With $2.8M in Seed funding on hand, DemoChimp seeks to make sales demos more intelligent and accelerate the buying process

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A Q&A with DemoChimp co-founder and CEO Garin Hess. The American Fork, Utah-based startup, which offers an intelligent personalized demo platform for salespeople, announced in mid-April that it has raised $2.8 million in Seed funding. Investors include Peak Ventures, Albion Financial, Seed Equity, Select Venture Partners, Paul Ahlstrom, Scott Frazier and Greg Schenk. It was … [Read more...]

Working to make the Hyperloop a reality: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has a plan, a location, and is moving full steam (or tube) ahead

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By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat editor This is a bit of a departure from StartUp Beat’s usual Q&A format, but I thought this was an interesting enough project to change things up a bit. The team at Los Angeles-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) are working to make Elon Musk’s much-discussed idea to build a new kind of high-speed, long-range transportation … [Read more...]

Signal Media wants to make media monitoring and competitive intel more intuitive and insightful

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A Q&A with Signal Media co-founder and CEO David Benigson. The London-based startup, which offers an advanced news monitoring and media intelligence service, announced at the end of March that it has raised $1.8 million in Seed funding. Investors include Frontline Ventures, Reed Elsevier Ventures, Samos Investments, Robin Klein and Jonathan Goodwin. It was founded in 2012 … [Read more...]

Photo enthusiast community YouPic lands €500K to fuel its ambitious growth plans

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A Q&A with YouPic founder and CEO Navid Razazi. The Gothenburg, Sweden-based startup, which offers a social media community for photography enthusiasts, announced in late March the closing of a €500,000 Seed funding round from the Chalmers Innovation Seed Fund. This funding comes as an add-on to earlier rounds totaling approximately $450,000. Chalmers was also involved in … [Read more...]

Thirstie looks to go beyond just on-demand alcohol delivery with an all-encompassing ‘cocktail culture’ app

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A Q&A with Thirstie founder and CEO Devaraj Southworth. The New York City-based startup, which has built an app that offers an on-demand alcohol delivery service and cocktail-related content, announced in mid-March that it has closed a $1.1 million Seed funding round. The funding came from individual Angel investors. It was founded in 2014 by Southworth and Maxim Razmakhin, … [Read more...]

Twin Prime grabs $9.5M to solve the mobile web’s last mile latency problem

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A Q&A with Twin Prime co-founders Kartik Chandrayana (CEO) and Satish Raghunath (CTO). The Redwood City, California-based startup, which has built a platform for accelerating loading speeds of mobile websites, has raised $9.5 million in Series A funding, which the team made public in mid-March. Investors include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, True Ventures, Milliways Ventures and … [Read more...]

Geneva-based ProtonMail wants to bring end-to-end email security to the masses

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A Q&A with ProtonMail co-founder Andy Yen. The Geneva, Switzerland-based secure email startup announced in late March the closing of a $2 million VC funding round. Investors include Charles River Ventures and the Fongit incubator. The company was founded in 2013 by Yen, Jason Stockman, and Wei Sun, and previously raised $550,000 through a crowdfunding campaign. SUB: Please … [Read more...]

After a new $1.2M funding infusion, video interviewing platform Kira Talent looks to redefine the higher ed admissions process

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A Q&A with Kira Talent co-founder Emilie Cushman. The Toronto-based startup, which has built an application that facilitates video-based interactive interviews for companies and college admissions, has completed a $1.2 million Seed funding round, which it revealed earlier this month. Investors include Relay Ventures, the Business Development Bank of Canada and Angel … [Read more...]

onLoop launches at SXSW with its subject-based take on social messaging

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A Q&A with onLoop co-founder and CEO AK Sands. The Los Angeles-based messaging startup launched out of beta at the South by Southwest 2015 show earlier this month. It was founded last year by Sands and Jacob Heinz. SUB: Please describe onLoop and your primary innovation. Sands: onLoop is an open social messaging network that behaves the way you do in the real world, … [Read more...]

Altocloud lands $2M to enable more responsive and ‘predictive’ sales efforts

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A Q&A with Altocloud CEO Barry O’Sullivan. The Mountain View, California-based startup, which has built a predictive analytics platform for sales teams, announced earlier this month that it has completed a $2 million Seed funding round. Investors include Delta Partners, Digicel Group and ACT Venture Capital. It was founded in 2013 by O’Sullivan, Joe Smyth, and Dan Arra, and … [Read more...]