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Shiftgig Raises $22M in Series B Financing to Fund Company’s National Growth
11/24/2015 — Chicago, IL — Shiftgig,the mobile marketplace that connects people with jobs on their smartphones, announced today it has completed a $22 million Series B financing. The round was led by Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN) with participation from Chicago Ventures, DRW Venture Capital, GGV Capital, Garland Capital Group, KGC... Read More
Deliv Acquires Zipments, Furthering Its Lead as the Same-Day Delivery Provider for Retail
Acquisition Strengthens Deliv’s New York Foothold as the Company Continues to Expand Nationwide 11/9/2015 — Menlo Park, CA — Leading crowdsourced, last mile delivery company Deliv, today announced it has acquired Zipments, New York City’s preeminent same-day delivery company. This marks thesecond acquisition for Deliv, giving it a particularly strong foothold... Read More
Democratizing Furnishing: Our Investment in Havenly
We’ve all been there; whether it’s a new home, an apartment or even a dorm room – furnishing it is surprisingly hard. For some of us, the process involves an interior designer. For others, it might be multiple trips to Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware or West Elm. Still for... Read More
Havenly Secures $7.5M in Funding Led by Foundry Group
Affordable interior design platform will expand platform, team to make redesigning any space easier than ever 11/4/2015 — NEW YORK, NY — Havenly (www.havenly.com), the online interior design service that matches users with designers to curate any room for the flat-rate of $199, today announced it has raised $7.5 million in... Read More
Five With: Jonathan Dyke, Founder, Spring
Armed with time at three tech companies, Jonathan Dyke is two full years into his latest startup: Spring. Using the two-sided marketplace model to bridge the gap between digital marketing and in-store commerce, the startup creates cash-based incentives for consumers to spend at their favorite places. Businesses receive valuable customer... Read More