IBM led on patents in 2017, Facebook broke into top 50 for the first time

 Patents may sometimes get a bad rap for how they are abused (and misused) by some companies for commercial gain, but they also remain a marker of how a tech company is progressing with its R&D and pushing ahead on innovation. For one measure of that advance, today, IFI Claims, the patent analytics firm, published its 2017 list of companies with the most U.S. patents assigned for the year.… Read More

August Access, an in-home delivery service first tested with Walmart, opens to all retailers

 August Home, the smart lock startup that was acquired by lock giant Assa Abloy in October last year, is stepping up its delivery game. At CES today, the company announced a service it’s calling August Access, where retailers can work with August and its partner Deliv to open your front door and bring packages directly into your home when you are not there, if you use a smart lock from… Read More

SolarWinds acquires log-monitoring service Loggly

 SolarWinds, the company behind services like Pingdom, Papertrail and AppOptics, today announced that it has acquired the cloud-based log-monitoring and analytics service Loggly. The two companies did not disclose the price of the acquisition, but Loggly, which was founded in 2009, had raised about $47 million over the years, including an $11.5 million Series D round in 2016. Investors include… Read More

Germany’s Smava raises $65M to expand its consumer loan portal

 While Google dominates the world when it comes to search, portals for those looking for products and services in specific niches continue to have a place in our online world. In one of the latest developments, Smava, a German startup that has built a marketplace/portal for people to search for and take out loans, has raised $65 million to grow its business across Europe. The funding comes… Read More

Collibra snags $58M Series D led by Iconiq and Battery Ventures to simplify data governance

 Collibra, a company that wants to help firms understand data governance, announced a $58 million Series D funding round today led by Iconiq Capital and Battery Ventures.
All of the investors involved in this round were coming back for another dip in the well. In addition to Iconiq and Battery Ventures, early Collibra investors Dawn Capital, Index Ventures and Newion Investments also participated. Read More