A few recent events for Dropbox that suggest the company is headed for a difficult transition. In today’s Wall Street Journal, a…
Rumor mill, start your engines
Saudi Arabian billionaire tech investor Prince Alwaleed got the rumor mill going when he put out a statement saying he met with the CEO of Snapchat and the two discussed co-operating on a potential business deal
Landlines want SMS, too
ZipWhip, a startup that is extending SMS beyond the mobile phone, has raised a $5 million Series B round led by Chicago private…
Total funding is now $4 bn
Uber clearly does not subscribe to the ‘mo money ‘mo problems theory. The company has raised another $1.6 billion dollars, this time in…
The Xiaomi deal suggests so
Facebook considered investing in Chinese mobile conglomerate Xiaomi, according to sources that dished to Reuters. The deal didn’t pan out for a range of…
The integration game
The Chinese web giant Baidu will buy a stake in Uber worth up to $600 million, according to sources quoted by Bloomberg.…
That's a lot of dough
Uber has raised another $1.2 billion, bringing its total finance up to $2.7 billion. In a blog post announcing the news, CEO…
Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has launched an enormous venture capital fund, totalling €500 million ($621 million) over five years, that’s aimed at newer…
DogVacay, a service that matches pet-sitters with dog owners, said Monday that it has raised $25 million in a round led by…
In what may be a private company money-raising record, Uber is reportedly raising yet another round. You may be asking yourself —…
Square is putting together a new $200 million funding round led by the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, according to a CNBC…
OpenSignal uses crowdsourcing to measure 4G network quality today, but its plan is tap all of the sensors in the smartphone to collect data from our surroundings. It’s already started tracking weather.
Chicago’s SpotHero is trying to create a parking marketplace, where garages can charge for spaces based on demand, not just time and location.
Foxconn won a 4G license in Taiwan’s recent spectrum auction. Now it appears set to use it with the help of established Taiwanese mobile carrier Asia Pacific Telecom.
As a new power-saving technology called envelope tracking makes its ways into smartphones, interest in Nujira, a company specializes in the technology, is growing.
Google Capital is taking a foray into real estate with a large investment in Auction.com.
Investor Carl Icahn went on the phone with Bloomberg TV and called for eBay
If you’re a telecoms or online firm that’s been itching to invest in China, now’s your chance – as long as you’re…
BlackBerry has announced the departure of more executives, leaving a long list of who has been jettisoned by the ailing company.
The Orange Chef has raised $1.2 million in seed funding led by Google Ventures and Spark Labs. The company makes a kitchen scale that communicates with your iPad and a wealth of web nutritional data.
Mapping out this tech sector shows enormous growth and room for more.
Cisco Systems(s csco) and high-capacity wireless chipmaker Wilocity revealed on Wednesday they have started working together to develop 60 GHz enterprise networking…
Creating hardware not only means raising more funding than a typical app startup, but hiring manufacturing experts and building up infrastructure, according Nest founder Tony Fadell.
KKR is investing in three Associated Partners companies, all of which focused on delivering mobile connectivity and data capacity to rural areas.
Caribbean mobile carrier Digicel’s strategic investment may provide a good indication of where Flint plans to take its mobile payments service next.
The food experiment-turned-real product Soylent has raised a $1.5 million seed round from Andreessen Horowitz, Lerer Ventures and Alexis Ohanian.
Though we may know little about mysterious mobile payments startup Clinkle, investors given a peek into its inner workings are seeing a lot to like. Sir Richard Branson has joined an already impressive group of backers.
Twitter has been acquiring companies since 2008, but recently, it’s kicked it up a notch.
TechStars Chicago kicked off its first demo day, highlight ten companies from across the tech spectrum. Online dating startups shared the stage with data analytics companies and gadget makers.
Accenture has followed up its investment in Apigee with a new alliance to help its big enterprise customers figure out their mobile and developer strategies.
Clearwire resisted Dish’s advances for five months, but it has finally given in. Clearwire’s board recommended today that shareholders give Sprint the old heave-ho and back Dish’s offer to assume a major stake in the WiMAX operator.
The Sprint board is kicking Dish to the curb, saying the company has yet to submit an “actionable” offer, but it is giving Dish another week to come up with something better.
The terms Dish wants in its bid to invest in or take over Clearwire violate Delaware state law, making the deal “not actionable”, Sprint’s lawyers maintain.
The push messaging specialist has now raised a total of $46.6 million, giving it the capital it needs to expand internationally and possibly continue its recent acquisition spree.
According to the WSJ, Dish Network and Google have been in talks about launching an LTE network. Google would bring cash, while Dish would bring spectrum, but neither company has the infrastructure or expertise to run a mobile carrier. Maybe that’s why Google is interested.
After leaving the accelerator world, Mikko Järvenpää decided to ask entrepreneurs what they really thought about their experiences inside the startup factories. After talking to more than 150 graduates he discovered that acceleration can work well, but programs don’t always provide the help startups really need.
