The attack of the seed rounds edition…
With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space. We keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in NYC Tech this week including the fundings, exits, and events.
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It was the usual packed room at Monday night’s October New York Tech Meetup, where David Rose unveiled the new digital.nyc site. The domain extension is now available to all New York, New Yorkers as of October 8th. Read full coverage of all the meetup – October NY Tech Meetup: Proof that There Are Investors in the Room
We crunched all the numbers for September fundings and nationally. Another $370+M pumped into New York startups last month. You can read the whole report here – The September 2014 NYC Venture Capital and Angel Funding Report
, a startup that sells access to a wide number of local concerts for $25 a month and matches you with concerts and friends to go, with based on your collective music tastes, has raised $2.4 million in seed funding, co-led by Northzone and 14W. Other participants include AngelList’s fund Maiden Lane, Bullet Time Ventures, Amol Sarva, Larry Marcus, Hany Nada, Paul Sethi, , and Charles Goldstuck, et al.
Our friend Peter Crysdale hosted an awesome fireside chat with AppNexus Cofounder & CEO Brian O’Kelley at StartupGrind on Thursday evening. We’ll have the full story for on AlleyWatch.
, a sustainable agriculture company on a mission to improve growers’ financial and environmental performance through independent data, science and cloud technology, has raised $2.2 million in seed funding from Armory Square Ventures, Arthur Ventures and Cayuga Venture Fund.
Thrive Capital, the venture firm that made a name for itself when founder and his partners invested in Instagram and “doubled its money in 72 hours” (Forbes) has closed its fourth fund with $400 million, more than double the size of its $150 million predecessor, which closed in 2012.
Among their portfolio companies: Instagram, Twitch, Oscar, Dispatch, Kickstarter.
This week, we took a look at some of the NYC entrepreneurs making a big impact in the fitness space – 9 NYC Entrepreneurs Who Are Reshaping Fitness
SolidX Partners, a financial services firm that focuses on institutional investor participation in digital asset classes such as Bitcoin, has raised $3 million in seed funding led by , with participation from Red Sea Ventures, Red Swan Ventures, and individual investors Stanley Shopkorn and Jim Pallotta.
On October 8th, at the gateway to Silicon Alley itself – the Flatiron District – and with the Empire State Building looming in the background, NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen kicked off the official launch of the new .nyc domain.
“New York is the first American city to go live with our own top level domain,” said Deputy Mayor. “Technology is helping to transform and grow our legacy industries, so a strong web presence is not a luxury: it’s an absolute must!”
On a related note, AlleyWatch secured AlleyWatch.nyc recently through our friends at HelloDotNYC.com and you’ll soon be able to access all our great content via http://alleywatch.nyc if you are so inclined.
HangIt, a turnkey, cloud-based mobile marketing platform company slated to launch later this year, has raised $6.2 million in seed funding from Atlanta-based Vesta Labs, where the company was incubated.
HangIt is a co-invention of Cornell Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Jason Hogg, a former FBI agent who became the founder and CEO of payment company Revolution Money (acquired by American Express in 2009), and Nicholas Johns, an intellectual property attorney who was General Counsel for Revolution Money and was instrumental in generating its I.P. portfolio.
mParticle, a mobile data startup whose cloud-based platform puts app and mobile web owners in control of their data assets, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from Harbinger Capital, Battery Ventures and previous investor Bowery Capital.
mParticle is geared specifically towards enterprise clients providing a framework to better solve for data ownership, activation, and attribution.
They’re never too young to learn. Which explains why Tuva Labs, an online startup that’s teaching data science to the K-12 group, has raised $430,000 in a seed funding round led by NewSchools Venture Fund, with participation from Ben Franklin Technology Partners and accelerators Czar Investments (which also does seed funding) and Techstars.
Tuvo Labs is and alumni of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator.