The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report takes us on a trip across various ecosystems in the US, highlighting some of the notable funding activity in the various markets that we track. The notable startup funding rounds for the week ending 11/27/21 featuring funding details for Fuzzy, Render, Resilience, and twelve other rounds that you need to know about.
There’s been a growing movement towards a cookie-less environment in digital advertising and the general trends towards restricting the use of consumer data are leaving digital marketers, brands, and publishers to re-evaluate their approaches in a privacy-driven environment. In this upheaval, first-party data and first-party relationships are moving to the forefront to shape the future of advertising, and consequently, publishing. Privacy-first, first-party data that is willingly shared by customers over time offers a distinct competitive advantage. OpenWeb is an online conversation platform that allows publishers to host social experiences without being reliant on social networks while building value first-party relationships with their audiences. Founded in 2012 as Spot.IM, OpenWeb works with 1000+ publishers, like News Corp., Hearst, and Yahoo, that represent 100M+ active monthly users in aggregate. AlleyWatch caught up with OpenWeb CEO and Cofounder Nadav Shoval to learn more about the company’s vision for the future of the web, expansion plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include Insight Partners, Georgian, Entree Capital, and Omer Cygler
The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 11/26/2021 featuring funding details for Mosaic Foods, Sollis Health, and much more.
91% of markets believe there is still room for growth in showcasing diversity in their market materials. There’s been a seismic shift for brands to ensure that their values are reflective of the gender, racial, sexuality realities of today’s consumer population, which is now more diverse than ever before. The Luupe is a marketplace and professional community for brands to connect with and hire women and non-binary photographers. Founded by a former Shutterstock executive, the platform provides professional guidance to this segment of photographers that have traditionally been overlooked while handling the production and creative process for brands. Partners on the platform include Sweetgreen, Go Henry, Cha Cha Matcha, Dropbox, and Sierra Club. The Luupe is free for the photographers with brands paying for the services and licensing fees for the content that’s produced. AlleyWatch caught up with The Luupe CEO and Founder Keren Sachs to learn more about the inspiration for the business, the profound economic impact that the platform creates for diverse photographers, the company’s strategic plans, recent round of funding from investors that include Wave, Jenny Lefcourt, Tracy Kim, Jody Vandergriff, and Lee Torrens, an early employee at Canva.
The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 11/24/2021 featuring funding details for Verbit, Vendorful, and much more.
The shortage of affordable housing is reaching crisis proportions across the country where many individuals are spending more than fifty percent of their income to secure housing. While new housing starts continue to increase, developers have traditionally opted to shy away from the affordable housing market and the associated regulatory requirements to focus on more lucrative opportunities. Pronto Housing is an end-to-end SaaS platform that manages the affordable housing compliance process, relieving property owners of the administrative responsibilities. By reducing the burden with technology, affordable housing projects become more economically viable, and in turn, this leads to an increase in the supply of affordable homes for those that are at risk of housing instability. By streamlining the process for property developers, they are able to take advantage of the many affordable housing development programs offered by the federal government and local government agencies. With Pronto, property owners can reduce the time spent on compliance by 5x. For residents, their annual certifications and application process is also optimized. The company, in beta, already works with a number of property owners that manage over 2000 units. AlleyWatch caught up with Pronto Housing CEO and Cofounder Christine Wendell to learn more about how technology can drive the creation of affordable housing, the company’s strategic plans, and recent round of funding from investors that include Wilshire Lane Partners, Nine Four Ventures, Essence Development, Jamar Adams, Lemor Development Group, and Sara Shank.
The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 11/23/2021 featuring funding details for Updater, SWORD Health, and much more.
One in six students experiences a mental health disorder each year. Not only do undiagnosed, untreated, or inadequately treated mental health issues reduce a student’s ability to learn but these factors also lead to high incidences of future dropout, substance abuse, arrest, incarceration, and unemployment. Robin is a social and emotional learning platform that connects students and teachers to mental health coaches and curriculum designed to improve their mental wellbeing. With the average school counselor-to-student ratio at 461:1, the platform leverage technology to make much-needed support from world-class mental health coaches widely available to school districts. In addition to supporting the needs of students, Robin is also a resource for the educators who are working on a day-to-day basis with their students. Robin tailors curriculums to build skills for students to increase self-esteem, manage anxiety, and build connection. AlleyWatch caught up with Robin CEO and Cofounder Sonny Thadani to learn more about the critical increased accessibility Robin brings to mental health treatment, destigmatizing mental health in schools, the company’s strategic plans, and recent round of funding from investors that include Eagle Proprietary Investments, Limitless Ventures, and Deborah Quazzo.
With customer acquisition costs soaring, building loyalty among existing customers is of critical importance. Well-designed loyalty programs offer a number of benefits for brands including increased share-of-wallet, improved referrals, and increased trust for future purchases. Imprint is a fintech and rewards infrastructure platform that allows brands to seamlessly deploy their own branded payment solutions as well as rewards programs. For years, branded payment options were exclusively for large companies that offered co-branded credit cards with legacy card issuers (e.g. airline credit cards). With Imprint, companies large and small can design their own tailored payment options (either through a branded card or even a branded payment button) and rewards programs in less than a week. With the savings in credit card fees from bringing their payment infrastructure in-house, merchants are able to offer engaging rewards programs without incurring additional cost. Customers get 5% back from their favorite brands and a minimum of 1% for other purchases while brands are able to save up to 90% of their payment processing costs. AlleyWatch caught up with Imprint CEO and Cofounder Daragh Murphy to learn more about how Imprint modernizes and optimizes the payment experience for both brands and customers, the company’s strategic plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include Kleiner Perkins, Stripe, Thrive Capital, Affirm, Allen & Co., James Corden, and Lloyd Blankfein.
Six deals totaling $750M+ in new funding including two NYC startup deals that you will not find anywhere else.
22 fundings with $640M+ in new funding for NYC companies last week. NYC Tech News for the week ending 11/20 featuring news for Alaffia Health, Kafene, Yieldstreet, and much, much more.