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PeerSpace Books $1.5 Million to Become Airbnb for Offsite Event Space

It's one of several startups to attract seed and venture capital in an attempt to become an "Airbnb for commercial properties."

True Ventures Bets on Electric ‘Supercar’ Maker Renovo Motors

After backing influential hardware startups like Fitbit and MakerBot, True Ventures is betting on Renovo Motors, maker of an all-electric supercar that costs more than $500,000.

Improving engagement with ecommerce apps

Commerce is moving mobile and mobile is moving towards apps. M-commerce apps are, therefore, the way forward. We have investments in a couple (Top10 for hotels and Stylect for shoes) and I expect we will do more going forward. We are taking a serious look at another one right now. However, maintaining user engagement [...]

Newsela Raises $4.1 Million to Help Students Master Reading

The company's app delivers written news to readers in K-12 classrooms, presenting versions of each article that are tailored for different reading levels.

Toshi

Our portfolio company Coinbase announced something yesterday that went largely unnoticed, but might be one of the most important things to happen in the Bitcoin space in a while. They put out a bunch of developer tools under the name Toshi, including a full open source version of their Bitcoin node. When you combine Toshi […]

JD.com Feeds Chinese Food Delivery Co. Daojia’s $50 Million Round

Online food delivery services are growing in popularity in China, amid an increase in the numbers of overweight and obese people there.

A New ESPN.com Is Coming

Earlier today, we began to open the doors to a small group of ESPN users for the new, redesigned ESPN.com. It is the first day of our Beta process – a multi-month process in which we will gradually open the doors to more and more fans, continuously test and iterate, and build towards the eventual […]

U.S. Investors Sail Away from Russian Travel Company Ostrovok.ru

Western venture investors have cooled to the Russian market in the last couple of years.

Relaxed Rules for Small-Company IPOs Raise Concerns

Long-term investors worry that the streamlined filing process and reduced disclosures required of small companies under the JOBS Act ultimately will hurt returns.

33m users to zero: Lessons from the Branchout flameout

Social recruitment business Branchout raised $49m and grew to 33m users. Today Techrunch is reporting that they are in a firesale situation. I think there are two lessons here: Growth without engagement is fragile. Branchout did an amazing job of attracting users to the service, but they used spammy tactics and too few of those users became [...]

GrabCAD’s Acquisition: From Talinn to London to Boston

GrabCAD today announced their acquisition by Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS).  All of us at NextView extend our congratulations to founder Hardi Meybaum and the rest of the GrabCAD team.  There’s a variety of coverage of it in the tech press (BetaBoston, TechCrunch), but I wanted to share the story of how we came to know the […]

WorkPop Launches Free Hourly-Wage Job Board With $7 Million Series A

The startup says the time-honored way of hiring hourly-wage workers is antiquated and ineffective.

Sequoia Leads $40 Million Round for Docker As App Platform Takes Off

Developers have swarmed the open source platform this summer, with downloads spiking from three million in June to more than 21 million today, according to the company.

Burn Baby Burn

Andy sent me a WSJ piece with Bill Gurley yesterday. I don’t like to link to paid content so here’s a good Business Insider summary of the article that is open for anyone to read. Regular readers know that I’m a huge fan of Bill’s. He’s as smart as they come and I generally agree with him […]

Launch Angels to Back Startups With Dartmouth Ties

A group of Dartmouth alums who think school ties can help startups succeed is preparing to test its thesis with a small, early-stage venture fund.

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