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Fewer deals and smaller checks: Startups suffered in Q1 as first-time financing fell 31%

While it’s never easy for entrepreneurs to convince venture capitalists to invest in their new companies, it was especially difficult during the first quarter of this year. Fewer startups received first-time funding, and those that were fortunate to do so saw smaller checks. For the first three months of 2016, initial funding deals declined 16 percent to 297, and the total […]

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VCs raised billions in Q1 even as they made fewest investments in 3 years

ANALYSIS: At first blush, a review of venture capital dealmaking during the first quarter of 2016 suggests an industry gone mad. VC firms raised the highest amount of capital raised in more than decade, even as they made the lowest number of investments in three years. What gives? The Q1 2016 Venture Pulse Report issued today by CB Insights […]

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What downturn? 11 companies became unicorns in Q1

With no IPOs taking place in the first quarter of 2016, much attention is now focused on unicorns. Will they be able to maintain their billion dollar valuations, or will they would be picked off one at a time, succumbing to valuation markdowns and volatile public markets? Even with a healthy resetting of many tech company valuations underway, eleven firms attained unicorn status […]

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TurboTax is tweaking its mobile app right up until tax day

VB EVENT: Intuit made headlines last month when VentureBeat reported that one million people were using TurboTax on their mobile phones. And now with the U.S. tax filing deadline less than two weeks away, the company is working to simplify the process even further. Speaking today at VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit, Nat Rajesh Natarajan, senior VP for product and engineering at Intuit, the […]

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Why Swipe Right wasn’t in the first version of Tinder

Combine love at first sight with powerfully simple design and what do you get? More than one million dates each week on Tinder, perhaps the world’s most popular dating app. Best known for it’s “Swipe Right” feature, Tinder has been on a tear in recent months introducing new features and even scratching at the surface of the vast amounts […]

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IPO window slams shut on 22 tech companies seeking just $1.5 billion

ANALYSIS: When it comes to going public, sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. The first quarter of 2016 saw no technology IPOs on U.S. markets, according to a report released last week by research firm Dealogic. The last time this was happened was seven years ago, in the months following the collapse of Lehman […]

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FBI may not have to disclose how it unlocked San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

(Reuters) – The FBI may be allowed to withhold information about how it broke into an iPhone belonging to a gunman in the December San Bernardino shootings, despite a U.S. government policy of disclosing technology security flaws discovered by federal agencies. Under the U.S. vulnerabilities equities process, the government is supposed to err in favor […]

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New unicorns will rise from the ashes of 2016’s funding downturn

ANALYSIS: In what now looks like a halcyon afternoon back in early October, I was moderating a panel of entrepreneurs and venture investors on the topic of how to raise series A funding. Very quickly, the conversation ran away from me. Instead of talking about which metrics and milestones would most likely lead to successful fundraising, […]

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Apple’s Windows-bashing is mean-spirited and pointless

ANALYSIS: At today’s product event, Apple stumbled backwards in time by trashing the computing devices used by hundreds of millions of would-be customers – 600 million in fact. “The majority of people who come to an iPad Pro are coming from a PC,” declared Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, while introducing the 9.7 inch iPad Pro in Cupertino. […]

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Sales research startup Mattermark raises $7.3 million, now valued at $42 million

Mattermark, which has evolved rapidly from a database to help investors rank startups to a sales intelligence service, today announced that it has raised $7.3 million in series B funding and is valued at $42 million. The equity investment was led by Foundry Group and Jon Hallett, with participation from existing investors. (Disclosure: VentureBeat occasionally publishes opinion pieces from Foundry Group’s Brad […]

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