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The tattoo business is booming and the market size is estimated to be in excess of $3B per annum with tattoo removal alo...
07/13/2021
Ephemeral Tattoo Raises $20M to Make Tattoos Not So Permanent With its Revolutionary Ink - AlleyWatch

The tattoo business is booming and the market size is estimated to be in excess of $3B per annum with tattoo removal alone accounting for $800M+. While this market continues to grow, getting a tattoo means that one is committing to a permanent piece of body art, which limits the market. Ephemeral Tattoo is the maker of tattoo ink that has been formulated to fade within 9-15 months, making the decision to get a tattoo significantly less consequential. The ink can be applied by any tattoo artist using conventional techniques and equipment. Right now, Ephemeral offers only black ink but plans to expand into colors shortly. The company opened its first studio in Brooklyn this spring and is quickly expanding to other cities with an LA studio opening in the fall. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO Jeff Liu to learn more about how the company's ink works, strategic plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include Anthos Capital, Primary Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, Techstars Ventures, Gaingels, Lauren Maillian, and The Syndicate Angels.

Ephemeral Tattoo is a tattoo brand that uses its own proprietary ink to provide tattoos that naturally fade away in 9-15 months. CEO Jeff Liu shares more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/12/2021 featuring funding details for...
07/12/2021
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 7/12/2021 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/12/2021 featuring funding details for ArtSugar and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/12/2021 featuring funding details for ArtSugar and much more.

Every single one of these companies raised more than $250M in the last few months and all are hiring aggressively. Every...
07/12/2021
The 14 Largest US Tech Startup Funding Rounds of Q2 2021 - AlleyWatch

Every single one of these companies raised more than $250M in the last few months and all are hiring aggressively. Everything you need to need to know about the largest US startup funding rounds of Q2 2021; broken down by industry, stage, investors, and more…

Every single one of these companies raised more than $250M in the last few months and all are hiring aggressively. Everything you need to need to know about the largest US startup funding rounds of Q2 2021; broken down by industry, stage, investors, and more…

Must-know tips to managing venture capital funds, portfolio construction, and determination of fund size.
07/12/2021
7 Truths Across Venture Investing Stages - AlleyWatch

Must-know tips to managing venture capital funds, portfolio construction, and determination of fund size.

Must-know tips to managing venture capital funds, portfolio construction, and determination of fund size.

Despite it being a holiday-shortened week, there was a ton of startup activity in Gotham. NYC Tech News for the week end...
07/11/2021
#NYCtech Week in Review: 7/4/21 - 7/10/21 - AlleyWatch

Despite it being a holiday-shortened week, there was a ton of startup activity in Gotham. NYC Tech News for the week ending 7/10 featuring news for Coast, Supergreat, and much, much more.

Despite it being a holiday-shortened week, there was a ton of startup activity in Gotham. NYC Tech News for the week ending 7/10 featuring news for Coast, Supergreat, and much, much more.

The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report takes us on a trip across various ecosystems in the US, highlighting some of t...
07/11/2021
The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report: 7/12/21 - 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 funding rounds for the week ending 7/10/21 featuring funding details for Osso VR, Reconstruct, and thirteen other rounds that you need to know about.

The notable startup funding rounds for the week ending 7/10/21 featuring funding details for Osso VR, Reconstruct, and thirteen other rounds that you need to know about.o know about.

Commercial real estate values are more subjective in nature than residential as the underlying asset, while important, n...
07/09/2021
Bowery Valuation Raises $35M for its Tech-Enabled Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Firm - AlleyWatch

Commercial real estate values are more subjective in nature than residential as the underlying asset, while important, needs to be evaluated against rental income and operating costs. This leads to Commercial real estate appraisals requiring substantial amounts of information that are from disparate sources to understand ownership, zoning records, demographic and lifestyle information, comparable sales, and rental data. Bowery Valuation is a tech-enabled platform that unifies all these requirements into a simple to use, centralized interface that makes commercial appraisals more efficient for the company's appraisers and requestors. Rather than employing a traditional SaaS model, the company instead uses its software platform to empower its own personnel to provide appraisal services to clients. Using a data-driven approach has resulted in the modernization of one of the most tedious parts of a commercial real estate transaction, resulting in industry-leading turnaround times. Bowery Valuation operates five offices, primarily along the East Coast, with plans to expand nationally. AlleyWatch caught up with Co-CEO John Meadows to learn more about how the founding team’s experience as appraisers reliant on Microsoft Office sparked the idea to build a robust software platform for the industry, the company’s strategic plans, latest round of funding from investors that include Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Capital One Ventures , Builders VC, Fika Ventures, Navitas Capital, Camber Creek, Nine Four Ventures, Greenspring Associates, and Alpaca VC.

Bowery Valuation, cofounded by John Meadows, is an end-to-end tech-enabled appraisal platform and firm for commercial real estate that covers public records, data, and inspection to provide industry-leading turnaround times for appraisals.

