Archive for August, 2016

Social investing site Instavest raises $1.7M in seed funding

Part of YCs Winter 2015 class, Instavest is a startup trying to turn investing an activity most of us are used to doing privately into a social activity. The sitelaunched about a year and a half ago with the goal of helping average retail investors learn from otherswho have more experience in investing and the stock market.

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Netlify, a service for quickly rolling out static websites, raises $2.1M

Mathias Biilmann a former CTO of a firm that built websites for small businesses says developers have gotten so used to using Github as a central workflow, they expect the entire rest of the developer experience to work the same way. The way that a front-enddeveloper would work would be to go into a server and change how things were structured, but then Git came in and became the basic way of operating, Biilmann, co-founder of Netlify, said.

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Why startups need a defensive IP strategy

Joe Medved is partner of SoftBank Capital at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. One of the things I really love about working with startup founders is that they are by nature an optimistic crowd: They set out to build amazing things, change the world and fundamentally shift the way people view things.

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Sovereign wealth funds throw funding lifeline to tech ventures

Funds aplenty: Singapore’s two big government investors bought US$1bil (RM4bil) worth of Alibaba Group shares. Reuters FRANKFURT/SINGAPORE: A succession of funding deals by deep-pocketed sovereign wealth funds have thrown a life preserver to some of the worlds biggest private tech firms whose high valuations have come under scrutiny in the past year.

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