A Maker Movement Acquisition and Funding for On-Demand Luggage Delivery

August 7, 2015

3:02 pm

In today’s Tech.Co deals roundup, we’ve got funding news from Japan and the United Kingdom.

If you missed it, Fitbit’s stock took a tumble yesterday, despite the company’s Q2 revenue beating expectations. There was some discussion that this could lead to fewer tech IPOs. Listen to Jim Cramer try to explain what happened with Fitbit’s stock.

Some other news: Jack Dorsey’s role in both Twitter and Square could pose complications for Square’s IPO. Dorsey is currently serving as Twitter’s interim CEO as the board searches for a new, permanent CEO, but investors are fearing that it could lead to Dorsey departing Square. In tweets earlier today, prominent investor Chris Sacca expressed his preference for Twitter’s new CEO: Jack Dorsey.

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Funding

London-Based Travel Startup Portr Raises $5M Series A

Portr, a London, UK-based travel startup that offers an on-demand luggage delivery service, announced yesterday that it has raised £3.3 million ($5.1 million) in a Series A round. Through the company’s AirPortr service, users can book their travel without having to think about their luggage. This new capital will help them expand this on-demand luggage delivery service.

Lemonade Lab Brings in $5.8M for Sports Wearables

The Boston, MA- and Tokyo, JAP-based Lemonade Lab announced today that it has raised $5.8 million in a round led by a Foxconn subsidiary. The company currently develops sensors for athletes and also offers a Cloud platform that gives athletes comprehensive data to advice them on their performance and training. According to TechCrunch, the company will form a strategic partnership with FIH Mobile.

Acquisitions

Maker Blog Hackaday Acquires Tindie

Tindie, a marketplace made for makers to help them fund and sell the hardware they’ve made, is being acquired by popular maker blog Hackaday. Hackaday features a new do-it-yourself project every day on its blog. Tindie has previously raised $1.7 million in seed funding from the likes of Andreessen Horowitz and Slow Ventures. TechCrunch has more.

IPO

Sunrun IPO Fails to Shine

The San Francisco, CA-based Sunrun that provides residential solar electricity and power services to homeowners, debuted on the markets – with shares dropping over 20 percent. Their late-stage investors are worried, but their early backers are hopeful. Read more in The Wall Street Journal.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.

Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in ‘Doctor Who’, Murakami, ‘The Mindy Project’, and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a “writer”. Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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