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    Doggie DNA startup Embark raises $4.5 million in seed to find your puppy’s breed

    Doggie DNA startup Embark raises $4.5 million in seed to find your puppy’s breed

    Ever wanted to know the genetic mix of your mutt? Embark, a doggie DNA startup has raised $4.5 million in seed to expand its offering of genetic kits for your pup’s pedigree. Embark launched in Austin two years ago with its “Embark Dog DNA Test Kit” that tells dog owners their pet’s pedigree, where in the world their dog comes from and if they have a genetic variant for… Read More

  • Confide CEO Jon Brod on the White House, bad press and what’s next for his secure messaging app

    Confide CEO Jon Brod on the White House, bad press and what’s next for his secure messaging app

    At a recent StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, I sat down with Confide co-founder and president Jon Brod to talk with him about his decidedly topsy-turvy 2017. Though his three-year-old messaging app was the belle of the ball at the start of the year, its positive momentum was abruptly thwarted by security researchers who published a report saying the app wasn’t living up to its claims. Read More

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    Inside Forward, ex-Googler Adrian Aoun’s idea for the doctor’s office of the future

    Forward, a new type of futuristic doctors office launched its first location in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district at the beginning of this year. Some in the health industry have had their doubts about a doctor’s office with propriety tools like a body scanner, stethoscope and its own in-house lab. So we asked founder and former Googler Adrian Aoun to show us around… Read More

  • StockX raises $6M to grow its marketplace for limited-edition products

    StockX raises $6M to grow its marketplace for limited-edition products

    StockX, a marketplace for sneakers, has announced that they’ve closed a $6M round from a group of high-profile investors like Mark Wahlberg, Scooter Braun, and Wale. They join existing investors like Eminem, SV Angel and Detroit Venture Partners. The sneaker reseller space couldn’t be hotter right now. GOAT, one of the largest app-based sneaker marketplaces has raised more than… Read More

  • SV Angel raises $53M for its latest seed investment fund

    SV Angel raises $53M for its latest seed investment fund

    More money for more startup seed-stage investments: SV Angel, one of the more prominent early-stage investment firms in the Bay Area, has closed its latest (sixth) fund at $53 million, according to an SEC filing (via Dan Primack). The firm had originally targeted $46 million for the fund, according to a previous filing in March of this year. Prior to that, the firm had said it would raise… Read More

  • Skymind raises $3M to bring its Java deep-learning library to the masses

    Skymind raises $3M to bring its Java deep-learning library to the masses

    Skymind, a company developing an open-source deep-learning library for Java, along with tools for implementation, today closed $3 million in financing from Tencent, SV Angel, GreatPoint Ventures, Mandra Capital, Hemi Ventures and Y Combinator. Skymind was previously part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 batch and has taken money from Joe Montana’s Liquid 2 Ventures and a number… Read More

  • David Lee is back with a new fund: Refactor Capital

    David Lee is back with a new fund: Refactor Capital

    David Lee, a former Google executive who for several years ran the seed-stage venture fund SV Angel, is back with his own new firm, shows an SEC filing. The outfit is called Refactor Capital and it’s apparently targeting $50 million for its debut fund. Refactor, which was incorporated seven months ago, doesn’t appear to have a site up and running yet. But the SEC filing lists… Read More

  • SV Angel targets a much smaller fund this time around

    SV Angel targets a much smaller fund this time around

    SV Angel, the seven-year-old, San Francisco-based seed-stage venture firm founded by renowned investor Ron Conway, is targeting $46 million in funding, shows a new SEC filing that states the first sale has yet to occur. The firm is currently managed by Conway’s son, Topher Conway, along with general partners Brian Pokorny, Kevin Carter, and Robert Pollack. It also employs one… Read More

  • Roofstock launches marketplace for purchasing rented homes

    Roofstock launches marketplace for purchasing rented homes

    Armed with $13.25 million in funding from Khosla Ventures, Ron Conway, Marc Benioff, Bain Capital and others, Roofstock is launching a marketplace for buying and selling already-rented homes. The idea is that if you buy a home that currently has tenants, you avoid the hassle of finding renters and the investment property will immediately generate cash flow. Sellers can also list properties… Read More

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