Daily Archives: June 4, 2016

Uber raises massive $3.5B round from Saudi Arabia
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Uber raises massive $3.5B round from Saudi Arabia

The kingdom’s Public Investment Fund sees technology as an alternative in an oilless future

The $1 billion fundraising round is so 2015.Uber announced this week that it has secured a new $3.5 billion investment from Saudi Arabia’s government-controlled Public Investment Fund, marking one of the largest ever fundraisings by a private company. Well ahead of every other ride-hailing company around the world in terms of capital raised, Uber has now pulled in over $11 … [Read more]

CB Insights launches Trends, a new prediction tool
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CB Insights launches Trends, a new prediction tool

Trends uses machine learning to show what new technologies are trending based on media coverage

As a journalist, part of my job is to try to identify the upcoming, and ongoing, trends in technology. I do that by looking at what the analysts are talking about, as well as what the big companies are doing, what they’re investing in and what kinds of companies they’re buying.  They can be hard to spot sometimes, even for … [Read more]

Online assistance platform WalkMe raises $50M Series E
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Online assistance platform WalkMe raises $50M Series E

The company, which has now raised $92.5 million, is said to be valued at $400 million

WalkMe is a company with a very worthy goal: to make the Internet a less confusing place. It’s good for users, who may be overwhelmed, and for businesses, who want to retain clients and get the most out of them. The company has proved to be pretty popular, with both users and investors, as it announced on Thursday that it has received … [Read more]

Snapchat reportedly surpasses Twitter in daily active users
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Snapchat reportedly surpasses Twitter in daily active users

Snapchat is said to have 150 million DAUs, compared to around 140 million for Twitter

It’s been really interesting to watch the rise of Snapchat over these last couple of years. What seemed like it might be fad quickly became an established network, and, just like that, it has actually started to surpass some of its more long in the tooth peers. Snapchat has been pretty cagey when it comes to user numbers, but the … [Read more]

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Video: Pitching to social impact VCs at Vator Splash Spring

Anthony Heckman and Carolina Huaranca of Kapor Capital at Splash Spring

At our Vator Splash Spring event earlier last month, Anthony Heckman and Carolina Huaranca of Kapor Capital led a presentation called, “Pitching to social impact VCs: Demystifying what it takes to attract their investments, and deliver social and financial returns” Thanks to our amazing top-tier Splash Spring 2016 sponsors: KPMG, Javelin Venture Partners, SAP Startup Focus Program, Bread and Butter, Kapor Center for Social Impact, Lyft, Avison Young, Tubemogul, Wendel Rosen and Dictionary.com.

Publishing platform Medium acquires feed API Superfeedr
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Publishing platform Medium acquires feed API Superfeedr

Superfeedr makes it easier to subscriber to content, or push content, faster and easier

Publishing platform Medium has been putting more power into the hands of publishers, and making itself into a publishing powerhouse. Now the company is making it easier for publishers to push their content to subscribers, with the acquisition of Superfeedr, a provider of unified Feed API. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed.  Founded in 2009, Superfeedr says it “simplifies how users handle … [Read more]

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Video: Surviving an evolving venture biz at Splash Spring

Eva Ho, Paul Willard, Zach Ware and Matt Oguz on finding deals as an emerging fund at Splash Spring

At our Vator Splash Spring event earlier last month, Eva Ho (Partner, Susa Ventures), Paul Willard (Partner, Subtraction Capital), Zach Ware (Partner, VTF Capital), and Matt Oguz (Partner, Palo Alto Venture Science) participated in a panel called, “Surviving an evolving venture biz, and finding deals as an emerging VC fund,” moderated by Alastair Goldfisher (Editor, Venture Capital Journal and peHUB). Thanks to … [Read more]

Walmart piloting deliveries with Uber, Lyft, and Deliv
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Walmart piloting deliveries with Uber, Lyft, and Deliv

Major multinational retailer to pilot delivery tests with on-demand tech services in a few markets

Gotta appease those lazy, impatient millennials.Walmart today announced that it is partnering with three on-demand technology providers—Uber, Lyft, and Deliv—in order to test “last-mile” grocery delivery in a few markets. The move is just one aspect of Walmart’s attempt to defend itself against the growing threat of Amazon, which has only continued to increase its market share through an unrivalled … [Read more]

How does Handy make money?
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How does Handy make money?

The platform takes a booking fee from payments made to professional home cleaners and handymen

Overlapping with companies like TaskRabbit and (the now defunct) Homejoy, Handy is another company in the rising gig economy, connecting people who need services with the specialists who can provide those services. Handy provides services for cleaning, handymen, plumbing, electrical, moving, painting, and furniture assembly across 28 cities in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. The platform connects consumers to … [Read more]

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27 Times Kylie Jenner’s Bikini Body Made You Do a Double Take

It’s no secret that Kylie Jenner enjoys flaunting her famous figure, and who could blame her? Whether she’s strutting her stuff at Coachella or just hanging out poolside, there’s no denying that Kylie looks damn good in a bikini. In honor of all the times she’s steamed up our phone screens, we’re looking back at Kylie’s sexiest swimsuit moments. Brace yourself, because it’s about to get hot in here.

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