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Grovo Raises $15M More To Help Businesses Train Their Employees With Bite-Sized Videos

Grovo says it has built up a library of 5,000 videos covering 150 professional skills, which customers can then supplement with their own material. The company’s approach is microlearning, each of its videos lasting about 60 to 90 seconds.

StyleSeat has powered over $1b in appointments since launch!

We couldn’t be more pleased to announce one billion dollars in beauty appointments have been booked on StyleSeat! In addition to all that style, you’ve also trimmed 3.7 million feet of hair– did you know that’s the distance of Texas?

Twitter Acquires Niche, A Startup That Helps Advertisers Work With Social Media Celebrities

Congrats to Fitbit (x2), ClassDojo and Postmates for their nominations at the Crunchies Awards!

Congratulations to Fitbit nominated for Best Health Startup & Best Hardware Startup, ClassDojo nominated for Best Education Startup & Postmates nominated for Best On-Demand Service!

BrightRoll is Acquired by Yahoo

Yahoo Is Acquiring Video Ad Company BrightRoll For $640M. This acquisition will push Yahoo to #1 position in terms of the number of ads served in US.

6SensorLabs Raises $4M To Help People With Food Allergies

6SensorLabs raised a $4M seed round to bring an affordable allergen testing device to the 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, starting with gluten testing. The sensor will work with disposable strips and will pair with the user's mobile phone.

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SoftTech VC Raises $85M For Its Fourth Fund

Our firm SoftTech VC hit three critical milestones in 2014: we opened our San Francisco office in April, celebrated our ten year anniversary in May, and now with great excitement, we are delighted to announce the close of our latest fund, $85M SoftTech VC IV. This brings our total capital under management to $155M.

Why $85M, which is quite a bit more than our $55M Fund III raised in 2010-11? That fund backed 55 companies over 3 years, as planned. About $25M were allocated to initial investments, and $30M were earmarked for follow-ons. Things worked perfectly until we saw the median size of A rounds increase from $5-6M to $8-10M in the last year – with a few of our companies raising up to $15M. Not a bad problem to have given the traction that they had developed, but these large rounds threw off our reserves model. So we decided to increase the size of Fund IV to allow for … Read more »

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