Crowd-funding questions on the horizon.
FORTUNE -- Ever since the JOBS Act passed earlier this month, I've been inundated with PR pitches about new crowd-funding platforms. So many, in fact, that I'm surprised a crowd-funding platform hasn't been formed to help seed all the other ones.
To me, there are two big questions for this burgeoning boom:
1. How on earth are these platforms going to police fraud, as the JOBS Act requires MOREDan Primack - Apr 25, 2012 11:30 AM ET
SingleHop, a Chicago-based provider of automated Internet infrastructure-as-a-service and cloud computing, has raised $27.5 million in new VC funding led by Battery Ventures. http://www.singlehop.com
Amalfi Semiconductor, a Los Gatos, Calif.-based developer of power amplifier solutions for cellular handsets, has raised $20 million in fourth-round VC funding. Return backers include Battery Ventures, DCM and Globespan Capital Partners. The company previously raised $44 million. http://www.amalfi.com
WeVideo, a cloud-based video editing platform, has raised $19.2 MOREDan Primack - Apr 25, 2012 9:52 AM ET
Argos Therapeutics Inc., a Durham, N.C.-based developer of immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases, has raised $25 million in Series D funding. Forbion Capital led the round, and was joined by fellow return backers like TVM Capital, Lumira Capital, Intersouth Partners, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Morningside Group and Aurora Funds. The company recently withdrew its IPO registration due to "market conditions," and previously raised MOREDan Primack - Apr 24, 2012 9:51 AM ET
Facebook picks a price.
FORTUNE --- I noted this in an earlier post of Facebook's first quarter financials, but I think it deserves one of its own: Facebook is officially valuing itself at just under $77 billion.
Here's how the math works: Facebook recently acquired mobile photo-sharing site Instagram, announcing that the deal was worth approximately $1 billion. Today it provided more specifics, saying that the deal included $300 million in cash MOREDan Primack - Apr 23, 2012 3:59 PM ET
Facebook reports earnings.
FORTUNE --- Facebook today filed updated financial information with the SEC, as a prelude to next month's initial public offering.
The headline number is that revenue fell between Q4 2011 and Q1 2012, from $1.13 billion to $1.06 billion. This mirrors a similar drop during the year-earlier period, likely because of holiday ad spend that disappears in the new year. Here is Facebook's explanation:
Advertising spending is traditionally seasonally strong in MOREDan Primack - Apr 23, 2012 3:25 PM ET
ScienceLogic Inc., a Reston, Va.-based provider of IT operations and cloud management software, has raised $15 million in Series B funding. Intel Capital led the round, and was joined by return backer New Enterprise Associates. The company has now raised a total of $30 million. www.sciencelogic.com
Moat Inc., a New York-based search engine for display ads, has raised $12 million in Series B funding.Mayfield Fund led the round, and was joined by return backers like MOREDan Primack - Apr 23, 2012 2:03 PM ET
By Marty Zwilling, contributor
Many entrepreneurs believe all money is created equal. As long as somebody recognizes their million dollar idea and writes them a check, the source really doesn't matter. Most angel investors are pure, but there are some exceptions to watch out for:
1. Shark angels. This is the ultimate bad guy whose sole intention of getting involved in early-stage investing is to take advantage of what they believe is MOREApr 23, 2012 1:56 PM ET
Splunk IPO ends a 6 year-old venture capital debate.
"The traditional venture model seems to us to be broken."
That was Steve Dow, a partner with venerable VC firm Sevin Rosen, explaining in 2006 why the firm had taken the unprecedented step of returning more than $200 million in commitments to a fund that it had been raising. The comments sparked intense discussion throughout the start-up ecosystem, with many agreeing that too MOREDan Primack - Apr 20, 2012 11:47 AM ET
Neato Robotics Inc., a Newark, Calif.-based provider of robotic solutions for household chores, has raised $12.2 million in Series D funding from firms like Vorwerk Ventures and Noventi Ventures. http://www.neatorobotics.com
Five9 Inc., a San Ramon, Calif.-based provider of cloud-based contact center software, has raised $12 million in new VC funding. Adams Street Partners led the round, and was joined by Hummer Winblad Venture Capital and Partech International. The company previously raised MOREDan Primack - Apr 20, 2012 9:38 AM ET
Tango, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of mobile video communications, has raised $40 million in Series C funding that included new investors Qualcomm Ventures and Access Industries. The company previously raised $47 million from firms like Draper Fisher Jurvetson. http://www.tango.me
Alder BioPharmaceuticals Inc., a Bothell, Wash.-based developer of human antibody therapeutics to, has raised $38 million in Series D funding. Novo Ventures led the round, and was joined by return backers MOREDan Primack - Apr 19, 2012 9:23 AM ET
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