Tailor Brands secures $1.1M for its SMB-focused branding and design platform

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A Q&A with Tailor Brands co-founder and CEO Yali Saar. The Brooklyn-based online branding design startup announced last week that it has closed a $1.1 million Seed funding round from Disruptive Fund and Angel investors. It was founded last year by Saar, Chief Product Officer Tom Lahat, and CTO Nadav Shatz, and this is its first notable round of funding. SUB: Please … [Read more...]

With a focus on mobile engagement, Liftoff’s app marketing platform goes beyond simple user acquisition

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A Q&A with Liftoff co-founder and CEO Mark Ellis. The Menlo Park, California-based mobile marketing software startup recently completed a $5 million Series A funding round, which it announced earlier this month. The round was led by Steve Anderson of Baseline Ventures, with participation from Michael Dearing of Harrison Metal, Fred Warren of Sage Venture Partners, Shinya … [Read more...]

Casetext is tapping into data and crowdsourcing to make the law more understandable

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A Q&A with Casetext co-founder and CEO Jake Heller. The Palo Alto-based startup, which is building a public legal research tool with features intended to better contextualize U.S. law for users, announced at the start of this month the completion of a $7 million Series A funding round. Investors include Union Square Ventures, Formation 8 and former Thomson Reuters CEO Tom … [Read more...]

Final is building a credit card with dynamic card numbers to prevent credit fraud and all its hassles

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A Q&A with Final co-founder and CEO Aaron Frank. The Boulder, Colorado-based fintech startup announced in late January that it has completed a $1 million Seed funding round. Investors include Ludlow Ventures, T5 Capital and Y Combinator. It was founded last year by Frank, CTO Matt Rothstein, and COO Andrew Dietrich, and this is its first round of outside funding. It is … [Read more...]

Fuse has built a mobile app dev platform that merges the worlds of design and development

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A Q&A with Fuse co-founder and CEO Anders Lassen. The Oslo, Norway and Palo Alto-based mobile app development software startup announced in late January that it has raised $2.8 million in Venture round funding. Investors include Alliance Venture and Northzone. It was founded in 2012 by Lassen and CTO Morten Fornes, and has now raised $7 million in total funding. SUB: … [Read more...]

Baltimore-based startup Citelighter is focused on making U.S. students better writers

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A Q&A with Citelighter founder and CEO Saad Alam. The Baltimore, Maryland-based edtech startup announced last month that it has raised $2 million in new Seed funding. Investors in this round include Blu Venture Investors, Baltimore Angels, New York Angels, Gulf Ventures and Maryland Venture Fund. It was founded in 2011 by Alam and Lee Jokl, and has also raised funding … [Read more...]

With a big funding round completed, Dojo has big expansion plans for its app that helps Millennials find things to do

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A Q&A with Dojo co-founder and CEO Robin Shimmin. The London-based startup, which has built an app that enables young people to find things to do in London, last week announced the closing of an £800,000 Seed funding round. Investors include Playfair Capital, Saatchinvest, the London Co-Investment Fund and Angel investors. It was founded last year by Shimmin, CTO Nicholas … [Read more...]

Dataiku lands €3.2M to open a NYC office and take its data analysis platform international

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A Q&A with Dataiku co-founder and CEO Florian Douetteau. The Paris-based data science startup announced in late February that it has completed a €3.2 million Series A funding round. Investors include Alven Capital and Serena Capital. It was founded in early-2013 by Douetteau, CCO Marc Batty, Chief Data Scientist Thomas Cabrol and CTO Clément Stenac. SUB: Please describe … [Read more...]

Norman, Oklahoma-based Nabo TV is taking on content giants in its quest to change the way people consume media

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A Q&A with Nabo TV founder and CEO Matt Hicks. The Norman, Oklahoma-based startup, which is building a media hub user interface for consumers, launched to the public last week with a Kickstarter campaign that enables early access to the service. The company has been bootstrapped to this point. SUB: Please describe Nabo TV and your primary innovation. Hicks: Nabo TV is … [Read more...]

Skydio gets $3M to make drones (and their pilots) better navigators

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A Q&A with Skydio co-founder and CEO Adam Bry. The Menlo Park-based startup, which has built an ‘intelligent’ drone navigation system, announced last week that it has raised $3 million in new Seed funding. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz and Accel Partners. It was founded last year by Bry, CXO Matt Donahoe and Abraham Bachrach. SUB: Please describe Skydio and your … [Read more...]