Funding

Nujira raises $12M to stem LTE’s hunger for energy

Nujira has developed technology that eliminates the enormous energy waste of LTE radios. By utilizing a technique called envelope tracking it matches the power fed into the handset with the power it transmits, which could cut down smartphone battery drain by a quarter.

Why it makes sense for Apple to invest in Twitter

According to the New York Times, Apple has had discussions with Twitter about making a substantial investment in the real-time network. A closer relationship between the two — which has been rumored in the past — would make some sense for both companies.

Say Media raises $27 million funding round

Digital publishing company Say Media, which is home to brands like ReadWriteWeb and Remodelista, has raised $27 million in funding. The company will use the funding to acquire more brands and expand its platform.

Video company Big Frame raises $3M seed round

Big Frame is a Hollywood media company dabbling in virtually all portions of the YouTube business model. In addition to representing talents such as MysteryGuitarMan, Destorm Power and Mike Diva, the company produces branded content and operates its own channel, Bammo.

DramaFever gets backed by Bertelsmann, AMC & NALA

DramaFever is quickly becoming one of the hottest video services for foreign niche content: The Korean drama service just announced some additional backing from Bertelsmann, AMC and NALA. The company wants to use the money to take on telenovelas and venture into Europe.

Google leads $35M funding round for Machinima

Popular YouTube video channel Machinima.com has landed a $35M round of funding, with Google leading the round. While Google has given its video content partners seed money in the past, this is the first time it’s given big-time VC dollars to one of them.

AllTrails inks National Geographic partnership

Updated. Outdoor recreational startup AllTrails today announced a major partnership with National Geographic that will bring unique, co-branded content to the startup’s website at AllTrails.com and its mobile applications. That will give it a lot more data, and opens the door for a subscription service.

Jivox raises $8.2M to bring interactive ads to all screens

Video ad startup Jivox has raised $8.2 million in an attempt to bring its technology to multiple screens. In addition to the funding, which was led by Fortisure Ventures and existing investors Opus and Helion, Jivox will add two new members to its board of directors.

Tremor raises $37M, looks to gobble up competitors

Tremor Video raised another $37 million in venture funding, bringing total funding to $145 million. It plans to use to acquire some smaller competitors, as CEO Bill Day expects a round of consolidation to hit the online video advertising market.

Okta unlocks access to the corporate cloud

Okta, a startup that makes identity and access management software for enterprises, has closed $16.5 million in new funding. Okta’s software enables multiple people within an enterprise to sign in to the company’s web-based applications, whether they’re in the cloud or behind a firewall.

Twitter lands “significant” new funding round

Confirming weeks of speculation, Twitter announced Monday it has closed on a “significant” amount of new funding led by Russia-based venture capital firm DST Global. The specific amount raised has not been disclosed, but various reports have pegged the round at $800 million.

ReadItLater aims to be content shifting king

ReadItLater, the mobile and web app that allows you to save webpages to read later, has has taken on $2.5 million. The company is using the funds to make the shift from “quiet giant” app developer to full-fledged tech startup, CEO Nate Weiner says.

Infographic: the new startup ecosystem

Is this Bubble 2.0? This infographic, which Column Five Media did for Udemy, examines the state of startups. Though VCs are doing fewer deals than they were before the recession really took hold in late 2008, the amount of money invested is up to prerecession levels.

Cheezburger Network Gets $30M for More LOLcats and Failpics

Cheezburger — the blog network that brought you I Can Has Cheezburger, the Fail blog and many other similar humor-oriented sites — today announced that it has closed a $30-million round of funding from a group of venture capital firms including Foundry Group and SoftBank Capital.

Kontiki Raises $10.7M for Enterprise Video Delivery

Kontiki announced this morning that it has raised a $10.7 million funding round led by MK Capital, with New World Ventures and Cross Creek Capital also participating in the funding. It says it will use the funds to expand product development and sales and marketing programs.

As the Startup Funding Model Evolves, Angels are Winning

Angels are winning the startup-funding race, and that appears to be accelerating an ongoing shift in the venture capital market. As more startups are turning to angels for funding, recent data shows that the amount of money raised by traditional VC funds continues to shrink.

China’s YouTube, Tudou.com, Raises $50M

Online video companies in China continue to attract investors, as they battle it out for the attention of the 1.3 billion people that reside there. The latest to raise money is Tudou.com, which just announced a $50 million Series E investment led by Singapore-based Temasek Holdings.

Finally! Foursquare Raises $20 Million in Funding

Foursquare, which has been nearly as exhibitionist about sharing the details of its corporate dealings as some of its users are about sharing their locations, has finally closed its second funding round of $20 million led by Andreessen Horowitz and including previous investors.

Pandora Raises Funding From GGV Capital and Allen & Co.

Pandora, the music streaming provider and Silicon Valley darling, has raised additional late-stage funding of an undisclosed amount. Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy said in an emailed statement the funding would be used “to invest in resources we need to continue to execute on our strategy.”

