With a new $1.1M funding infusion, BoardVitals seeks to help physicians better prepare for board exams

A Q&A with BoardVitals co-founder and CEO Daniel Lambert. The New York City-based healthtech startup announced earlier this month that it has raised $1.1 million in Series A funding from Salt Lake City-based Rock Creek Capital. Previous investors in an initial Seed round include Blueprint Health and Rothenberg Ventures. The company was founded in 2013 by Lambert and Andrea … [Read more...]

Bold seeks to automate the end-to-end payments process for the on-demand economy

A Q&A with Bold co-founder and CEO Sean Safahi. The San Francisco-based payments startup, which is focused on on-demand service providers, announced the completion a $2.2 million Seed funding round earlier this year. Investors include Freestyle Capital, Blumberg Capital and Metamorphic Ventures. It was founded in 2013 by Safahi and Noah Spirakus. Please describe Bold and … [Read more...]

With $1M-plus in funding in the bank, Arthena brings crowdfunding to the fine art investment world

A Q&A with Arthena founder and CEO Madelaine D’Angelo. The New York City-based startup was founded in 2014 and recently announced that it has raised more than $1 million in total Seed funding. Investors include Beamonte Investments, Foundation Capital, Aslanoba Capital, C15 Ventures and 2020 Ventures. The company, which is a graduate of the AngelPad accelerator’s Spring … [Read more...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...]