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The 25 Top VC Firms

By | Feb 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

As startup experts will tell you, choosing among VC firms should be as much about you liking them as them liking you. So how do you decide? Many factors might cross your mind, including: Is there a culture fit? Do our personalities and values…


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First Opinion is Eliminating Unnecessary Doctor Visits

By | Dec 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Studies from the American Medical Association show that roughly 1 billion doctor visits occur each year in the United States, and of those, 70 percent are unnecessary and could be avoided by consulting with a physician by phone, email or text. First Opinion has…


San Francisco CEO Tony Conrad Raises $11 Million, Will Fireside Chat With Tech Cocktail in July

By | Jun 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm is quickly growing to internet notoriety, and, personally, it’s my favorite way to promote myself via social media. Why, you might ask? It’s simple: is simple. The platform combines the flair of Facebook with the professionalism of LinkedIn, and every day more…


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ToyTalk Releases “In the Movies,” a Major Update for The Winston Show

By | Dec 6, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Wednesday December 4 saw ToyTalk, a family entertainment company, announce the first major update to its extremely popular flagship app, The Winston Show. The update for iPad users, which is free to download, comes in the form of a sketch called “In the Movies”…


Quarterly: Get Boxes of Startup Inspiration from Tim Ferriss, Chris Guillebeau, & More

By | May 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

This spring, Tim Ferriss was obsessed with the movie Bigger, Stronger, Faster, the Athletic Greens superfood cocktail, and something called a Buddha Board. And anyone who subscribed to Ferriss on Quarterly got a shipment of this stuff (and more) for $100. Quarterly sells quarterly…



DC vs the Valley: An Interview With John Burke Of True Ventures

By | Aug 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Last week, I got a chance to meet with John Burke, Founder of True Ventures, to discuss the differences between the tech scene in the Washington, DC and Silicon Valley.  Burke has vast experience investing in early stage tech startups in both regions; though…


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Stitch Labs’ Willo O’Brien: “We Have Big Things Going On”

By | Mar 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Fresh off their announcement that they raised $1 Million in funding from True Ventures, Stitch Labs is poised for major growth – and success – both of which became evident after speaking with cofounder and VP of Marketing Willo O’Brien.  For all of us…


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Stitch Labs Lands $1 Million in Funding From True Ventures

By | Feb 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Yesterday Stitch Labs, the inventory management, invoicing, order fulfillment, contact management, reporting and analytics platform for small businesses, announced a $1 million round of seed funding from the Silicon Valley based True Ventures. “We’re excited to be investing in Stitch Labs,” said True Ventures…



Activity Based Advertising Platform Company Appssavvy Announces $7.1 Million in New Funding

By | Dec 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

appssavvy, the New York-based activity advertising technology company and their platform advtivity, have announced the completion of their Series 1-A funding today- a new infusion $7.1 million.  This added capital comes from a host of former investors of the company, including True Ventures; The New York…



MakerBot Receives All-Star Investors in Recent Funding Round

By | Sep 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

MakerBot, a company that manufactures personal manufacturing machines, recently announced it is taking a $10 million venture investment round of capital, with Foundry Group leading the way. Not the typical web startup, MakerBot has the hardest of hardware blood coursing through its veins.  Their machines…



410 Labs Shortmail Raises $750,000 In Funding

By | Jul 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm

410 Labs the makers of Shortmail which we covered when they first launched and then again more recently as they opened the doors to the public, has just announced that they have raised funding. According to the announcement, the $750,000 Series A funding includes…

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Orabrush: A Tongue Scraper With Social Media Prowess

By | Feb 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Tongue scrapers have been used since ancient times, designed to clean off the bacterial build-up, food debris, fungi and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. They have been promoted mostly by dental hygienists but not every dentist’s office promotes the tongue scraper…


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How About A Fast Exit: Gets Acquired By Aol

By | Dec 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Last week,, the San Francisco based started founded by Tony Conrad, rolled into public beta with an astounding 400,000 registered users. Today we were surprised to hear that was acquired by Aol (confirmed by this True Ventures blog post). The fact that…



The New Art of Launching with Tony Conrad of

By | Dec 10, 2010 at 9:00 am

The way to launch a new startup, product or company has changed a lot in the last decade. Just five years ago the blogosphere was the best way to plant the seeds to launch your startup. But what was once just a blogosphere of…



True Ventures Invests $200K In 19 Year Old Entrepreneur

By | Aug 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

This isn’t the first time we have seen True Ventures invest in youth. We are excited to see what Brian Wong can do and look forward to seeing his product soon. “People start thinking of me as the next Zuckerburg,” said Brian Wong…