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There has been explosive growth in the number of freelancers as a result of the pandemic. Lili, is the all-in-one bankin...
10/29/2020
Lili Nabs Another $15M for its Banking App for Freelancers to Stay on Top of their Finances - AlleyWatch

There has been explosive growth in the number of freelancers as a result of the pandemic. Lili, is the all-in-one banking platform along with real-time expense tracking, tax tools, and financial insights that are tailored specifically for the needs of freelancers. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Lilac Bar David to learn more about the pain points of freelancing that Lili addresses, the company's impressive growth during the pandemic, and recent funding round from investors that include Group 11, AltaIR Capital, Primary Venture Partners, Torch Capital, and Zeev Ventures. This is the company’s second funding this year as the company just raised its seed round in June!

Lili, the all-in-one banking app designed for freelance workers, was co-founded by Lilac Bar David, who sat down with AlleyWatch to discuss Lili’s latest funding and the explosive growth fo the freelance economy during the pandemic.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/29/2020 featuring funding details fo...
10/29/2020
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 10/29/2020 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/29/2020 featuring funding details for Priori, RealBlocks, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/29/2020 featuring funding details for Priori, RealBlocks, and much more.

Sports are meant to bring fans together but the pandemic has made our love of sports more isolating with fans now forced...
10/28/2020
Flick Raises $5M for Sports Fans to Chat and Discuss Games in Real Time - AlleyWatch

Sports are meant to bring fans together but the pandemic has made our love of sports more isolating with fans now forced to turn to technology platforms to share their passion. Flick, founded by the founders of Fanduel, is the mobile chat and engagement platform built exclusively for sports fans. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder, CEO, and repeat entrepreneur Nigel Eccles to learn how his experience cofounding FanDuel inspired him to build Flick, the company's experience raising virtually during the pandemic, and recent funding round from investors that include AlleyCorp, Bullpen Capital, Everblue Management, Amity Ventures, and Courtside Ventures

Nigel Eccles, the cofounder of Fanduel, launched Flick a group chat platform for sports fans to connect and discuss live sports in real-time.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/28/2020 featuring funding details fo...
10/28/2020
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 10/28/2020 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/28/2020 featuring funding details for Lunchbox, Fabric Technologies, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/28/2020 featuring funding details for Lunchbox, Fabric Technologies, and much more.

The pandemic has led to a profound increase in online consumer spending online with an increase of 52% or $466B between ...
10/27/2020
Rokt Raises $80M to Maximize Every E-Commerce Transaction with its Platform That’s Being Used by the Largest Brands - AlleyWatch

The pandemic has led to a profound increase in online consumer spending online with an increase of 52% or $466B between March-September. Yet for startup employees, the uncertainty of the economy can be worrisome. E-commerce transaction marketing platform firm Rokt raised an unexpected Series D round to provide some liquidity to its employees to serve as reassurance and support its growth. Rokt powers the “AHA-moment" of many large online merchants like Ticketmaster, Fanatics, GoDaddy, and Staples and offers seamless add-on purchases from both the merchant and its own marketplace. In less than a year, Rokt’s valuation has increased by 42% to $450M+, the company is on track to expand its headcount from 260 to 400 by the end of 2021, and the company's weekly revenue averages $2-3M per week, back to pre-pandemic levels. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Bruce Buchanan to discuss learn more about the motivation for this funding rond, Rokt's plans to expand into new verticals and markets, and the company's impressive traction. The company has now raised a total of $162M in funding from investors that include Square Peg Capital, Moelis Australia Asset Management, Time Inc., TDM Growth Partners, Lachlan Murdoch, Greg Roebuck, and John Ho.

Rokt is the leader in e-commerce technology powering the Transaction Moment™. CEO and Cofounder Bruce Buchanan discusses Rokt’s latest funding.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/27/2020 featuring funding details fo...
10/27/2020
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 10/27/2020 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/27/2020 featuring funding details for Suzy, Obsess, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/27/2020 featuring funding details for Suzy, Obsess, and much more.

In 1979, Michael E. Porter proposed his Five Forces framework for analyzing the competitive environment which I think ma...
10/26/2020
5 Factors Which Define the Scope of Your Competition - AlleyWatch

In 1979, Michael E. Porter proposed his Five Forces framework for analyzing the competitive environment which I think makes even more sense today. Every existing business, as well as every startup, needs to reassess their product or service in the context of these five forces.

In 1979, Michael E. Porter proposed his Five Forces framework for analyzing the competitive environment which I think makes even more sense today. Every existing business, as well as every startup, needs to reassess their product or service in the context of these five forces.

