October 12, 2020

TechCrunch: How startups should budget in uncertain times

I was thearchetypal startup CEO: I paused my degree at Stanford to start a company, and after it failed I found myself needing to preserve cash to make student loan payments.

October 6, 2020

Customer training startup Skilljar just raised $33 million in fresh funding

September 23, 2020

Meet Bindiya Vakil, Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s First Supply Chain Woman of the Year

“Women can be self-deprecating at times,” says Bindiya Vakil, CEO and founder of Resilinc

September 19, 2020

TechCrunch: There’s a new VC metric in town for startups to follow.

There’s a new VC metric in town for startups to follow

September 4, 2020

TechCrunch: Mustard raises $1.7M to improve athletic mechanics with AI

Athletic coaching is a massive, multi-billion-dollar industry

September 1, 2020

ProgrammableWeb: API Businesses Don’t Deserve to Exist Unless They Aggregate

Growing up, I studied piano

August 19, 2020

Literati Launches Book Club Platform Featuring Stephen Curry, Malala Yousafzai, and the Joseph Campbell Foundation

Literati, an Austin-based literary startup, has announced a new book club platform featuring curated collections from five of today’s most renowned and beloved luminaries: two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson, New York Times-bestselling author Susan Orlean, and the late American mythologist Joseph Campbell, whose work will be curated through his foundation.

August 13, 2020

NYT: The Race Is On to Be the Peloton of Weight Lifting

Three companies — Tempo, Tonal and Forme Life — are competing to supplant cheap dumbbells with smart machines priced in the four figures.

August 10, 2020

Crunchbase: Oomnitza Closes $12.5M Series B To Manage Company Digital Estates

Many companies’ “offices” grew exponentially when people started working from home. Those same companies now have to manage their IT infrastructures while also addressing requirements for security, compliance, procurement and employee experience

August 2, 2020

Surviving the new normal: What to do when a customer asks to see your startup’s financials

It was 2008 Redwood City, and my startup Makara was riding the early cloud wave born of virtualization, trying to create what is now known as “containerized applications.” Early adopters for this technology were the typical early adopters: financial companies, technology companies, and the occasional retail company reinventing itself.

July 23, 2020

Forbes: Four Marketing Lessons Learned From A Global Pandemic from Highspot CMO

In the face of uncertainty, leaders often have to make split decisions without all the data

June 26, 2020

BI: A Silicon Valley investor is living through the pandemic in his 500-square-foot San Francisco apartment, teaching himself to play the violin and fly-fish in the bay

Jacob Mullins, a partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Shasta Ventures, is one of the estimated 6.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area who have been sheltering in place since March 17. He works out of his 500-square-foot San Francisco apartment, fly fishes in the Bay, teaches himself how to play the violin, takes video meetings in virtual reality, and is growing a “COVID beard.”

April 30, 2020

Venture Beat: The fallacy of ‘normal’: How the coronavirus will reboot venture capital

The measures most of the world has put in place to mitigate the spread of the pandemic has shut down the global economy in a more abrupt fashion than we’ve ever seen.

April 15, 2020

TechCrunch: As Stocks Recover, Private Investors Aren’t Buying the Hype

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between

March 3, 2020

Shasta Ventures Launches Shasta Ignite Platform to Help Early-stage Founders Ignite and Accelerate Growth

Shasta Ventures launched a platform dedicated to helping founders and executives of its early-revenue startups acquire and retain customers.

February 6, 2020

NVCA Member Spotlight: Shasta Ventures

NVCA’s Member Spotlight series profiles Shasta Ventures in a recent interview with Managing Director, Jason Pressman.

January 14, 2020

AppSheet Acquired by Google Cloud

AppSheet has been acquired by Google and will be joining the Google Cloud team.

January 8, 2020

Alitheon Raises $14.9M in Funding

Alitheon, a Bellevue, Wash.-based machine vision software company, closed a $14.9m venture capital financing.

January 7, 2020


Technology from ISARA Corporation, the world’s leading provider of quantum-safe and crypto-agile security, ensured that the Karma Revero GT demonstration car at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) can send and receive electronic voice data without fear that the information will be hijacked or harvested – even by a quantum-enabled adversary.

December 19, 2019

9 Cutting-edge technology startups to watch in 2020

ISARA Corporation and DarwinAI identified as leading startups to watch in 2020.

December 18, 2019

Fetch Robotics Expands TagSurveyor to Provide Customers with Real-Time Inventory Visualization

Fetch Robotics, the leader in cloud robotics, announced new unique capabilities for TagSurveyor, the robotic RFID solution that allows customers to gain complete visibility of assets in their fulfillment centers, distribution centers or warehouses via visualization of inventory data on a facility map.

December 6, 2019

Kapwing and Blume founders named on Forbes 30 under 30

Kapwing founders Julia Enthoven & Eric Lu as well as Blume founders Bunny Ghatrora & Taran Ghatrora named on prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30.

November 28, 2019

Kubit Partners with Segment to Boost Intelligent Product Analytics

Kubit’s Intelligent Product Analytics helps product people get clear, fast answers about user engagement and retention.

November 25, 2019

Cloud video collaboration platform Frame.io raises $50 million, heads to Hollywood

New York-based Frame.io, a video review and collaboration platform now used by over a million customers, has raised $50 million in Series C funding to further expand its investment in cloud-based video workflows.

November 21, 2019

Zero-trust security platform provider Banyan Security raises $17M

“Zero-trust” security platform provider Banyan Security said today it has raised $17 million in new funding to allow it to accelerate product development.

November 13, 2019

Announcing Threekit’s $20M Series A Funding

Today we’re pleased to announce that Threekit has raised $20M in Series A financing, led by Shasta Ventures.

November 13, 2019

How Fintech’s Third Wave Will Change How You Bank

The industry has evolved through three discrete phases, says Jason Brown, CEO and cofounder of Tally, a fintech startup.

November 12, 2019

Starsky Robotics lands on the CNBC Upstart 100 list

Starsky Robotics is a driverless truck company, working to make trucks autonomous on the highway, then remote-controlled by a driver for the first and last mile of their journeys.

November 11, 2019

Introducing Leaders in Tech

Leaders in Tech (LIT) is opening up its website publicly today after two years in stealth.

November 11, 2019

Starship Autonomous Food Delivery Robots Deployed at University of Houston

A fleet of 30 Starship autonomous delivery robots has been deployed at the University of Houston, home to over 53,000 students, faculty and staff.

November 8, 2019

Turo, Highspot, and Anaplan recognized on Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500

The ranking is compiled from applications submitted directly to the Technology Fast 500 website and public company database research conducted by Deloitte LLP.

November 6, 2019

Kubit Raises $4.5M Seed Round to Democratize Data with AI

Kubit, a pioneer in augmented analytics, announced that it raised a $4.5M seed investment round from Shasta Ventures, a leading early-stage boutique venture capital firm.

November 6, 2019

People.ai Accelerates Growth with New Customers and Partners as Revenue Intelligence Gains Momentum in the Market

November 1, 2019

Foresight 2020: CX Trends and Predictions

Jayaram Bhat, CEO of Squelch, writes about the evolution of customer experience and shares insights about what marketers can expect in 2020.

October 31, 2019

8th Wall’s new Cloud Editor helps customers quickly build mobile AR experiences

The world of phone-based AR has involved a lot of promises, but the future that’s developed has so far been more iterative and less platform shift-y.

October 30, 2019

The Smart Portfolio of Rob Coneybeer

In 2004, Coneybeer co-founded Shasta Ventures with his partners, Ravi Mohan and Tod Francis, to fund disruptive enterprise and consumer tech startups.