A regulatory filing shows Dish invested in $396 million in an unnamed company. Analysts believe that company is Clearwire and that dish could be preparing to partner with the ailing WiMAX provider to build its new LTE network — that is if gets permission to build.
Mobile data gateway maker Stoke already has some impressive investors from the telecom world, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and India’s Reliance Communications, but it’s adding a third. Samsung is making a $5 million strategic investment, betting that its LTE triage and security technology has a bright future.
The Russian internet market has seen a lot of activity over the past year, but now there’s some data that proves exactly how much more is happening. And what do the stats say? That dealflow was up more than threefold between 2010 and 2011.
Sprint gave up its voting majority on the Clearwire board last year, but now it has given up its majority ownership in the 4G provider as well. By letting its stake fall below 50 percent, Sprint protects itself if Clearwire defaults on its debt.
With European startups regularly complaining about a lack of seed funding, crowd investment platform Seedrs hopes to link the people to the companies who need it — and today it is inviting the first startups to join its service.
With the financial outlook gloomy across Europe, there’s constant chatter about how hard it is not being Silicon Valley. But a growing number of people are challenging entrepreneurs to stop complaining and start building. Can they light a fire under the continent’s startups?
Over the last few years, European venture capitalists have seen their biggest sources of investment change dramatically — and now governments provide more cash for the continent’s startups than anyone else. How’s that for a bailout?
French business networking site Viadeo has long played second fiddle to LinkedIn. But with a fresh round of funding in the bank, the company plans on becoming the world’s leading player thanks to growth in countries like China, Russia and Brazil.
BlackBerry Partners Fund, a mobile focused, platform-agnostic fund backed by RIM, Thompson Reuters and others, is now being followed up by a second $150 million fund aimed at doubling down on mobile. ATP Capital, which managed the BlackBerry Partners Fund, is also rebranding as Relay Ventures.
Orange and Publicis hit the headlines this week for underpinning a €300m venture fund targeting European startups. But in fact only a third of that money is actually fresh funding that will end up in the hands of continental businesses.
The decision to back a new $9 million round of fundraising for LA-based fashion website Nasty Gal shows exactly how deep Index Ventures — one of Europe’s most successful VCs — is invested in the market, and how big they’re betting online fashion will be.
The rising number of startup accelerators across Europe can leave budding entrepreneurs bamboozled. Step forward UK investment group NESTA, which is compiling a detailed list of the continent’s programs.
Jeff Clavier’s SoftTech VC has closed investment on its third fund at $55 million, making Fund III its biggest fund yet.
Clavier talked to GigaOM about why SoftTech decided to go so big, how the new cash will be invested, and the larger tech industry landscape.
Controversy in Northern Ireland after an investigative reporter uncovered the criminal background of a prominent new business investor — a revelation which has led to a series of critical questions about his activities and relationship with the region’s startups.
Wahooly has created a group of 25,000 influential testers and is now opening the doors to startups to apply to engage this group. Startups will create testing groups of 5,000 to 8,000 people, who will share in a pool of equity ranging from 4–6 percent.
Clearwire plans to issue new common stock worth $300 million, which would give it half the capital it needs for the first phase of its new LTE network. As for the other half, Clearwire is looking to primary owner and investor Sprint to chip in.
CapLinked, an online platform that brings together companies and private investors, said it has eclipsed $10 billion in private deals listed on the platform since it launched a year ago. Now, it’s opening up the platform to professional investors with a new product called DealRocket.
One report says venture capital firms are investing more now than in recent years, but another says startups aren’t seeing enough money. So is the system healthy or sick? Perhaps it depends on where you think investors should be putting their cash — and why.
Plenty of web entrepreneurs share the same dream: build a great company and then cash in by selling it to Google, Facebook or another technology giant. But being successful is complicated affair, according to those who have seen those deals from the inside.
To take on more established accelerator programs, British startup bootcamp The Difference Engine has changed its identity and stumped up a tantalizing reward: more than $150,000 in funding for the 10 startups who make the cut. Can it spur on a new generation of European innovation?
There’s been a storm over Skype’s private equity investors and their treatment of stock options, but is that storm a remnant of Silicon Valley’s cash-rich, founder-happy culture? Evidence from elsewhere would suggest that entrepreneurs just don’t know how good they’ve been getting it.
London search startup Duedil already provides a one-stop shop for business information and intelligence — a service it says can make a real difference to companies and consumers. Now it’s going further, by offering investigative journalists the chance to access sensitive data more easily.
Among those debating the value of Groupon as it filed for its hotly-awaited initial public offering were two startup entrepreneurs — 37signals partner David Heinemeier Hansson, who argued it is doomed to fail, and SimpleGeo founder Joe Stump, who looked on the bright side.
Senior venture capitalists have said they are planning to dump slow-burning investments in biotech in favor of the faster returns offered by dotcom companies. But while changing focus may seem like a practical investment strategy could be a depressing — and ultimately dangerous — shift.
Raising $100 million is newsworthy for any company, but when it happened to Twitter this week, it also seemed to raise a…