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I'm just your average guy named Rip. Former writer/head janitor @TechCrunch, VC-er @Morgenthaler_V / @CanvasVC

ScaleBase Lands $10.5M To Help Mozilla, AppDynamics & Others Scale Their Databases

ScaleBase Lands $10.5M To Help Mozilla, AppDynamics & Others Scale Their Databases
techcrunch.com — ScaleBase, a Newton, Mass.-based startup that helps companies keep fast-scaling databases up-and-running, today announced that it has landed $10.5 million in series B funding, led by Bain Capital Ventures and Ascent Venture Partners, with participation from its existing investor, Cedar Fund.

Your Photos As Stories: Tracks Goes After The ‘Experience Graph’ With New iOS App

Your Photos As Stories: Tracks Goes After The ‘Experience Graph’ With New iOS App
techcrunch.com — In May, a startup named Tracks debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC offering a photo sharing app that enables users to turn their images into stories. As MG wrote in our profile of Tracks at the time, Tracks offers a similar photo cluster experience to Color's first app (which has since fizzled out) - except "it's much, much easier to understand".

Augme Technologies To Acquire Mobile Ad Firm Hipcricket For $44.5 Million

Augme Technologies To Acquire Mobile Ad Firm Hipcricket For $44.5 Million
techcrunch.com — Mobile marketing service, Augme Technologies, today announced that it will be acquiring Hipcricket, a mobile marketing and advertising platform for $44.5 million - $6 million of which is in cash and $38.5 million in common stock.

Gaming Industry Report: M&A Hits $4B Record In 2012, While Social Gaming Investment Plummets By $1B+

Gaming Industry Report: M&A Hits $4B Record In 2012, While Social Gaming Investment Plummets By $1B+
techcrunch.com — Today, international investment firm Digi-Capital published its in-depth review of the global gaming space, giving us a sense of the size, breadth, and activity of the international gaming market in both a year-end retrospective of 2012 as well as what we can expect from the industry in the coming year.

Twitter Buys TweetDeck For $40 Million

Twitter Buys TweetDeck For $40 Million
techcrunch.com — Word has been circulating for weeks now that Twitter was soon to be swooping up the popular third-party app, TweetDeck. In early May, Mike Arrington reported that the deal was as good as done, but the two companies were not yet willing to publicly release the numbers.

Upshift Launches To Bring Scalable Sales Engines To Startups, And Help Engineer Growth

Upshift Launches To Bring Scalable Sales Engines To Startups, And Help Engineer Growth
techcrunch.com — If today isn't your first day in the tech industry (or reading TechCrunch), then you're likely familiar with the rise of the accelerator program, a phenomenon that has swept through Startup Land like wildfire over the last five years.

Three Classes In, Boost.vc Is Raising A New Fund With Plans To Incubate 100 Bitcoin Startups By 2016

Three Classes In, Boost.vc Is Raising A New Fund With Plans To Incubate 100 Bitcoin Startups By 2016
techcrunch.com — Adam Draper and Brayton Williams launched Boost.vc in 2012 at a time when the accelerator market was beginning to burst at the seams with new entrants - some would say it was nearing saturation. In an effort to differentiate their approach and attract quality startups amidst the growing noise in Accelerator Land, the Boost founders decided to put a premium on experimentation.

In 18K Schools And Counting, Clever Confirms $10.3M Raise From Sequoia, Paul Graham, As It Looks To Build The Next Big Learning Platform

In 18K Schools And Counting, Clever Confirms $10.3M Raise From Sequoia, Paul Graham, As It Looks To Build The Next Big Learning Platform
techcrunch.com — Clever launched out of Y Combinator in 2012 on a mission to help K-12 schools unlock student data, keep it up to date and safely share that data with developers. In other words, Clever's technology enables schools to make student data more accessible and, in turn, help developers reduce the amount of work they have to do to build killer applications from that data and deliver it back to schools.

Another Day, Another EdTech Giant Acquired: Following Renaissance Learning, Education Software Veteran Skillsoft Sells For $2B+

Another Day, Another EdTech Giant Acquired: Following Renaissance Learning, Education Software Veteran Skillsoft Sells For $2B+
techcrunch.com — It's been an active week in the world of education software, with this weekend bringing news of the second big-ticket acquisition of a veteran EdTech company in as many days. Last week, Renaissance Learning, the 29-year-old, Google Capital-backed analytics and assessment giant, was acquired by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for a hefty $1.1 billion.

With 40% Of U.S. Doctors Signed On, Doximity’s Jeff Tangney Reveals How The Social Network For M.D.s Hit The Tipping Point

With 40% Of U.S. Doctors Signed On, Doximity’s Jeff Tangney Reveals How The Social Network For M.D.s Hit The Tipping Point
techcrunch.com — With the arrival of Obamacare, millions of uninsured Americans are entering the healthcare system for the first time. As these new patients happily stream into waiting rooms, doctors are scrambling to keep pace with the increasing demand.
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