Everything you need to need to know about the largest global startup funding rounds of June 2021; broken down by industr...
07/09/2021
The 20 Largest Global Startup Funding Rounds of June 2021 - AlleyWatch

Everything you need to need to know about the largest global startup funding rounds of June 2021; broken down by industry, stage, investors, and more…

Everything you need to need to know about the largest global startup funding rounds of June 2021; broken down by industry, stage, investors, and more…

As America celebrated this week its 245th year of Independence, New York City is beginning to show signs of liberation f...
07/09/2021
Reopening America with Intelligence in the Built Environment - AlleyWatch

As America celebrated this week its 245th year of Independence, New York City is beginning to show signs of liberation from the past year of Covid captivity. Even my landmark office skyscraper, The Empire State Building, recently loosened its pandemic mask and social distancing restrictions. Unfortunately, the bustling of Midtown suits is still far from […]

Matias Klein, CEO of Kognition.ai, hopes to change the Smart Building paradigm with his new AI-monitoring platform, Total Property Intelligence System (TPIS).

The vast majority of individuals make their livings from wages, salaries, or other forms of labor compensation. However,...
07/09/2021
Harness Wealth Raises $15M to Make Wealth Management Accessible for Those with Significant Equity-Based Compensation - AlleyWatch

The vast majority of individuals make their livings from wages, salaries, or other forms of labor compensation. However, this is changing as our outlook on work and how income is earned continues to evolve. For the most affluent, a large portion of their total income is derived from capital investments; there are countless services available that are catered to manage the sophisticated finances for this group. Harness Wealth is an accessible digital wealth management solution for the needs of people that have sizable equity-based holdings but aren’t necessarily affluent yet. The digital platform is a hub that focuses on financial, tax, and estate planning that connects founders, employees, and investors with vetted professionals and advisory firms. The target audience has tremendous demands on their time and optimizing their financial health often isn't top of mind. Yet, decisions made now can have an outsized impact in the future for wealth creation. Founded in 2018, Harness Wealth now has over 1000 advisers to make wealth management accessible to this increasing portion of the population with investable assets that are seeking hybrid solutions. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Founder David Snider to learn more about the inspiration for the business, the company’s strategic plans, latest round of funding, from investors that include Jackson Square Ventures, Bain Capital, GingerBread Capital, FJ Labs, i2BF, Torch Capital, Activant, NFP Ventures, First Minute Capital, Liquid2 Ventures, Alleycorp, Marc Benioff, Paul Edgerley, and Ori Allon.

Harness Wealth, cofounded by David Snider, is a digital wealth management platform for those with significant equity-based compensation like founders, employees, and investors.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/8/2021 featuring funding details for ...
07/08/2021
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 7/8/2021 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/8/2021 featuring funding details for Ephemeral Tattoos, Supergreat, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/8/2021 featuring funding details for Ephemeral Tattoos, Supergreat, and much more.

Another record-breaking quarter in the books. Here's a look at the top startup fundings. Everything you need to need to ...
07/08/2021
These are the 11 Largest NYC Tech Startup Funding Rounds of Q2 2021 - AlleyWatch

Another record-breaking quarter in the books. Here's a look at the top startup fundings. Everything you need to need to know about the largest NYC startup funding rounds of Q2 2021; broken down by industry, stage, investors, and more…

Everything you need to need to know about the largest NYC startup funding rounds of Q2 2021; broken down by industry, stage, investors, and more…

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/7/2021 featuring funding details for ...
07/07/2021
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 7/7/2021 - AlleyWatch

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/7/2021 featuring funding details for Glossier, Coast, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/7/2021 featuring funding details for Glossier, Coast, and much more.

The pandemic has opened a new door for the adoption of education technologies. In response to lockdowns, teachers were f...
07/07/2021
Merlyn Mind Raises $29M for its Digital Assistant for Teachers - AlleyWatch

The pandemic has opened a new door for the adoption of education technologies. In response to lockdowns, teachers were forced to quickly adapt to integrate digital curriculums, learning management systems, communications tools, and interactivity into their work. Merlyn Mind is a voice and remote-controlled digital assistant for educators to manage the digital services found in their classrooms. By offloading the technology aspect of education, teachers are able to focus on the needs of students. This year, the company has piloted its combined hardware and software solution in 50+ classrooms across twenty schools. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Satya Nitta to learn more about the inspiration to build a digital assistant specifically for education, the company’s strategic plans, and latest funding round led by Learn Capital.

Merlyn Mind, cofounded by Satya Nitta, is the first digital assistant designed for education, giving teachers the flexibility to quickly integrate and manage their digital educational tools.

