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Orchard Platform Raises $12M Series A from Spark Capital, Canaan Partners for Online Direct Lending

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The New York City, New York-based Orchard Platform, a direct lending, investing and analytics platform, announced that it raised $12 million in Series A funding led by Spark Capital and Canaan Partners. With this new investment, Orchard Platform has raised a total of $14.7 million. Other participants in this round of financing include many additional… Read more »



Cognitive Scale Launches After 18 Months in Stealth

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For the past 18 months, the Cognitive Scale team has focused entirely on product and technology development for their platform, and today they officially launched from stealth. The company is headed up by a team of serial entrepreneurs and technologists with a deep level of enterprise software experience in cognitive computing, big data, analytics, and… Read more »


Don’t Work for a Startup You Wouldn’t Start Yourself

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From the outside, startups appear to have none of the rules that make corporate life such a drag. They shun dress codes, knock down cubicle walls in favor of open floor plans, and replace the tired cafeteria menu with free catered food. Most importantly, in just a few years’ worth of work, the company’s first… Read more »


Coca-Cola Bridge Program Connects Israeli Startups to Global Ecosystem [Video]

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The Coca-Cola Company started a 6-month program for the Israeli entrepreneurial community called The Bridge, with the aim of  connecting Israeli startups to all major global markets including the U.S., Europe, Africa, Eurasia, and the Pacific. According to this article, Coca-Cola reached out to Israel’s startup network (angels, VCs, incubators, etc.), and got recommendations on almost 200 startups.  10… Read more »


The More Friends You Add, the Cheaper Hive Gets

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There is a group of entrepreneurs who have noticed the ever-present and ever-growing cloud storage trend and set out to disrupt the paradigm set in the market segment. There are some great cloud storage options already available, but more often than not the price tags on the premium models of service are pretty big. Hive,… Read more »


Math Program KnowRe Announces $6.8M in Fundraising

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KnowRe is an education technology company with an innovative cloud-based adaptive learning program for secondary mathematics. This program assesses a student’s strengths and weaknesses, algorithmically creates a personalized curriculum targeting that individual’s gaps in learning, and engages students through gamified learning and beautiful graphics. Through its Teacher Dashboard, KnowRe provides teachers with data on each student’s progress… Read more »


9 Signs You’re Burning Out and Jeopardizing Your Startup

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The saying goes something along the lines: An entrepreneur is someone who works 23 hours a day for themselves to avoid working one hour a day for someone else.  You know it is true, and that mindset is ingrained in the startup culture. It’s not easy adapting to the workflow and emotional fluctuation of being part of a startup,… Read more »


500 Startups Demo Day Includes Tech-Enabled Decluttering Service Remoov

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Austin Rachlin and Luis Perez can now call themselves 500 Startups alumni and even mentors, now that Batch 10’s Demo Day has wrapped. The pair are cofounders of Remoov, a decluttering service that utilizes tech in every step of their operations to track and refine logistics. With Remoov, customers pay upfront, and then the Remoov workforce clears out all the customer’s unwanted… Read more »


Marc Andreessen Resigns from eBay

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Marc Andreessen yesterday made the announcement that he would be resigning from the board of directors at eBay. After serving on the board at eBay for six years, Andreessen decided to pull the trigger on his resignation after the board decided to separate eBay and PayPal into independent, publicly traded entities. “I have complete confidence in… Read more »


Chicago’s NuCurrent Raises $3.48M Series A for Wireless Charging Technology

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NuCurrent, the Chicago-based startup that has grown to become a leader in wireless charging antenna technology, announced this morning that it has raised $3.48 million in a Series A round of funding. “Wireless power is rapidly being engineered into a broader range of consumer and business products from hand-held electronics to furniture to medical devices,… Read more »


Florida-Based Startup Magic Leap Raises $542M Led by Google

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Dania Beach, FL-based startup Magic Leap Inc, a company focused on augmented reality technology, has received a large investment led by Google Inc. A whopping $542 million has been invested in this round, which also includes Legendary Entertainment and its CEO Thomas Tull, KKR, Vulcan, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz, and Obvious Ventures. This is one… Read more »


Internet of Things: What Enterprise Needs to Focus On

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Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, Industrial Internet, Second Industrial Revolution, Rise of the Machines – these are just some of the terms being used to describe what was known as M2M (Machine to Machine) communication until recently. If the names sound straight out of science fiction, the figures being bandied about are even more… Read more »