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The Daily Startup: Mobile Lender InVenture Raises $10 Million

blogs.wsj.com — InVenture Capital Corp., a provider of small loans by cellphones, has raised $10 million in Series A funding, Yuliya Chernova reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. The company has a mobile app that can be downloaded by users, who then can request a loan.
Sep 02, 2015

RT @ychernova: Mobile lender @InVenture raises $10M. Mobile-money's opening up microcredit in Africa. @DCVC @sacca @fcubedvc invest on.wsj.com/1JM246x

Sep 02, 2015

RT @shivsiroya: Big news! @InVenture Raises $10M Series A - excited about our amazing investors @DCVC @Collabfund @Sacca @fcubedvc on.wsj.com/1JM246x

The Daily Startup: Formation 8′s Hardware Fund Passes $100 Million

blogs.wsj.com — Venture firm Formation 8 has surpassed its $100 million target for its new hardware fund, and it is eyeing a final close with an undisclosed amount of capital, Yuliya Chernova reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Formation 8 is among other accelerators and firms that have raised funds, including Lemnos Labs, Bolt, Root Ventures and Playground Global LLC from Android creator Andy Rubin.
Aug 26, 2015

Formation 8 collects $100M+ for its hardware fund, as data subscription business models make sector more attractive. on.wsj.com/1EjTD21

The Daily Startup: Coursera Picks Up $49.5M as Edtech Funding Continues

blogs.wsj.com — Educational technology and training startups had a record-breaking second quarter, and the money continues to flow into the sector, including for Coursera Inc. The company has raised $49.5 million in new funding to localize its app and content for users in India and China, Lora Kolodny reports for Dow Jones VentureWire.
Aug 25, 2015

RT @DJVentureWire: The Daily Startup: Coursera Picks Up $49.5M as Edtech Funding Continues on.wsj.com/1PwhlbR

The Daily Startup: Food-Delivery Startup Peach Raises $8 Million

blogs.wsj.com — The number of food-delivery options has increased in recent years, including from startups that deliver food from restaurants, prepared meals and meal kits that users cook at home. Peach is a startup that targets food delivery for office workers in high-density urban areas, Timothy Hay reports for Dow Jones VentureWire.
Aug 18, 2015

The Daily Startup: Food-Delivery Startup Peach Raises $8 Million on.wsj.com/1PxqBgu via @WSJ @revelsystems @communiquepr

The Daily Startup: Warby Parker to Expand Further Into Physical Stores

blogs.wsj.com — The e-commerce startup Warby Parker, which raised $100 million at a $1.2 billion valuation, is expanding further into physical stores with its new funding, The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan reports. The company's foray into brick-and-mortar stores started a few years ago as an experiment, but Warby Parker now has 12 retail locations in nine U.S.

The Daily Startup: Warby Parker Co-Founder Seeks $125M Venture Fund

blogs.wsj.com — Andy Hunt, a co-founder of eyeglasses company Warby Parker, and Jeremiah Daly are seeking to raise a new $125 million venture fund, Rolfe Winkler reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. The duo most recently were investors at Highland Capital Partners.
Aug 14, 2015

RT @EntrepreneurNk: The Daily Startup: Warby Parker Co-Founder Seeks $125M Venture Fund - Wall Street Journal (blo... bit.ly/1IOu1ZG #venturecapital

The Daily Startup: PokitDok Grabs $34 Million for Health-Care APIs

blogs.wsj.com — The increase in electronic medical records and other digital services for health care has at times created systems that can't communicate. To bridge those gaps, the startup PokitDok has raised $34 million for its application-programming interfaces, commonly referred to as APIs, Timothy Hay reports for Dow Jones VentureWire.

The Daily Startup: Editas Medicine Raises $120M for Gene-Editing Drugs

blogs.wsj.com — Editas Medicine has raised $120 million for its drug technology that could eventually be used to treat diseases at the genetic level, Brian Gormely reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Gene editing is a new technology, and using a system known as Crispr-Cas9, researchers can knock out a gene, insert a new one, and make other changes or edits.
Aug 10, 2015

Crossover funds and banks not just in private rounds for tech startups. Check out the backers for Editas Medicine: on.wsj.com/1NlhKNl

The Daily Startup: Solar Company Sunrun Staggers In Its Public Debut

blogs.wsj.com — The solar company Sunrun staggered in its public debut, with share prices dropping 23% in the first day of trading on the Nasdaq, Yuliya Chernova reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. The company priced its shares at $14 each for its offering. The stock closed at $10.77 on Wednesday.
Aug 06, 2015

RT @DJVentureWire: The Daily Startup: Solar Company Sunrun Staggers In Its Public Debut on.wsj.com/1MPje5g

Aug 06, 2015

Unicorn IPOs can burn. Sunrun's last private round - $13.83 per share. Closing price in IPO - $10.77 on.wsj.com/1M7Foy7

The Daily Startup: Investment in HR, Recruitment Software Soars

blogs.wsj.com — Startups that offer software for human resources and recruitment have garnered $811.6 million from venture capital investors in the first half of 2015, Deborah Gage reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. The total for the first half of the year is near the $859 million that venture capitalists invested in the sector for the entirety of 2000, according to data from industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource.
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Sep 02, 2015

RT @KQEDnews: A fish farm the size of Central Park could be coming 4 miles off coast of San Diego. @NPRFood npr.org/sections/thesa… pic.twitter.com/uMhCG1pKPP

Sep 01, 2015

RT @NPR: Study finds people sleeping the least = more likely to get a cold after being sprayed w/live virus. @NPRHealth n.pr/1O5JIgB

Sep 01, 2015

13 waves in an hour in a wave pool: Surf’s up — all the time: How wave pools could revolutionize surfing on.mktw.net/1JA6PP7

Sep 01, 2015

RT @DJVentureWire: Amazon’s One-Hour Alcohol Delivery May Be a Headache for Startups on.wsj.com/1igHwsB

Aug 28, 2015

Uber hires two hackers to work on self-driving cars’ defenses on.wsj.com/1JrkND3 via @WSJ


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