seed funding

  • Hubble Contacts raises $7.2 million to deliver disposable lenses direct to consumers

    Hubble Contacts raises $7.2 million to deliver disposable lenses direct to consumers

    At least 30 million people wear contact lenses in the U.S., but somehow, less than one-third of this population wears daily disposable lenses, which are deemed the most hygienic and healthiest option by eye health professionals. A New York City startup called Hubble Contacts, co-founded by Ben Cogan and Jesse Horwitz, wants to make daily disposable lenses the norm here the way they are in most… Read More

  • Lively racks up $4 million to become the Warby Parker of lingerie

    Lively racks up $4 million to become the Warby Parker of lingerie

    Following in the footsteps of Warby Parker, Everlane and Bonobos, a New York City startup called Lively has raised $4 million in seed funding to grow its direct-to-consumer lingerie brand. Incorporated as Intimates Online Inc., Lively was founded by CEO Michelle Cordeiro Grant, a long-time fashion insider. Working previously within the online division of Victoria’s Secret, and at… Read More

  • Dozr raises $1.9 million to become an Airbnb for bulldozers and excavators

    Dozr raises $1.9 million to become an Airbnb for bulldozers and excavators

    A startup called Dozr Inc. has raised CAN $2.5 million (or $1.9 million USD) in seed funding to help contractors rent heavy industrial equipment from other construction professionals who have it, but aren’t using it. Based in Kitchener, Ontario Dozr’s marketplace lets builders rent equipment, like excavators, skidsteers or one day drones and industrial robotics, either alone, or with… Read More

  • CodeSpark raises $4.1 million for games that teach kids how to code

    CodeSpark raises $4.1 million for games that teach kids how to code

    A Los Angeles startup called codeSpark has raised $4.1 million in seed funding for web and mobile games that teach kids how to code, even before they know how to read and write effectively. CodeSpark’s games were developed for kids 4 to 9 years old, and with a goal of not just teaching them STEM concepts, but engaging boys and girls equally well. The games feature characters who are… Read More

  • Gfycat raises $10 million to help creatives fire up the memes

    Gfycat raises $10 million to help creatives fire up the memes

    A startup called Gfycat (which is pronounced “Jiffy Cat”) has raised a mammoth $10 million seed round to turn its already popular user-generated content platform into a revenue generating concern. On the content creation side of its business, the startup reports that 2.5 million unique users have already created 25 million “Gfycats,” or short, silent, looping animations… Read More

  • ApolloShield’s new system detects and sends unwanted drones home

    ApolloShield’s new system detects and sends unwanted drones home

    ApolloShield, which was originally incorporated as Airfence Inc., has launched an anti-drone system that detects drones flying where they’re not authorized or wanted, and forces them to fly home. The startup intends to sell its technology to owners or managers of venues that have intense security needs such as oil refineries, nuclear facilities, airports, prisons, stadiums or hotels… Read More

  • Baker raises $1.6 million to help marijuana dispensaries get customers in the door

    Baker raises $1.6 million to help marijuana dispensaries get customers in the door

    The average seed round in the nascent cannabis industry in the U.S. hovers around $1 million, according to hemp and cannabis-focused investment research by Poseidon Asset Management. But Denver-based Baker Technologies Inc. has raised $1.6 million in seed funding for software that helps marijuana dispensaries win new customers, eliminate long lines in stores, and retain and reward their… Read More

  • Yoshi launches “set it and forget it” vehicle re-fueling service in San Francisco

    Yoshi launches “set it and forget it” vehicle re-fueling service in San Francisco

    A startup called Yoshi Inc. is the latest to give drivers a way to fuel up without going to the gas station. The company has officially launched its gas delivery service in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is offering other simple services like filling up the air in a car’s tires, replacing windshield wiper blades and washing cars, as well. Sound familiar? Yoshi is not the only company… Read More

  • Seed investing is bifurcating Crunch Network

    Seed investing is bifurcating

    A curious gap has emerged in the early-stage investment landscape: While emerging startups are able to raise very small, sub-$500,000 rounds, seed and pre-A investors are requiring increasingly higher revenue and market traction milestones before they deploy capital to companies. Lately, it seems as if the single, discrete “seed” round of $1-$2 million has largely disappeared. Read More

  • A post-seed round is not a bridge Crunch Network

    A post-seed round is not a bridge

    A few times every month I get an email from a CEO or investor that says something like this: “We are seeking a Bridge for our company. Since we already raised our Seed and you do Post-Seed, we thought you would be ideal to speak to about this.” I have concluded there is a lot of confusion over how a post-seed round differs from a bridge round. Read More

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