Neuroscience has always been a focus area for Social Starts and Joyance Partners and should continue to be due to the la...
10/26/2020
Where We Are Investing Now: Neuroscience - AlleyWatch

Neuroscience has always been a focus area for Social Starts and Joyance Partners and should continue to be due to the large and clear unmet need. Stress, anxiety, mental illness, and their associated impacts are at all-time highs. People seem desperate for solutions. Science points toward many potential new approaches. We also recognize that there […]

Neuroscience has always been a focus area for Social Starts and Joyance Partners and should continue to be due to the large and clear unmet need. Stress, anxiety, mental illness, and their associated impacts are at all-time highs. People seem desperate for solutions. Science points toward many poten...

SMBs have traditionally lacked the resources to build out robust benefits department forcing them to outsource benefit d...
10/26/2020
Nava Raises $20M to Bring High Quality Affordable Healthcare Through its Employee Benefits Brokerage - AlleyWatch

SMBs have traditionally lacked the resources to build out robust benefits department forcing them to outsource benefit decisions to traditional brokers and bear an increasingly disproportionate burden in rising healthcare costs. Nava, an employee benefits brokerage founded by the founders of Hightower and Kareem Zaki of Thrive Capital, brings affordable healthcare to the 160M Americans who rely on employers for health insurance. With Nava, small-to-midsized businesses are equipped with the resources, tools, and expertise to deliver valuable yet accessible benefits to their employees, while driving down overall plan costs for the employer. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO, Cofounder, and repeat entrepreneur Brandon Weber to learn more about the genesis for Nava, the company's mission to make healthcare more transparent, and the company's recent funding round led by Thrive Capital.

Nava, the employee benefits brokerage cofounded by Brandon Weber, helps small-to-mid-sized businesses deliver high-performing plans that employees love and save employers money.

The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report takes us on a trip across various ecosystems in the US, highlighting some of t...
10/24/2020
The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report: 10/26/20 - AlleyWatch

The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report takes us on a trip across various ecosystems in the US, highlighting some of the notable funding activity in the various markets that we track. The notable startup fundings for the week ending 10/24/20 featuring funding details for Intellimize, Pulley, FinLocker, and fifteen more rounds you must know about.

The notable startup fundings for the week ending 10/24/20 featuring funding details for Intellimize, Pulley, FinLocker, and fifteen more rounds you must know about.

For the 50M+ Americans who act as informal caregivers to an older loved one, the caregiver is often overwhelmed with kee...
10/23/2020
Pillar Raises $7M for its Platform for Families to Stay Organized While Caring For Aging Loved Ones - AlleyWatch

For the 50M+ Americans who act as informal caregivers to an older loved one, the caregiver is often overwhelmed with keeping track of a loved one’s healthcare, finances, and more. Pillar is the digital platform that makes it easier for families to protect and care for their loved ones by organizing and store important information such as medical records, legal documents, and financial accounts – all online. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Founder Michael Bloch to learn more about how COVID-19 forced a pivot, how his own personal experience caring for his mother served as the foundation for the idea, and the company's recent funding round from investors that include Kleiner Perkins, Zach Weinberg, Nat Turner (cofounders of Flatiron Health), Adam Nash, Zach Perret, and Will Hockey.

Pillar, founded by Michael Bloch, allows people to organize your family’s most important health information online.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/23/2020 featuring funding details fo...
10/23/2020
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 10/23/2020 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/23/2020 featuring funding details for Cobble, Here, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/23/2020 featuring funding details for Cobble, Here, and much more.

Many emerging entrepreneurs understand one thing: they need to build a brand. A business is much more than the goods and...
10/22/2020
What New Brands Need to Know - AlleyWatch

Many emerging entrepreneurs understand one thing: they need to build a brand. A business is much more than the goods and/or services you provide. Your business is your relationship with your customers, your reputation in the marketplace, and what people think of when they think of your company. All of this equals brand. The problem is, while many people understand what a brand is, they don’t understand how to build one themselves. Keep reading to find out what I think most new brands need to know.

Many emerging entrepreneurs understand one thing: they need to build a brand. A business is much more than the goods and/or services you provide. Your business is your relationship with your customers, your reputation in the marketplace, and what people think of when they think of your company. All....

Expectant mothers are so often presented with binary options for childbirth - a heavily medicalized approach in a hospit...
10/22/2020
Oula Raises $3.2M to Modernize Maternity Care for Expectant Mothers - AlleyWatch

Expectant mothers are so often presented with binary options for childbirth - a heavily medicalized approach in a hospital with an obstetrician or a "natural birth" at home with a midwife, neither of which provides the multidimensional and convenient care that women want. Oula, a modern maternity center, blends the best of both options so women don’t have to choose and weaves technology into the experience to provide safe, convenient, and personalized care. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounders Adrianne Nickerson and Elaine Purcell to learn more about the company’s experience of building a brick and mortar business in the middle of the pandemic and the company’s oversubscribed seed round from investors that include Collaborative Fund. Female Founders Fund, 8VC, and Rock Health.