Everything you need to need to know about the largest US startup funding rounds of June 2021; broken down by industry, s...
07/07/2021
The 13 Largest US Tech Startup Funding Rounds of June 2021 - AlleyWatch

Everything you need to need to know about the largest US startup funding rounds of June 2021; broken down by industry, stage, investors, and more…

Everything you need to need to know about the largest US startup funding rounds of June 2021; broken down by industry, stage, investors, and more…

$90M in new funding including two deals that you will not read about anywhere else! The latest venture capital, seed, pr...
07/06/2021
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 7/6/2021 - AlleyWatch

$90M in new funding including two deals that you will not read about anywhere else! The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/6/2021 featuring funding details for Deep Instinct, Wagmo, and much more.

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/6/2021 featuring funding details for Deep Instinct, Wagmo, and much more.

Adoption for contactless solutions such as QR codes surged during the pandemic as con-sumers grew more comfortable using...
07/06/2021
Batch Raises $5M to Make QR Codes for Instantly Shoppable - AlleyWatch

Adoption for contactless solutions such as QR codes surged during the pandemic as con-sumers grew more comfortable using the technology that has been around for a number of years. In fact, according to a recent consumer sentiment study, 83% of respondents indicat-ed they used a QR code for the first time after March 2020 with COVID serving as an ac-celerator for retail and technology innovation. This startup is betting that the QR codes will be a dominant part of the retail landscape post-COVID. Batch is a platform that enables brands to offer one-tap checkouts for their products. The startup works with brands to seamlessly integrate QR codes for specific products directly onto packaging or even into ads so that consumers can order the item in less than 10 seconds without a cumbersome checkout process. Currently, the platform will work with any Shopify merchant with plans to expand to support other e-commerce platforms. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO, Founder, and serial entrepreneur JD Maresco (cofounded Citizen app) to learn more about the inspiration for the business, the company’s strategic plans, and recent round of funding from investors that include Coatue, Seven Seven Six, Weekend Fund, The Chainsmokers, Shrug Capital, Green Bay Ventures, Scott Belsky, Magdalena Kala, Mike Einziger, Ryan Hudson, Jesse Genet, and Nomo Ventures.

Batch, founded by JD Maresco, is a platform for brands to integrate QR codes into their packaging and products to make them instantly shoppable.

Following a strong April and May for NYC startup funding, June NYC startup activity continued to be robust with 90 fundi...
07/06/2021
The AlleyWatch June 2021 New York Venture Capital Funding Report - AlleyWatch

Following a strong April and May for NYC startup funding, June NYC startup activity continued to be robust with 90 fundings, totaling $2.5B+. Aggregate statistics for all NYC funding deals by stage of funding (Early, Series A, Series B, and Late) including mention of notable rounds for June 2021.

Aggregate statistics for all NYC funding deals by stage of funding (Early, Series A, Series B, and Late) including mention of notable rounds for June 2021.

25 fundings, $2B invested in NYC startups. No that's not a typo. New York startups closed more in funding in the past we...
07/06/2021
#NYCtech Week in Review: 6/27/21 - 7/3/21 - AlleyWatch

25 fundings, $2B invested in NYC startups. No that's not a typo. New York startups closed more in funding in the past week than the city of Miami has raised since 2019. NYC Tech News for the week ending 7/3 featuring news for Wellthy, Buzzer, and much, much more.

25 fundings, $2B invested in NYC startups. No that's not a typo. New York startups closed more in funding in the past week than the city of Miami has raised since 2019. NYC Tech News for the week ending 7/3 featuring news for Wellthy, Buzzer, and much, much more.

The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report takes us on a trip across various ecosystems in the US, highlighting some of t...
07/05/2021
The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report: 7/5/21 - 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 funding rounds for the week ending 7/3/21 featuring funding details for ShipBob, LocoNav, Alto, and twenty-five other rounds that you need to know about.

The notable startup funding rounds for the week ending 7/3/21 featuring funding details for ShipBob, LocoNav, Alto, and twenty-five other rounds that you need to know about.

Online content consumption has doubled since the start of COVID from 3 hours and 17 minutes to just under 7 hours a day ...
07/02/2021
JW Player Raises Another $100M for its Video Software and Advertising Platform - AlleyWatch

Online content consumption has doubled since the start of COVID from 3 hours and 17 minutes to just under 7 hours a day according to DoubleVerify. Online video consumption is said to have quadrupled. JW Player is a leading video infrastructure software platform that allows content producers to control, manage, and measure their mobile, OTT, and web video applications. The player is also now equipped with monetization options for video publishers that are coupled with the company’s data analytics that offers advertisers precision targeting options. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Dave Otten to learn more about how the company has evolved from an open-source solution that was used to power the initial YouTube platform, the company’s strategic plans, and latest round of funding from LLR Partners.

JW Player, cofounded by Dave Otten, is a video infrastructure software platform that allows video publishers to manage, monetize, and measure their videos.

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