Together Mobile launches out of beta as Rivet Works to help brands more effectively tap into user-generated content

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A Q&A with Rivet Works founder and CEO Mike Svatek. The Austin-based marketing services startup launched to the public last week. It was founded in 2013 by Svatek and Ben Lail, and the team has raised $8.8 million in funding to this point. SUB: Please describe Rivet and your primary … [Read more...]

AllUnite seeks to challenge iBeacon with its free Wi-Fi-based proximity mobile marketing platform

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A Q&A with AllUnite co-founder and CEO Esben Elmoe. The Copenhagen-based startup, which offers a proximity marketing solution based on free Wi-Fi, completed a $3.7 million Series A funding round led by Northzone, which it announced earlier this week. It was founded in 2013 by Elmoe and Kasper … [Read more...]

AccuSure launches to help SMBs find the best deal on insurance

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A Q&A with AccuSure co-founder and CEO Jamie Reid. The San Diego-based startup, which offers small- and medium-sized businesses a solution for simplifying the process of comparison shopping for insurance, launched today at the DEMO Fall conference in Silicon Valley. It was founded in 2009 by … [Read more...]

With a significant new funding round completed, Paracosm is working to make the world robot-friendly

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A Q&A with Paracosm co-founder Anna Williams. The Gainesville, Florida-based 3D mapping augmented reality startup announced earlier this month the closing of a $3.3 million Seed funding round. Investors include Deep Fork Capital, New World Angels, iRobot and Atlas Venture. It was founded last … [Read more...]

Just-launched Sharity.org puts items from celebrity closets up for sale, all in the name of charity

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A Q&A with Sharity co-founders Lisa Ginsberg and Jamal Brown. The Los Angeles-based non-profit, which sells clothes from celebrities’ closets on consignment and donates proceeds to a charity of that celebrity’s choice, launched to the public out of beta at the start of November. It was founded … [Read more...]

Just-launched FloQast wants to make ‘closing the books’ a less tedious process for accountants

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A Q&A with FloQast co-founder and CEO Michael Whitmire. The Los Angeles-based mid-market accounting automation startup launched to the public this week. It was founded last year by Whitmire and CTO Cullen Zandstra, and launches with over $1 million in Seed funding from Toba Capital, Amplify.LA, … [Read more...]

Riffsy sees rapid user adoption and big-time investor attention for its mobile GIF creation and sharing apps

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A Q&A with Riffsy co-founder and CEO David McIntosh. The San Francisco-based startup, which offers mobile apps that enable people to create and share animated GIFs, this week announced the completion of a $3.5 million Seed funding raise. Investors include Redpoint Ventures, Initial Capital and … [Read more...]

Immediately launches with a focus on helping salespeople close more deals—anywhere, anytime

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A Q&A with Immediately co-founder and CEO Branko Cerny. The San Francisco-based startup, which has built a cross-platform email productivity tool for salespeople, launched out of beta in late October. It was founded last year by Cerny and CTO James Mock. SUB: Please describe Immediately and … [Read more...]

Ybrain looks to put wearable tech to use for Alzheimer’s patients

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A Q&A with Ybrain co-founder and COO Seungyeon Kim. The Seoul, Korea-based healthtech startup announced in late summer the closing of a $4.2 million Series A funding round from Stonebridge Capital. It was founded in 2013 and previously raised $700,000 in Seed funding from undisclosed … [Read more...]

Videoly’s video search technology enables brands to incorporate user-generated video into their ecommerce sites

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A Q&A with Videoly.co co-founder Konstantin Zagaynov. The Helsinki-based startup, which offers a user-generated video library builder for brands, announced in mid-October that it has raised €120,000 in Seed funding. Investors include Reaktor and Tekes. It was founded last year by Zagaynov, … [Read more...]