Intuit acquires StartX alumnus Playbook HR

Intuit said it acquired StartX alumnus Playbook HR, according to a blog post. No financial terms were disclosed. The company was founded in 2014 by Stanford graduates Salina Troung and Charles Naut and provides a service to manage hiring at on-demand market places.


Spark Capital hires new associate

According to a blog post on his Tumblr site, John Melas-Kyriazi has joined Spark Capital’s Boston office as an associate. Prior to joining the early-stage venture firm, Melas-Kyriazi was the chief financial officer of the Palo Alto, Calif-based startup StartX. To read his announcement, visit here.

Apportable secures $5 mln for mobile development

Apportable announced it has raised $5 million in funding from Google Ventures and a group of individual investors, including Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, among others. Apportable has now raised $7.4 million in total funding.

StartX Accelerator Receives $3.6M Grant for Stanford Entrepreneurs

Stanford University and Stanford Hospital & Clinics have pledged a three-year $1.2 million annual grant and created a new venture fund to invest in StartX companies. Stanford is also creating an uncapped fund to invest in companies that emerge from the program. StartX is a Palo Alto, Calif.-based student-run nonprofit that operates a startup accelerator for Stanford-affiliated entrepreneurs. StartX says that since it was launched in 2009, 10 startups that have gone through the program have been acquired, including seven in the past year.

Stanford Accelerator StartX Raises $400K

Palo Alto, Calif.-based StartX, which runs a startup accelerator program for students of Stanford University, announced today it raised $400,000 from Cisco, Founders Fund, AT&T, Groupon and Founder.org. The funding amount also includes a $100,000 grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

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