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Dell Ventures and Intel Capital Invest $45 Million in DocuSign

blogs.wsj.com — Just weeks after closing funding from growth investors at a $3 billion valuation, DocuSign Inc. has raised an additional $45 million from the venture arms of Dell and Intel at the same valuation.

Mobcrush Seeded by Lions Gate, Others to Build a Twitch for Mobile

blogs.wsj.com — Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and other investors are bankrolling a startup that live streams mobile games to enthusiasts who love watching "Minecraft" as much as others like watching football. Founded just nine months ago, Mobcrush Inc. is one in a growing league of startups focusing on e-sports-and industry which gaming research firm Newzoo BV expects to reach $465 million by 2017.

Booze On-Demand Service Drizly Lands $13 Million to Expand

blogs.wsj.com — Getting booze delivered from your smartphone has never been easier. A half-dozen startups have built apps allowing users in certain cities nationwide to order alcohol and get it delivered in as little as 20 minutes. The largest of the lot, Boston-based Drizly Inc., is about to get bigger, having raised $13 million from venture and strategic investors taking a shot at dominating alcohol e-commerce.

Vouch Raises $6 Million for Loans Backed by Borrower’s Social Network

blogs.wsj.com — Social lending startup Vouch Inc. has secured $6 million from investors backing a modern interpretation of the ancient idea that a lender can hold friends and family accountable for paying debts if a borrower defaults. Companies such as SoFi, Kabbage, LendUp, Moven and dozens more have emerged as after lending rules tightened following the financial crisis.

DocuSign Hits $3 Billion Valuation in Latest Funding Round

blogs.wsj.com — DocuSign has raised $233 million from late-stage investors to speed global expansion of its digital document management service while indefinitely postponing an IPO.The infusion, which people familiar with the deal said valued the company at $3 billion, nearly doubles the amount of capital DocuSign has raised.Existing investors Bain Capital affiliate

‘Unicorn’ Startups Say High Valuations Justified, Citing Big Growth Ahead

blogs.wsj.com — Even as the herd of startups with valuations of $1 billion or more grows fatter, some investors are skeptical that this "unicorn" status is a proper scorecard.

App Annie Acquires Mobidia, to Expand to 60 Countries by Year’s End

blogs.wsj.com — App Annie Ltd. is spending a portion of the $55 million it raised earlier this year, snapping up mobile-insights company Mobidia Technology Inc. in a bid to become the Nielsen ratings of the digital world.

Wonder Workshop, Kano Funded for Hardware to Help Kids Learn to Code

blogs.wsj.com — From programmable robots to electronics kits, dozens of companies have emerged in recent years designed to turn nontechnical people into quick learners capable of building and coding devices.Along with accelerators backing early efforts and individuals providing funding on crowdfunding sites, venture investors including Sequoia Capital and Khosla Ventures have poured millions into the likes of smartphone-powered telepresence robot Romotive and electronic kit maker littleBits Electronics.Now two more such startups--Wonder Workshop Inc.

Secret is Shutting Down Its Anonymous-Messaging App

blogs.wsj.com — Just 16 months and a fleeting stint as a celebrated app, the anonymous social-networking service Secret is shutting down. Unlike most startups that collapse when they are unable to restructure its debt or can't raise follow-on funding, Secret's troubles had nothing to do with money.

Anonymous Social-Networking App ‘Secret’ Shuts Down

wsj.com — After just 16 months and a fleeting stint as a popular app, the anonymous social-networking service Secret is shutting down. Unlike most startups that collapse when they are unable to restructure their debt or can't raise follow-on funding, Secret's troubles had nothing to do with money. The San Francisco-based startup had raised $35...
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May 26, 2015

RT @dkberman: The amazing visual history of how 64 local cable firms became 6 national behemoths. on.wsj.com/1chhbac pic.twitter.com/LISAzR09Ba

May 22, 2015

@jdh ok... I'll take that challenge. Tell me industry, HQ, total capital raised and current round you are pricing

May 22, 2015

Delicate Little Man Kept Awake All Night By Having Coffee After Four O’Clock theonion.com/r/37312

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