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Teespring acquires Fabrily

Our mission at Teespring is to remove the barriers between great ideas and bringing those ideas to market. That means enabling entrepreneurs to reach the right audience for their idea, wherever that audience might be.

Today I’m thrilled to announce that Fabrily, Europe’s leading custom apparel platform, will be joining the Teespring family...READ MORE

WHOOP Raises $3M in Seed Funding

As per SEC filings, WHOOP (formerly known as Bobo Analytics) has raised $3M in seed funding.  Whoop is a technology and data analytics company for performance optimization.  READ MORE

ShoeBuy Acquires Minority Stake in Boston Boot Company


ShoeBuy Acquires Minority Stake in Boston Boot Company

 

ShoeBuy expands into footwear manufacturing business with Micro Shoery

 

ShoeBuy, a leading global online retailer of shoes and clothing for shoppers seeking the best variety and brands, today announced it has acquired a minority stake in Boston Boot Company. The acquisition marks ShoeBuy’s expansion into the footwear manufacturing business, and provides an opportunity for the company to directly deliver superior products to its customers. 

“We are excited to acquire a stake in Boston Boot Company to uniquely expand ShoeBuy’s foothold in all things shoe-related. Boston Boot Company, with its commitment to and passion for quality, brings a new business, new expertise and new opportunities to ShoeBuy,” said Mike Sorabella, ShoeBuy CEO. “With both companies rooted in Boston and strongly committed to delivering a great customer experience – the fit was natural.” 

Boston Boot Company’s mission is to craft high-quality boots for men, using the best ingredients in small batches, for customers who appreciate a well-made product. With Shoebuy’s proven track record of innovation in operations, fulfillment and marketing, it is well-positioned to expand the distribution of the Boston Boot products very quickly. 

“At its core, Boston Boot Company, is a micro or ‘craft shoery.’ We use the finest materials, take incredible pride in our product from the eyelets to the insoles, and strive to produce superior boots for our customers,” said Joe Lyons, Boston Boot Company Co-Founder. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to benefit from ShoeBuy’s eCommerce expertise and broad reach to ensure maximum exposure for our brand. This partnership allows us to focus on making great boots – one pair at a time.” 

Boston Boot Company, founded by Joe Lyons and Joe Prew, began like many start-ups with a few passionate people driven by a common goal; the team’s sole commitment is to create boots that are stylish, comfortable and durable. Initially financed through a creative fundraising campaign via Kickstarter in 2013, the first boots were shipped in Spring 2014. The company now offers several collections, each designed with classic, rugged and independent spirit. Now, the complete Boston Boot Company product line is available at ShoeBuy.com, bringing the brand to millions of shoppers. 

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

 

About ShoeBuy

With more than one million products for customers to choose from, ShoeBuy is a leading global retailer for shoes, clothing and accessories for shoppers seeking the best variety and brands. The ShoeBuy customer experience extends beyond shoes through the company’s broad portfolio of products, as well as the exclusive Events.ShoeBuy.com featuring invitation-only private sales. ShoeBuy.com was founded in 1999 and is an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI). Learn more at shoebuy.com, connect with us on Twitter @ShoeBuy, follow us on Pinterest or visit our Facebook page.  


About Boston Boot Company

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Massachusetts, Boston Boot Company brings men new choices in boot options. Combining craftsmanship, comfort and innovation, Boston Boot Company’s line of Horween leather boots is classic in design, while providing a level of durability and comfort not often found in casual boots. The company was founded by Joe Prew and Joe Lyons. Learn more at bostonbootco.com.

  

Testive Announces $500k Bridge Round of Funding

Testive, an edtech company that makes an online platform to improve standardized test scores, announced today that it has closed a bridge round of $500k to expand marketing and sales outreach to parents, students, and guidance counselors.

