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In Second Opinion, RadiumOne’s abusive CEO needs to go, the bankruptcy filing from Energy Future Holdings could come as early as Monday evening, Amazon’s new smartphone will have a unique wireless data plan and Netflix is coming to cable.

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.

Millennium Boasts Of Four Portfolio Exits In First Half 2013

Millennium Technology Value Partners says it has had four portfolio company exits in the first half of 2013. included is the sale of Epocrates to athenahealth; the acquisition of NetSpend by TSYS; the recapitalization of Datapipe; and the acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo, which is pending. The firm also has six companies in registration.


Insight’s Deven Parekh on Raising a $2.57B Tech Fund

Insight Venture Partners, a technology investor active in buyout, growth equity and later stage venture investments, is on a roll with a new fund and a fast exit from bloggin network Tumblr. Going forward, managing director Deven Parekh tells peHUB, he expects the pace of big M&A deals to pick up.

Marissa Mayer by Adrees Latif of Reuters

What Does Yahoo’s Tumblr Deal Mean for Pinterest?

Since Yahoo announced it was acquiring Tumblr, venture capitalists have probably pondered how the deal impacts the value of their stakes in still-private social networks like Pinterest. The early consensus is that it’s good news, indeed.


An Investor Blends Business with Social Service, and Reaps the Rewards

Iranian-born entrepreneur-investor Shervin Pishevar has become a well-known brand in Silicon Valley in recent years largely because of his social entrepreneurship, not his startup prowess. His particular cause has been eradicating many of the hurdles that foreign-born entrepreneurs still face in entering and remaining in the U.S. But clearly, Pishevar’s social conscience has been good for business.

Tumblr’s Maloney Steps Down from Day-to-Day Operations

Tumblr President John Maloney announced today that he is no longer run the day-to-day operations of the company, which has raised more than $125 million in VC from from Greylock Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures.


Is NYC the East Coast’s New VC Capital?

Everybody knows it. Tom Brady knows it (when he was racking up Lombardi Trophies in Boston, he was getting his mail here). Mark Zuckerberg may have said he’d rather start Facebook in Boston, but the reality of it is, he launched offices in New York City. Clemens, The Babe, and Boggs: they all know, too. […]

Tumblr Raises $85M from Greylock, Insight, Richard Branson, Others

Tumblr, a popular blogging platform, has raised $85 million in a venture capital funding round led by Greylock Partners and Insight Venture Partners, plus the Chernin Group and Sir Richard Branson. Also joining the round were the company’s previous investors: Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Tumblr, founded in 2007,  previously raised $30 million in […]

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