Sales leasebacks have been popular institutionally with REITs and for commercial real estate but EasyKnock makes it accessible for residential homeowners. While we face uncertainty about the future health of the economy, homeowners will need flexibility and may need to tap into the equity they’ve built in their homes. CEO and Cofounder Jarred Kessler shares some insight about how EasyKnock can help homeowners access this equity and stay in their homes, the future of the housing market, and the company’s latest funding round from investors that include Blumberg Capital, QED, Correlation Ventures, FJ Labs, and Moderne.
With GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act marking the beginning of a shift in how we view privacy data, there is an increased need for businesses to be compliant as more regulations emerge. Ethyca’s data privacy automation platform provides developers and product teams the ability to ensure consumer data privacy throughout applications and services design. CEO and Cofounder Cillian Kieran walks us through the company’s history, the pain point it is solving, and latest funding round, which brings the total funding raised to $20M since 2018.
Peter Brodsky was running an engineering team at SoundCloud when he and his cofounders first got the urge to automate some of their job functions. They set out to deliver machine learning to the enterprise, and when looking back at their earliest ambitions, automating data entry really paved the way for Hyperscience, the data automation platform. Peter shares more about the vision for the business, the company’s future plans, and recent $60M Series C round, which was closed in only 6 days in the middle of the pandemic!
Software is changing the way venture capitalists manage the business ranging from solutions that address recruiting, platform, ops, fund accounting, pipeline management, follow-ons, and cap table management. TABS Score is the solution that addresses the process of due diligence. Lexie Anderson shares more about the “Diligence-as-a-Service” platform.
COVID has brought digital tools to the forefront when it comes to learning and children and a number of challenges that were never expected. ClassTag was prescient in this respect with its digital communication platform that connects educators and parents to ensure that parents are engaged in their child’s education. CEO and Cofounder Vlada Lotkina met her cofounder Jason while they were their children attended the same pre-school to address the challenges they faced as parents of school-age children. ClassTag now has 24K active schools on the platform with 2 million engaged parents. Vlada shares some insight into the journey of scaling the business, the company’s future plans, and latest funding, which brings its total funding raised to $11.6M
With more than 60 million freelancers in the US and the belief that an increasing number of businesses will rely on freelance workers in the post-pandemic era, shares of Upwork rose a staggering 49.3% in May. Lili is the banking and financial services app that helps freelancers better manage their work and personal finances. work and personal accounts in one centralized platform, AlleyWatch caught up with serial entrepreneur Lilac Bar David to learn more about how Lili is playing a role in shaping the future of work, the company’s recent funding round, and how the app saves freelancers up to 60 hours and $1.7K per annum.
While working in finance, Accern CEO and Cofounder Kumesh Aroomoogan recognized that as his firm’s data grew, the firm had to hire more and more people; scaling with people versus technology. He saw that he could automate much of this data processing through AI, enabling the team to focus on the higher-value tasks. The product to do this is Accern, a workflow automation solution powered by AI and NLP. The company just closed its Series A round and has now raised a total of $15M in funding.
The absence of sports has driven fans crazy during the pandemic but as sports resume, PickUp will be there to make sure that fans are engaged. Cofounded by Dan Healy, PickUp is a sports engagement platform that allows fans to create conversations from the content they are consuming on publisher sites and share it around the web.
Serial entrepreneurs James Clark and Tom Jermoluk are on a mission to eliminate passwords. Clark has built numerous companies including Netscape (acquired by AOL for $4.2B in the ‘90s), Healtheon (merged with WebMD), and Silicon Graphics (made visual effects for films like The Terminator). Jermoluk was the CEO of At Home Network from 1986-1996, a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins, and served as President and COO at Silicon Graphics. The duo launched Beyond Identity to bring us into a passwordless era and just raised $30M to do it.
Carolyn Childers and Lindsay Kaplan identified a lack of resources and community for the 5 million women in America who identify as senior leaders. The duo launched Chief to help women build lines of succession into these leadership positions. AlleyWatch caught up with Carolyn to learn more about the flourishing business (8000+ waitlist) and the company’s transition to offer virtual services in the wake of the pandemic.
While working as a commercial real estate developer, William Sankey was convinced there was a better way to manage complex, multi-million-dollar projects that didn’t involve paper-based workflows, data entry, filing cabinets, and “gut feelings”. He cofounded Northspyre, a cloud intelligence platform that automates workflow and reveals data insights for the CRE industry. AlleyWatch caught up with Sankey to learn more about the company’s product, traction, and recent funding round.