Developed at MIT by co-founders Tom Rose and Miro Kazakoff and launched in 2011, Testive’s software uses adaptive learning algorithms to identify student strengths and weaknesses and generates responsive questions at the appropriate difficulty level to build students’ key skills rapidly. “It’s like lifting the right weights at the gym,” said Testive Co-Founder and CEO Tom Rose, “it makes students stronger, faster.” READ MORE

 

Breakaway Acquires Crunch Brands

We are excited to announce that Breakaway has acquired the agency Crunch Brands, an exceptional multi-disciplinary team led by our new Chief Marketing Officer, Ted Schlueter.

Our mission has always been to help drive value for our portfolio companies and clients. Sometimes that’s investing capital or placing talent. Often it’s developing a new brand strategy, building exceptional creative assets, and activating it across a community. There is always a place these businesses want to go. It might be dominating their category, exponential growth or building towards an IPO. Whatever it is, we have engineered an incredible machine to get them there faster. READ MORE

*Learn more about Breakaway's story in our interview with Baldwin, CEO & Schlueter, CMO after the acquisition - HERE 

True Fit Raises $15M

True Fit, a Woburn, Mass.-based retail SaaS company allowing consumers to discover apparel and footwear styles that fit, raised $15m in equity funding.

The round was led by Signal Peak Ventures, Promus Ventures and Jump Capital, with participation from existing investors Guggenheim Partners, Breakaway Ventures and Novel TMT. READ MORE

OpportunitySpace Secures $500,000 Seed Round

The founding team at OpportunitySpace is thrilled to announce that we have secured $500,000 of our first outside funding for our seed round from a diverse set of real estate industry related investors.  OpportunitySpace is an online marketplace for urban development opportunities (www.opportunityspace.org). Our team works in close partnership with city and town governments as well as other public entities to identify and drive creative redevelopment to undervalued property in urban areas.


OpportunitySpace CEO Alexander Kapur says, “Our funding validates the investment potential in the surging real estate and public sector technology verticals. More broadly, it signals strong support for ventures that are solving urban issues, such as disinvested real estate. We hope this inspires entrepreneurs and investors who are pushing innovation for cities and towns.” READ MORE

 

TripAdvisor Acquires Iens

TripAdvisor has agreed to acquire top Dutch online restaurant review and booking sites Iens, the companies said on Thursday, giving the travel website a leading position in the Netherlands.

Iens.nl, which has reviews of 20,000 restaurants and roughly 20 million annual visitors, allows users to book tables through SeatMe, which will also be acquired by Tripadvisor. READ MORE

Learn more about TripAdvisor on their VentureFizz BIZZpage!

 

Splitwise Raised $1.4M

I’m happy to announce today that Splitwise has raised $1.4MM in new seed funding from leading tech investors. Raising outside money means we can continue to invest in building the world’s best product for reducing the stress of money in relationships. Hooray! READ MORE 

Dunwello Adds Funding

As reported by BostInno, Dunwello adds funding.  

New investors include Jeff Seibert and Wayne Chang of Twitter, and HubSpot co-founder/CTO Dharmesh Shah and Dave Balter. READ MORE

Pencil Labs Acquired by Airbnb

As reported by Scott Kirsner of BetaBoston, Pencil Labs in Cambridge has been acquired by Airbnb.  Pencil Labs which created Wyth, a scheduling app and the company was founded by Carla Pellicano and Han Shu.  As reported by Scott, both co-founders have relocated to San Francisco... READ MORE

Teespring Raises $35 Million

As reported by TechCrunch, Custom apparel startup Teespring has raised $35 Million Series B from Khosla Ventures to continue to fuel its growth and expansion, which includes the addition of a new facility in Kentucky that’s expected to create hundreds of jobs next year. Andreessen also participated in the round for this company, whose platform allows anyone to outsource the production and distribution costs of selling their own custom-designed shirts.


Along with the funding, Khosla Ventures partner Keith Rabois is now joining Teespring’s Board of Directors, which today also includes Lars Dalgaard, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator. READ MORE

Smarterer Acquired by Pluralsight for $75 Million

Utah-based Pluralsight today announced that it has acquired Boston-based Smarterer, an innovative skills assessment company, for $75 million.