October 29, 2019

8th Wall Expands WebXR Development Tools With Hosting Solution

Today, 8th Wall is launching its authoring and hosting platform, an end-to-end cloud solution to create, collaborate and publish WebAR content.

October 28, 2019

’Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation

Retail warehouse operations are turning to ‘cobots’ to help seasonal workers cope with the expected flood of online orders.

October 23, 2019

Literati scores $12M led by investment firm that propelled Dollar Shave Club

This funding round is packed with big names: Silicon Valley’s Shasta Ventures, the former CEO of Twitter, Dan Graham of Austin and Silverton Partners, just to name a few.

October 18, 2019

The Rise of Wholesome Social Media

Growing numbers are ditching mainstream social media for platforms like Goodreads and Strava, connecting over book recommendations and fitness achievements.

October 16, 2019

Valimail opens product and engineering innovation office in Denver

Valimail is proud to announce the opening of our new product hub in Denver.

October 16, 2019

Canva Hits $3.2 Billion Valuation After $85 Million Raise For Big-Business Push

Canva has reached an eye-popping new valuation as it makes its first push into larger customers for its design software suite.

October 15, 2019

Tom Emrich Joins 8th Wall

8th Wall, the WebAR creation platform created by Erik Murphy-Chutorian that raised over ten million dollars last year, announced AR pioneer Tom Emrich has joined their team as VP of Product.

October 15, 2019

Texas Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $50 Million From Peter Thiel to Steal China’s Crypto Crown

On Tuesday, San Francisco-based Layer1 announced it has raised $50 million from billionaire Peter Thiel and others.

October 10, 2019

Tiger Global values people management tool Lattice at ~$200M

The secretive New York-based hedge fund Tiger Global Management has led a $25 million Series C investment in Lattice, an employee performance and engagement management tool, with participation from the startup’s existing investors.

October 8, 2019

Nextdoor Puts Local Deals At Neighbors’ Fingertips

Now on Nextdoor, businesses that have set up their free Business Page can create a Local Deal to promote a sale, discount, or other incentive to reach new and existing customers in exactly the neighborhoods they want to target.

September 27, 2019

Accion Systems Inc. Secures $3.9 million from NASA Partnership

Accion and JPL will partner to mature a propulsion system to demonstrate the same capabilities as those required for the MarCO mission, but with a smaller and lighter system that uses less power.

September 24, 2019

Meme editor Kapwing grows 10X, raises $11M

Kapwing is a laymen’s Adobe Creative Suite built for what people actually do on the internet: make memes and remix media.

September 23, 2019

Nextdoor welcomes Canada to the Neighbourhood

Nextdoor, the world’s largest private network for neighbours, has officially launched in Canada!

September 17, 2019

AI 50 Founders Say This Is What People Get Wrong About Artificial Intelligence

Forbes’ new list of promising artificial intelligence companies highlights how the technology is creating real value across industries like transportation, healthcare, HR, insurance and finance.

September 10, 2019

Nextdoor adds new funding, closes growth round at $170M with $2.1B valuation

Social networking platform for neighbors Nextdoor announced it has secured additional funding to close out its $170 million growth round.

September 6, 2019

S.F. driverless truck startup keeps its hand on the wheel

Starsky Robotics CEO Stefan Seltz-Axmacher now runs a traditional trucking outfit alongside the company’s high-tech business, which has helped inform Starsky’s approach to creating driverless technology.

September 6, 2019

How one change to shipping goods could change the way we live

We’re on the cusp of another such disruption to shipping: autonomous freight.

September 4, 2019

Leanplum Study Reports 75% of Millennials Delete Mobile Apps Due to Irrelevant & Too Many Notifications

Seventy-two (72) percent of Gen Z (compared to only 43 percent of Gen X’s) like to receive messages/updates from friends/followers on social media.

August 27, 2019

6D.ai creates platform for a 3D map of the world

6D.ai aims to build a 3D map of the world using only smartphone cameras.

August 26, 2019

Entelo Acquires ConveyIQ, Raises Additional Funding

Entelo has acquired ConveyIQ, the leading candidate engagement platform for screening, interviewing, and hiring top talent.

August 22, 2019

Cequence Security Wins Gold as Network Product Guide’s 2019 Security Software Startup of the Year

Cequence Security named Gold winner in the 14th Annual 2019 IT World Awards® in the “Startup of the Year – Security Software” category.

August 20, 2019

Starship Technologies raises $40M, crosses 100K deliveries and plans to expand to 100 new universities

Starship Technologies invented the category of rolling autonomous sidewalk delivery robots, and to date, the company has made more than 100,000 commercial deliveries on behalf of customers.

August 16, 2019

Deep Sentinel Home Security review: More than just cameras that document crime, this system actively deters it

The Deep Sentinel Home Security system takes a very different approach to home security.

August 14, 2019

Starsky & Hutch API: Starsky Robotics Launches API to Dispatch Autonomous Trucks

Starsky announces new product: The Hutch API.

August 12, 2019

Lucidworks Nets $100M For AI-Powered Search

AI-powered search venture Lucidworks has raised $100 million from Francisco Partners and TPG Sixth Street Partners, the company announced today (first reported by Fortune’s Term Sheet).

August 12, 2019

Polarity raises $8.1M for its AI software that constantly analyzes employee screens and highlights key info

The team at Polarity wants its tech to help teams lower the knowledge barrier to getting stuff done and allow people to focus more on procedure and strategy than memorizing file numbers, IP addresses and jargon.

August 12, 2019

Loadsmart, Starsky Robotics Dispatch Autonomous Truck Automatically

Loadsmart and Starsky Robotics said the companies have automatically dispatched an autonomous truck to haul freight.

July 31, 2019

Prodly announces $3.5M seed to automate low-code cloud deployments

Low-code programming is supposed to make things easier on companies, right?

July 31, 2019

Meet Dr. Natalya Bailey, Emerging Technologist Abie Award Winner

The Emerging Technologist Abie Award recognizes a midcareer woman in the first 10 years of her technical career, and celebrates the creative ways she confronts problems and seeks solutions, as well as the potential she has to shape the future of her field for years to come.

July 25, 2019

Mitch Grasso, Founder of Beautiful.AI

Question everything, including conventional wisdom.

July 24, 2019

CUBEConversation with Christine Heckart

Christine Heckart of Scalyr discusses managing the continuous stress that comes with continuous delivery for engineers.

July 24, 2019

BIMI surges forward with support from Google and Valimail

Today, Valimail is pleased to welcome Google to the list of companies supporting Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI), a draft email standard that entered a pilot phase in 2018 and is proceeding to broad trials in the next year.

July 23, 2019

Fetch Robotics raises $46 million to expand warehouse automation internationally

Placed against our sci-fi expectations, robotics have largely fallen short — with one notable exception.

July 22, 2019

5 trends driving end of ownership and growth of subscription economy

Changing customer preferences are leading to a new era defined by “the end of ownership.”

July 18, 2019

Zefr Sells Its Copyright-Flagging and YouTube Channel-Management Businesses to Vobile for $90 Million

Vobile Group, a video protection and measurement company, announced a deal to acquire Zefr’s RightsID copyright-management and ChannelID YouTube channel-management businesses for about $90 million.

July 17, 2019

IAC invests $250 million in Turo

The leading internet & media company invests in the future of mobility.

July 16, 2019

Lattice Featured on Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2019

Each year for the past five, Forbes has searched the country for the 25 fast-growing, venture-backed startups most likely to reach $1 billion in value.

