NJOY, a maker of e-cigarettes, has raised $70 million from Brookside Capital and Morgan Stanley Investment Management, building on early investments from Sean Parker, Peter Thiel and Douglas Teitelbaum, according to TechCrunch.
The single-use e-ci[...]
According to TechCrunch, Hampton Creek Foods has raised a $23 million Series B funding round led by Hong Kong-based Horizons Ventures, with participation from Yahoo founder Jerry Yang, AME Cloud Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Collaborative Fund, among[...]
According to a recent Quora thread (h/t Valleywag), Clinkle -- the mobile payments startup founded by 22-year-old Stanford grad Lucas Duplan -- is hemorrhaging employees, cash and overall dignity.
On December 12, one anonymous commenter wrote that D[...]
Coinbase, a Bitcoin wallet service, raised $25 million in VC funds earlier this week -- the largest Bitcoin-based investor round yet, according to VentureBeat.
Andreessen Horowitz led the round, and our ol' pal Chris Dixon -- who has previously sa[...]
Circle Internet Financial has raised a $9 million Series A funding round with participation from Jim Breyer, Accel Partners and General Catalyst Partners, according to TechCrunch.
Circle is yet another bet on virtual currency, a sort of PayPal for[...]
According to CNet, Counsyl co-founder Balaji Srinivasan delivered an enthusiastic presentation at last weekend's Y Combinator startup school, titled "Silicon Valley's Ultimate Exit," on how Silicon Valley could possibly secede and develop a highly ef[...]
Larry Summers -- former Harvard president and Secretary of the Treasury -- is not a fan of Peter Thiel, according to TechCrunch. In fact, he called the Thiel Fellowship program "the single most misdirected bit of philanthropy in this decade" while sp[...]
Chesscademy features free videos, puzzles and quizzes to help improve chess skills, and users can rest assured they are in the hands of a master -- literally. CEO and co-founder Andrew Ng (pictured above, middle) is a five-time National Scholastic Ch[...]
Ben Yu, one of Peter Thiel's elite cadre of college dropouts cum entrepreneurs via the Thiel Fellowship, has unveiled an Indiegogo project for his grand experiment: sprayable caffeine.
According to BusinessWeek, Yu developed Sprayable Energy with [...]
Last week, Forbes ran a profile of Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir and seriously spazzed-out individual. The piece was enlightening for its revelations on Palantir's long-fingered influence, as well as a tad disturbing.
Palantir is the big-data startup[...]
Glow, a big-data healthcare startup founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, has raised a $6 million funding round with participation from Peter Thiel's Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz, according to PandoDaily.
The funding, apparently, was [...]
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have filed an IPO for their Bitcoin holding company, The Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, according to TechCrunch.
For those plebes out there who DON'T know the Winklevii stance on Bitcoins: in addition to owning 1 percent of[...]