Dave Balter (CEO) and Mike Kowalchik (CTO) founded Smarterer in 2010 with the mission to allow anyone, anywhere to prove their professional skills through credible verified scores. 

Smarterer helps people manage the gap between the skills they have and the skills they need. By leveraging a library of the freshest crowdsourced tests, the company’s dynamic assessment engine can quantify anyone’s skill in as few as 10 questions and 120 seconds. READ MORE


Alfred Raises $2M

Today Alfred announced a $2M round of funding led by Spark Capital, along with SV Angel & CrunchFund.  Alfred’s service is out of beta and is available in Boston and NYC. 

Alfred Club is the first service layer on the shared economy that manages your routine across multiple on-demand and local services (e.g. Handy, Instacart, and the local dry cleaner). Members build a subscription to make their routine automatic, letting Alfred seamlessly coordinate services in their home, so they come home happy. READ MORE




Gemr Raises $4.93 Million in Private Placement Funding

Gemr, a pioneering online social community for collectors, announced today that it has raised $4.93 million in a Series A funding round from a group of private and institutional investors that includes Gary R. Sullivan, Co-Founder, American Antiques expert and appraiser on PBS's Antiques Roadshow, James B. Hawkes, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eaton Vance Corp., and The NH MillWorks Fund. The funding, raised in just 30 days, will be used to complete the development of its iOS and Android mobile applications, a web app, and to support a national marketing launch effort.      

Gemr is an online collector community and mobile native application that allows users to easily find, collect, trade or sell an item simply by snapping a picture and sharing it with interested Gemr peers. Over 40 percent of Americans consider themselves collectors and each week 100 million Americans watch television programs like Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers. However, there is no equivalent experience on the Internet or as a mobile platform. READ MORE

 

Wanderu Raises $5.6M in Series A Funding

Wanderu, a Boston, MA-based provider of a travel search engine platform for bus and train rides, raised $5.6m in Series A funding.

The round was led by Metamorphic Ventures, with participation from Alta Ventures, 500 Startups, Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners, and individual investors Craig Lentzsch (former CEO of Greyhound), John Balen (general partner at Canaan Partners) and Brad Feld (managing director at Foundry Group), among others. READ MORE

Fashion Project Raises $7.2M in Funding

As reported by Boston Business Journal, according to a regulatory filingFashion Project, a marketplace for new and gently-used designer clothing and accessories that gives back directly to the donor’s charity of choice, has raised nearly $7.2 million in new equity funding. READ MORE

Lose It! Raises Seed Round of Funding

Lose It!, a consumer web & mobile companies in the Boston area, has raised an initial round of seed capital led by General Catalyst.

Lose It! Raises $5M in Funding

As per the Boston Business Journal, Lose It! in Boston, MA has raised $5.5M in funding from General Catalyst and UnitedHealthcare's Innovation Group.  Lose It! is a mobile weight loss app.  READ MORE

PillPack Announces $8.75 Million Financing

Accel Partners joins Atlas Venture and Founder Collective to back a better pharmacy

PillPack, the pharmacy that simplifies medication management, has secured $8.75 million in additional capital funding to scale operations and grow their customer base. The round was led by Accel Partners, with participation from Atlas Venture.

“In the last two years, we have built and launched the first pharmacy dedicated to making customers’ lives easier,” said TJ Parker, PharmD, CEO. “With PillPack, the end-to-end process of managing medications is both simple and understandable. As a result, it’s easy for our customers to take their prescribed medications at the right time, every time.” READ MORE

Wayfair Goes Public

Wayfair, one of the world’s largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 11,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $29.00 per share. A total of 10,500,000 shares are being offered by Wayfair, and a total of 500,000 shares are being offered by certain selling stockholders. In addition, the underwriters have been granted a 30-day option to purchase an additional 1,650,000 shares of Class A common stock from the selling stockholders.Wayfair will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 2, 2014, under the symbol "W."  ...READ MORE

Ubersense is Joining the Hudl Team

We founded Ubersense in 2011 with the vision of putting world-class coaching in everyone’s hands. We have made great strides towards this vision: the app has been downloaded more than  2.5 million times and coaches and athletes in over 50 sports in 150 countries use our performance analysis tools. We have been humbled by stories of success including Olympic teams relying on Ubersense to win medals, NFL teams using the app during practice and even a blind baseball team using video to prepare for a national tournament. 

