Startups

  • GigRove wants to match skilled freelancers and startups with spare rooms

    GigRove wants to match skilled freelancers and startups with spare rooms

    Bootstrapping London-based startup GigRove is looking to carve out a niche in the collaborative consumption space as a matching platform for digital workers with itchy feet and startups with a spare room and pressing skills need. Which is all very zeitgeisty in these digital nomad/citizen of nowhere times. Read More

  • eSUB Construction Software raises $5 million to help subcontractors track jobs and get paid

    eSUB Construction Software raises $5 million to help subcontractors track jobs and get paid

    A San Diego startup called eSUB Construction Software has raised $5 million in a Series A round led by Revolution Ventures according to President and CEO Wendy Rogers. The company’s cloud-based project management apps help subcontractors track and get compensated for all the work they do on construction jobs. Rogers said, “There’s a saying that subcontractors get paid for… Read More

  • The relevance of media-streaming startups Crunch Network

    The relevance of media-streaming startups

    Times have changed, but public demand for innovative new access to entertainment hasn’t. Internet access and social networks have given consumers more options. Consumers, in turn, have started to play a bigger role in shaping the market. Now that we’re at a point where the entertainment/media market is saturated with streaming offerings, the next logical question is: Where do we… Read More

  • Micro-investing app Stash raises $25 million Series B

    Micro-investing app Stash raises $25 million Series B

    Stash, a mobile application that aims to make investing easier for those who aren’t as financially experienced, has raised $25 million in Series B funding, the company announced today. The round, which follows the startup’s $9.25 million Series A just this August, was led by prior investor Valar Ventures, with participation from Breyer Capital, Goodwater Capital, and Entrée… Read More

  • Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

    Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

    Can mobile app startups please stop building SMS invite systems into their apps already? The latest example of a venture-backed startup getting dinged by customers for having spammed their entire address book without permission is Sequoia portfolio company Tribe. The video chat app hit the App Store last year, and had been well-received until now. With a number of clever twists on standard… Read More

  • The NFL Players Association is launching an accelerator to trade licensing rights for equity

    The NFL Players Association is launching an accelerator to trade licensing rights for equity

    Tech accelerators have been a hot topic over the past few years, especially within industries that have traditionally eschewed the world of startups and technology. Media companies, sports teams, and even the U.S Government have opened their own accelerators. And now, The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) is joining the action. The group announced that they are launching The One Team Collective… Read More

  • Draper Nexus closes $175 million fund, LP’s include Panasonic, Canon and other Japanese tech giants

    Draper Nexus closes $175 million fund, LP’s include Panasonic, Canon and other Japanese tech giants

    Early stage venture firm, Draper Nexus, has closed its second fund at $175 million, according to Managing Director Q Motiwala. Its debut fund closed in 2013, at $50 million. Limited partners in Draper Nexus are global tech conglomerates, primarily based in Japan. For its second fund, the firm signed up about 20 LP’s including Panasonic, Hitachi, Kyocera, Shimizu, NEC, Canon and others. Read More

  • Bizly lets you book on-demand meeting spaces in luxury hotels

    Bizly lets you book on-demand meeting spaces in luxury hotels

    Everyone talks about rooms being an underutilized asset in the hospitality industry. But what about meeting space? Almost all four- to five-star hotels, even boutique ones, have at least one meeting room. These can be 10-person conference rooms or 1,000-person banquet halls, but the concept is the same — it’s an empty space that the hotel wants business people to rent. But the… Read More

  • Gfresh raises $20 million to transform the way seafood is bought and sold

    Gfresh raises $20 million to transform the way seafood is bought and sold

    Seafood consumption is soaring in China, along with increases in average disposable income there. But live, edible fish and shellfish are challenging to buy, sell and transport across borders within and beyond China. As a result of the complexities in shipping live fish, and complying with health and customs regulations, tons of seafood are wasted each year, at a time when our oceans are… Read More

  • Sondors 3-wheeled EV uses new crowdfunding equity to raise $500k

    Sondors 3-wheeled EV uses new crowdfunding equity to raise $500k

    The Model Sondors 3-wheeled electric vehicle is the latest automotive startup to take advantage of new rules to raise funds. Sondors is using equity crowdfunding, “where a crowd of accredited and nonaccredited investors alike can invest up to $1 million in an early-stage company,” according to Grant Harvey, who is working with the company on this campaign. This particular type… Read More