Fundings & Exits

CloudCannon Raises $500K To Make Designing Static Websites Simpler

cloudcannon_homepage CloudCannon, a simple CMS for web designers and their clients aimed at offering simple visual editing without the need for an advanced technical skillset, is today launching globally from TechCrunch Disrupt: London’s Startup Alley. The company is also announcing $500,000 in new funding, and a partnership with domain name registry Rightside. The additional capital comes from New… Read More

Credit Suisse Launches Entrepreneurs Circle To Support African-American Entrepreneurs

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 4.15.55 AM Global investment bank Credit Suisse is launching a new initiative called the Entrepreneurs Circle to support African-American entrepreneurs in the U.S.
The bank has selected 12 members to start the program, which will offer access to bank loans, members of the investment bank’s staff, and an ability to share tips and tactics for growing their business ventures among the membership. Read More

One Year Into Title II Of The JOBS Act

506c Editor’s note: Rob Leclerc is the CEO of AgFunder, an online investment marketplace for agriculture and agtech opportunities. The first rule of raising capital is: you do not talk about raising capital. That was the de facto credo of nascent startup companies looking to secure investors before the fall 2013. Then on September 23, 2013, the SEC promulgated the new Title II rules of the… Read More

Google And Microsoft Battle For Market Cap Supremacy

microsoft-earnings Update: Microsoft pulled it off, and at the time of writing (2:45 pm London, 9:45 am New York), Microsoft is worth more than Google. We’ll check back in at the end of the day: – Google and Microsoft are currently locked in a dogfight to be the second-most valuable technology company in the world. Following Google’s less-than-awesome earnings report, combined with a… Read More

Virtual Fitting Room Startup Metail Raises Further $12M — Shunning UK VC Money Along The Way

Metail team pic “To be brutally honest, I’m not enamored with the UK VC scene and don’t rate it very much if at all from a technology business success perspective,” says Tom Adeyoola, co-founder and CEO of Metail. “The big UK tech business successes weren’t founded on VC money.”
His company, which offers virtual fitting room tech to major clothes retailers so that… Read More

Playlists.net Acquired By Warner Music Group

playlists-warner In early July we reported exclusively that Spotify community and playlist sharing site Playlists.net was in acquisition talks, with one suitor — a prominent music industry company — in the lead. Well, today comes official confirmation that the UK startup has indeed been acquired by WEA, the artist and label services company owned by major record label Warner Music Group. Terms of… Read More

Osmo Raises $12 Million For Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids

osmo2 Osmo, the iPad-powered gaming device built by former Googlers (and dads) as a way to turn tablets into more “hands-on” toys, has raised $12 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Accel Partners’ Rich Wong, and includes investment from Upfront Ventures and K9 Ventures. The company is also announcing that its products, which are… Read More

WonderLuk Is Using 3D Printing To Power An On-Demand Fashion Accessories Marketplace

WonderLuk Layers Bracelet Wide Custom 3D printed clothes that fit like a glove and mean you’ll never have the tedium of traipsing into a changing room ever again are still likely years out. But the fashion space is dabbling with 3D printing technology. And there are other moves afoot to harness the power of on-demand additive manufacturing to produce custom designs. Read More

KweekWeek Books $3.25M Seed Round To Bridge Gap Between Event Ticketing And Discovery

KweekWeek You could be forgiven for thinking that Eventbrite, hot on the heels of its latest $60 million fund raise, has pretty much sewn up the long tail of event ticketing. Meanwhile, mobile-first apps like Yplan are innovating smartly around event discovery — a space Eventbrite also has its sights set upon. However, London-based startup KweekWeek sees an opportunity to bridge the two by offering… Read More

Sequoia-Backed Behalf Buys Stuff For Small Businesses Looking To Grow

Sequoia-backed Behalf offers small businesses loans of about $10,000 with interest rates “close to what someone with good credit would pay on their credit cards,” according to Behalf CEO Benjy Feinberg. Read More