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...]

Smartzer’s video overlay tech is built to make content ‘shoppable’

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A Q&A with Smartzer founder Karoline Gross. The London-based visual commerce tech startup announced last week that it has raised a total of $400,000 in Angel funding from entrepreneur Jamie True and other, undisclosed, investors. It was founded in 2012. SUB: Please describe Smartzer and your primary innovation. Gross: Smartzer aims to provide a seamless shopping … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: 3D Control Systems wants to be the secure OS for 3D printing

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By John Dogru, 3D Control Systems co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH 3D Printing allows us to radically disrupt the way we design, manufacture and distribute products. We’re making secure distributed manufacturing via Secured3D possible, and bringing the 3D Printing process as close to one click away with 3DPrinterOS. We’re lowering the barriers of entry to 3D Printing, … [Read more...]

Some news about StartUp Beat…

I don’t often post news about StartUp Beat itself. But I wanted to let you, the readers, know about some exciting changes coming to the site, beginning tomorrow. The first, and the one I’m most excited about, is that the Featured Startup Pitch is opening up to everyone. If you have started, or are part of the founding team of a legitimate early-stage startup, StartUp Beat … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Move over Vevo, Rormix is building an online music video platform for indie artists

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By Emma Owens, Rormix co-founder and CMO ELEVATOR PITCH Rormix is a free app on which allows users to discover music videos from independent and unsigned artists. Officially launched in April, 2014, it has now been downloaded in 180 countries, 100,000 times. All the music videos are curated by a team of in-house music lovers to ensure a high-quality experience for users. … [Read more...]

JuiceBox Games leverages an experienced team to land $2.5M

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Mobile ‘midcore’ games developer JuiceBox Games has raised $2.5 million in Seed funding. Investors include Initial Capital, General Catalyst Partners, Index Ventures, and Maveron, along with ex-EA CEO John Riccitiello and Zynga co-founder Scott Dale. The San Francisco-based studio already has found success with its HonorBound mobile role playing game, which has surpassed more … [Read more...]

Move Loot gets $2.8M in loot of its own for its online furniture consignment shop

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Move Loot, a San Francisco-based online furniture consignment startup, has closed a $2.8 million Seed funding round. Investors include First Round Capital, Index Ventures, Google Ventures, SV Angel and Y Combinator. The company runs an online used furniture marketplace utilizing a consignment model, where the company picks up the furniture from the seller’s location and then … [Read more...]