays Hot

blogs.wsj.com — Jounce Therapeutics, an immunotherapy company, has raised a large funding round amid a handful of large exits and investor interest in the sector. The company raised $56 million in Series B funding, Brian Gormley reports for Dow Jones VentureWire.

The Daily Startup: Venture Investment Remains Strong in First Quarter

blogs.wsj.com — The robust venture capital investment continued in the first quarter of 2015, Russ Garland reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Venture capitalists invested $15.72 billion in U.S.-based startups, according to data from industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource. The investment amount is slightly more than the fourth quarter and a 27% increase from the first quarter of 2014.

The Daily Startup: Etsy’s IPO is the Largest for a N.Y.-Based Startup

blogs.wsj.com — Etsy has priced its initial public offering at the top end of the estimated range, raising about $267 million for the New York-based company, The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch reports. The company sold 16.7 million shares at $16 per share.

The Daily Startup: NEA Now Has Half of the 10 Largest VC Funds Raised

blogs.wsj.com — New Enterprise Associates raised a new $2.8 billion fund, The Wall Street Journal's Russel Garland reports. That fund is the second largest U.S. venture fund of all time, according to industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource. With the new fund, NEA now has five of the 10 largest venture funds raised VentureSource data show.

The Daily Startup: Etsy’s IPO Could Be the Largest for a N.Y. Startup

blogs.wsj.com — The craft marketplace Etsy said its initial public offering could raise more than $300 million, The Wall Street Journal's Lisa Beilfuss reports. If the company eventually raises that much or more for the offering, it would be the largest IPO for a New York-based venture-backed company since 1992, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource.

The Daily Startup: Kleiner Perkins’ CFO Takes Stand in Trial

blogs.wsj.com — The inner workings of venture capital firms are for the most part private dealings kept behind closed doors. But some of the inner working of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers may be on display today as the firm's chief financial officer takes the stand in the Ellen Pao gender-discrimination case.

The Daily Startup: Transatomic Power Receives $2.5M for Nuclear Energy

blogs.wsj.com — In one of the rare fundings for a nuclear energy startup, Transatomic Power picked up $2 million for its nuclear reactor technology that the company says will be safer and more efficient than the reactors that are currently in use, Timothy Hay reports for Dow Jones VentureWire.

The Daily Startup: Hardware Investments Increased in 2014

blogs.wsj.com — Venture investment in electronics and computer hardware hit a record in 2014, surpassing the high that was set in 2000, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource. In 2014, there were 159 financings for a total of $2.6 billion invested in the sector. That beat 2000, when there were 128 financings and $2.2 billion in investment.

Interactive Map: Where Venture Capital Was Invested in 2014

blogs.wsj.com — Venture capital investment soared in 2014, hitting a high that hasn't been seen since 2000. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, $52.12 billion was invested in private companies last year by venture and private equity firms, as well as corporations, hedge funds and mutual funds, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

Kevin Rose Raises $5M for North Technologies, Steps Down From Google Ventures

pevc.dowjones.com:80 — Entrepreneur and investor Kevin Rose is stepping down from Google Ventures to run his technology-development startup North Technologies Inc. full time after raising $5 million in seed funding.Since forming in September, North Technologies has launched two apps: Tiiny, which allows users to share small-size photos and videos with friends, and Watchville, an app for watch enthusiasts that aggregates news and provides other timekeeping information, such as atomic time and the cycles of the moon....
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May 06, 2015

RT @ScottMAustin: These ain't normal times - at least three startups said today they raised $100+ million rounds (Zenefits, Affirm, Banjo = $875 million)

May 06, 2015

RT @lizette_chapman: App Annie Acquires Mobidia, to Expand to 60 Countries by Year’s End on.wsj.com/1IdSxnn via @WSJ

May 06, 2015

Chinese drone maker SZ DJI Technology raises $75 Million from Accel Partners on.wsj.com/1IfOC9I via @WSJ

May 05, 2015

RT @WSJD: For a week, @GeoffreyFowler lived on apps for food, a maid, a doctor, valets & a bartender: on.wsj.com/1IKrS24 http://t.co/Av…

May 01, 2015

RT @nxthompson: "Facial features indicate aging better than any other biological marker." Great @nicolatwilley post. ow.ly/Mpj7U

May 01, 2015

Tech life without the high price: Austin lures tech and foodie coastal transplants looking for luxury on.wsj.com/1OISRjz

May 01, 2015

RT @kgoradio: Government officials are dropping charges against the man accused of starting the Rim Fire goo.gl/oh8u1L pic.twitter.com/zY4XvwiBd5

Apr 30, 2015

How old does Microsoft think I am based on this picture? A bit older than I am... pic.twitter.com/XYYJQOeMSk

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