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Augmented-Reality Headset Maker Meta Secures $23M

pevc.dowjones.com — Augmented-reality company Meta has secured a major vote of confidence from investors, raising $23 million to build holographic headsets that allow people to interact with digital images in the physical world.The infusion represents the beginning what Meta executives describe as a long and gentle push to replace smartphones and computers with wearable computers.

Food-Delivery Startup Deliveroo Picks Up $25 Million in Series B Funding

blogs.wsj.com — When it comes to food-delivery startups, investors have a seemingly insatiable appetite. London-based Roofoods Ltd., doing business as Deliveroo, is the latest such company to secure new institutional funding, scooping up $25 million and signaling the mature sector is still developing.

Augmented-Reality Headset Maker Meta Secures $23 Million

blogs.wsj.com — Augmented-reality company Meta has secured a major vote of confidence from investors, raising $23 million to build holographic headsets that allow people to interact with digital images in the physical world. The infusion represents the beginning what Meta executives describe as a long and gentle push to replace smartphones and computers with wearable computers.

Social Robot Jibo Fueled for Mass Production With $25.3 Million

blogs.wsj.com — Social robot startup and Indiegogo sensation Jibo Inc. has raised $25.3 million in a venture round to take its pint-size, voice-activated home companion to the masses. The infusion comes just a few weeks after investors backed Rethink Robotics Inc.

Home-Improvement Site Porch.com Lands $65M to Build Out Its Services

blogs.wsj.com — Home-improvement startup Porch.com Inc. is in the midst of its own expansion project, closing an oversubscribed round at $65 million to build out its service even faster nationwide. Investors valued the two-year-old company at $500 million, Venture Capital Dispatch learned.

Percolata Emerges From Stealth With $5M for New Sensors for Retail Stores

blogs.wsj.com — A startup emerging from stealth with the new name of Percolata Inc. has raised a $5 million seed round from investors including Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz for its system of in-store sensors and analytics that is designed to help retailers better staff their stores, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned.

Rethink Robotics Raises $26.6M to Go Global With Its Robots

blogs.wsj.com — Aiming to create an army of easy-to-train, affordable robots, Rethink Robotics Inc. has captured $26.6 million in growth funding from GE Ventures, Goldman Sachs and other investors who are confident the Boston-based startup is ready to expand world-wide.

Appboy Raises $15 Million to Help Businesses Improve Mobile Marketing

blogs.wsj.com — App optimization company Appboy Inc. has raised $15 million in a round that reflects investors' enthusiasm for mobile-marketing services. The New York-based startup allows marketers to gather data about their app users and then, based on usage and spending patterns, find better ways to engage them.

Rothenberg Ventures Launches Accelerator for Virtual-Reality Startups

pevc.dowjones.com — Virtual-reality startups now have an accelerator to call their own.Early-stage venture firm Rothenberg Ventures announced Friday it is launching River, a three-month accelerator program that will provide workspace in San Francisco, $100,000 and mentorship to 10 startups in its inaugural class running from February through April....

PuzzleSocial Pieces Together $3M at $15M Valuation to Become Crossword Titan

pevc.dowjones.com — PuzzleSocial Inc. thinks it has digital crossword puzzles figured out. Now some investors agree. The maker of "Daily Celebrity Crossword," a top-grossing app that has more than one million users in the U.S. alone, has secured $3 million to continue expanding.
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Jan 29, 2015

In Japan, ‘marriage hunting’ may require the right lair, and a stripper pole on.wsj.com/1BqL3GH via @WSJ

Jan 27, 2015

Oculus to make movies for virtual-reality headset at in-house Story Studios on.wsj.com/1uRS2Mj via @WSJ

Jan 27, 2015

White House drone crash appears to be result of ‘recreational use,’ says Secret Service on.wsj.com/1BfnaBS via @WSJ

Jan 26, 2015

Goodbye M&A? French VC Partech aims at Europe funding gap on.wsj.com/1JNXEIK via @WSJ

Jan 23, 2015

More Minnesotans consider the state part of the North, a region distinct from the Midwest. on.wsj.com/1yKDxbk via @WSJ @deborahgage

Jan 22, 2015

Videogame Industry Acquisitions and IPOs Are at a Record, Study Says on.wsj.com/1zxPu6W via @WSJD

Jan 21, 2015

Biggest bitcoin round EVER goes to Coinbase with $75M, Tradtional VCs, banks and NYSE are now backing on.wsj.com/1undOY2 via @WSJ

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