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Driving Display Startup Navdy Raises $20M to Start Commercial Production

blogs.wsj.com — Seeking to end the dangerous juggle many smartphone-wielding drivers do when navigating, reading email, texting and calling contacts, Navdy Inc. created a gadget that projects information from smartphones onto car windshields. The startup, which quickly gained traction last year from investors and early adopters preordering its $299 gadget, has now closed a $20 million funding round.

Andreessen Horowitz Hires Former Facebook Lawyer to Help Its Startups

blogs.wsj.com — From vacation-rental and ride-hailing startups to aerial drones and bitcoin companies, clashes between tech innovators and regulators have exploded in recent years. As entrepreneurs iterate, legislators have sought to regulate with the goal of protecting consumers-and some argue protecting incumbent interests.

RetailNext Bags $125 Million for International Expansion, Acquisitions

CloudBees Collects $23.5M to Scale Operations

pevc.dowjones.com — Providing a developers a single spot to build, manage and deploy Web applications, CloudBees Inc. has been buzzing with new customers during the past year.Now existing investors are plowing another $23.5 million into the four year-old startup to help it scale operations faster....

Domo, Valued at $2 Billion in Latest Funding, Prepares for IPO

blogs.wsj.com — Domo Inc. has decided its business management platform is ready for prime time and raised $200 million from investors at a $2 billion valuation to bankroll its next act: scaling sales.The five-year-old company counts more than 1,000 customers and hit an annual revenue run rate of $50 million in December 2014, but sales have been less of a priority than perfecting the product that allows businesses to access all of its information from any device.

Raptr Launches Instagram for Gamers, Raises $14 Million to Expand Service

blogs.wsj.com — Raptr Inc. has 46 million gamers using its technology to optimize graphics and processing speeds on their PCs. It has partnerships with Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to ensure its software leverages the newest chip technologies. And it has revenue from advertisers, to the tune of several million dollars last year.

Localytics Raises $35M, Bolsters Predictive App Marketing

pevc.dowjones.com — App marketing and analytics startup Localytics wasn't looking for money, but raised some anyway.The Boston-based startup secured $35 million in a Series D round led by Sapphire Ventures, pumping total outside backing to $60 million and setting the stage for a massive research-and-development investment....

Improbable Worlds Circles $20 Million for 3-D Modeling Developer Platform

blogs.wsj.com — Improbable Worlds Ltd. wants to make the impossible, possible.The London-based startup makes a distributed computing platform that allows developers to create and operate asynchronous 3-D events in real time at a large scale, like the reaction of thousands of players to an explosion in a videogame or modeling a disease outbreak in a mobile and diverse population.The three-year-old company has attracted a few early customers in academia, government and gaming, but has operated largely in stealth until Tuesday when it announced it had secured $20 million from Andreessen Horowitz.

New Nintendo Partner DeNA Has Venture Arm to Back Virtual-Reality Startups

blogs.wsj.com — As DeNA Co. and Nintendo Co. begin collaborating on original mobile games, a stealthy weapon may take on new import as they battle for consumer attention: DeNA's venture arm. The mobile Internet company's investment vehicle has quietly backed more than 40 companies since launching in late 2013 and will focus on virtual reality and health care going forward, VentureWire has learned.

New Nintendo Partner DeNA has Venture Arm to Back Virtual-Reality Startups

pevc.dowjones.com — As DeNA Co. and Nintendo Co. begin collaborating on original mobile games, a stealthy weapon may take on new import as they battle for consumer attention: DeNA's venture arm.The mobile Internet company's investment vehicle has quietly backed more than 40 companies since launching in late 2013 and will focus on virtual reality and health care going forward, VentureWire has learned....
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Apr 16, 2015

Driving with your eyes on the road? Yes, it just may be possible when texts display on car windshields. on.wsj.com/1FUQYvo via @WSJ

Apr 16, 2015

Andreessen Horowitz Expects Startups' Legal Clashes to Increase, Hires Former Facebook Lawyer Ted Ullyot on.wsj.com/1FUPaCu via @WSJ

Apr 16, 2015

RT @elanazak: Meet Aiko Chihira, Toshiba's new robot that will work at a Tokyo department store. on.wsj.com/1yy5Ey7 pic.twitter.com/Tcq2JZdcy1

Apr 15, 2015

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Apr 15, 2015

Next $1B startup? RetailNext Bags $125 Million for International Expansion, Acquisitions on.wsj.com/1yptefY via @WSJ

Apr 15, 2015

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Apr 14, 2015

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