July 16, 2019

How Marketing Can Help Develop an Effective Customer Onboarding Program

An effective Customer Onboarding Program is critical for driving ongoing Customer Engagement, Satisfaction, and Value.

July 15, 2019

Cosmetically challenged produce, delivered straight to your door

Now, fruits and vegetables that aren’t attractive enough for grocery store shelves — but edible and tasty just the same — have a new purpose.

July 15, 2019

People.ai Accelerates AI Ml Partnerships and People Developmet with New Hires

Industry veterans to lead alliances and people to support company growth

July 11, 2019

The State of Web AR: A Conversation with 8th Wall

There’s growing realization that apps aren’t the optimal vessel for AR.

July 9, 2019

Fetch Robotics Garners Two More Industry Awards

Fetch Robotics has focused on solving some of the most pressing problems in the supply chain with our combination of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and on-demand automation since 2014.

July 8, 2019

Messaging API Startup SendBird: Interview with John S. Kim, chief executive officer

The chief executive officer of Sendbird, an in-app user-to-user messaging startup, discusses the company’s growth strategy.

July 8, 2019

Getaround, Turo Take Different Car-Rental Routes

Getaround Inc.’s car-sharing app allows urban customers who need a car for a day or a few hours to rent from nearby car owners—and now it wants to take that model to more cities.

July 5, 2019

Spire ‘Supercomputing’ Satellites Fly To Space On Russian Rocket

A Russian Soyuz rocket sent dozens of small satellites aloft from Vostochny, including two supercomputing nanosatellites from Spire Global.

July 4, 2019

From seed to Series A: Scaling a startup in Latin America today

It’s not easy to raise growth-stage capital in Latin America, but it’s getting easier.

July 3, 2019

Highspot ranked as #1 Best Companies to Work For 2019: Midsize Companies

These companies with 50-150 full-time Washington employees were voted Best Companies to Work For.

July 1, 2019

Former Oracle and Salesforce Exec Kate FitzGerald Appointed Leanplum President

Leanplum, the leading multi-channel engagement platform, announced that seasoned executive Kate FitzGerald has been appointed president effective immediately.

June 29, 2019

The cofounder of a Y Combinator-backed trucking startup says there’s one thing about self-driving trucking that everyone gets wrong

Starsky Robotics is operating unmanned semi-trucks on public highways in Florida as of June 16.

June 26, 2019

Starsky Robotics tests first unmanned autonomous truck on public highway in Florida

Starsky Robotics tested its fully unmanned autonomous truck on a 9.4-mile stretch of public highway on the Florida Turnpike on June 16.

June 26, 2019

Anaplan Bets On AI, ML And Partners To Drive Growth

Anaplan is driving growth through expansion of its partner network which is investing in the Anaplan practice capacity and capability.

June 26, 2019

Big Step For Self-Driving Semis As Starsky Tests Unmanned Robo-Truck On Florida Highway

Starsky Robotics began testing its automated and remotely operated semi-trucks this month.

June 25, 2019

Highspot, Tally, and People.ai CEOs named some of the best for minority workers

Incidents of workplace bias aren’t hard to come by.

June 21, 2019

Thrive Questionnaire: Melanie Perkins

Canva CEO Melanie Perkins reveals how she turns mistakes into lessons.

June 21, 2019

How he got 200,000 people to buy ugly fruits and vegetables

Ben Simon thinks about wasted food, a lot.

June 20, 2019

The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real

Virtual reality has been the next new thing for five years and counting.

June 19, 2019

Tally’s Jason Brown on fintech’s first debt roboadvisor and an automated financial future

Yesterday, Tally, the startup looking to automate consumers financial lives, announced it had raised a $50 million Series C round.

June 19, 2019

Valimail raises $45 million to thwart email phishing attacks

Anti-phishing startup Valimail has raised $45 million in a series C round of funding.

June 19, 2019

We’ve acquired Capsenta to bring the power of knowledge graphs to companies with on-prem data

data.world has acquired Capsenta!

June 19, 2019

AnitaB.org recognizes Dr. Natalya Bailey, Accion Systems CEO and Co-Founder with 2019 Emerging Technologist Abie Award

Accion Systems CEO and Co-founder is next in line for a major tech-industry industry honor.

June 11, 2019

Suplari Named a 2019 Gartner Cool Vendor in Sourcing and Procurement Applications

Suplari’s Innovation in AI enables procurement and finance to increase efficiency, improve automation, and deliver actionable insights.

June 4, 2019

Highspot raises $60 million to apply AI to sales enablement

Highspot, which bills itself as an AI-driven sales enablement platform vendor, today announced that it’s secured $60 million in series D financing.

May 31, 2019

Apptio, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Cloudability

Apptio, Inc., software that fuels digital transformation, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Cloudability, Inc., the market leader in multi-cloud financial management.

May 30, 2019

Tally Save rewards you for saving money with points and gift cards

Tally, a startup that seeks to help users pay down lingering credit card debt, wants to reward those same users for regularly depositing spare change into savings accounts.

May 29, 2019

Lucidworks Named a Leader in Cognitive Search Evaluation by Independent Research Firm

Lucidworks receives highest scores possible in the solution roadmap, customer service, ability to execute, partnerships, and community criteria. 

May 29, 2019

Insider Q&A: Doctor on Demand CEO Leads Primary Care Push

Hill Ferguson thinks telemedicine can become a routine option for patients, not just an easy way to handle middle of the night ear infections.

May 22, 2019

Squelch Wins 2019 Stevie American Business Awards for Technology Innovation and Business Success

Company Earns Bronze for Tech Startup of the Year, While Its Customer Experience Optimization Solution Takes Home Silver for Integration Solution of the Year.

May 22, 2019

Starsky Robotics video puts you in the cab of a self-driving truck

Ever wonder what the inside of a driverless truck looks like as it’s cruising down the freeway?

May 22, 2019

Why Record Labels and Movie Studios Are Singing Along With Smule

The app has 40 million users and counts Disney and Warner Music among its partners.

May 22, 2019

The rise and reign of Starship, the world’s first robotic delivery provider

May 21, 2019

Interplay Learning Secures $5.5 Million Series A Financing Round Led By S3 Ventures

The online training firm for skilled trades utilizing virtual reality (VR) and 3D simulations to add talent to its Austin offices, expand its customer success team, pursue additional markets and develop new platform features.

May 21, 2019

People.ai Raises $60M Series C Led by ICONIQ Capital

Also Launches “The Wire,” Delivering AI-Powered Insights to Guide the Best Next Action For Sales, Marketing, and Customer Success Teams.

May 20, 2019

Graphic design platform Canva valued at $2.5B with new funds

Canva, an Australian-headquartered business, has raised another $70 million to expand its graphic design platform.

May 14, 2019

Nextdoor Valued at More Than $2 Billion in Fresh Funding Round

Social-network deals have been on decline, but Nextdoor gets $123 million from venture firms including Riverwood Capital and Benchmark.

May 12, 2019

DisrupTV Featuring Sandi Lin, CEO & Co-Founder at Skilljar

This week, DisrupTV interviewed Sandi Lin, CEO & Co-Founder at Skilljar.

April 26, 2019

Lattice raises another $15M to improve performance reviews

Jack Altman, whose resume includes a stint as vice president of business development at Teespring, has raised $15 million in Series B funding for his startup, Lattice, a modern approach to corporate goal setting.

April 25, 2019


Our team at ISARA is proud to be have been awarded further funds for our research and development of quantum-safe cryptography and agile technologies.

