Because opening up the site just wasn't enough, apparently: Facebook is branching into a new role as an investor. The company has announced a new program called FBFund to provide grants to developers who are interested in creating applications for the Facebook Platform. FBFund, with cash infused by Facebook investors Accel Partners and the Founders Fund, will start with $10 million and will provide $25,000-$250,000 grants to developers who apply for the program. The fund's investment committee will consist of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, vice president of product marketing and operations Charmath Palihapitaya, and board … Read more
SolFocus, a solar technology company that was incubated at the Palo Alto Research Center (now an offshoot of Xerox), has raised $52 million more dollars to help it launch in Europe.
The company, which had previously raised $27 million, specializes in solar concentrators, which direct more sunlight onto solar cells that would ordinarily fall on them. The more sunlight, the more electricity the solar cell can generate. The more electricity a cell can generate, the more economical solar energy--which generally still costs about twice as much as regular grid power--becomes.
SolFocus' concentrators magnify the light 500 times. Several companies make … Read more
Despite SunRocket's recent implosion, venture capitalists are hot to invest in voice over IP start-ups.
A company called Jaxtr announced Tuesday that it's raised $10 million. The company, which hopes to emulate the success of eBay's Skype, actually attracted some of the same investors as Skype. Draper Richards, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Mangrove Capital, all early stage investors in Skype, contributed to Jaxtr's first round of funding.
Jaxtr is one of a growing number of IP telephony start-ups hoping to make it big. These companies are leaning more toward Skype's business model as a complementary … Read more
Online video network Joost has received $45 million in funding from a group led by Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Also investing were: Li Ka-shing, chairman of Hutchison Whampoa and Cheung Kong Holdings; Viacom; and CBS. The two media companies also are providing content to the site.
The money will be used to "accelerate product development, global expansion, localization and service offerings," according to a statement from Joost. The company was launched by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, the founders of Skype and Kazaa.