News on Deals, Technology, Funding, Launches and Startups for February 13, 2019


News headlines on dealings, wheelings, regulations, merger and acquisition (M&A) deals, exits, private equity (PE) deals, venture capital (VC) deals, IPO’s, funding and startups found around the web, curated for you from a large number of sources! You may need a subscription to read some of the articles.

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AlleyWatch The Pulse of NYC Startups and Tech

  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Startup Legal Fees
    by AlleyVoice on 2019-02-12 at 16:27Spend enough time working in startup ecosystems, and you’ll hear a whole spectrum of conflicting advice about startup legal fees and working with lawyers; some of it great, and some of it total nonsense. […]

  • Extend Fertility Just Raised $15M to Ease Women’s Stress about Reproductive Health
    by AlleyWatch on 2019-02-12 at 16:17Cultural shifts and norms are leading people to start families later in life when compared to previous generations, and Extend Fertility wants to provide women with the best family planning options through its cryopreservation (egg-freezing) services. This leading fertility service company allows women to freeze their eggs during the prime of their reproductive health, so […]

  • The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 2/12/19
    by AlleyWatch on 2019-02-12 at 16:07The latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 2/12/19 featuring funding details for Chainalysis, Dandelion Energy, and Haute Hijab. […]

  • Is the Green New Deal Sustainable?
    by Oliver Mitchell on 2019-02-12 at 14:27Washington DC was abuzz with news that had nothing to do with the occupant of The White House. A group of progressive legislators, led by Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, in the House of Representatives, introduced “The Green New Deal.” The resolution by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was in response to the alarming Fourth National Climate Assessment by […]

  • 10 Ways to Improvise, Thrive and Survive in a Startup
    by Martin Zwilling on 2019-02-12 at 13:27Draw on cognitive and social psychology as well as behavioral economics to show us how to think on our feet and approach business challenges with fresh eyes and mental agility. […]

The Times of Israel News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World

  • Donde Raises $6.5M in Series A Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2019-02-13 at 12:23Donde, a NYC-based provider of a Visual Discovery Technology platform to improve the performance of ecommerce sites, raised $6.5m in Series A funding. The round was led by Matrix Partners, with participation from previous investors including senior leaders from AliExpress, Google, Waze and Mobileye. The company, which now raised a total of $10M in funding […] The post Donde Raises $6.5M in […]

  • CourseStorm Raises $1.15M in Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2019-02-13 at 12:07CourseStorm, an Orono, Maine–based online class registration and enrollment management platform, completed a $1.15m in early round of financing. CEI Ventures co-invested along with Maine Venture Fund and LearnLaunch of Boston. The investment will enable the company to expand its reach. Led by co-founder and CEO Brian Rahill, CourseStorm is used by small and medium-sized […] The post […]

  • Zilingo Raises $226M in Series D Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2019-02-13 at 11:55Zilingo, a Singapore-based fashion and lifestyle ecommerce startup, raised $226m in Series D funding. Backers in the round, which brought total capital raised by the company to date to $308m, included Sequoia Capital and Temasek Holdings, EDBI, Burda Principal Investments, and Sofina. The company intends to use the capital to invest in technology and expand […] The post Zilingo Raises […]

  • Idinvest Appoints Bao Dinh as Investment Director in the Venture Capital Team
    by FinSMEs on 2019-02-13 at 11:35European mid-market private equity firm Idinvest Partners appointed Bao Dinh as Investment Director in the venture capital team. In this position, Bao will be involved in sourcing, analysing and executing investments for the Venture Capital team, both in France and in Europe. Prior to joining Idinvest Partners, he spent four years as Director EMEA at […] The post Idinvest Appoints Bao Dinh […]

  • ecoSPEARS Closes $2M Seed Funding Round
    by FinSMEs on 2019-02-13 at 11:21ecoSPEARS, Inc., an Orlando, Fla.-based cleantech company, completed its initial $2m seed funding round. The round was led by Kirenaga Partners, with participation from the Orlando-based EIA Social Enterprise Fund I, a seed fund specifically created to invest in early-stage social entrepreneurs. The company intends to use the funds to continue to expand operations and […] The post […]

Crowdfund Insider Global Fintech News, including Crowdfunding, Blockchain and more

  • Dash Financial Technologies Debuts Real-Time Transparency for Portfolio Trading
    by Samantha Hurst on 2019-02-13 at 14:02Dash Financial Technologies, a New York-based fintech that specializes in order routing transparency, visualization, and customization solutions, announced on Tuesday the launch of its new suite of real-time analytics, visualization and reporting tools aimed at portfolio traders. According to Dash, the new tools are available in… Read More The post Dash Financial Technologies Debuts […]