April 24, 2019

Telemedicine startup Doctor on Demand taps giant health partner to debut virtual primary care plan

Humana’s Florida and Texas markets will be Doctor On Demand’s first test of the virtual primary care experience for patients.

April 24, 2019

CEO of cloud company Zuora: Manufacturers must adopt a subscription model in order to grow

More and more companies are turning to the emerging subscription economy, and it could be time for the manufacturing industry to tune in, Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo told CNBC Wednesday.

April 18, 2019


Venture capital investment in Space is now a generally accepted investment theme, so to better understand these dynamics, we created a special VC infographic in our year-end Q4 2018 Space Investment Quarterly.

April 12, 2019

Blume, the Female Founded Self-care Company Focused on Empowering Girls, Raises $3.3 Million in Series Seed Funding

Blume, the only brand dedicated to educating young women and creating safe and sustainable period products, announced a $3.3 million Series Seed funding round today.

April 10, 2019

10 Cool Startups That Raised Venture Capital in March 2019

Internet of Things and cybersecurity technology companies were among the startups that hauled in venture capital rounds in March.

April 1, 2019

Spire Lobs 100th Satellite To Space To Grow Its Weather-Watching Capabilities

Spire Global, the San Francisco-based startup cofounded by Jeroen Cappaert, an alum of the Forbes 30 Under 30, has already orbited its 100th satellite.

March 26, 2019

Costco, T-Mobile, Google, Apple ranked among best places to work with brightest futures

Comparably.com asked women about compensation, being challenged at work, getting valuable feedback, and other workplace issues.

March 26, 2019

More Doctors Want to Treat Patients From the Comfort of Their Couch

Mobile medical apps let physicians practice telemedicine full time.

March 25, 2019

Can Food Delivery Robots Get More College Students To Eat Breakfast?

Sodexo and Starship Technologies announced today the launch of a fleet of more than 30 food delivery robots on the campus of Northern Arizona University where Sodexo serves as the university’s contracted food service provider.

March 19, 2019

LeanData Raises $27.5 Million Series C

LeanData, a leader in enterprise Revenue Ops, has secured $27.5 million in financing.

March 15, 2019

Meet the San Francisco Business Times’ 40 Under 40 Class of 2019

The Bay Area is arguably the innovation center of the world.

March 14, 2019

Fintech Startup Tally Debuts What It Claims Is the World’s ‘Only Free Automated Savings Service’

Fintech startup Tally, known for automating credit card debt payments, is offering what it claims is the world’s only no-fee, automatic savings account.

March 13, 2019

How Deep Sentinel Is Protecting Families And Preventing Crime

David Sellinger, CEO and founder of Deep Sentinel, explains why your family deserves a state-of-the-art security system that prevents crime.

March 11, 2019

Introducing Valimail Defend — A Definitive Defense Against Untrusted Emailing Domains

This month, Valimail announced the general availability of our third major email protection product, Valimail Defend™, which protects against lookalike-domain and friendly-from phishing attacks.

March 11, 2019

LeanData Unlocks Growth Potential in B2B Businesses with Launch of Pioneering Revenue Operations Platform

Intelligent orchestration of trusted data across all go-to-market processes – from a single platform – enables brands to improve customer experience and drive greater revenue.

March 7, 2019

Financial inclusion, dare I say Inclusive Capitalism. The Fintech companies today who are changing the game.

We are feeling the daily effects of a growing wealth divide caused by dramatically increasing costs of living and fewer wage increases.

March 6, 2019

LiveIntent Is Preparing to Debut Its Own Onboarding Service

Company promises people-based marketing services to rival LiveRamp.

March 4, 2019

Mocana Adds New Funding To Meet Strong Demand For Its TrustCenter IoT Device Security Management Platform

Mocana’s IoT Device Security Platform Gains Wider Adoption as Alternative IT and OT Security Solutions Fall Short.

February 27, 2019

Cequence Security hauls in $17M Series B investment to help protect applications

Cequence Security, a startup that helps companies protect applications against business logic attacks, announced a $17 million Series B investment today.

February 19, 2019

SendBird snags $52M Series B to expand messaging API tool

SendBird, a San Francisco-area startup, helps developers add messaging to their apps with a couple of lines of code.

February 12, 2019

Second Measure Closes $20M Series A Funding Co-Led by Bessemer and Goldman Sachs

Second Measure, a technology company that analyzes billions of everyday purchases to answer real-time questions about consumer behavior, announced it has closed $20 million in a Series A funding round.

February 7, 2019

Here’s How Zwift Will Help You Train for Your Next Half Marathon

The company has partnered with the Pittsburgh Marathon to provide course-specific training plans to prep for the race right on your treadmill.

February 6, 2019

Welcoming Craig Lisowski to the Neighborhood

Nextdoor is excited to welcome Craig Lisowski as Head of Data, Information Systems & Trust.

February 4, 2019

Anaplan welcomes Ana Pinczuk, SVP and Chief Transformation Officer

Experienced enterprise software technology executive joins the company.

January 22, 2019

These cute little robots now deliver late-night snacks to world’s luckiest college kids

At George Mason University, a delivery from a campus grocery store will arrive via robot in 15 minutes.

January 22, 2019

The Pill Club raises $51M as VCs find new opportunities in women’s health

Through telemedicine and direct-to-consumer sales platforms, startups are streamlining the historically arduous process of accessing contraception.

January 20, 2019

Cisco veteran Christine Heckart joins Scalyr as its new CEO

Christine Heckart, a former Cisco Senior VP, is now the new CEO of Scalyr, a log management startup

January 17, 2019

Former Cisco, Brocade exec is new CEO at fast-growing San Mateo startup

Cisco and Brocade veteran Christine Heckart is the new CEO at San Mateo-based data log management startup Scalyr.

January 15, 2019

The Farmer’s Dog Raises $39 Million In The Largest Series B Round For A Pet Startup

The Farmer’s Dog, a subscription company that makes fresh and personalized meals for dogs, has raised the largest Series B round for any pet-related startup.

January 4, 2019

Deep Sentinel’s home security system uses AI to detect and stop burglaries

You can never be too careful when it comes to home security

January 4, 2019

Deep Sentinel system monitors your home with real security guards

Deep Sentinel is taking home security to a new level with its Smart Home Surveillance System.

January 4, 2019

This Jeff Bezos-backed security cam is designed to scare criminals

Most security cameras are designed to look inconspicuous

December 20, 2018

There’s No Real System to Counter Rogue Drones

As flying robots proliferate, there’s a growing risk of accident or attack.

December 16, 2018

Anaplan CEO Frank Calderoni on Going Public and His Outlook for Cloud

The tech industry veteran reflects on the challenges and opportunities of taking the connected planning company public in a rapidly changing marketplace and trends in cloud adoption.

December 11, 2018

Tech regulations must happen at the federal level, says Nextdoor CEO

Sarah Friar, CEO of Nextdoor and former CFO of Square, joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the challenges facing the technology industry including user privacy, antitrust regulation and consumer trust.

December 4, 2018

Anaplan CEO on using a custom ‘calculation engine’ for enterprise planning efficiency

Jim Cramer and Anaplan President and CEO Frank Calderoni speak about Anaplan’s newly public business and how it incorporates new technologies to help enterprises become more efficient.

December 4, 2018

Now You Can Duet with Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole on Christmas Classics – Here’s How!

Now You Can Duet with Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole on Christmas Classics – Here’s How!

November 30, 2018

The CEO of a startup that just raised $25 million asks every potential hire the same question, and it has nothing to do with work

Jason Brown, the cofounder and CEO of the personal-finance app Tally, asks every potential hire, “As a human, are you happy?”