That said, we have a lot more to do. Today, we are thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Hudl. Hudl is the leading provider of game breakdown and video analysis software for sports teams. Their software is used by more than 55,000 teams worldwide, including teams in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, English Premier League and over 15,000 high schools and universities. READ MORE

 

ezCater raises $2.16M in funding

As per PandoDaily, ezCater in Boston, MA has raised $2.16M in funding.  ezCater is a nationwide online food ordering service for businesses.  READ MORE

Tablelist Secures Additional $500K

As reporteed by BostInno, Tablelist, an app where club goers can book tables for bottle service at their favorite venues safely and securely through their mobile devices, has secured an addtional $500,000. READ MORE

DraftKings Closes $41M Round & Acquires StarStreet

DraftKings, Inc., today announced that it has closed a $41 million Series C round of funding led by The Raine Group, with participation from existing investors Redpoint VenturesGGV Capital, and Atlas Venture. DraftKings also announced that it has acquired the principal assets of Cambridge, Mass.-based daily fantasy site StarStreet, further bolstering its status as the largest U.S.-based online destination for daily fantasy sports. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DraftKings will use the Series C funding to further enhance its mobile and online destinations, bolster its base of users, continue to attract highly skilled employees, and offer a richer variety of sports with increased guaranteed contest prizes, including its NFL Fantasy Football Millionaire series. In this first-of-its-kind contest, DraftKings will award four players $1 million in four months—the span of the NFL regular season... READ MORE

LTG Exam Prep Platform raises $3M in Funding

LTG Exam Prep Platform, an education technology startup company out of MIT, announced today a combined investment of $3 million from Tal Education Group, Atlas Venture, Jamie McCourt, Margot Carter, Yongjin Group and Zhen Fund. The investment will fund the company’s continuing development of mobile study apps that provide comprehensive yet affordable standardized test prep tools to students around the world. The apps use proprietary algorithms developed at MIT to create personalized study courses for each app user. Cognitive games designed to teach test skills while providing an engaging break from studying are also in development...READ MORE

Fancred Secures $3 Million Funding Round

 

Fancred, an app that lets users capture their favorite sports moments and connect and interact with a community of fellow fans, announced today the completion of a $3 million financing round led by existing shareholders, Atlas Ventures and Militello Capital, as well as first time participant Breakaway Innovation Group. 

 

Fancred was founded by Hossein Kash Razzaghi, Jeremy Merle, and Craig Johnson (all of whom previously worked at Brightcove), and Michael Pan. READ MORE

Wayfair Files S-1 with the SEC for an IPO

As per the company's SEC filings, Wayfair in Boston, MA has filed an S-1 for a public offering which could raise $350M.  Investors in the company include Battery Ventures, Great Hill Partners, Spark Capital, HarvourVest Partners, and T. Rowe Price Associates.  Wayfair is an eCommerce company focused on the home furnishings market... READ MORE

Gazelle Raises $9.5M in Funding

As reported by BostInno, Gazelle has raised $9.5M in funding from existing investors Venrock, RockPort, Physic and Austin Ligon (founder of CarMax).  Gazelle is the nation's leading consumer electronics trade-in site, providing an easy, fast and safe way for consumers to get cash for their unwanted devices.  READ MORE

Happier Adds $2 Million

As reported by BetaBoston Happier adds $2 Million in Funding. Happier is a mobile app that encourages people to find happy moments in every day, share with friends and family, and be inspired to do more of what makes you happier. READ MORE