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 the things that you may have missed in NYC Tech News for the week ending 10/24 including the NYC startup fundings, NYC startup exits, and NYC Tech events featuring news for Flick, Lili, Here, and much more…
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ROKT, the e-commerce marketing technology platform, has raised $80M in Series D funding from investors that include Square Peg Capital and DM Growth Partners. Founded by Ben Voltz, Bruce Buchanan, and Justin Viles in 2012, ROKT has now raised a total of $162M in reported equity funding. AlleyWatch will publish an exclusive interview on ROKT’s Series D funding round this upcoming week.
Nava, the employee healthcare benefits brokerage, has raised $20M in funding led by Thrive Capital. Nava was founded by Brandon Weber, Donald DeSantis, and Kareem Zaki. AlleyWatch will publish an exclusive interview on Nava’s funding round this upcoming week.
Lili, the banking platform for freelancers, has raised $15M in Series A funding from investors that include Group 11, Foundation Capital, AltaIR Capital, Primary Venture Partners, Torch Capital, and Zeev Ventures. Founded by Lilac Bar David and Liran Zelkha in 2018, Lili has now raised a total of $25M in reported equity funding.
Welcome Homes, the online home-buying platform, has raised $5.35M in Seed funding from investors that include Global Founders Capital, 8VC, Adapt Ventures, Elefund, V1 VC, Kokopelli Capital, One Way Ventures, Founders First Capital Partners, AAVCF3, Arkin Holdings, Josh Buckley, Foundamental, Soma Capital, Gaingels, Fission Ventures, Tuesday Capital, Jon Lonsdale, Qasar Younis, and Lior Prosor. Welcome Homes was founded by Alec Hartman.
In a round that we first exclusively reported last month, Flick, the live group chat app for sports influencers and fans, has raised $5M in Series A funding from investors that include AlleyCorp with participation from previous investors including: Bullpen Capital, Everblue Management, Amity Ventures, Courtside Ventures and several angels. Founded by Nigel Eccles (FanDuel) and Rob Jones in 2018, Flick has now raised a total of $9.45M in reported equity funding.
Polymarket, the prediction market information platform, has raised $4M in Seed funding from investors that include Naval Ravikant, Polychain, Kal Vepuri, 1confirmation, Balaji Srinivasan, Meltem Demirors, Josh Hannah, Parafi Capital, Jack Herrick, Robert Leshner, Robot Ventures, Stani Kulechov, Kain Warwick, Calvin Liu, and Marc Bhargava. Polymarket was founded by Shayne Coplan in 2018.
Oula Health, the operator of prenatal care clinics, has raised $3.2M in Seed funding from investors that include Collaborative Fund, Female Founders Fund, 8VC, Metrodora, Kapor Capital, Rock Health, January Ventures, Great Oaks, Tom Lee, and Kate Ryder. Oula Health was founded by Adrianne Nickerson and Elaine Purcell in 2012. AlleyWatch published an exclusive interview with Nickerson and Purcell on Oula Health’s Seed round this past week.
Canela Media, the Hispanic-focused media company that’s launching a free streaming service for Latino-focused content, has raised $3M in Seed funding from investors that include Alumni Ventures Group, BBG Ventures, Portfolia, Mighty Capital, Angeles Investors, and Reinventure Capital. Founded by Isabel Rafferty in 2019, Canela Media has now raised a total of $5M in reported equity funding.
Conducto, the platform focused on providing CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) as a service, has raised $3M in Seed funding from investors that include led by Jump Capital. Founded by Jonathan Marcus and Matt Jachowski in 2019, Conducto has now raised a total of $6M in reported equity funding.
Cobble, the app for planning date-night for couples, has raised $3M in Seed funding led by Kerr Tech Investments. Cobble was founded by Jordan Scott in 2020. We profiled Cobble in an exclusive interview with Scott in August – Cobble is the App That Makes Finding Date Night Ideas Easier for Couples.
Here, the interactive and shareable video chat platform, has raised $2.9M in Seed funding from investors that include Y Combinator and FirstMark. Here was founded by Jesse Boyes and Seth Harris in 2020.
Pillar Life, the digital record-keeping platform for the elderly and their family members, has raised $1.5M as a Seed Extension led by Kleiner Perkins. Founded by Gilad Kahala and Michael Bloch in 2018, Pillar Life has now raised a total of $7M in reported equity funding. The company pivoted from focusing on student loan debt management. AlleyWatch published an exclusive interview with Bloch on this Seed funding round for Pillar this past week.
Vowel, the meeting platform for remote and distributed teams, has raised $1.2M as a Seed extension from investors that include Amity Ventures, BoxGroup, Company Ventures and Kevin Lin. Founded by Andrew Berman and Matt Slotkin in 2018, Vowel has now raised a total of $4.3M in reported equity funding.