November 26, 2018

What it’s like to play Creed: Rise to Glory in virtual reality

It’s one thing to be Adonis Creed: To train every day and to put your life at risk when you step into the ring (particularly when your opponent is the son of Ivan Drago).

November 25, 2018

Is A Subscription Model In Your Company’s Future? It Had Better Be!

Imagine a world where nobody owns anything.

November 19, 2018

Quantum Startup Backed by BlackBerry Co-Founder Gets $10 Million

Isara’s encryption designed to resist quantum computer hacks

November 13, 2018

Cequence Security Joins the Anti-Bot Battle

With malicious bots bombarding the Web, tech vendors are adding services to shield banks, retailers, and other firms with data behind login pages from the onslaught

November 13, 2018

Cequence Security launches platform to shield apps, APIs from malicious botnets

Cyber criminals are deploying the very latest in automated weaponry, namely botnets, to financially plunder corporate networks.

November 8, 2018

Thrilled to invest in BigBox VR, building the future of Esports in Virtual Reality

I am incredibly excited to share that Shasta Ventures has led a $5M round in BigBox VR, and I will be joining the Board of Directors.

November 8, 2018

Can the startup building a Fortnite for VR become the Fortnite of VR?

Virtual reality hasn’t proven itself to be the lucrative escape of the every-man, but the medium has done a fairly good job enticing the gaming community and keeping that niche (mostly) happy.

November 6, 2018

TPG Growth / Affinity Group, Marc Benioff, and Shasta Ventures Invest in Brandcast

Brandcast, the leading Website Cloud for Enterprise, today announced $18 million in Series A-1 funding.

October 31, 2018

We Tried a High-Tech New Fitness System and Got Yelled at by a Digital Trainer

Tonal promises the ultimate gym experience from the convenience of home.

October 31, 2018

Lots of Companies Are Trying to Deliver Packages More Efficiently. This Startup Is Betting Its Tiny, 4-MPH Robots Will Win

Starship Technologies made waves last year with its food delivery bots

October 30, 2018

Nextdoor, the social network for neighbours only, has launched in Australia

Nextdoor has launched in Australia.

October 27, 2018

Electric scooter startup Grin raises ~$45 million

Grin, an electric scooter startup backed by Y Combinator, has raised a $45.7 million Series A to operate shared, electric scooters in Latin America.

October 27, 2018

Electric scooter startup Grin merges with Brazil-based Ride

Grin, the Mexico City-based electric scooter company backed by Y Combinator, is merging with São Paulo-based Ride to further the company’s expansion across Latin America.

October 24, 2018

A startup selling ugly fruits and vegetables just received a major investment from NBA all-star Kevin Durant

Imperfect, a food startup selling ugly produce, just secured a major investment from NBA all-star Kevin Durant.

October 23, 2018

Turo, the Airbnb of Car-sharing, Gets Rolling in Israel

The San Francisco-based company is now active in Israel, going up against Israeli, American and Chinese shared-economy rivals in cars, motorized scooters and bikes

October 19, 2018

Doctor on Demand expands through Walmart collaboration

Health and hygiene company RB said consumers who purchase certain products at Walmart will receive a free medical video visit.

October 17, 2018

This Hotshot Young Investor Just Reached A Top Role At Shasta Ventures At Age 29

Shasta Ventures is the latest venture capital firm to embrace general change, promoting one of its top young investors to a top partner role at age 29.

October 17, 2018

Fetch, Honeywell partnership to boost AMR adoption

Honeywell and Fetch Robotics are teaming up to help distribution centers fulfill growing volumes of e-commerce orders by using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

October 12, 2018

Anaplan surges in market debut after rocky week for tech stocks

Anaplan forges ahead with its initial public offering amid downward market pressure on technology companies.

October 10, 2018

Shasta Doubles Downs on Security

October 10, 2018

Square CFO Sarah Friar is leaving to become the CEO of Nextdoor

Sarah Friar, the CFO of Square, is leaving the company to take the CEO role at Nextdoor

October 8, 2018

LinkedIn acquires employee engagement platform Glint

LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with close to 600 million users and now under the wing of Microsoft, has announced an acquisition as it continues to work on expanding the ways that people already on the platform use it.

September 21, 2018

Subscriptions: Lifeblood of the Access Economy

A vast—and now global—constellation of smart sensors has crept into nearly everything we use or touch today, whether we’re at home, at work or on the go

August 20, 2018

RDMD attacks rare diseases with data mined from health records

You wouldn’t expect a medical app to get its start as a Snapchat competitor

August 16, 2018

Tonal launches at-home digital strength-training system

If you want to have a brutal workout from the comfort of your own home — and have about $3,000 to spend — look no further.

August 16, 2018

After Struggling With His Weight, This Founder Decided to Invent the Workout Machine of the Future

With Tonal, Aly Orady has built a fitness machine he hopes will help busy people like him stay in shape.

August 5, 2018

This startup says dog chow that’s good enough for humans to eat is the future of feeding your dog

July 27, 2018

Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin taps insights from Amazon to help run her startup

Sandi Lin left Amazon five years ago to launch her own startup, but her experience at the retail and cloud behemoth made a lasting impact.

July 21, 2018

With $300M In Capital, Anaplan Is Taking $100M+ Bite Out Of IBM, Oracle In $20B Market

July 18, 2018

Kleiner Perkins, Shasta Ventures, Sinai Ventures Invest $1.7 Million in Popular Video Maker Kapwing

Company Founded by Two Former Googlers Aspires to Make Short-Form Video Production a Quick, Intuitive Task for Everyone Rather Than a Specialized, Full-Time Profession

July 16, 2018

Video editing website Kapwing inks $1.7 mln seed

Kapwing, a video editing website, has raised $1.7 million in seed funding.

July 12, 2018

Octi Raises $7.5M to Create Augmented Reality that Understands Human Movement

The team at Octi says it’s building a crucial piece of the augmented reality puzzle — the ability to understand the human body and its movement.

July 8, 2018

The Enterprise Tech Market is on Fire: These 23 Venture Capitalists are Picking the Winners and Shaping the Future of Work

Business Insider names Jason Pressman and 22 other venture capitalists “Top Enterprise Tech Investors.”

July 4, 2018

These are the 61 Most Innovative Startups in the World

World Economic Forum names Color, Fetch Robotics, and 59 other companies as 2018 Tech Pioneers for bringing cutting-edge insights and novel perspectives to world-critical discussions

June 28, 2018

Unblockable Raises $5M to Create Crypto Collectibles Around Pro Athletes

Unblockable is tackling a new area for blockchain technology — sports fandom, specifically collectibles and fantasy sports.

June 26, 2018

Game Changers

A Conversation with Phil Fernandez: 10 Must-Do Things for Software Entrepreneurs

June 12, 2018

AI, Blockchain and Cybersecurity Startups Dominate 2018 Tech Companies to Watch List

The Wall Street Journal spotlights eero and 24 other emerging leaders in hot corners of the tech industry.

June 9, 2018

Investor in Three SaaS Unicorns

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Ravi Mohan, Managing Director at Shasta Ventures, a firm that has invested in three SaaS Unicorns

June 7, 2018

Austin-based SeriesX Raises $2 Million in Funding for its Platform Built on the Ethereum Blockchain

SeriesX, a startup based at Capital Factory, announced Wednesday that it has closed on two rounds of funding, totalling $2 million.

June 7, 2018

Self-Driving Robot Delivery Startup Starship Technologies Raises $25 Million

The robots are here and one company, Starship Technologies, has raised $25 million to bring even more to the mainstream.

