seed funding

  • 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

  • Iris Automation is bringing eyes, and situational awareness, to drones

    Iris Automation is bringing eyes, and situational awareness, to drones

    New drone regulations in the U.S. ostensibly make it easier for companies to put flying robots to work whether that’s in media, construction or agriculture. But drones are still limited to flying within the “line of sight,” or the range where a human operator can see them. So we can’t have pizzas, or prescriptions, delivered by drones as a going concern, yet. And… Read More

  • Bee Partners closes $30 million fund to seed very early-stage startups

    Bee Partners closes $30 million fund to seed very early-stage startups

    Bee Partners in San Francisco has raised a $30 million fund, its second, to lead investments in very early stage startups based in the U.S. Founded in 2009, the firm is best-known as the first investor in TubeMogul, now a publicly traded adtech company. Bee was also an early backer of the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, drone tech startup Skycatch, the second-hand fashion marketplace Tradesy… Read More

  • Beamery raises $2 million to help recruiters identify and draw in talent, instead of waiting for applicants

    Beamery raises $2 million to help recruiters identify and draw in talent, instead of waiting for applicants

    London-based startup Beamery, formerly known as Seed.Jobs, has raised $2 million in a seed round from Edenred Capital Partners and Grupa Pracuj, a human resources tech firm. Beamery makes software that helps recruiters or employers identify, get connected to and nurture relationships with prospective hires, long before they apply for a job. The company’s client roster includes employers… Read More

  • Bloomz raises $2.3 million to connect teachers and students’ families

    Bloomz raises $2.3 million to connect teachers and students’ families

    Education tech startup Bloomz has raised $2.3 million in seed funding for an app that connects teachers and parents, securely. The company’s app features tools that help teachers push updates about students or share photos of them from the classroom back to parents throughout the day. The app also gives educators tools to help coordinate parent-teacher conferences, classroom volunteers… Read More

  • Meet the 8th class of hardware startups from HAX

    Meet the 8th class of hardware startups from HAX

    An accelerator called HAX held its 8th Demo Day for hardware startups in San Francisco yesterday. Best known for bringing companies in its portfolio to Shenzhen, China for about 15 weeks to get to know everything they can about manufacturing there, Hax is funded by SOS Ventures. The firm spins out accelerators to focus on different problems or technologies about every two years and is also… Read More

  • Agrilyst raises $1M seed round for its indoor agriculture analytics service

    Agrilyst raises $1M seed round for its indoor agriculture analytics service

    Agrilyst, the winner of our Disrupt SF 2015 Battlefield competition, today announced it has raised a $1 million seed round for its indoor agriculture analytics service. The round was led by Brooklyn Bridge Ventures with participation from Metamorphic Ventures and a number of angel investors and seed funds, including the co-founders of QuickFire, another Battlefield company that was later… Read More