News You May Have Missed this Week - Teespring, RunKeeper, clypd, Leaf, Continuum and Intronis, Constant Contact, Apperian

Friday Jan 17, 2014 by Dennis Keohane - Senior Writer, VentureFizz

This week was huge for local startups with Confer, Sonian, and Shuttersong announcing funding and exciting news from Wanderu and Happier. 

Here are some under-the-radar stories you may have missed:


-Rhode Island's Teespring announced a $20M Venture Round of funding from Andreesen Horowitz today. The custom apparel platform, a Y-Combinator grad, was launched in 2012 by a couple of Brown grads and has offices in both Providence and San Francisco.

The a16z team must have watched this video, "Why Teespring is Awesome":


-RunKeeper announced the number of miles it tracked running, biking, skiing, and more in 2013: over 140 million! Wow. Here is the video that went along with the announcement. It features some RK power users and fans from around the globe:

RunKeeper is becoming one of the most important startups in the city and, from what we hear, has some interesting projects in the works for 2014.


-clypd is moving from Kendall Square to Davis Square. This targeted-ads-for-interactive-TV company, led by some former PayPal/WHERE folks, is one of the Boston companies to keep an eye on in the coming months. 

-Leaf, the mobile point of sale platform, is moving out of Intrepid Labs (where they were a founding member) to the Athenaeum. 

Intronis Joined Forces with Continuum

-Intronis, the provider of cloud backup solutions for the IT channel, announced a strategic technical alliance with Continuum, "the industry's only channel-exclusive provider of fully integrated managed services". The partnership "simplifies and consolidates the day-to-day monitoring of Intronis backups on Continuum’s Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) platform."

The full press release is here.

Apperian and Korn Ferry

-Apperianthe enterprise mobile app management platform, announced this week that leadership and talent consulting services company Korn Ferry has selected the company to deploy Forte, its mobile app for career development, using ApperianONE. 

Here is the full press release.

Constant Contact Launches SMB InnoLoft

-Constant Contact announced the launch of the Small Business Innovation Loft (SMB InnoLoft). The new Small Business Innovation program is "designed to support entrepreneurs as they solve problems for small businesses through the development of new products, features, and services."

Startups selected for the program will reside at a new SMB InnoLoft space at Constant Contact’s Waltham headquarters and will receive "resources and mentorship to build their early-stage startups."

The SMB InnoLoft is now accepting submissions until March 31.

Here is the full press release.

Dennis Keohane is the Senior Writer for VentureFizz. You can follow Dennis on Twitter (@DBKeohane) by clicking here.

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