June 6, 2018

3 Successful Leaders Reveal Their Growth Strategies

It takes a successful leader to grow a company from an idea to $1 billion — Anaplan’s Frank Calderoni and two others are on their way.

May 22, 2018

Valimail raises $25M in additional funding for its email authentication service

Today, the company announced that it has raised a $25 million Series B round led by Tenaya Capital, with participation from Shasta Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners and Bloomberg Beta.

May 16, 2018

The Airbnb of Cars Expands Into Equipment and Perks

Peer-to-peer car-sharing app Turo has added a features that lets hosts rent out their camping gear and other equipment

May 15, 2018

10 Big Mistakes Every New Entrepreneur Needs To Avoid

Squelch co-founder, Giorgina Gottlieb, and 9 other members of Young Entrepreneur Council share the biggest mistakes they’ve ever made as an entrepreneur, as well as how they can be addressed.

May 15, 2018

Beautiful.ai Raises $11m In Series B Funding Led By Trinity Ventures To Democratize Design In The Workplace Using Ai

AI-Driven Software Delights Users by Making It Fast and Easy to Create Visually Stunning Presentations and Documents.

May 7, 2018

Squelch Emerges from Stealth with $8 Million Series A to Capture Signal from Noise and Solve $17 Billion Customer Experience Problem

Riding subscription economy wave, Shasta Ventures bets on serial entrepreneur to create best possible customer journeys for customers of fortune 5000 enterprises.

May 1, 2018

Identifying The Way: Six Entrepreneurial Approaches That Build Success

Squelch co-Founder, Giorgina Gottlieb, and five other members of Young Entrepreneur Council discuss some of the things entrepreneurs need to be doing differently today in order to achieve success in the modern business world.

April 25, 2018

Video consultation service Doctor on Demand raised $74 million so everyone can see a doctor anytime

We’re thrilled to support Doctor On Demand’s mission to deliver high quality healthcare to patients anywhere, anytime. 

April 24, 2018

The Future Of Your Commute

Is ridesharing here to stay? How is using smaller vehicles to carry passengers to their final destinations more efficient than buses? Find out from Shasta’s Rob Coneybeer when he sits down with FastCoDesign.

April 17, 2018

Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists Prepare for an I.P.O. Wave

New York Times highlights Zuora’s IPO and opens with Jason Pressman cheering from the NYSE.

April 16, 2018

2018 Cybersecurity Predictions: Nitin Chopra

April 11, 2018

Zuora prices IPO at $14 per share — valuing the company at $1.44 billion

Technology company Zuora on Wednesday priced its initial public offering at $14 per share, a day before the company expects its stock to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

April 5, 2018

Suplari raises $10.3M Series A round to bring AI to procurement

Suplari’s cloud-based AI platform powers procurement and finance teams to find hidden cost savings – across disparate systems.

March 29, 2018

6D.ai Funded To Build The AR Cloud

Congratulations to 6D.ai on your successful launch! We’re thrilled to back you

March 14, 2018

How Customer Onboarding Startup Skilljar Got Two Top VC Firms To Share Its $16.4 Million Series A

Skilljar’s founders think they can help software companies work with their customers by rethinking the onboarding process.

March 12, 2018

Airspace Systems Raises $20 Million Series A to Take Down Dangerous Drones with Other Drones

Congrats to Airspace Systems Inc. on closing a $20M Series A funding round! We’re thrilled to continue our partnership as you develop and deploy the latest in drone defense technologies.

March 8, 2018

Starsky Robotics Raises $16.5 Million for Driverless Trucks

The trucking industry’s labor shortages pose serious challenges to the industry, and we hope to change that by leading Starsky Robotics’ Series A funding

March 1, 2018

Email Fraud Landsape: Valimail

February 14, 2018

Stealth Security Reels in $8 Million Investment from Shasta Ventures to Root Out Bad Bots

We’re thrilled to welcome the Stealth Security team to the Shasta Family

January 17, 2018

RosieReality Raises $700,000 to Teach Robotics to Children

Making AR accessible for early childhood education, we knew investing in RosieReality was an opportunity we did not want to miss for our Shasta Camera Fund!

December 22, 2017

Massive Robot-Powered Drones May Solve Everything Wrong with Package Delivery

Congrats Elroy Air on your seed funding! We look forward to seeing you reach new heights in the aircraft industry.

December 20, 2017

SendBird raises $16M in Series A led by Shasta and August

We’re thrilled to have led SendBird’s Series A funding to help support their mission of digitizing human interactions for businesses!

December 5, 2017

Fetch Robotics Raises $25 Million To Make Sure Your Christmas Gifts Arrive On Time

A huge Shasta-congrats goes out to Fetch Robotics for raising $25M in their Series B funding! We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership!

November 28, 2017

10 Big VC Podcasts On Startups They Would Finance

Learn for yourself if it is time for your venture to raise funding, if your Total Available Market is large enough, and if your revenue shows enough momentum to be of interest to VCs.

November 21, 2017

Hear about the future of space propulsion at Disrupt Berlin

If hardware is hard, rockets must be even harder

November 20, 2017

Scalyr scores $20M Series A for super-fast log reading tool

In a time where every startup seems to be using machine learning to sift through massive amounts of data, Scalyr is a cloud-based service that is taking a different approach

November 18, 2017

Leanplum Picks Up $47 Million In Series D With An Eye On AI

Leanplum is leaning into machine learning and mobile marketing automation with $47 million in Series D funding, announced Wednesday.

November 17, 2017

Shasta Ventures promotes three to partner

Shasta Ventures is promoting three of its principals to partner

November 15, 2017

Testing Imperfect Produce: ‘Ugly’ fruits and veggies delivered at a discount — but how do they taste?

Don’t judge a fruit or vegetable by its cover

November 13, 2017

Leanplum Raises $47 Million to Build Next Generation Marketing Cloud

Leanplum, one of the leaders in mobile engagement, announced a $47 million Series D round of financing led by Norwest Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Canaan Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Shasta Ventures.

November 6, 2017

The Camera As Platform

When the operating system moves to the viewfinder, the world will literally change.

November 3, 2017

The Funded: 10 startups raised more than $170M at week’s end

Ten Bay Area startups raised at least $170 million at the end of a busy week for VC funding.

November 2, 2017

Glint Secures $20M in Series D Funding

Glint, a Redwood City, CA-based provider of a people success platform for organizations to increase employee engagement, develop their people, and improve business results, raised $20m in Series D funding.

October 26, 2017

Noon Home brings connected home smarts to light switches

Noon Home, a new Bay Area-based home automation startup, is going after the light switch

October 26, 2017

Time for the Internet to Block Fake Emails: Jason Pressman

October 23, 2017

When $100 Million Is Not Enough

During my first ten years in venture capital, $100 million dollars in revenue served as the North Star goal for software startups

October 12, 2017

Not venturing far from home: Why VCs won’t leave Sand Hill Road

Given 21st century communications, there’s no compelling reason why VC firms continue to cluster on Sand Hill Road — except that they do

October 3, 2017

Silicon Valley’s Next Target for Disruption Is Socks

Stance makes the go-to hosiery for skateboarders, motocrossers, and Rihanna

October 3, 2017

Frame.io picks up $20 million to be the Slack of video

Frame.io, the collaboration platform for the video industry, has today announced the close of a $20 million Series B funding round led by FirstMark Capital, with participation from existing investors including Accel Partners, SignalFire and Shasta Ventures.

