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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....

SoftTech VC Hires Huddle Co-Founder, Refocuses on Enterprise

blogs.wsj.com — A prominent seed-stage firm with a string of consumer hits including Mint.com and Milo is reshuffling its partnership and refocusing to bankroll business-to-business startups with the balance of its $85 million fourth fund. SoftTech VC announced on Wednesday that partner Charles Hudson is leaving to start his own pre-seed-stage firm and that Huddle Inc.

Clearpath Robotics Raises $11M, Looks to Bring Bots to New Industries

blogs.wsj.com — Venture investors can't get enough of robots, pouring $11.2 million into a Canadian startup offering light-industrial bots and marking another sign that the robot revolution is just beginning. Clearpath Robotics Inc. will use the infusion, its first institutional funding round, to expand from providing air, water and terrestrial bots to the military to outfitting Fortune 500 companies seeking to automate dull, dirty and dangerous jobs.

Kamcord, the Twitch of Mobile Gaming, Records Large User Growth

blogs.wsj.com — For many interested in games, playing them simply isn't enough. They want to live stream and record their play, share it with others, talk about it and-perhaps most importantly-watch more advanced players so they can learn how to get better.

Luxury-Socks Startup Stance Raises $50M to Expand Into Underwear

blogs.wsj.com — A Los Angeles-based startup selling luxury socks has raised backing from private investors to expand into an enticing, but hard-to-win sector: underwear.

Valued at $1.1 Billion, Nextdoor’s Pivot Appears to Be Paying Off

blogs.wsj.com — In another example of a pivot that seems to be paying off, neighborhood social network Nextdoor Inc. has wooed investors who valued the startup at $1.1 billion in a fresh round of financing. The San Francisco-based company announced Wednesday that new investors Redpoint Ventures and Insight Venture Partners led a $110 million round to bankroll the startup's continued expansion to communities across the U.S.
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Mar 27, 2015

RT @JeffElder: The Pao jury has reached a verdict. It will be delivered at 2 p.m.

Mar 24, 2015

Great read and well researched. Sex-bias trial takes big toll on Kleiner on.wsj.com/1FCW0w3 via @WSJ @deborahgage @JeffElder

Mar 24, 2015

RT @JeffElder: Ellen Pao was interested in @twitter as an investment, but Kleiner overruled her, attorney tells jury, noting irony of much-tweeted trial.

Mar 24, 2015

RT @mbillings: Amazon says the FAA approval it received to test delivery drones already obsolete on.wsj.com/18V96Xb via @WSJ

Mar 24, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: US, Afghanistan announce US will slow troop withdrawal, maintain 9,800 through end of 2015.

Mar 22, 2015

To the guy drenched in patchouli who just sat next to me at Starbucks: you suck. #workingonsunday

Mar 22, 2015

RT @chr1sa: Our sad stack of abandoned Oculi, waiting for a compelling game pic.twitter.com/lnGZZUI6kn

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