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Gaming Studio Radiant Entertainment Raises $4.5 Million to Build PC Games

blogs.wsj.com — Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst and London Venture Partners, a seed investor in Supercell Oy, are backing Radiant Entertainment Inc., a new PC games studio created by the founders of one of the world's longest running e-sports tournaments.

ServiceTitan Raises $18M for Software to Help Home Service Professionals

pevc.dowjones.com — ServiceTitan Inc. has secured $18 million to expand its software platform for plumbers, HVAC specialists, contractors and other home service professionals.Since launching the platform roughly two years ago, the Glendale, Calif.-based startup has signed on franchises including Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter, and AireServ as well as independent service providers....

Google Capital Backs Duolingo to Help Language-Learning App Go Global

blogs.wsj.com — Duolingo Inc. has enticed more than 100 million language learners to use its free, gamelike mobile app, a threefold increase during the past year. Now, the Pittsburgh-based startup has secured $45 million from Google Capital and others to launch new revenue experiments and extend its free tutoring to the rest of the world.

Investors Put $3.5 Million Into Rinse Amid Demand for Laundry Services

blogs.wsj.com — Betting consumers would rather tap smartphones than schlepp their dirty clothes to the cleaners themselves, investors are backing on-demand laundry startup Rinse Inc. Like Washio Inc., Cleanly Inc., FlyCleaners Inc. and other competitors, Rinse dispatches drivers to pick up dirty clothes when consumers use an app to summon the service.

Experfy Secures Seed Round to Scale Data Scientist Marketplace

blogs.wsj.com — Adding a new flavor to the business of transforming heaps of data into actionable insights, a Harvard-based startup is offering custom algorithms on demand.Founded last year, Experfy Inc. has built a marketplace for data scientists who, like designers using 99Designs Inc. or business consultants using HourlyNerd Inc., respond to requests from individuals and businesses for help with specific projects.

Beepi Raising 'Monster Round' to Scale Used-Car Marketplace

pevc.dowjones.com:80 — Beepi Inc. is raising at least $300 million in a funding round that would value the used-car marketplace at more than $2 billion and bankroll the national expansion of its service, which lets people purchase cars with a few taps of their smartphone.The infusion comes as private and public investors continue to pour money into privately held startups at record rates.

Beepi Raising ‘Monster Round’ to Scale Used-Car Marketplace

blogs.wsj.com — Beepi Inc. is raising at least $300 million in a funding round that would value the used-car marketplace at more than $2 billion and bankroll the national expansion of its service, which lets people purchase cars with a few taps of their smartphone.The infusion comes as private and public investors continue to pour money into privately held startups at record rates.

Morgan Stanley Backs Ad Tech Startup GumGum in Prep for IPO

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.
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Jun 27, 2015

RT @WSJD: Airbnb has raised $1.5 Billion, which values the home-rental service at $25.5 billion: on.wsj.com/1SRejRP pic.twitter.com/KnKYwmcbke

Jun 26, 2015

RT @WSJ: From City Hall to Stonewall, New Yorkers cheer Supreme Court gay marriage ruling: on.wsj.com/1e8gCAP via @WSJNY pic.twitter.com/KLVoXyJIGQ

Jun 26, 2015

RT @WSJD: These 14-year-olds coded an app that fights garbage and disease on the streets of Bangalore on.wsj.com/1GASYnd pic.twitter.com/Sxvv7Yqu0B

Jun 25, 2015

Gaming Studio Radiant Entertainment Raises $4.5 Million to Build PC Games on.wsj.com/1IzI7uZ via @WSJ

Jun 15, 2015

RT @EconBizFin: On June 19th, a new era begins in America’s securities markets. New rules for IPOs econ.st/1QZPxw0 pic.twitter.com/IF2uVPgglr

Jun 11, 2015

"Netscape was a $46M or so IPO (crowd laughs) Yes, that used to be an IPO" @ericliaw. #plus

Jun 11, 2015

"Going public- it's the new down round" & other insights at WSJ Moneybeat breakfast #plus

Jun 10, 2015

Google Capital Backs Duolingo to Help Language-Learning App Go Global on.wsj.com/1I0fpmR via @WSJ

Jun 10, 2015

A must read ..Tech startups woo investors with unconventional financial metrics — but do numbers add up? on.wsj.com/1FHVvfW via @WSJ

Jun 09, 2015

RT @mohamed: Also, we can keep publishing articles about how journalists make great investors until everyone thinks it's true... twitter.com/mediaredef/sta…

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