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techcrunch.com February 19, 2019

Ef Raises $115M New Fund, Aiming To Create Another 300-plus Startups In The Next Three Years - Techcrunch

Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered "talent investor" that recruits and backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, has raised a new fund of its own to continue scaling globally. The $115 million first close was led by a number of leading (mostly unnamed) institutional investors across the U.S., Europe and Asia, [...]
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skift.com February 15, 2019

Virtuo Raises $23M For Car Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week - Skift

Three interesting companies announced investments this week: Virtuo, a car rental service, aims to replace service counters with mobile-first customer service. May Mobility builds autonomous vehicles for smart cities. NuStay offers hotel price-comparison. -Sean O'Neill.
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prnewswire.com February 14, 2019

Pitchbook Survey Finds Only 38% Of Venture Capital Investors Currently Use Data To Source And Evaluate All Investments Opportunities

SEATTLE, Feb. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PitchBook, the premier data provider for the private and public equity markets, today released the findings of its first annual Venture Capital Data Usage Survey, which uncovers how global venture capital (VC) investors currently leverage data to...
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venturebeat.com February 13, 2019

Affinity Raises $26.5M To Manage Relationships With Machine Learning

Affinity, a San Francisco startup that uses machine learning to help surface valuable relationships, has raised $26.5 million. : Relationships are a tricky thing -- and particularly fraught in the enterprise world, where the right connection or second-degree contact can make the difference in a high-stakes deal. That's why almost five years ago, Stanford grads Ray Zhou and Shubham Goel cofounded Affinity, a San Francisco startup developing what they describe as a "relationship intelligence" platform.
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fortune.com February 13, 2019

David Tisch Boxgroup Vc On Missing Wework, Peloton, Via, And More

There's a spreadsheet. : Missing a headliner such a WeWork is worse than investing in 100 companies on the highway to failure. That's the philosophy the founder of BoxGroup, an early stage investment firm with its hands in investments such as Plaid, Warby Parker, and ClassPass. Dubbed one of the most prolific angel investors in the Big Apple, Tisch, through BoxGroup, has invested in approximately 310 companies since its founding in 2007. He typically writes checks between $200,000 to $500,000--usually written during seed stage to series A.
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dealstreetasia.com February 12, 2019

Indian Fintech Startup Open Raises $5M In Series A Funding

The round was led by BeeNext Ventures, Europe-based venture capital fund Speedinvest and 3one4 Capital. The post Indian fintech startup Open raises $5m in Series A funding appeared first on DealStreetAsia.
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businessinsider.com February 12, 2019

This Founder Shares Reasons Why His Startup Failed

In 2011, Sahil Lavingia left his job as the second employee at Pinterest to build Gumroad, which he dreamed would become a billion-dollar company. He raised about $8 million in his first year. But things didn't keep growing. At one point he ended up having to lay off 75% of his staff, including his friends, and strongly considered selling his company. Eventually, he was working completely on his own. Lavingia began to be OK with the fact that Gumroad would never be a billion-dollar company.
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dealstreetasia.com February 11, 2019

Us-based Hr Tech Startup To Raise $10M For Se Asia Expansion

Resume Ranks, which has raised $500k from angel investors, is planning to launch in parts of the US, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore in the second quarter of 2019. The post Exclusive: US-based HR tech startup Resume Ranks to raise $10m for SE Asia expansion appeared first on DealStreetAsia.
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dealstreetasia.com February 11, 2019

Vietnamese Logistics Startup Logivan Raises $5.5M From Alpha Jwc, Others

David Su, a founding managing partner at Matrix Partners China, also invested in the latest funding round. The post Vietnamese logistics startup LOGIVAN raises $5.5m from Alpha JWC, others appeared first on DealStreetAsia.
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venturebeat.com February 08, 2019

Castle Raises $9.2M For Ai That Protects Consumer Apps From Account Takeovers

Castle's technology helps prevent account takeover (ATO) attempts, whether they employ manual or automated methods, including credential stuffing. : Castle, a San Francisco-based startup that wants to help businesses keep their customers' online accounts safe from fraud, has raised $9.2 million in a series A round of funding from Index Ventures, with participation from Y Combinator, First Round Capital, F-Prime Capital Partners, and a host of individual angel investors. Founded in 2015, Castle works with web and app developers looking to offer greater security inside their consumer-facing apps.
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