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Silicon Valley investors betting against banks

February 24th, 2015 at 3:24 pm » Comments Off

WorldRemit a London-based money transfer startup, has announced a new $100 million funding round, with a reported valuation of more than $500 million.  Silicon Valley venture capital firm TCV, which has previously invested in everyone from Facebook to Spotify and Netflix, will lead this round.



Half of money given by top 50 U.S. donors from Tech elite

February 18th, 2015 at 6:01 pm » Comments Off

The Chronicle of Philanthropy released its annual list of the top 50 philanthropists, showing that the tech industry now comprises roughly half of the top philanthropic giving in America.



Replacing human copywriters with computers

January 31st, 2015 at 4:33 pm » Comments Off

In another demonstration of the power of machines to solve problems that used to be the sole domain of humans, Persado Inc. has raised another $21 million for software that aims to replace copywriters with computers.



$43.3 billion invested by VCs in 2014, most since 2000

January 19th, 2015 at 1:09 pm » Comments Off

2014 was the best year for venture capital investments since 2000, with $43.3 billion invested.



Trading in your Soul for Venture Capital

January 9th, 2015 at 3:30 pm » Comments Off

In the tech industry, we celebrate raising money as a victory second only to that of a successful exit. And while I recognize that venture capital is often an unavoidable requirement for growing a business, most entrepreneurs, and the tech community at large — who often seem to push people into raising VC — would […]



Internet of Things Innovations in Agriculture

January 3rd, 2015 at 3:55 pm » Comments Off

Venture capitalists invested a record amount in agriculture and food startups in the third quarter this year, totaling $269 million across 41 deals. Conservis, for example, raised $10 million to offer farmers a real-time view of operations. FarmLogs raised $4 million to deliver apps that help farmers increase their productivity and profitability by identifying the […]



Coding Education & Tech Trends of 2014

December 31st, 2014 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Audrey Watters:  “The business of ed-tech” is also the “politics of ed-tech.” The business and the politics of ed-tech together dictate almost all the other trends that I’ll cover in this year-end series. MOOCs. Big data. Learning analytics. Privacy. Competency-based education. Buzzwords. One way to identify the dominant ed-tech trends is to look at what […]



The Venture of Agriculture

January 2nd, 2014 at 3:59 pm » Comments Off

Venture capitalists invested a record amount in agriculture and food startups in the third quarter this year, totaling $269 million across 41 deals. Conservis, for example, raised $10 million to offer farmers a real-time view of operations. FarmLogs raised $4 million to deliver apps that help farmers increase their productivity and profitability by identifying the […]



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