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Outbrain, the leading content discovery platform, announced that it has closed a new round of funding of $35 million, bringing its total financing to $99 million. HarbourVest led the round with participation from Outbrain’s existing investors Carmel Ventures, Index Ventures, Gemini Israel Ventures, GlenRock Israel, Rhodium, and Lightspeed Venture Partners, as well as a new participant, Vintage Partners. The company will use the new funding to continue its innovations in content discovery and expand its global business, which currently spans 13 offices.

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Start-ups based in San Francisco Bay area are offering novel perks—massages, body analytics, subsidized rents, trips to Tahoe and even helicopter rides—in hopes they will beat competitors to top talent.

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Jay Chaudhry Can’t Lose

08.12.2013 - NBC - Press:Here

Chaudhry’s first company turned dozens of employees into millionaires. His latest company – Zscaler- is worth a cool billion.

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‘Sharing economy’ moves mainstream

08.07.2013 - San Jose Mercury News

What’s often known as the “sharing economy” — represented by startups like Airbnb, Sidecar and TaskRabbit that match buyers with goods and services ranging from rooms to rides to running errands — has long operated on the margins of legitimacy.

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What I’ve found is a group of seemingly very different new mobile applications that help people express themselves more authentically. Whether through nostalgia, automation, anonymity or ephemerality, they start to peel away from the social media performance. I think it’s quite possible that the next generation of sharing apps could bring a bit more authenticity than the last.

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Tintri — a virtualized storage company whose name means lightning in Gaelic — added 110% to its revenues in the last year — taking market share from NetApp and EMC — which grew at 1.6% and 8.5% respectively.

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From Apple to Nest Labs, Always a Designer

07.22.2013 - New York Times

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Sunil Paul: Why We Named Our Startup Sidecar

07.19.2013 - Wall Street Journal

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The shift to mobile is sucking the money out of e-commerce, but BloomReach thinks big data can save the day. Today it brings its big-data content optimization SaaS to the small screen to add smart product recommendations, predictive search, a trending section and cross-device personalization to the mobile presence of any business. BloomReach makes your app more relevant to boost sales with data science.

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The Obama Administration tomorrow will honor several genomics and molecular biology researchers who have focused on making large and complex sets of biological data open and widely accessible to the larger research community.

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