September 20, 2017

AR/VR Weekly: Augmented reality needs our patience

Apple launched iOS 11 today, and this means that anyone with an iPhone or iPad that supports the new software can now jump into augmented reality

September 19, 2017

Fox TV Ad-Sales Veteran Toby Byrne Joins Zefr as President

Toby Byrne, who spent two decades at Fox TV in ad sales, has been named president of Zefr, which provides YouTube ad-targeting technology solutions.

September 18, 2017

Shasta announces Camera Fund for AR and computer vision companies

Entrepreneurs building companies around augmented reality, virtual reality, and computer vision have a new funding source to help get their businesses off the ground

September 18, 2017

Shasta Ventures launches a fund to accelerate AR and VR app development

Apple and Google are ready for an augmented reality tidal wave, but what of developers?

September 14, 2017

Frame.io raises a $10M Series A with Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey as investors

Cloud-based collaboration tool Frame.io has raised $10M in Series A funding led by Accel, with participation from SignalFire, FirstMark Capital, and Shasta Ventures

September 12, 2017

Camera IQ raises $2.3M to tap augmented reality’s marketing potential

How’s this for a prediction: “Camera media will be bigger than TV.”

September 6, 2017

The Airbnb of Cars Just Bought A Startup From Its Newest Investor

Turo, the San Francisco-based company that lets people rent out their vehicles to strangers via an app, has raised $92 million and is acquiring Croove, a car-sharing service launched in Germany last year by Mercedes-Benz.

September 1, 2017

20 months in, Microsoft Ventures shows promise

There’s a new Microsoft in town, and the company has spent the past and a half year embedding itself into the worldwide venture capital ecosystem.

August 28, 2017

OTR: Join roundtable discussions about Crypto, AR/VR, China and Robotics at Disrupt SF

We heard from past Disrupt attendees that they are eager for more opportunities to discuss in greater depth the big topics we cover on the main stage

August 28, 2017

Angus Davis Builds Upserve To Serve As Management Platform For America’s One Million Restaurants

A Series of Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Angus Davis, Founder and CEO, Upserve.

August 25, 2017

Equity podcast: Uber grows against all odds, Amazon makes Whole Foods cheaper, WeWork raises $4.4B

Welcome to Equity, our podcast for all things venture capital and tech business

August 24, 2017

Is Data The New Oil? How One Startup Is Rescuing The World’s Most Valuable Asset

Brett Hurt co-founded data.world with the mission to democratize and network data

August 14, 2017

This female startup CEO had choice words for her investors: ‘Thank you’

With all the stories about sexual harassment in Silicon Valley, Resilinc CEO Bindiya Vakil also has a few choice words for one VC who wanted her to step down.

August 13, 2017

This Brooklyn startup raised $8 million to make dog chow that’s good enough for humans to eat

If you want to work at the Farmer’s Dog, the fresh made and personalized meal delivery service for dogs, you have to be prepared to do one thing first – eat the dog chow.

July 25, 2017

This NYC Startup Makes Sure Your Dog Eats Well Too

you would never feed your “best friend” the ingredients that are found in most common packaged dog food if you knew what was in it

July 24, 2017

The past, present and future of digital imaging

Smartphones have changed the way we interact with photos, and soon there will be cameras everywhere.

July 14, 2017

Startup Mocana Leverages Channel Partners To Secure Industrial Control Systems

IoT security startup Mocana in May said it has raised $11 million in additional investment from Sway Ventures, Shasta Ventures,

July 12, 2017

IBM Leads $15M Funding Round for AI Programming Startup

IBM, Intel and others are pumping $15 million into Lightbend, the company behind the Scala programming language developers are using to build artificial intelligence applications that draw on real-time data

July 12, 2017

Symantec to buy VC-backed Skycure

Cybersecurity company Symantec Corp has agreed to acquire Palo Alto, California and Tel Aviv- based Skycure, a provider of mobile threat defense solutions

July 11, 2017

data.world Launches with $14 Million in Venture Funding

An Austin-based startup, data.world, led by serial entrepreneur Brett Hurt, officially launched Monday with $14 million in venture funding, with the goal of making it fast and easy to find and use data to solve problems.

July 10, 2017

IBM Expands Partnership With App Developer

IBM has been working with an application developer startup called Lightbend Inc

June 24, 2017

How Blue Apron compares to other subscription services, in one graph

When Blue Apron’s S-1 dropped at the beginning of the month, there was a lot of excitement, and rightly so

June 23, 2017

How Dennis “Thresh” Fong Went From Pro Gamer To Entrepreneur

Twenty years ago, before anyone imagined e-sports becoming a global billion-dollar industry, the Guinness Book of World Records anointed Dennis Fong as the world’s first professional gamer.

June 20, 2017

Tally wants to automate your financial life, with managing credit cards as its first step

It’s not easy to get out of credit card debt, but a startup called Tally wants to help consumers do just that, as its first step in automating their personal finances

June 16, 2017

Today’s Amazon discount: Grocery-chain stocks

Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market caught stock market investors off guard

June 16, 2017

Element AI, Entelo and CognitiveScale Attract VC Investments in AI

Element A is a Montreal-based company that builds AI solutions for enterprises and helps them get up to speed

June 15, 2017

Entelo steps up its AI game with $20M Series C

The race to crown a winner in the AI-powered recruiting software space is on

June 15, 2017

Seattle’s Highspot raises $15M from Shasta Ventures and Salesforce Ventures to build out AI-powered sales tools

Highspot thinks its artificial intelligence models are making sales organizations much more efficient, and it has raised $15 million in new funding to go out and prove it at scale.

June 15, 2017

Kauffman Fellows announces Class 22

The Kauffman Fellows Program has selected 51 investors from five continents to be part of its Class 22.

June 9, 2017

Early Stage: Software that can tell a friendly neighbor from a criminal

Deep Sentinel pairs AI with off-the-shelf cameras

May 31, 2017

How this Startup Raised $7.4 Million to Bring AI to Home Security

Deep Sentinel, a newcomer to the scene of home security that has just raised a whopping $7.4 million in venture capital funding thanks to the lead investment of Shasta Ventures and additional investments from the likes of Bezos Expeditions, Lux Capital, and UP2398

May 31, 2017

The Funded: Silicon Valley investor startup stakes bought up in 2 big deals

Silicon Valley investors’ stakes in Bay Area startups were bought up in a pair of big deals

May 30, 2017

Lightspeed Venture Partners leads $7 million investment in People.ai’s sales analytics tool

People.ai, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to better predict sales and marketing productivity, today announced funding of $7 million led by Lightspeed Venture Partners

May 26, 2017

Martech vendor investment forecast: Sunny with just a few ‘clouds’

Columnist Scott Vaughan recaps a panel from the recent MarTech Conference in San Francisco that focused on investing in the future of marketing technology.

May 22, 2017

Mocana raises $11 million with aim to ‘revolutionise’ IoT security

Mocana announced it has raised $11 million from Sway Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Trident Capital Fund and GE Ventures making the total amount it rose to $93.6 million adding the capital.

May 19, 2017

Tally raises $15 million for app to make credit cards less expensive, easier to manage

San Francisco-based Tally Technologies raised $15 million in Series A venture funding to launch an app that promises to help people maintain good credit while avoiding fees, charges and other credit card affiliated pains

May 17, 2017

The Farmer’s Dog Raises $8M To Bring Made-To-Order Dog Food To Your Door

The Farmer’s Dog, the maker of freshly-made and personalized meals for your dog delivered direct to your door, is one such company working to improve the well-being of your pet

May 17, 2017

The Not-So-New Promise Of The Subscription Economy

The idea underlying the subscription economy is hardly a new one—the subscription business model first emerged during the 17th century as a way for authors to sell atlases, geographies, histories, and works of literature on an ongoing basis.

