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Trocafone raises $15 million to expand its used electronics marketplace in emerging markets

Trocafone, the online marketplace for used electronics, has raised $15 million in new financing to expand its reach beyond Brazil and Argentina into other emerging markets.

The company, which raised $7 million in a previous round of financing last year, said the new money came from Callfort, MIT Castor Ventures FundFJ Labs, Rocketship, Mercado Libre Fund and other undisclosed investors.


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Rocketship News


11 Jul 2017 In Whole Foods, Bezos Gets a Sustainably Sourced Guinea Pig

By purchasing the upscale chain, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief, has a chance to tinker with how people buy groceries — and map the future of the physical store.

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28 Apr 2017 Rocketship.vc Takes Data Science Approach to Venture Capital

Venture capitalists are increasingly using advances in data science and machine learning to make investments. A new Silicon Valley firm, Rocketship.vc, with a $40 million first fund, is using data and analytics to make its early-stage bets....

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07 Sep 2016 IIT-Madras alumni donate $1 million for setting up of computer science chair

Silicon Valley-based Alumni of IIT Madras, Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan, have donated $1 million to create a corpus that will fund Visiting Chairs in Computer Science and Engineering to lead research on data-driven approaches to solve important problems...

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06 May 2016 Quora session with Venky Harinarayan

Venky Harinarayan on entrepreneurship, ecommerce, being a start-up investor, and more..

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14 Oct 2015 Venky Harinarayan On E-Commerce And Focus

Venky Harinarayan, is an e-commerce veteran who co-founded comparison shopping engine Junglee (acquired by Amazon in 1998), worked closely with Jeff Bezos to create Amazon Marketplace, created topical guide to the Web Kosmix (now known as Walmart Labs), and served as angel investor in companies such as Facebook and Lyft...

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24 Sep 2015 Silicon Valley venture capitalists talk about bond with India

Silicon Valley venture capitalists, including Menlo Ventures MD Venky Ganeshan, Milliways Ventures founder Anand Rajaraman, among others, talk about its bond with India as they see a demographical advantage in the country. Watch the full video...

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Portfolio News


05 Jun 2018 Stocard: Europe’s leading mobile wallet raises $20M to launch payment capability and expand geographically

Stocard, Europe’s leading mobile loyalty wallet announced today that it raised $20 million from Macquarie Capital, with follow-on financing from original investors Shortcut, Alstin, Silicon Valley based Rocketship, HTGF, and Engelhorn. Stocard will use the fresh capital to launch a mobile payment functionality, recruit 40 employees across engineering, Sales and Marketing, and expand to new markets starting with the launch of its Paris office today, and Toronto, Canada launch in the coming weeks.

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03 Jun 2018 India’s Locus raises $4M to expand its logistics management service worldwide

Locus, a three-year-old startup that helps companies map out their logistics, has pulled in $4 million in funding to grow its global footprint outside of its native India.

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18 Apr 2018 Mobile money-saving app Qapital raises $30 million to spend on growth

Qapital, one of a slew of mobile applications trying to make it easier for users to save money (and spend it more wisely), has raised $30 million in fresh financing as it expands beyond savings to offer investment advisory services.

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03 Apr 2018 URGENT.LY PARTNERS WITH UBER TO OFFER ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE TO UBER DRIVERS, DISCOUNTED COVERAGE FOR UBER VISA DEBIT CARDHOLDERS

Urgent.ly, the world’s most advanced roadside assistance platform, has partnered with Uber to provide roadside assistance services for Uber drivers. With industry-leading response times powered by a digitally connected nationwide service network, Urgent.ly can help Uber drivers hit the road with confidence. With Urgent.ly, Uber drivers know that if they experience a breakdown, they’ll get fast help and be back on the road quickly. Uber drivers who purchase roadside assistance with the new Uber Visa Debit Card receive coverage at a discount.

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29 Mar 2018 Fynd raises funds from Google

The company operates an online-to-offline model, allowing consumers to browse products from neighbourhood stores.

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20 Mar 2018 Data storage beyond the clouds: Wasabi promises a super-secure system in space

In space, no one can steal your data.

Well, that’s the theory, anyway — one that the Boston data storage company Wasabi Technologies Inc. hopes to help prove.

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10 Mar 2018 Saving money was never easier with these 10 mobile apps

Saving money is essential to accomplish big and small financial goals, from saving for retirement, to affording your next family vacation, to building your emergency fund.

