The anonymous sharing iOS (s aapl) app Secret has raised close to $10 million from Google (s GOOG) Ventures and Kleiner Perkins…
This latest round brings the company’s total funding from an array of institutional investors and VCs to a whopping $210 million.
In an interview, Nest’s CEO tells us why a union with Google is a good idea (hint: infrastructure and scale) and how he can now get back to designing killer product experiences.
More efficient power electronics might not be all that sexy. But a startup is scaling up the process to make next-generation power conversion a reality.
Data is an ever-more important element in business decision-making, so why isn’t venture capital keeping up? When will the industry move from intuition to algorithms?
Mountain View-based Play-i is launching a crowdfunding campaign to produce simple robots that can help kids as young as five years old learn basic concepts behind programming.
Vertical applications can take some of the advances mobile technologies have made in the consumer market and apply them to the corporate market
The founders of Twilio, Android and the Pebble watch will all be onstage at Mobilize 2013 in October as well as a host of experts in design, infrastructure and data. Make sure you come.
Rather than just emailing customers when a product they want drops in price, Nifti lets consumers look at charts and graphs of how the prices of certain items are peforming on the web.
Five-month-old startup N3twork has emerged from stealth with $12 million from Valley investors. We’ll have to wait until later this year for its product to unstealth, too.
The US Government has taken its most serious action yet against the popular cyber-currency Bitcoin by shutting down transfers between payment provider Dwolla and a Japanese exchange where the currency is traded.
Ripple is a distributed exchange that can be used for Bitcoin and other currencies, too. Google Ventures and IDG’s investment is the latest in a recent string for firms handling virtual currencies.
Google Ventures is looking to become one of the top-tier VC firms in Silicon Valley, and hiring high-profile partners is part of the path to the top.
One Medical Group, a San Francisco-based medical practice aiming to use technology to bring concierge-style medicine has raised $30 million in a round lead by Google Ventures.
Learning thermostat maker Nest has closed on $80 million to keep growing, and we’ve heard it’s shipping 40K to 50K thermostats per month. The round was raised at an $800 million valuation and the company could reach a million per year shipment rate by the Summer.
By bringing Nuance’s voice technology into the mix, Expect Labs thinks its platform can do more than just answer questions or perform simple voice searches and could change how we interact with devices.
23andMe, the personal genetics company, has raised a $50 million Series D funding round to expand its users to one million individuals, drop the price of its Personal Genome Service to $99, and expand its infrastructure involved in its research capabilities.
The growth of the mobile advertising industry has been hampered by a lack of marketing data about smartphone users. Adelphic, a company that says it uses 30 signals to collect customer information, announced a major new investment on Tuesday.
Google has expanded the size of Google Ventures’s annual fund from $200 million to $300 million annually, which will allow the firm to expand the scope of its deals and increase its presence as a major venture capital firm since its founding in 2009.
Expect Labs, the company that is helping usher in the era of anticipatory (or predictive) computing says it has received a big cash infusion from well known investors such as Greylock Partners and Google. The company also expects to launch its MindMeld app sometime this year.
Google Ventures has invested in Desmos, a startup offering a free, browser-based graphing calculator. The funding follows previous investments from Kapor Capital, Learn Capital, Kindler Capital, and Elm Street Ventures and brings the startup’s total amount raised to more than $1 million.
Rich Miner isn’t a huge fan of Apple Maps. The co-founder of Android, who is now a partner at Google Ventures, had that to say, as well as that carriers just keep on conceding and RIM’s market share loss is an opportunity for startups.
Former Google exec David Girouard’s Upstart wants to match promising, not-necessarily-techie college entrepreneurs with backers and mentors. The goal is to fuel the creation of a new generation of startups that would otherwise never see the light of day.
Egnyte nets $16 million in Series C funding to position itself as a leading hybrid cloud storage provider. The cash brings its total funding to $32 million. Google Ventures led the round which included funding from existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Polaris.
Most platforms as a service focus on helping developers write shiny new cloud-based applications. Startup CliQr Technologies is more interested in putting the applications that already run businesses into the best cloud to run them and then to make them transportable from cloud to cloud.
In the fallout of Facebook’s anticlimactic IPO, some of the top venture capitalists discussed the kinds of companies that go public next.
