Pact Raises $1.5M to Help People Hit Health Goals by Putting Money on the Line

Negative incentives work.

Grokker Gets $5.5 Million to Build Out Expert Video Network — Here’s Founder Lorna Borenstein (Video)

Trying to intro passions to the passionate.

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Eric Schmidt’s VC Fund Backs Former Googlers’ Retail Tech Startup Index in $7 Million Round

Retail software startup Index, which aims to give retailers a better idea of who’s shopping in their stores and shoppers a more personalized experience, has raised a $7 million Series A investment round from Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Khosla Ventures. The San Francisco-based startup was founded by former Google Wallet execs Jonathan Wall and Marc Freed-Finnegan.

Nutanix Teams With RiceHadleyGates on Global Expansion Push

Growing international business is tricky.

Can an Eco-Food Company Be Run Like a Startup?

Will the next incredible, edible egg substitute come from a VC-backed startup that looks like a tech company?

Twitter to Wait Until After IPO to Name Woman — Likely With International Cred — to Board

The number of women with international experience is long, but if I were to bet whom Twitter is considering for its top picks, I would name only two: Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright.

Silicon Valley Big-Data Startup Bought for $1B by … Monsanto?

The deal is one of the best and most lucrative examples so far of applying a Google-style data-science mindset to an existing industry.

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Trading Platform Quantopian Raises $6.7 Million

Quantopian, a browser-based trading platform for quantitative analysts, announced on Wednesday that it raised $6.7 million in a series A financing round. Khosla Ventures and existing investor Spark Capital participated in the round, bringing the total amount of funds raised to $8.8 million.

News Byte Raises $11.1M for Open Research Portal has raised $11.1 million in Series B funding from Khosla Ventures, Spark Capital and True Ventures, as part of its ongoing efforts to make scientific research more open and networked. The San Francisco-based company now has 4.5 million registered researchers and eight million monthly visitors. It’s a more modest deal than that of Berlin-based competitor ResearchGate, which recently raised a $35 million Series C round.

Cloud Phone Service RingCentral Files for $100 Million IPO

Ticker symbol: RNG.

Sosh Raises $10.1M for Local Discovery