HICKIES raises $4.2 mln

HICKIES, a start-up responsible for revolutionizing the footwear space with its elastic lacing system, has raised $4.2 million in funding led by the venture arm of a global footwear brand and the Collaborative Fund. The new financing will be put towards the development, and launch, of new products and the expansion into new international markets.

Good Eggs raises $8.5 mln from Sequoia, Harrison Metal, others

Good Eggs said it raised an $8.5 million Series A round that was led by Sequoia Capital and joined by Harrison Metal, Collaborative Fund and others, including angel investor Max Ventilla. Sequoia Partner Bryan Schreier will join the board. The local farm to fridge grocery delivery service will use the money for expansion.

Codecademy Closes Series A

Codecademy, a site that teaches people how to become computer programmers, has sealed a Series A round from investors including Union Square Ventures, O’Reilly, SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Social+Capital Partnership, Thrive Capital, CrunchFund, Collaborative Fund, Founder Collective, and individual investors including Joshua Schacter, Vivi Nevo, Naval Ravikant and Sam Altman. The company reportedly sealed $2.5 million in the round, which will be used to bolster the development and design team.

Former Expedia Head Joins TaskRabbit

Eric Grosse, Hotwire co-founder and the former president of Expedia, has joined TaskRabbit as chief executive. Based in San Francisco, TaskRabbit is a service networking platform that operates like an online temp agency, putting service providers in touch with consumers who need help. The company is backed by investors including Baseline Ventures, First Round Capital, FLOODGATE Fund, Collaborative Fund and Shasta Ventures.

Shasta Puts $5M in TaskRabbit

Shasta Ventures led a $5 million Series A financing in TaskRabbit, the California-based service networking company. Other investors in the round included. Baseline Ventures, First Round Capital, FLOODGATE, Collaborative Fund, and 500 Startups.

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