Can gorgeous design, learning algorithms and millions in venture capital funding make a simple home thermostat as coveted as the iPhone? If anyone can achieve such a lofty goal it’s Tony Fadell, the godfather of the iPod and iPhone, who has founded connected thermostat company Nest.
Echoecho, a Los Angeles–based startup, lets people request location updates from friends in their phone address book, who can decide whether to respond with their coordinates. The company announced Thursday that it has raised $750,000 in seed funding from Google Ventures and UK-based PROFounders Capital.
The Googlization of solar is here, and software, big data, wireless networks and IT will be a fundamental part of the future of modern energy infrastructure.
Data centers might not be the energy hogs anticipated in 2010, but they’re still offering a growing market for both energy efficiency technology and clean power.
Astrid is best known for making a popular web and mobile app that allows users to create to-do lists with social features. But with a new batch of funding from Google Ventures and others, the San Francisco-based startup has a much bigger picture in mind.
In the web’s most popular marketplaces, such as eBay and Craigslist, anonymity is still the norm. A new San Francisco-based startup called Copious is looking to change that. Copious has built an online marketplace in which all buyers and sellers are linked to their Facebook identities.
Using silicon for converting power for electronics, gadgets and computing has reached its limit — or so says the CEO of startup Transphorm, Umesh Mishra. On Tuesday the company, which is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures, launched a 600-volt transistor.
Google Ventures has made its first biofuels investment. On Thursday afternoon, the venture arm of the search giant announced that it has invested in a startup called CoolPlanetBiofuels, which makes what the company calls “negative carbon fuels.” Bill Maris of Google Ventures explains.
Neighbor to neighbor car sharing startup RelayRides has raised a little over $5 million. RelayRides announced the round, which was led by Google Ventures and August Capital, back in December, but the company didn’t disclose the size of the round at that time.
Transphorm, the startup that emerged from stealth with plans for building energy-efficient power conversion modules and with $38 million in backing from investors Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures, has unveiled its first product: power diodes made of gallium nitride that can be embedded in power converters.
Weather data tools and technologies for adapting to climate change are the next hot place for innovation. Weather insurance startup WeatherBill announced it has raised a second funding round of $42 million from Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures, and including existing investors.
Here comes the biggest cleantech startup launch since Bloom Energy: Transphorm has emerged from stealth at Google Ventures’s headquarters, touting an energy efficient power conversion module and an enviable $38 million in venture capital from Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, Foundation Capital, and Lux Capital.
If you live in a city, you might have a car sharing service, but some day you could have car sharing 2.0. That’s what RelayRides, a young startup that offers neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing, and is backed by Google Ventures and August Capital, is trying to offer.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) VC arm Google Ventures has made an undisclosed investment in Signpost, a site that aggregates local deals in four major…
Ngmoco, the games developer focused on iPhone platform and venture-backed by the iFund, has gotten some unspecified funding from Google (NS…
Search ad optimizer Trada has raised a $5.75 million third round led by Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Ventures. The Foundry Group, a previous backer,…
Trada, a marketplace for paid search consulting, has a special investor in its new $5.7 million third round of funding: Google. Google Ventures is largely independent from its parent, but this portfolio company strikes awfully close to Google’s core business in search advertising.
Pixazza, the Google-backed photo ad network, has raised $12 million in a new funding round. Pixazza’s technology adds ads to photos which po…
The startup SCVNGR is getting one step closer to creating a game layer on top of the world. Tonight it is releasing applications for iPhone and Android that allow users to build geo-targeted challenges for each other to play, just as its customers already do.
In northeastern Louisiana, where V-Vehicle (backed by Google Ventures and led by Kleiner Perkins VC Ray Lane) aims to build low-cost gas cars with higher-than-average efficiency, local officials voted on Monday to renew support for the startup in its bid for federal funds.
We’ve been typing out a series of “Google (NSDQ: GOOG) acquires” stories of late, as CEO Eric Schmidt makes good on his promise to pick up a…
The streak of recent language learning fundings continues … Busuu, which claims more than 300,000 users, is set to announce Thursday that…
VigLink is launching today a service to help publishers take advantage of affiliate relationships for sites they already link to in their normal course of writing. The company estimates that less than half of links that could be monetized are hooked up to affiliate programs.