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  • In Labdoor, Floodgate sees an e-commerce giant in disguise

    In Labdoor, Floodgate sees an e-commerce giant in disguise

    Fish oil. Protein shakes. Vitamin D pills. The packages look alike. Does it matter which you buy? It certainly does, according to Labdoor, a four-year-old, South San Francisco-based startup that tests about 50 supplements and energy drinks each month that it buys off retail shelves, then ranks for consumers. What it finds might intrigue you. Vitamin C degrades in water, for example, so… Read More

  • Driver’s ed app Aceable raises $4 million

    Driver’s ed app Aceable raises $4 million

    Although self-driving vehicles feel like a near future reality, people still need driver’s licenses to get around independently in cars today. Now, an Austin, Texas startup called Aceable has raised $4 million in Series A funding to deliver driver’s education in a mobile app. Silverton Partners and Floodgate Ventures co-led the round. Aceable’s app alleviates the need… Read More

  • Health Website Greatist Raises $4.5M

    Health Website Greatist Raises $4.5M

    Greatist, a website promising “real facts and doable steps for your happiest life,” has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. I wrote about the startup in 2012, when I said it was focused on “non-sucky health content.” In other words, it offered health and wellness advice targeted at millennial readers, presented with a distinctive editorial voice and based on… Read More

  • Pingpad Launches Mobile-Centric Tools For Group Collaboration

    Pingpad Launches Mobile-Centric Tools For Group Collaboration

    Ross Mayfield said that at his new startup Pingpad, “We’re trying to build the next great productivity app.” Mayfield previously worked as director of business development at LinkedIn and co-founded collaboration company Socialtext. He created Pingpad with his wife Leila Al-Shamari — in fact, they said the idea first came to them when they were planning for their… Read More

  • Mixmax, Which Adds Rich Media, Polls, Scheduling To E-mail, Integrates With Google Inbox

    Mixmax, Which Adds Rich Media, Polls, Scheduling To E-mail, Integrates With Google Inbox

    Mixmax, an e-mail startup that recently raised $1.5 million from Harrison Metal and Floodgate, integrated with Inbox to turn e-mails into much more than just a text-heavy experience. With Mixmax, you can schedule calendar availability directly from where you’re composing your e-mails from Google Inbox among other features. Mixmax was founded in the past year to turn e-mail from a static… Read More

  • Outbox Pours Salt On Snail Mail By Launching Its Digitizing Service In San Francisco

    Outbox Pours Salt On Snail Mail By Launching Its Digitizing Service In San Francisco

    Mail digitizing startup Outbox is launching in San Francisco today, the first step in what co-founder Will Davis says is a broader national rollout. If, like me, you find physical mail to be an annoyance, this is good news. Basically, Outbox swings by your real-world mailbox three times a week, digitizes the content, and makes it accessible on the Web, iPads, and iPhones. That means… Read More

  • GENWI Nabs $2M From Mike Maples, Roger McNamee To Help Publishers Go Mobile

    GENWI Nabs $2M From Mike Maples, Roger McNamee To Help Publishers Go Mobile

    While magazines and newspapers have slowly made the transition from print to digital, they’re still coming to grips with mobile. For publications (big and small) to survive amidst the industry’s declining ad revenues, it’s imperative for publishers to be able to push their content on every available platform, particularly tablets, the device that’s really best suited… Read More

  • Socialware Lands $3 Million To "Put Social Networks To Work"

    Socialware, which bills itself as a social middleware company, has raised $3 million in additional funding from its current roster of investors, which includes FLOODGATE, G-51 Capital and Silverton Partners. Socialware provides the technology and social networking compliance tools to enable the highly regulated financial services industry, specifically, to engage with clients and partners… Read More

  • Stipple Raises $2M From Kleiner Perkins, Mike Maples … And Justin Timberlake

    Stipple, the San Francisco startup that lets people label, share and monetize pictures on the Web, today announced that it has raised a $2 million seed round co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mike Maples’ FLOODGATE, a mere 3 months after launching. Other contributors to the round include singer/actor Justin Timberlake (yup, that guy who played the role of Sean Parker in… Read More

  • Facebook Job-Hunting App BranchOut Raises $6 Million From Accel And Super Angels

    When you want to hang out with your friends online, you go to Facebook. When you want to look for a job, you go to LinkedIn. Well, maybe not for long. BranchOut, a startup that is essentially building a LinkedIn for Facebook, raised $6 million in a series A round. Several news sites reported the funding yesterday when the SEC filing came out, but other than Accel Partners, none of the… Read More

  • Mike Maples Goes Pro As A Venture Capitalist, Launches FLOODGATE

    Mike Maples, one of the co-founders of Motive, has been investing “as a hobby” for the last five years under the banner of Maples Investments. Some hobby: his investments include Twitter, Digg, Chegg, Gowalla, ngmoco, Smule, Kwedit and a dozen or so other well known startups. And he’s already cashed in on a few of those investments by selling some of his stock in… Read More