Bill Trenchard Joins First Round Capital as Partner in San Francisco

 Bill Trenchard has joined the early-stage venture capital firm First Round Capital as a partner. Trenchard, who informally joined First Round in June, was previously investing on behalf of the early-stage, entrepreneur-led venture capital fund Founder Collective. Before becoming an investor, Trenchard was a founder at CallCast (which was later merged to form LiveOps) and Jump Networks (acquired by Microsoft).

Ancestry.com Purchases 1000memories

Online family history resource Ancestry.com has acquired San Francisco-based startup 1000memories. Founded in 2010, 1000memories makes it easy to digitize and share photos and stories from the past. The business was funded by angel and institutional investors, including Greylock Partners, Y Combinator, SV Angel, Founder Collective, and Lowercase Capital.

TestFlight Live is Born Via Start-Up Merger

Burstly has acquired TestFlight and the start-ups are joining forces to launch TestFlight Live. TestFlight Live is a real-time dashboard that highlights actions and revenue for iOS apps. Burstly’s backers include SoftBank Capital, Founder Collective, Rincon Venture Partners and GRP Partners. PRESS RELEASE We are excited to announce that Burstly has acquired TestFlight, and we […]

Paddle8 Snaps up Funding

David Frankel is leading a group of investors to back New York-based startup Paddle8, the online art market. Founder Collective is joining the round, as is Mousse Partners. Frankel will join Paddle8’s board. PRESS RELEASE: NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2012 — Founder Collective, one of the most reputed early-stage venture capital funds, with previous successful […]

Ridejoy Raises $1.3M From Freestyle, Lerer, SV Angel, Y Combinator, Others

Ridejoy said it raised $1.3 million in a seed round led by Freestyle Capital and followed by Lerer Ventures, Start Fund, SV Angel, Founder Collective and Y Combinator. Also joining the round in the ride sharing company are individual social technology investors Ben Ling, Owen Van Natta and Joshua Schachter. PRESS RELEASE Social Ridesharing Pioneer […]

BestVendor Closes $3M Series A

BestVendor has closed a $3 million Series A round co-led by RRE Ventures and SoftBank Capital. Additional investors include Lerer Ventures, who invested in the company’s seed round, along with David Tisch, Founder Collective and Old Willow Partners, the company announced Tuesday. New York-based BestVendor is an online resources where users share and recommend work-related applications.

CustomMade Gets $2.1M From Google Ventures, First Round, Others

CustomMade.com said it raised $2.1 million in a Series A round of financing led by First Round Capital and Google Ventures. Also participating were Founder Collective, Launch Capital, NextView Ventures, Andrew McCollum, David Tisch of TechStars and other investors. The company runs a market place connecting shoppers and artisans. PRESS RELEASE CUSTOMMADE RECEIVES FUNDING FROM […]

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.

AI Exchange Lands $1.5M

AI Exchange has raised $1.5 million in a financing round led by General Catalyst and CommonAngels. Founder Collective and LaunchCapital also contributed to the round. The company is a developer of a web-based technology and investment advisory platform designed to bridge the alternative investment and Investment Advisor markets.

Novophage Lands Series A Round

Early-stage industrial biologics company Novophage completed a $5.7 million Series A round of financing. The round was led by Flybridge Capital Partners and included Chevron Technology Ventures, Founder Collective, The Kraft Group and Boston University. As part of the funding, Founder Collective’s Micah Rosenbloom has joined the company as CEO.

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