Typesafe gets $14M to push Scala language as a better Java than Java

With its new funding from Shasta Ventures and Juniper Networks, Typesafe will keep pushing Scala and its related middleware stack as a mainstream development platform for enterprise applications. To date, Scala has been used mostly in web-scale apps like Twitter and Foursquare.

Amazon pitches better-than-ever cloud deals

Amazon is offering customers unprecedented deals to stick with its cloud services. Some big companies can get annual “true up” deals while many report incentives to use reserved, rather than on-demand, instances. And Amazon is making an effort to keep startups in the fold.

TaskRabbit Raises $5M for Nationwide Expansion

TaskRabbit has raised $5 million in a Series A funding round led by Shasta Ventures. The three-year-old startup, which currently brokers tasks in San Francisco and Boston, will use the money to expand its reach to other metro areas nationwide.

Apptio Raises a Cool $16.5M for Enterprise IT

Apptio, a Bellevue, Wash.-based enterprise software company, today said it’s raised a $16.5 million Series C round of funding led by Shasta Ventures, which includes participation from current investors Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners and Madrona Venture Group just a year after the last round.

Squeezed Cell Networks Lead to Dealmaking

Today Pulsus and SpiderCloud, two startups making hardware for the mobile industry, scored investments. As users, application developers and carriers bump up against the technical constraints around mobile broadband’s popularity, expect more and more hardware investments and dealmaking in the mobile semiconductor and equipment worlds.