CB Insights took at look at which seed deals received follow-on funding and listed investors by the ability of their portfolios to raise new money. Here are the top 10.
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Ron Conway may have stepped back from funding Y Combinator startups, but FundersClub has stepped in. The online platform for seed investing said it raised a $1.1 million fund to invest in Y Combinator startups.
Late yesterday morning, I grabbed coffee with Hipmunk cofounder Adam Goldstein. Hipmunk is a 10-month-old, 10-person, San Francisco-based startup whose travel search has won it the respect of the tech cognoscenti. They also comprise most of its users at this point. Hipmunk doesn’t release user numbers, but Goldstein said the service – which only recently [...]
Santa Clara, Calif.-based education tablet startup Kno Inc. has inked a $30 million Series C round from Intel Capital, Conde Nast owner Advance Publications and existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, FLOODGATE and SV Angels. Intel poured a whopping $20 million into the round, which will help Kno continue development of its educational software for multiple platforms and devices, including Intel Architecture. As part of the round, Intel and Kno have agreed to join forces to push the use of tablet computers for educational purposes, the company said in a statement.
The early stage/seed game is changing, and Silicon Valley’s venture firms need to start playing by the new rules. New-generation incubators are taking root, and the valley’s traditional firms aren’t participating, despite the relatively small amount of investment. First it was Y Combinator. Yuri Milner and Ron Conway’s SV Angel last month decided to give [...]
A lot of venture capitalists are concerned about how their industry is shrinking, but Michael Moritz isn’t one of them. A partner at Sequoia Capital, Moritz was one of several VCs at yesterday’s DLA Piper Global Technology Leaders Summit who claimed the industry might be better off contracting. “I don’t think Silicon Valley needs all [...]
Give Microsoft credit for getting itself on the same stage as Google at TechCrunch 50 with just a fraction of Google’s users — but both companies touted what appears to be demoware and are skilled marketing machines.
Microsoft this morning introduced “visual search” — the ability to use Bing to search through pictures of products in the travel, health, shopping and other categories. Want a digital camera? Scroll through an array of 1500 pictures, lined up like the racks of guns Keanu Reeves surveyed in the movie “The Matrix.”
Google this afternoon introduced Google fast flip –