Anthony Ha

Bandit ML helps e-commerce businesses present the most effective offer to each shopper

Bandit ML helps e-commerce businesses present the most effective offer to each shopper

Bandit ML aims to optimize and automate the process of presenting the right offer to the right customer. The startup was part of the summer 2020 class at accelerator Y Combinator . It also raised a $1.32 million seed round in September from YC, Haystack Fund, Webb Investment Network, Liquid 2 Ventures, Jigsaw Ventures, Basecamp Fund, […]

 Anthony Ha

Group Nine Media forms a SPAC to fund acquisitions

Group Nine Media forms a SPAC to fund acquisitions

Group Nine Media — which owns Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and PopSugar — is the latest company to form a SPAC, according to a filing with the SEC. These blank-check corporations, as they’re also known, have become a popular way to raise money from the public markets. The filing says that Group Nine is creating […]

 Anthony Ha

WorkWhile raises $3.5M to bring more flexibility and benefits to hourly work

WorkWhile raises $3.5M to bring more flexibility and benefits to hourly work

While there’s been plenty of recent debate around the gig economy, Jarah Euston argued that it’s time to a rethink a bigger part of the workforce — hourly workers. Euston, who was previously an executive at mobile advertising startup Flurry and a co-founder at data operations startup Nexla, told me that although 80 million Americans […]

 Anthony Ha

Tap Network raises $4M for its customizable rewards program

Tap Network raises $4M for its customizable rewards program

Tap Network is providing a new approach to loyalty rewards programs that it describes as “rewards as a service.” You may recognize the Tap Network name, as well as its co-founder and CEO Lin Dai, from Hooch, a startup that offered a drink-a-day subscription service before shifting focus to a broader rewards program. Dai told […]

 Anthony Ha

The team behind Jumpcut and SnappyTV is building a new collaborative video tool

The team behind Jumpcut and SnappyTV is building a new collaborative video tool

Mike Folgner has had his share of success building video editing tools, having sold Jumpcut.com to Yahoo and SnappyTV to Twitter. But as he explained in a new Medium post, he still sees “unfinished business” in the video industry. “Today, most major productivity software categories have made the leap from desktop software to the web,” […]

 Anthony Ha

Privacy Grader is a free tool to help companies get smarter about data and disclosures

Privacy Grader is a free tool to help companies get smarter about data and disclosures

As businesses face a complex and evolving privacy landscape, a new tool called Privacy Grader can help them make sure they’re doing the right things. The tool was created by Tom Chavez and Vivek Vaidya, as part of their new data compliance and security startup Ketch. (Chavez and Vaidya also founded the super{set} startup studio; […]

 Anthony Ha

Livestreaming platform BoxCast raises $22M

Livestreaming platform BoxCast raises $22M

BoxCast, a Cleveland-based company aiming to make it easy to livestream any event, has raised $20 million in Series A funding. Co-founder and CEO Gordon Daily said that when the company first launched in 2013, “streaming wasn’t something that everyone understood,” and you needed professional help to livestream anything. BoxCast is supposed to make that […]

 Anthony Ha

Parsec raises $25M from A16Z to power remote work and cloud gaming

Parsec raises $25M from A16Z to power remote work and cloud gaming

Parsec, a startup that’s built streaming technology for both work and play, is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding. This brings Parsec’s total funding to $33 million, according to Crunchbase. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with the firm’s general partner Martin Casado joining the board. Previous investors HP […]

 Anthony Ha

ChiliSleep’s parent company raises $37M and merges with Ebb Therapeutics

ChiliSleep’s parent company raises $37M and merges with Ebb Therapeutics

Kryo, the company behind the ChiliSleep brand, is announcing that it has merged with another sleep technology company, Ebb Therapeutics, and also raised $37 million in new funding led by Ebb’s biggest investor KKR. Founded in 2007, Kryo/ChiliSleep’s products include the chiliPAD, a device designed to improve sleep by adjusting the temperature of your bed. […]

 Anthony Ha

iCIMS acquires video recruiting startup Altru for $60M

iCIMS acquires video recruiting startup Altru for $60M

Enterprise recruiting company iCIMS is announcing that it has acquired Altru. iCIMS declined to comment on the terms of the deal, but a source with knowledge of the companies told us that the price is a combination of cash and stock, totaling around $60 million. Founded in 2000, iCIMS offers a “talent cloud” used by […]

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