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Greycroft Leads $3.6M Series A Funding Round in Blitsy
Funding to Drive Continuous Product Growth and Support of Blitsy’s Revolutionary Digital, Mobile and Social Community Offering in $30 Billion Crafting Industry 5/7/15 – Chicago – Blitsy, a leading arts and crafts e-Commerce company and community, today announced closing a $3.6 million Series A funding round led by Greycroft Partners with... Read More
Are We Already Rebundling Mobile?
Hard to believe that it was only a year ago that the clear trend, led by Facebook’s Messenger App, and Foursquare’s Swarm App, was towards unbundling experiences on mobile and building single purpose, highly focused applications. Is the tide turning? Uber recently began rolling out UberEats across multiple markets, which as... Read More
Five With: Steve Berneman, CEO, Overdog
As an attorney and startup and sports enthusiast, Overdog CEO Steve Berneman never thought he’d end up as a professional matchmaker. Initially built as a tool to match gamers with professional athletes, Steve’s Nashville-based startup, Overdog, matches gamers based on their interests across a variety of fields — anything from... Read More
Five With: Aaron Dallek, CEO, Opternative
The founding story of Opternative is a serendipitous one. CEO Aaron Dallek, serial entrepreneur with a handful of tech startups already under his belt (his first was when he was 14), met his co-founder, Dr. Steven Lee, at a party – one that he decided to go to at the... Read More
Five With: Jason Felger, CEO, Food Genius
From spending time as a startup operator, investor and advisor, newly-named CEO of Food Genius Jason Felger can offer some sage advice for people on all sides of the startup game: “Whether you’re in the mode of still figuring it all out or scaling so fast you can hardly see... Read More