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FilterEasy Raises $1.2M Seed Funding

By | Jan 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

Raleigh-based Startup FilterEasy announced today that it has raised $1.2 million of seed round investment, lead by Azure Capital, RTP Capital, and alongside a handful of Angel investors. FilterEasy is a member-based air filter subscription service for homeowners, which has an immediate impact on the…


Eighth-Grader Builds Affordable Braille Printer Startup

By | Jan 20, 2015 at 11:00 pm

13-year-old Shubham Banerjee is launching his own startup that helps the visually impaired, called Braigo Labs. Not many people can say that their school project is worthy of becoming a business, or even able to raise money, but the California eighth-grader did that exactly. He…


Under-Desk Hammock for Your Feet Killing It on Kickstarter

By | Jan 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

We’ve said it before: sitting all day in your desk is killing you. We are sitting for much longer today than we did a generation ago. There are ways you can design your desk to help your posture and improve your circulation even if…


SF, Beijing Have Highest Concentration of Billion-Dollar Startups

By | Jan 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

While it’s undeniable that a good bulk of billion-dollar startups come out of Silicon Valley, it seems that the majority of these billion-dollar valuations actually come from cities elsewhere. According to recent data presented on data visualization platform, of the 156 Internet and…



Why Scout Ventures Invested in LiveNinja First

By | Jan 14, 2015 at 9:00 am

Scout Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm, announced that they invested in Miami-based startup LiveNinja. This is Scout Ventures’ first announcement in South Florida, an important move since they opened an additional office in Miami in September. LiveNinja did not disclose the amount…

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This Tool Generates a List of Startup Investors in Your Industry and City

By | Jan 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Fundraising is a distracting process – so distracting that Y Combinator’s Paul Graham recommends having only one founder focus on it. One of the big distractions is actually figuring out which investors to pitch. How do you know that the investors you’re spending energy on…



VenVelo Raises $1.3M to Invest In Florida Startups

By | Jan 12, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Winter Park-based venVelo announced that it had closed its latest funding round of $1.3 million. The early-stage venture fund is one of the most active in central Florida with a portfolio that includes companies from all over Florida. They include: FlexReceipts, GENICON, Kairos, mCast Networks, Spectrum Bridge,…



Smarter Home Startup Sense Labs, Inc Raises $2.5M in Funding

By | Jan 2, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Cambridge-based startup Sense Labs has raised $2.5 million in equity funding, according to a recent regulatory filing. The company builds devices that analyzes the electrical use in your home that can be monitored on your smartphone. This announcement comes just in time for CES 2015, where consumers…


Fuhu: Lessons From 2014’s Fastest-Growing Company

By | Jan 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

Fuhu, the company that created Nabi, an Android tablet for kids and an Adobe Air application that allows children to access the Internet in a parent-controlled environment, is growing fast. Based in El Segundo, California, Fuhu was created in 2008 and in the last 3 years has…


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Social Polling Startup Wedgies Announces $700k in Additional Seed Funding

By | Dec 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

“There’s really no lightweight tool to use to collect opinions on the internet. You have to go to a survey landing page, you have to take the survey; someone has to spend a lot of time creating it,” Wedgies Co-founder and CEO Porter Haney…



The LinkedIn for Real Estate Professionals, RealConnex, Raises $3.5M in Series A Funding

By | Dec 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Miami-based startup RealConnex announced today that it has raised $3.5 million Series A financing round led by Star Capital. RealConnex connects the real estate ecosystem in one online platform, so professionals in the industry can have access to each other and scope out opportunities, in real time….


3 Surefire Ways to Spook an Angel Investor

By | Dec 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Looking for funds to boost your startup company is not an easy job. You might feel enthusiastic about the whole plan and confident about giving it a concrete shape, but do your investors feel the same way? Are you knocking the right door while…



Medina Capital Closes on $182M Private Equity Fund

By | Dec 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

South Florida-based firm Medina Capital announced today it has closed their new private equity fund with total committed capital of US $182 million for high-growth tech companies. As reported in The Starting Gate, the fund’s typical investment size is $10 million to $20 million and it will…



Richmond Global Ventures Heads to Miami, Offering Larger Investment for Startups

By | Dec 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

In the last year, Miami’s investment infrastructure has strengthened dramatically, with more venture funds looking to the city as a hub. However, the focus has been for startups in the seed and smaller Series A stage. This may change soon. Richmond Global Ventures announced that…

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