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23 Jan 2018 Urgent.ly Announces Collaboration with Towbook

The Leading Global, Digital Roadside Assistance Platform Integrates with the Leading Provider of Cloud-based Towing Software

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19 Jan 2018 New to Instagram Stories: Text Posts, Reposting Stories, GIFs, + Screenshots

If the recent announcement of Instagram Stories Highlights wasn’t enough to convince you to add stories into your marketing strategy this year, new Instagram Stories features on the horizon just might seal the deal.

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14 Jan 2018 The 1-3-6 learning framework

Rahul Garg, who has 16 technology patents to his name, says he has attempted to codify his learning mechanism

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14 Dec 2017 B2B e-commerce platform, Moglix, expands to Ahmedabad, Mumbai

AHMEDABAD: Moglix, a Ratan Tata-backed B2B e-commerce platform, on Thursday announced its expansion to Ahmedabad and Mumbai to cater to the market of Western and Southern India. Currently, Moglix is headquartered in Singapore and is present in Noida, Gurgaon, Chennai and Pune. With these new additions, Moglix is further stepping-up their presence catering to industrial hubs in India, in line with their vision to transform the supply chain of the Indian manufacturing sector, founder Rahul Garg said

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16 Nov 2017 Trocafone raises $15 million to expand its used electronics marketplace in emerging markets

Trocafone, the online marketplace for used electronics, has raised $15 million in new financing to expand its reach beyond Brazil and Argentina into other emerging markets.

The company, which raised $7 million in a previous round of financing last year, said the new money came from Callfort, MIT Castor Ventures FundFJ Labs, Rocketship, Mercado Libre Fund and other undisclosed investors.

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08 Nov 2017 Low Cost Digital Storage Options

While digital storage demand continues to soar, the total budget for IT managers to provide digital storage resources to meet this demand are increasing little if at all. While the ever-decreasing price of storage capacity helps fill the need, storage hardware, particularly in data centers, continues to increase. What CIOs, information and IT managers really need are lower cost options for digital storage either on premise, or in the cloud. This article will look at some of recent options that promise to lower the cost of long term digital storage.

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06 Jul 2017 Moglix raises $12M Series B to digitize India’s manufacturing industry

Moglix launched in 2015 as an online store for tools and construction supplies, but now it’s venturing into enterprise software with the launch of GreenGST to help Indian manufacturers become compliant with the country’s new tax codes. The Noida-headquartered startup announced today that it has raised a $12 million Series B, which it will use to develop its supply chain management technology and expand into more manufacturing hubs.

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28 Jun 2017 Best Website Builder: Joy

When it comes to clueing your guests in to accommodations, directions, and registry wants, computer-savvy couples might choose to build their own sites from scratch–but for the rest of us a wedding website builder is necessary. And Joy is our go-to.

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Venky Harinarayan

Venky Harinarayan is an entrepreneur and investor. He was a founder of Junglee—a pioneering shopping search engine that was acquired by Amazon.com, a founder of Kosmix—an innovative search and categorization company that was acquired by Walmart Stores, Inc., and a founding investor in Efficient Frontier—a leading search and social media marketing company that was acquired by Adobe. Together, these start-ups were valued at $1 billion at the time of their acquisition. Venky has also played the role of entrepreneur in two of the most successful retailers of our times — Walmart and Amazon.com. Most recently, at Walmart, as Senior Vice President of Global e-Commerce, Venky created and ran @WalmartLabs, the innovation arm for the world's largest company. At Amazon.com, Venky helped create the Marketplace business, that today accounts for more than half of all the units sold. He also invented the concept underlying Amazon's Mechanical Turk.

Venky is also an active investor. He created Cambrian Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm in 2000 whose investments include Neoteris (Juniper), Aster Data (Teradata), and Yousendit. Venky was one of the earliest investors in Facebook, investing in 2005. Other angel investments include Lyft and TutorVista (Pearson).

Venky was named to the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by FastCompany in 2012 and to the “Venture Capital 100” by AlwaysOn in 2012 and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Madras. Venky earned his bachelor's degree from IIT Madras; master's from UCLA and PhD from Stanford University, all in computer science.

