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Optimizely Inc. CEO Dan Siroker Interview

Cloud-based startup Optimizely to lay off 10% staff

Optimizely, a San Francisco-based cloud-based startup, is slashing its workforce by 10 percent across all the departments. Based on recent round of finance, Otpimizely was valued at $585 million. Since its inception in 2009, Optimizely has raised over $146 million investments including $58 million round in 2015.

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Key Speakers At The Bloomberg Canada Economic Summit

Canadian venture capital at 10-year high

Led by technology sector, venture capital (VC) investments in Canada reached 10 year high in 2015. Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) said 536 deals in funding for entrepreneurs raised $2.25 billion in 2015.

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US-IT-SECTOR-TREND-STARTUPS

Silicon Valley's F50 rolls out syndication platform

Silicon Valley-based private co-investment platform F50 has the launched beta version of co-investment Syndication Platform. F50 facilitates both the online and offline transactions for investors and startups. It doesn't charge a transaction fee to founders.

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INDIA-STARTUPS

Rise of micro VC funding in India as investors focus on early-stage investment

The micro venture capital (VC) funding space in India is witnessing a robust activity. A rising new breed of venture capital investors is keen on early-stage investment in startups. About 12 micro venture capital funds are operational in India.

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Michigan, Grand Rapids, Bell Outside Van Andel Museum

Venture Capital Investment in Grand Rapids Hits a Record High

Grand Rapids, Michigan mark the highest record in venture capital investment in 2015. A venture capital firm based in the largest city of West Michigan scored a 20% increase from previous year.

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FDA Defines Gluten-Free in Food Labeling

AccelFoods to Fund Packaged Foods and Beverages worth $20 Million

AccelFoods promises financial and operative backing for six next-generation food and beverage startup companies, from their pre-seed through Series B stages. The investor has raised a fund of $20 million for this purpose, in line with its tradition of supporting the unique and innovative products in the market.

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Startup

Salesfloor E-Commerce Platform Raised a $3 Million in Seed Funding

The retail tech startup Salesfloor closed $3 million seed fund on Tuesday. The fund was led by BDC Capital IT Venture Fund and two London-based investors Jamie True and Jon Claydon.

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Big Bird (L) and other Sesame Street pup

Sesame Street Establishes a Venture Capital Fund

Yes, that is true. Sesame Street is now working with Collaborative Fund and investing $10 million in the new venture fund. The fund will focus on companies working on childhood development.

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Tydy

Tydy pockets $138,000 from angel investors

Tydy managed to raise $138,000 in angel funding from the online platform, LetsVenture. Participating in the round are investors, Hareesh Ramana, Nikhil Ramanlal, Bhupen Shah from Silicon Valley and others.

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Transatlantic Power Corporation

Transatomic Power Corporation banks $2 million from part of Founder's Fund

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Transatomic Power Corporation has just received $2 million from FF Science, part of Founders Fund's $1 billion investment pool targeted at science and engineering-based companies.

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Smore

US web design platform Smore raises $1.7M in seed funding

Palo Alto, California-based single-page promotional website design platform raised $1.7 million in a seed funding round ledyby Founder's Co-op to expand its market reach, improve its products, and enable mobile content creation.

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Kamcord

US-based gameplay-recording startup Kamcord raises $7.1M to conquer Asia

New York, US-based mobile gameplay-recording startup Kamcord raised $7.1 million in a Series A funding round led by TransLink Capital to conquer the giant gaming markets of Japan, China, and South Korea.

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Hire an Esquire

New York legal staffing startup Hire an Esquire closes $350K in seed funding

New York City, US-based online legal staffing startup Hire an Esquire closed $350,000 in its seed funding round from investors 37 Angels, 645 Ventures, and Ulu Ventures to expand its client base.

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Netshow.me

Brazilian startup Netshow.me closes seed round to offer online concert service for artists

Sao Paulo, Brazil-based curated web platform Netshow.me closed an undisclosed amount in its seed funding round from Buscape co-founder Rodrigo Borges to offer online concert service for artists and musicians.

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Talkwheel

American startup Talkwheel raises $1.2M from angels to aggregate social media conversations in a visual map

San Francisco, US-based social media conversation startup Talkwheel raised $1.2 million in funding from several angel investors to aggregate the conversations on the web in a visual map so businesses can monitor trending topics.

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