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“Best Fiends” Creator Seriously Scores $18M to Build Mobile Game into Entertainment Brand

Betting a mutant slug apocalypse will form the basis for the next major entertainment franchise, top global investors are plowing $18 million into Seriously Inc. More than 15 million players downloaded “Best Fiends” since Seriously launched...Show More Summary

Apple Watch Followup Survey #2

I’ve been seeing a fair number of negative reports on the Apple Watch and so I’d like to survey the Apple Watch users here at AVC again. We did this exact survey in late May. I’m interested to see if there are any changes to the results after a few more months of watch wearing.

Tusk Steps Into Innovation Vs. Regulation Battle

Bradley Tusk Tag Collective Tusk Ventures just launched to help startups "navigate the political, regulatory and media hurdles that come with disrupting an entrenched industry." The firm is headed by Bradley Tusk, previously Michael Bloomberg's mayoral campaign manager, who elaborates on the new firm's plans in this Q&A.

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

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

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

The Other Benefit Of Fundraising

The reason people go out and fundraise is they need capital for their business. I would not recommend doing it for any other reason. It’s hard and time consuming work and can be extremely frustrating. But there is another benefit of fundraising. You get feedback on your business from people who see a lot of […]

Family Time

We’ve had my entire family at our beach house this weekend. That includes my 87 year old father, my 19 month old nephew, and a dozen other Wilsons in between. So I’ve got a house full of folks and not a lot of time to post this morning. So if there’s any action here today, […]

Weekend Podcast – Investors Are Human Too

On my run this morning (yay – I’m running again) I listened to a wonderful podcast between Jerry Colonna and Bijan Sabet called Investors are Human Too – with Bijan Sabet. If you follow me, you know that I’m incredibly close friendsShow More Summary

Video Of The Week: The Walkoff Homer

I apologize if you came here looking for the business/tech section and landed on the sports section. But that’s how its going to be today. I grew up an army brat moving every year. I was a baseball fan and my teams were the A’s and the Pirates, the two most colorful teams in baseball […]

The Daily Startup: NewSchools Ignite Accelerator Launches

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

Feature Friday: Document Sharing In Slack

We use a lot of document sharing applications at USV. We use Google Docs, Hackpad (which was bought by Dropbox), Quip, Dropbox’ new Notes service, and a number of other document sharing apps. But as we have moved most of our internal and USV network communications to Slack, we wanted a document sharing app that […]

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