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

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

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

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

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

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+

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

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.

With 10K Schools On Board, BrightBytes Lands $15M To Help Measure The Real Impact Of Technology In Education

techcrunch.com — Over the last year, BrightBytes has become a personal favorite in the ballooning world of education startups. The reason for this begins with the fact that when it comes to our beleaguered education system - from its skyrocketing costs to its middling outcomes and dwindling resources - many have begun to look at technology as a savior.

Fresh From IPO, Wix Acquires Israeli Startup Appixia To Bring Native Mobile Commerce To Its 42M Users

techcrunch.com — Wix emerged in 2006 as part of a new generation of startups on a mission to do for website creation what Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr have done for bloggers and content creators. Riding the increasing demand for easy-to-use, DIY website builders, Wix is now one of the largest platforms of its kind on the Web, along with Weebly and SquareSpace.

Priceline Buys Israel’s Qlika For $15-20M To Boost Global Expansion With Rocket Science-Powered Ad Tech

techcrunch.com — Qlika launched out of UpWest's fourth batch of Israeli-American startups in March to tackle a big problem in online marketing: localization. In other words, what's the point of spending millions of dollars on marketing campaigns - across search, social and display - if those campaigns look exactly the same in California as they do in Sydney?
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