Education Startup Top Hat Monocle Scores $8M in Series A Funding

Top Hat Monocle has raised $8 million in Series A funding in a round led by Emergence Capital Partners and iNovia Capital, along with SoftTech VC, Version One Ventures (the new fund of Boris Wertz) and Golden Venture Partners. The Toronto-based education company, which has an office in San Francisco, raised $1.5 million in seed stage […]

A Perfect Fit for True&Co?

True&Co, an online intimates retailer has secured $2 million in first round funding from top investors, including First Round Capital, SoftTech VC, Aileen Lee, Softbank Capital and former LinkedIn executive Ellen Levy. The company has also just unveiled a service to fit women into the perfect bra online with no measuring tape. PRESS RELEASE Two […]

Fitbit Attracts Series C Funding

Fitbit, a manufacturer of digital health and fitness devices has raised $12 Million in Series C funding from existing investors: Foundry Group, True Ventures, SoftTech VC and Felicis Ventures. Fitbit was founded in 2007 in San Francisco. PRESS RELEASE Fitbit, the market leader in the digital health and fitness device category and maker of the […]


Bionic Panda Games Raises Seed Round

San Francisco-based Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games startup focused on casual social games for the Android platform, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from a wide syndicate of investors. Participants in the financing include SoftTech VC, Norwest Venture Partners, Google Ventures, 500 Startups, and angels Craig Sherman and Kal Vepuri. Charles Hudson, who […] Buys FashionStake

Design-focused flash sales site has acquired NYC-based FasionStake. Terms of the deal were not released, though the company said that FashionStake founders Vivian Weng and Daniel Gulati will join FashionStake is an online marketplace for independent designers. is backed by more than $50 million from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Menlo Ventures, First Round Capital, Baroda Ventures, SoftTech VC, and A-Grade Investments, an angel fund co-founded by actor Ashton Kutcher and friends Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle.

From the Filings–Startup Edition

(Recent funding news based on Form D filings with the S.E.C.) New York-based Peer39 Inc. has raised $2.5 million in fresh capital, according to a regulatory filing. Peer39 provides data based on the content and structure of web pages, and aims to help companies improve the effectiveness of online display advertising. The company raised a […]

Simply Fabulous: Andreessen Horowitz Leads $40M Series B for — which pivoted from a lifestyle website for gay men to a design-focused flash sales site — announced Wednesday that it raised $40 million in a Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz. The new round comes just five months after the company raised an $8 million Series A led by Menlo Ventures. Joining […]

DNAnexus Adds $15M from Google Ventures, TPG Biotech

DNAnexus, a DNA data management and analysis platform, has closed a $15 million second round led by Google Ventures and TPG Biotech. First Round Capital, SoftTech VC, K9 Ventures, and Felicis Ventures also participated in the financing, which will be used for development. Krishna Yeshwant of Google Ventures, and Geoff Duyk of TPG Biotech, have joined the company’s board.

Revenue Up, Profits Down: Why Barriers to Entry Still Matter

Yesterday, it came to light that a San Francisco-based freelance writer used the peer-to-peer vacation rental Website Airbnb to disastrous effect last month.  Among other damage to her apartment were smashed doors, stolen family heirlooms, and guest sheets turned to ash in the fireplace. The injury to Airbnb’s reputation may prove extensive, given the image it […]

Social Scene: The Week in Personalities

Welcome to a new weekly feature called “Social Scene,” where we compile personality-related news from the worlds of venture capital and private equity. We’re starting off by trolling for tidbits on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, but long-term we want to get items straight from peHUB readers. What are we looking for? Birthdays, […]

M&A 2010: Who Will The Buyers Be?

Confidence is a funny thing: Too little leads to low self-esteem, too much makes one arrogant.

When venture capitalists are confident, it means they expect their startups to outpace the growth in the overall market—a good thing for startups or a bad thing for the rest of the economy.

Mark Cannice has been tracking venture capitalist confidence for half a decade at the University of San Francisco’s School of Business and reports that venture capital confidence is slowly improving from its fourth quarter 2008 low. “Notable return of exit opportunities—especially headline acquisitions—is breathing life into the venture business model,” Canice says. (Read our earlier coverage).

That’s a sentiment that seems to be shared across the board. When the Venture Capital Journal surveyed investors for its January issue, it heard the same optimism for an M&A surge:

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