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Joshua Topolsky

Joshua Topolsky, Former Verge Editor, Raises Funding for Digital Media Venture

Joshua Topolsky is ready for his next act, and he’s setting out to fix digital media. Mr. Topolsky, who helped co-launch The Verge and most recently served as the top digital editor at Bloomberg, has raised $5 million to found The Outline, a new digital publication set to debut this fall. [ WSJ ] [ Medium post ]

Joshua Topolsky



Blacklane  / 20M / Series C
Bloomberg - Daimler Boosts Blacklane Stake as Ride-Sharing Market Heats Up
Fortune - Daimler Doubles Down On Regulator-Friendly Ride-Booking Services


Healthkart / 12M / Series E
Tech Story - Healthkart raises $12Mn in Series E Funding
Tech Circle - Online heath store Healthkart raises $12 mn from Sequoia, others

Brave software

Brave Software / 4.5M / Seed 
FintekNews - Brave Raises $4.5M
PRNewswire - Brave Software Raises $4.5 Million in Seed Financing and Readies for 1.0


Matific / $45M / Series B 
Geektime  - Israeli edtech startup Matific scores massive $45 million round
The Times Of Israel  - Israel’s Matific raises $45m

Phish me

PhishMe / $42.5M / Series C 
ZDNet - PhishMe raises $42.5 million in Series C funding


PacketSled / $5M / Series A 
PacketSled - PacketSled picks up $5 mln Series A


Bioniz  / $13M / Series A 
PRNewswire : Bioniz Therapeutics Closes Series A Financing and Appoints David Pyott as Chairman of the Board of Directors

Wonder Workshop

Wonder Workshop / $20M / Series B 
BusinessWire : Wonder Workshop Cements Global STEM Product Industry Lead, Announces $20 Million Series B Financing Rounds


Uber CEO

Didi Chuxing Bought Uber In China For $35 Billion

Uber, a San Francisco-based technology startup focused on online transportation just sold its Chinese operation to DiDi Chuxing. In this merger deal, Didi will make a $1 billion investment in Uber global at a $68 billion valuation, while Uber China's investors will own 20% of the merged Chinese company, which will be worth $35 billion. 

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Tesla is buying SolarCity for $2.6 billion 

SolarCity, a maker of solar panels, has agreed to a merger with the electric-car maker Tesla, according to a post on SolarCity's official blog [ Business Insider ]

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Salesforce CEO

Salesforce buys word processing app Quip for $750M

Salesforce is continuing its buying spree to expand the kinds of cloud-based apps and services that it offers to its customers beyond basic CRM. The company has just announcedthat it is acquiring Quip, the cloud-based word processing app that was co-founded by Bret Taylor, formerly CTO of Facebook. We understand from two sources very close to the deal that the total price is $750 million.




TCV Raises $2.5B for New Growth Fund

Technology Crossover Ventures, one of the venture industry’s most prolific players in later-stage investing and a backer of such high-flyers as Facebook Inc. and Dollar Shave Club, has raised $2.5 billion for its ninth and latest growth fund. [ WSJ ] [ NYT ]

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