Tag Archive: Seed Funding

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    by Angie Chang

    The Series A Crunch: Should Female Founders Worry?

    The startup world is chattering about the increasingly narrow path from angel to VC funding. How will the crunch affect women-led companies?

    By Jessica Stillman (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)

    Whether you respond to them with concerned hand-wringing or something like Darwinian glee, here are the facts.

    # Deals 2009 2010 2011 2012 YTD
    Seed/Angel 472 770 1,064 1,747
    Series A 418 515 703 688
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    by Angie Chang

    Daily Lunchtime Dating Site Coffee Meets Bagel Raises $600k Seed Funding, Investors Include Match.com Co-Founder

    Three sisters are co-founders of Coffee Meets Bagel, raise funding.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Arum Kang, founder and CEO of Coffee Meets Bagel has an ambitious goal for the dating website she started with her two sisters. Her daily dating deal site introduces you to one match every day at noon. Coffee Meets Bagel has raised $600,000 in seed investment from Lightbank and investors including Match.com co-founder Peng T. Ong, reported TechCrunch this morning.

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    by Angie Chang

    Wantworthy, Co-Founded By CEO Lauren McDevitt, Raises $1M Seed Funding

    NYC-based Wantworthy graduates from TechStars, raises seed funding to accelerate product development.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Wantworthy announced raising $1M in seed funding, led by RRE Ventures, Google Ventures, Quotidian Ventures, and several NYC-area angels also participated.

    2011 NYC TechStars graduate Wantworthy aims to help you keep track of everything you want to buy, and is working on a feature to alert you when prices drop. Similar sites for social shopping/bookmarking include Pinterest and Wanelo.

    Co-Founder and CEO Lauren McDevitt is a

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    by Angie Chang

    Toronto-Based ShopLocket, Co-Founded By Katherine Hague, Raises $1M Seed Funding For E-Commerce Disruption

    The $1M seed round for ShopLocket includes participation from Peter Thiel’s Fund Valar Ventures.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Three months after launching, ShopLocket raised $1M in seed funding from Rho Canada Ventures, Valar Ventures, BDC Capital, Relay Ventures, Extreme Venture Partners and private investors.

    Co-founder and CEO Katherine Hague aims to change the way consumers buy and sell products online. She said “e-commerce will not longer be reserved for marketplaces and storefronts. Instead, products will find us – on blogs, websites and in our newsfeeds, just as naturally as the videos and photos we share today.”

    Previously, Katherine was a Shopify theme developer

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    by Angie Chang

    2012 PITCH Startup Competition Finalist Kismet Announces Funding, New Features For SXSW

    PITCH Competition finalist secures seed funding.

    By Michelle Norgan (Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Kismet)

    I’m excited to announce that Kismet, featured last month as a finalist of the Women 2.0 PITCH Startup Competition, has raised our seed round with investments from Triple Point Ventures, NEA, and an incredible list of angels including Shiva Rajaraman (Head of Consumer at YouTube), Steph Hannon (an early PM on Gmail), Roham Gharegozlou, and several others.

    Kismet helps you meet new people in the real world. We’ve just unveiled some features that will make meeting new people even easier, especially this coming week at SXSW.

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    by Angie Chang

    Buyosphere CEO Tara Hunt Shares Lessons In Seed Funding

    By Jen Consalvo (Co-Founder & COO, Tech Cocktail)

    Editor’s mote: This article is courtesy of Tech Cocktail, which offers tech startup events, news and resources across the country. Buyosphere CEO Tara Hunt will be pitching live on February 14, 2012 at Women 2.0 PITCH Conference – get your ticket now!

    After launching last year, Buyosphere, a Montreal-based startup, was offering a product that would go head-to-head with Pinterest. You could curate collections of products, find interesting new products through friends, and establish yourself as a tastemaker.

    Pinterest has since taken off and Buyosphere

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    by Angie Chang

    Tara Hunt’s Buyosphere Raises $325K In Seed Funding After Pivot

    By Jolie O’Dell (Writer, VentureBeat)

    Buyosphere is web celebrity Tara Hunt‘s greatest gamble, and after some shaky months, it might be starting to pay off.

    Following a successful rebranding effort, the team has just closed an oversubscribed seed round of funding — $325,000, to be exact.

    The funding will be aimed squarely at new user acquisition as well as a couple key hires.

    The round, which eschewed big-name Silicon Valley

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    by Angie Chang

    What Startups And Where Venture Capitalists Have Funded In 2011

    By Grace Nasri (Managing Editor, FindTheBest)

    Venture capital funding hasn’t hit the peaks of early 2000 but is going strong, particularly in Silicon Valley and for software companies. Analysis of venture funding from a variety of data sources revealed some interesting facts about last quarter’s deal flow.

    Last quarter, venture capital firms invested $6.95 billion into 876 deals, averaging $7.9 million per deal, with the vast majority of funding funneling out of Silicon Valley in the form of expansion and later-stage investments in the software and biotech industries.

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    by Angie Chang

    Gina Bianchini Launches Mightybell with $2.1M in Funding

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Mightybell launched today from Ning cofounder and former CEO Gina Bianchini. This is her second startup. She raised a $2.1 million in seed funding last year from Floodgate and First Round Capital.

    ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick notes Mightybell offers “a clean Content Management System, an iPhone app and extensive analytics to allow individuals who’ve had great experiences, like going on a hike in Alaska or connecting returning veterans with jobs, to make far more sophisticated calls to action and for everyone to help each other succeed.” Follow Gina Bianchini on Twitter at @ginab.

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    by Angie Chang

    Nancy MacIntyre’s Mobile Startup Fingerprint Raises $1.4M

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Fingerprint today announced raising $1.4 million in seed funding from K2MediaLabs, THQ, Reed Elsevier Ventures, and Suffolk Ventures. Fingerprint creates mobile education for children.

    Fingerprint was founded by CEO Nancy MacIntyre, and Kevin Wendle and Daniel Klaus of K2Media Labs. Nancy blogs about the startup process, from the dreaded business review to redefining the empty nester — a tech-savvy mom. She once blogged on the market opportunity for iPad apps targeting senior citizens. Follow her on Twitter at @nancymacintyre.

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Are Women Business Owners So Reluctant to Raise Their Debt Ceilings? (Raise The Roof)

    By Rieva Lesonsky (Contributing Writer, Small Business Trends)

    Just 41 percent of the women entrepreneurs surveyed plan to make capital investments in the next six months. Nor are they eager to take on new outside financing. Instead, PNC found, most women business owners are funding their businesses with credit cards and personal savings. Nearly 60 percent use a business credit card and 44 percent are using personal or family savings to finance business growth.

    We all know it’s tough to get financing these days, but I think these statistics reflect ongoing issues among women business owners just as much as they reflect the state of

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    by Angie Chang

    GrowLab Accelerator To Provide Startups With Seed Funding in Vancouver, San Francisco

    By Debbie Landa (Co-Founder, GrowLab)

    GrowLab is a “startup boot camp” for entrepreneurs whose companies receive up to $25,000 in seed funding, four months of mentorship, free office space and a $150,000 in follow-on funding upon graduation of the program. The first three months of the program are in Vancouver and the fourth is in San Francisco.

    Deadline for GrowLab applications is June 15, 2011 and the program begins on August 15th, 2011.

    GrowLab is on the lookout for the great entrepreneurs. We’ve had a good number of applicants so far but I would love to see more female entrepreneurs apply for GrowLab. I look forward to the day when over 50% of our applicants come from women instead of only 5%.

    Apply here for GrowLab by June 15.