Eric Schmidt Funds Mobile Voucher Gifting Company

Beyond just connecting us through voice and text, our mobile phone numbers are quickly becoming our identities and our wallets. Now they can also receive physical gifts! Well kind of — Giiv, a newly funded year-old startup, allows users to send each other virtual gift cards.

Former Fox Interactive Execs' 5to1 Raising More Funding

5to1, a company founded by former Fox Interactive executives including Ross Levinsohn, is out raising funding again. The San Francisco-based startup helps publishers find better ads for their sites, and has raised the first $68,000 of what looks to be a $3.45 million convertible note.

Location Gold Rush: SimpleGeo Raises a Quick Series A

SimpleGeo, the impeccably timed geo-location infrastructure startup, has raised a $8.14 million Series A. And at only a year old, it’s remarkable how quickly SimpleGeo has been able to capitalize on the excitement around geo-location technology and be recognized as a thought leader in the space.

Etacts Raises $650K for Managing Contacts

Etacts, which makes useful tools for managing email and phone contacts, has raised $650,000 in angel funding. The two-man Etacts team has been busy since completing the Y Combinator program, adding features at a rapid clip and closing a round from well-respected investors.

TweetPhoto: Did a "Hole-filler" Just Get Funded?

TweetPhoto, which allows users to share photos through Twitter, announced a funding round of $2.6 million today from several venture investors. But is the company just a “hole filler” for Twitter? Tweetphoto says its service also works with other social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

Stitcher Raises $6M for Streaming Talk Radio

Stitcher, a company that creates personalized talk radio streams (like Pandora but for non-music content), has raised a $6 million Series B round. It’s trying to help people bring audio to their mobile devices and cars, and along the way introduce them to new content.

TidalTV Adds Comcast Cash

TidalTV has completed a $16 million financing round, wrapping up funding that was first made public through an SEC filing back in…

Funding for Geo Spreads to the Enterprise

Apisphere, a Berkeley-Calif.-based startup founded in 2006, has found itself in the middle of the current geo-location craze, and raised $4.6 million in funding. Apisphere has explored a variety of location-based mobile services, starting with tracking salespeople.

Good or Bad Times Ahead for Tech Startups?

We’re at an odd time in the technology industry. While there’s bound to be some pre-holiday layoffs around the corner, it shouldn’t be like the carnage of last winter. The market wreck isn’t over, yet new venture deals have been coming across our desk in droves.

ScanScout Raises $5.1M

Video advertising technology startup ScanScout has raised $5.1 million of a planned $8.1 million round, according to a regulatory filing found by…

Online Studio Deca Raises $10M

Surprise, surprise — it doesn’t seem like online content studios are going to fade out of existence anytime soon. That’s for one…

Boxee Gets $4 Million

Open-source social media center Boxee announced today that it has raised $4 million in its first round of funding from Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital, which split the round 50-50.

Transpera Raises $8.25M Series B

Mobile video startup Transpera has raised $8.25 million in Series B funding from Labrador Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Intel Capital and First Round Capital including debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank.

PeerApp Raises $8M

ISP caching provider PeerApp announced today it raised $8 million in Series B funding to expand globally.

BitTorrent Raises Another $17M

BitTorrent has raised $17 million from DCM, Accel Partners, and DAG Ventures, according to a regulatory filing turned up by peHUB. Regulatory…

F|R: 5 Hacks For Closing an Angel Round

Last week we offered you one founder’s rationale for taking money from angel investors, instead of venture capitalists. It’s a trade-off of…

750industries Raises $1M

750industries, a video marketing and distribution firm, has raised $1 million in funding from Ron Conway, Maples Investments and Baseline Ventures. We’ve…

Mevio Raises Another $15M

Mevio, the online video network formerly known as PodShow, has raised another $15 million in funding, bringing it to a total of…

BuddyTV Gets $6M More

Television blog and community site BuddyTV has raised $6 million in Series B funding from Madrona Venture Group. Previously, BuddyTV raised $2.8…

One VC's 3-Step Filter for Saying 'No'

I’ve you’ve ever been stung by the rejection of a VC, this post ought to help you put the experience into perspective.…

My Case Against Venture Capital

Even though my company, Altos Research, isn’t actively seeking capital, I had breakfast the other day with a venture guy at Buck’s…

Pitching on a Prayer & a PowerPoint

Editor’s Note: Fund raising is one of the most difficult things a startup founder will do. As a VC, Rich Moran, sees…

Startup Math: 1 + 1 = 1/2

Editor’s Note: We’ve been introduced to a great new founder’s blog, and we’re delighted Chris Lyman has agreed to share it with…

Eyeblaster Get $8 Million in Funding

Rich media technology provider Eyeblaster announced the closing of an $8 million round of venture capital funding from New York-based Insigh…