Zulily, Not Gilt Groupe, Will Be the First Deals Site to Go Public Since Groupon

An IPO that the e-commerce industry will be watching closely.

Tophatter (A.K.A. Blippy 2.0) Gathers a Lively Crowd for Live Auctions

Blippy is now called Tophatter. It’s also a social shopping product, but it’s totally different.


Ten Years of Venture Capital Blogging

It is hard to imagine that blogging was an innovation for the venture capital industry 10 years ago. But it was. The venture industry was a black box, and the VCs liked it that way.

News Byte

VMware to Acquire Storage Software Company Virsto

VMware said today that it reached a deal to acquire Virsto, a maker of software that specializes in optimizing storage in virtual and cloud computing environments. Financial terms were not disclosed. Virsto was founded in 2007, and had raised about $24 million in venture capital funding from August Capital, Canaan Partners, InterWest Partners, Southern Cross Venture Partners and Correlation Ventures. VMware shares fell more than 2 percent during the day, to $77.04 per share.

Urban Airship Nabs $25 Million in Additional Funding

August Capital is the latest investor in the Portland-based push notifications company.

Viral Video: “Lucky Ones” Tech Mashup for Hurricane Sandy

Sing it, Silicon Valley.

Ditto Raises $3 Million for 3-D Tech That Lets You Virtually Try On Before You Buy

Ditto has raised $3 million from August Capital and other individual investors to continue developing a fairly spooky “virtual fitting” technology.

And It’s Off: Splunk Rockets 108 Percent in IPO Debut

To infinity and beyond, then?

Splunk, Big Data’s First IPO, Begins Trading on Nasdaq Today

If you have a machine, you can probably use Splunk’s technology to measure what it does, and to make that data useful.

Seven Questions for Splunk CEO Godfrey Sullivan

Machines of every kind — from Web servers to thermostats — generate data that can be useful in ways that are hard to imagine until you start looking at it. Software start-up Splunk makes that process easy.

Memolane Makes Web Memories Last