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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.

Mixpanel Raises $65 Million to Build Predictive Data Tech

blogs.wsj.com — Suhail Doshi has big dreams for his mobile and Web analytics company Mixpanel Inc. and has just raised $65 million from Andreessen Horowitz to make them come true. The investment values the company at $865 million, an indication of Andreessen Horowitz's belief in the future of data analytics, and in the company's founder and chief executive.

GungHo and Tencent Back Mobile Gaming Community Kamcord

blogs.wsj.com — Fast-growing startup Kamcord Inc.--mobile gaming's answer to Twitch--has secured a strategic round led by Japanese gaming giant GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. at a valuation around $100 million.The $15 million infusion comes just a few months after Amazon.com Inc. purchased game recording and sharing startup Twitch Interactive Inc.

GungHo, Tencent and Others Back Mobile Gaming Community Kamcord at $100M Valuation

pevc.dowjones.com — Fast-growing startup Kamcord Inc.--mobile gaming's answer to Twitch--has secured a strategic round led by Japanese gaming giant GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. at a valuation around $100 million.The $15 million infusion comes just a few months after Amazon.com Inc. purchased game recording and sharing startup Twitch Interactive Inc.

Change.org Raises $25 Million From Big Names to Go Global and Mobile

blogs.wsj.com — Change.org Inc. has raised funding from investors including Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington and Richard Branson for a major expansion designed to make social change as easy as tapping a mobile app. The San Francisco-based startup offers a petition service now used by more than 80 million people seeking change worldwide.

Talent Marketplace Hired.com Secures $15 Million at $200 Million Valuation

blogs.wsj.com — Talent marketplace Hired.com Inc. has secured fresh funding in a pre-emptive blitz by investors clamoring to get a slice of the two-year-old startup now valued at $200 million. The $15 million round, which pushes total outside funding to $32.7 million, will be used to expand from San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston and London to a new city every six weeks throughout 2015, the company said.

Adam Draper Tells Why Boost VC is Backing All Bitcoin in Next Class

blogs.wsj.com — Longtime bitcoin backer Adam Draper took it one step further recently. Mr. Draper, the son of venture capitalist and fellow bitcoin booster Tim Draper, decided all of the 25 or so companies accepted in the next class at his Boost VC incubator will be focused on the cyber-currency.

Xfund Closes $100 Million Second Fund, Targets Student Entrepreneurs

blogs.wsj.com — Entrepreneurs on college campuses got another boost Thursday with Boston-area Xfund closing a $100 million fund to bankroll new ideas and support startups it's backed so far. The move comes just two months after the University of California Board of Regents approved the $250 million UC Ventures fund to target work done at campuses, medical centers and national laboratories.

Consolidation Begins in Clothing-Fit Tech as Fits.Me Buys Clothes Horse

blogs.wsj.com — Buying clothes online that fit well is still a difficult undertaking. A handful of startups that have secured venture backing in recent months are experimenting with ways to solve the problem and have signed on retailers including Macy's and Nordstrom to pilot their technology.
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Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 18, 2014

Expect Labs Raises $13 Million for ‘Anticipatory’ Computing on.wsj.com/1wkfxw5 via @WSJ

Dec 17, 2014

Google Ventures Shifts Focus to Health Care.Slices $ to consumer internet from 66% in 2013 to 8% this year on.wsj.com/1AAqmcb via @WSJ

Dec 17, 2014

L.A. Rising: Upfront Ventures Raises $280 Million Fund Above Target on.wsj.com/1AAtTHw via @WSJ

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