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peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, women are better than men at raising money with Kickstarter, Uber drivers are still in operation in Berlin despite being banned and Apple is planning a more expensive iPhone that has a sapphire screen.

Piqora closes Series A

Piqora, a marketing and analytics business for visual social networks Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr, among others, has closed a Series A investment of $7.7 million led by DFJ. Freestyle Capital, Baseline Ventures, Lazerow Ventures, Firebolt Ventures and Altos Ventures also participated, bringing total financing to over $11 million to date.

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Split raises seed funds

Split, a company dedicated to helping people avoid awkward encounters, has raised a $1 million seed investment from high-profile private investors, including entrepreneur, investor, and real estate and fashion mogul, Christopher Burch; Warner Music Group director and PERFORM board member, Jorg Mohaupt; international designer, actress and fashion icon, Dodo Bar Or; CEO and co-founder of acclaimed advertising and branding agency Zarmon Goldman DDB, Hadar Goldman; private venture capitalist and board member of several internet businesses, Alex Zubillaga; and PERFORM joint CEO and board member, Oliver Slipper. The Split apps work by gathering a person’s existing contact and social information (as they permit) as well as public social network data from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare.

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Bill Gurley to LPs: You are Blowing It

Bill Gurley has a message for institutional investors: Stop blasting money at what have historically been top-tier venture funds. “You’re not in the stands. You’re in the field. And when you allocate [your capital] obsessively to firms in the top quartile, it will have an impact on how things play out.”

Attack of the 50 Foot Amazon… Austerity?

Amazon has spent 24 months crushing brick-and-mortar competitors and driving the company’s share price through the roof. And they’ve gone and done it in a way that bankers hate to see–without much M&A.

What the Facebook-Instagram Deal Means

The Instagram acquisition just offered concrete evidence the $1 billion Pinterest valuation is probably a low-ball… So, how should the photo-sharing startup conduct its next round of financing?

VCJ Report: Photo Shopping

You can’t go anywhere these days without someone pulling out their smartphone and taking a pic or two with their camera to upload to Facebook, Twitter, Foodspotting or other social media sites. It’s estimated that more than 200 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day, making it the largest photo sharing site in the […]

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