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The Daily Startup: Global Blood Therapeutics Sets IPO Terms

A roundup of venture-capital news and analysis from VentureWire and around the Web.

Abercrombie & Fitch’s Aggressive Portfolio Transition Is A Necessary Risk

Many are skeptical about Abercrombie’s sudden change in merchandise portfolio from mostly basic to mostly fashion stating that it can drive away remaining customers, but we believe that it can work out for the best. A complete transition...Show More Summary

VSCO Acquires Stealth Machine Learning Startup

Hoping to bring automated machine learning to the fine art of photography curation, digital photo startup VSCO has acquired Moving Sciences LLC., VentureWire has learned. Although the deal was a small one, VSCO founder and Chief Executive...Show More Summary

U.S. Segments Help Drive Dunkin’ Brands’ Top-line Growth In Q2 2015

It seems Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of two iconic brands: Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, is paying all its attention to its U.S. business, as the company reported excellent comparable sales growth in the U.S in its Q2 2015 earnings results, but witnessed disappointing performance in its international segments. Show More Summary

Brazil’s BankFacil Secures $3M, Launches Low-Rate Consumer Loans

BankFacil aims to make getting a consumer loan in Brazil inexpensive and easy and has raised venture backing to do it. The online lending startup has built an underwriting platform targeting what founder and Chief Executive Sergio Furio...Show More Summary

Digital Segment Leads Electronic Arts’ Revenue Growth In Q1 2016

Electronic Arts is off to a flying start in its fiscal 2016, as the company reported $0.15 in EPS in Q1 2016, beating the market estimates by $0.12. EA's sports title's category, which includes FIFA 15, Madden NFL 15, NHL, and UFC; as...Show More Summary

Software for Police Officers’ Field Intel Gets Attention of Gen. Petraeus, VCs

Police departments around the country are under pressure to improve community relations while protecting officers, and some are turning to technology to help.

In Big Data Deal, Advance/Newhouse Acquires 1010data for $500M

1010data President Greg Munves, CEO Sandy Steier, Chairman and CTO Joel Kaplan 1010data Advance/Newhouse has acquired 1010data Inc. for $500 million, VentureWire has learned, indicating the growing interest in technologies that can process...Show More Summary

FEM Reels In $3 Million for Personalized Video Playlists

FEM Inc. co-founders (left to right): Natasha Mohanty, Rachel Payne, and Dr. Meghana Bhatt. As U.S. advertising revenue continues to shift away from traditional broadcast media into digital formats, 68% of marketers and ad agency executives plan to increase their spending on digital video advertising in the next year, according to a survey conducted [...]

Aiming for an IPO, Zscaler Raises $100M to Provide Security from the Cloud

Zscaler founder and Chief Executive Jay Chaudhry Zscaler Jay Chaudhry, founder of cloud security company Zscaler Inc., figures he has a good shot at an IPO in the wake of massive security breaches at Target and Home Depot. Zscaler Inc., for now, has raised $100 million at a valuation of more than $1 billion. Show More Summary

Preliminary Value Strategy Update

The home page and “Value Strategy” now show preliminary asset class ETF value strategy positions for August 2015. There may be small shifts in allocations based on final data, but the “Best Value” selection is very unlikely to chang...

Stock Market Capitalization/GNP as Crash Predictor [PREMIUM]

Does the ratio of aggregate U.S. stock market valuation (MV) to U.S. Gross National Product (GNP) or Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the approximate value of goods and services produced by U.S. companies, reliably indicate stock market...Show More Summary

Global finance leaders to banks: reform culture and conduct or face more regulation

Staff and management in the business (the first line of defense) should shoulder the largest responsibility for judging what behavior is or is not in line with the bank’s values and desired conduct.

3 Problems Quirky's New CEO Needs to Fix

The crowdsourced product company is at a major crossroads following the resignation of founder and CEO Ben Kaufman.

What Your Brand Can Learn From Hillary Clinton and the Koch Brothers

It's all very well to act strong, but these days every brand needs more than a little humanity. Just look at Hillary Clinton's new ads.

10 After-Work Habits That Are Holding You Back

The workday is long enough, but what you do right after may be keeping you form the success you crave.

Aust dollar sinks on commodities

Slumping commodity prices take toll on local currency, 6-year low back within sight.

11 Questions You Should Ask Your Managers Weekly

Don't be afraid to ask about your company's challenges from those who understand them best.

RBA tipped to leave rates on hold

Central bank widely expected to keep rates at record low after Tuesday's policy meeting.

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