Sesame Street launches $10 mln venture fund

By Iris Dorbian — 2 weeks ago

According to an announcement on its site, Sesame Ventures, Sesame Street‘s new venture initiative, has partnered up with Collaborative Fund to launch a fund that backs startups in child development areas that include education technology, health and nutrition and social, cultural and family development. No financial terms were disclosed for The Collab + Sesame Fund but other outlets are reporting that the joint fund has already raised $10 million.

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Mirador scores $7 mln Series A

By Iris Dorbian — 2 months ago

Portland, Oregon-based Mirador, a lending-as-a-service provider, has closed $7 million in Series A funding. Core Innovation Capital led the round with participation from Nyca Partners, Jump Capital, Collaborative Fund, Wicklow Capital and Crosslink Capital

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CircleUp takes in $30 mln Series C

By Iris Dorbian — 3 months ago

Equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp has secured $30 million in Series C funding. Collaborative Fund led the round with participation from Capital One co-founder Nigel Morris, and former CEOs and presidents of Goldman Sachs, Thomson Reuters and the Stanford Endowment. CircleUp’s other backers include Union Square Ventures, Canaan Partners, Maveron and Rose Park Advisors. According to the company, the capital infusion will be used for product development and personnel hiring.

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IVP, Andreessen Horowitz, Magic Johnson and John Legend back Walker & Company

By Iris Dorbian — 5 months ago

Walker & Company Brands, a developer of products for people of color, has secured $24 million in Series B funding. Institutional Venture Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Andreessen Horowitz, Upfront Ventures, Daher Capital, Collaborative Fund, Google Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Melo7 Tech Partners, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, John Legend and Ron Johnson. 

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Din cooks up $3 mln seed

By Iris Dorbian — 5 months ago

San Mateo, California-based Din, a recipe subscription service, has raised $3 million in seed funding. The investors were Accel Partners, Collaborative Fund, Built By Girls Fund, Harrison Metal, Slow Ventures and Lowercase Capital.

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Lending platform Upstart grabs $35 mln

By Iris Dorbian — 7 months ago

Upstart has secured $35 million in Series C funding, according to a blog post by CEO Dave Girouard. Third Point Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital and Collaborative Fund. Based in Palo Alto, California, Upstart is a lending platform that aims to finance people based on signs of their potential including employment history and academic performance.

 

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Kano pulls in $15 mln Series A

By Iris Dorbian — 9 months ago

Breyer Capital has led a $15 million Series A funding round for Kano, a computer that anyone can build and code. Collaborative Fund and Jim O’Neill, former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, also participated in the round.

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Assembly snags $2.9 mln

By Iris Dorbian — 1 year ago

Assembly, a community platform that pairs developers, designers and others to help create software apps, has received $2.9 million in funding. Union Square Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Thrive Capital, Box Group and Collaborative Fund.

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Zen99 rakes in nearly $2.5 mln seed

By Iris Dorbian — 1 year ago

Zen99 has raised nearly $2.5 million in seed funding. The investors included Upside Partnership, Collaborative Fund, Y Combinator, SV Angel and CrunchFund. Based in San Francisco, Zen99 is a provider of tax and insurance tools for independent workers.

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Exo grabs $1.2 mln seed

By Iris Dorbian — 1 year ago

New York-based cricket protein bar startup Exo has raised $1.2 million in seed funding. The investors included Collaborative Fund, Start Garden and Tim Ferriss.

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NEA leads $6 mln Series A funding in Placemeter

By Chris Witkowsky — 1 year ago

New Enterprise Associates has led a $6 million Series A funding round in Placemeter, a platform that translates video feed into structured data that can be analyzed in real time. Other investors in the funding included Qualcomm Ventures, Collaborative Fund and existing investors. Placemeter previously raised $1.7 million in seed funding from NEA, Triplepoint Capital and angel investors.

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Spark grabs $4.9 mln Series A

By Iris Dorbian — 2 years ago

Spark, a development platform for connected devices, said Tuesday that it has closed $4.9 million in Series A funding. The investors included Lion Wells Capital, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, SOSventures and Collaborative Fund.

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Walker & Company Brands nets $6.9 mln Series A

By Iris Dorbian — 2 years ago

According to a blog post by founder and CEO Tristan Walker, Walker & Company Brands has closed $6.9 million in Series A funding. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from Upfront Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Daher Capital and Johnson + Partners. In addition to the funding, the firm has named Jeff Jordan to its board of directors. Walker & Company is the maker of Bevel, a shaving solution for men with coarse and curly hair. To read more details about the funding, visit here.

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Fundrise racks up more than $31 mln

By Iris Dorbian — 2 years ago

Real estate crowdfunding site Fundrise has closed more than $31 million in financing. The investors included Renren, the Collaborative Fund and Marty Burger and Tal Kerret, the CEO and CIO of Silverstein Properties, respectively.

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Earnest bags $15 mln

By Iris Dorbian — 2 years ago

Earnest, which provides merit-based loans for graduating students and young professionals, has secured $15 million in funding. Earnest’s investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Atlas Venture, Collaborative Fund, First Round Capital and Maveron.

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