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Where Fin-Tech Is Struggling with Regulation

A survey released last week by Silicon Valley Bank identified regulation as the biggest concern among financial technology founders and investors. Bruce Wallace, chief digital officer of SVB Financial Group, the parent of Silicon Valley Bank, delves into the trends behind that concern.

Shiftgig Raises $22 Million to Match Hourly Workers to Local Jobs

The company has raised $22 million in Series B venture funding to expand its mobile marketplace, which connects employers with locally available, and previously vetted, hourly workers.

Daily Fantasy Sports: Games of Luck or Skill?

The battle between New York's attorney general and daily fantasy sports companies, which heads to court this week, comes down to this: is it gambling.

Quizlet Raises $12 Million to Take Its Popular Study Tools International

The Quizlet app turns user-generated study materials into educational games. A San Francisco company called Quizlet Inc. has raised $12 million in Series A funding to expand its digital study tools. The Quizlet app started out as a 15-year-old hacker’s homespun replacement for traditional paper flashcards in 2005. Show More Summary

Startups May Find it Harder to Sell Shares in Mega Secondary Deals

Secondary deals that allowed founders, employees and early investors in startups to cash out before an IPO are getting harder to pull off because of uncertainty in the pre-IPO market.

McKesson Ventures Bets on Emerging Home-Care Market

Since launching last year, McKesson Ventures has sought out startups that play into large shifts the team sees coming in health care, a hunt that led recently to ClearCare Inc.

Jawbone Lays Off 15% of Employees Amid Heated Rivalry in Wearables 

The company is shutting its New York office and letting go about 60 of its employees as the consumer electronics maker faces industry consolidation amid steep competition from the likes of Fitbit and Apple.

The Daily Startup: Square, Match Advance in Trading Openers

  Art by Mike Lucas In this morning’s Web roundup,  Square and Match Group IPOs launch to some gains.  Nigel Morris talks about alternative lending and equity crowdfunding. And  Massachusetts' attorney general wants to ban anyone younger than 21 from playing daily fantasy sports and impose a host of regulations on the industry.

MindTickle Locks Up $12.5 Million to Make Salespeople’s Jobs More Interesting

More companies are using inside sales teams--people who sell by phone rather than traveling to visit prospective customers--because they can be a cheaper and more efficient way to sell, especially if a company is growing fast. But inside...Show More Summary

Hover Raises $6 Million for App That Turns Photos of Homes Into 3-D Models

A 3D model of a house, with precise measurements, generated by the Hover app. Hover Inc. has raised $6 million for an app that lets residents and contractors easily create 3-D models of houses from a handful of photos taken on a typical smartphone. This job was previously done by contractors who would arrive […]

OpenHouse Lands $13.5M in Quest to Redesign Home Searches

OpenHouse has picked up $13.5 million in Series A funding, The Wall Street Journal has learned. The funding was led by Triangle Peak Partners and March Capital Partners and had participation from undisclosed investors.

Andreessen Horowitz Launches $200M Bio-Computer Fund, Hires Ex-Stanford Prof

Andreessen Horowitz raised a $200 million fund to invest in startups that combine life science and computer science and has hired a new general partner, former Stanford University professor Vijay Pande, to run it. The firm joins several...Show More Summary

Joyable Raises $8 Million for App to Treat Social Anxiety, Depression

The San Francisco startup has raised $8 million in funding to give people diagnosed with such mental health issues as social anxiety a new therapeutic option.

The Daily Startup: Datto Joins Herd of Billion-Dollar Startups

Art by Mike Lucas In this morning’s Web roundup,  Austin McChord bootstrapped Datto on his credit card, running up $80,000 in debt, and didn't take venture capital until 2013. Fast forward to today, and the private cloud data backup company has raised $75 million led by Technology Crossover Ventures at a $1 billion valuation.

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