Oula is modernizing maternity care with its state-of-the-art maternity centers. Cofounders Adrianne Nickerson and Elaine Purcell share more on this $126B market.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/22/2020 featuring funding details fo...
10/22/2020
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 10/22/2020 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/22/2020 featuring funding details for Lili, ROKT, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/22/2020 featuring funding details for Lili, ROKT, and much more.

Are there any benefits to being a Founder who came from nothing? What kind of behaviors or expectations might they have ...
10/21/2020
What Founders Learn From Growing up Broke - AlleyWatch

Are there any benefits to being a Founder who came from nothing? What kind of behaviors or expectations might they have which are an advantage at a startup company and why?

Are there any benefits to being a Founder who came from nothing? What kind of behaviors or expectations might they have which are an advantage at a startup company and why?

Brendan Hannigan and Sandy Bird are repeat entrepreneurs. They founded Q1 Labs, a company they started, scaled, and sold...
10/21/2020
Sonrai Security Raises $20M to Uncover and Map Cloud Platform Security Risks - AlleyWatch

Brendan Hannigan and Sandy Bird are repeat entrepreneurs. They founded Q1 Labs, a company they started, scaled, and sold to IBM for ~$600M. The duo is now building Sonrai Security, an enterprise identity and data governance platform for AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Kubernetes. Hannigan joined AlleyWatch to share more about the company, the process of fundraising, and the company’s recent funding round from investors that include Menlo Ventures, Polaris Partners, and Ten Eleven Ventures.

Brendan Hannigan and Sandy Bird are repeat entrepreneurs. They founded Q1 Labs, a company they started, scaled, and sold to IBM for ~$600M. The duo are now building Sonrai Security, an enterprise identity and data governance platform. Hannigan joined AlleyWatch to share more about the company, the p...

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/21/2020 featuring funding details fo...
10/21/2020
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 10/21/2020 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/21/2020 featuring funding details for Vowel, Pillar Life, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/21/2020 featuring funding details for Vowel, Pillar Life, and much more.

It's been easy to gain the Covid-15 during the lockdown, and now that things are slowly opening back up, people are look...
10/20/2020
Caliber Raises $2.2M for its Fully Remote and Personalized Fitness Coaching Platform - AlleyWatch

It's been easy to gain the Covid-15 during the lockdown, and now that things are slowly opening back up, people are looking for new ways to shed the extra pounds that may have accumulated. Caliber is the fitness coaching platform that offers strength training, nutrition guidance, and a personal fitness coach that's accessible via text and video messaging to keep you on track. By pairing Caliber members with fitness experts, Caliber solves the biggest hurdle in getting into and staying in shape - accountability. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder and CEO Jared Cluff to learn more about the genesis for the business, how the public's perception of working out outside of the gym completely flipped, and the company's recent funding round from investors that include Trinity Ventures and Gaingels.

Caliber, cofounded by Jared Cluff, is building the future of fitness coaching. Cluff discusses Caliber’s recent funding.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/20/2020 featuring funding details fo...
10/20/2020
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 10/20/2020 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/20/2020 featuring funding details for Polymarket, Canela Media, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/20/2020 featuring funding details for Polymarket, Canela Media, and much more.

We often forget to listen more and talk less when dealing with problems. The same happens to be true for industrial mach...
10/19/2020
Augury Raises Another $55M for Its Predictive Maintenance Platform for Industrial Machinery - AlleyWatch

We often forget to listen more and talk less when dealing with problems. The same happens to be true for industrial machinery. Augury is the predictive maintenance platform that “listens to machines” to detect what is wrong using IoT sensors to understand acoustic signals to troubleshoot. Augury has compiled the largest library of machine fault data and uses this data to train its AI model. The company is on pace to triple its contracted revenue this year AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder and CEO Saar Yoskovitz to learn more about Augury’s platform, impressive, growth in this trillion-dollar industry, and latest funding from investors that include Qumra Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Eclipse Ventures, Munich Re Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, and Lerer Hippeau.

Cofounded by Saar Yoskovitz, Augury brings predictive maintenance to industrial machinery with cutting-edge machine learning and AI technology.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/19/2020 featuring funding details fo...
10/19/2020
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 10/19/2020 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/19/2020 featuring funding details for Hyperscience, PureStream Trading Technologies, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/19/2020 featuring funding details for Hyperscience, PureStream Trading Technologies, and much more.

The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report takes us on a trip across various ecosystems in the US, highlighting some of t...
10/17/2020
The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report: 10/19/20 - AlleyWatch

The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report takes us on a trip across various ecosystems in the US, highlighting some of the notable funding activity in the various markets that we track. The notable startup fundings for the week ending 10/17/20 featuring funding details for Fivestars, Osmind, Armory, and fifteen more roiunds you must know about.

The notable startup fundings for the week ending 10/17/20 featuring funding details for Fivestars, Osmind, Armory, and fifteen more roiunds you must know about.

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