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Under Armour buys MyFitnessPal for $475M

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Under Armour, a Baltimore-based performance apparel brand, has been making aggressive investments in mobile fitness technology recently, and its latest purchase is a…

Dollar Shave Club raises $9.8 million for international expansion

Dollar Shave Club, the seemingly too-good-to-be-true promise of razors every month for only $1, has raised almost $10 million in a Series A funding round for international expansion (with Canada to start), and growth into other men’s product verticals, although they wouldn’t say which ones.

Waste Management bets on turning trash into sugars

Finding new and profitable ways to recycle the trash it collects has guided the investment strategy of Waste Management, which recently put money into a startup that can turn some of the garbage into sugars for making plastic and other products.

Fisker switches up its CEO, again

Electric car maker Fisker Automotive is bringing on a new CEO, Tony Posawatz, who will replace former CEO Tom LaSorda. LaSorda came on to replace founder Henrik Fisker as CEO about 6 months ago. Posawatz was previously at GM where he worked on the Volt.

Solar startups innovate around financing models

Buying and selling renewable energy credits has helped to build New Jersey into a major solar state. That has enticed a San Francisco startup to start offering a credit trading service, which it launched on Tuesday, to help installers finance residential projects.

Why Kleiner Perkins might get its arbitration after all

The press might be preparing for a trial or big-dollar settlement in Ellen Pao’s sexual harassment case against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, but her lawyers probably aren’t sleeping easy just yet. There are still two issues that could move the case to arbitration.

Can smaller T-shirts help solve the lack of women in tech?

Last night at a Google Women Techmakers talk I expected more talk about big problems bringing women into tech. What I got were complaints about the lack of female-sized T-shirts and the sense that the female speakers were treated well by their male colleagues.

Mary Meeker on the economy, mobile, and Facebook

There are very few analysts who make the tech industry stop and listen. Mary Meeker is one of those analysts, and on Wednesday she delivered one of her trademark presentations touching on the global economy, the mobile opportunity, and Facebook’s unprecedented IPO.

Karma lets you send gifts by phone to Facebook friends

A new app from the founders of Tapjoy is emerging to combine mobile and social commerce on iOS and Android devices. The app, called Karma, makes gifting to friends a breeze, by integrating with a user’s social graph on Facebook and suggesting gifts for them.

Kleiner Perkins said to eye “cloud” fund

VC power player Kleiner Perkins is reportedly considering a new fund that will be dedicated to cloud computing companies. Whether or not it follows through, KPCB has already backed big-time cloud plays including Zynga and brought a former Twitter exec in as senior partner.

Kleiner Perkins backs AppDynamics in $20 million round

AppDynamics netted $20 million in new Series C funding led by Kleiners Perkins Caufield & Byers, a new investor. Existing backers Greylock Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners also participated in this round which will help fund the company’s application performance management offering.

Kleiner Perkins raising $250M China fund

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is raising a second $250 million fund to invest in Chinese companies, according to a filing. Kleiner hasn’t closed on any of the funds yet, called the KPCB China Fund II, according to the document.

Solidia: Low energy building materials

Bill Joy talked about one of his investments, green building company Solidia, for one of the first times this week. The startup has developed a technology that can make building materials with a far lower carbon and energy footprint than current building materials on the market.

Electric car maker Fisker valued at $2.2B?

Electric car maker Fisker is sending around a picture of celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio driving one of the first Fisker Karmas. But much more quietly the company is also raising another round of $200 million at a valuation of $2.2 billion, according to a report.

Primus Power Raises $11M for Grid Flow Batteries

Large tanks filled with fluids could be the next low-cost way to provide energy storage for the power grid. A company called Primus Power is developing so-called flow batteries, and has now raised a round of $11 million from a group of venture capitalists.

Al Gore’s New Passion: Organic Waste Recycling

Recycling is a tried-and-true form of energy efficiency, so it’s no surprise greentech investors such as Al Gore would find the concept appealing. For Harvest Power, that means a $51.7 million round to build facilities to turn organic waste into fertilizer and energy.

DOE Seals Deal for $96.8M Geothermal Loan Guarantee

Geothermal energy has long been touted as a good alternative to fossil fuel-based power plants because it’s able to generate power around the clock. A project in Oregon is underway, and the DOE has finalized a $96.8 million loan guarantee for U.S. Geothermal.

What Do JP Morgan, KPCB and the Yankees Have in Common?

On a few occasions this week, I have had folks ask me: What’s with the crazy investments and insane valuations? Are we in a bubble? The problem is that too many investors — from angels to large banks — are going after the A-Rods of the tech world.

With Twitter Deal Kleiner Perkins Spends for Cachet

There was a time when venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was the first money in hot, new start-ups. These days, it seems the best KPCB can do is edge its way into hot start-ups at a massive premium like with the funding for Twitter.

In Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins Looks to the Future

Mary Meeker, the Queen of the Net is coming home, joining? Klenier Perkins Caufield Byers. In hiring her, KPCB is taking yet another step away from cleantech and back to the world of Internet investments. A workaholic, Meeker is what KPCB really needs.

Is Kleiner Moving Away From Greentech & Back to Web?

With the news that famed analyst Mary Meeker will be joining venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers as a partner in its digital practice, a big question remains: Will Kleiner be moving farther away from its foray into greentech and closer to its digital roots?

GE Backs Stealth Solar Startup Alta Devices

Stealthy thin-film solar company Alta Devices has added on yet another high profile investor: GE. A GE spokesperson confirmed with me this morning that GE has made an investment in the 3-year-old Santa Clara, Calif-based Alta Devices, which is also backed by Kleiner Perkins.

Callaway Wants to Tap the Second Phase of the App Revolution

Callaway Digital Arts says it isn’t just another app maker; it calls what it does “convergent media publishing.” It may take some getting used to, but it was enough to nab a $6 million investment from Kleiner Perkins’ iFund and a number of other VCs.

KPCB: $250M for Social Startups (and Its Own Relevance)

Kleiner Perkins today reasserted itself as a powerhouse and relevant venture capital firm by rounding up Facebook, Zynga and Amazon to announce a $250 million fund for social web startups, called the sFund. Kleiner partner John Doerr today won on-stage testimonials from Facebook, Amazon and Zynga.

VC Firm KPCB Looking To Hire a Digital Media Partner

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the legendary venture capital firm that made big money during the PC era and early days of the Internet, is looking to hire a partner who will focus on Digital Media investments, according to several Silicon Valley sources.

Adobe Flash Enters the Enterprise With P2P, IP Multicast

Adobe announced the latest version of its Flash Media Server today, with new features aimed at making it the streaming server of choice for enterprise webcasts. The addition of IP multicast and P2P functionality will open up a whole new market for Adobe in the enterprise.

Solar Firm Amonix Piles On $129M, Backed by Kleiner Perkins

Amonix, a twenty-year-old company that has developed of 20-ton concentrating photovoltaic solar system for utility-scale solar projects, just joined the 9-digit funding club. This morning the company said it has raised a $129.40 million financing round, led by the greentech venture capital celebrities at Kleiner Perkins.

V-Vehicle Renews Factory Lease: Down, But Not Out?

V-Vehicle, the startup with big name investors and plans to build low-cost gas sippers with funding from Uncle Sam, let its factory lease expire last month after losing a bid for federal loans. But now V-Vehicle has renewed its lease on the facility.

Q&A: Kleiner's Matt Murphy on the iFund

We spoke to iFund manager and Kleiner Perkins partner Matt Murphy about the iFund’s close relationship with Apple, its approach to competing mobile platforms including the mobile web, what iPad apps he’s most excited to invest in and what has already been done to death.

Kleiner Perkins Commits $100M More to Its iFund

Kleiner Perkins said today that it will double the size of its iFund — capital dedicated specifically to companies developing for the iPhone and iPod touch — as it’s already spent its allocated $100 million in the two years since the fund was first formed.

What to read on the GigaOM network

Updated: Apple TV & Remote (The AppleBlog) How does an open-source app gain traction in a company? (OStatic) iPhone 3GS VoiceOver reads…

Vuze Confirms Layoffs

Vuze has confirmed two rounds of previously unreported layoffs, which totaled 44 percent of its staff: 12 people were let go in April and another 12 in August.

Interview: iFund Manager Matt Murphy Says

Earlier this year, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) surprised us all when Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers announced it would support the iPhone by creat…

Austin Cleantech Guru to Be Kleiner EIR

[qi:_earth2tech] Earth2Tech has learned that Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Beyers has chosen Joel Serface, the director of the Austin Clean Energy Incubator,…

Does iPhone Need The iFund?

[qi:111] So those rumors about the iPhone SDK delay were right after all: it won’t be until June 2008 till you get…

Amazingly slow day

I am suffering from a sense of lethargy which comes with lack of caffeine, and staying up late and playing around with…

Have Gun, Will Work

Did you know that a new Oklahoma law says employees can bring guns to work, as long as they are kept in…

Triple Play RFP Rumors

My new favorite weblog, Technology Futurist is hinting at some triple play RFP rumors, including a FTH RFP from SBC Communications. The…

FCC: Adding salt to the wounds

Late Friday, the FCC released details for its interim rules covering UNE-P pricing. According to these rules, the RBOCs freeze wholesale rates…

Rise of the Dormitory CEO

Michael Dell may not be much loved in Silicon Valley for his super-efficient model and promoting the concept of Moore’s Claw, but…

Fast Last Company

Not to beat up on Fast Company when they are down, but John Byrne is totally talking smack about Business 2.0. Byrne…

08/03/2004 The Tech Tattle

Shame on you Real, for hacking ITunes when Steve in the hospital Back to the future Fried Penguin anyone? Even Cheap Publicity…