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    Comcast Ventures is betting on blockchain technologies in 2018

    "In 2018 we're doubling down on blockchain," says Gil Beyda, managing director of Comcast Ventures, the investment arm of one of the world's largest media and telecom companies. For the venture capital arm of Comcast, an investment in blockchain isn't opportunistic, Beyda insists.

    IBM and Comcast back a blockchain accelerator

    IBM and Comcast Ventures, the telco giant's VC arm, have announced that they will provide support services and funding, respectively, for MState, a new accelerator and investment fund for startups developing blockchain solutions for large enterprises. MState will invest between $25,000 and $50,000 in up to six early-stage startups over the next half-year.

    IBM, Comcast Back New Blockchain Startup Fund - CoinDesk

    Tech giant IBM and the venture arm of telecoms conglomerate Comcast are backing an investment fund focused on scaling early stage startups that help enterprises use blockchain technology. MState, a startup accelerator, aims to invest in blockchain startups globally and ultimately connect them with Fortune 500 customers, co-founder Rob Bailey told Bloomberg.

    Cybersecurity risk-monitoring platform SecurityScorecard raises $27.5 million from Nokia, GV, Intel, Sequoia, others

    Cybersecurity rating and risk-monitoring platform SecurityScorecard has raised $27.5 million in a series C round of funding led by Nokia's global venture capital (VC) arm, Nokia Growth Partners (NGP). Other notable participants in the round include GV (Google Ventures) - which led the company's $20 million series B round last June - Intel Capital, Sequoia Capital, Moody's Corporation, AXA Strategic Ventures, Boldstart Ventures, Two Sigma Ventures, and Evolution Equity Partners.

    Manifold Launches With Developer Services Marketplace

    Justin is Chief Analyst at PivotNine consultants and advisors. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Manifold wants to tackle the growing complexity of service management for development teams by providing a combination of management platform and marketplace for application services commonly used by developers.

    HYPR raises $8 million to prevent another Equifax hack

    The recent Equifax hack is yet another reminder that major corporations are still leaving themselves susceptible to attacks. There are countless cybersecurity startups looking to fix this problem, but HYPR believes its decentralization approach is key. Its authentication technology secures traditional passwords and also biometrics like fingerprints, faces and voices.

    Boldstart Ventures locks down $47 million for fund three

    Boldstart Ventures started off with $1 million in 2010 as a kind of experiment. Could a New York-based outfit find enough seed-stage, enterprise-focused, East Coast opportunities to rationalize a bigger fund? The answer, seemingly, is yes. Boldstart, founded by longtime VC Ed Sim (who'd spent the previous decade-plus an investor with Dawntreader Ventures), just closed its third fund with $47 million.

    Replicated raises $5 million for its product taking SAAS products out of the cloud

    Los Angeles-based Replicated has raised $5 million to build out its service that takes software-as-a-service companies down from the "cloud", TechCrunch has learned. The company, which operates under the somewhat contrarian belief that not all services are going to be delivered in the cloud, provides a toolkit that lets software companies offer their products on premise behind a corporate firewall rather than delivered remotely.

    Sendence closes $1.5m seed round to simplify deployment of real-time applications

    Sendence, a new startup based in New York City, announced a $1.5 million seed round today. The company is working on a platform for simplifying deployment of real-time applications. Investors include Boldstart Ventures, Greycroft, Contour Venture Partners, Notation Capital and Resolute Ventures.

    Kustomer, founded by Salesforce alums, nabs $12.5M to repair customer care

    The need to contact customer support is the bane of many a modern consumer's existence: not only is it likely that you are doing it because you have a problem that needs fixing, but you are inevitably sucked into a vortex where you have to sit on the phone for ages (or wait in stasis for emailed replies), repeat your details several times to subsequent assistants, and potentially risk losing contact and starting again.

    Robin makes the office smarter with $7 million in new funding

    One of the first-world problems most plaguing the new corporate world is the time wasted trying to find and secure a meeting room. At least, that's the premise Robin is based on. Robin is a company that helps offices organize, track, and monitor their spaces.

    Alteryx Promote puts data science to work across the company

    When Alteryx acquired Yhat in June, it was only a matter of time before the startup's data-science management software began showing up in Alteryx. Just today, the company announced Alteryx Promote, a new tool based on Yhat's product set. The company made the announcement at the Alteryx Inspire Europe customer event taking place in London this week.

    Newly public Alteryx buys Y Combinator-backed Yhat to speed data science projects - SiliconANGLE

    Three months after going public in a $126 million offering, analytics powerhouse Alteryx Inc. is putting some of that money to use. At a user event in Las Vegas today, the company announced that it has acquired Yhat Inc., a Y Combinator-backed startup that sells tools for data scientists.

    Rapportive founder's new startup Superhuman is what Gmail would be if built today

    Reinventing the email experience is an area numerous startups have tried to tackle over the years, with some apps focused more on triage, others on making a better desktop alternative to Outlook, and still more aiming to re-envision email as a mobile-first product, among other ideas.

    How Replicated is Helping to Sell SaaS Software to Enterprise Businesses - with Grant Miller [141]

    Grant Miller is the co-founder of Replicated, a service that solves the problem for companies who want to install and deploy a SaaS application behind their own firewall in a corporate data center or private cloud. Previously, he was the co-founder of Look IO, a mobile live-chat problem that was acquired by LivePerson just 9 months after launch for several million dollars.

    Boldstart Ventures locks down $47 million for fund three

    Boldstart Ventures started off with $1 million in 2010 as a kind of experiment. Could a New York-based outfit find enough seed-stage, enterprise-focused, East Coast opportunities to rationalize a bigger fund? The answer, seemingly, is yes. Boldstart, founded by longtime VC Ed Sim (who'd spent the previous decade-plus an investor with Dawntreader Ventures), just closed its third fund with $47 million.

    With Several Exits in Back Pocket, BOLDstart Raises $16.9M for Second Fund

    BOLDstart Ventures has raised $16.9 million toward its second fund, BOLDstart Ventures II LP, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    BigID takes $2.1M to help enterprises grok customer data privacy risks

    The risks for businesses associated with storing and processing the personal data of their customers are growing as data volumes continue to increase and regulators sharpen their claws over data protection. But those risks are of course just another startup opportunity.

    Handshake Raises $8 Million To Grow Its Wholesale Sales Ordering App

    App developer Handshake has raised $8 million in new funding to grow its business selling a mobile wholesale sales ordering and fulfillment application. New investor Emergence Capital Partners led the Series A round, with participation from Handshake's seed investors SoftTech VC, MHS Capital, and High Peaks Venture Partners.

    How 3 First-Time Founders Turned One-Third Of Their Employees Into Millionaires - And No One Found Out About It

    On May 19, Google acquired a startup for $120 million in cash and stock, making it one of the largest New York exits of 2014. One-third of the company's 70 employees became millionaires. Everyone kept their jobs. And the founders are leading Google's Android enterprise group.

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