May 17, 2017

The Farmer’s Dog, a customized pet food subscription service, scoops up $8.1 million

The Farmer’s Dog wants to fill the bowls of canines everywhere with fresh food made especially for them

May 15, 2017

App analytics company Apteligent acquired by VMware

VMware announced today that it has acquired Apteligent, a startup that will allow it to provide more tools to customers building and optimizing mobile apps.

May 9, 2017

Social music startup Smule raises $54M for Asian expansion

Smule, maker of Sing! Karaoke and other social music apps, announced yesterday that it has raised $54 million in a round led by Chinese company Tencent.

May 8, 2017

San Francisco-based social music platform Smule raises $54 million

Smule makes apps for creating and remixing music such as “Sing! Karaoke” where users can sing with friends and “Auto Rap,” which lets users turn speech into rap using autotune and other techniques.

April 28, 2017

Deep Sentinel raises $7.4M to bring deep learning to home security

Deep Sentinel, a home security startup, today announced that it had closed a $7.4 million Series A led by Shasta Ventures with participation from Bezos Expeditions, Lux Capital, and UP2398.

April 19, 2017

The Funded: Sapho, Avegant and Muri raise rounds

A startup that helps businesses build “micro apps,” another that makes holographic or mixed reality headsets and a digital health company aimed at cardiac patients are the latest in the Bay Area to raise money.

April 19, 2017

The 7 Businesses Venture Capitalists Are Really Interested In

VCs fill us in on the sectors likely to score major financing in the months and years ahead.

March 21, 2017

Drone-catchers Emerge on a New Aerial Frontier

The enemy drone whined in the distance

March 19, 2017

LeanData Raises $5.1M In Series A From Shasta Ventures To Help Customers Make Sense Of Salesforce Data

LeanData, a startup that helps SMB customers tap into their Salesforce.com databases and manage leads better, is today raising $5.1 million in Series A funding led by Shasta Ventures and several other investors including Felicis Ventures, Correlation Ventures and the FundersClub.

March 18, 2017

Car owners tap into sharing economy to help offset costs

Patrick Campbell talks about how he rents his vehicles out through Turo, an app that makes car renting available in a process similar to Airbnb.

March 6, 2017

These Are the 50 Most Promising Startups You’ve Never Heard Of

There are a few early clues that a startup will be successful, according to market researcher Quid: Have the company’s founders worked together before? Is the business in a hot sector, one where many other new startups are also focusing? Has it raised funding at a quick pace? Based on those criteria and others, Quid looked at more than 50,000 companies and chose 50 it deemed the most promising.

March 2, 2017

NFX Guild adds 21 startups to alumni base

NFX Guild, a San Francisco-based accelerator program, hosted 21 startups at its fourth demo day this morning

February 22, 2017

SlamData raises $6.7 million to provide business analytics for non-relational data

SlamData, which provides a business intelligence (BI) tool for enterprises, announced today a funding round of $6.7 million.

February 21, 2017

Data.world raises $18.7 million to connect open data sets

Shortage of data isn’t an issue right now, but combing through it and making sense of it is

February 21, 2017

Data.world raises $18.7 million to remedy our post-fact society

As our society continues to devalue facts and statistics, Data.world, a two year old data collaboration startup out of Austin, Texas, is fighting back with its passionate community of data nerds.

February 17, 2017

Predictive sales startup Aviso raises $8 million

Aviso, which provides sales forecasting enhanced with machine learning for businesses, today announced a funding round of $8 million.

February 16, 2017

49ers, NBA’s Jeremy Lin part of $15 million Series A for Plays.tv and its game-recording service

Plays.tv announced today that it has received $15 million in Series A funding

January 23, 2017

Marketo cofounder Phil Fernandez lands at Shasta Ventures

Shasta Ventures‘ investment team has added a new venture partner, bringing on board Marketo’s cofounder and former chief executive, Phil Fernandez, to make investments in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies.

January 18, 2017

Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., today

Starship Technologies, an Estonia-based startup created by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, will put its autonomous ground-delivery robots to work delivering food with Postmates in Washington, D.C., and DoorDash in Redwood City, Calif.

January 17, 2017

Survios to launch Raw Data game in virtual reality arcades

Virtual reality game creator Survios said today that its action VR game Raw Data will debut in VR arcades around the world in 2017.

January 10, 2017

Is Tech’s Next Hot Thing a Lukewarm Investment?

Systems such as the Nest thermostat may change the way millions of homes run—but they won’t change much for institutional investors.

January 2, 2017

What venture capitalists are looking for at CES 2017

Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering in Las Vegas this week for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but what will get everyone buzzing this year?

December 13, 2016

VR game studio Survios raises $50 million led by MGM, Lux Capital

VR game maker Survios announced today that it has raised $50 million over a pair of funding rounds, a good chunk of which comes from MGM, who led one of the two rounds, with Lux Capital leading the other

December 9, 2016

Putting The Connected In Connected Homes: Eero’s Powerful WiFi

Nick Weaver, founder and CEO of eero, set out to solve WiFi problems in homes across the country by building a holistic WiFi system.

November 16, 2016

Zwift, a multiplayer game that’s making indoor athletics more social, just raised $27 million

If you haven’t heard of Zwift, founded two years ago in Long Beach, Ca., you aren’t alone

September 23, 2016

Apptio rises 41% in cloud IPO

Seattle-based Apptio went public on the Nasdaq today, seeing its shares rise nearly 41 percent on its first day of trading.

September 23, 2016

Hold on to your hat … here comes the VR arms race

Excitement for virtual reality has been building for some time, but come October 2016 we will enter the first round of the title fight.

September 14, 2016

Canva raises $15 million at a $345 million valuation for its online design tool

Canva has raised an additional $15 million for its online design platform, putting the company at a $345 million valuation.

July 19, 2016

Unilever buys on-demand toiletry service Dollar Shave Club for reportedly $1 billion

Unilever is making an investment in the on-demand space, announcing today that it has purchased Dollar Shave Club, reportedly for $1 billion.

July 12, 2016

Website-building platform Brandcast raises $13.9M

Brandcast, a startup allowing marketers and designers build mobile-friendly websites without having to write code, announced today that it has raised $13.9 million in Series A funding.

May 25, 2016

Eero raises $50M and partners with Best Buy to sell the router Apple should have made

Eero, the hardware company behind a system of good-looking home routers — announced today that it has picked up a $50 million investment led by Menlo Ventures and Index Ventures. First Round Capital, Shasta Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Playground Global —all previous Eero investors — also participated in the funding round.

May 12, 2016

Accion Systems raises $7.5 million in Series A to accelerate production of miniature space thrusters

Accion Systems, the company developing miniature space propulsion systems, has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding led by Shasta Ventures.

May 10, 2016

Shasta Ventures partner on the ‘brain damage’ that happens when a startup’s value crashes

Nihkil Basu Trivedi got his start as an entrepreneur early: in 2009, during his sophomore year at Princeton, he founded a startup called Artsy that helps art collectors find contemporary works

April 10, 2016

Ground delivery robots: Passing fancy or next wave?

Ground robots will be bringing us everything from canned goods to Christmas lights sooner than we think

May 5, 2015

Doctor on Demand names former PayPal executive Hill Ferguson as new CEO

Telemedicine provider Doctor on Demand has reshuffled its leadership, replacing its founding CEO Adam Jackson with former PayPal executive Hill Ferguson.