  • Insurtech Inshur Raises $7 Million Series A, Gains $2 Million Credit Facility
    by JD Alois on 2019-02-13 at 13:38Insurtech Inshur has closed on a $7 million Series A investment round alongside a $2 million credit facility, according to a release from the company.  The investment was led by Munich Re Ventures with participation from MTech Capital – a venture fund focused on Insurtech. … Read More The post Insurtech Inshur Raises $7 Million Series A, Gains $2 Million Credit Facility appeared […]

  • LoanStreet Adds Commercial Lending Features for Financial Institutions
    by JD Alois on 2019-02-13 at 13:38LoanStreet, an online platform that enables traditional finance like banks credit unions and other direct lenders to streamline the process of sharing, managing, and originating loans, has added new features. The SaaS platform now offers commercial loan origination and administration solution for any size financial… Read More The post LoanStreet Adds Commercial Lending Features for Financial […]

  • Digital Banking Platform Starling Bank Secures £60 Million Through Series C Funding Round Led By Merian Global Investors
    by Samantha Hurst on 2019-02-13 at 13:09UK banking platform Starling Bank announced on Wednesday it secured £60 million through its Series C funding round, which was led by Merian Global Investors, including the Merian Chrysalis Investment Company Limited (Merian Chrysalis). Starling Bank reported that it has raised further £15 million from its existing… Read More The post Digital Banking Platform Starling Bank […]

  • Globex Signs Agreement with First Growth Funds to Power Compliant Security Tokens in Australia and New Zealand
    by JD Alois on 2019-02-13 at 13:07GlobexUS Holdings, parent of Horizon Globex US, has inked an agreement with First Growth Funds Limited (ASX:FGF) to power regulatory compliant security tokens in both Australia and New Zealand. First Growth Funds trades on the Australian Stock Exchange and is a micro-cap with a market… Read More The post Globex Signs Agreement with First Growth Funds to Power Compliant Security Tokens in […]

  • UK-based “bank in an app” Starling Bank raises £75 million
    by Andrii Degeler on 2019-02-13 at 12:29British mobile-first digital banking startup Starling Bank has raised £75 million in funding, of which £60 million comes from a round led by Merian Global Investors, and another £15 million from an existing investor. The company plans to use the money to accelerate its European expansion and further develop the banking offering for private customers […] The post UK-based […]

  • Medtech IPO market reopens with Sequana Medical going public on Euronext Brussels
    by Andrii Degeler on 2019-02-13 at 11:28Editor’s note: This is a sponsored article, which means it’s independently written by our editorial team but financially supported by another organisation, in this case, Euronext. If you would like to learn more about sponsored posts on, read this and contact us if you’re interested in partnering with us. On February 11th, Sequana Medical started […]

  • Finland’s Thirdpresence acquires video platform Flowplayer
    by Andrii Degeler on 2019-02-13 at 08:00Finnish programmatic video advertising company Thirdpresence has acquired video platform Flowplayer. Together, the companies plan to develop a contextual video and advertising product under the brand of Flowplayer led by former Thirdpresence CEO Valtteri Pukander. Thirdpresence has developed a video advertising that supposedly solves the fraud issues in the industry by applying AI algorithms. By […]

  • Alibaba Group participates in a $13 million extension round for German industrial IoT startup KONUX
    by Andrii Degeler on 2019-02-12 at 12:13Correction: The story has been updated to reflect the correct amount ($13 million, not €30 million) and structure of the deal.  Munich-based industrial IoT startup KONUX has raised $13 million in funding as an extension of its Series B round from investors including China’s Alibaba Group, according to the company’s press release and a report […] The post Alibaba Group […]

  • Russia-based iFarm secures $1 million to take its urban farming solutions to the next level
    by Natalie Novick on 2019-02-12 at 10:12Moscow-based iFarm Project has raised a $1 million round led by Gagarin Capital in support of their urban farming technologies. The iFarm Project’s fully automated vertical farms and year-round greenhouses enable fresh produce to be grown directly in the city, close to consumers. iFarm distinguishes itself from other offerings on the market for both their […] The post Russia-based […]

TechCrunch Startup and Technology News

  • 3Doodler wants you to draw directly onto your iPhone with its new app
    by Brian Heater on 2019-02-13 at 14:00With New York ToyFair right around the corner, 3Doodler is taking the opportunity to announce its first ever mobile app. Rather than simply launching a drawing program that mimics the company’s popular 3D drawing pens, however, the simply named 3Doodler app invites users to use their hardware to draw directly onto the phone or tablet’s […]

