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I edit and write for the Dow Jones and WSJ.com

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.

The Daily Startup: Virtual Physician Assistant Bright.md Raises $3.5M

blogs.wsj.com — Bright.md, which offers a virtual physician assistant, has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding as more technology companies tap into the rising need for medical care, Brian Gormley reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. The company's service asks patients questions, and the answers are then funneled to the physician in the form of a chart-ready note that contains a suggested diagnosis and treatment plan.
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Aug 28, 2015

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

Aug 27, 2015

San Francisco Firefighters Become Unintended Safety Net for the Homeless nyti.ms/1LC68IR

Aug 27, 2015

RT @instagram: Today, we’re announcing support for posts in portrait and landscape orientations. blog.instagram.com/post/127722429…

Aug 20, 2015

Computers are showing their biases, and tech firms are concerned on.wsj.com/1J7N1Tf via @WSJ


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