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Anand Rajaraman

Anand is a Founding Partner at Rocketship.vc. Prior to starting Rocketship, he was Senior Vice President at Walmart Global eCommerce, where he co-headed @WalmartLabs, focused at the intersection of social, mobile, and commerce. Anand came to Walmart when Walmart acquired Kosmix, the startup he co-founded, in 2011. The purchase price was reported in the media to be over $300 million. Kosmix pioneered semantic search technology and semantic analysis of social media.

Anand also was a Founding Partner of Cambrian Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. His Silicon Valley investments include Facebook (one of the earliest angel investors in 2005), Lyft, Aster Data Systems (acquired by Teradata), Efficient Frontier (acquired by Adobe), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper), Transformic (acquired by Google), Kaltix (acquired by Google), AppNexus, HighTail, and several other innovative and successful companies. Anand also is an investor in several companies in India, and helped set up the IIT Madras Entrepreneurship Fund to encourage entrepreneurship at his alma mater.

In 1996, Anand co-founded Junglee, an e-commerce pioneer. As Chief Technology Officer, Anand played a key role in developing Junglee's award-winning Virtual Database technology. In 1998, Amazon.com acquired Junglee for over $250 million. Anand helped launch the transformation of Amazon.com from a retailer into a retail platform, enabling third-party retailers to sell on Amazon.com's website. Anand also is a co-inventor of Amazon Mechanical Turk, which pioneered the concepts of crowdsourcing and hybrid Human-Machine computation.

As an academic, Anand’s research has focused at the intersection of database systems, the World-Wide Web, and social media. His research publications have won several awards at prestigious academic conferences, including three retrospective 10-year Best Paper awards at ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, and ICDT (these awards measure the impact of research, both on academia and industry, over a 10-year period).

Anand co-teaches a popular course on Data Mining at Stanford University. His textbook “Mining of Massive Datasets,” co-authored with Jeff Ullman, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011 (the second edition in 2014 added Jure Leskovec as co-author). It has been downloaded over 1,000,000 times and has been translated into several languages.

Anand obtained his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, where he won the President of India Gold Medal for graduating at the top of his class, and his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. His work has been featured in hundreds of articles in leading national and international publications such as Business Week (cover) and the New York Times. In 2012, Fast Company magazine named Anand to its list of “100 Most Creative People in Business.” In 2013, Anand was named a Distinguished Alumnus by his alma mater, IIT Madras.

He shares his musings on Big Data, search, and social media on his influential blog Datawocky, whose motto is “More data (usually) beats better algorithms.

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Sailesh Ramakrishnan

Prior to rocketship.vc, Sailesh was CTO and co-founder of LocBox (acquired by Square), a startup focussed on marketing for local businesses. Sailesh worked with Anand and Venky at their previous startup Kosmix, and continued on to Walmart as a Director of Engineering at @WalmartLabs. Before jumping into the startup world, Sailesh worked as a Computer Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. Sailesh earned his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras, his Masters degree in Construction Management from Virginia Tech University and Intelligent Systems from University of Pittsburgh. He was a Ph.D. candidate in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Michigan.

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Wang Lam

Wang joined rocketship.vc from @WalmartLabs, where he was a director following Walmart's acquisition of Kosmix, the startup he joined as it was being formed. Before that, Wang's dissertation work included contributions to the Stanford WebBase project and time exploring data systems at IBM Almaden. Wang obtained his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Greg Lahann

Greg Lahann’s career includes over 25 years of entrepreneurial and venture capital experience. In addition to his CFO role at rocketship.vc, Greg is also CFO Claremont Creek Ventures, a $300M early stage venture capital firm specializing in digital life sciences and energy. He is also the CFO for early stage companies Lumenetix, producer of color tunable LED light engines and Alta Energy, a marketplace for commercial renewable energy projects. Previously Greg was Managing Director at Novus Ventures and MK Global Ventures, both early stage venture capital firms with a total of $320 million under management, managing all financial and administrative elements of the funds and their management companies. At Novus and MK, Greg was actively involved in the operations of many of the portfolio companies, serving as their CFO and member of the boards of directors.

Greg began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse, directing audits for start-up to publicly traded companies. He holds a BS Degree in Accounting and Management from San Jose State University.

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Katelin Moore

Katelin Moore comes to Rocketship from being the executive assistant to the CEO of several start-up companies which include: Efficient Frontier (acquired by Adobe Systems), Transpera (acquired by Tremor Media) and Linden Lab. Katelin earned her bachelor's degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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