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Should Entrepreneurs Seek Crowdfunding?

Should Entrepreneurs Seek Crowdfunding?

By Chris Crum April 27, 2015

A lot of entrepreneurs in todays landscape must decide whether or not to go the crowdfunding route. If you ask multi-billionaire Richard Branson, you’re probably best off at least considering it. Branson has been an investor in popular crowdfunding platform …

Uber Could Soon Be Valued at $40 Billion Uber Could Soon Be Valued at $40 Billion

Uber could be valued at a staggering $35 to $40 billion after a new round of funding, according to a report. “T. Rowe Price Group Inc. is in discussions to be a new investor, said the people, who asked not …

Square Reportedly Raises New $150M Round At $6B Valuation Square Reportedly Raises New $150M Round At $6B Valuation

There has been no official announcement so far, but according to a report from The New York Times, Square has raised a new $150 million round of funding, valuing the company at $6 billion. The report cites a person briefed …

Yahoo Is Reportedly Investing in Snapchat and Its Sky-High Valuation Yahoo Is Reportedly Investing in Snapchat and Its Sky-High Valuation

Yahoo is one of the backers that’s ready to throw out a funding round that values Snapchat at $10 billion, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal quotes the all-knowing and omnipresent “people familiar with the matter”, who claim that …

Twitter Is Funding A New MIT Lab For ‘Social Machines’ Twitter Is Funding A New MIT Lab For ‘Social Machines’

The MIT Media Lab announced that it has secured a five-year, $10 million investment from Twitter, which will provide access to its real-time, public steam of tweets as well as the archive of every tweet all the way back to …

Reddit Raises New $50 Million Round Of Funding Reddit Raises New $50 Million Round Of Funding

Reddit said on Tuesday that it has closed a new $50 million round of outside funding led by Y Combinator President Sam Altman with participation from Sequoia Capital’s Alfred Lin and Andreessen Horowitz’s Marc Andreessen. Other investors mentioned further down …

Google Capital Backs InnoLight, Its 9th Company Google Capital Backs InnoLight, Its 9th Company

Google Capital, along with Lightspeed China Partners, co-led a Series C round of funding totaling $38 million into InnoLight Technology, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. This would be Google Capital’s first investment in China. InnoLight …

Snapchat’s $10 Billion Valuation ‘Not Absurd’ Says Twitter CEO Snapchat’s $10 Billion Valuation ‘Not Absurd’ Says Twitter CEO

Reacting to the news that ephemeral messaging app Snapchat was moving fast toward a $20 million investment from Kleiner Perkins at a $10 billion valuation, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is defending it – calling it “not absurd.” “Crazy growth, clear …

Google Capital Backs Thumbtack, Its 8th Company Google Capital Backs Thumbtack, Its 8th Company

Google Capital is leading a $100 million series D round of funding in Thumbtack, a service that is described as helping people “accomplish the personal projects that are central to their lives”. Also contributing to the funding are past investors …

Snapchat Is Apparently Worth $10 Billion Snapchat Is Apparently Worth $10 Billion

Snapchat has been reported as the fastest-growing social app. It’s inspired an absolutely pointless ripoff from a huge international company. It’s so popular among teens that it’s making them lose their frickin’ minds. But is it really worth $10 billion? …

Uber Is Now a $17B Company After Latest Funding Uber Is Now a $17B Company After Latest Funding

On-demand car service Uber has just announced a massive $1.2 billion injection from “some of the leading investors in the world,” which values the company at $17 billion (not counting what they already have in the war chest). With that …

Here’s Why Pinterest’s New Funding Is Good News For Your Business Here’s Why Pinterest’s New Funding Is Good News For Your Business

Pinterest has reportedly raised a new $200 million round of funding, valuing the company at $5 billion. Investors are apparently impressed with the direction the already popular visual social media site is taking, which includes new native ads and enhancements …

Imgur CEO Talks Plans For New Funding, Relationship With Reddit [Exclusive] Imgur CEO Talks Plans For New Funding, Relationship With Reddit [Exclusive]

Imgur announced this morning that it has raised $40 million in a series A round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. General partner, Lars Dalgaard will take a Board of Directors seat with the company. Reddit, which gives Imgur more …

Jeff Bezos And Others Give Business Insider $12 Million Jeff Bezos And Others Give Business Insider $12 Million

Business Insider announced on Wednesday that it has raised a new $12 million round of funding from existing investors including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Others include IVP, RRE, and Gordon Crovitz. According to CEO Henry Blodget, Business Insider will use …

Microsoft Invests $15M in Foursquare, Acquires Location Data for Bing, Windows Microsoft Invests $15M in Foursquare, Acquires Location Data for Bing, Windows

Foursquare has just received a cash injection from Microsoft, and Microsoft products will soon sport billions of Foursquare data points. The two companies have just announced a strategic partnership that will see Windows OS, as well as Bing, receive location …

Jelly Raises New Funding From Greylock Jelly Raises New Funding From Greylock

Jelly announced that it has secured a new Series B round of funding with Greylock Partners, and that partner Josh Elman, who worked as a product lead at Twitter, has joined Jelly’s board. This follows Series A funding last year …

Foursquare Touts 45M Users, $35M in New Funding Foursquare Touts 45M Users, $35M in New Funding

It’s been a big, transformative year for location-focused app Foursquare. For the past year, Foursquare has been making both incremental and monumental shifts in the core functionality of the app, taking it from just another check-in game to a real …