Tagged: y combinator

OpenInvest Presents Shareholder “Digital Democracy”: Vote with a Simple Swipe

OpenInvest, an online investment advisor empowering individuals to drive social change with their dollars, today launched its first iPhone app that features “the world’s first digital democracy,” the ability to vote in the shareholder resolutions with a simple swipe. The Y Combinator and Andreessen Horowitz-backed socially responsible investing… Read More

Inspired By Y Combinator: Kickstarter Unveils Requests for Projects Feature

Earlier this week, Kickstarter’s design and tech team announced the launch of their new Request for Projects Feature. According to the team’s lead, Julio Terra, this feature was inspired in part by Y Combinator’s request for startups. “As part of our endless quest for projects,… Read More

Indiegogo Alum Eight Secures $5 Million During Series A Financing Round

Sleep technology startup Eight announced on Tuesday it raised $5 million during its Series A financing round, which brings the company’s total funds to $11 million. Investors including Yunqi Partners, Azure Capital, Y Combinator, Stanford StartX fund, Comcast Ventures, and Sinovation Ventures. This news comes just… Read More

Gaza Sky Geeks Crowdfunds to Launch Coding Academy

Gaza Sky Geeks is running another crowdfunding campaign called “Power Up Gaza’s Geeks”.  There is just over a week left in the campaign, and the group is currently at $277,869 — or 292 percent of its original goal. Initially, Gaza Sky Geeks had a goal… Read More

Updating the Alumni Fundraising Space: GiveCampus Crowdfunding

Do you often get phone calls and mailers from your college alma mater asking for donations?  I do, and as a recent grad, I wonder how much help I really contribute with my puny annual $5-10 donation.  Enter crowdfunding among alumni for high school and… Read More

Nigeria Fintech Startup Paystack Secures $1.3M During Seed Funding Round

On Monday, Nigeria-based fintech startup, Paystack, announced it raised $1.3 million during its seed funding round. Those who participated in the round included Tencent, Comcast Ventures, and Singularity Investments. The company, which was founded by Shola Akinlade and Ezra Olubi, is a Y Combinator-backed startup,… Read More

Indiegogo Alum Magic Instruments Launches Reg CF Offer on WeFunder

Magic Instruments, a San Francisco-based musical instrument startup, has recently launched a Reg CF offering on WeFunder. The company successfully raised $415,000 through its Indiegogo campaign in June 2016 and was graduate of Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 class, and graduate of Highway 1 Fall 2015… Read More

Superbook $1.5M+ Update: 9K+ Backers Dig the Android to Laptop Device

Over 3118% funded. Since its launch last month, the San Francisco startup Andromium’s Kickstarter campaign has secured over $1,560,000 for The Superbook, a device that turns Android smartphones into laptops. Over 9,612 backers have subscribed to the idea, described as a smart laptop shell that consists of an 11.6″ HD screen, keyboard, and… Read More

Y Combinator Alum ClearTax Rakes in $1.3M Funding, Backed by Angels Levchin, Ravikant

Income tax returns e-filing website ClearTax has secured an angel investment of $1.3 million from top Silicon Valley angels. ClearTax was founded in 2011 by the father-son team of Raja Ram Gupta and Archit Gupta, Srivatsan Chari and Ankit Solanki, ClearTax is the fourth Indian start-up  funded… Read More

Tovala Scores Nearly $250,000 on Kickstarter For Smart Oven & Makes Appearance on the “Today” Show (Video)

Tovala, a Chicago-based Y Combinator-backed food startup, recently launched a Kickstarter initiative to raise $100,000 for its self-titled smart oven. Just hours after launch, the project surpassed $60,000. Now, just two weeks later, it has secured well over its initial goal thanks to nearly 1,000 backers…. Read More

Y Combinator Backed Tovala Seeks to Secure $100,000 For New Smart Oven on Kickstarter

Tovala, a Chicago-based Y Combinator-backed food startup, has launched a Kickstarter to raise $100,000 for its new self-titled smart oven. Within just hours of its debut, the campaign has successfully secured over $60,000 thanks to nearly 200 backers. The Tovala oven is described as a… Read More

AlphaFlow Wants to be the Etrade of P2P / Real Estate Investing

Investing via online platforms, be they a marketplace lender /P2P site, or a real estate crowdfunding platform, takes time and typically entails jumping from platform to platform.  As the internet finance industry matures, it is inevitable that new channels crop up to help facilitate investors… Read More

4 Hours Later: YC Alum SOUNDBOKS Reaps $133K+ on Kickstarter

SOUNDBOKS got the party started after overfunding within three hours of its Kickstarter campaign launch. At this writing, the campaign has exceeded $133K with the help of over 278 backers for its loudest outdoor speaker on the market. Readers, please keep this product on the down low from… Read More

Zidisha Founder Julia Kurnia: Loans Incentivizing Achievement Rather than Dependency

At age 22, recent George Washington University grad Julia Kurnia co-founded the world’s first microfinance organization built entirely from crowdfunding capital sourced over the internet, using funds raised from Kiva.org in Senegal, West Africa. She spent the next four years managing U.S. government grants to small businesses in… Read More

Seedmatch’s Crowdfunding World Champ Protonet Enters the U.S. Market; Becomes Y Combinator Company

Protonet, a  European provider of project management and collaboration solutions, today announced it is entering the U.S. market with the opening of its new office in the San Francisco Bay area. The company, which was awarded the Crowdfunding World Champion by Seedmatch, with an investment… Read More

Y Combinator + Imagine K12: Together ‘Making Something People Want’

Y Combinator announced that the five year partnership with Imagine K12 has taken its next step on its Posthaven blog, the original edtech accelerator, has joined Y Combinator to form an edtech vertical within YC. Agreeing that 2016 was the right time to create YC/Imagine K12, the team decided to… Read More

Kickstarter Success Petcube Secures $2.6M During Funding Round & Announces New Hires

On Wednesday, Kickstarter alum Petcube, Inc.,  announced it has raised $2.6 million during a recent funding round led by Almaz Capital. It was joined by AVentures Capital and Y Combinator. Petcube is part of the Y Combinator Winter 2016 class. The company will use the funds… Read More

Y Combinator Alum Razorpay Secures US$9M Series A, Led by Tiger Global and Matrix Partners

The Indian fintech platform Razorpay has raised US$9 million in Series A funding led by leading VC firm Tiger Global, with participation from existing investor Matrix Partners, according to a release.  Including its US$2.5M seed funding round, the company’s total fundraise to date is US$11.5 million.  Funding will be used to build Razorpay’s product and… Read More

Bluesmart Secures Over $11.5M During Recent Funding Round; Begins Shipping to Indiegogo Backers

Bluesmart, the company behind the world’s first smart, connected luggage, announces  it has raised a round of funding of $11.5 million. The funding comes from a group of institutional investors – from Amadeus IT Group and Cota Capital to Western Technology Investments (WTI) and Y… Read More

Amazon Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Startups with New “Launchpad” Feature

Amazon today announced Amazon Launchpad, a new program that makes it easy for startups to launch, market, and distribute their products to hundreds of millions of Amazon customers across the globe. The program offers a streamlined onboarding experience, custom product pages, a comprehensive marketing package,… Read More