Startup Calendar for January 14th

Four events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And three accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

These Fledglings Could Fall Now That Google Has Its Nest

Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest could herald a new wave of interest in companies sitting at the intersection of data, services, and energy for the home and for businesses – or the beginning of the end for earlier-stage competitors.

One investor with deep exposure to the cleantech industry said the buy was good for the overall market, while a technology-focused venture investor said Google’s acquisition anoints Nest the clear winner – and winner takes all.

So who should be worried (or elated)?

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Turn’s Series E Round Further Boosts Ad-Tech Startups

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

Venture investors may have turned their attention to earlier stage ad-tech companies at the right time now that big investments and strong IPOs could give their valuations a boost.

On Monday morning, Turn announced an $80 million Series E round, which included investments by Fidelity Investments and BlackRock, in the latest sign that investors are returning to embrace the sector.

September and October 2013 saw two big public offerings for RocketFuel and Criteo, which were both embraced by public investors at the time. Thanks to this attention from massive investment managers, early-stage ad-tech companies may have more leverage at the bargaining table.

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Turning A Corner On Ad Investing?

On the heels of the $80 million investment in the advertising technology developer Turn here’s a snapshot of venture investment in the sector since 2009. 

At the height of investors’ interest in advertising-related technology companies, venture capitalists invested $2.17 billion into 377 companies in 2011. In 2012, the amount of capital commitment declined to $1.93 billion into 384 companies, and fell again last year to $1.52 billion in 331 companies, according to CrunchBase data.

So far this year investors have spent $147 million on nine advertising related startups, including the most recent financing for Turn, according to CrunchBase. 

Tech, BioTech Angel Investments Cross the $1Billion Mark in 2013

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

Buoyed by a stronger economy, angel investors companies worldwide poured a record amount of cash into early stage technology and life sciences companies, according to data from CrunchBase.

Angel investments have been climbing steadily since 2008, CrunchBase data shows, but 2013 represents a new high, with investors crossing the billion dollar threshold, committing $1.1 billion to entrepreneurs launching new tech companies, up from $929 million in 2012.

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Startup Calendar for January 7th

Seven events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And one accelerator program is currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

CrunchBase Data Export Now Includes International Startups, Investors

Due to frequent user requests over the last few months, we have decided to now include international companies in the monthly CrunchBase data export.

In 2013, we added over 22k funding rounds in CrunchBase and surpassed 54k overall. We also added over 204k profiles in 2013 to reach nearly 475k overall. Highlights of the December 2013 Export:

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Startup Calendar for December 17th

Three events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And three accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

CrunchBase Updates Terms of Service and Adopts Creative Commons 4.0

Earlier today we updated our Terms of Service for the first time since the CrunchBase API was launched in July 2008.  Back then, CrunchBase listed only 5k companies and the startup community was just beginning to figure out what insights could be drawn from the CrunchBase dataset.  Today, CrunchBase includes profiles on over 200k companies plus the founders, investors, and fundings that have brought those companies to life.  With thousands of updates pouring in every day from the community, the CrunchBase Venture Program  and our partners, it’s no surprise that 5k registered developers are working with the API and tens of thousands of people have downloaded our monthly data exports.

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