Tagged: y combinator

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

Celery Nabs $2M Round To Help Crowdfunders Transition To Pre-Commerce

When we first reported on payment startup Celery, the company had just come out of Y Combinator (by proxy via Airbrite) to launch a payment solution for crowdfunding project creators who had already closed a crowdfunding round. We did an in-depth interview with Chris Tsai… Read More

Venture News: FundersClub’s “Hacker News” For Finance Pros

FundersClub just announced the release of a new social content channel called Venture News. The news aggregator aims to provide a hub of conversation and content for the world of finance. It works similarly to Hacker News, Y-Combinator’s tech news meritocracy. Users can sign up and… Read More

Brief: Andreessen Horowitz Invests $20 Million In Teespring

Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has invested $20 million in Teespring, an innovative crowdfunding platform for t-shirts. RELATED | Teespring Crowdfunds T-Shirt Preorders Teespring is a Y Combinator alum and has seen some pretty insane growth early in its lifecycle, so it is no huge surprise that… Read More

Was Kickstarter Right To Turn Down Apigy & Lockitron?

Y Combinator-backed Apigy created Lockitron just as the connected home movement was really taking off. The company promised some pretty slick features. The device integrated with your home’s deadbolt and promised to allow things like remote unlocking from a smartphone. It was even said to have… Read More

#Crowdfunding News Roundup: November 19, 2013

Joystiq | Game dev story: The final, agonizing moments of a Kickstarter campaign Ever wonder what it is like to run a live crowdfunding campaign? According to Steve Swink, the answer is that “administering a Kickstarter was seriously brutal business.” Through a lot of hard… Read More

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