Lending platform Upstart grabs $35 mln

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.



Kano pulls in $15 mln Series A

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.


Fintech start-up Mirador attracts $2 mln seed

Mirador Financial, a Portland, Oregon-based financial tech start-up, has raised $2 million in seed funding. The investors included Collaborative Fund, Crosslink Capital, Vesta Corp. and Wicklow Capital.


Assembly snags $2.9 mln

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.


Zen99 rakes in nearly $2.5 mln seed

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.


Exo grabs $1.2 mln seed

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.


NEA leads $6 mln Series A funding in Placemeter

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.


Spark grabs $4.9 mln Series A

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.


Walker & Company Brands nets $6.9 mln Series A

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.


Fundrise racks up more than $31 mln

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.


Earnest bags $15 mln

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.


Upfront Ventures leads Series A round for MakeSpace

New York-based storage startup MakeSpace has closed $8 million in Series A funding. Upfront Ventures led the round with participation from Founders Fund, OATV, Lowercase Capital, High Peaks Venture Partners and Collaborative Fund.

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.

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