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Venture Investing Remains Soft In First Quarter

The first quarter won’t close till Sunday, but an early look at the period finds the soft venture-investment environment continued. Venture capitalists in the United States put $6.2 billion to work in the quarter fueling 707 deals, according to a tally by PitchBook

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This morning find out more about the rise and rise of the angels; KKR’s interest in Geon and meet 14 new Rock Health start-ups.

Reuters – Pinterest Seeks Funding at $2bn Valuation

Online scrapbook Pinterest is trying to raise a new round of funding that would give it a valuation of between $2 billion to $2.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, writes Reuters. The company declined to comment on any fundraising efforts. Reuters – Online scrapbook Pinterest is trying to raise a new round of funding […]

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Catch up on the latest news after the weekend with this morning’s First Read which reveals who will survive the biotech VC downturn, the latest in Asian private equity news and who has raised the largest ever seed round in Y Combinator history.

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Tuesday Morning’s Post-Memorial Day Hangover edition of First Read includes the Choom-POTUS party guide, how to hype a tech scene, and Pinterest’s new friends.

Reuters – US Start-Up Pinterest Inks $100m

Online bulletin board Pinterest has raised $100 million in a financing round that values the US start-up at $1.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal said, writes Reuters. The funding is led by Japanese e-commerce site Rakuten, with existing investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners also participating, writes Reuters. Reuters – […]

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?

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This morning’s peHUB First Read comes with an obvious book deal, another obvious reason to like NYC, and the awesome return of Sim City!

Suddenly, the Samwer Brothers Face a Clone of Their Own

There it was one day last November: Pinspire, a site that looks almost comically like Palo Alto-based Pinterest, the popular pinboard site that invites users to find and collect images online. For anyone familiar with the oeuvre of the Samwers – Alexander, Marc, and Oliver – months-old Pinspire comes as little surprise. Even the prim […]

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