seed funding

  • How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

    How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

    Chicago-based Hazel Technologies is on a mission to reduce food waste. The company has developed packaging inserts that, through the magic of basic chemistry, can ward off fungus and mold and slow the spoilage of fruits and vegetables. How big a problem is food waste? The most recent available reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found that each year we waste more than 25… Read More

  • Cobalt takes the wraps off its indoor security robots

    Palo Alto-based Cobalt Robotics Inc. today introduced a new line of robot security guards for indoor use. The roving robots use the same kind of components you’d expect in a self-driving car to sense people and problems in a building. Cofounders Travis Deyle and Erik Schluntz, who are former GoogleX and SpaceX engineers, say they designed the robots to complement, not replace, human… Read More

  • (Still) a good time for seed Crunch Network

    (Still) a good time for seed

    I was enjoying burgers with an economist friend who is interested in the world of venture. We were bouncing ideas around about where venture is heading, especially at the earliest stages, where I spend my time. His questions resonated with my inner econ nerd. And having thought about it since, I believe that the market for making seed investments remains quite attractive. Read More

  • Iris Automation raises $1.5 million to help drones sense and avoid obstacles

    Iris Automation raises $1.5 million to help drones sense and avoid obstacles

    Iris Automation Inc. has raised $1.5 million to bring “sense and avoid” technology, and truly self-flying capabilities, to drones used for industrial tasks. Even for human pilots, identifying obstacles and deciding precisely how to maneuver a fast-flying aircraft around them poses a serious challenge. Iris’ technology analyzes and draws insights from videos captured by… Read More

  • Alchemist Accelerator closes $2.5 million to back enterprise tech startups

    Alchemist Accelerator closes $2.5 million to back enterprise tech startups

    Alchemist Accelerator has closed a $2.5 million fund for very early-stage investments in tech startups serving large organizations in an era when robotics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are fundamentally changing the way they operate. Limited partners in Alchemists’ second fund included Johnson Controls, Ericsson and Analog Garage, a VC arm of Analog… Read More

  • Hardware and robots to watch at the HAX IX demo day

    Hardware and robots to watch at the HAX IX demo day

    An accelerator for hardware and robotics startups called HAX is holding its 9th Demo Day in San Francisco today. Startups pitching investors there span industries from education to agriculture and medicine. Examples include: FLASH Robotics’ “social robot” EMYS that teaches kids how to speak a new language; Amber Agriculture’s bean-shaped sensors that monitor corn… Read More

  • Byte Foods raises $5.5 million for smart vending machines that serve local fare

    Byte Foods raises $5.5 million for smart vending machines that serve local fare

    Apple juniper kombucha or a BBQ chopped salad may soon replace the can of soda and bag of chips in a vending machine at your office. A San Rafael-based startup called Byte Foods has raised $5.5 million in seed funding to popularize its smart vending machines and delivery service stocking them with nutritious food and drinks from local vendors. If the idea of the internet-connected vending… Read More

  • It’s not you, it’s the post-seed gap Crunch Network

    It’s not you, it’s the post-seed gap

    Record numbers of startups are failing to advance from their seed round to Series A. This glitch in the funding ecosystem is older than you may realize. Between 2009 and 2012, if 100 startups raised seed money, an average of just about 30 would secure a Series A, according to a study from Mattermark. For founders, those are rough odds — and they only get tougher over the most recent… Read More

  • Bullpen closes its third fund at $75 million to back post-seed stage startups

    Bullpen closes its third fund at $75 million to back post-seed stage startups

    Bullpen Capital, a venture firm that specializes in post-seed stage deals, has closed its third fund at $75 million. The firm invests in companies that previously closed a seed round of investment and showed solid signs of traction, but have been dubbed too early for traditional VCs. Bullpen founder Paul Martino said, “Our rounds get the CEOs real coverage. We put founders in bootcamp… Read More

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