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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

Ginkgo Bioworks Secures $45 Million from Viking Global, OS Fund, Y Combinator & Felicis Ventures

Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company, today announced that it has raised $45 million in an oversubscribed Series B round. Viking Global, a firm managing more than $30 billion in capital, led the round along with previous investors including OS Fund, Y Combinator and Felicis… Read More

Brief: Luna Joins Y Combinator Current Startup Class; Co-Founder Reveals the Company Received $1.3 Million in Private Funding Before Indiegogo Success

Earlier this year,  Luna, a mattress cover that heats beds AND tracks sleep, launched on Indiegogo with a promise that it’ll help users sleep better for the price of $219. Originally seeking only $100,000, the comfy invention quickly surpassed the initial goal and by the campaign’s… Read More

Balanced Payments Platform Shuts Down. Gives 90 Day Notice to Clients

Balanced, a payments and escrow platform, has announced they are shutting down operations and have given a 90 day notice to clients of the closure. The announcement was made by Balanced co-founder & CEO, Matin Tamizi. Balanced has formed an agreement with Stripe to migrate customers if… Read More

Legal Research Website Casetext Announces $7 Million Series A Round Funding

Casetext, a free legal research website where users can read legal texts annotated by a community of practicing attorneys, announces today it has raised $7 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Union Square Ventures, with participation from Formation 8, and former Thomson… Read More

Sliced Investing CEO Michael Furlong: Successfully Connecting Investors to Hedge Fund Investments

2014 proved to be a strong year for fledgling Sliced Investing, an investment platform connecting accredited investors to hedge fund investments: in November the platform closed seed financing of $2 million to develop new funds for investors and accelerate the platform’s growth. Venture capital firms… Read More

Wevorce Trending on AngelList: W13 Y Combinator Pick Changing Divorce for Good

Wevorce is a national divorce company that keeps families out of court using a high-tech and high-touch approach to amicable divorce. Currently trending on AngelList, Wevorce’s software-supported process connects families with Wevorce certified mediators across the United States. “We help mitigate the mental anguish and… Read More

Experiment, a Scientific Research Crowdfunding Platform, Trends on AngelList: Enables Seed Stage Research

Science for the people, by the people. Experiment, the crowdfunding platform for scientific research, is currently trending on AngelList, and for good reason: researchers from over 150 institutions and universities are using Experiment to fund important seed-stage research that would otherwise go unfunded.  The new… Read More

Glowing Plant Grafts with Y Combinator: VC’s First Biotech Investment Reignites GMO Debate

Kickstarter’s first synthetic biology project, the Glowing Plant, which was launched April 2013 by Antony Evans, Fulbright Stanford post-doc fellow Omri Amirav-Drory, PhD and Kyle Taylor, PhD (from Stanford) has made the news again for its syncing with Y Combinator.  The Silicon Valley venture capital firm… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding Company RealCrowd Captures $1.6 Million Investment

Real estate crowdfunding platform RealCrowd has received an additional $1.6 million in seed funding to aid in the growth of the young company.  The  San Francisco based startup  received the investment from multiple investors including: Data Collective, Garry Tan, Alexis Ohanian, Paul Bucheit and several… Read More

Crowdfunding on CrowdTilt: Fly NYC Women to San Francisco to Find True Love

CrowdTilt has an interesting crowdfunding campaign on their platform,  “Cross Country Love” is raising money to fly New York based women to San Francisco to bridge the gender disparity between the two coastal communities.   According to the campaign their are  100,000 single women in… Read More

Paul Graham Steps Back From Y Combinator, Sam Altman Takes Over

Paul Graham will take a step back from famed Silicon Valley tech accelerator Y Combinator to focus on his writing, although he will still consult startups. Over nine years at Y Combinator, Graham has built the organization into one of the most desirable entrepreneurial experiences… Read More

Crowdfunding Playing A Role In Effort To Develop HIV Vaccine

Every day, 4,000 people die from AIDS. 35 million people around the world are currently living with HIV. It’s one of the great tragedies of our time. Now a group of scientists have gathered under the Immunity Project in hopes of eradicating the disease by… Read More

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