Unmute app scores $2.2 mln seed

By Iris Dorbian — 3 weeks ago

Los Angeles-based Unmute, an interactive conversation app, has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. Greycroft Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Comcast Ventures, Crosscut Ventures, Betaworks, NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern and Robert Kirkman, creator of the TV series “The Walking Dead.”


Madrona Venture Group leads Series A round for HelloTech

By Iris Dorbian — 5 months ago

Los Angeles-based tech support startup HelloTech has raised $12.5 million in Series A funding. Madrona Venture Group led the round with participation from all return backers that included Upfront Ventures, CrossCut Ventures and Accel Partners. In conjunction with the funding, Len Jordan, managing director at Madrona Venture Group, has joined HellTech’s board.


VC-backed GumGum hires SVP of sales

By Iris Dorbian — 6 months ago

Santa Monica, California-based digital marketing platform GumGum has named John Weisgerber as senior vice president of sales. Previously, Weisgerber worked at Hearst Corp where he served as executive director of digital advertising in its fashion and luxury collection. GumGum’s backers include Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Upfront Ventures, First Round Capital and Crosscut Ventures.


Local ID nets $1.9 mln seed

By Iris Dorbian — 8 months ago

Los Angeles-based Local ID, a local intelligence platform that provides brands with solutions for their local marketing, has raised $1.9 million in seed funding. Crosscut Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Technicolor, TenOneTen, Baroda Ventures, Double M Partners, Tallwave, Wavemaker Partners and Queens Bridge Venture Partners.


Mobcrush nets $4.9 mln seed

By Iris Dorbian — 9 months ago

Santa Monica, California-based Mobcrush, a mobile games’ live streaming platform, has secured $4.9 million in seed funding. The investors included Raine Ventures, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital, CrunchFund, Rincon Venture Partners, Crosscut Ventures, Lionsgate, Advancit Capital, CAA Ventures, BAM Ventures and MTGx Ventures.


Raine Ventures leads $6.5 mln funding in StarMaker

By Chris Witkowsky — 11 months ago

Raine Ventures has led a $6.5 million Series B funding round in StarMaker, a music talent platform. Other participants in the funding round included Crosscut Ventures, Three Bridge Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, iGlobe Partners, GREE International, Allen DeBevoise of Machinima and Joe Perez of Tastemade.


StarMaker attracts $6.5 mln Series B

By Iris Dorbian — 11 months ago

San Francisco-based digital-first music talent platform StarMaker has secured $6.5 million in Series B funding. Raine Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Crosscut Ventures, Three Bridges Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, iGlobe Partners and GREE International.


San Diego startup Measurabl bags $2 mln

By Iris Dorbian — 1 year ago

Measurabl said Monday that it has received $2 million in Series Seed financing. Crosscut Ventures led the round. In addition to the funding, Crosscut Managing Director Rick Smith will join Measurabl’s board of directors. Based in San Diego, Measurabl is a provider of sustainability reporting solutions.


VC-backed SHIFT hires MD for UK and Europe

By Iris Dorbian — 2 years ago

SHIFT has named Kate Burns as managing director of its UK and European operations. Burns is the former CEO of AOL Europe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SHIFT is a provider of marketing solutions for social advertisers. It is backed by Lerer Ventures, Thrive Capital, Founder Collective, Rincon Venture Partners, Baroda Ventures, Crosscut Venture Partners and DN Capital.


On The Run Tech is Formed

By Angela Sormani — 3 years ago

Postcard on the Run has formed On The Run Tech, its parent company that specializes in building mobile apps that let users create customized physical products right from their mobile device. On The Run Tech recently closed a seed round of $1.3 million bringing the total amount of funding to date to $2 million. Selena Gomez, an investor and creative advisor to the company, participated in the new round along with Crosslink Capital, Crosscut Ventures, Siemer Ventures, Miramar Venture Partners, Newport Coast Investments and Double M Capital among other investors.


Connecticut Innovations, DFJ Frontier Lead Zadspace Deal

5 years ago

Connecticut Innovations and DFJ Frontier co-led a $3.2 million financing round for Zadspace Inc. The company’s software-as-a-service-based platform is designed to help retailers deliver highly targeted advertisements on packages shipped to consumers. New investors Cava Capital, LaunchCapital, and individual investor David Zucker joined the round along with existing shareholders Crosscut Ventures and The Gideon Hixon Fund.