  • Elevate Security announces $8M Series A to alter employee security behavior
    by Ron Miller on 2019-02-13 at 14:00It’s well understood that many network breaches begin with phishing emails designed to trick users into giving hackers their credentials. They don’t even have to work to find a vulnerability, they can just waltz in the front door. Elevate Security, a San Francisco startup, wants to change that by helping employees understand phishing attacks better […]

  • JibJab, one of the first silly selfie video makers, acquired by private equity firm Catapult Capital
    by Catherine Shu on 2019-02-13 at 13:47JibJab, one of the first companies that let people insert selfies into videos, gifs, and e-cards, has been acquired by Catapult Capital. The Los Angeles-based private equity firm announced the deal today, but did not disclose financial terms. A portion of financing was provided by investment firm Cloud Capital. According to Catapult Capital’s site, it […]

  • A new Congress means a new opportunity for consumer privacy protections
    by Jonathan Shieber on 2019-02-13 at 13:35Debra Berlyn Contributor Share on Twitter Debra Berlyn is the president of Consumer Policy Solutions and the executive director of Project GOAL, a project to raise awareness of both the benefits and challenges of innovative new technologies for the aging community. The 2018 mid-term elections, for the first time in U.S. history, resulted in a […]

  • Fiverr acquires ClearVoice to double down on content marketing
    by Anthony Ha on 2019-02-13 at 13:00Fiverr is acquiring ClearVoice, a company that helps customers like Intuit and Carfax find professionals to write promotional content. The two companies seem like a natural fit, since they both operate marketplaces for freelancers. Fiverr covers a much broader swath of freelance work, but CEO Micha Kaufman (pictured above) said the marketplace’s professional writing category […]

Fortune Fortune 500 Daily & Breaking Business News

VentureBeat Tech news that matters


  • RPT-UPDATE 1-Banco Santander opts to roll-over CoCo bond
    on 2019-02-13 at 08:19Banco Santander on Tuesday opted not to call a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) additional tier one (AT1) bond once the deadline expired, becoming the first European lender not to redeem this kind of hybrid debt that can be converted into equity. […]

  • UPDATE 1-Banco Santander opts to roll-over CoCo bond
    on 2019-02-12 at 17:55Banco Santander on Tuesday opted not to call a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) additional tier one (AT1) bond once the deadline expired, becoming the first European lender not to redeem this kind of hybrid debt that can be converted into equity. […]

  • Banco Santander opts to roll-over Coco bond
    on 2019-02-12 at 16:49Banco Santander on Tuesday opted not to call a 1.5 billion euros ($1.70 billion) bond once the deadline expired, becoming the first European lender not to redeem this kind of hydrid debt that can be converted into equity. […]

  • Swedish buyout group EQT to sell stake in pet care group IVC -sources
    on 2019-02-11 at 18:22Buyout group EQT is set to sell a 20 percent to 25 percent stake in Independent Vetcare Group (IVC) to institutional investors in deal that will value one of Europe’s biggest veterinary services providers at over 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion), two sources told Reuters. […]

  • Bahrain’s Mumtalakat hires banks for dollar sukuk
    on 2019-02-11 at 09:33Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat has hired banks to arrange fixed income investor metings ahead of a potential issue of five-year sukuk, or Islamic bonds, denominated in U.S. dollars, a document issued by one of the banks showed. […] US Business US Business

  • BuzzFeed News Employees Vote to Unionize
    on 2019-02-13 at 04:26Employees at BuzzFeed News have voted to unionize, weeks after executives at the digital-media company announced substantial layoffs to steer the startup to profitability. […]

  • Amazon Slashed Prices at Whole Foods; Now They’re Going Up
    on 2019-02-13 at 04:13Whole Foods is raising prices again. Amazon cut prices after acquiring the grocer in 2017, but pressure from consumer-product makers has led Whole Foods to raise prices on hundreds of products. […]

  • China, U.S. Seek Broad Outline of a Trade Pact This Week
    on 2019-02-13 at 03:13Chinese and U.S. negotiators are focusing on producing a broad outline of a trade deal for their presidents to clinch at a possible summit. […]

  • Apple Loses Ground to Huawei in China
    on 2019-02-13 at 02:57Shipments of Apple’s iPhone in China slumped far more than overall smartphone shipments there last quarter, while local rival Huawei’s sales soared in the world’s biggest smartphone market. […]

  • Suit Accuses Current, Former CBS Executives of Insider Trading
    on 2019-02-13 at 02:12A shareholder lawsuit alleges that several current and former CBS executives engaged in insider trading before sexual-harassment allegations against former chairman and chief executive Leslie Moonves became public. […]

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