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Thinknum lands $1M for better financial analysis

Thinknum, a startup that has built a financial analysis and research platform, has raised $1 million in Seed funding, led by Pejman Mar Ventures. Other investors include Signature Capital, Green Visor Capital, 645 Angels, HKB Capital and 500 Startups. The New York City-based company’s platform was built to facilitate cooperation between analysts … [Read More...]

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Pogoseat gets $2.3M to enable fans to instantly upgrade seats

Los Angeles-based Pogoseat, which offers a mobile app that enables attendees of live events to instantly upgrade seats or purchase various event experiences, has raised $2.3 million in Seed funding. Investors include Structure Capital, SK Ventures, Zelkova Ventures, Broad Strategy Fund, Kima Ventures and Universal Music Group. Pogoseat targets … [Read More...]

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Featured Startup Pitch: ZootRock wants to bring the capabilities of a social media staff to small businesses

By Audrey Melnik, ZootRock co-founder and CEO Elevator Pitch: ZootRock aims to change the way small businesses present themselves on social media platforms. We can provide an affordable, personalized service using adaptive, high-powered algorithms that scour the Internet for the best content, creating effective social media feeds with … [Read More...]

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Sense says Hello to more than $800K raised through Kickstarter

Hello, a startup which has built a sleep monitor called ‘Sense,’ has passed the $800,000 mark in its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The San Francisco-based company says Sense is designed to measure sleep habits and environmental data about the bedroom, which includes noise, light, humidity, and air pollution. The device also includes an alarm … [Read More...]

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Fixed lands $1.2M to fight parking tickets for you

Fixed, a Y Combinator Summer 2014 participant that helps people fight parking tickets, has closed a $1.2 million Seed funding round. Investors include Y Combinator, Merus Capital, and Angel investors Scott Banister, John Kobs, Mark Randolph, Matt Humphries, Eric Wu, and David King. The San Francisco-based startup currently offers its service as an … [Read More...]

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Swipestation secures £300,000 for better marketing at events

Swipestation, a startup that offers a mobile device-connected scanner and printer for on-premise marketing at events, has raised £300,000 in funding from Angel investors Neil Sikka and Adrian Grumi. The London-based company spun out of digital agency Clock, and claims the device allows marketers to “close the loop” on campaigns and better track … [Read More...]

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The key to startup success sounds right, but it’s a hard choice

By Kevin MacDonald, Kit Check co-founder and CEO Focus is the key to getting something off the ground. When you first start a business, you want it to be as large and far-reaching as possible. However, new businesses are characterized by a scarcity of experience, features, and money. All three are prerequisites to becoming big and broad. You have … [Read More...]

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WriteLaTeX gets Seed funding for its collaborative editor for academic papers

WriteLaTeX, a startup that offers a collaborative academic paper editor, has landed a Seed stage investment from Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Science & Education. Its Overleaf tool utilizes a WYSIWYG manuscript editor that enables real-time collaboration among multiple contributors. The company says that Overleaf is currently used … [Read More...]

Funding news roundup: July 23, 2014

Additional early-stage funding news of note from today: Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service (via TechCrunch) POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version (via TechCrunch) Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle (via TechCrunch) … [Read More...]

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Braingaze nets €336K for further development of its behavior-predicting eye-tracking software

Barcelona-based Braingaze, maker of eye-tracking software the company says predicts the behavior of a subject based on small, involuntary eye movements, has completed a €336,000 funding round. It’s the startup’s first outside funding, and its calling it a “pre-Seed” round. The investment is split between the Spanish government’s NEOTEC program for … [Read More...]

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Tracksmith launches with big backing for its premium running apparel brand

Running apparel startup Tracksmith has launched with the debut of its first five products. The Wellesley, Massachusetts-based company is focused on producing premium clothing and bags for running enthusiasts. Its initial products include running shorts and racing tops, which they sell online. It is backed by $1.6 million in initial funding that the … [Read More...]

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Dealflicks raises $1.7M to help movie theaters fill empty seats

Movie theater deals app Dealflicks has raised $1.7 million in new Seed funding from a group that includes Sierra Maya Ventures, Mogility Capital, Be Great Partners, Wefunder and Rubicon Venture Capital. The San Francisco-based startup describes its service as the “Priceline for movie tickets,” giving movie goers discounts on tickets and concessions … [Read More...]

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Peerlyst gets $3M for its social network for IT pros

San Francisco-based Peerlyst, a peer network for IT professionals, has completed a $3 million Seed funding raise. The round was led by Hummer Winblad Venture Partners with participation from Illuminate Ventures. The company’s social network is designed specifically for IT and security experts to help address day-to-day issues at a more specialized … [Read More...]

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Investors deliver $200K for Jinn’s local on-demand delivery service

London-based local delivery startup Jinn has raised $200,000 in Seed funding from individual Angel investors, according to reports. The company’s on-demand service is based around a mobile app that allows users to specify what they purchased and where from, and then a professional courier picks up the item and delivers it. The service is currently … [Read More...]

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Succeeding as a startup in enterprise SaaS

By Eric M. Jackson, CapLinked co-founder and CEO Building an enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business bears little resemblance to launching a consumer web application. The product needs, economics, and distribution channels are unique, and can require a lot of trial-and-error to figure out. I’ve seen this firsthand. As the CEO of … [Read More...]

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Unbabel lands $1.5M for artificial intelligence-based language translation with a touch of human

Unbabel, a startup that offers a translation app that combines artificial intelligence and crowdsourced reviewers, has announced the raising of $1.5 million in Seed funding. Investors include Jared Fliesler of Matrix Partners, Kevin Rose of Google Ventures, Elad Gil, Raymond Tonsing of Caffeinated Capital, Roger Dickey, Young Guo of IDG Partners, … [Read More...]

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Jobr raises $2M for its mobile job search and recruitment app

San Francisco-based mobile job search and recruitment app Jobr has closed a $2 million Seed funding round. Investors include Lerer Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Eniac Ventures, Lowercase Capital, The Hive, Tekton Ventures, Structure Capital, Tim Draper, Fabrice Grinda and additional individual Angel investors. The app presents a swipe-able list of … [Read More...]

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Relcy gets $9M for its mobile apps search solution

Relcy, a San Francisco-based startup which has developed technology that it says allows smartphone users to search all of the apps on their device at the same time, has raised $9 million from prominent VCs Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Essentially, the platform, which has just launched out of stealth mode, enables users have a search … [Read More...]

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Myagi is on a mission to make corporate training more engaging and relevant

A Q&A with Myagi co-founder and CEO Simon Turner. The Melbourne-based startup, which offers a specialized online training platform for customer service and sales professionals, announced in late June the closing of a $500,000 Seed funding round from unnamed local and international investors. It was founded in 2013 by CEO Turner and CTO Tom … [Read More...]

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Higgle launches out of beta to enable consumers to leverage social media to haggle directly with merchants

San Francisco-based Higgle, a social commerce marketplace that employs a dynamic pricing model based on real-time negotiations between merchants and consumers, has announced its public launch out of beta. The site allows users to create offers, which are called ‘Higgles,’ share them with others on the platform, and connect with merchants to … [Read More...]